Nursing

NURS 1101 – Fundamentals of Nursing

6 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Associate Degree Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 1115, ALTH 1105, BIOL 2205 and MATH 1135

Building on the student’s introduction to the program philosophy and organizing framework which was initiated during the orientation, this course introduces fundamental concepts and skills of nursing which are essential to providing patient-centered care throughout the lifespan. Using the framework of basic human needs and personal dignity, the nursing process and promotion of health on the continuum, the student learns skills related to the areas of disease prevention, surgical asepsis, wound care, physical well-being, safety, fluids and nutrition, personal hygiene, mobility, elimination, rest, oxygenation, medication administration and IV therapy. The concepts of professional teamwork, legal, ethical, and cultural issues, quality improvement issues and required communication will be integrated with each skill. Guided laboratory and clinical experience complements theory.

NURS 1105 – Maternal Newborn Nursing

4 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 1101, NURS 1115, ALTH 1105, BIOL 2205 and MATH 1135 | Corequisites: NURS 1120, BIOL 2206 and PSYC 1111

This course addresses the use of the nursing process and using clinical judgment to promote health in the childbearing family during the process of reproduction, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum periods. Attention is also directed toward the normal newborn, the newborn at risk and the principles of childhood growth and development. Emphasis shall be placed on nurse awareness of physical, nutritional, mental, emotional and social needs of the mother, the family and the child. Throughout the course, the dignity of the individual, appropriate communication skills and pharmacological aspects of reproductive family-centered care are discussed. Professional responsibilities of the nurse, patient quality improvement and patient safety issues are integrated throughout the course along with significant ethical and legal responsibilities. Clinical practice experiences along with human patient simulation complement the theory portion of the course.

NURS 1107 – Ethics in Nursing Practice

3 credits | Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and Pre-Nursing or Health Science student

This course is designed to introduce nursing students to the historical development of formal theories of ethics in Western Culture as it relates to issues in health care. The course includes the major ethical, spiritual and moral issues that students may face personally and professionally as they transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse.

NURS 1108 – Introduction to Pathophysiology

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Associate Degree Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 1101, ALTH 1105, BIOL 2206 and MATH 1135

This course is a study of the physical processes of the human body and how disease can disrupt the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis. Common diseases and disorders of selected body systems will be covered including diagnostic testing and treatment principles. Within the course content, the importance of patient-centered care, communication among the health care team and legal and ethical principles will be regarded. Finally, the professional nurse’s role in maintaining safety and improving quality of care for clients throughout the lifespan will be an underlying principle of the course.

NURS 1113 – Trends in Nursing

2 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 1105, NURS 1120, BIOL 2206 and PSYC 1111 | Corequisites: NURS 1121 and ENGL 1101

This seminar course investigates the profession of nursing within the broader context of society, the legal system and the health care environment. Professional, legal, ethical and social issues are explored and considered with the intention of promoting adaptation to and synthesis of the nurse’s professional role. The role of the nurse in addressing patient safety, patient-centered care, clinical judgment, quality improvement, and professional communication is addressed within the context of the course.

NURS 1115 – Pharmacology I

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Associate Degree Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 1101, ALTH 1105, BIOL 2205 and MATH 1135

Basic pharmacological aspects of patient-centered nursing care throughout the lifespan are studied in this course. This includes building a foundation of knowledge of drug classifications for major body systems and discovering the connection between pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing care related to drug administration. The roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse together with ethical and legal considerations in drug administration will be explored. Application of the nursing process with regards to pharmacology will be discussed. The need for safety and reduction of risk through improvement of the drug administration process will be incorporated throughout the course, including review and testing of accurate dosage calculation.

NURS 1120 – Medical Surgical Nursing I

6 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 1101, NURS 1115, ALTH 1105, BIOL 2205 and MATH 1135 | Corequisites: NURS 1105, BIOL 2206 and PSYC 1111

This course follows the framework identified from the program philosophy using patient-centered care and clinical judgment in relationship to quality improvement and safety to form a plan of study for specific health conditions of the endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, musculoskeletal and cardiac systems. Preventive, rehabilitative and therapeutic aspects of these conditions are studied as well as the physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of adults and children experiencing these conditions. Integrated within the course is the professional role of the nurse in patient care in collaboration with team members, patient and family through effective communication to promote positive outcomes.

NURS 1121 – Medical Surgical Nursing II

5 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 1105, NURS 1120, BIOL 2206 and PSYC 1111 | Corequisites: NURS 1113 and ENGL 1101

This course continues the student learning from NURS 1120 using the identified framework described for that course. The content of this course continues with common conditions affecting hematological, lymphatic, reproductive, neurological, integumentary systems, mental health, cancer and the terminally ill, vision, hearing and related nursing care. Am introductory unit on integrative therapies is presented with emphasis on the need of today’s nurse having knowledge of the various modalities. The course is designed to promote an understanding of normal growth and personality development along with the influence of environmental factors on the patient, child or adult and family.

NURS 1190 – Preparation for the NCLEX-PN Exam

2 credits | Prerequisite: third semester standing in Practical Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 1105, NURS 1113, NURS 1121 and PSYC 1111

An organized study seminar for practical nursing students preparing to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX–PN). The course is designed to aid students in recalling nursing principles and nursing care for commonly encountered health problems throughout the life span. Methods to improve test-taking skills and relieve test anxiety are included.

NURS 2200 – LPN to ADN Student Bridge Course

3 credits | Prerequisite: acceptance into ADN Transition Pathway

This course is designed to enable the student to explore integrative concepts in nursing and to assist the student in the transition from licensed practical nurse to registered nurse. Students refine and update previous learning in addition to identifying goals for a successful transition into the associate degree Nursing program. Incorporated throughout the course is the importance of patient-centered care, quality improvement, communication, safety, clinical judgment and professionalism.

NURS 2205 – Psychiatric Nursing

3 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 1105, NURS 1113, NURS 1121 and PSYC 1111 | Corequisites: NURS 2210, NURS 2220 and ENGL 1102

Special emphasis centers on teaching the student to use the nursing process to manage the nursing care for patients whose health conditions indicate acute or chronic psychiatric disturbances. Mental health promotion for all patients is stressed. Areas that will be included in the course content for the professional nurse include communication with the other members of the heath care team to improve the quality of care provided to patients with mental health disorders. The pharmacological aspects of the nursing care are integrated throughout the course. The need for safe patient-centered care is incorporated into all aspects of the theory and clinical practice of the course.

NURS 2210 – Advanced Health Assessment

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Associate Degree Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 2201, NURS 2220 and PSYC 1110

This course provides the basic framework for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals across the life span. This course includes assessment of mental status, basic psychosocial status, basic functional health patterns and basic physical assessment skills. Incorporated throughout the course is the importance of patient-centered care, quality improvement, ethical-legal considerations, professionalism and safety. Integration of clinical laboratory provides a setting for practicing and developing critical thinking skills.

NURS 2215 – Pharmacology II

1 credit | Prerequisites: NURS 2205, NURS 2210, NURS 2220 and ENGL 1102 | Corequisites: NURS 2230 and PHIL 1107

This course is a comprehensive review of the pharmacological aspects of patient-centered nursing care throughout the lifespan. Calculation of medication dosages is reviewed and the student will have medication quizzes through the term. Content will include the professional nurse’s role in medication administration which includes communicating to the other members of the health care team related to the therapeutic and adverse affects of medications administered to patients. The course will include the ethical and legal responsibilities of the professional nurse in medication administration. The need for safety and the reduction of risk through improvement of the medication administration process will be incorporated throughout the course content. Specific knowledge of drug classifications, mechanism and principles of actions, indications and dosages, adverse reactions, interactions and nursing considerations are included to prepare the nursing student to use clinical judgment to complete licensure requirements and begin practice at the level of a novice nurse.

NURS 2220 – Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing I

6 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Associate Degree Nursing program | Corequisites: NURS 2201, NURS 2210 and PSYC 1110

This course advances student learning in the area of medical surgical nursing, focusing on the multi-faceted role of the nurse in providing patient centered nursing care across the life span to those who have complex acute care health issues. The student is expected to integrate knowledge gained from previous learning experiences to assist the patient and family to achieve optimal health status by providing care in a professional, safe manner. Using clinical judgment, evidence-based practice and quality improvement indicators, the student will practice nursing in an interdisciplinary environment. The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate pertinent information within the health care setting during the clinical experience. Clinical concerpts and pharmacological aspects of care are integrated into the content of the course. Clinical practice experience will complement the theory as presented.

NURS 2230 – Directed Nursing Practice

5 credits | Prerequisites: NURS 2205, NURS 2210, NURS 2220 and ENGL 1102 | Corequisites: NURS 2215 and PHIL 1107

Emphasis is on the management of patient-centered care for multiple patients enabling the student to integrate basic technical skills and clinical judgment into realistic graduate nursing expectations. The importance of monitoring organizational and patient care outcomes through quality improvement processes are encouraged throughout the care of patients. Professionalism, teamwork and collaboration are explored in discussion of effective communication, principles of leadership and management, delegation and promotion of a safe environment within the legal scope of practice. Ethical principles of nursing are reviewed to guide the professional practice of the graduate nurse. Techniques for securing the nursing position desired are provided. The roles and goals of the various types of community nursing are differentiated.

NURS 2290 – Preparation for the NCLEX-RN Exam

2 credits | Prerequisite: sophomore standing in Nursing program

A comprehensive review of the nursing process and the client needs categories according to the NCLEX-RN test plan (safe and effective environment, physiological integrity, psychosocial integrity and health promotion and maintenance) in the areas of obstetric, pediatric, medical-surgical and mental health nursing. The course also includes methods to improve test-taking skills and to relieve stress.