Second Year Courses and Descriptions

Nursing 214-Introduction to Nursing
Introduces concepts basic to the profession of nursing and to the development of self as nurse.  Legal, ethical, economic and social policy issues in health care are introduced.  U.S. and global health care, including the influence of culture, are examined.  Students use current technologies to access and evaluate health information.  Offered each Fall.

Nursing 217-Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
Builds on knowledge from natural sciences to provide a foundation for nursing practice by examining the etiology and pathophysiology of illnesses across the lifespan.  Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications as well as the nurse’s role in administration are introduced.  Selected pathophysiological disorders are presented. Prerequisites: BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 114, CHM 110.  Offered each Fall.

Nursing 218-Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
Continues the examination of prevalent pathophysiologic disorders.  Includes the normal physiology of aging.  Cultural and genetic variations in disease for individuals and populations are examined.  Classifications of medications and their use as nursing interventions to facilitate health maintenance and disease management are presented. Prerequisite: N214.  Offered each Spring.

Nursing 260-Nursing Foundations I: Health Assessment and Professional Communication
Develops assessment techniques to examine the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health of individuals from diverse populations across the lifespan.  Introduces skills in interdisciplinary, multigenerational, and culturally sensitive professional communication.  Principles of teaching-learning, stress and psychosocial theories are presented to promote the individual’s health and prevent disease.  Prerequisites:  BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 114, CHM 110. Co-requisite: H230.  Offered each Fall.

Nursing 280-Nursing Foundations II: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
Focuses on influencing behavior to promote health and reduce risks of individuals in ambulatory and community-based settings.  Process of nursing introduced with emphasis on integrating previous skills and knowledge to begin clinical decision-making.  Basic nursing skills are developed to allow for care of individuals across the lifespan from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  Prerequisites:  N214, N217 and N260; H230.  Offered each Spring.