An introduction to principles of nutrition that affect health promotion, health maintenance,
and illness prevention throughout the life cycle. The nutritional requirements of
individuals with special needs are also considered. Offered each fall and spring.
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.
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: BIOL 107, BIOL 108, BIOL 114, CHEM 110. Offered each Fall.
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: NURS 214. Offered each Spring.
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: BIOL 107
CHEM 110. Co-requisite: HLTH 230. Offered each Fall.
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: NURS 214, NURS 217 and NURS 260; HLTH 230. Offered each Spring.
Adult Nursing I
Focuses on care of adults, particularly older adults, in need of risk reduction and
health maintenance in varied clinical settings. Integration of sociocultural, legal,
ethical, and economic factors that influence illness care are applied to provide patient-centered
care. Includes use of informatics to inform clinical practice. Prerequisites: NURS 218 and NURS 280. Offered each fall semester.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Provides care to individuals with mental illness in acute and community-based settings.
Emphasis placed on inter-disciplinary collaboration, application of psychopharmacologic
and therapeutic treatment principles, and use of integrated biopsychosocial theories.
Application of the process of nursing expands the student's ability to address mental
health needs across the lifespan in all clinical settings. Prerequisites: NURS 218 and NURS 280. Offered each fall semester.
Child and Adolescent Nursing
Delivers care to children in a variety of settings by using evidence-based interventions
that support children and their families in coping with multiple demands of childhood
health and illness. Nursing interventions adapted for this population include specialized
technologies needed to assist families caring for ill children. Prerequisites: NURS 320 and NURS 330. Offered each spring.
Adult Nursing II
Expands clinical judgment in the care of adults in need of health maintenance, as
well as acute and chronic disease management in acute care settings. Develops nursing
role by integrating previous learning with evidence-based practice to design care
for patients especially those with co-morbidities. Pre-requisites: NURS 320 and NURS 330. Offered each spring.
Research in Nursing Practice
Develop skills to read, evaluate, and synthesize research essential to providing evidence-based
practice in the clinical setting. Scientific inquiry within the discipline of nursing
is introduced by examining the relationships among conceptual, empirical, and analytic
processes of research. Opportunities to critique empirical data for health care issues
are provided. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Offered annually.
NURS 400 Nursing in Complex Situations
Focuses on care of multiple individuals, care of the critically ill, and those at
end of life. Emphasizes ability to monitor, evaluate, revise and coordinate patient
centered care. Expands need to manage time and prioritize competing demands. Integrates
evidence-based practice and health information technology to provide cost-effective
quality care. Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380 & NURS 385. Offered each fall.
NURS 430 Maternal and Newborn Nursing
Manages care for childbearing families experiencing normal and high-risk pregnancies
in various settings. Roles of professional nurse in promoting physical and psychosocial
behaviors to prevent health problems are emphasized. Applies legal, ethical, spiritual,
and cost-benefit considerations when examining technologies related to reproductive
health choices. Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380 & NURS 385. Offered each fall.
NURS 450 Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Care
Examines nurses' leadership/management role in the health care delivery system. Practicum
provides opportunity to design and regulate nursing systems in collaboration with
other health care workers. Emphasis is placed on assuming accountability for multiple
patients/teams of caregivers and expansion of leadership skills. Opportunities for
implementing quality improvement and staff development project provided. Prerequisites:
NURS 400 and NURS 430 and BUS 341. Offered each spring.
NURS 460 Public Health Nursing
Applies epidemiological concepts in the analysis of health promotion and maintenance
of populations. Emphasis is placed on concepts of social justice, disparities in
health and health care, and vulnerable and culturally diverse populations. Use of
informatics to provide care that is evidence-based to improve health of the community
is required. Prerequisites: NURS 400 and NURS 430. Offered each spring.
NURS 485 Seminar in Professional Nursing
Examines contemporary global healthcare issues and explores personal values in relation
to those of the profession. Study of health care policy, principles of social justice,
and political action provides methods for active world citizenship. A senior thesis
provides opportunity for in depth analysis and dissemination of current healthcare
issues. Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380, NURS 385 and a course from Analysis of Values Category. Offered annually.