Introduces the components of the organizing framework of the nursing major. Various theories, e.g., health-illness continuum, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, developmental, communication, and crisis, are presented and discussed as they relate to individual systems (client, family, community). Explores the history, definition, philosophy, and role of professional nursing. The role of the professional nurse is identified as keeping the client system stable by intervening at primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention levels. Environmental forces, e.g., socioeconomic and cultural, that impact on nursing practice are presented. Selected ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are identified. The laboratory experience introduces computational concepts required for professional nursing practice. Concepts include (but are not limited to) systems conversion, ratio and proportion, dosage calculations, and intravenous calculations supported with a computerized assisted learning program. PREREQUISITES: BIO1200, BIO1210, BIO1300; PSY 1401; SOC 1100; ENG1100; ENG1202 and CHE1210 may be taken concurrently.
CO-REQUISITES: NUR 2540
This course will examine the concept of human disease states and their clinical management from a nursing perspective. This course will help the pre-clinical nursing student apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the study of adaptive and maladaptive processes that lead to illness. Specific physiologic concepts will be discussed, including cellular adaption, inflammation, tissue oxygenation and perfusion, fluid and electrolyte balance and the body’s defense system. Alterations of the major body systems will be emphasized, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, hematological and endocrine systems.
This course provides the student with a foundation for application of concepts of pharmacology in nursing practice. Drugs will be presented by classification, groups and prototypes. Principles of drug action, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, nursing considerations and client teaching for each prototype will be emphasized. PREREQUISITES: NUR 2540, BIO2200 PSY 2450
Introductory concepts of the art and science of professional nursing practice are presented and integrated into clinical practice. Gordon's Functional Health Pattern is introduced as the fundamental assessment tool. Selected nursing skills and physical assessment are presented in lecture, practiced in the Nursing Learning Laboratory, and applied in providing care to adults in the clinical setting nursing practice focuses on all aspects of the nursing process, and utilizes the three levels of prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) to facilitate adaptive responses to stressors affecting physiological and safety needs. PREREQUISITES: NUR 2540, BIO2200, PSY 2450, CHE1210
Includes discussion of nursing theories and research methods. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of published nursing research. Attention is paid to ethical issues and the contribution of research in developing nursing theory and improving nursing practice. PREREQUISITES: All prerequisites for NUR206; COREQUISITES: NUR206. RN Students: NUR 2740, NUR 2840, PSY 2302
The legal and ethical aspects of the nurse's role in leading and managing safe and effective patient-centered care are examined in this course The ethical responsibilities of the nurse as well as decision-making models related to health care situations will be discussed. The content focuses on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying nursing practice and health care. Topics include an exploration of current ethical and legal issues that impact professional nursing and health care practice.PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only
Building on previous knowledge and skills applicable to the practice of professional nursing, this course enhances the transition of registered nurses to the baccalaureate prepared professional nurse role. Emphasis is on the challenging role of the nurse in today's global healthcare system. Content focuses on the interrelated concepts of nursing theory, models of health and illness, evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and clinical judgment. Changes in the health care environment and the impact on the professional nurse's role as part of the interprofessional healthcare team are discussed. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only
This course is designed to assist the students to acquire an understanding of the applications of statistical methods as a basis for identifying research problems, planning and implementing a research plan. The focus of the content is on the knowledge and skills to use, and interpret output from, statistical analysis techniques that are frequently encountered in the clinical literature of nursing, medicine, psychology and epidemiology, and other health related disciplines. Emphasis is placed on application and solid conceptual understanding of statistical inference with different study designs. PREREQUISITE(S): RN to BSN Students Only
Provides students with the opportunity to continue application of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on assessment and diagnosis, expansion of planning and implementation, and begin-ning use of evaluation. In acute care settings, students provide health care to adults experiencing stressors affecting biophysical needs. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. PREREQUISITES: NUR 2740, NUR 2840, NUR 2302
CO-REQUISTITES: NUR 3740
Focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assisting the family and its individual members to adapt to stressors of the childbearing and childrearing phases of the life cycle. Students learn to apply the nursing process to meet the needs of families along the health-illness continuum. Clinical experiences include nursing care of the antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal woman and her newborn, well and hospitalized children, and their families. Health teaching activities occur in various healthcare settings. PREREQUISITES: NUR 3740, NUR 3540 CO-REQUISITES: NUR 3941, NUR 3942
CO-REQUISTIES: NUR 3940, NUR 3942
Analyzes the family system as it responds to stressors throughout the life cycle. A variety of approaches to family analysis are considered throughout the course. Students apply the nursing process in studying the roles, functions, values, and communication patterns within family. Teaching-learning principles are implemented in completing a health teaching project in the community. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. PREREQUISITES: NUR 3740, NUR 3540 CO-REQUISITES: NUR 3940, NUR 3941
This course will examine the role of nursing in providing care to vulnerable populations within the community. Theories of community health and nursing practice will be discussed as well as concepts of health promotion and preventative care for vulnerable individuals, families, groups and communities. Content focuses on risk reduction, health maintenance, and promotion of high level wellness to individuals, families, and groups of all ages throughout the health continuum. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only and NUR 3650
This course introduces global health care systems and models and their influence on health disparities in the delivery of healthcare. Content provides a foundation to examine factors influencing the health of communities and populations locally, nationally and globally. Basic public health principles and sciences are used to identify factors that influence promote and maintain health of populations. The use of epidemiological data and knowledge of environmental health, social determinants of health, genetics/genomics, and the influence of culture on health behaviors will be discussed. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only and NUR 4200
Synthesizes nursing and public health principles as applied to assessing, promoting and preserving the health of populations. Assists students to conceptualize the complexities of community dynamics (cultural, economic, political, and social) as they impact on the health of the community. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention. PREREQUISITES: NUR 3940, NUR 3941, NUR 3942
CO-REQUISITES: NUR 4340
Develops knowledge and skills in applying the nursing process with individuals and families experiencing stressors affecting psychosocial needs. Students expand previous knowledge of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. Behavior is viewed on a continuum from healthy, adaptive responses to unhealthy, maladaptive responses. Therapeutic use of self as a nursing approach is emphasized in providing care in day treatment and inpatient settings. Students investigate selected mental health issues and analyze professional roles within the context of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. PREREQUISITES: NUR 3940, NUR 3941, NUR 3942
This course focuses on the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of nursing practice through current relevant evidence. Research methods are examined and current issues are analyzed in relation to the implementation of evidence-based practice in selected settings. Content includes identification of clinical questions, analysis of evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating outcomes and identifying gaps in nursing knowledge. Processes for leading and managing practice changes through the use of evidence based research to promote effective or positive patient outcomes are explored. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only and NUR 3680
This course will assist the student in preparing for the Nurses (NCLEX-RN) Examination. The student will be required to complete content modules and attend computerized practice sessions in prepartion for a culminating computerized exit examination and success on the NCLEX-RN examination.
Increases the student's ability to synthesize the knowledge, skills, concepts, and theories essential for effective professional nursing practice. Students examine issues that affect clients and healthcare systems. Consideration is given to the impact of cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, professional, and social issues upon nursing practice.
Synthesis of theories and concepts related to leadership and management such as, critical thinking, clinical judgment or reasoning, change theory, conflict resolution, delegation, and changes that impact the health care delivery system is discussed. The aspects of the role of the nurse as leader and manager are explored in depth, with a special emphasis on the role of the nurse as change agent. The course will provide practical information for the practicing nurse to strengthen problem solving, decision- making, and critical thinking abilities, which are all vital in today’s rapidly changing health care delivery systems. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only and NUR 4400 and NUR 4200
Provides a framework for the student to assist individuals, families, and groups in adapting to complex stressors. Emphasis is placed on the development by the student of critical thinking and critical judgment while using the nursing process to assist clients to meet their biophysical and psychosocial needs. Health teaching activities and research findings are incorporated into nursing care. PREREQUISITES: NUR 4340, NUR 4341, NUR 4532
Focus on the leadership process and development of the leadership role of the professional nurse. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Students analyze leadership and management functions, characteristics, styles, and roles. Interpersonal communication, staff development, change theory, and assertiveness skills are applied. PREREQUISITES: NUR 4940
This course provides the student the opportunity to synthesize previous knowledge and skills in a supervised practicum experience with the guidance and approval of the faculty. The clinical project provides students with the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular personal or professional interest that is related to one of the following nursing competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork/collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety or informatics (QSEN: http://www.qsen.org). PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN Students Only and 4600
Nursing knowledge development, worldview, and competencies of the advanced practice nurse are examined. This focus of this course is professional practice development, communication, leadership, team building, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Evidenced based practice and clinical reasoning are explored. Problem identification, problem solving, ethical standards and principles of research are the focus of a research proposal. Dissemination of research and translational research are analyzed for interdisciplinary practice.
Quality improvement, standards of care, health care policy, and organizational science, are topics of this course. Information technology and trends of healthcare are examined. Legal and economic challenges of advanced practice nursing are incorporated.
Family, community and public health nursing are the focus of this course. Complex science and systems theory are explored in relation to design, delivery and evaluation of population health. Concepts of cultural safety are considered.
The aim of this course is to prepare nurse educators to evaluate student progress in achieving course objectives. Course content includes evaluation of learning in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Construction of test items based on course blueprints, use of rubrics, and clinical evaluation are included topics. Objective evaluation and student feedback are discussed as critical legal and ethical standards for nurse educators.
This course explores the integral approach of Holistic Nursing as an art and a science in concert with contemporary nursing by examining the Core Values of Holistic Nursing and Holistic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. The focus is on the role of the nurse as an instrument of healing the whole person, mind, body, spirit and emotions while honoring the interconnectedness and the interrelatedness of the nurse, client, society, and universal environment. Holistic nursing is based on a foundation of self-care, healing relationships, mutuality and presence. Caring healing interventions will be introduced and considered for integration into relationship-centered clinical practice and self-care to restore balance and enhance well-being.
This course examines cultural safety, cultural tolerance, and cultural diversity related to population-focused nursing through the study of healthy ethnic communities and diverse socio-cultural groups. Travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for an accelerated cultural experience is required. This course is offered in the first summer session. This course requires additional course fees TBA prior to registration depending on current cost of travel, room and board.
This course explores essential collaboration and communication skills for health care providers. Interprofessional collaboration and its significance in safe patient centered care is a focus of this course. Students will review the Interprofessional competencies and discuss the role of the nurse in improving interprofessional collaboration in the healthcare setting. Professional written and oral communication as key to leading and managing safe patient care will also be addressed. PREREQUISITES: RN to BSN and MSN Students Only
This course explores essential writing skills for professional nurses. Grant application and papers for submission as publications are the focus of this course. Components of the course include: clear exposition, persuasive argument, effective synthesis and mastery of writing mechanics including APA format.
Principles of pathophysiology including biopsychosocial science and genomics are the focus of this course. Nursing's role in management of chronic and acute adult onset illnesses is examined.
Pharmacological management of adult onset acute and chronic illness is the focus of this course. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics will be examined. Cultural beliefs and practices for adult onset illnesses related to medication management are analyzed. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6040
Health assessment of individuals and families are explored from the perspective of client-centered care, safety, cultural diversity, genomics, and biopsychosocial principles. Laboratory practice is required. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6040, NUR 6041
This course provides an overview of nursing informatics and electronic modalities that assist in patient and client management. The automation of data management through information systems, expert systems, and telecommunications will be examined in the context of health care informatics. The use of technology to help make decisions and to improve the health status of the individual, family, and community will be emphasized. Legal and ethical implications of informatics and technology in healthcare are addressed. RN to BSN and MSN Students Only
Principles of evidence - based nursing education for pre-licensure nursing students are the focus of this course. Classroom and clinical teaching is emphasized. Evaluation of student learning outcomes is included. PREREQUISITES: NUR 5040, NUR 5041
Fiscal management, strategic planning, trend analysis, and resource management are the focus of this course. Elements and processes of outcome measurements are explored. Leadership and management of personnel are included topics. PREREQUISITES: NUR 5040, NUR 5041
This course focuses on the knowledge and tools to support, promote, and implement change leading to improvements in patient and health system outcomes. Students will be introduced to concepts and theories of quality measurement and best practices including application to Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) method of continuous quality improvement.
Clinical practicum practice in nursing education is the focus of this course. Students begin their own reflective nursing education practice with the guidance of a mentor. A practicum project presentation is required. Pre-requisite: NUR 6141
Clinical practicum practice in nursing administration is the focus of this course. Students are mentored in a nursing administrative practice with an advanced practice nurse. A practicum project presentation is required. Pre-requisite: NUR 6142
Focuses on health assessment knowledge and skills needed by advanced practice nurses. The diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice role are emphasized. Includes a 60 hour clinical component to continue to develop and refine comprehensive health assessment skills. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6042
The role of the advanced practice nurse and the concepts of primary care within a contemporary health care system will be explored. Issues related to the role of the APN, regulation affecting practice, interprofessional collaboration, accountability and outcomes relevant to the APN practice will be examined. PREREQUISITES: NUR 5040
This course is designed to prepare advance practice nurses (APRN) to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. In addition APRN students will be prepared medication prescriptive authority within their scope of practice. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on the application of these agents. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6041
First in a series of three clinical management courses for nurse practitioners. Focus of course is on application of advanced pathophysiology concepts and clinical decision making skills to interpret assessment data and develop diagnoses and treatment plans in primary care of clients and their families across the lifespan. The integration of research and evidence-based practice, teaching/health promotion, and consultation skills within the context of collaborative practice are emphasized. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6520 and NUR 6530
Focus is on the delivery of care to clients and their families experiencing acute and chronic health problems. Continued emphasis on collaboration with the health care team in the implementation and the evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions used in the care of patients across the lifespan. Effective use of skills required for clinical management, education, consultation, referral, and follow-up are emphasized. Therapeutic interventions based upon evidenced-based research are integrated along with complementary and alternative healing approaches appropriate for individuals and their families with health care problems. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6540
Opportunity to further develop leadership, research, teaching, and consultation skills as a basis for advanced clinical practice. Practice issues are explored within the context of ethical and effective use of resources for beginning autonomous practice. Course focuses on the management of complex health issues experienced by clients across the lifespan, with special emphasis on the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Theoretical concepts of organizational systems and health care politics and policy are applied to the advanced practice setting to identify and solve complex health and systems problems. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6550
This course is a capstone experience in which the family nurse practitioner students continue to develop knowledge and expertise in the role as a primary care provider. Autonomy in clinical decision-making is emphasized. Family nurse practitioner students increase their levels of responsibility for independent client and family management. PREREQUISITES: NUR 6560