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Nursing Courses

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NURS 100         NURSE ASSISTANT TRAINING     (2 credits)
This course is designed to prepare the student for certification as a nurse assistant.  Units of study consist of the following:  Introduction to long-term care, communication, infection control, safety, anatomy, physiology of aging, nutrition, skin care, and basic skills (personal care, transferring, positioning, vital signs, elimination, bed making).  Course consists of classroom and supervised clinical practice. 

NURS 120         FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This course introduces concepts related to the practical nurse's roles and responsibilities in today's society.  Emphasis is placed on effective communication, microbiology concepts, basic human needs, critical thinking, research, and ethical-legal and professional issues.  Health promotion and disease prevention concepts are introduced.  Upon completion the student will be able to understand the nursing process as it relates to the socially and culturally diverse clients along the health-illness continuum.

NURS 121         PRACTICAL NURSING I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This course introduces students to core concepts of mental health nursing, nutrition, and health assessment as they related to the nursing profession.  Students will learn concepts of mental health and mental illness, health promotion and disease prevention related to nutrition; and the data collection processes of health assessment.

NURS 122         CLINICAL PRACTICE I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This course takes place in the nursing laboratory and in health care facilities.  The student will apply social, biological, behavioral and nursing science principles as they are acquired in the Foundations of Nursing and Practical Nursing I courses.  Basic nursing skills and procedures are demonstrated and applied in a supervised laboratory/clinical setting.  Beginning Practical Nursing Students will begin to participate with the nursing process for clients across the lifespan. 

NURS 124     CLINICAL PRACTICE II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This course takes place in the nursing laboratory and in health care facilities.  Additional nursing skills are introduced in the laboratory and applied in the clinical setting utilizing current technology.  Clinical experiences will include nursing interventions, pain management, nutrition and drug therapy for disease and infectious processes of culturally diverse clients across the lifespan.  Health promotion activities and disease prevention techniques will be incorporated into nursing care of the culturally diverse client.  Mental health and therapeutic communication concepts are applied in caring for clients along the health illness continuum.  Evidence based practice is applied in the holistic care of clients across the lifespan.  Upon completion the student will assist in the nursing process as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. 

NURS 126         CLINICAL PRACTICE III     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This clinical takes place in a variety of clinical settings.  The student will apply evidence based nursing knowledge and skills in caring for clients across the lifespan with stable or predictable health problems and assisting with those whose conditions are critical or unpredictable.  Critical thinking, effective and therapeutic communication, nursing process, management of nursing care, and delegation of unlicensed assistive persons are incorporated into the clinical experience.  The student will provide safe and effective nursing care in a legal and ethical manner for clients along the health-illness continuum as an interdisciplinary member of the health care team.  Upon completion of this clinical course, the student will have the knowledge and experience to practice in the role of a practical nurse. 

NURS 127         PRACTICAL NURSING II:
INTRO TO MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING     (2 credits)
This didactic course expands on prior learning to increase  evidence-based knowledge of nursing interventions, pain management, surgery, cancer, trauma and drug therapy for disease and infectious processes of the biopsychosocial individual along the health-illness continuum.  This course will integrate teaching and learning activities that enhance critical thinking skills, involvement of clients in decision making, self-care, health promotion, disease prevention and intervention to responses to illness.  Upon completion, the student will describe the application of the nursing process in caring for culturally unique clients across the lifespan in an ethical and legal manner.

NURS 129         PRACTICAL NURSING III     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  This course will continue the learning of evidenced based nursing interventions, nursing process, nutrition and drug therapy for disease processes of the culturally diverse client across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum.  Additional information presented will include accountability, roles, responsibilities and ethical, legal and professional issues of the entry level Practical Nurse.  The principles of therapeutic communication are expanded and the impact of technology on nursing care is addressed.

NURS 145      INTRODUCTION TO MATERNAL CHILD NURSING     (2 credits)
This didactic course focuses on nursing care of the culturally diverse woman, infant, and child.  Emphasis is placed on health maintenance and selected study of diseases and disorders affecting women, infants, children, and families.  Growth and development of the infant and child, and common childhood illnesses are presented.  The importance of family-centered care and therapeutic communication is addressed.  This course will integrate teaching and learning activities that enhance involvement of clients in decision-making, self-care, health promotion, and disease prevention. 

NURS 224         PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This Course is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse in transition to the role of the associate degree nurse.  Emphasis is placed on the role of the registered nurse, evidence based practice, nursing process, and therapeutic communication.  Historical trends of nursing will be discussed and management concepts will be introduced.  Upon completion, students should be able to articulate professional aspects of the practice of nursing.

NURS 225         ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This course introduces concepts related to the nursing care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health that build on knowledge and skills introduced in practical nursing programs and the supporting sciences.  Emphasis is placed on utilizing scientific principles and the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care to individuals along the health-illness continuum.  Upon completion, students will incorporate basic decision making skills and therapeutic communication to meet basic human needs for individuals experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health across the lifespan including end-of-life issues.

NURS 226         MATERNAL CHILD NURSING     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This course integrates prior learning to provide expanded knowledge of the neonate, developing child, women's health, and childbearing family.  Maintenance and study of diseases and disorders affecting diverse neonates, children, women and families along the health-illness continuum, including end of life issues, are examined.  Emphasis is placed on therapeutic communication, the role of the registered nurse, ethical/legal issues and health promotion and maintenance during life stage of growth and development for the neonates, children and women.  As a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, the student will explore the human needs of diverse neonates, children and women utilizing the nursing process as a framework.

NURS 227         CLINICAL APPLICATIONS I     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Utilizing the nursing process the associate degree nursing student will administer care to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan.  The student will demonstrate assessment skills, IV therapy skills, and apply scientific principles and aseptic technique in caring for individuals across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum.  The student will apply therapeutic communication in the management of patient care and as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.

NURS 228         ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH II     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This course continues the study of acute and chronic alterations in health.  Nursing care of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health is discussed.  Emphasis is placed on the nurse's role as a member of an interdisciplinary team and as a manager of care for individuals across the lifespan.  The student will analyze personal and professional values, leadership and management, and quality improvement processes.  Upon completion, students will be able to provide comprehensive nursing care for individuals with acute, chronic, and complex alterations in health. 

NURS 229         HEALTH PROMOTION AND PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This course includes concepts related to the nursing care of individuals experiencing alterations in social and psychosocial functioning.  Utilizing the nursing process, the students will explore human needs of individuals with mental health alterations.  Utilization of therapeutic communication techniques, use of self and cultural awareness is stressed.  Emphasis is also placed on health promotion, health maintenance, and accident/illness prevention for diverse individuals across the lifespan.

NURS 237         CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II     (5 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Utilizing the nursing process, the associate degree nursing student will meet the needs of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health as well as psychiatric/mental health issues across the life span along the health-illness continuum.  Critical thinking, nursing process, group dynamics and management of nursing care are incorporated into the clinical experience.  Students will apply evidence based nursing knowledge and skills in the implementation of health promotion activities.  The student will utilize therapeutic communication and effective management skills in providing nursing care according to legal/ethical and professional standards. 

NURS 259         ROLE TRANSITIONS     (1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This course assists the AD nursing student to prepare for the NCLEX RN ® examination and to become a member of the RN workforce.  The theoretical component of this course will reinforce and complement prior knowledge gained in the nursing curriculum.  Students will utilize the nursing process and critical thinking skills to review previously learned nursing concepts.  The course will also provide the student with opportunities to apply basic interview techniques and resume preparation and develop skills for successful employment as a health care professional.  It assists the student in making decisions concerning job choices and educational growth.  The course stresses the requirement of ongoing education for the RN as a member of the health care team and benefits of professional organizations.  Completion of the course will assist students to further prepare for the NCLEX RN ®

NURS 299         SPECIAL TOPICS     (1-4 credits)
Prerequisite: Department approval.  An examination of special topics in nursing under the advisement and direction of a nursing instructor. 

*All Clinical experiences are based on a 1:3 credit to hour ratio.