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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.  Develop an understanding of the multidimensional base of nursing knowledge to include but not limited to basic human needs, nursing process, nursing judgement, informatics, ethical and professional, health promotion and disease prevention concepts. Gain an understanding of the role of the practical nurse within the interdisciplinary team, the vital importance of communication while providing safe and quality client care, and how nurses use evidence based information in their practice.

NURS 121         PRACTICAL NURSING I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  Explore three core concepts of health assessment, nutrition, and mental health as they relate to client care. Learn how the nurse incorporates this knowledge in caring for the diverse client from the moment they begin care for an individual to any point along the health and illness continuum.

NURS 122         CLINICAL PRACTICE I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  Apply the social, biological, behavioral and nursing science principles you have acquired to simulated and actual client care in the nursing lab and during clinical in health care facilities. You will see, practice, and then preform demonstrations of basic nursing skills and procedures in a supervised setting along with the study of math and medical terminology used to be successful in those skills. You will start to use the nursing process and critical thinking skills to organize and provide safe and effective client care.

NURS 124     CLINICAL PRACTICE II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  Gain additional nursing skills in the laboratory and apply those advanced skills in the clinical setting.  Utilize the tools of informatics, nursing process, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, evidence based practice, and management concepts to provide safe and culturally sensitive client care for individuals across the lifespan in a variety of medical facilities.

NURS 126         CLINICAL PRACTICE III     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.  Refine nursing knowledge, skills and ethical comportment in the role of a practical nursing student to provide safe and effective care 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.

NURS 127         PRACTICAL NURSING II: INTRO TO MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING     (2 credits)
Examine safe and effective client care of the bio-psychosocial individual along the health-illness continuum.  You will be involved in teaching and learning activities that enhance critical thinking skills, examine aspects of self-determination, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence based practice. You will increase your understanding of nursing process and prioritization in the care of 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.  Continue to examine evidence based nursing interventions, nursing process, nutrition and drug therapy for health promotion and disease prevention in the culturally diverse client across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum. You will have access to additional knowledge in the areas of quality improvement, informatics, accountability, ethical, legal and professional issues of the practical nurse.

NURS 145      INTRODUCTION TO MATERNAL CHILD NURSING     (2 credits)
Focus on the nursing care of the woman, newborn, child and families. Examine health maintenance and study the diseases and disorders affecting women, newborns, and children. Gain an understanding of pediatric growth and development and common illnesses. Use knowledge of family centered care, teaching and learning principles, and therapeutic communication while working within the interdisciplinary team to assist clients to use self-determination in decisions affecting their health.

NURS 224         PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Investigate the role of the RN. You will learn about historical trends, increase your knowledge of the background and current application of safety goals and competencies, and use previous skills in management to now refine your leadership skills. You will start the process of analyzing individual performance and system effectiveness.

NURS 225         ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Explore the pathophysiology and nursing interventions used in caring for individuals experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health that build on concepts, knowledge and skills introduced in practical nursing programs and the supporting sciences.   Utilize evidence based practice, nursing judgement, therapeutic communication, and the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care to diverse individuals along the health-illness continuum. 

NURS 226         MATERNAL CHILD NURSING     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Integrate prior learning while expanding your knowledge of the neonate, developing child, women's health, and childbearing family.  Health maintenance and study of diseases and disorders affecting diverse neonates, children, women, and families along the health/illness continuum and during the end stages of life are examined.  Emphasis is placed on therapeutic communication, the role of the registered nurse, ethical/legal issues, and health promotion and maintenance during life stages of growth and development for neonates, children, and women. 

NURS 227         CLINICAL APPLICATIONS I     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Participate collaboratively with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide safe and culturally sensitive client centered care in the lab, clinical area, and simulation lab. Practice parenteral medication therapies and demonstrate professional and leadership competencies while incorporating evidence based practices and sound nursing judgment.

NURS 228         ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH II     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Continue the study of acute and chronic alterations in health across a variety of healthcare environments. Discuss the principles of clinical judgement, leadership and delegation while prioritizing and providing safe, effective and culturally sensitive client care for individuals experiencing complex alterations in health. Analyze ethical health care, quality improvement processes, and how to effectively work within the healthcare system.

NURS 229         HEALTH PROMOTION AND PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Examine safe and effective client care in the areas of health promotion for individuals and groups in communities and in care of the client experiencing psychosocial issues. Expand your skills in promoting a client's self-determination, advocating for clients, and working within the interdisciplinary healthcare team while making evidence based decisions to improve the safety and quality of client care.

NURS 237         CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II     (5 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Prioritize safe, effective, and culturally competent client care in acute and community settings during this clinical and simulation lab course. Clients with complex alterations in health and psychosocial issues are managed with a spirit of inquiry and collaboration to make evidence based clinical judgements. Quality improvement practices related to national safety goals are examined. You will be challenged with a preceptor activity during the latter part of this course.

NURS 259         ROLE TRANSITIONS     (1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Prepare for your future. Examine the process of identifying and obtaining a position as a registered nurse in this interactive lab course. Explore nursing organizations, the legislative process, and lifelong learning. Investigate what it takes to prepare for and be successful in passing the NCLEX RN® examination. Be part of developing an evidence based research question, use technology to prepare a portfolio, and reflect on what it means to be accountable and responsible in the role of the 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.