NURSING FROM CONCEPTS TO PRACTICE considers historical, cultural, professional, and futuristic points of view relative to the nursing profession. Course work includes the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual aspects of nursing; the nursing process; and the role of the professional nurse in responding to health needs. 3 lecture hours per week. Prerequisite to all other nursing courses. This course may not be taken concurrently with other nursing courses. 3 credit hours
PROFESSIONAL ROLE TRANSITION explores selected professional issues that affect the ability of a nurse to deliver professional nursing care. The course examines the transition from the role of a registered nurse to that of an advanced practice nurse via strategies for professional, personal, cultural, and spiritual growth and development. Emphasis is on nursing therapeutics, ethics, professionalism, research, critical thinking, and communication as the advanced practice nurse acts as leader and change agent in the process of promoting wellness for individuals and aggregates. (RN to BSN or MSN students only) Prerequisites: Licensed registered Nurse, permission of instructor. 3 credit hours
FOUNDATIONS IN NURSING PROCESS AND NURSING PRACTICE presents the process and practice of professional nursing with emphasis on integrating essential knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences with nursing procedures. Nursing theory and the nursing process provide the background for this rigorous course. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 4 clinical hours per week throughout the semester. Clinical fee. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing Major, NUR 201, and sciences required in first 3 semesters. Taken concurrently with NUR 206. 5 credit hours
HEALTH ASSESSMENTS details the process and practice of professional nursing. The health assessment component emphasizes the importance of utilizing techniques of inspection, auscultation, percussion, and palpation as tools to providing holistic client-centered care. The mastery of health assessments provides the professional nurse with the database necessary for deriving nursing diagnoses—that which designates nursing’s authentic locus—and to intervene and assist in actual or potential health problems, thereby assisting the client to achieve optimal levels of self-care. This health assessment will be presented by a systematic head-to-toe approach emphasizing integration as a whole. The use of nursing theory and the nursing process will be the conceptual framework for practice. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites: Freshman and first-semester sophomore courses required in the Nursing Program or permission of instructor. Taken concurrently with NUR 204. 3 credit hours
MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING provides assessment, planning, caring for, and evaluation of adults with various acute and chronic health problems. Promoting wellness, health teaching of patients and their families, and studying health outcomes toward the goals of self-care are emphasized. 45 lecture hours, 30 lab hours, 105 clinical hours per semester. Clinical Fee. Prerequisites: All freshman and sophomore courses required in the Nursing Program 6 credit hours
PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING studies health assessment, planning intervention, and evaluation of adults with various acute and chronic psychiatric and mental health problems, which occur through the development process. This course includes concepts from interpersonal theory, family theory, collaborative practice, group theory, healing, and the study of health outcomes as a result of nursing intervention. 45 theory hours, 90 clinical hours, 10 lab hours per semester. Clinical fee. Prerequisites: All freshman and sophomore courses required in the Nursing Program. Students who have not completed NUR 303 (Medical Surgical Nursing) will be evaluated for admission to this course on an individual basis. 6 credit hours
FAMILY-CENTERED MATERNITY NURSING approaches family health care from conception throughout pregnancy to birth and the care of the newborn. Helping families in their educational and developmental experience as they prepare to welcome the new baby is stressed. Women’s health care needs throughout the life span are also included. 45 lecture hours, 45 lab hours, 90 clinical Page 88
hours per semester. Clinical fee. Prerequisites: All freshman and sophomore courses required in the Nursing Program 6 credit hours
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD studies family concepts and nursing care of infants, preschoolers, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic health problems and illnesses that occur as children grow and develop in various cultural and economic environments. 45 theory hours, 30 lab hours, 100 clinical hours per semester. Clinical Fee. Prerequisites: All freshman and sophomore courses required in the Nursing Program. Must have successfully completed Child and Adolescent Psychological Development and Nutrition 6 credit hours
PHARMACOLOGY is an elective nursing course that reviews the types of drugs most commonly administered by the registered nurse. The classification, action, adverse effects, routes of administration, usual dosages, and incompatibility of drugs will be discussed. 1 lecture hour per week. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior level standing in the Nursing Program 1 credit hour
INTERNSHIP is a work-experience opportunity with the purpose of expanding education by applying accumulated knowledge in Nursing. The availability of internships is limited to upper-level students, normally seniors with a 2.5 quality point average. Students are approved individually by the academic department. A contract can be obtained from the Career Services Office in Starvaggi Hall. Internships count as general electives.
Prerequisite: Nursing Senior standing and permission of the department chair. 1-6 credit hours
Internships must be preapproved.
FAMILY-CENTERED COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING presents concepts and practices in community health nursing with care of families and groups over the health-illness continuum. This course includes community health assessment, health teaching, and collaborative planning with other health professionals on the public health team. 45 theory hours, 71 lab hours, 64 clinical hours per semester. Clinical fee. Prerequisites: All freshman, sophomore, and junior-level courses required in the Nursing Program or permission of instructor 6 credit hours
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS further refines students’ knowledge in nursing assessment and intervention in the care of clients with complex and chronic health problems that require collaborative health planning. This course includes care of people with physiological problems and patterns as they influence the general state of a person’s health. 45 theory hours, 30 lab hours, 105 clinical hours per semester. Clinical Fee.Prerequisites: All freshman, sophomore, and junior-level courses required in the Nursing Program 6 credit hours
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PROCESSES IN THE PRACTICE OF NURSING focuses on the principles of management and leadership within the health care delivery system. The emphasis on this course is to learn how to work with people as individuals and as members of groups, teams, and organizations. Concepts of a collaborative practice in new and emerging nursing roles are explained in theories of change, team-building, continuous quality assurance, and political, legal, and ethical issues in health care. 45 theory hours, 15 lab hours, 120 clinical hours per semester. Clinical fee.
Prerequisites: NUR 401, 402 and all freshman, sophomore, and junior-level courses required in the Nursing Program or permission of the instructor 6 credit hours
RESEARCH IN NURSING introduces the research process as an important factor in improving evidence-based nursing practice, nursing education, nursing theories, and nursing administration. 3 lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: All freshman, sophomore, and junior-level nursing courses and NUR 401 or 402 or permission of the instructor. Must be taken concurrently with NUR 435 3 credit hours
RESEARCH SEMINAR is a coordinating seminar that critically analyzes nursing research. Concurrent with NUR 404 and its implications for practice. Prerequisites: All freshman, sophomore, and junior-level nursing courses and NUR 401 or 402or permission of the instructor. Must be taken concurrently with NUR 404 1 credit hour
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Class of 2001Major: Nursing
Chrissy (Quinn ’01) Wilson always knew she wanted to be a nurse. The youngest of eight children, with older siblings who attended Franciscan University, the choice for a nursing program was also obvious. Knowing it was a big commitment...
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