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NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology (B). Designed to safely and effectively prepare and administer common medications used in patients of various ages in various health care settings. The nursing process is utilized to assist the student in synthesizing the various factors related to medications, including health status, diet, education, culture and environmental factors. Pertinent topics such as pharmacology and the elderly, ethnopharmacology, and herbal and complementary medicines are discussed. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 328 Math for Safe Medication Administration (B). Students develop the necessary knowledge and skill of basic medication therapy, drug dosage calculations and drug administration in order to safely, effectively, and competently care for clients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. 1 Cr. Fall.

NUR 342 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing (B). Co-requisite: NUR 343 (must be taken concurrently). Presents both the skills and theoretical basis for professional practice in nursing with an emphasis on a systems approach and patient safety. Introduces the components and use of the nursing process and basic nursing techniques, national safety goals and adults' reaction to illness and hospitalization. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 343 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 342 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Presents both the skills and theoretical basis for professional practice in nursing with an emphasis on a systems approach. Introduces the components and use of the nursing process and basic nursing techniques. 1 Cr. Fall.

NUR 344 Health Assessment (B). Co-requisite: NUR 345 (must be taken concurrently). Bridges the gap between the basic sciences and their application in assessing the physiologic, psychologic, developmental, socio-cultural, and spiritual factors that determine a patient’s health status. nursing care. Teaches the necessary physical examination skills to complete a basic health assessment. The information and exam findings are then utilized to develop a nursing plan for client care. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 345 Health Assess Clin (B). Co-rerequisite: NUR 344 (must be taken concurrently). Examination skills and techniques are taught and practiced in a lab setting. 1 Cr. Fall.

NUR 346 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (B). Co-rerequisite: NUR 347 (must be taken concurrently). Examines the response of adult patients to stressors affecting body systems, emphasizing primary and secondary preventions and strengthening lines of defense/resistance. Focus includes nursing care provided for patients with medical and focus surgical diagnoses in both outpatient and hospital settings. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 347 Adult Response to Health Stressors I Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 346 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Application of the nursing process in a clinical setting to assist patients in strengthening their flexible lines of defense and to diminish the impact of stressors on core stability. 2 Cr. Fall.

NUR 348 Childbearing Family and Women's Health (B). Co-requisite: NUR 349 (must be taken concurrently). Examines the responses of families to expected and high-risk obstetrical and neonatal stressors, and complications that occur during the prenatal, intrapartum and post-partum periods. Also examines stressors inherent in women's health care such as gynecological health concerns. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 349 Childbearing Family & Women's Health Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 348 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Utilizes the nursing process and provides an opportunity for implementation of nursing care in a variety of obstetrical and women's health care clinical settings. 2 Cr. Spring.

NUR 350 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (B). Co-requisite: NUR 351 (must be taken concurrently). Continuation of NUR 336 (see description). 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 351 Adult Response to Health Stressors II Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 350 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Application of the nursing process in a clinical setting to assist patients in strengthening their flexible lines of defense and to diminish the impact of stressors on core stability. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 360 Nursing Care of the Older Adult Across the Care Continuum (B). Adults over the age of 65 are the fastest growing demographic. Older adults commonly receive healthcare services across the healthcare continuum, including the community, hospital, and long-term care settings. They will continue to be the largest users of healthcare resources. This course will provide nursing students with the theoretical background and knowledge to address the complex healthcare needs of this population throughout the care continuum. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 440 Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing (B). Co-requisite: NUR 441 (must be taken concurrently). Examines the use of the nursing process in situations that require complex interpersonal skills. Focuses on the use of these skills in promoting the ability of patients to successfully respond to stressors. Includes the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary interventions with patients who are experiencing major mental illnesses violence, and sexual dysfunction. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 441 Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 440 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Clinical application of the concepts of mental health nursing. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 442 Critical Care Nursing (B). Co-requisite: NUR 443 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Implements secondary and tertiary preventions for the critically ill patient. Includes topics such as health problems seen in emergency departments, intensive care units, burn centers and trauma units. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 443 Critical Care Clin (B). Co-requisite: NUR 442 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Provides opportunities for implementing secondary and tertiary preventions for the critically ill patient. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 444 Community Health Nursing (B). Co-requisite: NUR 445 (must be taken concurrently). In this course, students examine the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary preventions within the home health care and public health domain and utilize the nursing process to promote optimal client stability. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 445 Community Health Nursing Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 444 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Students will be able to apply knowledge based on principles of public health and epidemiology to meet the community health needs of individuals, families and groups through primary, secondary and tertiary preventions. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 446 Pediatric Nursing (B). Co-requisite: NUR 447 (must be taken concurrently). Examines the multiple stressors in the critically and chronically ill infant, child, and adolescent; and their effects on the child, family and community. Examines the nursing process to promote optimal stability. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 447 Child and Adolescent Responses to Health Stressors Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 446 (must be taken concurrently). Course fee. Utilizes the nursing process in clinical settings to promoter optimal stability of infants, children, and adolescents experiencing stressors. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

NUR 449 Costa Rica Preparation for Nursing Students (B). Prepares nursing students for Community Health Clinical in Costa Rica. Explores cultural factors needed to be able to comprehend the Costa Rican health care system and to interact with the Costa Rican people. Includes language support and preparation which will allow students to meet the government-required criteria for international students working in the health care system in Costa Rica. 2 Cr. Fall.

NUR 471 Community Based Epidemiology (B). Co-requisite: NUR 472 (must be taken concurrently). Explores the various roles filled by community health nurses and the public health system. Entry-level epidemiology will be applied to appropriate clinical settings in this country and globally. This course is designed for the adult learner and offers frequent opportunities to develop public health awareness in an area of individual interest, in addition to multiple independent learning projects. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 472 Community Based Epidemiology Clinical (B). Co-requisite: NUR 471 (must be taken concurrently). Provides the RN-BSN student with clinical experiences with issues relevant to both local and global public health. 2 Cr. Fall.

NUR 473 Nursing Seminar I (A). Examines the role of the baccalaureate educated RN and promotes professional development. Beginning skills to produce a final project related to clinical practice will be developed. Professional presentation and communication skills will be explored. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 475 Nursing Seminar II (A,Y). Explore professional development of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in depth. A final evidence-based practice project related to clinical practice will be completed and presented. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 478 Problem Solving in Nursing I (B). Focuses on problem solving and decision making in nursing. Emphasizes synthesis of knowledge as it applies to the care of patients with multiple needs. Examines test-taking skills, relaxation and stress management techniques. 1 Cr. Fall.

NUR 479 Problem Solving in Nursing II (B). Focuses on problem solving and decision making in nursing. Builds on skills learned in NUR 478. 1 Cr. Spring.

NUR 480 Clinical Skills Course for RN to BSN Students (B). Prerequisite: NUR 344. This clinical course assists international RN to BSN students, new associate degree graduates who are not yet employed in the nursing profession, as well as seasoned RNs without patient care experience in the last five years, to review and practice their clinical skills. Students will be able to review and practice critical elements of safe patient care and nursing practice. 1-4 Cr.

NUR 495 Senior Nursing Seminar (B). Course fees: Co-requisites: NUR 444 and NUR 446 (must be taken concurrently). Concentrated clinical course that includes 128 hours with an experienced RN from a local hospital or agency. This course provides the student with the opportunity to choose a select setting of their interest in order to further develop their clinical experience and assist in the transition to professional practice. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

Graduate Courses

NUR 500 FNP Clinical Practicum I (B). Multiple Course fees: This clinical practicum for the family nurse practitioner candidate affords the opportunity to develop and improve essential skills in diagnosing and managing common and chronic conditions in care of middle aged and older aged individuals and/or families. Students will apply their knowledge through simulated experiences, case studies, and experiential learning. Emphasis on developing sound clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning skills is included. Students will begin to synthesize and apply relevant skills and knowledge gained during the introductory courses of NUR 510, NUR 521 and NUR 545 to real and simulated patient cases. (4 credits- 200 clinical hours: a minimum of 50 cases related to the content of this course will be evaluated and managed by students during the 200 clinical hours) 4 Cr. Spring.

NUR 510 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Examines the pathophysiology of common illnesses within a systems and life span framework. The course presents the basic knowledge needed to support advanced nursing practice. Mastery of this course content facilitates the role of the APN in proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. Emphasis is on understanding the alteration in normal physiological functioning and the effect on the individual, as well as, recognizing physical and identifiable findings of common illnesses, providing the APN with the necessary knowledge to manage common health problems and promote health maintenance. The course will cover selected common health problems related to gender, ethnicity, and lifespan along with the current state of the science on genetic influences. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 518 Using Information Systems and Analytical Methods (B). This course provides registered nurses with the statistical background and knowledge of computer based information management systems they require to function effectively in an advanced practice role. This course includes discussion and application of descriptive and inferential statistics and population based epidemiological measures. Statistical procedures are taught and applied with an emphasis on the utilization and interpretation of data in practice. An additional emphasis will be on critiquing data analysis in current understanding an applying selected information, technology and statistical procedures. Basic understanding of college-level algebra and statistics is assumed. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 520 Evaluating Research (B). Introduces and examines the research process as a multidimensional activity that requires conscientiousness, logic, creativity and active collaboration with others. Students will utilize the scientific method to critically analyze a research question, the quality of a literature review, the appropriateness of research design and methodology and the data interpretation and analysis. They will evaluate how findings gained from research published in professional journals to inform practice. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 521 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Provides the opportunity to expand pharmacotherapy knowledge to promote safe, competent prescribing practices. Students will apply principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics. The impact of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be explored. Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 545 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Students will learn the background knowledge as well as the technical, and interpersonal skills required for the advanced practice nurse. The comprehensive health assessment focuses on health history, physical and psychological exam, risk assessment for patients throughout the life span, including pediatrics, mental health and women’s health. Develops a thorough understanding of differential diagnosis that is based on underlying pathology or physiologic changes and develops an effective and appropriate plan of care for patients throughout the life span with consideration of life circumstances. In person lab time is required 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 550 FNP Clinical Practicum II (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner candidates develop and improve essential skills in diagnosing and managing common and chronic conditions in young families, including pediatrics and women of childbearing age. Students will apply their knowledge through simulated experiences, case studies, and experiential learning. Emphasis on developing sound clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning skills is included. Students will begin to synthesize and apply relevant skills and knowledge gained during the introductory courses of NUR 510, NUR 521, NUR 545, and NUR 550 to real and simulated patient cases. Students are expected to show movement toward independently formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans with the oversight of their clinical preceptors and course faculty. 4 Cr. Fall.

NUR 566 Health Policy and Advocacy (B). Students study health policy and the practice of political advocacy. They examine methods for identifying and structuring health policy problems and issues, formulating and analyzing alternative responses, recommending policy actions for decision making, and designing and evaluating implementation plans and the means to monitor and evaluate the resulting policy outcomes. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 600 FNP Clinical Practicum III (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner candidates develop and improve independent clinical reasoning and formulation of differential diagnoses and management of acute and complex care across the lifespan. Mastery of content from NUR 500, NUR 545, NUR 521, NUR 550, and NUR 699 support management of multiple co-morbid conditions and differentiation of acute versus chronic conditions that may involve referral and co-management. Additionally, professional advanced practice role development and challenges such as access to care, language, and cultural differences, risk taking behaviors, acute mental health problems, addictions, and violence in the home or community are considered in this course. Application of theory to acute and complex care management will be explored. 4 Cr. Spring.

NUR 651 Theoretical Foundations Advanced Practice Nrsng & Leadership (B). Nurses will utilize nursing theories and models in the care of patients as an advanced nursing practitioner. This course will also expose students to the concepts of nursing leadership in healthcare that will allow nurses to be essential and highly effective contributors and partners of leadership teams to work within complex and rapidly changing healthcare organizations. Students will learn the knowledge, skills, and behaviors of effective leadership. An essential component of this course will be on how to lead, communicate, and collaborate with diverse work forces and organizational cultures to deliver safe, high-quality, cost effective, patient-centered care. Organizational theories, outcomes-based leadership, leadership in significant transformation, crisis management, or rapid changes in healthcare will be a focus. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 655 Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). This course applies the basics of ethics: beneficence, autonomy, justice and veracity to advance nursing practice. Examines ethical concerns that are frequently encountered in health care and advanced nursing practice. Examines how law applies to advanced nursing practice, liability in patient care, and the workplace. Develops and enhances the advanced practice nurse’s confidence in ethical decision making skills. 3 credits. 3 Cr. Summer.

NUR 660 Care of Older Adults Across the Care Continuum (B). Adults over the age of 65 are the fastest growing demographic. Older adults commonly receive healthcare services across the healthcare continuum, including the community, hospital, and long term care settings. They will continue to be the largest users of healthcare resources. This course will provide nursing students with the theoretical background, knowledge, and application strategies to address the complex healthcare needs of this population throughout the care continuum. 3 Cr.

NUR 699 Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner students will learn to evaluate, treat, and manage advanced diagnostic decisions and perform procedures commonly seen in ambulatory care practice. Students will learn initial evaluation and management, appropriate referral principles, and patient education essentials, including follow up and home care. Knowledge and skills gained in this course will allow family nurse practitioner students to more effectively delivery safe, cost effective, and patient-centered care across the lifespan. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 771 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (B). In this course, students will apply epidemiologic principles to examine data, health care systems, and communities. Methodologies used to assess and evaluate population health will be applied to population based health initiatives and risk reduction programs. In this course we will consider the relevance of politics, economics, culture, biological, and social determinants that impact public health. Innovative solutions to global public health problems, including vehicles for global collaboration, use of technology, public-private collaborations, and community and grassroots activities will be highlighted. The course utilizes and epidemiologic approach with population based concepts, to evaluate and discuss the causes and distribution of disease within diverse populations. APN students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge based problem solving strategies to complex public health issues. 3 Cr. Spring.

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