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LPNC 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the principles related to pharmacology. It examines a variety of drug classifications and their effects on the body. The course places emphasis on use of the nursing process in drug administration and includes drug calculations.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

LPNC 101 PRACTICAL NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

Fall, 8 credit hours

This course examines the evolution of nursing including current trends and introduces the health care delivery system to the student. Communication techniques, including documentation, are explored. Legal and ethical considerations and the role of the LPN within healthcare are examined. Students utilize the nursing process and critical thinking in providing nursing care to clients who are at various points on the health-illness continuum. Students develop skills fundamental to the practice o f nursing and apply theoretical content in the long-tem1 care setting.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

Corequisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217), Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102) or permission of instructor.

LPNC 102 PRACTICAL NURSING: SPECIALTY POPULATIONS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces students to assessment and nursing care concepts focusing on maternity, newborn, pediatric, and mentally ill clients. The nursing process and critical thinking skills are utilized to adapt nursing concepts and procedures to these special populations. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Drug Dosage Calculations and Pharmacology (LPNC 100), Practical Nursing Fundamentals (LPNC 101); corequisite: Practical Nursing: Medical-Surgical Nursing (LPNC 103); or permission of instructor. Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

LPNC 103 PRACTICAL NURSING: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING

Spring, 8 credit hours

Students will utilize critical thinking and the nursing process in learning about fundamental disease processes and the LPN’s role in prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and the restoration of health in the adult client. Concepts related to safety, emotional support, communication, client teaching, and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course. Students utilize the nursing laboratory to enhance their psychomotor and critical thinking skills in practicing advanced nursing skills. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to apply theory/lab in the medical-surgical units of acute care hospitals. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, twelve hours clinical per week.

Prerequisite: PN Fundamentals (LPNC 101); corequisite: Practical Nursing: Specialty Populations (LPNC 102); or permission of instructor. Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

NURS 100 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course provides basic information on the profession of nursing. A historical perspective of the nursing profession is presented, with current and future trends in nursing discussed. An overview of therapeutic communication, stress management, critical thinking, problem solving, data collection and infection control are included. The course also offers opportunity to build drug dosage calculation skills. This course is intended for potential nursing majors. One hour lecture per week.

Pre-requisites: Beginning Algebra (MATH 100) or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

NURS 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

Fall, 6 credit hours

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills basic to nursing. This course will enable the student to learn nursing concepts and the nursing process, while introducing nursing roles as provider and manager of care and member of the profession. The nursing laboratory on campus is used to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical setting. Clinical nursing experiences are provided to assist students in applying NURS 101 theory in the long-term care setting. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, and six hours clinical per week. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 102 PSYCHIATRIC AND MATERNAL CHILD NURSING

Spring 9 credit hours

This second-level clinical nursing course is designed to assist the student in further developing skills, knowledge, and theories introduced in Fundamentals of Nursing (NURS 101) by challenging students with specialized nursing concepts. The course provides students with opportunities to learn concepts in both maternal/child and mental health nursing. Clinical learning experiences assist student in applying Nursing II concepts with persons at various levels of health and wellness for which nursing interventions are necessary. The nursing laboratory will be used to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical area. Six hours lecture, two hours laboratory, seven hours clinical per week.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in the following courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217), Fundamentals of Nursing (NURS 101), Pharmacology I (NURS 103), Nursing Seminar (NURS 105), Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101), Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102), or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 103 PHARMACOLOGY I

Fall, 1 credit hour

This introductory pharmacology course will explore the basic principles surrounding pharmacology. Topics include: medication administration, cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to pharmacology, patient education, reduction of medication errors, and the nursing care involved in administration of drugs used to treat nutritional, eye, and ear disorders. One hour lecture per week, NURSING MAJORS ONLY or permission of instructor.

NURS 104 PHARMACOLOGY II

Spring, 1 credit hour

This pharmacology course will explore the various classifications of drugs, and their associated nursing care, used to treat psychiatric, reproductive, and bone/joint disorders. The course will also examine commonly used drugs during pregnancy, and those used to control pain. Pediatric drug administration will also be discussed. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in Pharmacology I (NURS 103) and Fundamentals of Nursing (NURS 101), or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 105 NURSING SEMINAR

Fall, 1 credit hour

This nursing course is designed to introduce the student to the concept of critical thinking and ways to improve critical thinking, especially as it relates to nursing. The course will also examine the history and development of the nursing profession and issues faced by the professional nurse in the delivery of care. Students will be required to develop a plan for succeeding in the associate degree nursing program that demonstrates self-reflection and evaluation of individual strengths and weaknesses. One hour lecture per week. ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING MAJORS ONLY or permission of the instructor.

NURS 200 PHARMACOLOGY III

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course will explore classifications of drugs used to treat skin, neuromuscular, cancer, blood, respiratory, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte, and blood disorders; and discuss the nursing care associated with these agents. In addition, drugs used to treat viral and bacterial infections will be discussed as well as agents used to modify the human immune system. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in Pharmacology II (NURS 104), and Psychiatric and Maternal Child Nursing (NURS 102), or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 201 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

Fall, 10 credit hours

This medical-surgical nursing course develops knowledge, skills, attitudes, and reflection towards evidence based practice of pediatric and adult clients. Emphasis is placed on identification of high risk groups, assessment of deviation from the normal and nursing/interdisciplinary care. The nursing laboratory on campus is used to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical setting. Clinical nursing experiences are provided to assist students in applying NURS 201 theory in the acute care setting. Six hours lecture, three hours laboratory, and nine hours clinical per week.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in the following: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217), Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 218); Psychiatric and Maternal Child Nursing (NURS 102) and Pharmacology II (NURS 104)); successful completion of Expository writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102) or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 202 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

Spring, 10 credit hours

This capstone medical-surgical nursing course enhances the student’s critical reflection and dialogue, active questioning of beliefs, values, assumptions, and encourages exploration of new ways of understanding self and others. Students are encouraged to fully and freely engage in dialogue and critical thinking activities that facilitate a deep shift in their ways of thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. Students continue to utilize all skills and competencies necessary to accurately implement the nursing process holistically with diverse client populations. Students achieve their highest levels of potential while preparing for the graduate role in nursing. Clinical nursing experiences are provided to assist students in applying nursing theory in the hospital and/or community setting(s). Six hours lecture, twelve hours clinical/lab per week.

Prerequisites: Medical-Surgical Nursing I (NURS 201) (minimal grade of C), Microbiology (BIOL 209) (minimal grade of C), or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY

NURS 203 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN NURSING

Spring, 1 credit hour

This writing intensive course is designed to increase the awareness of current issues affecting the nursing profession. This course will examine the health care environment, health care finance, the political process and the nursing profession, nursing theorists and conceptual models of nursing, nursing research, nursing licensure, development of nursing as a profession, legal responsibilities for practice, ethical concerns in nursing practice, management and leadership, bioethical issues in healthcare, and nursing practice areas. One hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Medical-Surgical Nursing I (NURS 201), Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102), all with a minimal grade of C, or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 204 PHARMACOLOGY IV

Spring, 1 credit hour

This pharmacology course will explore the various classifications of drugs, and their associated nursing care, used to treat immune, cardiac, endocrine, renal, and nervous system disorders and emergency preparedness. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better In Pharmacology III (NURS 200) and Medical-Surgical Nursing I (NURS 201), or permission of instructor. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 300 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS IN NURSING

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course examines the historical development and evolution of nursing theory and its interrelationship to research and professional nursing practice. The course includes critical thinking activities used to conceptualize, apply, analyze, and synthesize knowledge related to specific nursing theories and their importance in nursing education, practice, and research. A group project that incorporates the students’ knowledge of nursing theory and nursing theorists will be used to demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the RN-BS program or permission of instructor.

NURS/HSMB 302 LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE

Spring, 3 credit hours

The student will examine the legal and ethical issues related to health care as they impact the health services managers involved in health care decision making. A variety of commonly experienced legal situations and ethical dilemmas will be discussed, including professional liability, patients’ rights, abortion, AIDS care, informed consent, organ transplantation, health care delivery and resource allocation and issues related to death and dying and funeral home care. Lecture, role playing, case study evaluation and guest lecturers from the field of medical law and ethics will be used to meet the objectives of the course. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: RN license or senior standing in an AS nursing program or permission of instructor.

NURS 303 HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN NURSING

Fall, 4 credit hours

This course will provide the student with knowledge and skills basic to health assessment in nursing. The course emphasizes critical thinking skills required for accurate collection and analysis of client health information and provides opportunities for enhancement of physical assessment skills. Students will be responsible for finding a qualified preceptor (with the approval of the course instructor) in order to successfully complete the clinical portion of this course. Two hours lecture per week and 45 hour preceptorship.

Prerequisite: Students must be admitted into the RN-BS program or permission of instructor.

NURS 304 HEALTH PROMOTION and RESTORATION

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides the student with knowledge of the major individual and community models and theories that guide health-promotion interventions across the life span. This course presents information that enhances the students’ ability to provide holistic health promotion and preventive care. The planning, implementing and evaluating of health promotion, prevention, and restoration activities for individuals, families, and communities is stressed. Relevant community based clinical experiences, integrated throughout the course provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate evidence-based health promotion care to diverse and vulnerable populations. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites:Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300) a or permission of instructor.

NURS/DHYG 370 RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

Fall/Spring, 3 credits

This course provides an intense comprehensive study of the scientific research process utilized in the social and health sciences. Students will be trained to be critical consumers of published research and will be expected to complete a research project. Topics that will be covered include the underlying theory of research; critically evaluating research; measurement; sampling techniques, establishing causation, surveys, qualitative approaches, field research, and data management and presentation. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Enrolled in RN-BS or B. Tech in Dental Hygiene program. Statistics (MATH 141) or equivalent coursework is a prerequisite/corequisite or permission of instructor.

NURS 400 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the conceptual basis for the application of leadership and management principles. The student gains a better understanding of the application of these principles in the management and coordination of health care delivery systems. Exploration of the critical components of leadership and management in diverse health care settings and application of course content enhances the coordination of quality client care and the role of the nurse as a leader and manager. Two hours lecture per week and 45 hour preceptorship.

Prerequisites: Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300), and Public Health Issues (NURS 301), Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (NURS 302), Health Assessment in Nursing (NURS 303). Health Promotion and Restoration in Nursing (NURS 304) or permission of instructor.

NURS 402 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING

Spring, 4 credit hours

This course will examine public and community health theory and practice as they relate to the Registered Professional Nurse. Public health principles, epidemiology, and community health nursing theory will be utilized by the student in conducting a community health assessment and implementation of a service-learning project within the community.

Prerequisites: Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300), Health Assessment in Nursing (NURS 303), Research Methods (NURS 370)

NURS 403 TRANSCULTURAL NURSING

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course provides the student with an overview of the influence of culture on health care practices and in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, groups, and communities. Increased awareness of culturally diverse nursing care and a sound understanding of the impact of cultural beliefs, values, and practices upon health and health care delivery is a direct outcome of this course. The student explores and reflects upon their own cultural beliefs related to health and health care delivery and examines client behaviors, cultural perspectives, and barriers to transcultural communication. Knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity to diverse cultural values and meanings are an interwoven theme throughout the course content. Two hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Research Methods in the Social and Health Sciences (NURS 370), senior level status or permission of instructor.