College Catalog Fall 2004 - Spring 2006
NURS

NURS 102 NURSING THROUGH THE LIFESPAN

This course introduces students to assessment and nursing care concepts of the human systems focusing on the maternity, newborn, pediatric, and mentally ill client. Assessment and introductory care concepts will be germane to common health care concerns of these client groups. Further discussion of how ethnic and cultural diversity affect the delivery of health care will be explored.

Prerequisite: ALHT 100

(3: 3, 0) Spring

NURS 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

This course is designed to assist students in acquiring knowledge in professional nursing roles. It focuses on principles and techniques used in meeting the basic physical and psychosocial needs of human systems through the lifespan. Nursing process as a critical-thinking tool is used throughout the course. Assessment of client needs and care are related to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and assisting the client to progress from illness to wellness. The primary focus of this course is on Activities of Daily Living (ADL), technical skills, and safety needs of clients. Students take Nursing Clinical I concurrently to practice newly acquired skills and to correlate theory to practice within the health care system. Emphasis is on care of gerontological clients.

Prerequisites: ALHT 100 and BIOL 220 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: ALHT 100 and BIOL 220 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 120

(4: 3, 3) Fall

NURS 115 MEDICAL‑SURGICAL NURSING I

This course teaches students to incorporate basic acquired knowledge and skills in assisting clients who have impaired body structure or function at various levels on the health/illness continuum with consideration for cultural and psychosocial factors. Emphasis is on nursing process, therapeutic communication, critical thinking, and the health team's role in providing for safety, comfort, health teaching, and rehabilitation in common illness and conditions of human systems of all ages. Safe techniques of drug preparation and administration, surgical asepsis, and technical nursing skills are incorporated into the course. Nursing care planning is a primary focus, using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for prioritization of nursing diagnoses. These skills are demonstrated and practiced in the on-campus Nursing Arts Lab and in affiliated institutions.

Prerequisites: ALHT 100, BIOL 220, NURS 110, NURS 120, and both NURS 102 and BIOL 225 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: NURS 102, BIOL 225 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 125

(4: 3, 3) Spring

NURS 120 NURSING CLINICAL I

This four-credit freshman practicum provides students with a supervised clinical experience in the nursing lab and area nursing homes. Students utilize observation, communication, and techniques of nursing, including ADL care, vital signs, and basic medical asepsis based upon knowledge concurrently acquired in the classroom and nursing lab. Students are expected to apply beginning-level assessment and communication skills through utilization of Maslow's hierarchy. Students apply the nursing process and critical thinking at a beginning level in care of assigned clients for maintaining, supporting, or restoring an optimal level of wellness. Students begin to explore the impact of the internal and external environments on human systems, as well as the physical, psychological, sociological, cultural, developmental, and spiritual aspects of health care delivery. Legal and ethical responsibilities are incorporated at a beginning level. Students acquire an understanding of the role of the beginning nurse in providing for geriatric clients' basic human needs, including teaching/learning needs. Due to the composite nature of this course, students have the opportunity to experience primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of health care.

Prerequisites: ALHT 100 and BIOL 220 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: ALHT 100, BIOL 220 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 110

(4: 0, 12) Fall

NURS 125 NURSING CLINICAL II

This nursing practicum provides students with supervised clinical experience in hospital facilities, nursing homes, community offices and agencies, and the on-campus nursing lab. Students focus on using the nursing process in assessing selected clients and in planning and implementing their care. Students must perform specific procedures according to accepted professional standards.

Prerequisites: ALHT 100, BIOL 220, NURS 110, NURS 120, and both NURS 102 and BIOL 225 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: NURS 102, BIOL 225 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 115

(4: 0, 12) Spring

NURS 200 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

This course expands upon holistic concepts of human systems and the nursing process through Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. It focuses on pathophysiologies and psycho-social concepts to health management of individuals, families, and communities through the health care delivery system. Health promotion and teaching on the wellness-illness continuum and restoration of optimum levels of health during the life cycle are stressed. Knowledge of pharmacology is expanded by discussing common medications used to treat alterations in each system and prototypes of the major drug groups. The legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse are discussed. Health promotion through health teaching is initiated.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent), BIOL 230, NURS 220, and NURS 255 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: BIOL 230, NURS 220 or NURS 255 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 230

(4: 3, 3) Fall

NURS 210 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III

This course continues to build on previous nursing knowledge from ALHT 100-NURS 230. Human systems, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and the nursing process provide the framework for the approach to treatment on the wellness-illness continuum and the restoration to optimum levels of health. Emphasis is placed on students' ability to synthesize and evaluate health- and disease-related situations presented with progression toward advanced communication skills and independent critical thinking. Correlation of laboratory data, nutritional therapy, and pharmacologic intervention to client health is required.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent), NURS 200, NURS 230, BIOL 230, NURS 220, and NURS 255 (latter two courses may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: BIOL 230, NURS 220 or NURS 255 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 230

(4: 3, 3) Spring

NURS 220 PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING

This nursing theory course prepares the generalist nurse to develop a psychiatric theoretical background for the understanding of human coping with stress and crisis in individuals, families, and communities within the professional role. Therapeutic interventions based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, designed to promote, maintain, and restore mental health, are presented. Legal, ethical, and political issues relating to mental health and the health care delivery system are explored. The belief that mental health nursing is an integral part of all nursing is emphasized. The nursing process as a critical-thinking tool provides a framework for discussing meeting human needs.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent)

(3: 3, 0)

NURS 230 NURSING CLINICAL III

The clinical component provides students the opportunity to expand upon concepts learned in the classroom and previous clinical experiences. Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, students prioritize physical and psychosocial client care and decision making through all phases of the nursing process including medicine administration, nutrition, and legal and ethical issues. Students are expected to utilize advanced communication skills. Basic health teaching/promotion and critical-thinking skills while identifying and participating in advocacy roles are emphasized.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent), BIOL 230, NURS 220, and NURS 255 (may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: BIOL 230, NURS 200, and NURS 220 or NURS 255 (if not taken as prerequisites)

(4: 0, 12) Fall

NURS 240 NURSING CLINICAL IV

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply and advance the concepts learned in Medical-Surgical Nursing III and previous classroom and clinical experiences. Students are expected to utilize assessment skills, communication skills, and the nursing process to aid clients at various stages of the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on priority setting, problem solving, and critical thinking in managing the care of selected clients. Client teaching, discharge planning, and legal and ethical responsibilities will be incorporated into the plan of care. Students are expected to identify physiologic and psychosocial needs of the clients including application of pharmacological, nutritional principles, and lab data. Students will move toward a competent, skilled, and caring professional role.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent), NURS 200, NURS 230, BIOL 230, NURS 220, and NURS 255 (latter two courses may also be taken as corequisites)

Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 255 (if not taken as prerequisites), and NURS 210

(4: 0, 12) Spring

NURS 255 MATERNAL/CHILD HEALTH NURSING

This is a maternal/child health theory course that builds on the basic maternal child care and pediatrics studies learned in Nursing Through the Lifespan or its equivalent. Using human systems and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process as a critical-thinking tool to assist the new family in achieving optimum levels of health during child-bearing and child-rearing years. An additional focus is therapeutic communication for health teaching and anticipatory guidance for parenting.

Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the Nursing program (or its equivalent)

(3: 3, 0)

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