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BSN Two2 Second Degree Nursing Program Course Descriptions

NURS 301:  Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
This course will examine technology and its impact upon nursing and the healthcare industry. The students will explore how computers are utilized in education, practice, administration and research. Students will review software for its applicability in nursing and healthcare. Students will learn about word processing, electronic mail, computerized literature searches, Internet research, and electronic presentation software.

NURS 310: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (4 credits)
This course focuses on core concepts of alterations of human homeostatic processes and pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics. Causes of pathophysiology in select body systems will be discussed along with corresponding physical effects and responses. Pharmacologic therapeutic agents are discussed in relation to their effects on body systems experiencing disease pathology throughout the lifespan. Nursing responsibilities regarding safe medication administration, client teaching, laboratory data analysis and current research trends in pharmacology for the treatment of human diseases are discussed. Ethical/legal and cultural considerations of medication administration will be discussed. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 301: Nursing Informatics and NURS 320: Introduction to Professional Holistic Nursing.

NURS 320: Introduction to Professional Holistic Nursing (4 credits)
This course will explore the historical and theoretical foundations of the profession of nursing from a Christian worldview. Special attention is given to the caring, scientific and artistic nature of the profession as well as the characteristics of its professional practitioners. Key roles of the nurse including care provider, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession are explored. Emphasis is placed on the synergy of the body, mind and spirit that is essential to consider when providing nursing care to individuals throughout the lifespan. By looking at the holistic nature of persons, nurses can develop comprehensive therapeutic strategies. By exploring diverse psychosocial, spiritual, sexual and cultural dimensions of persons, nurses can tailor their interventions to meet the needs of clients seeking mental and physical health.

NURS 340: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (5 credits)
In this course, students learn to use knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as a basis for the development of professional values for holistic nursing practice. The fundamentals of the nursing process and of basic clinical nursing skills are taught as caring behaviors within a Christian worldview. Course content areas include communication skills, legal and ethical considerations for holistic nursing care, assessment of basic health needs, and select psychomotor skills needed for beginning nursing practice. In addition, students learn information management skills of documentation, medical terminology and abbreviations. Students then practice and hone these skills in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 301: Nursing Informatics and NURS 320: Introduction to Professional Holistic Nursing.

NURS 350: Health Promotion, Health Education & Physical Assessment (5 credits)
This course is focused upon the concepts of health promotion and the skills of physical assessment. Students learn the key elements of nursing assessment, which include performing a health history, physical assessment, and psychosocial-spiritual assessment throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is given to the role of the professional nurse in health promotion and the provision of health education. Students have the opportunity to discuss and apply teaching and learning theories through the identification of client education needs.  Students also participate in health promotion projects. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 301: Nursing Informatics and NURS 320: Introduction to Professional Holistic Nursing.

NURS 360: Nursing Care of Adults I (4 credits)
In the classroom, emphasis is placed on the use of knowledge within a Christian worldview for health promotion and the prevention of illness involving selected body systems. Students utilize the nursing process by applying nursing assessment data for holistic identification and prioritizing client health problems, formulating client goals, development and use of nursing interventions, and evaluation of client goal achievement throughout the lifespan. This first clinical practicum will give students the opportunity to demonstrate beginning competence in skills necessary for the professional nurse in outpatient, long term care, and/or (low acuity) acute care settings. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 310: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology, NURS 340: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, and NURS 350: Health Promotion, Health Education and Physical Assessment.

NURS 370: Nursing Care of Adults II (4 credits)
This course emphasizes the application of nursing care to clients experiencing health problems that require increasingly intensive care. Students are introduced to hospitalized adults in various states of illness. Holistic nursing care concepts are emphasized through further development of communication skills, physical assessment skills, application of the nursing process, and critical thinking skills. This clinical practicum is designed to facilitate transition into the acute care setting. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competence as provider/ designer/coordinator/manager of care roles in acute care clinical settings for clients throughout the lifespan. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 360: Nursing Care of Adults I, NURS 380: Mental Health and Illness, NURS 390: Maternal Child Nursing Care, and NURS 404: Nursing Research.

NURS 380: Nursing Care in Mental Health and Illness (4 credits)
This course focuses on theory and practice of nursing in mental health and illness from a holistic, caring, relationship-centered perspective. The historical, theoretical, empirical, legal, and ethical foundations of nursing in mental health and illness are discussed. Emphasis is placed on neuroscience, theories of human behavior and nursing theories applied to situations involving mental health and illness. The epidemiology and clinical course of major mental disorders as experienced by the whole person are central to the course. Consideration is given to issues in care, interventions, and the mental health of special populations. Opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking and practice nursing skills involving mental health and illness in a variety of community and mental health care settings are provided. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 310: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology, NURS 340: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, and NURS 350: Health Promotion, Health Education and Physical Assessment.

NURS 390: Maternal-Child Nursing Care (4 credits)
This course provides the theoretical and clinical base for nursing care of the childbearing family throughout the childbearing year. Emphasis is placed on holistic care from a Christian worldview for the childbearing woman, her baby, and the family. Attention is given to the diverse needs of women and families with respect to differences in age, culture, and psychosocial attributes.  Course content includes: maternal and newborn care, selected women's health issues, contemporary issues and trends, global issues in the care of women and newborns, and the nurse's role in the care of childbearing families. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for the student to participate in the care of the woman and her baby during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 310: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology, NURS 340: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, and NURS 350: Health Promotion, Health Education and Physical Assessment.

NURS 402: Leadership in Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Principles of leadership related to the organization and delivery of nursing care are studied within this course. Organizational management, power, decision-making, and change theories are examined in relationship to the independent role of the nurse. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 360: Nursing Care of Adults I, NURS 380: Mental Health and Illness, NURS 390: Maternal Child Nursing Care, and NURS 404: Nursing Research.

NURS 403: Holistic Family/Community Nursing Practice (4 credits)
This course focuses on healthcare needs of families and communities. Epidemiological principles are emphasized. Students identify need(s) for change and design nursing strategies to meet these needs. Students participate with other health care providers in delivering family/community health care and service as advocates for healthcare consumers. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 360: Nursing Care of Adults I, NURS 380: Mental Health and Illness, NURS 390: Maternal Child Nursing Care, and NURS 404: Nursing Research.

NURS 404: Nursing Research (3 credits)
The research process is examined as systematic problem-solving for the improvement of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on analysis and evaluation of research findings for application to nursing practice. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 310: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology, NURS 340: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, and NURS 350: Health Promotion, Health Education and Physical Assessment.

NURS 440: Nursing Care of Adults III (4 credits)
This course focuses on caring for clients and families who are experiencing critical and complex health problems that may be life-threatening. Students use critical thinking skills in the planning and delivery of health care needs to acutely ill adults and their families. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competence as provider/designer/coordinator/manager of care roles in critical care settings. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 370: Nursing Care of Adults II, NURS 402: Leadership in Nursing Practice, NURS 403: Holistic Family/Community Nursing Practice, and NURS 450: Pediatric Nursing.

NURS 450: Pediatric Nursing Care (4 credits)
This course focuses on the role of the nurse as the provider of optimum care to the pediatric client and family. A developmental approach to the management of children from birth through adolescence is used. Course content incorporates a comprehensive view on normal growth and development throughout childhood, health promotion and maintenance and the management of acute and chronic childhood dysfunctions. A holistic approach is utilized which encompasses family dynamics, developmental tasks, health beliefs, cultural, spiritual, educational and economic issues. Appropriate methods of client/family teaching, anticipatory guidance, nursing support and guidance are taught as well as demonstrated by the student.  Clinical practicum is taught on Saturdays.  Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 360: Nursing Care of Adults I, NURS 380: Mental Health and Illness, NURS 390: Maternal Child Nursing Care, and NURS 404: Nursing Research.

NURS 460: Nursing Care and Chronic Illness (4 credits)
This course focuses on holistic nursing practice in situations involving the chronically ill of all ages. In the classroom, emphasis is placed on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration for clients and families with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The clinical practicum will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate advanced competence in skills necessary for the professional nurse in outpatient, long term care, and (low acuity) acute care settings. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 370: Nursing Care of Adults II, NURS 402: Leadership in Nursing Practice, NURS 403: Holistic Family/Community Nursing Practice, and NURS 450: Pediatric Nursing Care.

NURS 480: Capstone  Peace, Power and Leadership for Personal and Global Healing (3 credits)
Throughout this course the larger questions related to personal and global healing will be explored. The work of Florence Nightingale and Jesus serve as examples of spiritually grounded healing praxis and leadership. These perspectives also highlight the body-mind-spirit nature of persons. Shared personal experiences of illness derived from the literature will illuminate responses to both illness and healthcare providers. These insights guide us toward self-healing and the facilitation of healing in others. In addition, creative and purposeful strategies for leadership that enhance nurses’ ability to do the work necessary to manifest healing environments that lead to a healthy world will be examined. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 370: Nursing Care of Adults II, NURS 402: Leadership in Nursing Practice, NURS 403: Holistic Family/Community Nursing Practice, and NURS 450: Pediatric Nursing Care.

NURS 485: Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge (4 credits)
This course provides the opportunity for synthesis of academic, evidence-based, and clinical nursing knowledge gained during the prerequisite nursing courses. Students will apply knowledge to clinical practice through the use of simulation and problem based learning. This course will assist students to prepare for successful completion of the NCLEX-RN® and achievement of licensure as a professional nurse. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in NURS 370: Nursing Care of Adults II, NURS 402: Leadership in Nursing Practice, NURS 403: Holistic Family/Community Nursing Practice, and NURS 450: Pediatric Nursing Care.

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