Course Descriptions

Nursing


NUR 303
Nurse as Professional
4 credits

This course provides a basis for role transition of the registered nurse to student and provides opportunity for exploration of the many dimensions of professional nursing. The student considers the multiple roles of the nurse, the conceptual basis for nursing practice, and selected issues facing the profession of nursing. The course includes an introduction to information literacy and writing skills. Class sessions and course assignments are designed to foster critical thinking skills.

Prerequisite(s): Registered nurse and BSN major


NUR 313
Nurse as Decision Maker
3 credits

This course focuses on the application of ethical thinking to contemporary nursing practice. The major ethical theories are examined, and the issue of ethical standards is addressed. The relationship of ethics to technology, legal issues, and economics is explored.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305 and 60 lower level credits


NUR 323
Nurse as Teacher
3 credits

This course focuses on the development of teaching skills for professional nursing practice. The course will explore the role of the professional nurse in teaching individuals, families, communities, and peers.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305 and 60 lower level division credits


NUR 327
Hispanic Cultural Immersion (for Hispanic Cultural Certificate only)
3 credits

In this course, students will utilize the skills and knowledge they gained in previous courses in Hispanic language and culture. Students will participate in a community clinical site which provides health care to the Hispanic community.

Prerequisite(s): HUM 340, SPA 301, SPA 302, SPA 305, and HLT 371


NUR 333
Nurse as Leader
3 credits

This course focuses on the development of leadership skills for professional nursing practice. The course will explore the leadership role of the professional nurse through clinical practice, self-awareness, and professional involvement. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to expand leadership skills needed in professional nursing practice. The students' perspectives of leadership as a component of all professional nursing practice are enhanced through self-directed interaction with a variety of nursing leaders. This course requires sixteen (16) hours of clinical observation with a nurse leader.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305 and 60 lower division credits


NUR 343
Nurse as Consumer of Research
3 credits

Emphasis in this course is placed on the ability to read, understand, and critique published research reports. Students learn the relevance of research and strategies for utilization. Advocacy and accountability in the conduct and use of research are stressed.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305, MAT 308


NUR 363
Nurse as Caregiver: Chronic and Palliative Care
3 credits

This course emphasizes the professional nurse’s role in health restoration and maintenance for individuals and families affected by chronic conditions from diagnosis through end of life. Palliative care issues are examined. The impact of chronic health problems on the individual, family, and community is explored

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305 and 60 lower division credits


NUR 392
Independent Study in Nursing Research
2 credits

This course is intended to increase the student’s ability to relate research findings to their clinical practice. Through independent research, the student identifies nursing research studies that relate to specific clinical problems.


NUR 393
Independent Study In Nursing Practice
3 credits

This course recognizes the student’s personal and/or professional experiences and/or accomplishments relevant to nursing. The student will independently document the experience and/or accomplishment to show achievement of course objectives. If contracting for more than 1 credit, a review of relevant literature is required. Examples of personal and/or professional experiences and/or accomplishments related to nursing include: missionary work, disaster/humanitarian relief work, military experiences, volunteer work, community service, conference presentation, political action, national certification, parish nursing, and/or corporate training courses.


NUR 413
Holistic Health Assessment
3 credits

This course focuses on acquiring the skills to complete a holistic health assessment on an individual and family. Emphasis is placed on: physical assessment skills, communication skills, assessment of growth and development, identification of learning needs, and awareness of cultural diversity.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305 and 60 lower division credits


NUR 423
Global Health Care
3 credits

This course focuses on health care needs of aggregates in local, national, and international communities from the perspective of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Students explore a variety of frameworks such as epidemiology, health care systems, and health care planning as conceptual bases for diverse community health nursing roles.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305, NUR 343 or NUR 325, NUR 413 or NUR 410, ENG 365 (except for Nursing Pathway Students), and 60 lower division credits


NUR 433
Global Health Care Practicum
3 credits

This course focuses on the integration and practical application of community/global health principles and conceptual bases for community health nursing. Students gain community-based experience in community assessment, group teaching for aggregates, and community nursing practice. The focus of this practicum is a community learning experience at an approved community learning setting. The course requires a total of twenty (20) community learning experience hours and a minimum of fifteen (15) additional hours of community learning activities

Prerequisite(s): NUR 303 or NUR 305, NUR 323, NUR 363, NUR 413 or NUR 410, NUR 423 or NUR 420, and 60 lower division credits


NUR 461
Topics in Nursing
3 credits

These elective courses focus on contemporary subjects and current issues related to nursing and health care. Topics vary, with several different courses offered each year.


NUR 462
Topics in Nursing
3 credits

These elective courses focus on contemporary subjects and current issues related to nursing and health care. Topics vary, with several different courses offered each year.


NUR 470
Topics in Nursing
3 credits

These elective courses focus on contemporary subjects and current issues related to nursing and health care. Topics vary, with several different courses offered each year.


NUR 475
Topics in Nursing
3 credits

These elective courses focus on contemporary subjects and current issues related to nursing and health care. Topics vary, with several different courses offered each year.


NUR 480
Excellence in Clinical Nursing
3 credits

RN to BSN students who have earned national certification in a nursing specialty or who are certified to teach CPR courses may use this experience to PLA their 3 credit NUR upper level elective.