Nursing Courses

NURS 138 Human Sexuality

4 hours

A study of the field of human sexuality. The origins of sex roles, myths, stereotypes, and realities of this important aspect of life will be presented. The complexity of the sociological, psychological, biological, and legal components of the sexual being will also be included. The class is open to all students on campus. (Same as WGST 138) (HB)

NURS 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

NURS 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

NURS 234 Pathways to Practice I

2 hours

First of two courses focusing on assessment, health promotion and communication skills; development and application of cognitive and psychomotor skills to perform systematic, holistic, and culturally sensitive assessments with an emphasis on the application of clinical reasoning. This course facilitates the acquisition of knowledge for the liberal arts, sciences and nursing as the foundation of professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: admission to nursing major; BIO 115, 116, 152, HLTH 125. Co-requisites: BIO 243, NURS 235, PSYC 130, SCI 240.

NURS 235 Pathways to Practice I Clinical

2 hours

First of two clinical courses focusing on the development of communication and assessment skills and selective application of cognitive and psychomotor skills for the safe care of adult patients in long term care settings. Prerequisites: admission to nursing major; BIO 115, 116, 152, HLTH 125. Co-requisites: BIO 243, NURS 234, PSYC 130, SCI 240.

NURS 236 Pathways to Practice II

2 hours

Second course in a series focusing on further development of assessment, health promotion and communication skills and the application of cognitive and psychomotor skills to patients experiencing common abnormalities with an emphasis on the application of clinical reasoning. Prerequisites: NURS 234, 235. Co-requisites: NURS 237, PSYC 240, SCI 250.

NURS 237 Pathways to Practice II Clinical

2 hours

Second clinical course in a series focusing on the application of cognitive and psychomotor skills on the care of adult patients with common abnormalities in a rural acute care and long term care settings. Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to perform appropriate nursing interventions safely and effectively under direct clinical supervision. Prerequisites: NURS 234, 235. Co-requisites: NURS 236, PSYC 240, SCI 250.

NURS 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. NURS 285 can be taken only during January Term, NURS 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

Note: Prerequisites for courses numbered 370 and above are: NURS 234, 235, 236, 237; BIO 115, 116, 152, 243; HLTH 125; PSYC 130, 240; SCI 240, 250. Co-requisites: NURS 371, 375, 377, 376 or 378, 390.

NURS 370 Health and Healing I

2 hours

In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills to support adult patients experiencing alterations in health while examining values, meanings, and experience. Focus will be on how nurses intervene in a complex care environment, with an emphasis on integrating patient education and health promotion strategies to promote healing and achieve optimal health. Concepts will relate to acute care needs with beginning discussion related to complex chronic health care needs.

NURS 371 Health and Healing I Clinical

2 hours

This clinical course is meant to apply the knowledge and skills learned previously, with emphasis on developing clinical decision-making abilities. Students will practice in an adult, acute-care setting and with regular opportunity to reflect on values and experiences in order to make meaning of health and healing.

NURS 372 Health and Healing II

2 hours

Continuation of NURS 370, with added complexity reflected in a focus on chronic disease management in the setting of acute alterations to health. Students will continue to build on concepts of health promotion and patient education to address discharge needs, especially as related to acute-on-chronic healthcare needs.

NURS 373 Health and Healing II Clinical

2 hours

This clinical course is meant to apply the knowledge and skills learned in NURS 370, with continued emphasis on developing clinical decision-making abilities. Students will explore the continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a special focus on engaging in patient education and health promotion strategies in discharge planning.

NURS 375 Behavioral Health Care

2 hours

Basic theories and concepts related to psychiatric-mental health care of children, adolescents, adults and older adults are examined. Emphasis is placed on the biopsychosocial/physiologic basis for mental health care and provides knowledge necessary for a beginning practitioner. Primary emphasis is given to mental health promotion and to the treatment of commonly occurring mental health concerns and illnesses. Offered concurrently with NURS 370, 371, 377, 376 or 378, 390.

NURS 376 Behavioral Health Care Clinical

2 hours

Application of theories and concepts related to the care of psychiatric clients. Emphasis on knowledge of nursing and pharmacological management as well as advanced communication skills provide the basis of the clinical experiences in psychiatric nursing necessary for preparation as a beginning practitioner. Corequisite: NURS 375.

NURS 377 Family/Child Nursing

4 hours

This course focuses on childbearing and childrearing families, with emphasis on culturally competent and developmentally appropriate nursing care to promote healthy infant/child/adolescent and family function. Concepts of family theory, family-centered care, family culture and health promotion are emphasized. Offered concurrently with: NURS 370, 371, 375, 376 or 378, 390.

NURS 378 Family/Child Nursing Clinical

2 hours

This clinical course is meant to apply knowledge and skills learned in NURS 377 with childbearing and childrearing families. Students will utilize clinical decision-making skills, assessment and therapeutic communication. Offered concurrently with: NURS 370, 371, 375, 376 or 378, 390. Co-requisite: NURS 377.

NURS 380 Internship

1, 2, or 4 hours

A work-study on-the-job learning experience which provides an opportunity for nursing students to expand the breadth and/or depth of knowledge in a specific area of nursing. Prerequisites: 12 credits in nursing courses and consent of department.

NURS 382 Gerontological Nursing

2 hours

This course is designed to build upon learning in previous nursing courses with an emphasis on the aging phase of the life process. The focus of the course is on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to understand and care for the growing geriatric population. Students will acquire understanding of the uniqueness of the health related needs of the aging population and learn to recognize the physiological, cognitive, psychological, social changes, and atypical presentations of disease associated with aging. Offered concurrently with: NURS 372, 373, 376 or 378, 384, 386, 388. (W)

NURS 384 Evidence Based Practice

2 hours

This course emphasizes the use of research as a key component in clinical decision making for nursing practice. Theoretical and practical components of research perspectives and the research process are discussed. The course incorporates ethical aspects of the research process and research history. Integration of multiple sources of evidence to guide nursing practice is analyzed. (W)

NURS 386 Professional Nursing Practice: An Immersion Experience

2 hours

This clinical course allows students to practice within the routines of one hospital-based unit over a two week period. This internship allows students to work closely and collaborate with other healthcare providers to develop clinical skills and clinical decision-making ability. Emphasis is on application of theory in practice, while also developing leadership skills. Offered concurrently with: NURS 372, 373, 376 or 378, 382, 384, 388.

NURS 388 Health Informatics

2 hours

This course emphasizes the use of research as a key component in clinical decision-making for nursing practice. Theoretical and practical components of research perspectives and the research process are discussed. The course incorporates ethical aspects of the research process and research history. Integration of multiple sources of evidence to guide nursing practice is analyzed. Offered concurrently with: NURS 372, 373, 376 or 378, 382, 384, 386.

NURS 390 Nursing Leadership in Health Care

2 hours

This course will view integrated concepts of leadership and management and advocacy, recognizing nursing as a collective profession within the larger health care delivery system. This course will emphasize nurses' roles in promoting social justice in health care, in the context of economic, social, political, and ethical influences. Students will understand how the health care system impacts the delivery of care, in health care organizations and direct patient care, focusing on cost, quality, safety, and access. Historical perspectives of health care will be used to contextualize trends in nursing leadership and their role in the delivery of care. Offered concurrently with: NURS 370, 371, 375, 377, 376 or 378.

NURS 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

Note: Prerequisites for courses numbered 420 and above are: NURS 370, 371, 372, 373, 375, 376, 377, 378, 382, 384, 386, 388, and 390.

NURS 420 Population Based Care

2 hours

This course focuses on health promotion with disease and injury prevention in population groups. Social justice principles are woven throughout course content to emphasize collective action toward improving national and international health. With an introduction to the science of epidemiology, students will analyze health patterns of populations in connection with contextual contributing factors, such as lifestyle, social, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives. Public health interventions are explored at individual, aggregate, and population levels. Key focus areas of public health will be addressed including, but not limited to, environmental health, disaster and emergency preparedness, and political involvement.

NURS 421 Population Based Care Clinical

2 hours

This clinical nursing course allows nursing students to practice public health nursing, incorporating theoretical and analytic components from NURS 420. Determinants of health are examined as students practice in collaboration with agencies and organizations, preparing students to specialize in rural public health priorities and interventions. Emphasis is placed on the principles of public health combined with the nursing process to focus on health promotion, lifestyle factors, and disease prevention that facilitate the development of healthy populations, communities, families, and individuals. Corequisite: NURS 420.

NURS 425 Synthesis of Clinical Practice Across the Lifespan

2 hours

This course emphasizes clinical and critical reasoning skills synthesized from knowledge obtained in prior nursing courses to address fundamental to complex situations across the lifespan. Students will engage in critical inquiry in both the classroom and simulation lab settings that is evidence based and that applies and integrates concepts associated with safe, high quality, professional nursing practice.

NURS 480 Senior Leadership Capstone

4 hours

This capstone course will include experiences similar to those students are likely to confront as newly employed baccalaureate prepared registered nurses. Students will work in 1:1 experiences with baccalaureate nurse preceptors in selected clinical settings. An emphasis is placed on the development of personal and professional strategies needed to make the transition from student to graduate nurse by highlighting role development skills of bedside nurse leaders.

NURS 490 Senior Project

1 hour

A student completing a senior project in another major is not required to complete a senior project in nursing. Prerequisite: NURS 384.

NURS 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A- or A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.