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Nursing

NUR 204. 2 cr.
Self-Awareness for Nurses Practicing in Interdisciplinary Environments
Prerequisites: ENL 131, PYC 100.
Focuses on the development of self-awareness and relationship-centered care skills for the beginning professional practitioner within a changing, interdisciplinary-based health care system. The student is provided with an underlying framework of ideas to build on throughout the nursing curriculum at UDM. Critical thinking, values clarification, cultural diversity, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, and team building are addressed. Development of a philosophy of caring in a professional nursing role is approached from a perspective of historical tradition, social justice and a values-centered professional education. An introduction to servant leadership with service to the community is included.

NUR 205. 2 cr.
Health Assessment
Prerequisites: BCS 254/255, CHM 101, MTH 101, SOC 100; Co-requisites: NUR 242,
NUR 243. NUR 204 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 205.
Focuses on the process of health assessment of adults. Utilizes interviewing techniques to obtain a basic health history that incorporates spiritual, socio-cultural, psychological, and physical dimensions. Issues of privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity are discussed. Laboratory experience provides students with opportunities to perform specific physical assessments.

NUR 242. 4 cr.
Nursing Process and Skills in Health Care
Prerequisites: BCS 254/255, CHM 101, MTH 101, SOC 100; Co-requisites: NUR 205, NUR 243. NUR 204 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 242.
Focuses on introducing the nursing process as a strategy for making clinical judgements and implementing care. Ethical and legal guidelines and an understanding of the inner spirit and humanity of the individual are discussed as the framework for providing holistic care. Laboratory experience provides students with opportunities to acquire fundamental technical skills, with an emphasis on the scientific principles that underlie the application of these skills.

NUR 243. 1 cr.
Introduction to Communities in Nursing

Prerequisites: BCS 254/255, CHM 101, MTH 101, SOC 100; Co-requisites: NUR 205, NUR 242. NUR 204 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 243.
Focuses on socializing students to nursing in the community through health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention activities with older adults. Emphasis is on the application of nursing process, health assessment skills, communication techniques, and technical skills learned in concurrent nursing courses.

NUR 286 4 cr.
Health Restoration in Adults
Prerequisites: NUR 204, NUR 205, NUR 242, NUR 243, BCS 204, CHM 102, BCS 241/242; BCS 380 and BCS 338 must be taken either prior to concurrent with NUR 286.
Co-requisite: NUR 287.
Focuses on health restoration of adults. Emphasis is placed upon: assessment and management of physical and psychological symptoms related to common disease and treatment, anticipation and management of health-related complications; and restoration of optimal level of function of individuals.

NUR 287. 3 cr.
Adult Health Practicum
Prerequisites: NUR 204, NUR 205, NUR 242, NUR 243; Co-requisite: NUR 286 BCS 204, CHM 102, BCS 241/242 Co-requisite: NUR 286. BCS 280 and BCS 338 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 287.
Enhances theoretical learning related to health restoration of adults in a variety of settings. Integration of principles from nutrition, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and nursing science provides a foundation for clinical judgement and decision making. Emphasis is placed upon application of the nursing process to individuals with common/recurring acute and/or chronic illnesses. Nursing care is evaluated in the context of adherence to standards of professional performance.

NUR 322. 3 cr.
Professional Issues Within the Health Care System
Provides the returning nurse with an opportunity to explore nursing issues such as professional role development and empowerment strategies along with an examination of increasing trends to community based health care. Delivery of care across the health care continuum is emphasized within a community context and partnership development. Historical, current and future trends in the discipline of nursing are examined, along with health care issues within a framework of social justice and ethical decision making.

NUR 332. 2 cr.
Health Restoration of Adults and Their Families
Prerequisites: PYC 250, NUR 286, NUR 287; Co-requisites: NUR 334, NUR 335.
Focuses on health restoration of adults and their families. Emphasis is placed upon: assessment and management of physical and psychological symptoms related to complex/multisystem disease and treatment; anticipation and management of life-threatening complications; and restoration of optimal level of function of individuals and their families.

NUR 334. 2 cr.
Mental Health of Adults and Their Families

Prerequisites: PYC 250, NUR 286, NUR 287; Co-requisites: NUR 332, NUR 335.
Provides the theoretical base for meeting the mental health and psychiatric needs of individuals, families and small groups in their communities. The interrelationship between psychological, social, biological, and spiritual subsystems is examined within the context of mental health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and psychiatric illness management of individuals and their families.

NUR 335. 4 cr.
Integrated Practicum with Adults and Their Families
Prerequisites: PYC 250, NUR 286, NUR 287; Co-requisites: NUR 332, NUR 334.
This integrated clinical experience enhances the theoretical learning related to complex health restoration and mental health needs of adults and their families. Synthesis of principles from psychiatric nursing, adult health nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and the social sciences provides a foundation for clinical judgement and decision making in a variety of settings.

NUR 342. 2 cr.
Advanced Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse
Focuses on the process of comprehensive health assessment across the life span. RN students learn to conduct comprehensive health assessments that include physical, cognitive (developmental), spiritual, socio-cultural, psychological and functional abilities of the client. Laboratory experience gives the student the opportunity to practice and perform these skills in a systematic, holistic manner.

NUR 360. 3 cr.
Nursing Research and its Utilization in Health Care
Prerequisites: STA 225, NUR 286, NUR 287.
Explores nursing research and its utilization in health care within the context of scientific merit and clinical relevance. Following an overview of the research process, emphasis is placed on its use in solving clinical problems, enhancing clinical judgements, and/or measuring phenomena in clinical practice.

NUR 362. 2 cr.
Healthy Families in the Community
Prerequisites: NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 335; Co-requisites: NUR 364, NUR 365.
Focuses on expanding the student’s awareness of the influence and impact of the community on the individual and family as client. Nursing care strategies of referral and advocacy as components of collaborative and interdisciplinary care are addressed within the context of an urban setting, with an introduction to transcultural nursing care.

NUR 364. 4 cr.
Childbearing and Childrearing Families in Health and Illness

Prerequisites: NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 335; Co-requisites: NUR 362, NUR 365.
Provides the theoretical base for nursing care of families in childbearing and childrearing across both health and illness dimensions. Focuses on the biophysical, sociocultural, and spiritual subsystems of the family within the context of community. Emphasis is placed on ethical and social justice concerns related to pregnancy, fetal, newborn, and childhood health issues.

NUR 365. 4 cr.
Integrated Practicum with Childbearing & Childrearing Families
Prerequisites: NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 335; Co-requisites: NUR 362, NUR 364.
This integrated clinical experience enhances the theoretical learning related to the childbearing and childrearing families within the framework of the urban community. This clinical encompasses not only extensive use of multiple community agencies but also takes the students into the hospital for select acute care experiences.

NUR 420. 3 cr.
Intervening with Families and Aggregates at Risk
Prerequisites: NUR 360, NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365.
Focuses on crisis intervention and management in the health promotion, illness prevention, and mental health nursing care of families and aggregates at risk and in crisis in the community. A family eco-systems approach is taken to explore family dynamics within a sociocultural and community context. Major public health and social justice issues, such as domestic violence, child/adolescent/sexual/ elder abuse, substance abuse, and homelessness are explored, along with health/illness crises facing families across the age continuum.

NUR 434. 3 cr.
Care and Case Management Across the Health Continuum
Introduces the student to the practice of case management as an area of practice within one’s profession. The course provides the student with skills on resource allocation in planning timely cost effective care. Students are exposed to care and case management as a process within a managed care environment.

NUR 442. 2 cr.
Epidemiological Trends and Implications for Urban Health
Prerequisites: NUR 360, NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365; Co-requisites: NUR 444, NUR 445, NUR 420 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 442.
Focuses on the urban impact of global health concerns in identified aggregates with special emphasis on environmental issues. Examines epidemiological principles and public health policy in relation to health problems within a specific community. Provides students an opportunity to explore the development of partnerships from an assets-based approach as a means to deliver health care in a constantly changing environment.

NUR 444. 2 cr.
Leadership & Management in Nursing in a Changing Health Care System
Prerequisites: NUR 360, NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365; Co-requisites: NUR 442, NUR 445, NUR 420 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 444.
Focuses on leadership and management knowledge and skills needed by entry-level practitioners in a changing, integrated health care system. Organizational leadership/management theories are presented, along with concepts such as strategic planning, change, managed care, quality management, fiscal management and human relations skills.

NUR 445. 3 cr.
Integrated Leadership and Community Practicum
Prerequisites: NUR 360, NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365; Co-requisites: NUR 442, NUR 444, NUR 420 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 445.
Integrated clinical experience which enhances and integrates the theoretical learning related to nursing leadership and management and caring for population-based health problems within a specified community. A comprehensive community assessment, including planning, implementation and evaluation of community interventions is included. The final cumulative experience is collaborative planning and implementation of a health-based project with community organizational/partners.

NUR 446. 3 cr.
Comprehensive Integrated Practicum for the RN**
This comprehensive integrated practicum for the registered nurse enhances and integrates theoretical learning related to nursing leadership and management and caring for population-based health problems within a specified community. Health promotion, risk reduction and illness and disease management strategies for the community are emphasized with incorporation of leadership and project management skills, with an emphasis on cost and quality outcomes.

NUR 498. 3 cr.
Comprehensive Nursing Practicum
Pre-requisites NUR 442, NUR 444, NUR 445.
Focuses on the cumulative synthesis of nursing knowledge, skills, and caring approaches in transitioning to a professional baccalaureate nursing role within an interdisciplinary population-based model of care. Practicum clinical experiences within the region enable students to practice leadership and management skills while working with members of the health care team.

 

Nursing Elective series

NUR 454. 1-3 cr.
Spiritual Care: Research and Practice
Theories and concepts related to spirituality are explored. A clinical practicum provides opportunities for students to impact the value-belief system of individuals, families, and the community utilizing research and the nursing process.

NUR 455. 1-3 cr.
Quality Monitoring within the Client Care System
Focuses on the Joint Commissions Accreditation of Health Care Organizations Agenda for change, namely improving organizational performance. Emphasis is placed on quality monitoring in the nurse/client and organizational systems as well as collaboration among and between systems. Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research are evaluated.

NUR 460. 1-3 cr.
The Power of Nursing
Focuses on the historical background, growth, and future development of nursing. Examines nursing and the health care system from a feminist perspective. Emphasis is placed on the development of the nurse as a sociopolitical advocate.

NUR 464. 1-3 cr.
Nursing: History and Image
Traces the historical development of nursing profession from ancient times to the present including the cultural and societal changes that have shaped the image and practice of nursing. The roots of nursing are explored as they are found in mythology, ancient culture, and religion. Contemporary images of nursing are examined.

NUR 473. 1-3 cr.
Gerontologic Nursing
Describes the aging experience and its implication for nursing practice. Examines aging policies and programs, problems affecting the aged population and develops approaches to gerontic care based on recent multi-disciplinary research.

NUR 474. 1-3 cr.
Women's Health Issues
Prerequisites: NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365.
Examines current trends, issues, and research in women’s health care across the lifespan from a multifactorial perspective including social, political, cultural, legal, economic and technological trends. The role of the professional nurse in effecting and improving women’s health care is emphasized. The history of women’s health is explored to understand the traditional medical model of care to women. Feminist theories and research is discussed to challenge this traditional model.

NUR 475. 1-3 cr.
Cardiovascular Nursing
Prerequisites: NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 335.
Focuses on the unique physiologic and nursing care needs of the cardiac client. Areas such as cardiac assessment, electrophysiology, diagnostic procedures, hemodynamic monitoring and pacing are discussed as well as care of the client undergoing open heart surgery. In depth 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) is an integral part of the course.

NUR 476. 1-3 cr.
Health Promotion: Teaching Across the Life Span
Focuses on theories and methods of health teaching and learning across the life span. Emphasis is placed on strategies for determining learning needs and readiness, establishing learning objectives, selecting and organizing instructional strategies, learning experiences and evaluating educational plans, process and outcomes.

NUR 477. 1-3 cr.
Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Prerequisite: NUR 362, NUR 364, NUR 365.
Focuses on expanding the student’s awareness of cancers in the pediatric population and their impact(s) on the family. Students will be challenged to analyze concepts of death and dying from the child’s perspective and to discuss the reactions of the family to death and dying.

NUR 478. 1 cr.
Incorporating nursing concepts and physiological principles related to the care of the acutely and chronically ill patient, the student will explore multiple disorders affecting the neurological system. The primary focus of this course of study is the role of the neuroscience nurse and the current modalities utilized to impact neurological injury and impairment.

NUR 495. 1-3 cr.
Preceptorship
Prerequisite: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at completion of junior year, Permission of dean.
Allows students to define and implement a role unique to their needs and work closely with a nurse in practice under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Pre-approval of faculty needed prior to registration.

NUR 496 1-3 cr.
Directed Reading/Studies
Prerequisite: Approval of assistant dean.
Directed reading/study in an area of the student’s special interest. Assignments vary according to the number of credits.