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NURS 2232 LEARNING PROFESSIONAL NURSING AND LIFE SKILLS (2-0) The purpose of this course is to assist students who experience challenges with testing, time management, clinical practice, and/or professional behavior. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program.

NURS 3100 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (0-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 3137 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3147 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (1-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3150 NURSING LEARNING SKILLS (1-0) A one semester course designed to enhance skills needed for success in the BSN program. Emphasis will be on identifying individual strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, problem solving, critical thinking, test taking skills, stress management, time management, computer skills and writing and math skills specific to nursing. Prerequisite: acceptance into junior level nursing courses.

NURS 3200 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (0-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 3237 INDEPENDENT STUDY (2-6) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3247 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (2-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3261 NURSING OF OLDER ADULTS (2-0) Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and health care. Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles. Clinical application in diverse settings across the continuum of care. Prerequisite: NURS 3632, 3320.

NURS 3300 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (3-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

NURS 3320 HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (2-3) Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the life span with emphasis on normal findings. Prerequisite: NURS 3333 (or concurrent enrollment).

NURS 3321 NURSING RESEARCH (3-0) Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 3532; Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3561.

NURS 3325 RN-BSN HOLISTIC CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT (3-0) Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles and standards. Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and health care. RN-BSN students only. Previously listed as NURS 3322. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3645.

NURS 3333 HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (3-0) Focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies that can reduce morbidity and mortality, promote healthy lifestyles and empower individuals and aggregates to become informed health care consumers. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program.

NURS 3335 RN-BSN HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (3-0) Health promotion for individuals and families. Opportunities to gain knowledge about primary prevention in health care. Importance of the role of the nurse in disease prevention and health promotion. RN-BSN students only. Previously NURS 3435. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3645.

NURS 3337 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3-9) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3344 ENHANCING NURSING PRACTICE AND SAFETY WITH HISPANIC PATIENTS THROUGH BETTER COMMUNICATION (3-0) Explores and augments the understanding of factors which facilitate or inhibit effective communication with Spanish-speaking clients. Focus on vocabulary specific to assessment and intervention with persons whose primary language is Spanish.

NURS 3347 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (3-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3352 THE LEGACY OF THE FAMILY (3-0) Explore and enhance understanding and application of the principles of family science knowledge in therapeutic relationships with families across the lifespan. Prerequisite (for those taking the course online): Computer Technology Skills continuing education course or permission of instructor. *

NURS 3353 NURSING ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS FOR THE VIOLENT FAMILY (3-0) Explores the dynamics of family violence as to etiologies, assessments and interventions for both survivors and perpetrators of violence. An interdisciplinary approach is followed. Prerequisite: lower division psychology course.

NURS 3355 HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (3-0) Focus is on a national and international comparison of health care systems with consideration of social, economic, and delivery structures. Emphasis is on U.S. health care delivery systems and roles of the advanced practice nurse. Prerequisite: Computer Technology Skills continuing education course for distance learning, or permission of the instructor.

NURS 3356 NURSING CARE AT THE END OF LIFE (3-0) An overview of the nursing care of the terminally ill patient and family. Explores the impact of personal values and beliefs about death on nursing care, the physiology of end stage disease processes, clinical approaches to pain and symptom management, societal issues and trends in end of life care and models of care delivery. Prerequisite: BSN students must complete all required Junior II courses, or Registered Nurse students.

NURS 3357 GENETICS AND NURSING (3-0) An overview of genetics principles and their application to health care, the genetic impact on health care, and the nursing implications of this health care revolution.

NURS 3363 ETHICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HEALTH CARE (3-0) Examines philosophic foundations of ethical decision making in contemporary health care. Methods of moral reasoning based upon traditional ethical frameworks will be applied to selected ethical issues. Prerequisite: NURS 3421, 3561, 3581, or Registered Nurs students. *

NURS 3365 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE (3-0) Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program. Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

NURS 3366 PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC PROCESSES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING (3-0) Pathophysiologic alterations, their interactions, and effects on persons across the life span as a basis for therapeutic nursing interventions. Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

NURS 3425 RN-BSN HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (4-0) Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the life span designed for the registered nurse. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3645.

NURS 3437 INDEPENDENT STUDY (4-0) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3447 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (4-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3481 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS (2-6) Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication and interpersonal skills as they relate to persons with psychiatric mental health conditions. Prerequisite: NURS 3632.

NURS 3537 INDEPENDENT STUDY (5-0) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3547 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (5-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3561 NURSING OF ADULTS (3-6) Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication for persons experiencing medical-surgical problems. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3632.

NURS 3632 CLINICAL NURSING FOUNDATIONS (3-9) Basic therapeutic nursing interventions with individuals and families in diverse settings using nursing process framework. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3320, 3333.

NURS 3637 INDEPENDENT STUDY (6-0) Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be offered with any combination of lecture/lab hours. May be repeated with various topics.

NURS 3645 RN-BSN PROFESSIONAL NURSING (6-0) Introduction to concepts, values and behaviors necessary for transitioning to professional nursing role. Encompasses ethical, legal, legislative and political processes that impact the practice of professional nursing in contemporary health care. Strategies for personal and professional empowerment are identified. RN to BSN students only. Prerequisites: Acceptance into RN to BSN program. (This course replaces two previously offered courses, NURS 3442 and NURS 4324).

NURS 3647 SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING (6-0) Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURS 3677 RN FIRST ASSISTANT (3-9) Focuses on the delivery of care to surgical patients in all aspects of the surgical experience: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative. Meets the requirements for RNs to assume the role of a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). Registered Nurse students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. CNOR or CNOR Eligible. (CNOR Eligible requires proof of eligibility to take the CNOR exam from the Competency and Credentialing Institution.)

NURS 4100 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (0-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 4200 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (0-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 4223 PROFESSIONAL NURSING TRENDS (2-0) Analysis of societal issues and trends influencing health care. Application of ethical, legal, economic, and political concepts. Identification of strategies for personal and professional empowerment. Prerequisite: NURS 4431, 4441, and 4581.

NURS 4300 COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE (3-0) Designed for nursing cooperative education student to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

NURS 4307 US ARMY ROTC NURSE SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM (3-0) A voluntary, paid three-week clinical elective for nurse cadets. The primary focus is to provide nurse cadets with at least 120 hours of clinical experience utilizing military, leadership, clinical nursing, administrative and interpersonal skills working side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps officer preceptor. Prerequisite: 3 years of ROTC, NURS 3561.

NURS 4309 FORENSICS FOR NURSING (3-0) Explore the emerging field of forensic nursing, including the nurse's role in data collection, documentation, recognition of perpetrators, participation in the court system, and prevention of future violence. Prerequisite for RN - BSN: NURS 3442; Prerequisite for BSN: NURS 3561, NURS 3481.

NURS 4325 RN-BSN NURSING RESEARCH (3-0) Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite: Math 1308, or equivalent and NURS 3645. (Previously offered as NURS 4321.)

NURS 4350 CAPSTONE: Transition to Professional Nursing (0-9) Focus on the synthesis of knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum and the enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 4351, 4462, 4223.

NURS 4351 BSN NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (2-3) Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisites: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.

NURS 4360 CULTURAL VARIATION IN HEALTH CARE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF TWO CULTURES (1-6) The purpose of this course is to further develop an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the cultural factors that underlie a person's way of living. This course will increase the practitioner's ability to make in-depth assessments of the cultural influences upon the individual's health care status and will develop the ability to deliver culturally sensitive, safe and effective care. Through the study of one specific cultural group, the Mexican culture. Students will gain knowledge, skills and principles that will enable them to generalize to other cultural groups.

NURS 4393 NURSING CERTIFICATION (3-0)

NURS 4431 NURSING OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (2-6) Nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3561, 3481.

NURS 4441 NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY (2-6) Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions as related to care of individuals and families during the childbearing experience. Prerequisite: NURS 3481 and 3561.

NURS 4455 RN-BSN NURSING LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT (4-0) Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3645.

NURS 4462 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (2-6) Integrate knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing health care needs of aggregates, communities, and society. Prerequisite: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.

NURS 4465 RN-BSN Care of Vulnerable Populations Across the Lifespan (4-0) Integrates knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing health care needs of aggregates, communities, and society for the Registered Nurse. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS 3335, 3645.

NURS 4581 NURSING OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS (3-6) Use of critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions and communication skills in promoting quality of life for persons with complex health needs. Application of nursing roles in diverse settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3561, 3481.

NURS 4585 RN-BSN CAPSTONE (5-0) Synthesis of knowledge acquired in the RN-BSN curriculum and development of the Nurse Role with evolving professional issues, health care environment, lifelong learning, and promotion of the Nursing profession designed for Registered Nurses RN-BSN student only. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 4325, 4455, 4465.

NURS 4641 PERINATAL NURSING (4-6) Enhances foundations of nursing concepts learned in NURS 4541. Focuses on skills, issues and care required for childbearing families in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum or neonatal intensive care settings. Contains both theoretical and clinical components with emphasis on development of clinical and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: NURS 4441.

NURS 4655 CULTURAL VARIATION IN HEALTH CARE: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF TWO CULTURES (6-0) A comparative analysis of two cultures and the influences of cultural beliefs and practices upon the delivery of health care. Includes field study in a foreign country. Prerequisite: Completion of Junior I required nursing courses or consent of instructor.

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