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NUR 165 Critical Thinking and the Nursing Process (1 credit)

This course is designed to assist the students with developing critical thinking skills utilizing the nursing process. This course will progress from the simple to the complex utilizing medical nursing terminology and various nursing case studies and simulations. Time required for the completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: Nursing Majors only.

NUR 175 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (1 credit)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to informatics and technology in nursing practice. The course will trace the evolution of nursing informatics, modern practice, and future directions in the context of current healthcare issues. Concepts focus on the role of the nurse as knowledge worker in promoting safety and quality of care. Topics explored include current standards and mandates for nursing information literacy, incorporation of evidence-based practice at the bedside, and the future of telenursing, among others. Students will be afforded an opportunity to practice entering and retrieving data using electronic health record systems. This course is appropriate for any nursing student studying in an entry-level program.

NUR 180 Nursing Process and Concepts I (1 credit)

Introduces the concepts essential for applying Level 1 human needs theory in the clinical setting. Concepts stressed are: an effective approach to learning; the role of the nurse within the health care system; problem solving/introduction to the Nursing Process; and introduction to human needs theory. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity for the theory and procedure components. Demonstration of the application of these concepts in the clinical setting is a requirement of NUR 180. The final grade in NUR 180 is dependent on successful completion of all Level 1 requirements. Prerequisite: matriculation in Nursing.

NUR 181 Activity and Rest Needs I (1 credit)

In this course students apply the nursing process in the human needs area of activity and rest. Students are introduced to the client's need of alternate periods of activity and rest. Students learn principles of body alignment/mechanics and safe patient handling. Students also learn to assess activity and rest needs and to provide for these needs by assisting clients to move safely and effectively; by performing range of motion exercises and effective positioning; by providing hygiene such as oral care, skin care, bathing, and bed making; and by implementing nursing strategies to promote sleep. Some factors of growth and development are considered. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.

NUR 182 Oxygenation Needs I (1 credit)

The student will use the nursing process in the human needs area of basic oxygenation. This course introduces students to the need for adequate oxygen supply to maintain cellular metabolism, and to the interrelationship of respiratory and cardiovascular function in maintaining oxygen supply. Students first learn to assess oxygenation status. They then can plan and implement measures learned to promote respiration/ventilation and circulation. Lastly, students learn to evaluate their effectiveness. Measures learned to assess oxygenation status include assessment of blood pressure, temperature, peripheral pulses, respiration, and oxygenation saturation. Measures learned to promote respiration/ventilation include use of aerosol medications, oxygenation administration, non-invasive ventilation aids, and breathing exercises. Measures learned to promote circulation are through proper application of antiembolic and sequential stockings, and exercise. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.

NUR 183 Safety and Security Needs I (1 credit)

In this course, students apply the nursing process in the human needs area of safety and security. Students are introduced to potential environmental and biologic threats to the well-being of the individual such as tissue injury and infection. Nursing assessments and interventions to minimize threats, provide a safe environment, and promote healing, such as medical asepsis, isolation, surgical asepsis, wound care, heat and cold therapy, and a safe process to administer medications, are included. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.

NUR 184 Nutrition and Elimination Needs I (1 credit)

This Level 1 nursing course assists students in learning basic nursing care. The first unit includes assessments and skills such as: monitoring intake and output, and client care during intravenous therapy. Readings, videos, and laboratory small groups are used to help the student learn to assess and promote their clients' fluid and electrolyte balance. In unit two, the focus switches to normal adult nutritional needs, including nasogastric tubes used for feedings and stomach decompression. Areas of special concern to nurses are highlighted, such as assessing client readiness for diet progression. Units three and four focus on basic assessments and measures to promote the hospitalized person's elimination. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.

NUR 185 Psychosocial Needs: Therapeutic Communications (1 credit)

Students apply the nursing process concepts of assessing, diagnosing, planning, intervening, and evaluating in the area of psychosocial needs. They learn open-ended data gathering and relationship development techniques that meet clients' psychosocial needs. At the same time, the students are meeting their own professional need of compiling a broad, accurate database. Further application of the nursing process in the area of psychosocial needs aids in the identification of direct and indirect expressions of feelings. Thus the student develops supportive communication skills that ensure client-centered care even when involved with difficult situations and/or difficult clients. Students explore the nature and goals of the professional relationship and learn communication techniques to use when interacting with members of the health care team. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.

NUR 191 Introduction to Nursing Process (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to master basic nursing skills in a simulated clinical setting under the guidance of the instructor in preparation for nursing care in the hospital setting. The student will begin to utilize the steps of the nursing process (assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating) in conjunction with these nursing skills. The student will consider cost effectiveness in utilizing lab materials, and learn to use channels of communication. The student will use appropriate terminology, apply theory in performance of skills, work in groups, and use self-evaluation. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Nursing; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 180.

NUR 192 Introductory Nursing Process Clinical I (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to begin to apply theory and skills mastered to date while familiarity with the hospital environment, equipment, and personnel is developed. The student functions in collaboration with the instructor to plan for the day of care for the hospitalized adult. The student depends on the instructor for guidance with interactions with members of the health care team and seeks assistance when appropriate. The student depends on the instructor for guidance to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the steps of the nursing process to perform basic assessments, identify problems, plan on an hourly basis, and implement and evaluate care for the day. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 191; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, and 185.

NUR 193 Extended Nursing Process Clinical I (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the hospital setting to achieve clinical proficiency at Level 1. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 192; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, and 185.

NUR 194 Extended Nursing Process Clinical I (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the hospital setting to achieve clinical proficiency at Level 1. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 192; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, and 185.

NUR 199 Elective Nursing Process Clinical I (2 credits)

This course provides opportunities for the student to have clinical experiences to work on personal objectives and/or those beyond the scope of basic preparation. These experiences will allow the student to be supervised in a clinical setting in order to gain additional experiential knowledge, enhance skills learned, and/or validate maintenance of skills. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, and 185.

NUR 220 Nursing Process and Concepts II (1 credit)

NUR 220 introduces the concepts essential for applying Level 2 human needs theory in the clinical setting. The five phases of the nursing process are studied individually, cultural and spiritual differences are explored, and basic concepts of growth and development are studied. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity for the theory and procedure components. Demonstration of the application of these concepts in the clinical setting is a requirement of NUR 220. The final grade in NUR 220 is dependent on successful completion of all Level 2 requirements. Prerequisite: NUR 180.

NUR 222 Oxygenation Needs II (1 credit)

This course builds on theory and skills learned in NUR 182. It prepares students to develop and utilize the nursing process during respiratory and circulatory physical assessment. Assessments of normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds are taught, as well as basic electrocardiogram identification. Select oxygenation crises are included for nursing assessments and interventions. Advanced respiratory and circulatory care modalities are also included. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 180; co-requisite: NUR 220.

NUR 223 Safety and Security Needs II (1 credit)

This course covers various aspects of nursing care and utilization of the nursing process related to a person's surgical experience, persons experiencing pain, and persons with cancer. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 180; co-requisite: NUR 220.

NUR 224 Nutrition and Elimination Needs II (1 credit)

This Level 2 nursing course provides information to assist students in applying the nursing process to address a client's nutrition and elimination needs. Information on defining the client's problem as well as additional skills for promoting nutrition and elimination are also included. Caring for clients with infusion pumps and insertion of indwelling urinary catheters are skills to be demonstrated. Assessing effectiveness of treatment is considered. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 180; co-requisite: NUR 220.

NUR 231 Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date. The student functions in collaboration with the instructor to plan for the day of care for hospitalized adults, recognizing diverse characteristics. The student depends on the instructor for guidance with interactions with members of the health care team and seeks assistance when appropriate. The student depends on the instructor for guidance to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments; identify problems; select nursing diagnoses; and plan, implement and evaluate care for the day. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 180; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 220, 222, and 223.

NUR 232 Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date. The student functions in collaboration with the instructor and members of the nursing team to plan for the day of care for hospitalized adults, recognizing diverse characteristics. The student collaborates with the instructor, acting as a client advocate, exercising beginning independence with interpersonal interactions, and seeking assistance from the instructor and other members of the nursing team when appropriate. The student exercises beginning independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments; identify problems; select nursing diagnoses; and plan, implement and evaluate care for the day. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 236 or NUR 231; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 220, 222, 223, and 224.

NUR 233 Extended Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date. The student functions in collaboration with the instructor and members of the nursing team to plan for the day of care for hospitalized adults, recognizing diverse characteristics. The student collaborates with the instructor, acting as a client advocate, exercising beginning independence with interpersonal interactions, and seeking assistance from the instructor and other members of the nursing team when appropriate. The student exercises beginning independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments; identify problems; select nursing diagnoses; and plan, implement and evaluate care for the day. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Students will competently utilize the nursing process as they complete and incorporate level 2 theory for the hospitalized adult. Prerequisite: NUR 232; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance; NUR 220, 222, 223, and 224; and NUR 243 or 253.

NUR 234 Extended Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date. The student functions in collaboration with the instructor and members of the nursing team to plan for the day of care for hospitalized adults, recognizing diverse characteristics. The student collaborates with the instructor, acting as a client advocate, exercising beginning independence with interpersonal interactions, and seeking assistance from the instructor and other members of the nursing team when appropriate. The student exercises beginning independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments; identify problems; select nursing diagnoses; and plan, implement and evaluate care for the day. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Students will competently utilize the nursing process as they complete and incorporate level 2 theory for the hospitalized adult. Prerequisite: NUR 232; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance; NUR 220, 222, 223, and 224; and NUR 243 or 253.

NUR 236 Transition Course for Advanced Placement Students (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the LPN student with prior nursing credits to consolidate and refine previously learned theory and skills, while emphasizing the underlying rationale and principles. Under the guidance of the instructor in a simulated clinical setting, the principles of the nursing process are applied. Opportunities are provided for the returning student to reduce the stress of re-entering school, to positively reinforce gained knowledge, and to form support groups by focusing on the skills needed for interpersonal relationships. Appropriate clinical placement will be determined at the end of this experience. Students will spend a total of 56 hours in eight laboratory sessions in introductory clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for each session. Prerequisites: NUR major and Permission of Department, LPN license or transfer equivalent of first semester per Registered Nurse program; co-requisites: NUR 180, 185, 220, 222, and 223, completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and required performance skills.

NUR 237 Extended Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the medical-surgical hospital setting to achieve clinical proficiency at Level 2. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 232; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 220.

NUR 238 Extended Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the medical-surgical hospital setting to achieve clinical proficiency at Level 2. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 232; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 220.

NUR 239 Elective Nursing Process Clinical II (2 credits)

This course provides opportunities for the student to have clinical experiences to work on personal objectives and/or those beyond the scope of basic preparation. These experiences will allow the student to be supervised in the clinical setting in order to gain additional experiential knowledge, enhance skills learned, and/or validate maintenance of skills. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance; NUR 220, 222, 223, and 224; and NUR 243 or 253.

NUR 240 Nursing Process and Concepts III (1 credit)

NUR 240 introduces the concepts essential for applying Level 3 theory in the clinical setting. The student will focus on the needs of clients and their families during the current events of hospitalization and in anticipation of future needs. Skills in documenting the nursing process via obtaining a health care history, initiating the nursing care plan or referral, and completing a discharge/transfer summary are introduced. The concept of loss, most significantly the loss of health and life, is examined. Several bio-ethical issues surrounding dying and death are explored. Skills are included to enable the student to assist the client and family experiencing such a loss. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity for the theory and procedure components. Demonstration of the application of these concepts in the clinical setting is a requirement of NUR 240. The final grade in NUR 240 is dependent on successful completion of all Level 3 requirements. Prerequisites: BIO 171 and BIO 172 (for generic students), NUR 220.

NUR 243 Safety and Security Needs III: Pharmacology (1 credit)

In this course, students use the nursing process to safely administer medications. Students are introduced to the study of drugs, how the drugs act, and how the drugs move through the body, along with a format to organize drug information for both general classifications of medications and specific medications. Major drug classifications are covered. Drug actions, common side effects, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, and nursing implications are presented for each classification. The generic name, trade name, usual route(s), and safe dosage parameters for prototype drugs and/or commonly prescribed specific medications are highlighted. Medication errors are studied, and safe medication administration is the focus. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 180 or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: NUR 220 or Permission of Instructor.

NUR 245 Psychiatric Client Needs I (1 credit)

In this course, students apply concepts of the nursing process and therapeutic communication with clients experiencing severe mental/emotional disorders likely to be seen in the acute care psychiatric setting: mood disorders and thought disorders. In addition, they learn assessments and interventions related to psychiatric emergencies: threatening/assault behavior and suicide. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 246 Childbearing Family Needs I (1 credit)

This course focuses on the use of the nursing process for the client/family in various phases of the childbearing process - prenatal, labor, delivery, and postpartum. The emphasis is on the normal aspects of childbearing and views the client within the context of family. The normal prenatal course will be viewed from both the maternal and fetal perspectives and includes the dynamic physiologic, psychosocial, and emotional adaptations. The family will be studied through the process of labor and delivery, and the student will learn to assess the postpartum woman and the normal newborn. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 247 Childrearing Family Needs I (1 credit)

The understanding of the concepts of illness provides a base for the students to learn the skills in this course directed toward mediating the impact of illness and hospitalization on children and their families. The concepts of the nursing process are expanded to enable the student to document the planned and implemented care that will meet the needs of patients and their families throughout the course of an illness. Nursing strategies for specific physiologic alterations will be included. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 248 Gerontological and Palliative Care Nursing: Needs of the Older Adult and The Terminally Ill Patient (1 credit)

This is a Level 3 nursing course divided into two components. It will provide theory to assist the student with care planning and assessment for the older adult. It will also provide information to assist students with applying the nursing process to clients who are terminally ill and to their families. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 253 Safety in Med Administration: Pharmacology for Nurses (3 credits)

This course focuses on safety issues involved in administering medications in a clinical setting. It covers drug classifications and the effects of that classification on the body systems. The student will be introduced to the basics of pharmacology and how the drugs work right down to the cellular level. This detailed information will make client assessments more meaningful. Case scenarios describing actual medication errors will follow each classification studied. In addition to drug classification, medical calculations, legal aspects and safety issues will be presented. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours per credit hour in study and online activity. Prerequisite: health care experience or current Nursing student.

NUR 255 Specialty Care Clinical III:Psychiatric Nursing (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date and to implement new theory and skills learned in the psychiatric client needs course. The student collaborates with the instructor, members of the nursing team, and the client within the context of family regarding care needs. The student exercises limited independence in collaboration with other members of the health care team to act as a client advocate. The student exercises limited independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments that include the family, to select nursing diagnoses, to plan care that incorporates principles of teaching/learning, and to implement and evaluate client- and family-centered care. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240 and 245.

NUR 256 Specialty Care Clinical III: Childbearing Family Nursing (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date and to implement new theory and skills learned in the childbearing family needs courses. The student collaborates with the instructor, members of the nursing team, the client and the family regarding care needs. The student exercises limited independence in collaboration with other members of the health care team to act as a client advocate. The student exercises limited independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments that include the family, to select nursing diagnoses, to plan care that incorporates principles of teaching/learning, and to implement and evaluate client- and family-centered care. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240 and 246.

NUR 257 Specialty Care Clinical III: Childrearing Family Nursing (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date and to implement new theory and skills learned in the childrearing family needs courses. The student collaborates with the instructor, members of the nursing team, the client and the family regarding care needs. The student exercises limited independence in collaboration with other members of the health care team to act as a client advocate. The student exercises limited independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments that include the family, to select nursing diagnoses, to plan care that incorporates principles of teaching/learning, and to implement and evaluate client- and family-centered care. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240 and 247.

NUR 259 Elective Nursing Process Clinical III (2 credits)

This course provides opportunities for the student to have clinical experiences to work on personal objectives and/or those beyond the scope of basic preparation. These experiences will allow the student to be supervised in the clinical setting in order to gain additional experiential knowledge, enhance skills learned, and/or validate maintenance of skills. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240.

NUR 260 Nursing Process and Concepts IV (1 credit)

NUR 260 introduces the concepts essential for applying Level 4 theory in the clinical setting. The course material explores the discipline of nursing including historical perspectives; educational, ethical and legal issues; modes of health care delivery and nursing roles; application of the nursing process in the management of client(s) care; and professional trends and issues in leadership and management. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity for the theory and procedure components. Demonstration of the application of these concepts in the clinical setting is a requirement of NUR 260. The final grade in NUR 260 is dependent on successful completion of all Level 4 requirements. Prerequisites: BIO 171 and BIO 172 (for advanced-standing students), NUR 240.

NUR 261 Activity and Rest Needs II: Orthopedic Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides the opportunity to apply the nursing process for the client with activity and rest needs. Students will learn assessment techniques for the client with mobility impairment. Principles of nursing care are emphasized for clients undergoing orthopedic treatment modalities for injury or disease. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisite: NUR 260.

NUR 262 Oxygenation Needs III (1 credit)

This course builds on theory and skills learned in NUR 222 and provides the opportunity to focus on the use of the nursing process when caring for clients with acute and chronic conditions resulting from interferences with oxygenation related to the upper and lower respiratory tracts, and interferences with oxygenation related to circulation. Care of the patient with advanced respiratory and cardiac support is taught, as well as advanced electrocardiogram identification. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisite: NUR 260.

NUR 263 Safety and Security Needs IV: Neuro Science Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to focus on the use of the nursing process for the commonly occurring pathological conditions of the Nervous system, the Immune system, and the special senses (vision and hearing). Emphasis will be placed on using critical thinking to apply necessary theory knowledge in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care for clients with these dysfunctions. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisite: NUR 260.

NUR 264 Nutrition and Elimination Needs III (1 credit)

This is a Level 4 nursing course which provides theory to assist the student in body system assessment. The nursing process is applied to clients with illnesses that interfere with nutrition and/or elimination. For communicable illnesses, client needs are considered as well as those of client contacts and health care providers. The planning focus is the entire episode of illness, considering potential teaching and home health maintenance needs. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisite: NUR 260.

NUR 265 Psychiatric Clients Needs II (1 credit)

In this course, students apply concepts of the nursing process and therapeutic communication with clients experiencing mental/emotional disorders that may be seen in a variety of settings (acute or distributive care, psychiatric settings or medical-surgical settings), among them addiction, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisite: NUR 260.

NUR 266 Childbearing Family Needs II (1 credit)

In this course, the student will study the maintenance of women's reproductive health as well as disorders of the reproductive system. Contemporary issues related to contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, abortion, and violence will be covered. The student will also focus on applying the nursing process with the high risk client/family during the puerperium. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 267 Childrearing Family Needs II (1 credit)

The understanding of the concepts of growth and development provides a base for students to learn the skills, in this course, directed toward assessing and promoting health of children and their families. The concepts of the nursing process are expanded to enable the student to document the planned and implemented care that will meet the needs of clients and their families. Children's perceptions and behaviors in relation to health concepts will be included. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 220; co-requisite: NUR 240.

NUR 271 Advanced Nursing Process Clinical IV (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to consolidate theory and skills developed in previous levels and to implement new Level 4 theory and skills. The student functions in collaboration with members of a diverse multidisciplinary health care team, to provide care for hospitalized patients with complex needs. He/she will function interdependently to establish priorities for a group of three patients; to delegate and assist others with aspects of nursing care; and to provide for continuity of care, discharge planning, and referrals. The level 4 student also functions interdependently to maintain standards, to develop relationships, and to assume responsibility for self and others. The student applies the nursing process, considering previous illness, to develop and implement a plan of care for a group of patients, and is expected to submit two extensive Nursing Process Records. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 260, and completion of any 2 theory needs courses at level 4 (NUR 261, 262, 263, 264) and ATI Leadership proctored exam.

NUR 272 Extended Advanced Nursing Process Clinical IV (2 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the medical-surgical hospital setting to meet the objectives of the courses in Level 4. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 271; co-requisites: complete and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 260.

NUR 273 Extended Advanced Nursing Process Clinical IV (2 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to have additional experience in the medical-surgical hospital setting to meet the objectives of the courses in Level 4. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: NUR 271; co-requisites: complete and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 260.

NUR 279 Elective Nursing Process Clinical IV (2 credits)

This course provides opportunities for the student to have clinical experience to work on personal objectives and/or those beyond the scope of basic preparation. These experiences will allow the student to be supervised in the clinical setting in order to gain additional experiential knowledge, enhance skills learned, and/or validate maintenance of skills. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: Completion of level 3 requirements, NUR 240, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, completion of NUR 260 theory, completion of any 2 theory needs courses at level 4 (NUR 261, 262, 263, 264), and ATI Leadership proctored exam.

NUR 291 Role Transition: Capstone Course (2 credits)

This clinical course is designed as a collaborative experience between nursing service and nursing education. It is a reality-based experience in which the student, in conjunction with a registered nurse preceptor, begins to function as a beginning staff nurse. The preceptor acts as a role model, teacher, and supervisor, and determines the pace and extent of assignments based on the student's identified learning outcomes, the experiences available, and the student's ability. The student is involved in a peer review process with the preceptor by maintaining and sharing a daily log, receiving formative feedback from which to identify learning needs and receiving summative feedback prepared by the preceptor at the conclusion of the experience. The student is expected to submit a patient case study with the application of two extensive Nursing Care Plans. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over a two-week time period on a medical-surgical hospital unit engaged in all activities with a preceptor; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisite: Completion of NUR 271; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, NUR 260, completion of any 2 theory needs courses (NUR-261, 262, 263, 264), and ATI Leadership proctored exam.

NUR 292 Advanced Specialty Care Clinical (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to experience an additional clinical setting to work on objectives beyond the scope of the basic preparation for all students. The student will apply the nursing process, utilize management principles and exhibit professionalism at an advanced level. Specialty clinical areas include, but are not limited to: intensive care nursing, psychiatric nursing, childbearing family nursing, childrearing family nursing, and gerontological nursing. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 271 and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance.

NUR 295 Distributive Care Clinical: Psychiatric Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to consolidate theory and skills developed in previous levels, and to implement new theory and skills learned in the psychiatric client needs courses in settings not limited to acute care. The student functions in collaboration with members of the health care team within the context of community-based settings. The student functions interdependently to maintain standards, to develop relationships, and to assume accountability. The student applies the nursing process to perform assessments, select nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan for care. The distributive psychiatric clinical will involve the students in current issues of mental health as well as illness, giving them a sense of psychiatric care needs in our community. Students will spend a total of 28 hours over the semester in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial preparation and follow-up time. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 260.

NUR 296 Distributive Care Clinical: Childbearing Family Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to consolidate theory and skills developed in previous levels, and to implement new theory and skills learned in the childbearing family needs courses in settings not limited to acute care. The student functions in collaboration with members of the health care team within the context of community-based settings. The student functions interdependently to maintain standards, to develop relationships, and to assume accountability. The student applies the nursing process to perform assessments, select nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan for care. Students will spend a total of 28 hours over the semester in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial preparation and follow-up time. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 260.

NUR 297 Distributive Care Clinical: Childrearing Family Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to consolidate theory and skills developed in previous levels, and to implement new theory and skills learned in the childrearing family needs courses in settings not limited to acute care. The student functions in collaboration with members of the health care team within the context of community-based settings. The student functions interdependently to maintain standards, to develop relationships, and to assume accountability. The student applies the nursing process to perform assessments, select nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan for care. Students will spend a total of 28 hours over the semester in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial preparation and follow-up time. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 260.

NUR 298 Distributive Care Clinical: Geriatric and Palliative Care Nursing (1 credit)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to consolidate theory and skills developed in previous levels, and to implement new theory and skills learned in the geriatric and palliative care nursing needs courses in settings not limited to acute care. The student functions in collaboration with members of the health care team within the context of community-based settings. The student functions interdependently to maintain standards, to develop relationships, and to assume accountability. The student applies the nursing process to perform assessments, select nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan for care. Students will spend a total of 28 hours over the semester in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial preparation and follow-up time. Prerequisite: NUR 240; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 260.

NUR 258 Specialty Care Clinical Iii: Geriatric And Palliative Care Nursing (2 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date and to implement new theory and skills learned in the geriatric and palliative care nursing needs course. The student collaborates with the instructor, members of the nursing team, and the client within the context of family regarding care needs. The student exercises limited independence in collaboration with other members of the health care team to act as a client advocate. The student exercises limited independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments that include the family, to select nursing diagnoses, to plan care which incorporates principles of teaching/learning, and to implement and evaluate client- and family-centered care. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240 and 248.

NUR 299 An International Service Learning Experience for Healthcare Students (3 credits)

This course will begin on campus during the second half of the semester and will culminate in an opportunity for students to explore diverse, international healthcare practices while also participating in a service-learning project. Nine days will be spent abroad living amongst the local natives. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how culture and socioeconomic conditions affect the health and well-being of the community through cultural immersion. There will be opportunities for students, such as building fuel-efficient stoves, observing and participating in the care provided at local clinics and pharmacies, meeting with local folk medicine experts and midwives, and participating in home care visits within the community. Transportation, lodging, meals, and interpreters will be arranged through Transformational Journeys. Trip dates: December 27, 2013-January 5, 2014. Co-requisite: Student must be matriculated in a healthcare program with priority registration given to nursing students.