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NURS  0 - Special Topics (1 - 4)

NURS  110 - Interpersonal Communication in Nursing (2)

This course covers interpersonal communication theories and frameworks that most apply to successful nurse-patient interaction. Considerable attention is given to the interpersonal messages nurses produce for specific purposes; that is, the class material addresses the influences on, types, and effects of messages nurses use when interacting with patients (e.g., social support, comforting, reassurance, explaining illness, delivery of bad news, communicating about pain, compliance/adherence, instructions, etc.) for the purpose of improving patient outcomes.

NURS  111 - Nurses Communicating with Their Diverse Patients (2)

This course overviews the research and issues related to nurses communicating with diverse patients, specifically persons of varying cultures/ethnicities, persons with disabilities, children, and older patients. The underlying communication premises and foundations of interacting with persons about health of the aforementioned diversity will be explored and detailed. In addition, literature concerning and the use of medical interpreters to aid in the nurse and health communication process, when applicable, will be addressed.

NURS  120 - Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition I (1)

Introduction to the profession of nursing through the lens of the Jesuit tradition with a focus on social justice issues in health care delivery. A primary goal of this course will be to develop an awareness of the health care needs of vulnerable populations locally and globally.

NURS  170 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (1)

Introduction to essential knowledge, skills and attitudes of professional nursing practice: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Focus on learning styles and critical tools for academic success.

NURS  220 - Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 116, BIOL 134, BIOL 135, PSYC 101, NURS\120, NURS170 Corequisites: NURS221, NURS222, NURS225. First course in a two part series of applied pathophysiology and pharmacological treatments of basic body systems. Focus on the etiology, clinical manifestations and general treatment of alterations in selected body systems.

NURS  221 - Essentials of Pharmacology: Principles and Concepts (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 116, BIOL 134, BIOL 135, PSYC 101, NURS120, NURS170 Corequisites: NURS220, NURS222, NURS225. Introduction to basic pharmacological knowledge to be used as the foundation of nursing practice: medication administration, terminology and the nurse's role in patient safety.

NURS  222 - Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across the Lifespan I: Health and Wellness (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 116, BIOL 134, BIOL 135, PSYC 101, NURS120, NURS170 Corequisites: NURS220, NURS221, NURS225. Focus on the concepts of health, wellness, and illness throughout the life span and the knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive assessment for patient-centered nursing care. The course incorporates concepts of nutrition, nursing, pharmacology, and biopsychosocial sciences. Students use scientific inquiry and problem-solving skills to plan interventions appropriate for health promotion,disease and illness prevention.

NURS  225 - Clinical Lab I: Applied Assessment in Health and Wellness (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 116, BIOL 134, BIOL 135, PSYC 101, NURS120, NURS170 Corequisites: NURS220, NURS221, NURS222. Clinical Course: Focus on application of theory, concepts and principles to assessment and planning care for patients through the use of the nursing process and scientific inquiry. Students apply the science, technology, assessment skills to address health care needs for health promotion, disease and illness prevention, and by determining the effectiveness of given expected care outcomes.

NURS  226 - Understanding Military Culture: The Health Professional's Role (1)

This nursing elective course explores military and veteran culture and its relationship to the provision of health care within the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It provides the base knowledge for competency in reasoning, decision-making, and effective interpersonal communication and collaboration within the VA system for the provision of quality, safe, and effective care for the veteran patient and family member. It is intended to enhance the professional and scholarly development of nurses and other healthcare providers in better understanding, communicating, and effectively interacting with veterans, service members, and their families, to improve their care.

NURS  270 - Nutrition (2)

(2) Prerequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 225. Corequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, and NURS 275. Introduction to normal nutrition across the life span. Health promotion strategies and principles of health teaching related to nutrition. Content includes macro and micronutrients, nutritional assessment basics, cultural considerations, health promotion basics and health teaching strategies for patients and families.

NURS  271 - Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3)

(3) Prerequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 225. Corequisites: NURS 270, NURS 272, and NURS 275. Second course in a two part series of applied pathophysiology of basic body systems and their pharmacological treatments. Focus on the etiology, clinical manifestations and general treatment in alterations selected body systems and their alterations.

NURS  272 - Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across the Lifespan II: Alterations in Health and Illness (4)

(4) Prerequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 225. Corequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, and NURS 275. Builds on Applied Assessment and Fundamentals I with a focus on nursing interventions for patients experiencing acute and chronic disease.

NURS  275 - Clinical Lab II: Alterations in Health and Illness (3)

(3) Prerequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 225. Corequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, and NURS 272. Clinical Course: Builds on Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals I with a focus on patients across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic disease and the knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive, patient-centered care and high quality nursing care outcomes.

NURS  275 - Clinical Lab II: Alterations in Health and Illness (Simulation Lab) (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS275: Clinical Lab II. Prerequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 225. Corequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, NURS 273, NURS 275.

NURS  277 - Food Myth Busters 2.0 (2)

This is an advanced nutrition seminar exploring current controversies, opinion, and research in diet and health. Using the concepts mastered in NURS270, nursing students will explore in depth topics such as: Is organic food better for you? What are GMOs and should we avoid them? What's the deal with gluten and high fructose corn syrup? Vegan, Mediterranean, Paleo-: what is the best diet for human health? Is eating meat bad for the environment?

NURS  304 - Preparation for International Healthcare Delivery (1)

This elective course provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge, skills and evidence-based standards of care to facilitate the promotion and restoration of health in adult clients in hospitals and rehabilitation settings in a foreign country. Students will participate in an immersion in a foreign country where the culture, language and healthcare system is different from their own. Students will experience the challenges of communicating in a foreign language and observe delivery of nursing care in a hospital and rehabilitation setting that is respectful and culturally sensitive to all clients involved.

NURS  320 - Community and Mental Health Nursing (4)

(4) Prerequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, NURS 275, and RHET 220, or RHET 131, or RHET 250. Corequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, and NURS 325. Focus on health care delivery to vulnerable populations. The emphasis is on the patient-centered care of individuals, groups, and aggregates in community and psychiatric settings. Students analyze nursing care appropriate for the persons experiencing physiological problems and/or severe and persistent mental illness. Research and epidemiological data are used to guide the classroom discussion to facilitate student learning and clinical problem solving.

NURS  321 - Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Systems (2)

(2) Prerequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, NURS 275, and RHET 220, or RHET 131, or RHET 250. Corequisites: NURS 320, NURS 322, AND NURS 325. Overview of health care delivery systems and an introduction to concepts related to leadership in complex adaptive systems. Historical, present-day and future perspectives of leadership in nursing within the context of the dynamic nature of health care organizations, and nursing leadership and organizations using the complexity science paradigm.

NURS  322 - Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics (4)

Prequisites: MATH 101, NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, NURS 275. Corequisites: NURS320, NURS321, NURS 325. Introduction to evidence-based nursing practice. Focus on identification of practice issues; appraisal and integration of current evidence and the evaluation of potential outcomes across all healthcare settings and patient populations. Techniques for collaboration and communication across disciplines are emphasized.

NURS  325 - Clinical Lab III: Community and Mental Health Nursing (4)

(4) Prerequisites: NURS 270, NURS 271, NURS 272, NURS 275, and RHET 220, or RHET 131, or RHET 250. Corequisites: NURS 320, NURS 321, and NURS 323. Clinical Course: Community based clinical experience. Focuses on patients/clients experiencing physiological and psychological problems. Use of the nursing process in the care of clients from vulnerable populations. Students work in collaboration with inter-professional teams in outpatient and inpatient sites in which patient and student safety are paramount.

NURS  326 - Improving Health and Safety in the School Environment (4)

This elective course provides the opportunity to prepare nursing students for an active role in assessment of real and potential risks for illness or injury in a multi-cultural primary school setting. The course is designed to develop skills needed to partner with school administrators, teachers, and families to assess needs and implement health promotion activities that are mutually determined and aimed at supporting the physical and psychosocial health of elementary school students. Students' weekly work in assigned schools will be the link to connect community service to the core curriculum.

NURS  327 - Special Topics in School Health (1 - 4)

This course may be offered each semester as a sequel to NURS326, with varying units. This course may be repeated for credit.

NURS  331 - Family Health I (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 330, NURS 340, NURS 350, NURS 323. Corequisites: NURS 351, NURS 352, NURS 341. This theory course focuses on the principles of case management with an emphasis on the childbearing family. The nursing role of case manager is introduced in the context of the childbearing family. The course explores the nursing management in the care of childbearing women, their infant and their families.

NURS  341 - Family Health II (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 330, NURS 340, NURS 350, NURS 323. Corequisites: NURS 331, NURS 351, NURS - 352. This theory course focuses on family centered care in the childrearing years. The nursing role of case manager is introduced in the context of the childrearing family. The course focuses on the child as an individual and as a member of the family and community. Specific content related to the physical, emotional, and social growth and development of the child is introduced. The causes, treatment, and prevention of childhood conditions are explored.

NURS  351 - Clinical Lab IV-A (2)

Prerequisites: NURS 330, NURS 340, NURS 350, NURS 323. Corequisites: NURS 352, NURS 331, NURS 341. This clinical application course focuses on family centered care in the childrearing years. The nursing role of case manager in the context of the childrearing family is applied in a variety of settings. There is an emphasis on the skills essential to meeting the physical, emotion, and social needs of well children and children with acute or chronic conditions. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form" given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  351 - Clinical Sim Lab IV-A (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS351 Clinical Lab IV-A.

NURS  352 - Clinical Lab IV-B (2)

Prerequisites: NURS 330, NURS 340, NURS 350, NURS 323. Corequisites: NURS 351, NURS 331, NURS 341. This clinical application course focuses on the scientific concepts and principles related to monitoring and caring for human responses common to childbearing women, their infants and their families in hospitals and community settings. There is an emphasis on the skills essential to meeting the physical, emotion, and social needs of women experiencing healthy and complicated pregnancies. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form" given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  352 - Clinical Simulation Lab IV-B (0)

Must be taken in conjunction with NURS352 Clinial Lab IV-B

NURS  370 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care (4)

Prerequisites: NURS 320, NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 325. Corequisites: NURS 371, NURS 375. Advanced reasoning, synthesis, and application of evidence-based knowledge to plan, coordinate, and evaluate priorities of comprehensive care for adults of all ages with acute and chronic health care diseases and disorders. Focus on the role and scope of professional nurse practice and nursing process.

NURS  371 - Healthcare Systems II: Management in Complex Clinical Systems (2)

Prerequisites: NURS 320, NURS 321, NURS322, NURS 325. Corequisites: NURS 370, NURS 375. Focus on the development of management skills for beginning practitioners in acute care and managed health care environments in complex clinical systems.

NURS  375 - Clinical Lab IV: Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing - Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 320, NURS 321, NURS322, NURS 325. Corequisites: NURS 370, NURS 371. Clinical Course: Emphasis on cognitive and psychomotor skill development to plan, implement, and evaluate care outcomes for adults of all ages receiving care in acute settings. Focus on development of clinical judgment in symptom and disease assessment and management.

NURS  375 - Clinical Lab IV: Medical Surgical Nursing Simulation Lab (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS375: Clnical Lab IV. Prerequisites: NURS320, NURS321, NURS322, NURS325. Corequisites: NURS370, NURS371, NURS375.

NURS  391 - Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Health Care (2)

This elective course will prepare students working in health care to respond with sensitivity to the needs and preferences that culturally and linquistically diverse patients/consumers bring to the health encounter. Students will learn strategies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriare services (CLAS), so that access to care, to quality of care, and, ultimately, health outcomes may be improved.

NURS  403 - Community Health Partnerships in Healthcare Delivery (2)

This elective course affords the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and political influences on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in a "low-resource setting." Students will participate in a learning program in which they will live and work in the culturally diverse setting, experiencing the challenges to population-focused healthcare in the area. Students will also participate in community-based partnerships to meet the health disparities of the population, and they will have the opportunity to participate in interventions that help to address these disparities.

NURS  420 - Women's Health (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 375. Corequisites: NURS 421, NURS 425, NURS 426. Focus on the health promotion and nursing care of women across the life span with an emphasis on the childbearing years.

NURS  421 - Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Nursing Care of Children (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 375. Corequisites: NURS 420, NURS 425, NURS 426. Focus on nursing care of children with medical-surgical issues and on the developmental differences seen in them. Specific issues related to pharmacology and safe medication practices in children are emphasized.

NURS  425 - Clinical Lab V-A: Women's Health (2)

Prerequisites: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 375. Corequisites: NURS 420, NURS 421, NURS 426, NURS425S and NURS 426S. Clinical Course: Health promotion and use of the nursing process in care of women with a focus on the childbearing years. Nursing care of women in situ clinical rotations and case-based simulation.

NURS  425 - Clinical Lab V-A: Women's Health (Simulation Lab) (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS425: Clinical Lab V-A. Prerequisites: NURS370, NURS371, NURS375.

NURS  426 - Clinical Lab V-B: Medical-Surgical Nursing - Nursing Care of Children (2)

Prerequisites: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 375. Corequisites: NURS 420, NURS 421, NURS 425. Clinical Course: Nursing process in care of children. Application opportunities include in situ clinical rotations and case-based simulation.

NURS  426 - Clinical Lab V-B: Medical-Surgical Nursing - Nursing Care of Children (Simulation Lab) (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS426: Clinical Lab V-B. Prerequisites: NURS370, NURS371, NURS375.

NURS  428 - Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing: Care of Women and Children (3)

The Clinical Practice portion of the course will facilitate incorporation of the Theory courses NURS420 and NURS421, and Principles objectives into the planning and implementation of nursing for childbearing women and hospitalized children in a variety of settings. The Principles (skills) portion of the course will focus on the skills required to monitor and care for the health of children and childbearing women in various venues that include clinics and hospitals.

NURS  428 - Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing: Care of Women and Children - Simulation Lab (0)

To be taken in conjunction with NURS428: Clnical Lab V. Prerequisites: NURS370, NURS371, NURS375, NURS375S. Corequisites: NURS420, NURS421, NURS428.

NURS  430 - Nursing Therapeutics III (3)

Prerequisites: NURS 331, NURS 341, NURS 351, NURS 352. Corequisite: NURS 450. This theory course focuses on health care delivery to vulnerable populations. The emphasis is on the care of individuals, groups, and aggregates in community settings. Students analyze nursing interventions appropriate for the persons experiencing complex physiological problems and/or severe and persistent mental illness. Research and epidemiological data are used to guide the class discussions and class analysis to facilitate student learning and clinical problem solving.

NURS  448 - Global Issues and Community Health (Guatemala Theory) (2)

This elective course provides the opportunity to explore the impact of national and international policy decisions on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Additionally, the course provides the opportunity to explore the role of cultural beliefs and values in health-seeking behaviors. Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own. The associations among international conflict and corporate activities, poverty and lack of resources in communities, and health status of community members will be central to the learning experience.

NURS  449 - Global Issues and Community Health Lab: Guatemala Trip (1)

This elective clinical course provides the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of national and international policy decisions on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in “low resource settings.” Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own.

NURS  450 - Clinical Lab V (5)

Prerequisites: NURS 331, NURS 341, NURS 351, NURS 352. Corequisite: NURS 430. This community based practical application course focuses on clients experiencing complex physiological and psychological problems. Nursing interventions for the care of vulnerable population is emphasized. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form" given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  451 - Clinical Lab VI (5)

Prerequisites: NURS430, NURS450. Corequisites: NURS461, NURS481. This clinical application course centers on student practice in a selected specialty with a clinical preceptor. The focus is on human responses appropriate to the client/client population throughout the continuum of care. Managed care and leadership skills are integrated within the practice setting. Students design, implement and evaluate a capstone project in the clinical setting. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form" given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  461 - Leadership in Managed Care Systems (3)

Prerequisites: NURS430, NURS450. Corequisites: NURS451, NURS481. This theory course focuses on beginning practitioners in a managed care environment. Didactic content includes the philosophy of managed care, technology and managed care practice, quality improvement and case management in integrated delivery systems. Students will analyze strategies to develop programs for health promotion, disease prevention and client/provider health accountability in a restructured health care system. Students will discuss concepts, principles and theories related to leadership in organizations. Didactic content includes human resource management, budgeting, and finance.

NURS  470 - Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition II (1)

Prerequisites: NURS420, NURS421, NURS425, NURS426. Corequisites: NURS471, NURS475. This course analyzes the profession of nursing through the lens of the Jesuit tradition using the model of the Ignatian social justice for in-depth examination of important health care issues and the responsibilities of the professional nurse.

NURS  471 - Complex Care Across the Lifespan (3)

(3) Prerequisites: NURS420, NURS421, NURS425, NURS426. Corequisites: NURS471, NURS475. Focus on complex nursing care of patients across the life span with actual and/or potential critical health problems in a variety of setting. Focus on acquiring advanced knowledge in complex assessment, high-intensity therapies and interventions as well as analysis and evaluation of patient outcomes.

NURS  475 - Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care Across the Lifespan (5)

Prerequisites: NURS420, NURS421, NURS425, NURS426. Corequisites: NURS470, NURS471. Clinical Course: Collaborative experience planned by students, faculty, and agency personnel. The student must complete this course in a variety of learning environments as a culminating clinical experience to prepare them as a nurse graduate.

NURS  481 - Senior Seminar (1)

Prerequisites: NURS430, NURS450. Corequisites: NURS461, NURS451. This clinical support course focuses on student participation and leadership in seminar discussions related to nursing and selected human responses appropriate to the client base served in the clinical setting of their precepted experience. Examination of the multiplicity of nursing roles and the expanding role of the nurse in a variety of settings are explored. Ethical and legal issues related to the profession of nursing are discussed.

NURS  491 - Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Healthcare Immersion (1 - 2)

This elective clinical course affords the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and political influences on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in a "low resource setting". Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own. Students will experience first hand the challenges of providing high quality, culturally competent health care in clinical environments with sub optimum resources.

NURS  499 - Directed Study (1 - 4)

Coursework and units to be determined by the student and the professor, with the Dean's approval.