Nursing Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

All nursing courses integrate theory and clinical experience. Failure to receive a satisfactory grade in either theory OR the clinical experience portion of the course will result in a failing grade. All nursing major field courses must be passed before proceeding to the next level. A grade of "C" or higher is required in BI 195, BI 196 and BI 202, math elective, of MT 124 or higher level math (excluding MT 129) to enter or progress in the nursing courses.

NU 115 Nursing I 5-9-8
Nursing I introduces the student to the role of the associate degree nurse and the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring within the Self-Care Framework. The emphasis of the course is on assessment of the Universal Self-Care Requirements, which include air, food, activity and rest, elimination, water, solitude and social interaction. Promotion of normalcy and prevention of hazards will be addressed within the Universal Self-Care Requirements. The focus is on the use of educative/supportive nursing system and effective therapeutic communication to care for patients with selected self-care deficits. Professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing practice are introduced to provide culturally-sensitive nursing care. Opportunities for application of nursing knowledge to clinical practice are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. (Co-requisites: BI 195, EN 101, and PY 105) Clinical sites are in medical/surgical settings.

NU 116 Nursing IIA 6-15-11
Nursing IIA expands upon the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring to support growth and development over the life cycle. The emphasis of the course is on Universal, Developmental and/or Health Deviation Self-Care Requirements. The student focuses on the educative/supportive and partially compensatory nursing systems and employs effective therapeutic communication to care for patients with selected self-care deficits throughout the life cycle. Professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing practice are utilized to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to coordinate environmental and technological resources in the delivery of patient care. Opportunities for analysis of principles and concepts of nursing knowledge are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. (Semester 2 Prerequisites: NU 115; EN 101 & PY 105 and a minimum grade of "C" in BI 195; Co-requisites: BI 196 and PY 220) (Semester 3 Prerequisites: PY 220 and a minimum of grade of "C" in BI 195 & BI 196; Co-requisites: BI 202 and MT 124 or higher level math excluding MT 129; MT 251 strongly recommended) Clinical sites include maternal/child, pediatrics and gerontology settings.

NU 117 Nursing IIB 6-15-11
Nursing IIB expands upon the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring to support growth and development over the life cycle. The emphasis of the course is on Universal, Developmental and/or Health Deviation Self-Care Requirements. The student focuses on the educative/supportive and partially compensatory nursing systems and employs effective therapeutic communication to care for patients with selected self-care deficits throughout the life cycle. Professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing practice are utilized to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to coordinate environmental and technological resources in the delivery of patient care. Opportunities for analysis of principles and concepts of nursing knowledge are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. (Semester 2 Prerequisites: NU 115; EN 101 & PY 105 and a minimum grade of "C" in BI 195; Co-requisites: BI 196 and PY 220) (Semester 3 Prerequisites: PY 220 and a minimum of grade of "C" in BI 195 & BI 196; Co-requisites: BI 202 and MT 124 or higher level math excluding MT 129; MT 251 strongly recommended) Clinical sites include mental health and medical/surgical settings.

NU 178 LPN-RN Completion 4-10-7
Nursing 178 introduces the student to the advanced role of the associate degree nurse and the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring within the Self-Care Framework.  The course expands upon the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring to support growth and development over the life cycle. The emphasis of the course is on Universal, Developmental and/or Health Deviation Self-Care Requirements. The student focuses on the educative/supportive and partially compensatory nursing systems and employs effective therapeutic communication to care for patients with selected self-care deficits throughout the life cycle. Professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing practice are utilized to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to coordinate environmental and technological resources in the delivery of patient care.  Opportunities for analysis of principles and concepts of nursing knowledge are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. Clinical sites include mental health and medical/surgical settings.

NU 215 Nursing III 4-15-9
Nursing III incorporates principles and concepts from nursing knowledge and liberal arts education. The emphasis of the course is on the patient with commonly occurring illnesses. The student focuses on the wholly compensatory nursing system and evaluates effective therapeutic and collegial communication to enhance health outcomes. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to utilize microsystem resources, evidence-based practice, quality improvement processes and safety standards in the delivery of patient care. The student demonstrates accountability for the professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing practice to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Opportunities to utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and humanistic values are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. (Prerequisites: NU 116, NU 117, & a grade of "C" or higher in MT 124 or higher level math (excluding MT 129) or MT 251; Co-requisites: EN xxx, IT 102, and PI 242) Clinical sites are in medical/surgical settings.

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