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Nursing (NRSG)


NRSG 130 Fundamentals of Nursing

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

This course introduces learners to knowledge, basic clinical skills and attitudes essential for the nursing role. The course approach presents complex concepts and behaviors of nursing roles within the context of the nursing process and multicultural, holistic healthcare. Emphasis is on theoretical and practical concepts of nursing skills required to meet the needs of clients in a variety of settings.

NRSG 131 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

An integration of clinical skills performance using healthcare scenarios which focus on implementation of the nursing process, clinical decision making, and caring interventions in collaboration with the interdisciplinary teams in a variety of healthcare settings.

NRSG 135 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

This course introduces the student to the knowledge needed to provide safe nursing care to clients across the life span in the administration of medications. Content covered includes the basic pathophysiology of common disease processes, as well as the basic prinicples of pharmacology such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication interactions, and potential adverse medication reactions. The emphasis is on patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process and incorporating evidence based practice.

NRSG 136 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses Lab

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

This course integrates the knowledge of safe medication administration into a practical laboratory environment. This includes dosage calculation, and administration of medications through a variety of appropriate routes considering the Licensed Practical Nurse scope of practice.

NRSG 140 Adult Health Nursing

Credits: 4

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

The course is designed to build upon the knowledge acquired in Fundamentals of Nursing. The focus is on safe, effective care environments, health promotion and maintenance, and psychosocial and physiological integrity of adults who are experiencing health interruptions in well-defined practice settings. Principles of pharmacology, cultural competency, gerontology, and nutrition are integrated throughout the course.

NRSG 141 Adult Health Nursing Clinical

Credits: 3

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

An integration of clinical experiences in well-defined practice settings focusing on implementation of the nursing process, professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, caring interventions and collaboration in interdisciplinary practice to prevent, promote, maintain and restore basic health.

NRSG 142 Nursing Care of Women and Children

Credits: 3

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

This course introduces the student to the knowledge needed to provide safe nursing care to the female client and family with regards to reproductive issues, including perinatal. Also included is the child client and family with regards to normal growth and development as well as common disease processes. Psychosocial aspects of care, legal and ethical issues, and cultural beliefs will be incorporated throughout. The emphasis is on client and family centered care utilizing evidence based practice, and effective interpersonal communication skills while functioning within an interdisciplinary team environment.

NRSG 143 Nursing Care of Women and Children Clinical

Credits: 1

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

This course integrates the knowledge of care for women, children, and families into a practical and observational clinical environment.

NRSG 148 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse

Credits: 2

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

This course explores the legal, ethical, and moral components of Practical Nursing leadership in providing safe, relationship centered care. The concepts of accountability, collaboration, effective communication, conflict management skills, critical thinking, delegation, principles of human caring, and prioritization are emphasized throughout the course. Application of concepts in the rural environment are included.

NRSG 149 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse Clinical

Credits: 1

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of PN courses with C or higher.

This clinical integrates theory from NRSG 148 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse and the practice of basic nursing skills in the Practical Nurse Scope of Practice. Preceptor based experiences are selected based on nursing needs in the local and rural communities with a focus on student growth in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nursing leadership needed to provide high quality, holistic, safe nursing care.

NRSG 152 Gerontology and Community Nursing

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

This course presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide high quality holistic nursing care for the geriatric client, as well as other vulnerable populations in the local and rural communities. The safe application of the nursing process in a community based, client specific population is stressed. The use of interdisciplinary relationship centered care to promote clients optimal well-being in dealing with common acute and chronic health issues is emphasized.

NRSG 153 Gerontology and Community Nursing Clinical

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the PN Program.

This clinical integrates theory from NRSG 152 Gerontology and Community Nursing and the practice of basic nursing skills in the Practical Nurse Scope of Practice. The clinical emphasis is for the student to promote the highest level of health and wellness for common acute and chronic health issues in the geriatric and other vulnerable populations in the local and rural communities.

NRSG 230 Nursing Pharmacology

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the RN Program.

This course provides the student with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis of the study of effects, interactions, and nursing considerations of pharmacologic agents on the patient population across the lifespan. The course also explores the ethical, legal, cultural and age implications of pharmacologic therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan.

NRSG 231 Nursing Pharmacology Lab

Credits: 2

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the RN Program.

An integration of lab experiences focusing on the basic principles in providing safe medication administration, including intravenous therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan.

NRSG 232 Foundations of Nursing

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the RN Program.

This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the liefespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students learn concepts and skills necessary for maintaining standard precautions, physical, psychological and nutritional safety, along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. Students are introduced to the concepts of professional nursing, patient needs, safety, communication, teaching/learning, critical thinking, ethical-legal, rural nursing, cultural and ethnic diversity, and interdisciplinary patient-centered care.

NRSG 233 Foundations of Nursing Lab

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the RN Program.

An integration of lab experiences focusing on the psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. Application of the nursing process and hands-on learning experiences for nursing skills, patient assesments, nutritional safety, and basic therapeutic skills are practiced and demonstrated.

NRSG 234 Adult Nursing I

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of RN program with C or higher: BIOH 211, NRSG 230, NRSG 231, NRSG 232 and NRSG 233

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Foundations of Nursing, and places them in the context of patient-centered care. Social, cultural, ethical, rural and legal issues, end-of-life and palliative care across diverse adult populations are introduced. Health promotion and prevention throughout the adult lifespan, with specific focus on the geriatric patient, is emphasized. Normal aging, health alterations associated with aging, and their implications are addressed.

NRSG 235 Adult Nursing I Clinical

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of RN program with C or higher: BIOH 211, NRSG 230, NRSG 231, NRSG 232 and NRSG 233

This clinical introduces the student to nursing practice in care of the stable adult patient. This includes care of the adult in a variety of health care settings. Students utilize the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care to prevent illness, promote wellness and maintain or restore health based on patient needs and evidence based practice.

NRSG 236 Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of RN program with C or higher: BIOH 211, NRSG 230, NRSG 231, NRSG 232 and NRSG 233

In this course, the student applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of the childbearing family including conception, prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn care. Content addresses health and complex alterations, reproduction and menopause, nutrition, therapeutic communication, ethical, legal, cultural and evidenced-based practice.

NRSG 237 Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical

Credits: 1

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of RN program with C or higher: BIOH 211, NRSG 230, NRSG 231, NRSG 232 and NRSG 233

This clinical introduces the student to the role of the registered nurse in the care of the childbearing family. Students will utilize the nursing process to assess and develop individualized plans of care for mother and infant. Emphasis will be places on patient education to promote healthy mother infant and childbearing family bonding.

NRSG 244 Adult Nursing II

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the second semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 234, NRSG 235, NRSG 236, NRSG 237 and NRSG 256

This course builds upon previous knowledge of the nursing process and care of the patient experiencing acute and chronic disease alterations. Pathophysiologic processes are discussed as related to evidence-based nursing interventions. Students apply the nursing processes, nutritional therapy, and pharmacological therapy utilizing interdisciplinary practice to promote, maintain, and restore health across the adult lifespan.

NRSG 245 Adult Nursing II Clinical

Credits: 2

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the second semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 234, NRSG 235, NRSG 236, NRSG 237 and NRSG 256

In this clinical experience the student will provide care for individuals and families experiencing acute health alterations, and those associated with chronic disease processes. Students use the nursing process to systematically analyze information to plan and implement nursing interventions which are individualized and founded on evidence-based practice.

NRSG 246 Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing

Credits: 2

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the second semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 234, NRSG 235, NRSG 236, NRSG 237 and NRSG 256

In this course, the student applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of children and their families in health, illness, end-of-life and palliative care. Emphasis is placed on incorporating growth and developmental principles to facilitate positive health outcomes through health promotion, nutrition and disease prevention.

NRSG 247 Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing Clinical

Credits: 1

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the second semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 234, NRSG 235, NRSG 236, NRSG 237 and NRSG 256

In this clinical, students will utilize the nursing process, to provide nursing care of healthy and high-risk pediatric populations and their families experiencing disruptions in bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs. Emphasis is also placed on health promotion, health maintenance, and therapeutic communication.

NRSG 250 LPN to RN Transition

Credits: 3 (3 Lecture)

Term: (F, S)

Prerequisite: Student must be an LPN to enroll - consent of instructor required

This course assists students in the transition from LPN/LVN to the RN role. Includes components of lifelong learning, adapting to change, critical thinking, nursing process, legal and ethical issues, math for meds, IV therapy, APA format, scope of practice, and skill review to “socialize” the student into the RN program. Focus will be on the development of the scope of practice within the standards of the RN roles and responsibilities.

NRSG 252 Complex Care Maternal/Child

Credits: 3 (2 Lecture, 1 Clinical)

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Registered Nurse program

Last taught Spring 2017 for LPN to RN Transition program. This course prepares the student to provide care to maternal/child clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcome is less predictable. Topics include care of the client during childbirth, high-risk pregnancies, obstetrical emergencies, neonatal emergencies, and infants and children requiring complex collaborative care. Focus is on implementation of the nursing process in assessment and application of advanced concepts in care of child-bearing family from birth to adolescence.

NRSG 254 Complex Care Mental Health Cli

Credits: 2

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Completion of the 3rd semester of the RN program

In this course, the student focuses on the nursing concepts utilizing basic human needs, developmental theory, nursing process, therapeutic communication, and nursing interventions to promote and maintain health for patients and families experiencing mental-health issues. The student will examine patient responses to stressors across the lifespan. Tasks of biological-behavioral concepts in psychosocial nursing care, rural and cultural impacts will be addressed.

NRSG 255 Mental Health Concepts Clinical

Credits: 1

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the second semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 234, NRSG 235, NRSG 236, NRSG 237 and NRSG 256

This clinical applies the knowledge of psychiatric and mental health nursing. Students will have mental health focused clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

NRSG 256 Pathophysiology

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the first semester of RN program with C or higher: BIOH 211, NRSG 230, NRSG 231, NRSG 232 and NRSG 233

This course introduces the student to the basic principles and processes of pathophysiology including cellular communication, genes and genetic disease, forms of cellular injury, nutrition, fluid and electrolyte/acid base balance, immunity, stress coping and illness, and tumor biology. Pathophysiology of the most common alterations according to body systems will be discussed as well as the latest developments in research and patient-centered nursing interventions.

NRSG 259 Adult Nursing III

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the third semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 244, NRSG 245, NRSG 246, NRSG 247, NRSG 254 and NRSG 255

This course expands on the nursing role in care of patients with complex health alterations. Students utilize evidence-based, interdisciplinary interventions to meet patient and family needs.

NRSG 260 Adult Nursing III Lab

Credits: 1

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the third semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 244, NRSG 245, NRSG 246, NRSG 247, NRSG 254 and NRSG 255

This course prepares the student to carry out complex nursing interventions across the lifespan. Topics covered include central venous therapy, parenteral nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced airway/ventilator support, fetal heart monitoring, intercranial pressure monitoring, IV medication administration, high risk IV infusions, blood/blood product administration, concious sedation, advanced wound care, etc.

NRSG 261 Adult Nursing III Clinical

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the third semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 244, NRSG 245, NRSG 246, NRSG 247, NRSG 254 and NRSG 255

This clinical experience focuses on application of the nursing process and utilization of information to provide comprehensive nursing care to the acutely ill patient experiencing complex health alterations in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on prioritization of care and collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team to ensure optimal patient care.

NRSG 262 Complex Care Adult

Credits: 4 (2 Lecture, 2 Clinical)

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the LPN to RN Transition Program.

Last taught Spring 2017 for LPN to RN Transition program. This course prepares the student to provide nursing care to adult clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcomes are less predictable. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s response to emergent/life-threatening/rapidly changing conditions. Topics covered include collaborative therapeutic modalities related to acute/complex neurological, cardiac, respiratory, hematological, and endocrinologic events; shock; sepsis/SIRS; complex burns; etc. Focus will be placed on the continuum of care within the context of nursing process and holistic care.

NRSG 265 Advanced Clinical Skills Lab

Credits: 1 (1 Lab)

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Registered Nurse program

Last taught Spring 2017 for LPN to RN Transition program. This course prepares the student to carry out complex nursing interventions across the lifespan. Topics covered include central venous therapy, parenteral nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced airway/ventilator support, fetal heart monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring, IV medication administration, high risk IV infusions, blood/blood product administration, conscious sedation, advanced wound care, etc.

NRSG 266 Managing Client Care

Credits: 4

Term: (Su)

Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of the Registered Nurse program

This course covers topics related to integrated nursing care of individual clients and groups of clients, as well as basic principles related to supervision of nursing practice and management of resources. Topics include: role differentiation among care providers, organization and prioritization, delegation supervision and appropriate practice/practice settings, management of the needs of individual and groups of clients, and management of health care resources. Additionally, the course helps the student integrate didactic content from all other nursing courses and will help the student in his/her transition from the student role to the role of the Registered Nurse. Students will examine legal/ethical issues in nursing, values clarification, conflict resolution and consensus building, and effective communication techniques in the employment setting. NCLEX-RN preparation and process are also included as a component of the course. The preceptor-based clinical component allows the student to function in the role of a registered nurse while working one-on-one with a designated RN preceptor.

NRSG 267 Managing Client Care for the RN Clinical

Credits: 2

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Must have completed the third semester of RN program with C or higher: NRSG 244, NRSG 245, NRSG 246, NRSG 247, NRSG 254 and NRSG 255

This precepted clinical experience focuses on principles of nursing leadership and management in a variety of settings. Students apply knowledge to provide culturally competent, holistic interventions within the professional nursing role for individuals, communities, and families across the lifespan.