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Nursing (NUR)

NUR 0111  Principles and Practices of Nursing I Lab  (4)                                      fall
This is the laboratory component of NUR 1111; 12 hours of clinical/laboratory per week, including math for meds. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 1111 [Course fee: $110]

NUR 0121  Principles & Practices of Nursing II Lab  (4)                                   winter
This is the laboratory component of NUR 1121; 12 hours of clinical/laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 1121

NUR 0131  Principles & Practices of Nursing III Lab  (4)                               spring 2
This is the laboratory component of NUR 1131; 18 hours of clinical/laboratory per week for the spring term. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 1131 [Course fee: $70]

NUR 1010  Pharmacology for Nursing  (3)                                                          winter
This course acquaints the student with classifications of drugs according to body systems and the use of these drugs for the purpose of restoring or maintaining health. Orem’s Self-care Theory is integrated into practical application vis-a-vis a client’s pharmacological needs. The course begins with basic terminology and progresses to the process of medication administration. The student studies standards and legislation as they relate to drugs. The role of the nurse, the nursing process, nutrition, and principles of ethics as they relate to pharmacology are included in the curriculum. A basic study of pharmacokinetics helps the student to understand how drugs are absorbed, transported, metabolized, and excreted. A review of pharmacotherapeutics helps the student to realize how drugs are utilized by the human body and how the client’s age and unique characteristics affect this process; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: NUR 1111, 0111, 1020, and BIO 2011, concurrent enrollment in BIO 2012

NUR 1020  The Nurse-Client Relationship  (3)                                                         fall
The content of this course is designed to assist the nursing student to cope with the human relations challenges encountered in his/her career. Discussions encourage the student to broaden views and develop an awareness of the uniqueness of man. The course implements the philosophy and objectives of the program by stressing the importance of Orem’s Self-care Deficit Theory for the psyche as well as the body and presents basic principles, concepts, and information regarding communication, listening, and assertiveness. The student also learns the importance of confidentiality and ethical behavior as part of the interdisciplinary team. Additional presentations include: the community; the family; cultural diversity; sexual harassment; death and dying; and the impaired professional; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Instructor permission

NUR 1111  Principles and Practices of Nursing I  (5)                                              fall
This course provides an opportunity for the student to acquire the selected knowledge and skills necessary to meet the basic self-care needs of the assigned client in both long term care and acute care settings. Course content emphasizes the role of the practical nurse in the recognition, description, and maintenance of health. Orem’s Self-care Theory is integrated into practical application during lectures and in NUR 0111. Application of the nursing process in the care of clients with self-care deficits is the focus, with emphasis on data collection. Additional topics presented include: roles of various healthcare team members, concepts of effective communication, and effective maintenance of a safe and therapeutic environment. Initially, nursing arts laboratories are used for skill demonstration and practice with advancement toward clinical application; 5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BIO 1030 and 2011, NUR 1020 and 0111 [Course fee: $110]

NUR 1121  Principles and Practices of Nursing II  (5)                                       winter
This course offers the student an opportunity to reinforce and build upon previously learned information. The goal is to provide safe, competent, standard nursing interventions to clients experiencing recurring healthcare problems in acute and long-term care settings. The student learns to care for groups of clients utilizing the nursing process to organize and implement nursing care. The student selects appropriate goals toward meeting the client’s self-care needs. Observational experiences are provided in certain specialty areas. The student is expected to demonstrate increasing ability to perform standard nursing interventions in the clinical environment with decreasing need for supervision; 5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 1030 and 2011, NUR 1111, 0111, and 1020, concurrent enrollment in NUR 1010 and 0121, PSY 1050, and BIO 2012

NUR 1131  Principles and Practices of Nursing III  (5)                                       spring
This course explores integrative concepts in nursing and in the developing family. The student expands knowledge and increases skills necessary to meet the self-care deficits of individuals experiencing common healthcare problems with an emphasis on parent/child care and mental health. In addition to continuing to use the nursing classroom laboratory, the student also learns through selected clinical experiences in obstetric, pediatric, and medical-surgical settings. The student demonstrates skill in problem solving through the use of the nursing process with a focus on implementation and evaluation of nursing care; 7.5 hours of lecture per week for the spring term. Prerequisite: BIO 2012 and 1030, NUR 1021, 1121, and 0121 and PSY 1050, concurrent enrollment in NUR 0131 [Course fee: $70]

NUR 2010  LPN to RN Transition/Trends in Nursing  (2)                                         fall
This course is designed to assist the student in recognizing both personal and professional challenges that arise in the process of transitioning from the role of the practical nurse to that of the registered nurse. Additionally, issues and trends important to contemporary nursing are evaluated and analyzed. Theories regarding the transition process, role development, and the process of change are applied to personal adaptation, professional issues, and role differentiation in terms of responsibilities and scope of practice for the LPN and ADN. Current issues are examined through assigned reading, written submissions, and lively discussions. The student will ultimately develop an individual philosophy of differentiated nursing practice; 2 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 2030 and 2040 or departmental permission

NUR 2011  Advanced Pharmacology  (1)                                                            spring
This course assumes that students have retained knowledge gained in NUR 1010. It is a body-system-oriented approach to analyzing the use of particular medications for complex medical/surgical conditions in clients across the lifespan. The clinical component of this class is demonstrated in NUR 2140. The student will integrate and evaluate the effectiveness of each client outcome as it relates to his/her pharmacological needs; 1 hour of lecture per week. Prerequisite: NUR 2030 and 2040, BIO 2120, concurrent enrollment in NUR 2130, 2140 or departmental permission

NUR 2030  Principles and Practice of Nursing IV  (3)                                              fall
This course is divided into three content areas: health promotion and physical assessment (3 weeks); maternity nursing (6 weeks); and psychiatric nursing (6 weeks). The first part assumes prior knowledge of normal physiological and developmental parameters and focuses on assessing abnormal conditions and encouraging a maximum level of self-care by promoting healthy behaviors. Such topics as the importance of an accurate and complete health history including a psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual assessment and a health risk appraisal are covered. Laboratory and acute care clinical experiences are provided. The second part assumes previous learning of the normal and expected conditions relating to the maternity client. Assessment of, planning care for, implementing interventions for, and evaluation of the normal antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal client at the level of the registered nurse are covered. The content builds on this and focuses on abnormal conditions and the expanded role of the registered nurse. Clinical experiences in inpatient and outpatient settings are provided. Students assist the maternity client and family to recognize their self-care needs. The third part offers the student an opportunity to gain the tools necessary to assess, plan, and evaluate interventions in the care of the client population dealing with mental health needs. Students select appropriate roles to be assumed in assisting clients to meet their mental health self-care needs. The student is expected to perform therapeutically in the clinical setting; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite:  PN License or course work or departmental permission, plus concurrent enrollment in NUR 2010 and 2040 [Course fee: $110]

NUR 2040  Principles and Practices of Nursing IV Lab  (2)                                    fall
This course is the laboratory component of NUR 2030; 6 hours of clinical/laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 2030 [Course fee: $60]

NUR 2130  Principles and Practices of Nursing V  (5)                                       spring
This course offers students the opportunity to learn about clients across the lifespan experiencing complex acute medical surgical illnesses and chronic self-care deficits. Experiences are also provided in intensive care, the emergency room, and a home health agency. The student demonstrates skills in decision-making through the use of the nursing process with an emphasis on implementation and evaluation. The student also selects the appropriate roles to be assumed in meeting the client’s self-care needs. The student is expected to perform therapeutically in the clinical area with a decreasing need for instructor supervision; 5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2120,NUR 2010, 2030, and 2040, concurrent enrollment in NUR 2140 [Course fee: $330]

NUR 2140  Principles & Practices of Nursing V Lab  (4)                                   spring
This course is the laboratory component of NUR 2130; 12 hours of clinical/laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 2130 [Course fee: $70]

NUR 3100  RN to BSN: Online Transition  (1)                                                      online
This is the first class in the progression of the BSN program and will include: Orientation to the baccalaureate degree nursing program, including program orientation; orientation to VSC library and student resources; discussion and use of effective on–line communication and netiquette; and development and presentation of baccalaureate-level presentations. 

NUR 3110  Nursing Informatics  (3)                                                                       online
Nursing Informatics helps the baccalaureate nursing student gain insight into ethics, safety, research, professional networking, telemedicine and the future of informatics in nursing. Nursing Informatics helps the baccalaureate nursing student to gain understanding of the ways in which information technology supports the acquisition of nursing knowledge with specific consideration given to the nursing role as a knowledge worker. The baccalaureate nursing student will appreciate the application of nursing informatics in achieving patient centered care.

NUR 3120  Palliative & End-of-Life Care  (2)                                                       online
Palliative and End-of-Life Care will provide students with knowledge surrounding pain control, symptom management of various organ systems, and therapeutic communication with patients and their families.  This course will detail collaborations with ancillary teams and options for non-medicinal approaches to symptom management.  Through a series of case studies and online discussions, students will have a chance to role-play encounters and detail interventions in complex cases using current evidence-based practices.  

NUR 3140  Pathophysiology and Assessment  (4)                                             online
This course provides refinement of associate-degree nurses’ physical assessment skills focusing on the assessment differences needed to recognize abnormal findings across the life span, especially with at-risk populations. Communication, health histories, and psychosocial impacts will also be explored in the development of holistic health assessment skills.  Additionally this course will focus on an introduction to the basic concepts of pathophysiology. Students examine the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function and the resulting human responses.  

NUR 3210  Healthcare Systems  (3)                                                                      online
The baccalaureate nursing student will gain an understanding of the ways healthcare is delivered, with emphasis on cost, access, and outcomes. The student will explore the role of the nurse within the health-care delivery “system” and with respect to other members of the healthcare team. This course will assist the student in discovering the history of health-care delivery in America and will encourage the student to evaluate the efficacy of the US system. At the completion of this course the student will be able to articulate a vision of health-care delivery that examines the contributions of nursing professionals.

NUR 4011  Teaching/Learning in Healthcare for Allied Health  (3)                   online
Effective healthcare has a philosophical basis in and a long history of providing patients with necessary, accessible, and useful healthcare education. This course provides students with a basis for and ability to recognize the teaching/learning needs of their patients. 

NUR 4012  Health Promotion Across the Lifespan  (3)                                     online
This course will focus on the role of the nurse in promoting health and reducing risk behaviors of individuals and families across the lifespan. Examples of nutrition, physical activity and stress management will be examined with an emphasis on the impact of genetics, values, lifestyle, environmental and cultural influences. Collaboration with other healthcare providers, integration of practice and policy while developing interventions, and client teaching as essential functions of the nurse are emphasized. 

NUR 4110  Research and Evidence-Based Practice  (4)                                   online
Nursing is both an art and a science, delivered using evidence-based nursing practices. This course provides the students an opportunity to review, critique, and assess nursing research to enhance the practice of evidence-based patient care to become knowledgeable nursing research consumers to enhance the nurse practice. 

NUR 4130  Nursing Leadership and Management   (6)                                      online
This course prepares the students to assume their nursing leadership and management roles with a focus on their interactions with the health-care team members in future work settings. It familiarizes the students with management theories, organizational behavior theories and leadership styles that are relevant to the practice of nursing management. It explores the elements of the management process as well as change-management strategies and their applications. Coursework enhances students’ leadership skills in maintaining best practices and standards of care.  Nursing units in hospitals are the framework used for the application of the theories and knowledge base included in this course.

NUR 4210  Global Health and Population-Based Health Care     (3)                online
There is a great need for nurses who understand global connectedness and the causes and consequences of the distribution of health, illness, injury, and disease. The health of the world’s inhabitants has been impacted by pandemics, environmentally caused disease, terrorism, and disasters, and nurses are being called upon to care for and improve the lives of affected individuals. This course presents an overview of global health from the viewpoint of nursing. The emphasis of the course will be underdeveloped countries and topics will include: measures of the disease burden, ethics and human rights, environmental health and safety, disparities in the health of women and children, communicable diseases, nutritional challenges, intercultural communication, health and literacy of the marginalized adult, and cultural competency skills.

NUR 4410  Community Health   (6)                                   online
This course explores the role of the nurse generalist in the community setting, focusing on the prevention of disease and the promotion of health in population aggregates. Additionally, this course examines community theory, change theory, epidemiology, and health-care resources which support disease prevention and health promotion. These healthcare resources will provide a basis for public-health nursing and the ability to apply this knowledge base to care for, promote, maintain and restore the health of communities.  Emphasis will be placed on effective community health practice through assessment, program planning and nursing care for individuals, families, and vulnerable populations. The changing needs of an increasingly culturally diverse population within the social context of community systems are also examined along with the environmental, economic, political, and legal constraints to the health of community systems.  Course content integrates concepts from nursing and the public health sciences.  Students will conduct an in-depth community assessment employing basic epidemiological principles and data collection strategies.  Students will utilize the nursing process while engaging in health promotion and maintenance strategies in a variety of community-health settings and in assessing and planning interventions for high-risk populations. Students will implement a community-change project based on their assessment of their community utilizing change theory.