Course Offerings - COLLEGE OF NURSING
A course emphasizing essential nursing skills in the assessment process, introducing health history and physical examination techniques across the life span. Students conduct a health appraisal and collect, record and analyze data. Current models of health, including cultural and developmental variations, are examined. Pre/corequisites: Registered nurse (AD or diploma). Completed prenursing general education courses.
This course analyzes historical, legal, cultural, economic, and social factors that influence nursing/health care delivery. Nursing theories are presented as frameworks for practice. Students examine philosophical perspectives and discuss strategies for analyzing ethical dilemmas in nursing and health care. Prerequisites: Completion of prenursing required courses; registered nurse (either AD or diploma).
The role of the nurse as researcher and research consumer are emphasized. The course focuses on both quantitative and qualitative research. Skills necessary to prepare a research proposal, to evaluate nursing research, and to utilize the results of research in practice are developed. The historical, legal, and ethical aspects are considered. Pre/Co-requisites: 71-317 and 71-341.
The nurse as an effective leader and manager is explored, as well as the context within which these roles are enacted. Factors which promote or hinder the development of nursing leadership and the interrelationships of leadership, management and clinical roles are examined. Strategies which enable nurses to assume leadership roles in various settings are analyzed. Theories, processes and behaviors of leadership and management are investigated, with an emphasis on their research bases. Pre/Co-requisites: 71-317 and 71-341.
This is a course in community health nursing (CHN) principles and CHN roles focusing on families and aggregates as targets of service. The foci of CHN are programs, services and institutions involved in promoting and maintaining the health of populations. This requires an understanding of public health, community, epidemiology, and levels of prevention; skill of community assessment, health teaching, screening home visiting and health counseling; and knowledge of nursing care delivery in the community. The interrelationships among environmental factors, human responses and health status of clients are explored. Environmental factors addressed are societal trends, political, legal and economic forces, cultural factors and ethical issues. Pre/Co-requisites: 71-317 and 71-341.
Special topics in nursing health care are offered. Course content is expected to differ from offering to offering. Prerequisite: Admitted to CNP Program or consent of instructor.71-496 Special Topics 3 cr.
Special topics in nursing health care are offered. Course content is expected to differ from offering to offering. Prerequisite: Admitted to CNP Program or consent of instructor.
At the time of publication the College of Nursing curriculum was under review. As a result, some of the following courses may be deactivated. Please contact the College of Nursing for details.
74-006 Nursing RN 0 cr.
All registered nurse students except those enrolled in a course offered by UW Oshkosh are required to register for the course (Nursing RN) each semester. Prerequisite: Admission to UW Oshkosh, Registered Nurse. Pass/Fail Course.74-103 Careers in Nursing 1 cr.
An introductory course for non-nursing majors designed to explore nursing as a potential career. Discussion focuses on the historical development of nursing as a profession, the differences between professional and technical nursing, and the expanding role of the nurse. Pass/Fail course.
74-104 Orientation Seminar 0 cr.
This course introduces the freshman student to the College of Nursing and campus life. Orientation is provided to Advisement and Student Services. Presentations by faculty members and community guests and practitioners will suggest to the student the range of expertise of University faculty and the myriad of work world opportunities open to the professional nurse.
This course is intended to help the individual become a knowledgeable and responsible consumer of health care services by examining the progress and dilemmas in health care delivery. Content focuses on the patterns of health care utilization and delivery within the United States, the role of the United States in international health and factors influencing health care resources in international health. Projects will assist the student in investigating health care services available for a variety of potential health concerns.74-200 Growth, Development and Health across the Life Span 3 cr.
This course examines growth and development from the prenatal period through late adulthood. This will include discussion of physical growth and changes including fine and gross motor skill development. Also, included are concepts related to psychosocial development such as sensory, personality, language, gender identity and moral development. Factors such as nutrition, sleep, exercise. Environment and relationships which are integral to achieving healthy growth and development are included. Pre/Co-requisites: 26-221 and 86-101 or consent of an instructor.
The focus of this course is on understanding basic concepts of human behavior as they relate to the role of the professional nurse with clients and other professionals. The importance of effective communication with individuals, families, and groups in order to develop caring relationships is emphasized. Theories of human behavior are discussed and basic mental health concepts are introduced. Selected behaviors compromising health are also included. Pre/Co-requisites: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.74-204 Caring and the Foundations of Nursing Practice 3 cr.
A beginning nursing course introducing the student to the concept of caring and the foundations of professional nursing practice. Nursing's historical development, health care delivery systems, the nurse's role in promoting the health of the community, ways of knowing, critical thinking, and the nursing process are explored. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the personal development of caring as the basis for nursing practice.74-206 Health Assessment 2 cr.
This course focuses on the skills needed to complete a systematic health assessment of the child and adult client. Assessment of cultural differences and developmental stages of the individual is included. Therapeutic communication and interviewing skills are used to obtain a health history. Family assessment and nursing processes are introduced. Pre/Co-requisites: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.
This course provides the College Laboratory practice necessary to obtain the psychomotor and communication skills necessary to complete a systematic health assessment. The course includes inspection, auscultation, palpation and percussion techniques necessary to perform a physical examination. Cultural and developmental implications of the health appraisal are addressed. Prerequisites: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director. Concurrent with 74-206.
An entry level nursing course introducing professional nursing practice. Basic nursing care skills and scientific principles of nursing care will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed upon development of nursing skills and competencies in a simulated clinical setting. Pre/Co-requisites: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.74-210 Images and Experiences: Nursing and the Humanities 2-3 cr.
This course explores the relationship of the humanities to nurses and nursing from an historical, philosophical and literary perspective. Course activities are designed to develop an appreciation of the humanities which may affect the development of the nursing profession.74-222 Wellness: A Challenge in Today's Society 3 cr.
Introduces the student to the concept of wellness as it influences his/her lifestyle and to the effects wellness has on every day comfort and performance. An opportunity will be provided for the student to learn about his/her personal health status. Various practices to improve personal quality of life will be explored. Wellness will be examined as a political and social commodity. Not to be taken by nursing majors.74-300 Honors: Images and Experience: Nursing and the Humanities 2-3 Cr.
This course explores the relationship of the humanities to nurses and nursing from an historical, philosophical and literary perspective. Course activities are designed to develop an appreciation of the humanities which may affect the development of the nursing profession.74-303 Healing Practices 2-3 cr.
A two-three credit nursing elective exploring a variety of healing therapies which are often considered "alternative" therapies and outside of the mainstream of western medical practice. Yoga, folk remedies, herbal medicine, and accupressure are some examples. These therapies are critically analyzed and the historical development and use in examined. In addition, when the course is offered as a three-credit option, selected therapies which can be initiated and/or taught by nurses, such as guided imagery, biofeedback, touch and energy transfer are included with a component of the course providing demonstration and actual hands-on practice.
This course focuses on the science of food and nutrients and the important part nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of illness. The use of nutritional therapy will be explored as it related to physiological problems of various body systems. Students will apply principles of normal nutrition and basic assessment in planning nutritional care. Throughout the course emphasis will be placed on the role of the health professional in assisting the client toward optimal nutritional habits and the restoration and promoting of health. Pre/Co-requisites: 26-221, 74-200, 74-206 or consent of instructor.74-311 Lab: Adult Health I 1 cr.
A clinical course focusing on selected psychomotor skills correlating with the Adult Health I theory and Adult I clinical Courses (74-312, 74-313). Laboratory experiences are designed to examine the theory and principles, as well as provide opportunities to develop and refine the neuromuscular coordination in skill performance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-207, 74-209. Concurrent with 74-313. Pass/Fail course.74-312 Clinical: Adult Health II 2 cr.
The nursing process is applied in the care of adults who are experiencing non-complex acute illness episodes. The nursing interventions that utilize concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized to promote health. Concepts of caring and client empowerment will be used. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promoting will be emphasized. Pre/Co-requisites: Concurrent with 74-311, 74-313.74-313 Clinical: Adult Health I (0+2) 2 cr.
This clinical course will use the theory presented in the Adult Health I as a basis for interacting with adult client systems in a variety of environments. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to take part in the health restoration of adult client systems using various models of coordinated care to provide opportunities to help client/patients recover. This may include home follow-up, coordinating care needs and referral to or arrangements for community resources. Clinical activities also provide a rich source of knowledge and skill development. Pre/Co-requisites: Concurrent with 74-311, 74-312.
The focus of this course will be the utilization of the nursing process in the care of adult clients in various environments who have chronic conditions, complex conditions, or multisystem failure. The nursing intervention that utilizes concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized. Concepts of caring and client empowerment introduced in Adult Health I will be further expanded upon. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promotion will be emphasized. The student will also be exposed to the concept of coordinated care. Pre/Co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-313. Concurrent with 74-315.74-315 Clinical: Adult Health II (0+2.5) 2.5 cr.
This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients with long-term mental and physical impairments. While the focus is on the individual client, the influences of family and community systems are also appreciated in the provision of care. The tertiary level of prevention is emphasized, while primary and secondary prevention strategies are also implemented as appropriate. The development of long-term caring relationships to address the psychosocial needs of clients is stressed. While the emphasis is on the unique contributions of nursing, the mutidisciplinary approach to providing care of clients with long-term health needs is also recognized. Pre/Co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-313. Concurrent with 74-314.74-318 Nursing: The Aging Client System 2 cr.
This course is an exploration of the role the nurse in the health care of older adults from a family development perspective. The course is designed to build upon previous and concurrent content in adult development, adult health, and mental health. Theories of aging and nursing theories are analyzed as bases for nursing care. Issues common to the aging clients' system are addressed and nursing implications are derived. Pre/Co-requisites: Satisfactory completion of Junior I of the nursing major. Successful completion of 74-313.74-319 Laboratory: Adult Health II .5 cr.
A clinical course focusing on selected psychomotor skills correlating with the Adult Health II theory and Adult II clinical courses. Laboratory experiences are designed to examine the theory and principles, as well as provide opportunities to develop and refine the neuromuscular coordination in skill performance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-313. Concurrent with 74-315. Pass/Fail course.74-320 Directed Clinical Study 2 cr.
Clinical practice in an accredited health care agency that offers a structural externship/internship program for nursing students. Student is under direct supervision of a registered nurse and performs selected nursing care activities. Program includes classroom/library time for independent study and evaluation of performance. Course enrollment requires planning of learning objectives with and approval by the Undergraduate Program Director. Prerequisite: 74-314 or RN status.74-322 Seminar in Professional Issues 1 cr.
What are the issues that a nurse faces and deals with in everyday nursing practice? This course offers an opportunity to explore these issues and a way to dialogue about their impact on practice and the responsibility of nursing. The seminar method for the class offers the opportunity to explore approaches and resources to respond to these issues and develop one's own beliefs and values. Some of the issues that could be discussed will likely involve topics such as ethical and legal situations, professional obligations, and life and death issues. Prerequisites: Concurrent with 74-314, 74-315. Pass/Fail Course.74-324 Orientation to Clinical Major-RN (1+0) 1 cr.
Discusses areas of primary concern for registered nurses returning to school to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Discussion includes baccalaureate education trends and expectations, learning needs and learning styles, the professional roles of the nurse, and history that has affected these roles. Prerequisites: Registered Nurse; a graduate from a diploma or associate degree nursing program. Ability to use library and other learning resources. Pass/Fail course.74-330 Comparative Nursing Methods (2/3+0) 2-3 cr.
Provides the nursing student and/or practitioner an opportunity to explore the health care systems in other countries, and to compare nursing education and practice within those systems. Opportunities will be provided to talk with students of nursing and selected visits will be made to hospitals, clinics and other health care settings to observe nursing practices. Prerequisite: Non-nursing major requires consent of instructor. Pass/Fail course.74-336 Pharmacology I 2 cr.
This course focuses on pharmacologic interventions in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems. The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented to correlate with Adult I and Pathophysiology I. Pre/co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-209.
74-340 Health Practices With Ethnic Groups (ES) 2-3 cr.
The course discusses and explores beliefs, practices and traditions pertaining to cultural health and healing traditions. Uses a comparative approach emphasizing cross-cultural similarities and differences; and focuses on value of orientation as it affects health care of persons with different ethnic backgrounds. Pre/co-requisites: Sophomore Standing.74-342 Concepts of Professional Nursing and Health RN 3 cr.
A basic course for registered nurses that focuses on the concepts of professional nursing and health maintenance and promotion across the life span. The role of the nurse in decision making, group process and leadership are integrated with the concepts of the nursing process, teaching and quality assurance. Prerequisites: 74-324, credit or concurrent enrollment in 74-230.74-344 Health Assessment RN (1.50 + .50) 2 cr.
A course for registered nurses that emphasizes history taking and physical assessment skills for planning, implementing and evaluating client care. The course provides didactic instruction and college laboratory practice necessary to complete a systematic health assessment. Child rearing, child bearing, geriatric variations and assessment of healthy families will be addressed. Prerequisites: Satisfactory Completion of basic sciences, credit or concurrent enrollment in 74-342.74-346 Pharmacology II 2 cr.
This course focuses on pharmacologic intervention in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems. The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented. Pre/co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-313, 74-336.74-348 Pathophysiology I 2 cr.
This first of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations or injury to the body structure or functions. Conditions in which altered metabolism, inadequate supply and use of oxygen; altered blood and nutrient transport; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances and altered structures of bones and/or muscles are discussed. The body defenses, including the stress response and the interrelationship of the physical, emotional and psychological responses in actual disease or disease threats are included in the course. Pre/co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-209.
The second of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations of injury to the structure of function of the body. A section on the physiology of pain and its significance as a symptom is also included. Common disease conditions are discussed and serve as a prototype in understanding the pathophysiology which can occur in the body systems and includes neural dysfunction, abnormal cell growth or function, and impaired renal function. The discussion of endocrine and hormonal alterations and disorders of the gastrointestinal and hepatobilary systems, introduced in Pathophysiology I, continues in the second course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-313, 74-348.74-360 Health Care of the Working Population 2-3 cr.
An introduction to factors that influence the role of nursing and health care services in an occupational health care setting. Health risks of the work environment on the worker are discussed in relation to occupational illnesses and injuries, disease prevention and health promotion, and legal and ethical issues. Prerequisite: 74-313 or concurrent enrollment or RN status.74-361 Human Health and the Environment 3 cr.
A systems perspective is used to explain the interconnections between human and ecosystem health as evident through current and emerging environmental health problems. Emphasis is on the influence of environmental agents on human health based on relevant epidemiologic, toxicologic, and exposure factors. Specific topics will include physical, chemical, and biological agents, routes and pathways of exposure, specific environmentally related diseases, vulnerable populations, and the legal context of environmental health.
An overview of the health care of women from a nursing perspective. The status of women as health care professionals, as well as clients in the health care system, is explored. Aspects of health promotion and female health related problems are studied with the incorporation of psycho-socio-political aspects. Content related to child-bearing will not be addressed. Cross-listed with 98-380. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Open to Majors and Non-Majors. Women's Studies minor course.74-381 Health 1-3 cr.
A basic course that emphasizes practices for health promotion and maintenance. The concept of health will be explored in the context of religion, relationships, and culture, factors such as nutrition, safe environment, sleep and rest, exercise, activity, and leisure will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Currently with 74-202, 74-204.
The focus in beginning practice in adult OR PEDIATRIC critical care nursing with acute alterations in cardiovascular and respiratory function. The management modalities and collaborative roles are examined within the framework of the nursing process and critical care situation. Prerequisite: 74-315 or concurrent enrollment.74-410 Nursing in the School Setting 2-3 cr.
Use of the nursing process to conduct a school health program is the basis of this course. Roles of health provider, manager, counselor, educator, and advocator are explored. Professional development of the nurse and research in the setting are discussed. Pre/co-requisites: 74-416, 74-424, 74-425.74-412 Nursing: Childbearing Families 2 cr.
The Childbearing family and the nurse's role in the holistic health care and health promotion of the childbearing family are the focus of this course. Individuals and changing relationships within the family will be addressed from a family development perspective. Normal physiological changes as well as psychosocial, environmental, and cultural influences and pathophysiological processes occurring during the reproductive cycle are included. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 74-315. Concurrent with 74-413.
A clinical course which utilizes the theory presented in 74-412 as a basis for clinical activity related to the holistic health care of the childbearing client system in its unique context. The course provides a variety of opportunities in which the student will apply concurrently and previously learned theory in providing and coordinating care and health promotion activities for the childbearing family. The nursing student will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through communication with individuals' families and through implementation of nursing interventions and the nursing process. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-315. Concurrent with 74-412.
74-415 International Studies in Nursing and Health 3 cr.
International Studies in Nursing and Health provides undergraduate students with opportunities to examine nursing, health, and health care in other countries. Students observe similarities and differences among health care facilities through hospital and health related agency tours. Lecture/discussions with host country representatives and professionals involved in nursing education, practice and administration of nursing and health care provide student opportunities to gather and compare information with their current knowledge of the American health care system. Several nursing specialty areas are addressed within their current knowledge of the American health care system. This undergraduate elective is appropriate for upper level nursing students, BSN completion students, other related upper level undergraduate students and/or consent of instructor.74-416 Nursing: Communities 3 cr.
An overview of the nursing roles of provider and coordinator of care and member for client systems of aggregates, pluralities, and communities. Using relevant research, the diversity of these systems and their contexts is addressed as a basis for comprehensive community health services and primary health care. The nurse's responsibilities to these client systems as a member of the profession are highlighted. Pre/co-requisites: Satisfactory completion of semester 1, 2 and 3 of nursing major. Successful completion of 74-315.
This is a clinical course focused upon the nursing care of families or aggregates with multiple needs. Opportunities are provided to apply the nursing process in the care of aggregates, pluralities, and communities. Pre/co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-315. Concurrent with 74-416.74-419 Clinical: Internship (0+2-3) 2-3 cr.
A senior-level capstone course designed to assist the student in preparing for role transition to practicing professional nurse. Students collaboratively plan the experience with a faculty advisor and professional registered nurse who has been approved to serve as a preceptor to the student. The experience can be arranged in a variety of settings where the student can practice the knowledge, skills, and attitudes inherent in professional nursing. Pre/Co-requisites: Satisfactory completion 74-426, 74-427, 74-432. (Students must complete the following requirement prior to enrolling in 74-419 (Clinical: Role Transition). 1. Collaboratively plan a preceptorship experience with preceptor, agency, and faculty advisor. 2. Assume responsibility for initiating and finalizing the preceptorship experience as evidenced by submitting completed "Preceptorship initiation Request" and "Student Data for Preceptorship" forms to the course coordinator by the designated date. 3. Develop learning objectives in conjunction with preceptor and faculty advisor. 4. Approval from course coordinator.74-422 Research 2 cr.
A two-credit course offered Senior I focusing on using research in practice. This course builds on a firm grounding in and an appreciation for the use of literature and inquiry in learning. The course assumes a close interrelationship of practice, theory and research in which each is viewed as essential and supporting to the other. Selected processes of research will be used to help students assume responsibilities as a member of a professional discipline, i.e., remaining current in practice, evaluating care and practice, promoting quality and seeking ways to improve practice or gain insights into current care and treatment modalities. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 74-315 or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.
Role of the nurse in the health care of the child and adolescent from a family development perspective will be explored. The study of common physiological, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions are addressed as well as treatments, nursing interventions, and health promotion activities related to children and adolescents in their unique contexts. Primary health care needs of children and adolescents are addressed. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-315.74-425 Clinical: Children and Adolescents (0+2) 2 cr.
Clinical practice in the community and inpatient settings based on application of clinical decision making in the nursing care of the pediatric client system with selected health problems resulting from pathophysiological processes and the illness experience. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-315. Concurrent with 74-424.
The discussion of psychiatric/mental health nursing theory to clients with mental health needs. Theoretical explanations of mental health and mental illness, manifestations and classifications of mental illness, major treatment modalities, and psychosocial interventions are discussed within the context of the broad sociocultural environment. While considering ethical, legal, and economic aspects the nursing process in alterations in mental health functioning is emphasized. Pre/Co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-413, 74-417, 74-425.
This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients and/or aggregates with acute or persistent impairments in mental health functioning. The attainment of therapeutic relationships to address mental health needs is stressed. The unique contributions of the nurse as a collaborating member of the interdisciplinary mental health treatment team are emphasized. Critical thinking is encouraged as the student considers the emotional and sociocultural contexts of care, including legal and ethical issues. Pre/Co-requisites: Successful completion of 74-413, 74-417, 74-425. Concurrent with 74-426.
Describes nursing responsibilities in the care of childbearing women, fetuses and neonates at risk who are undergoing diagnostic and status assessments with various technological modalities. Potential and actual complications of childbearing women and the related role of professional nursing are discussed. The implications to the fetus and neonate are interrelated with the perinatal risk. Nursing management contributing to the reduction of perinatal risks is emphasized and the influences of technology and research along with trends are explored. Prerequisites: 74-412, 74-413.
A three-credit course offered Senior II focusing on the professional nurse as coordinator, leader and manager of client care. The collaborative and leadership aspects of professional nursing are emphasized throughout the course. Ethics in nursing and health care, change, caring, advocacy and approaches to ensure quality of care and nursing practice are included throughout the course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-413, 74-417, 74-425.
Incorporates family dynamics from Nursing Practicum I with group and community theories in the continued development of the nurse's roles as a care provider, coordinator of care, and member of the nursing profession. Continued development of critical thinking/decision making in utilizing the nursing process with individuals, families and groups in providing primary, secondary and tertiary care. Emphasizes system theory and group dynamics in assessing, communicating, and teaching principles of management, critical thinking/decision making and conflict resolution in providing care for various types of groups; and sources of ethical/moral dilemmas. Introduces approaches used in promoting quality nursing care and accountability including peer review and identifying a researchable problem. Prerequisite: 74-343, 74-345, and 74-349.74-435 Nursing Practicum III (2+4) 6 cr.
The course focus is on the use of the nursing process in the rehabilitation, health maintenance, and the promotion of high level wellness of clients (groups/group members) with psychosocial and physiological long term health impairments. The interdisciplinary approach to health care and continuity of care are also stressed. Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent enrollment in 74-343, 74-345 and 74-349; 74-433 and 74-439.74-436 Professional Nursing Concepts II RN (3 + 0) 3 cr.
A course for registered nurses which focuses on selected aspects of the professional nurse as a practitioner, leader, and as a manager of patient care. The threads of research, theories in nursing, ethics in nursing and health care, and change are integrated. The collaborative and leadership aspects of professional nursing are emphasized throughout the course Prerequisites: Acceptance to Professional Major.74-438 Nursing Practicum III-RN 3 cr.
A course for registered nurses that focuses on the management of nursing care for individual families and groups with long term health impairments. The promotion of optimal level of functioning of clients and groups in the community and the interdisciplinary approach to clients is applied in the clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Professional Concepts I and Health Assessment RN and Demonstrated evidence of attainment of Entry Behaviors.74-439 Alterations in Health III (2 + 0) 2 cr.
A sequential course to Alterations in Health II with a focus on the pathophysiology or behavioral response and related therapeutic modalities of chronic physiological and psychological health problems. Disease conditions of adults and children are discussed to illustrate the therapeutic intervention promoting adaptation and/or interrupt maladaptation. Prerequisites: 74-349 and 74-345.74-440 Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice 2-3 cr.
An in-depth analysis of ethical dilemmas of nursing promoting the clarification and application of personal and professional values. Current models for ethical decision making are explored and applied to the analyses of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. The relationship between nursing and general health care issues are examined. Prerequisites: 74-314, or can be taken concurrently. Non-nursing major requires consent of Program Director.74-443 Professional Concepts IV (3+0) 3 cr.
Integrates the theoretical bases of leadership, management and organizational behavior into the roles of the nurse as a provider of care, coordinator of care and member of a profession within a dynamic health care system. Emphasizes syntheses of the roles of the nurse in providing and coordinating care for groups of clients within a framework of legal, ethical and professional standards; applying of critical thinking and decision making skills; the use of research findings in promoting change and quality nursing care; and the appreciation of the political, economic, historical, cultural and societal factors influencing professional nursing.74-445 Nursing Practicum IV (0+6) 6 cr.
A senior level course designed to assist the student to apply, synthesize and evaluate the concepts, roles, knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by the professional nurse for leadership in promoting quality nursing care. The student will continue to acquire clinical knowledge and to increase nursing process skills in the selected area of clinical practice. The application of the major concepts of nursing process and communication are evaluated in relation to the care of patients/clients of any age in any phase of the health continuum. The roles of practitioner, manager, teacher and leader are synthesized. The knowledge skills and attitudes relating to decision-making, teaching, change, research, quality assurance, legal aspects and health care systems are applied. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in 74-433, 74-435, 74-439, 74-443.74-448 Nursing Practicum IV-RN 4 cr.
The course has a theory and a clinical practicum component designed to assist the registered nurse student to apply, synthesize, and evaluate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by the professional nurse for leadership in promoting quality nursing care. Major concepts discussed in relation to the role of the professional nurse are teaching, research, quality assurance, leadership and the control and evaluation aspects of management of nursing care. Content from previous courses is applied and synthesized. Practicum experiences are individualized to meet the course objectives and the individual needs of the student in applying and synthesizing the roles of practitioner, manager, teacher, and leader. Prerequisites: 74-438.74-450 Computers in Nursing Practice (1.5 +.5 or 1.5+1.5) 2-3 cr.
Aimed at increasing student's contact and skill with computers as well as the application of these skills to nursing practice. Focus is on the current and future use of computers in nursing such as patient education, inservice education, and record keeping. Legal and ethical implications of the use of computers in health care are explored. Prerequisites: Open to Majors and Non Majors.74-451 Issues in Health Care Informatics 2-3 cr.
This course is focused on the developing field called Health Care Informatics, which combines Nursing and Medical science, computer science, and information/decision science. Students will examine related issues of applying informatics concepts within complex health care organizations and administrative structures. Content is directed toward assisting the student to understand the relationships between the current state of medical and nursing science, health care administration, management and payment information and the complex issues involved in Health Care Informatics. Professional standards issues are emphasized. Research, practice, education and administration implications are analyzed. Among the many topics discussed are ethical, social cultural, economic, privacy, confidentiality and legal issues.
This course will provide theoretical and practicum components which focus on process of evaluating and choosing a Health Care Information System. The course will assist the student to identify the critical needs which the Health Care Information System is to address. Different methods of evaluation will be presented and discussed in terms of how they apply to Health Care Information Systems. The evaluation process will begin with identifying the needs of the organization presenting them in an organized manner so the vendors can address the identified needs followed by mechanisms for evaluation.74-460 Nursing Care of the Substance Abusing Client 2-3 cr.
Designed for the student nurse who wishes to achieve an in-depth understanding of the nursing care of clients who are substance abusers. Focus is on the nurse's role in the diagnosis and treatment of the human responses related to substance abuse and addiction. The Standards of Addiction Nursing Practice with Selected Diagnoses and Criteria provides a framework for the content. Emphasis is on achieving an in-depth understanding of the etiological factors associated with substance abuse, the health needs of particular groups of substance abusers, and the treatment strategies required in the nursing care of substance abusing clients and their families. Prerequisite: 74-202.74-474 Honors: Thesis 1-3 cr.
An honors thesis project of advanced independent endeavor in the area of nursing health care; e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment, or research project. Proposals must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Prerequisites: University Scholar status and senior standing.
74-480 Topical Seminar in Advanced Clinical Pharmacology I 2-3 cr.
Advanced principles and concepts of clinical pharmacology and the related nursing responsibilities are synthesized through the analysis of clinical case studies. The pharmacodynamics of selected drug categories will be analyzed in relation to case studies. Legal and ethical responsibilities are discussed in relation to the role of the nurse. This series of topical drug categories will include: Immunizations, Endocrine/hormones, Oncology, Anti-infective, Analgesics, Gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: Successful completion 74-346.
Advanced principles and concepts of clinical pharmacology and the related nursing responsibilities are synthesized through the analysis of clinical case studies. The pharmacodynamics of selected drug categories will be analyzed in relation to case studies. Legal and ethical responsibilities are discussed in relating of the role of the nurse. This series of topical drug categories will include: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Neurological, Renal. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 74-346.74-490 Topics in Nursing 2 cr.
Current topics in professional nursing are discussed in relation to the implications for nursing and health care. The topic is expected to be different between offerings. Prerequisite: 74-436 and 74-438.74-495 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
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