Nursing Course Descriptions

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NURS 153* Nutrition – 3 Credit Hours
  A study of nutrients, including functions, factors affecting utilization, food sources, dietary allowances, food habits, special needs in the life cycle and current issues in nutrition.  Open to non-nursing majors.
NURS 250 Introduction to Professional Nursing – 3 Credit Hours
  This course provides an introduction to the nature of professional nursing – the roles of the nurse in the health care system, the historical development of modern nursing, public images of nursing, ethical and legal parameters of nursing practice, and theoretical models of nursing practice.  The nursing process as a tool for decision-making is examined.  The nature and importance of research to the nursing profession is explored.  Open to non-nursing majors.  Pre-requisites: For nursing majors, the majority of the liberal studies and support courses should be completed.  This course may be taught in the summer session.
NURS 260* Information Management – 2 Credit Hours
  This course is an introduction to nursing informatics and health care information systems.  Content relevant to understanding the use, significance, and impact of nursing information systems is presented.  Applications used in this course include word processing, spreadsheet, database searches, graphics, electronic communications, and learning management systems.  Ethical and legal issues in relation to informatics are also discussed.  The student is expected to have the ability to use the Windows operating systems, word processing, e-mail, and an internet browser such as Google or Yahoo.  Open to non-nursing majors.
NURS 304 Nursing Interventions – 3 Credit Hours
  Students are introduced to basic nursing concepts and skills that prepare them for acute care nursing.  Nursing process, standard precautions and asepsis are basic components that provide for a foundation of the skills included in this course.  Pre-requisites:  Admission to the nursing major.  Concurrent with NURS306 Clinical I.
NURS 306 Clinical I – 3 Credit Hours *3/9
  Clinical applications of skills learned in NURS304 Nursing Interventions and NURS380 Assessment in Nursing.  The student, through utilization of the nursing process, assists in providing bedside care of adults in structured health care settings. 3 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 9 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  Admission to the nursing major.  Concurrent with NURS 304 Nursing Interventions and NURS 380 Assessment in Nursing.
NURS 308 Adult Health – 4 Credit Hours
  Students will examine factors that influence health and illness in adults and will plan culturally sensitive nursing care for adult clients in a variety of settings.  Simple acute conditions and chronic health care problems will be studied.  Health teaching and collaboration with other health care disciplines will be emphasized.  Pre-requisites: NURS 380 Assessment in Nursing, NURS 304 Nursing Interventions, NURS 375 Pathophysiology, and NURS 306 Clinical I.  Concurrent with NURS 376 Clinical II and NURS 318 Pharmacology.
NURS 312 Childbearing, Families, & Women’s Health – 3 Credit Hours
  The focus of this course is on families and reproductive health for those in the childbearing stage of life with prenatal, perinatal, postpartal, and neonatal needs.  Also addressed is the health of women across the lifespan.  Pre-requisites: NURS 380 Assessment in Nursing, NURS 304 Nursing Interventions, NURS 306 Clinical I, NURS 375 Pathophysiology.  Concurrent with NURS 376 Clinical II or consent of instructor.  Open to non-nursing majors with consent of instructor.
NURS 316 Professional Nursing for Registered Nurses – 3 Credit Hours
  For RN’s only.  This course is for Registered Nurses who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  The course explores nursing education, nursing theories, nurse leaders, theories of family function, the importance of research to the nursing profession, professional practice standards, ethical standards, concepts of wellness and health promotion.  Pre-requisite:  Acceptance into the RN-BSN program.  Because the nursing major builds on support courses and liberal studies courses, it is required that students complete these courses prior to beginning the nursing courses in the major.
NURS 318 Pharmacology – 2 Credit Hours
  This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of major drug groups and interactions among these groups.  The course will emphasize mechanisms of action and side effects of drugs, as well as factors which influence the activity of drugs.  Pre-requisite:  BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 222 Anatomy & Physiology II.  Open to non-nursing majors.
NURS 320 Issues & Trends in Nursing & Health Care – 3 Credit Hours
  Current issues in the development and application of health care policy and legislation at the local, state, and national levels are explored.  Issues facing the nursing profession and society are considered in relation to: 1) historical influences, 2) ethical dilemmas and challenges, 3) economic pressures, 4) legislative trends, 5) relationships with other health care providers, and 6) emerging consumer needs.  Pre-requisites: Student must have completed an introduction to ethics course, NURS 250 Introduction to Professional Nursing, NURS 316 Professional Nursing for Registered Nurses, or with consent of instructor.  Open to non-nursing majors.
NURS 375 Pathophysiology – 3 Credit Hours
  This course examines alterations and disruptions of the body’s adaptive mechanisms which result in disease states or illness.  The body’s use of adaptive mechanisms to maintain homeostasis and to prevent disease when confronted by stressors is also considered.  Pre-requisites: BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 222 Anatomy & Physiology II, or consent of instructor.  Open to non-nursing majors.
NURS 376 Clinical II – 5 Credit Hours *5/15
  This course provides clinical practice for students enrolled in Adult Health and Childbearing, Families, and Women’s Health courses.  Students work with clients in acute care settings and community settings where adults experience physiological disruptions in health and with women and families experiencing childbearing.  Women’s health issues are also examined.  5 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 15 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  NURS 304 Nursing Interventions, NURS 380 Assessment in Nursing, NURS375 Pathophysiology, NURS 306 Clinical I.  Concurrent with NURS 308 Adult Health, NURS 312 Childbearing, Families, and Women’s Health, NURS 318 Pharmacology.
NURS 380 Assessment in Nursing – 2 Credit Hours/ 1 Credit Hour Lab
  Development of skills in the assessment phase of the nursing process is emphasized.  Variations of the assessment to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and geriatric clients will be discussed as well as clients from different cultures.  Assessment and discussion of clients in pain will also be covered.  Students will be expected to conduct a physical assessment on an adult and develop nursing diagnoses and a plan of care derived from the database to facilitate client needs.  Pre-requisites:  BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 222 Anatomy & Physiology II.  Admission to the nursing major or consent of instructor. 
NURS 401 Community & Transcultural Health Care – 4 Credit Hours
  The nursing process is utilized to promote adaptation of multicultural populations consisting of individuals and groups of all ages.  Cultural diversity is characterized by a unique ethnic background or an alternative lifestyle.  Programs to meet the broader health care needs of the community are emphasized.  Community health principles are applied to disease prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance in a variety of community settings.  Pre-requisites:   Semester V-VI or consent of instructor.  Concurrent with NURS 406 or 407 Clinical III or IIIB (for RN-BSN only).
NURS 402 Children’s Health – 3 Credit Hours
  The focus of this course is on children and their families. Nursing process is utilized to promote the family’s adaptation in situations of health and illness.  Emphasis is placed on achieving and maintaining physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual integrity of the client and family.  Pre-requisites:  Semester V-VI or consent of instructor.  Concurrent with NURS 406 Clinical III (for nursing majors only).  Open to non-nursing majors with consent of instructor.
NURS 403 Psychiatric Mental Health – 3 Credit Hours
  This course presents the theoretical concepts of psychiatric mental health nursing.  Principles of communication and interpersonal skills as an intervention in developing therapeutic relationships with clients in psychiatric settings are discussed.  Nursing strategies pertaining to the management of illness and symptoms of the psychiatric client are addressed.  Ethical, legal, cultural, and spiritual aspects of psychiatric mental health nursing are also examined.  Pre-requisites:  Semester V-VII of the nursing major.  Concurrent with NURS 476 Clinical IV.
NURS 406 Clinical III – 5 Credit Hours *5/15
  This course will focus on clinical application of knowledge and skills from NURS 401 Community & Transcultural Health Care and NURS 402 Children’s Health.  Students, utilizing the nursing process in a variety of settings, will provide therapeutic nursing interventions with clients, families, aggregates, and communities.  Evidence-based practice will serve as a basis for making decisions for improving the quality of care.  5 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 15 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  Semesters V-VI.  Concurrent with NURS 401 Community & Transcultural Health Care and NURS 402 Children’s Health.
NURS 407 Clinical IIIB – 2 Credit Hours *2/6
  For RN’s only.  The course will focus on clinical applications of the knowledge and skills from NURS 316 Professional Nursing for Registered Nurses and NURS 401 Community & Transcultural Health Care.  A variety of community health-related settings will provide opportunities to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge and skills.  2 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 6 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  Current Kansas RN license and admission to the BSN major.  NURS 316 Professional Nursing for Registered Nurses.  Concurrent with NURS 401 Community & Transcultural Health Care, or consent of instructor.
NURS 414 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice – 2 Credit Hours
  In this course students will examine the research process as a mode of developing evidence-based nursing practice.  Students will learn to formulate researchable questions and hypotheses, choose an appropriate research design, select an appropriate sample, measurement tool, and method of analyzing data.  Students will evaluate published nursing research for its rigor and contribution to the nursing discipline and evidence-based nursing practice.  Both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will be examined.  Ethical considerations of health care research are examined.  Pre-requisites:  BSHS 210 Statistical Analysis.
NURS 425 Basic Dysrhythmias – 2 Credit Hours
  This elective course reviews the anatomy of the heart with emphasis on the conduction system.  Dysrhythmias, etiology, and treatment protocols, including cardiac medications are discussed.  Nursing implications for various dysrhythmias are also included.
NURS 428 Critical Care Nursing – 3 Credit Hours
  The student applies the nursing process in the care of clients and families with complex medical problems.  Theory and skills learned in previous nursing courses will be utilized to make critical thinking decisions in caring for patients in specialty units.  Pre-requisites:  Semesters V-VII of the nursing major.  Concurrent with NURS 476 Clinical IV.
NURS 450 Leadership & Management – 3 Credit Hours
  Theories of leadership, management, decision making, and change are examined as tools the nurse uses to adapt to problems in management within the healthcare system.  Development of criteria and tools for evaluation purposes is included.  Pre-requisites:  Semesters V-VII.  Concurrent with NURS 476 Clinical IV or NURS 477 Clinical IVB.  NURS 316 is required for RN-BSN students.
NURS 476 Clinical IV – 5 Credit Hours *5/15
  Clinical application of theory gained from NURS 428 Critical Care Nursing, NURS 403 Psychiatric Mental Health, and NURS 450 Leadership & Management.  The student, through utilization of the nursing process, cares for clients in a rotation of specialty areas requiring critical care nursing care, and psychiatric mental health care.  Students will apply leadership/management roles in a variety of health care settings.  5 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 15 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  Semesters V-VII in nursing major.  Concurrent with NURS 428 Critical Care Nursing, NURS 403 Psychiatric Mental Health, and NURS 450 Leadership and Management.
NURS 477 Clinical IVB – 2 Credit Hours *2/6
  This is a clinical course for Registered Nurse students in which students will apply theories learned in NURS 450 Leadership and Management in a selected setting.  Students will examine leadership and management styles, tools used for evaluation of client care, and decision-making models.  2 credit hours (3 contact hours per credit hour = 6 contact hours per week).  The course grade is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Pre-requisites:  Current RN license in Kansas.  Concurrent with NURS 450 Leadership and Management.
NURS 490 Independent Study – Variable Credit
  Independent Study provides a mechanism to provide nursing content that may be missing from another nursing curriculum or as an avenue for students who need to repeat a portion of a clinical course.  Content in the Independent Study may include theory as well as clinical assignments to validate attainment of student learning and program outcomes.