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Department of Nursing and Allied Health

  Course Descriptions
  Food Science Nutrition Courses

FSN 101: Introduction to Dietetics & Food Science
Study of dietetics history, philosophy, and career choices. Emphasis will be placed on skills, attitudes, educational preparedness, and work experiences necessary for the performance in the field of dietetics.

FSN 102: Professional Development & Experiences Seminar
Exploration of opportunities in the Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics Professions. Career planning and exposure to nutrition and dietetics professionals as role models. Emphasis will be placed on orientation and development of professional behavior in the workplace; evaluation and analysis of on-the-job work experiences in the dietetics and nutrition professions coupled with classroom preparation. Supervised work experience to include a minimum of thirty clock hours per semester.

FSN 110: Science of Human Nutrition
This course will emphasize the principles of nutrition, the six basic nutrients and related health issues. The impact of nutrition on the body systems, wellness, and disease states will be explored. Valuable insights will be gained on various eating behaviors, disease interventions, recommended dietary guidelines and tools, food safety and dietary supplements. The influences of socioeconomic, cultural, and psychological factors that determine food and nutrition behavior will also be presented.

FSN 160: Food Cost Control
Theoretical and practical applications of food cost control in food service systems.

FSN 312: Physiological & Chemical Foundations of Nutrition
Study of nutritional requirements as related to individuals at different stages of the life cycle from conception to the aged.

FSN 320: Food Service Management
Study of the theoretical foundations involved in the organization and management of public and private food service institutions. Emphasis is placed on personnel management and labor policies.

FSN 330: Scientific Food Development
Application of experimental methods to food preparation considering physical, chemical and biological changes.

FSN 330L: Scientific Food Development Lab
The laboratory portion of this class will provide experiments and applications that illustrate the chemical and physical changes that occur in foods and food systems during their preparation, processing, and storage.

FSN 340: Nutrition Education
The study of the skills of communication, business management, and education for the performance of the task of translating nutrition information into nutritious eating patterns and healthy behavior.

FSN 356: Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism
Understanding the interrelations among nutrients in the metabolism, effects of diets on the biophysical process and factors that may alter nutrient requirements in humans.

FSN 410: Nutrition in Aging
This course provides basic knowledge about the particular nutrition and food needs of older people. Emphasis in placed on making informed decisions about the nutritional needs of the elderly with careful attention to seeking alternatives and evaluating each client as an individual.

FSN 426: Nutrition in Disease
Advanced study of nutrition as it relates to human disease with theoretical dietary management.

FSN 426L: Nutrition in Disease Lab
A course which provides experience in completing nutritional assessments, energy-nutrient analysis, non-energy nutrient analysis and drug-nutrient interactions. These structured laboratory experiments via case studies and simulations will reinforce the concepts covered in FSN-426: Nutrition and Disease.

FSN 449: Nutrition in Sports & Fitness
The application of nutrition principles to enhance the health of the athlete and to optimize physical performance including: metabolic demands of exercise, fuel sources, energy expenditure, vitamins and minerals, fluids and electrolytes, and diet planning. Also, the study of nutrient and quasi nutrient supplementation, efficacy of ergogenic aids and eating disorders as they relate to the athlete.

FSN 450: Professional Seminar
This class allows for preparation and delivery of literature review. Exploration into problems in dietetics, nutrition, food science, health education, and public health including history, mission, terminology, philosophy, ethical principals and scientific foundations which will provide a basis for research.

FSN 460: Quantity Food Production
Selection, use, and care of institutional equipment. Food preparation principles applied to quality production. Experience in a food service establishment.

FSN 484: Rural/Urban Nutrition
Cultural and scientific aspects of food and nutrition as applied to the individual, the family, and community.

  Health Related Profession Courses

HRP 120: Medical Terminology
Study of medical terminology abbreviations, prefixes, suffixes, root words, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling and usage.

HRP 220: Community Meal Management
This course focuses on selecting foods and making diets/menus based on various chronic diseases which have implications for individuals at different stages of life. The influence of culture in the meal planning process will be emphasized. Educational experiences in community facility will be arranged. Cooking demonstrations will show healthy food preparations.

HRP 310:Current Trends in Healthcare Delivery

Study of the health care industry, governmental and voluntary care organizations in healthcare, the functions of health care providers, the organizational patterns of health care facilities, current issues, and forces impacting on the health care delivery system.

HRP 320: African American Health
This course will systematically examine the health care issues of African Americans in comparison to other racial/ethnic minority populations. The racial disparities in the leading causes of deaths identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be examined in the context of the five social determinants of health (physical environment, access to health services, biological and genetics, social environment, and individual behavior). Additionally, the course will examine the delivery of health care as impacted by health related events and the changing social, political, and economic influences.

  Health Service Management Courses

HSM 300: Health Services Management
Orientation to the health delivery system, and the role of the health services manager and/or supervisor which provides organization theory and practical information about health administration. Investigation of the organizational and environmental context within which a health manager works.

HSM 300L: Health Services Management Lab
Study of various problems and work settings of a health manager. Visit to various community health facilities required.

HSM 310: Health Personnel Management
Principles and practices in personnel recruitment, selection, management, and utilization. Emphasis on unique characteristics of professional, technical, skilled and unskilled health-care workers. In-depth study of legal responsibilities, contract administration, grievance procedures, and in-services training and education.

HSM 311: Legal Aspects & Ethics of Health-Care Delivery
Presentation of the historical perspectives, current status, and future projections in the field. Concepts of corporate liability, malpractice, and professional negligence. Informed consents, incident reporting, and the importance of accurate and complete records. Emphasis on the prevention of legal actions. Examination of the role of ethics and moral decision-making in the everyday life of the health-service manager with special emphasis on the various professional Codes of Ethics.

HSM 331: Health Financial Management
Overview of economic theory and practice in the financial interactions between consumers and providers of health-care services, including all forms of public and private prepayment mechanisms. Broad orientation to financial management problems and practices is provided.

HSM 368: Healthcare Marketing
This course provides a broad background in marketing with an emphasis in the foundations of healthcare marketing, market management, interpersonal skills for the healthcare marketer, and strategic actions of the healthcare marketer.
HSM 387: Population Health
This course is an overview of the essentials of population health practices to address the prioritized healthcare needs of populations with a goal of making recommendations to improve access to care, improve quality of care and reduce cost of care.  Health issues will be examined from a population health perspective.
HSM 397:  Healthcare Information Systems
This course focuses on the impact of government policy and healthcare reform on healthcare information technology (HIT), the various elements of an information system, HIT governance and strategic planning, key operational and technical processes for maximizing HIT efficiencies and effectiveness, electronic health records and financial applications, and major techniques used to evaluate HIT investment.

HSM 451: Comprehensive Health Planning
History of the development of health planning in the United States with understanding the principles, policies, and tools related to the planning process. Examination of the philosophical foundations of various methodologies of the planning process.

HSM 454: Long Term Care Administration
Study of the long-term care health-delivery system to gain a working knowledge of the holistic approach to the care of the elderly and long-term care individuals. An overview of the emotional and physiological needs of individuals who require long-term care. Emphasis on finances, management, standards, and compliance for quality.

HSM 470: Managerial Epidemiology

This course will illustrate how health services managers can use epidemiological concepts and tools to improve management decisions.  Emphasis is places on population health management, managerial epidemiological analyses, assessment of medical care processes/outcomes are taught in this course.  Some of the topics covered will be study designs, descriptive epidemiology, quantitative measures, and related terminology.

HSM 494: Health Services Management Internship
On-the-job experience in selected institutions and agencies providing first-hand knowledge of the operational world by devoting full-time effort to observing and participating in management functions (minimum of 250 work hours). Routine written reports, a major management project, and periodic peer-advising are required with faculty direction provided by telephone and on-site visitations.

HSM 497: Health Services Management Problems & Research
Examination of selected health-service management problems such as the current and emerging challenges in financing, organizational changes, and managerial functions.

  Nursing Course Descriptions: Baccalaureate Degree

Definition Key

ABSN = Accelerated BSN program includes 2nd Degree and LPN Day and Evening/Weekend Students (pre-licensure students)

TBSN = Traditional Completion BSN program students (pre-licensure students)

RN-BSN = RN to BSN Completion program licensed RN students.

NUR 153 – FUNDAMENTAL PHARMACOLOGICAL SKILLS:  Prerequisite Course for ABSN Tracks; Lecture 4 Sem. Hrs.  This course is designed to assist in developing skills necessary for the safe preparation and administration of medications.  The course focuses on the metric apothecary and household systems of measurements.  Students are provided practice in determining dosages for both adults and children.  Prerequisites:  None

NUR 300 – FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  First semester TBSN program; Lecture 1 Sem. Hr. Foundations of Professional Development is an introductory course establishing foundational knowledge the professional standards associated with nursing practice: ANA Scope and Standards, QSEN, Virginia Board of Nursing Regulations and the National Patient Safety Goals.  This course also introduces the NSU Program Learning Outcomes and relationship between the professional standards.  The basis for the Nursing Students’ Portfolio will be introduced. Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 301 – NURSING LEADERSHIP: Politics, Policy and Practice Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs. (All BSN Tracks) This elective online course with a mandatory service learning component is designed to promote involvement in professional nursing associations, promote the development of leadership competencies, increase participation in service learning activities, promote mentor protégé networks and increase nursing students' knowledge of and interaction with ethnically and culturally diverse individuals and politically active nurse leaders in Virginia and across the United States. Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 302/418 – CONCEPTUAL MODELS FOR NURSING: Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (All BSN Tracks) This course introduces the baccalaureate nursing student to concepts and theories underpinning the practice of professional nursing, including concepts of self-care, nursing process, systems theory and theories of family development and crisis.  Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 304 – NURSING INFORMATICS: First semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem Hrs. Nursing Informatics uses the fundamental concepts of information literacy and nursing informatics to improve nursing students’ electronic communication, desktop application use, and use of various patient care technologies skills.  Emphasis is on integrating information technology, through healthcare information systems, by demonstrating electronic health record use and applying clinical and administrative processes that integrate evidenced-based care and patient information security and confidentiality.  The emerging role of nursing informatics is then summarized and integrated within the evolving technologies of the current healthcare environment. Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 321 – MULTICULTURALISM AND BIOETHICS:   Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (RN-BSN/ABSN Tracks)The course is designed to sensitize students to the differences and similarities with regard to health and illness of culturally and racially diverse groups.  The students will be encouraged to clarify personal values and develop an appreciation for the values that underpin health decisions made by the consumers of health care.  Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 322/415 – HEALTH ASSESSMENT: Lecture \ Lab 4 Semester Hours. (All BSN Tracks).  This course is designed to facilitate the development of expertise in obtaining health histories and performing physical assessments on clients of ages across the life span who are experiencing varying levels of wellness. Content is presented in the classroom arena and the students will have the opportunity for application and refinement of skills in the on-campus laboratory.  Prerequisites: Admission to a nursing program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 324 – COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE I: First semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs.  Skills for Nursing Practice I introduce and establish a foundation for nursing competencies in clinical and laboratory settings.  Students will learn and practice basic professional competencies that enhance psychomotor skill.  The content includes; client hygiene, hand washing, medical asepsis, surgical asepsis, wound care, nutritional assessment, and basic dosage calculation and medication administration. Prerequisites: Admission to TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 326 – NURSING PHARMACOLOGY I:  First semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem Hrs.  Nursing Pharmacology I provides students with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs; special consideration is given to the physiological, psycho/social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. Introduction to the pharmacological interactions are explained in relation to the disease processes of the body systems: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.  Pharmacotherapeutics regarding anti-infectives and immunology are presented.  Analgesics are also introduced with emphasis on inflammation, pain, and fever.  The course explores indications, modes of action, effects, dosages, side effects, nursing implications, contraindications and interactions for selected drugs involved in selected disease processes. Specific nursing responsibilities related to drug administration are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 332 – GENETICS AND GENOMICS: Second semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs.  Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice explains the role of nursing in the therapies, health conditions, and disease risk of conditions having a genetic or genomic element.  This course introduces genetics and genomics related research, to include the Human Genome project.  An understanding of the relationship of genetics and genomics to health, prevention, screening, diagnostics, prognostics, selection of treatment, and monitoring of treatment effectiveness is examined. Ethical, legal and social implications, along with ethnic, racial and cultural considerations with providing genetic and genomic services are emphasized. Prerequisites: Completion of first semester TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 342/L – FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING I: Second semester TBSN  program; Sem. Hrs. 4 (Lecture 2, Lab 2) Fundamentals of Nursing I is designed to facilitate development of knowledge and skills that are required for the design and implementation of systems of nursing care for well individuals who may experience actual and potential minor deviations from wellness.  Basic or fundamental nursing skills are taught and cultivated so as to enable students to identify disturbances in physiological and psychological functioning and accompanying self-care deficits.  Students will develop nursing care plans based on bio-psycho-social-cultural assessments so that homeostatic equilibrium may be maintained and/or restored.  As a result, the role, relationship, and responsibilities of the nurse as a member of the health care team are identified and examined critically. Prerequisites: Completion of first semester TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 344 – COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE II: Second semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs. The course Skills for Nursing Practice, utilizes the foundational basic nursing skills to build upon, achieving psychomotor skills in nursing at the intermediate and advanced levels.  Skills demonstrated include, but are not limited to: Pre and post-op care, venipuncture, IV therapy, Central venous catheter insertion and care, blood transfusions, EKG telemetry, tracheostomy care, and chest drainage systems.  Students will learn and practice intermediate and advanced professional skills that enhance psychomotor competencies.  Prerequisites: Completion of first semester TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 346 – NURSING PHARMACOLOGY II:  Second semester TBSN program; Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs. Nursing Pharmacology II enhances the students’ knowledge of pharmacology, with an increased emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs; special consideration is given to the physiological, psycho/social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. The pharmacological interactions are explained in relation to the disease processes of musculoskeletal, nervous system and mental health.  Advanced cardiac medications are explored.  End of life and multisystem medications and physiology are also incorporated.  The indications, modes of action, effects, dosages, side effects, nursing implications, contraindications and interactions for selected drugs involved in t selected disease processes are emphasized. Specific nursing responsibilities related to drug administration are emphasized. Prerequisites: Completion of first semester TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 360/L  NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I: Third semester TBSN program; Sem. Hrs. 5 (Lecture 3, Lab 2).  The emphasis of this course is on the design of systems of nursing assistance for individuals experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations in physiologic homeostasis.  Specific attention is devoted to analyzing self-care deficits and planning appropriate nursing assistance based on this analysis.  Students will be assisted to effectively use the nursing process to design systems of nursing assistance related to selected acute and/or chronic physiological disease processes.  Classroom experiences are designed to assist the student to integrate concepts from previous courses, currently presented information and the use of the nursing process in selected client situations. Specific alterations in physiologic homeostasis, including fluid and electrolytes and acid/base disturbances, serve as the foundation for assessing, planning, and implementing, and evaluating nursing and collaborative care. Prerequisites: Completion of second semester TBSN program or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 362, 362L - ESSENTIALS OF NURSING: SKILLS AND RELATED CONCEPTS:  Lecture 4 Sem. Hrs. Lab 2 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Tracks).  This course is designed to enable the student to acquire cognitive and psychomotor skills related to basic nursing assistance of the individual.   The student will learn to utilize the Nursing Process in the care of individuals experiencing minor deviations from wellness that result in self-care deficits, which necessitate the application of beginning and intermediate nursing skills. The head to toe assessment is introduced.  Prerequisites: NUR 153; Admission to an ABSN Program, or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 419/419L - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS: Lecture 5 Sem. hrs. Lab. 5 Sem. hrs. (ABSN Day Tracks).  This course focuses on designing systems of nursing assistance for clients experiencing significant life cycle events which have a major impact on the lifestyles and activities of the individual and small groups. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills. These life cycle events are related to child-bearing, child-rearing, and selected alterations in psychological homeostasis.  Prerequisites: Completion of first semester ASBN Day track or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 419A/419C - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS DURING CHILDBEARING: Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs., Lab. 2 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Ev/Wknd Tracks)This course focuses on designing systems of nursing assistance for clients experiencing significant life cycle events which could have a major impact on lifestyles and activities of individuals and small groups. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills. The specific life-cycle events are related to childbearing.  Prerequisites:  Completion of first semester ASBN Even/Wknd track or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 419B/419D - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND CHILDREARING ALTERATIONS: Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. Lab. 3 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Tracks). This course focuses on designing systems of nursing assistance for clients experiencing significant life cycle events which have major impact on lifestyles and activities of the individuals and small groups. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills. These specific life-cycle events are related to childrearing and alterations in psychological homeostasis across the life span.  Prerequisites: Completion of first semester ASBN Even/Wknd track or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 429A/429C - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND LARGE GROUPS: Lecture 2 Sem. Hrs. Lab. 3 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Ev/Wknd Tracks).  This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for individuals, families, and large groups in tertiary care settings. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills. Clients, of all ages across the life span and from diverse cultural backgrounds, and experience of self-care deficits with multiple etiologic factors.  Prerequisites: NUR 362, 362L, 415, 418, 419A, 419C, 419B, 419D, or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 429B/429D - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND LARGE GROUPS: Lecture 1 Sem. Hr., Lab. 2 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Ev/Wknd Tracks).  This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for families, groups and communities, specifically high-risk populations throughout the life cycle. Students will use selected conceptual model, in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and analyzing the management of care delivery in a variety of community settings. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills.  Prerequisites: NUR 362, 362L, 415, 418, 419A, 419C, 419B, 419D, 429A, 429C or special permission of the Department Head.

NUR 429/429L - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND LARGE GROUPS. Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs, Lab. 5 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Day Tracks).  This course focuses on the design and implementation for systems for nursing assistance for individuals, families, and large groups in community and tertiary care settings. Clients of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds experience self-care deficits with multiple etiologic factors and/or have a potential for multiple risk factors. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills.  Prerequisites:  NUR 415, 362, 362L, 418, 321, 444, 419, 419L, or special permission of the Department head.  

NUR 435/435L - PROVIDING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR FAMILIES, GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES. Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. Lab. 2 Sem. Hrs. (RN to BSN Track) This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for families, groups and communities, specifically high-risk populations throughout the life cycle. Students will use selected conceptual models in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and analyzing the management of care delivery by others in a variety of settings. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills.  Prerequisites: NUR 415, 418, 321, 454, 461, Statistics, or special permission of the Department Head.  Upper Level RN to BSN students may take at any time by permission of Department Head.

NUR 440/L – NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II:      Fourth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs. 6 (Lecture 3, Lab 3).  This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for individuals and families, in tertiary care settings.  These clients, throughout the lifespan and of diverse cultural backgrounds, experience self-care deficits with multiple etiologic factors and/or have a potential for multiple risk factors.

NUR 444 - PLANNING NURSING SYSTEMS FOR ADULTS: Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Tracks).  The emphasis of this course is on the design of systems of nursing assistance for diverse individuals and or groups of individuals experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations in physiologic homeostasis which have a major and significant impact upon the life-style and activities of the individual/aggregate. The students are expected to continue their head to toe assessment skills.  Specific attention is devoted to analyzing self-care deficits and planning appropriate nursing assistance based on this analysis.  Prerequisites:  NUR 362, 362L, 415, 418, or special permission of the Department Head.

NUR 442/L – PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: Fourth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs.4 (Lecture 2, Lab 2) Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing focuses on designing systems of nursing assistance for clients experiencing significant life cycle events, which have major impact on self-care management, lifestyles and activities of the individuals and small groups.  These life-cycle events result in selected alterations, primarily in psychological homeostasis that range from minor alterations, such as anxiety to major alterations such as psychotic disorders. Students are taught how to effectively use therapeutic communication and interventions to assist individuals and/or small groups to restore psychological and/or physiological homeostasis.

NUR 461/H - NURSING RESEARCH DIMENSIONS (w/Honors): Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (All BSN Tracks).  This course is designed to assist students to utilize research skills in making inferences related to nursing practice, understand the research process, critique research articles, utilize research findings in enhancing one’s own nursing practice, and identify researchable questions.  Prerequisites: All students MTH 250; Upper level RN students: NUR 418; Second degree students: NUR 321, 362, 362L, 415, 418, 419, 419L, 444, or special permission of the Department Head.

NUR 446/L – NURSING OF WOMEN AND THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY: Fifth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs.4 (Lecture 2, Lab 2). The focus of this course is the nursing care of women, neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Normal pregnancy and childbirth will be addressed, as well as the identification and management of high risk childbearing situations among diverse populations. Selected content related to the health care of women across the lifespan is included. 

NUR 450/L – NURSING OF CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & FAMILIES:  Fifth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs.4 (Lecture 2, Lab 2).  This course focuses on the theoretical concepts and clinical application of nursing care of infants, children, and adolescents in varied health care and community settings. Students are expected to use the nursing process and synthesize assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacologic, and therapeutic concepts. Family-centered care of children within developmental, cultural, ethnic, religious, and social structures.

NUR 460/L – ADULT NURSING III/CAPSTONE:   Sixth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs.3 (Lecture 2, Lab 1).           This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for individuals and families, in a variety of health care settings, including but not limited to, tertiary care and community-based settings. Students will be expected to synthesize knowledge related to various disease processes and technologies of care and provide holistic, evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations with varied disease processes and associated co-morbidities and/or complicated multisystem health problems. Students will be expected to care for multiple patients and/or to care for critically ill patients. 

NUR 461/H     NURSING RESEARCH DIMENSIONS (w/Honors): Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (All BSN Tracks).  This course is designed to assist students to utilize research skills in making inferences related to nursing practice, understand the research process, critique research articles, utilize research findings in enhancing one’s own nursing practice, and identify researchable questions. Additional responsibilities and course work will be given to students who desire to earn credit for an honors’ course

NUR 462/H – NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (w/Honors): Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (All BSN Tracks).  The emphasis of this course is the examination of theory and concepts concerning the functions of management, the leadership process, and organizational structures.  The students will have the opportunity to analyze, apply, and evaluate theory in complex health care settings.  Further, each student will be encouraged to evaluate self in relation to achievement of stated expectations and objectives and the effectiveness of own leadership behavior.  Through individual learning activities, the students will analyze complex health care delivery systems, coordinate efforts for consumer health and nursing service, act as colleagues with other health professionals, evaluate the quality and direction of health and nursing, and encourage change as appropriate. Additional responsibilities and course work will be given to students who desire to earn credit for an honors’ course. NUR 321, 362, 362L, 415, 418, 419, 419L, 444, or special permission of the Department Chair.

NUR 470 - SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN & RN-BSN).  This course maximizes socialization as a professional nurse through the examination of the role of the nurse in current issues in health care and nursing.  Attention is directed to forces which affect health care delivery and the impact of these changes on the scope of nursing practice.   Professional accountability, political involvement and strategies for enhancing the image of the profession with other health professions and the lay public are emphasized.  Prerequisites: Upper level RN students: NUR 321, 415, 418;  Second degree student: NUR 321, 362, 362L, 415, 418, 419, 419L, 444, 429, 429L,461, 462, or special permission of the Department Head.  This course should be taken in students last semester in the BSN program.

NUR 475 - NURSING PROCESS SEMINAR: Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. (ABSN Tracks).  This course is designed to assist the student to integrate and synthesize knowledge and concepts obtained in previous nursing and other discipline-related courses into the design and implementation of nursing systems for groups of individuals and /or aggregates throughout the life span with complex deviations from wellness. Nursing Process Seminar includes an intensive supervised clinical experience.  Students are also required to take standardized comprehensive examinations as the final exam for course. Prerequisites: Second-degree students: NUR 415, 362, 362L, 418, 419, 419L, 444, 321, 429, 429L, 461, 462, 485 or special permission of the Department Head.

NUR 485/H - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE (w/Honors):  Lecture 3 Sem. Hrs. This course provides an opportunity for the emerging generalist in the practice of professional nursing to apply knowledge and skills in an area of personal interest in nursing. Under the supervision of the instructor, students will identify and conduct a project or participate in a work experience. Projects chosen by students may be related to research, leadership or nursing practice. Examples of projects that may be selected include, but are not limited to: (1) implementation of a research study; (2) planning and teaching of patient/clients or lay health workers; and (3) development and implementation of educational or service programs. Student projects are designed to address contemporary and emerging issues in nursing.  Additional responsibilities and course work will be given to students who desire to earn credit for an honors’ course.

NUR 490/L – COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: Sixth semester Traditional completion program; Sem. Hrs.4 (Lecture 2, Lab 1).  This course focuses on the design and implementation of systems of nursing assistance for families, groups and communities, specifically high-risk populations throughout the life cycle. Students will use selected conceptual models in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and analyzing the management of care delivery by others in a variety of settings.

NUR 495 – SENIOR SYNTHESIS:    Sixth semester Traditional completion program; Lecture, Sem. Hr. 1. Nursing Senior Syntheses maximizes socialization as a professional nurse through the examination of the nurse generalist role.  This course evaluates selected challenges in the workplace and explores employment opportunities for the nurse today.  Ultimate emphasis is on personal professional developmental through the synthesis of an ePortfolio that reflects achieve of program learning outcomes and expected competencies for entry-level practice as a registered nurse.