Pre-Licensure Courses

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.

 NR 3010 – Introduction to Professional Nursing 

Credits: 2

Provides an overview of baccalaureate nursing practice and is the precursor course in the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Explicates the values and philosophy of the Department of Nursing; helps students develop an understanding of issues confronting professional nurses. Emphasizes history, trends, policy issues, and the inter-relatedness of these factors with socio-cultural forces affecting the quality, nature, and delivery of basic nursing care. Winterim. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 3020 – Introduction to Patient-Centered Care

Credits: 3

Introduces nursing students to the theoretical framework encompassing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to practice as a nurse in the future. Students learn to provide individualized care that recognizes patient’s preferences, values, and needs, and respects the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, appropriate, safe, and effective care. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. (DICO)

NR 3030 – Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

Credits: 3

Focuses on the principles of disease and disease mechanisms including pathophysiology and their pharmacological treatments. Examines principles of infection, anti-infection agents, drug absorption, and metabolism. Studies pathophysiology including signs and symptoms of selective systems, e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Addresses clinical assessment, analysis of clinical information, and clinical decision-making. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

 NR 3040 – Professional Issues

Credits: 3

Introduces students to concepts of career development in Nursing and the need for a long-term plan for career development. Focuses on roles and responsibilities within health care and professional organizations as they relate to nursing practice. Examines current and future issues related to providing quality nursing care. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 3052- Clinical Applications of Patient-Centered Care

Credits: 4

This is a pass/fail course

Introduces clinical skills as a foundation of nursing practice. Focuses on clinical and technical skills basic to the practice of nursing across the lifespan. Introduces students to the holistic care of clients, beginning clinical decision-making, and foundational therapeutic nursing interventions requiring the use of various medical technologies. Correct use of technology is required to provide safe and effective care. Includes nursing process, documentation utilizing a computerized medical record, therapeutic communication skills, aseptic technique, and medication administration as well as other fundamental nursing and technical skills. Pass/No Pass. Additional course fee required. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 3070 – Health and Wellness of Older Adults

Credits: 3

Focuses on the needs of older adults with consideration given to developmental factors and cultural variables employed in patient choices for wellness, treatment or palliative care. Incorporates wellness initiatives, prioritizing care needs, family and patient teaching, and planning for end-of-life care. Summers. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. (WECO)

NR 3090 – Clinical Evidence-Based Practice

Credits: 4

This is a pass/fail course

Provides the experience of applying evidence and skills in caring for adult clients, including the elderly. These clinical experiences promote disciplined decision-making, facilitate positive patient care outcomes, and strive for error reduction using nursing informatics to document nursing care and outcomes of patient care to communicate with others. Pass/No Pass. Additional course fee required. Summers. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

 NR 3092- Evidence-Based Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Credits: 3

Develops the knowledge necessary to explain the theoretical frameworks for understanding and addressing mental health, mental health disorders, and alterations in psychological functioning. Summers. Prerequisite(s): NR 3020; Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. Corequisite(s): NR 3090.

NR 3094- Evidence-based Practice in Medical Surgical Nursing

Credits: 3

Develops the knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate the best current evidence to develop clinical expertise, as well as consider adults’ and families’ preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions. Summers. Prerequisite(s): NR 3020; Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. Corequisite(s): NR 3090.

NR 4010 – Teamwork and Collaborative Care

Credits: 3

Examines the role of the nurse as team member, leader, and manager of a healthcare team using concepts and theories of organization, management, leadership, change, decision-making, and group process. Integrates patient-centered care and evidence-based practice to function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams. Emphasizes fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, and team learning and development. Falls. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 4020 – Global Health and Population-Based Health Care

Credits: 3

Prepares the nurse for the practice of population-based care with patients of diverse backgrounds. Examines the historic, contemporary, and futuristic perspectives of the development of community and public health nursing as well as its principles and theories building on the social sciences and epidemiology (population-based factors associated with health and illness). Falls. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. (GACO)

NR 4030 – Specialty Nursing Practice

Credits: 3

Introduces students to concepts of nursing with women and children in a variety of settings. Focuses on wellness, children and health in schools, and women in the workplace. A holistic perspective of health serves as the foundation. This framework emphasizes the nurse-client relationship as part of the caring approach that embraces the emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs in addition to physical needs of the client. Falls. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 4040 – Clinical Applications in Specialty Settings

Credits: 4

This is a pass/fail course

Students apply nursing knowledge and skills in community health, occupational health, child-bearing and child-rearing agencies, and function as a member of a health care team to ensure positive outcome. Clinical sites include community clinics, rural hospitals, long-term care centers, senior centers, day care centers, schools, OB clinics, and acute care including ante-partum labor/delivery sites, post-partum sites, and newborn nursery sites. Pass/No Pass. Additional course fee required. Falls. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only.

NR 4050 – Nursing Leadership

Credits: 3

Explores the role of the nurse as leader in providing care for patients with complex health care needs. Focuses on the critical analysis of patient care needs in assessing, implementing, and evaluating nursing care of patients with acute or complex alterations in well-being. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only; junior status. (INCO)

NR 4060 – Research Process and Evidence-Based Practice

Credits: 3

Explores the principles and methods of research and emphasizes the application of research in nursing as a product and process. Prepares students to critically read research articles and relate the value of that research to nursing practice and client outcomes. Students develop a research problem and conduct a literature review. Emphasizes the importance of utilizing research and communicating research problems and results in a research team and to utilize nursing research in their practice. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors only. (QRCO)(WRCO)

NR 4035 Quality and Informatics in Health Care Systems

Credits: 3

Integrates nursing science with computer technology, quality improvement, and information science. Discusses the application of health informatics in relation to patient quality and safety. Emphasizes technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision-making, enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors. Springs. Prerequisite(s): NR 4030; Pre-Licensure Nursing majors only. (TECO)

NR 4082- Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Settings

 Credits: 6

This is a pass/fail course

This clinical capstone course provides experience as a nursing leader to direct the provision of quality health care by interdisciplinary teams. These clinical experiences promote decision-making skills, managerial skills within health care organizations, implementation of quality control methods, and the application of research in nursing practice. Integration and application of knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., biology, psychology, sociology, and technology) are required for effective patient care. Focuses on transition to the professional nursing role, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary healthcare is delivered in acute and/or community clinical settings. Contracts are completed with preceptors as mentors. Pass/No Pass. Additional course fee required. Springs. Prerequisite(s): Pre-Licensure Nursing Majors only.

 

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