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School Of Nursing

School Of Nursing

Course Descriptions

School of Nursing

NURS-A 190 : Learning Strategies in Nursing

1- credits
The focus of this course is to assist nursing students in strengthening essential learning skills necessary for academic success. Students will develop skill in performing nursing drug dosage calculations, reading nursing texts and reference books, writing nursing papers, studying for and taking nursing tests. Principles of lifelong learning, self-direction, and critical thinking are used to guide course content and evaluation. (Summer)

NURS-B 215 : Nutrition for Health Professionals

3 credits
Emphasis on nutritional needs and eating habits throughout the life span. Discusses the classification, functions, and food sources of the nutrients; the components of a balanced diet; the process by which the body utilizes food; and nutritional concerns of various cultures. (Fall and Summer)

NURS-B 220 : Professional Nursing and Healthcare

4 credits
An overview of the foundations, complexity, and interdisciplinary nature of professional nursing practice. This course introduces students to the roles of the professional nurse and other members of the health care team, and to the systems in which care is delivered.  Students will learn communication skills necessary for the practice of nursing including self-awareness, teaching and learning, interpersonal and interprofessional communication, and collaboration. Students are introduced to concepts of scope of practice, ethics, leadership, and professionalism in preparation for practice. (Fall)
Prerequisite - NURS-A 190

NURS-B 221 : Introductory Clinical Practicum Experience in Nursing

1 credit
This course will provide a foundation for all future clinical experiences introducing the student to their role in facilities and clinical groups.  Students will conduct guided obserations in health care settings and then participate in various actiivities to reflect on their experieinces.  Areas of focus include roles of health care team members; communication patterns, tools and effectiveness; facility, work unit, professional role and individual culture; collaboration, and contributions of various health care team members.  Students will explore how patients and other healthcare team members view nursing and health care.
Prerequisite - NURS A190.

NURS-B 230 : Developmental Issues and Health

4 credits
This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of growth and development, family theories and family adaptation at different stages, and usual patterns of aging. Students will make assessments of individuals in various stages of life to identify developmental issues and their impact on health phenomena of interest to nursing. (Fall)
Prerequisite - PSY P101

NURS-B 234 : Promoting Healthy Populations

3 credits
This course focuses on preventative health care and health promotion in individual families and communities, considering the influence of cultural and lifespan development. Using biophysical, environmental, sociocultural, and economic determinants of health, students focus on improving health outcomes with individuals, families and communities. (Fall)
Prerequisite - NURS-A190

NURS-B 248 : Science and Technology of Nursing

4 credits
This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical research base. It provides an opportunity for basic care nursing skills development. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking and problem solving in developing the ability to apply an integrated nursing therapeutics approach for clients experiencing health alterations across the life span. (Spring)
Prerequisite - PHSL P261, PHSL P262. C: NURS B249.

NURS-B 249 : Science and Technology of Nursing: Practicum

3 credits
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental nursing skills in the application of nursing care for clients across the life span. (Spring)

NURS-B 261 : Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

4 credits
This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of key disease process and pharmacological therapies.  Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for study of selected medications that are used to treat or manage diseases with an application to nursing practice. (Spring)

NURS-B 304 : Health Policy

3 credits
Social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services globally are critically analyzed. Government and entrepreneurial interests are examined. Emphasis is placed on the impact of policy decisions on professional nursing practice and health services.

NURS-B 331 : Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice

3 credits
This course must be taken in the first term for RN BSN students.  This course bridges the nurse to the essential elements of baccalaureate professional practice.  Students examine intra and inter professional communication, collaboration, and teamwork to enhance quality patient care.  Students explore nurisng professional organizations, issues in professional practice, and the impact of lifelong learning on career developement. 

NURS-B 344 : Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment

3 credits
This course focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease across the life span.  Students learn the skills of interview, inspection/observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span and comparing normal from abnormal findings. 
Prerequisite - PHSL P261, PHSL P262, PSY P101, SOC S161. C: NURS B245.

NURS-B 403 : Gerontological Nursing

3 credits
This course promotes a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life. Death and dying, legal and ethical issues, family care giving, and future challenges will be discussed in the context of best practices as outlined by the John A Hartford Foundation: Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

NURS-B 404 : Informatics

3 credits
This course addresses nursing informatics: state of the science and issues for research, development, and practice. It clarifies concepts of nursing, technology, and information management; and comprises theory, practice, and the social and ethical issues in nursing and health care informatics.

NURS-H 350 : Topics in Contemporary Nursing Practice

1 credit
This course provides students an opportunity to analyze and discuss issues of salience to contemporary professional nursing practice.  Topics will vary and may include role of state boards of nursing in protecting public health and safety, health policy, global health issues, interprofessional collaboration, professional work environments, and/or professional development/lifelong learning.  Students will be required to attend a public meeting of the Indiana State Board of Nursing. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-H 355 : Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research

3 credits
This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health-care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real-world situations in client care. 

NURS-H 365 : Nursing Research

3 credits
This course focuses on development of students'' skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in clinical decisions related to practice.  The critique of nursing and nursing-related research studies will be emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice. 
Prerequisite - PSY K300

NURS-H 368 : Childbearing Families

3 credits
This course focuses on family-centered nursing care of childbearing women and newborns.  It includes an overview of various health issues related to the female from puberty to menopause, pregnancy care, labor and birth, and postpartum care (normal and complicated pregnancies) as well as health issues of newborns. (Fall, Spring)  
Prerequisite - BIOL M20

NURS-H 369 : Childbearing Families Practicum

1 credit
Clinical component of nursing care for the pregnant, laboring, and birthing woman and newborn with a focus on family-centered care. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - BIOL M200

NURS-H 372 : Mental Health Concepts across the lifespan

3 credits
This course focuses on select mental health and mental illness concepts that are encountered in individuals across the lifespan.  By applying these concepts to prevalence-based exemplars, students will learn care management strategies aimed at mental health promotion/mental illness prevention, treatment of human responses to mental health disorders, or rehabilitation of individuals with chronic mental health disorders.  This course will include application of therapeutic communication techniques with individuals who are experiencing mental health disorders and managing the unique safety issues related to people with mental health disorders. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-H 373 : Mental Health Concepts across the Lifespan Practicum

1 credit
This course focuses on the application of select mental health and mental illness concepts from the Mental Health Concepts Across the Lifespan didactic course.  Students will continue to develop and apply clinical reasoning skills to the care of individuals and groups across the lifespan. In addition, students will develop skills related to safe management of the therapeutic milieu. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-H 375 : Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice

3 credits
This course focuses on nursing research and evidence-based practice.  Students develop skills in retrieving and appraising literature relevant to clinical problems, understanding the research process, and critiquing evidence from research publications and other sources to inform evidence-based nursing practice. This is a designated intensive writing course. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Prerequisite - PSY-K 300, ENG-W 231

NURS-H 380 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan I

3 credits
This course focuses on select health and illness concepts encountered in individuals across the lifespan. By applying these concepts to prevalence-based exemplars, students will learn care management strategies aimed at health promotion, treatment of human responses to illness, or restoration of health.  This course builds on concepts discussed in introductory nursing courses. (Fall)
Prerequisite - All sophomore level courses

NURS-H 381 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan I Parcticum

2 credits
This course focuses on the application of select health and illness concepts from NURS-H380. Students will continue to develop and apply clinical reasoning skills to the care of individuals across the lifespan. (Fall)

NURS-H 390 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan II

3 credits
This course is a continuation of Health Concepts across the Lifespan I.  Students will continue the study of health and illness concepts and their application to increasingly complex, prevalence-based exemplars. Acute and chronic care management across the lifespan is explored. (Spring)
Prerequisite - all sophomore-level courses, BIOL M200.

NURS-H 391 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan II Practicum

2 credits
This course focuses on the application of select health and illness concepts from NURS-H390. Students will further refine clinical reasoning skills to manage increasingly complex care of individuals across the lifespan with acute and chronic illness. (Spring)

NURS-K 301 : The Art and Science of Complementary Health

3 credits
This course will serve as an introduction to a variety of complementary therapies, including healing touch, guided imagery, hypnosis, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. The class will critically examine each therapy through assigned readings, literature reviews, presentations, guest lecturers, and optional experiential activities.

NURS-K 305 : New Innovations in Health and Health Care

3 credits
This course explores emergent trends in health and health care, including technological advances in health care, developing approaches to care based on new knowledge and/ or research findings, and trends in health care delivery in a themed, survey or independent study format.

NURS-K 499 : Genetics and Genomics

3 credits
This course introduces a basic knowledge of genetics in health care, including genetic variation and inheritance; ethical. Legal, and social issues in genetic health care; genetic therapeutics; nursing roles; genetic basis of selected alterations to health across the life span; and cultural considerations in genetic health care are all considered.

NURS-P 345 : Pharmacology

3 credits
This course focuses on principles of pharmacology for professional nursing practice. It includes the pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and individual drugs, with an emphasis on the clinical application of drug therapy through the nursing process.

NURS-R 470 : Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone

3 credits
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine your nursing care practice skills. Students will collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in choosing a care setting, planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.
Prerequisite - all junior-level courses.

NURS-S 430 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan III

3 credits
This course is a continuation of Health Concepts Across the Lifespan I and II.  Health and illness concepts are applied to complex, multisystem exemplars that require students to apply knowledge learned in all prior courses.  Emphasis is on acute and chronic care management across the lifespan and multiple health care settings. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - NURS-H380, NURS-H381, NURS-H 390, NURS-S 391

NURS-S 431 : Health Concepts across the Lifespan III Practicum

2 credits
This course focuses on the application of select health and illness concepts from NURS-S430. Students will use clinical reasoning skills to manage care of individuals across the lifespan with increasingly complex, multisystem health problems. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 472 : A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community

3 credits
This course focuses on the complexity and diversity of groups or aggregates within communities and their corresponding health care needs. Through a community assessment of health trends, demographics, epidemiological data, and social/political—economics issues in local and global communities, the student will be able to determine effective interventions for community-centered care. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - all junior-level courses.

NURS-S 473 : A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: Practicum

2 credits
Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts of community assessment, program planning, prevention, and epidemiology to implement and evaluate interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates. Professional nursing will be practiced in collaboration with diverse groups within a community. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 474 : Applied Healthcare Ethics

3 credits
Building on the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, this course explores the nurse’s role in ethical clinical practice, academic work, health policy, and research conduct, focusing particularly on the advocacy role of the nurse.  Common ethical problems are discussed and strategies for resolution of ethical dilemmas are applied.

NURS-S 475 : A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: RN BSN

3 credits
Basic epidemiological principles and community health nursing models are applied in collaboration with diverse groups. Disease prevention strategies are applied to individuals and populations to promote health. Students apply the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for populations in the community.

NURS-S 481 : Nursing Management

3 credits
This course focuses on the development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource allocation, and delivery systems. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - all junior- level courses.

NURS-S 482 : Nursing Management: Practicum

1 credit
Students will have the opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 483 : Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone: RN BSN

3 credits
Note: This course must be taken in the final term for RN BSN students. This course allows students to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in the baccalaureate program and to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills.  Students will plan and organize learning experiences, design a project, and practice professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.  
Prerequisite - all junior-level courses.

NURS-S 485 : Professional Growth and Empowerment

3 credits
This course focuses on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to lifelong learning. (Spring/Fall - must be taken in last semester)
Prerequisite - all junior-level courses.

NURS-S 487 : Nursing Management: RN BSN

3 credits
This course focuses on development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, and facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, delivery systems, change, managing quality and performance, budgeting and resource allocation, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and career development.

NURS-Z 492 : Individual Study in Nursing

1 - 6 credits
Opportunity for the nurse to pursue independent study of topics in nursing under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Requires consent of construtor. (Occasionally)