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13. School of Nursing

Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

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Lower-Division Courses

001. First-Year Interest Group Seminar. Restricted to students in the First-Year Interest Group Program. Basic issues in various School of Nursing disciplines. One lecture hour a week for one semester.

301D. Connecting Research Experience. Restricted to freshmen and sophomores. Supervised research associated with the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. With consent of the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program.

107, 207, 307. Topics in Nursing. One, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one discussion hour a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors. Nursing 307 (Topic 1) is same as Sociology 308 (Topic 2: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors) and Women's and Gender Studies 301 (Topic 7: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors). Overview of contemporary women's reproductive health issues, with emphasis on historical, physiological, psychosocial, and cultural influences that affect the reproductive health of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, and midlife. Nursing 307 (Topic 1) and Pharmacy 318W may not both be counted. Prerequisite: One year of high school biology, or Biology 301L or 309D or the equivalent. Topic 1 is offered as Nursing 307 only.

310. Communication in Health Care Settings. Introduction to theories and models of communication in relation to health care; basic factors affecting interpersonal communication in health care settings. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Required for nursing majors.

311. Ethics of Health Care. Ethical issues of health care and related legal concerns. Contradictions, inconsistencies, and competing views that lead to dilemmas in health care. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 311 and 311H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Rhetoric and Writing 306.

311H. Ethics of Health Care: Honors. Ethical issues in health care and related legal concerns. Contradictions, inconsistencies, and competing views that lead to dilemmas in health care, with emphasis on resolving ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning, ethical obligations in health professional-patient relationships, and just allocation of scarce health care resources. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 311 and 311H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program or consent of instructor.

117H. Introduction to Nursing Scholarship: Honors Seminar. Introduction to the nature of nursing scholarship, along with related research and clinical and educational career opportunities. Topics include leadership, research, and ethics as they relate to nursing. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program.

Upper-Division Courses

320C. Connecting Research Experience. Supervised research associated with the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. With consent of the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and admission to the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program.

323. Genetics in Health Care. The integration of genetic information into nursing practice, including ethical, legal, psychological, and social issues. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

224. Health Assessment Skills. Discussion, application, and documentation of health assessment skills needed to provide data for health promotion and nursing interventions. One and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

325. Adult Health Nursing I. For nursing majors admitted to the professional sequence. Discussion of the concepts and theories necessary to promote and restore the health of adults with biological problems; related physiological and psychological responses. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

325P. Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum). For nursing majors admitted to the professional sequence. Application of the concepts and theories necessary to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems; related physiological and psychological responses. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and credit or registration for Nursing 325.

226. Mental Health Aspects of Health Care. An introductory course in mental health nursing. Views human beings from a holistic perspective that includes the biological, environmental, cultural, and interpersonal factors that foster mental health. Focuses on relevant nursing theories and evidence-based practice as the foundation for therapeutic communication, assessment, and basic intervention skills to promote mental health in patients and families in health care settings. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

227. Conceptual Bases of Aging. An examination of the theories of aging, the developmental tasks of families, and the physical, psychological, social, economic, ethical, legal, and spiritual needs of aging persons. Responsibilities and needs of caregivers. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

127P. Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum). Laboratory instruction and practice in clinical nursing skills. Two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing 325P (or 425P).

137, 237, 337. Independent Study. Study in a specific area; topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor. The equivalent of one, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: A University grade point average of at least 2.80 and consent of instructor.

147, 247, 347. Specialized Topics in Nursing. The equivalent of one, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require up to thirty-nine hours of fieldwork a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the upper-division sequence. Some topics also require consent of instructor; these are identified in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Informatics in Health Care and Nursing.
  • Topic 2: Acute Care Pediatrics.
  • Topic 3: Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • Topic 4: Childbearing Nursing Elective.
  • Topic 5: Critical Care Nursing.
  • Topic 6: High-Risk Maternity.
  • Topic 7: Pediatrics.
  • Topic 8: Perioperative Nursing.
  • Topic 9: Special Topics in Pediatrics.
  • Topic 10: Child Wellness Center (Practicum).
  • Topic 11: Children with Chronic Illness in the Community.
  • Topic 12: Clinical Nursing Preceptorship.
  • Topic 13: Community-Oriented Ambulatory Nursing.
  • Topic 14: Genetics in Clinical Nursing (Practicum).
  • Topic 15: Home Health Nursing.
  • Topic 16: Pediatrics in the Community.
  • Topic 17: Well Children in the Community.

354. Spanish for Health Care Professionals. Basic Spanish language skills and phrases related to nursing activities. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

455. Adult Health Nursing II. Advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and related physiological and psychological responses. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 325 and 325P (or 425P).

355P. Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum). Application of advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and their related physiological and psychological responses. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 455.

356. Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span. Biological, environmental, cultural, and interpersonal factors predisposing individuals across the life span to mental health problems. The course is organized around the nursing process, as well as multidisciplined therapeutic modalities, that assist the individual and family to adapt, recover, and grow through these problems. Current relevant research, and the sociocultural, legal, and ethical implications of providing nursing care to the mentally ill. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 224, 325, and 226.

356P. Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum). Application of strategies for the care of individuals, groups, and families experiencing mental health problems. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 356.

157P. Clinical Nursing Skills II (Practicum). Laboratory instruction and practice in clinical nursing skills. Two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing 355P or 356P (or Nursing 455P or 456P).

264. Nursing Research. Basic components of the research process; interpreting descriptive and inferential statistics in research. Critical examination of research studies in nursing. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 264 and 264H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: An introductory statistics course.

264H. Nursing Research: Honors. Examination of the research process and methods, along with interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics in research. Critical examination of research studies in nursing and research skills through participation in a research project. One and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Nursing 264 and 264H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program; and one of the following: Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, Mathematics 316, Psychology 317, or consent of instructor.

265. Nursing Care of Childbearing Families. Concepts, theories, and processes essential to understanding the health concerns and problems of women and their families during the childbearing years. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 455, 355P (or 455P), 356, 356P (or 456P), 157P, and concurrent enrollment in Nursing 365P and 377.

266. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 455, 355P (or 455P), 356, 356P (or 456P), 157P, and concurrent enrollment in Nursing 366P and 377.

366P. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum). Application of concepts, theories, and developmental processes essential to the health concerns and problems of children, adolescents, and their families. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing 266 and 377.

275. Public Health Nursing. Public health nursing models and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of aggregates and communities. Description and analysis of formal and informal community systems and health care delivery systems. Major emphasis on the concepts of community building and collaboration. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 160 and 275 may not both be counted; Nursing 170, 270 and 275 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Nursing 455, 355P, 356, and 356P; or consent of instructor.

375P. Public Health Nursing Practicum. Provides opportunities for students to apply public health nursing concepts, theories, and processes to the care of aggregates and the total community. Assigned clinical experiences are designed to develop student skills in the practice of public health nursing. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary health care with at-risk aggregates in the community. and high-risk families and aggregates in the community. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Nursing 260P and 375P may not both be counted; Nursing 170P, 270P, 370P and 375P, 475P may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing 275.

377. Leadership and Management of Nursing Care. Examination of selected concepts and theories of management in the context of the delivery of dynamic nursing care. The use of management concepts in working with a team to provide high-quality patient care. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 377 and 377H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing 265, 365P, 266, and 366P; or consent of instructor.

377H. Leadership and Management of Nursing Care: Honors. Examination of selected concepts and theories of management and leadership in the context of the delivery of dynamic nursing care. The use of management concepts in working with a health care team to provide high-quality patient care. Current economic, social, and political factors that influence health care. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 377 and 377H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program or consent of instructor.

377P. Clinical Care Management (Practicum). Application of selected concepts and theories of management in the planning and delivery of health care. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 265, 365P (or 465P), 266, 366P (or 466P), and 377 (or 277).

278. Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge. Designed to prepare students for Nursing 279P and for nursing practice in the workplace. Provides opportunities for synthesis of theoretical, evidence-based, and clinical knowledge, with emphasis on the application of the synthesized knowledge to the individual's nursing practice. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 377P, or consent of instructor.

279P. Capstone Preceptorship. Designed to provide students with clinical experiences similar to those they are likely to confront as newly employed registered nurses. Focus on the role transformation of students and clinical competence in communication, collaboration, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation of interdisciplinary work. Thirty to forty hours a week for three to four weeks for a total of 120 clinical hours. Additional preparation time to assure clinical competence may be required. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 375P (or 270P), 377 (or 277), 377P (or 477P), and 278.

Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010

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