Course Descriptions

Nursing Courses

Ñ NRSG 100 Introduction to Nursing

[formerly NURS 101 Introduction to Nursing]

1 cr.  (1 lec/wk) (F, Sp, Su)

Socializes student to the roles/functions/expectations of the nurse.  This course provides an introduction to nursing history and current views of nursing as a discipline (including various types of nursing occupations and educational requirements).  Scholastic expectations required to complete a program of study in nursing are introduced as well as professional expectations of the practicing nurse.  The following core concepts related to nursing practice are presented:  the caring nature of the nursing profession, the importance of critical thinking/clinical judgement, legal/ethical/cultural issues in nursing, the need to understand human motivation and behavior, and use of the nursing process.

 

NRSG 130 Fundamentals of Nursing

[formerly NURS 230 Fundamentals of Nursing]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite: Acceptance to PN
program.  Corequisite: NRSG 131.  Offered ONLY Online.
 (F, Sp)

Introduces learners to knowledge, basic clinical skills, and attitudes essential for the nursing role.  The course approach presents concepts and behaviors of nursing roles within the context of the nursing process and multicultural, holistic healthcare.  Emphasis is on theoretical and practical concepts of nursing skills required to meet the needs of patients in a variety of settings.

 

NRSG 131 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab

[formerly NURS 231 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab]

3 cr.  (6 lab/wk)  Prerequisite: Acceptance to PN program.  Corequisite: NRSG 130.  (F, Sp)

Performance of clinical skills is integrated into this lab using healthcare scenarios which focus on implementation of the nursing process, clinical decision making, and caring interventions in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a variety of healthcare settings.

 

NRSG 135 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses

[formerly NURS 232 Pharmacology]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 136.  Offered ONLY Online.  (F, Sp)

Introduces the student to the knowledge needed to provide safe nursing care to patients across the lifespan in the administration of medications.  Content covered includes the basic principles of pharmacology such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication interactions, potential adverse medication reactions, and pathophysiology of common disease processes.  The emphasis is on patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process and incorporating evidence-based practice.

 

NRSG 136 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses Lab

2 cr.  (4 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 135.  (F, Sp)

Integrates the knowledge of safe medication administration into a laboratory environment.  This includes dosage calculation and safe administration of medications through a variety of appropriate routes, including intravenous therapy.

 

NRSG 138 Gerontology for Nursing

[formerly NURS 234 Gerontology]

1 cr.  (1 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to PN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 130, NRSG 131, NRSG 135, and NRSG 139. (F, Sp)

Provides the student with introductory skills and knowledge needed in delivering nursing care to aging clients.  Topics explored include current trends (including legal and ethical issues) in gerontological nursing, developmental stages and transitions associated with aging, expected age-related physiological changes and assessment findings, recognition and management of acute and chronic illnesses that commonly occur in the older adult population, promotion of health for the older adult client, and end-of-life issues and care.

 

NRSG 139 Gerontology for Nursing Clinical

[formerly NURS 235 Gerontology Clinical]

1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to PN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 130, NRSG 131, NRSG 135, and NRSG 138. (F, Sp)

Provides the student with introductory skills and knowledge needed in delivering nursing care to aging clients.  Topics explored include current trends (including legal and ethical issues) in gerontological nursing, developmental stages and transitions associated with aging, expected age-related physiological changes and assessment findings, recognition and management of acute and chronic illnesses that commonly occur in the older adult population, promotion of health for the older adult client, and end-of-life issues and care.

 

NRSG 140 Adult Health Nursing

[formerly NURS 240 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing]

4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 141.  Offered ONLY Online. (F, Sp)

Builds upon the knowledge acquired in Fundamentals of Nursing.  The focus is on safe, effective care environments, health promotion and maintenance, and psychosocial and physiological integrity of adults who are experiencing health interruptions in well-defined practice settings.  Principles of pharmacology, cultural competency, gerontology, nutrition, end-of-life, and palliative care are integrated throughout the course.

 

NRSG 141 Adult Health Nursing Clinical

[formerly NURS 241 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing Clinical]

3 cr.  (9 clinical/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 140.  (F, Sp)

Focuses on the implementation of the nursing process, professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, caring interventions, and collaboration in interdisciplinary practice to promote, maintain, and restore basic health in well-defined practice settings.

 

NRSG 142 Nursing Care of Women and Children

[formerly NURS 242 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 143.  Offered ONLY Online.  (F, Sp)

Introduces the student to the knowledge needed to provide safe nursing care for the female patient and family with regard to reproductive issues, including perinatal.  Also included is the child patient and family regarding normal growth and development as well as common and chronic disease processes.  Psychosocial aspects of care, legal and ethical issues, and cultural beliefs will be incorporated throughout.  The emphasis is on patient and family centered care utilizing evidence-based practice and effective interpersonal communication skills while functioning within an interdisciplinary team environment.

 

NRSG 143 Nursing Care of Women and Children Clinical

[formerly NURS 243 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical]

1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 142.  (F, Sp)

Integrates the knowledge of care for women, children, and families in a variety of clinical settings.

 

NRSG 144 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing

[formerly NURS 244 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing]

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. (F, Sp)

Examines the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental factors associated with mental health/illness effecting individuals and families.  Focus will be placed on basic concepts of psychiatric nursing, therapeutic modalities, as well as psychiatric disorders including psychopharmalogical management.

 

NRSG 148 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurses

[formerly NURS 246 Leadership Issues]

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 149.  Offered ONLY Online.  (F, Sp)

Explores the legal and ethical principles of Practical Nursing leadership in providing safe, relationship-centered care.  The concepts of accountability, fiscal responsibility in relation to patient outcomes, collaboration, effective communication, conflict management skills, critical thinking, delegation, principles of human caring, and prioritization are emphasized throughout the course.  Application of concepts in the rural environment is included.

 

NRSG 149 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurses Clinical

[formerly NURS 247 Leadership Issues Clinical]

1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 148. (F, Sp)

Integrates theory with implementation of basic leadership skills.  Preceptor experiences are based on selected nursing needs in the local and rural communities with a focus on knowledge, skills, and
attitudes of nursing leadership needed to provide high quality, holistic, safe nursing care.

 

NRSG 152 Gerontology and Community Nursing

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 153.  Offered ONLY Online.  (F, Sp)

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide high quality holistic nursing care for the geriatric client, as well as other vulnerable populations in the local and rural communities.  The safe application of the nursing process in community based, patient-centered, interdisciplinary care environments is emphasized in order to promote patient well-being in regard to common acute and chronic health issues, including end-of-life and palliative care.

 

NRSG 153 Gerontology and Community Nursing Clinical

2 cr.  (6 clinical/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 152.  (F, Sp)

Integrates theory into the clinical setting.  The emphasis is on promoting the highest level of health and wellness for common acute and chronic health issues for the geriatric and other vulnerable populations in local and rural communities.

 

NRSG 214 Basic IV Therapy

[formerly NURS 214 Basic IV Therapy]

2 cr.  (1 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  Student must be currently admitted to the Nursing program or presently an LPN or RN seeking IV certification. (F, Sp)

Addresses administration of parenteral drugs and fluids by the intravenous route.  Covers the nursing role and responsibility of intravenous therapy, the techniques of therapy, equipment selection, fluid and electrolyte balance, parenteral nutrition therapy, transfusion therapy, and special applications.

 

NRSG 230 Nursing Pharmacology

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 231.  (F, Sp)

Provides the student with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on the study of effects, interactions, and nursing considerations of pharmacologic agents on the client population across the lifespan.  The course also explores the ethical, legal, cultural, and age implications of pharmacologic therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan.

 

NRSG 231 Pharmacology for Nursing Lab

2 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 230.  (F, Sp)

Focuses on the basic prinicples in providing safe medication administration, including intravenous therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan.

 

NRSG 232 Foundations for Nursing

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 233.  (F, Sp)

Provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner, using the nursing process.  Students learn concepts and skills necessary for maintaining standard precautions and physical and psychological safety, along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions.  Students are introduced to the concepts of professional nursing, patient needs, safety, communication, teaching/learning, critical thinking, ethical-legal, rural nursing, cultural and ethnic diversity, and interdisciplinary patient-centered care.

 

NRSG 233 Foundations of Nursing Lab

3 cr.  (6 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 232.  (F, Sp)

Focuses on psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs.  Application of the nursing process and hands-on learning experiences for nursing skills, patient assessments, and basic therapeutic skills are practiced and demonstrated.

 

NRSG 234 Adult Nursing I

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 235.  (F, Sp)

Builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Foundations of Nursing and places them in the context of patient-centered care.  Social, cultural, ethical, rural, and legal issues, as well as end-of-life and palliative care across diverse adult populations are introduced.  Health promotion and prevention throughout the adult lifespan, with specific focus on the geriatric patient, are emphasized.  Normal adding, health alterations associated with aging, and their implications are addressed.

 


 

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NRSG 235 Adult Nursing I Clinical

2 cr.  (6 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 234.  (F, Sp)

Introduces the student to nursing practice in care of the stable adult patient.  This includes care of the adult in a variety of health care settings.  Students utilize the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care to prevent illness, promote wellness, and maintain or restore health, based on patient needs and evidence based practice.

 

NRSG 236 Health and Illness of Maternity Nursing

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Corequisite:  NRSG 237.  (F, Sp)

Applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of the childbearing family, including conception, prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care.  Content addresses health and complex alterations; reproduction and menopause; nutrition; therapeutic communication; and ethical, legal, cultural, and evidence based practice.

 

NRSG 237 Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical

1 cr.  (3 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 236.  (F, Sp)

Introduces the student to the role of the registered nurse in the care of the childbearing family.  Students will utilize the nursing process to assess and develop individualized plans of care for mother and infant.  Emphasis will be placed on patient education to promote healthy mother, infant, and childbearing family bonding.

 

NRSG 244 Adult Nursing II

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 245.  (F, Sp)

Builds upon previous knowledge of the nursing process and care of the patient experiencing acute and chronic disease alterations.  Pathophysiologic processes are discussed as related to evidence-based nursing interventions.  Students apply the nursing process, nutritional therapy, and pharmacological therapy utilizing interdisciplinary practice to promote, maintain, and restore health across the adult lifespan.

 

NRSG 245 Adult Nursing II Clinical

2 cr.  (4 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 244.  (F, Sp)

Provides clinical experiences for the student to care for individuals and families experiencing acute health alterations and those associated with chronic disease processes.  Students use the nursing process to systematically analyze information to plan and implement nursing interventions which are individualized and founded on evidence-based practice.

 

NRSG 246 Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 247.  (F, Sp)

Applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of children and their families in health, illness, end-of-life, and palliative care.  Emphasis is placed on incorporating growth and development principles to facilitate positive health outcomes through health promotion, nutrition, and disease prevention.

 

NRSG 247 Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing Clinical

1 cr.  (3 lab/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 246.  (F, Sp)

Utilizing the nursing process, students will provide nursing care to healthy and high-risk pediatric populations and their families experiencing disruptions in biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual needs.  Emphasis is also placed on health promotion, health maintenance, and therapeutic communication.


NRSG 250 LPN to RN Transition

[formerly NURS 248 Transition to Registered Nursing]

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  LPN license and out of college 3 years or more. (F, Sp)

Integrates the components of lifelong learning, adapting to change, critical thinking, nursing process, legal and ethical issues, math for meds, IV therapy, APA format, and skill review to “socialize” the student from the LPN/LVN to the Associate Degree RN.

 

NRSG 252 Complex Care Maternal/Child Client

[formerly NURS 252 Complex Care Needs of the Maternal/Child Client]

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 253, NRSG 254, and NRSG 255. (F, Sp)

Expands the knowledge base of the student to provide care to maternal/child clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcome is less predictable.  Topics include care of the client during childbirth, high-risk pregnancies, obstetrical emergencies, neonatal emergencies, and infants and children requiring complex collaborative care.

 

NRSG 253 Complex Care Maternal/Child Client Clinical

[formerly NURS 253 Complex Care Needs of the Maternal/Child Client Clinical]

1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 252, NRSG 254, and NRSG 255. (F, Sp)

Expands the knowledge base of the student to provide care to maternal/child clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcome is less predictable.  Topics include care of the client during childbirth, high-risk pregnancies, obstetrical emergencies, neonatal emergencies, and infants and children requiring complex collaborative care.

 

NRSG 254 Mental Health Concepts

[formerly NURS 254 Complex Care Needs-Mental Health Client]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisite:  NRSG 255. (F, Sp)

Utilizing the basic nursing concepts of basic human needs, developmental theory, nursing process, therapeutic communication, and nursing interventions, the student will learn to promote and maintain health for clients and families experiencing mental health issues.  The student will examine client responses to stressors across the life span.  Tasks of biological-behavioral concepts in psychosocial nursing care, rural, and cultural impacts will be addressed.

 

NRSG 255 Mental Health Concepts Clinical

[formerly NURS 255 Complex Care Needs-Mental Health Client Clinical]

1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisite:  NRSG 254. (F, Sp)

Applies the knowledge of psychiatric and mental health nursing.  Students will have mental health focused clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

 

NRSG 256 Pathophysiology

[formerly NURS 250 Pathophysiology]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance into ASN program or consent of instructor. (F, Sp)

Introduces the student to the basic principles and processes of pathophysiology, including cellular communication, genes and genetic disease, forms of cellular injury, fluid and electrolyte/acid base balance, immunity, stress coping and illness, and tumor biology.  Pathophysiology of the most common alterations according to body systems will be discussed as well as the latest development in research and patient-centered nursing interventions.

 

NRSG 259 Adult Nursing III

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisites:  NRSG 260 and NRSG 261.  (F, Sp)

Expands on the nursing role in care of patients with complex health alterations.  Students utilize evidence-based, interdisciplinary interventions to meet patient and family needs.

 

NRSG 260 Adult Nursing III Lab

1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequsites:  NRSG 259 and NRSG 261.  (F, Sp)

Utilizing previous knowledge, students are introduced to basic electrocardiogram interpretation, advanced concepts of perfusion, ventilation, and complex pharmacologic regimens.

 

NRSG 261 Adult Nursing III Clinical

2 cr.  (6 lab/wk)  Corequisites: NRSG 259 and NRSG 260.  (F, Sp)

Focuses on application of the nursing process and utilization of information to provide comprehensive nursing care to the acutely ill patient experiencing complex health alterations in a variety of settings.  Emphasis is placed on prioritization of care and collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team to ensure optimal client care.

 

NRSG 262 Complex Care Adult Client

[formerly NURS 260 Complex Care Needs of the Adult Client]

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Completion of 5th
semester ASN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 263, NRSG 266, and NRSG 267.
(F, Sp)

Expands previously learned concepts to prepare the student to provide nursing care to adult clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcome is less predictable.  Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s response to emergent/life-threatening/rapidly changing conditions.  Topics covered include collaborative therapeutic modalities related to acute/complex neurological, cardiac, respiratory, hematological, endocrinologic events, and shock, sepsis/SIRS, complex burns, etc.

 

NRSG 263 Complex Care Adult Client Clinical

[formerly NURS 261 Complex Care Needs of the Adult Client Clinical]

2 cr.  (6 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Completion of 5th semester ASN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 262, NRSG 266, and NRSG 267. (F, Sp)

Expands previously learned concepts to prepare the student to provide nursing care to adult clients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where outcome is less predictable.  Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s response to emergent/life-threatening/rapidly changing conditions.  Topics covered include collaborative therapeutic modalities related to acute/complex neurological, cardiac, respiratory, hematological, endocrinologic events, and shock, sepsis/SIRS, complex burns, etc.

 

NRSG 265 Advanced Clinical Skills Lab

[formerly NURS 262 Advanced Clinical Skills]

1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisites:  NRSG 262 and NRSG 266. (F, Sp)

Applies concepts from previous nursing courses to carry out complex nursing interventions.  Topics covered include central venous therapy, parenteral nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced airway/ventilatory support, intracranial pressure monitoring, IV medication administration, high risk IV infusions, blood/blood product administration, conscious sedation, advanced wound care, etc.

 

NRSG 266 Managing Client Care for the RN

[formerly NURS 264 Managing Client Care]

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Corequisite:  NRSG 267. (F, Sp)

Examines concepts of leadership and management, emphasizing prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care for patients across the lifespan.  Topics also include communication techniques, legal and ethical issues, care of the culturally diverse patient, and utilizing change theory.  Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are explored and applied to planning, collaborating, and coordinating care across the continuum.

 

NRSG 267 Managing Client Care for the RN Clinical

[formerly NURS 265 Managing Client Care Clinical]

2 cr.  (6 clinical/wk)  Corequisite: NRSG 266. (F, Sp)

Focuses on principles of nursing leadership and management in a variety of settings.  Students apply knowledge to provide culturally competent, holistic interventions within the professional nursing role for individuals, communities, and families across the lifespan in this precepted clinical.

 

NRSG 291 Special Topics

[formerly NURS 292 Seminar-Special Projects]

1-3 cr.

Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Nursing or Allied Health professions.

 

NRSG 294 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly NURS 293 Workshop]

1-3 cr.

Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Nursing or Allied Health professions.