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]
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to PN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 131, NRSG 135, NRSG 138, and NRSG 139. (F, Sp)
Introduces learners to the clinical skills essential for the nursing role.  Also includes complex concepts and behaviors of nursing roles within the context of the nursing process, holistic care, and health care.  Emphasizes the theoretical and practical concepts of nursing skills required to meet the needs of clients 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.  Corequisites:  NRSG 130, NRSG 135, NRSG 138, and NRSG 139. (F, Sp)
Introduces learners to the clinical skills essential for the nursing role.  Also includes complex concepts and behaviors of nursing roles within the context of the nursing process, holistic care, and health care.  Emphasizes the theoretical and practical concepts of nursing skills required to meet the needs of clients in a variety of settings.

NRSG 135 Nursing Pharmacology
[formerly NURS 232 Pharmacology]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisites:  NRSG 130 and NRSG 138. (F, Sp)
Develops a structured systematic approach to the study of drug therapy through caring, communication, professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical judgement.  Medications are studied according to drug classes and therapeutic families.  Students will learn to apply the nursing process to drug therapy with an emphasis on accessing relevant information to ensure client safety.

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 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing
[formerly NURS 240 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing]
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 141, NRSG 142, NRSG 143, NRSG 144, NRSG 148, and NRSG 149. (F, Sp)
Applies concepts preparing the student to care for clients experiencing common, well-defined health alterations in settings where stable clients are anticipated.  Students are introduced to standardized nursing procedures and customary nursing and collaborative therapeutic modalities.  The following body systems will be addressed:  neurological, cardiac, respiratory, renal/urological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, sensory, and hematological.  The topics of peri-operative care, pain, infection/immunity, and cancer will be addressed.  Additionally, recognition and emergent treatment of rapidly changing conditions will be introduced.

NRSG 141 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing Clinical
[formerly NURS 241 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing Clinical]
3 cr.  (9 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140, NRSG 142, NRSG 143, NRSG 144, NRSG 148, and NRSG 149. (F, Sp)
Applies concepts preparing the student to care for clients experiencing common, well-defined health alterations in settings where stable clients are anticipated.  Students are introduced to standardized nursing procedures and customary nursing and collaborative therapeutic modalities.  The following body systems will be addressed:  neurological, cardiac, respiratory, renal/urological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, sensory, and hematological.  The topics of peri-operative care, pain, infection/immunity, and cancer will be addressed.  Additionally, recognition and emergent treatment of rapidly changing conditions will be introduced.

NRSG 142 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing
[formerly NURS 242 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140, NRSG 141, NRSG 143, NRSG 144, NRSG 148, and NRSG 149. (F, Sp)
Emphasizing caring, communication, professionalism, and critical thinking, the course provides information about fetal development and prenatal and postnatal care of the mother and newborn.  Role of the nurse in meeting the needs of the family is emphasized.  Clinical application of caring for the mother and newborn will allow the student to demonstrate acquired knowledge.  The course also includes growth and development patterns as well as care of the well and sick child.

NRSG 143 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical
[formerly NURS 243 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical]
1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140, NRSG 141, NRSG 142, NRSG 144, NRSG 148, and NRSG 149. (F, Sp)
Emphasizing caring, communication, professionalism, and critical thinking, the course provides information about fetal development and prenatal and postnatal care of the mother and newborn.  Role of the nurse in meeting the needs of the family is emphasized.  Clinical application of caring for the mother and newborn will allow the student to demonstrate acquired knowledge.  The course also includes growth and development patterns as well as care of the well and sick child.

NRSG 144 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
[formerly NURS 244 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of first, second, and third semester coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140 and NRSG 142. (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
[formerly NURS 246 Leadership Issues]
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140, NRSG 141, NRSG 142, NRSG 143, NRSG 144, and NRSG 149. (F, Sp)
Expands the Practical Nursing student information regarding the current status of vocational nursing through a capstone course.  This course assists the nursing student to bridge the role between student and employee.  Leadership/management skills, health care delivery systems, continuing educational needs, licensure requirements, legal issues, and standards of practice are investigated.  Personal and professional identity and entry into the job market are explored.  There is a forty-five hour clinical/precepted component to provide the student opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in the long-term care setting.

NRSG 149 Leadership Issues Clinical
[formerly NURS 247 Leadership Issues Clinical]
1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of 3rd semester PN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 140, NRSG 141, NRSG 142, NRSG 143, NRSG 144, and NRSG 148. (F, Sp)
Expands the Practical Nursing student information regarding the current status of vocational nursing through a capstone course.  This course assists the nursing student to bridge the role between student and employee.  Leadership/management skills, health care delivery systems, continuing educational needs, licensure requirements, legal issues, and standards of practice are investigated.  Personal and professional identity and entry into the job market are explored.  There is a forty-five hour clinical/precepted component to provide the student opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in the long-term care setting.

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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 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 Complex Care Mental Health Client
[formerly NURS 254 Complex Care Needs-Mental Health Client]
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 252, NRSG 253, and NRSG 255. (F, Sp)
Evaluates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental factors associated with mental health/illness.  Focus will be placed on psychotherapeutic management in the continuum of care, milieu management, and special populations with emphasis on individuals, families, and communities.

NRSG 255 Complex Care Mental Health Client Clinical
[formerly NURS 255 Complex Care Needs-Mental Health Client Clinical]
1 cr.  (3 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance to ASN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 252, NRSG 253, and NRSG 254. (F, Sp)
Evaluates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental factors associated with mental health/illness.  Focus will be placed on psychotherapeutic management in the continuum of care, milieu management, and special populations with emphasis on individuals, families, and communities.

NRSG 256 Pathophysiology
[formerly NURS 250 Pathophysiology]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Acceptance into ASN program.  Corequisites:  NRSG 252 and NRSG 254. (F, Sp)
Explores 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 system will also be discussed as well as the latest developments in research related to each area.

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 Managed Client Care
[formerly NURS 264 Managing Client Care]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Completion of 5th semester ASN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 262, NRSG 263, and NRSG 267. (F, Sp)
Synthesizes nursing care of individual clients and groups of clients as well as basic principles related to supervision of nursing practice and management of resources in order to prepare students for the many roles available in health care today.  Topics include:  role differentiation among care providers, organization and prioritization, delegation, supervision and appropriate practice/practice settings, management of the needs of individuals and groups of clients, and management of health care resources.  Additionally, the course helps the student integrate didactic content from all other nursing courses and will help the student in her or his transition from the student role to the role of the Registered Nurse.  Students examine legal/ethical issues in nursing as well as values, clarification, conflict resolution, consensus building, and defective communication techniques in the employment setting.  Licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) preparations and process are included as a component of the course.  The preceptor-based clinical component allows the student to function in the role of a registered nursing while working one-to-one with a designated RN preceptor.

NRSG 267 Managed Client Care Clinical
[formerly NURS 265 Managing Client Care Clinical]
2 cr.  (6 clinical/wk)  Prerequisite:  Completion of 5th semester ASN coursework.  Corequisites:  NRSG 262, NRSG 263, and NRSG 266. (F, Sp)
Synthesizes nursing care of individual clients and groups of clients as well as basic principles related to supervision of nursing practice and management of resources in order to prepare students for the many roles available in health care today.  Topics include:  role differentiation among care providers, organization and prioritization, delegation, supervision and appropriate practice/practice settings, management of the needs of individuals and groups of clients, and management of health care resources.  Additionally, the course helps the student integrate didactic content from all other nursing courses and will help the student in her or his transition from the student role to the role of the Registered Nurse.  Students examine legal/ethical issues in nursing as well as values, clarification, conflict resolution, consensus building, and defective communication techniques in the employment setting.  Licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) preparations and process are included as a component of the course.  The preceptor-based clinical component allows the student to function in the role of a registered nursing while working one-to-one with a designated RN preceptor.

NRSG 291 Special Topics
[formerly NURS 292 Seminar-Special Projects]
1-3 cr.  Prerequisite:  Student must be currently admitted to the Nursing program or presently a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of the Nursing profession.

NRSG 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly NURS 293 Workshop]
1-3 cr.  Prerequisite:  Student must be currently admitted to the Nursing program or presently a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of the Nursing profession.


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