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Adult Nurse Practice

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
320
Course Credits:
8

Didactic, clinical with 4.5 class hours/week, 1.5 lab hours/week and 135 hours clinical/semester. Study of health alterations of the adult through the lifespan. Application of critical thinking and the nursing process in the care of adults with short-term acute and/or chronic health alterations. Interrelationships of body systems are emphasized as well as interrelationships with other complex adaptive systems. Application of strategies for health promotion, maintenance and restoration of the adult.Prerequisites: HP 216, NR 216, NR 225, NR 310 (or concurrent).

Community and Population Health Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
425
Course Credits:
3

Introduces concepts and strategies to promote culturally sensitive care for communities and populations. Diversity and culture are examined in relation to social systems and patterns of interconnected relationships. Epidemiological concepts are integrated throughout. Examines the role of the nurse in caring for communities and populations. Emergency preparedness and bioterrorism are introduced. Collaboration and coordination with community members and agencies is emphasized.
Post- licensure RN/BSN track requirements: Pre-Requisites: NR 300 or concurrent, 3 Credit hours;

Community/Populations Nursing Practice

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
420
Course Credits:
5

Didactic three hours/week and 90 clinical practicum hours/semester. Introduces concepts and strategies to promote culturally sensitive care for communities and populations. Diversity and culture are examined in relation to social systems and patterns of interconnected relationships. Epidemiological concepts are integrated throughout. Examines the role of the nurse in caring for communities and populations. Emergency preparedness and bioterrorism are introduced. Collaboration and coordination with community members and agencies is emphasized. Pre-licensure track requirements: Prerequisites: NR330, NR 340 and NR 410 (or concurrent).

Evidence-Based Practice

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
310
Course Credits:
3

Didactic with 3 class hours/week. Sources, levels and strength of evidence for best practice are reviewed. Process for critiquing evidence is discussed. Methods and tools for implementation of evidence-based practice to achieve optimal patient outcomes are examined. Relationship of health care policy to evidence-based practice is discussed. Prerequisites: NR 216, NR 225; MA 221 (or concurrent); NR 300 (or concurrent) for students enrolled in the Post-Licensure RN to BSN Track.

Family Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
340
Course Credits:
6

Didactic, clinical with three and one-half class hours/week, one and one-half lab hours/week and ninety hours clinical/semester. Family assessment and diversity of family styles. Issues related to providing health care services for vulnerable family populations are compared with issues related to healthy families. Strategies to minimize health risk and to promote health and well being of the family are discussed. Care of parents, including pregnancy, and children from newborn through adolescence are presented in the context of a childrearing family as a complex adaptive system. Service learning opportunities are provided with vulnerable family populations. Prerequisites: NR 310 and NR 320.

Foundations in Nursing I

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
215
Course Credits:
4

Didactic with 3 class hours/week. Pharmacokinetics and clinical applications of a variety of classes of drugs based on pathophysiological alterations and clinical concepts are presented. Drug interactions with living systems are examined. Role of the nurse is discussed, including legal and ethical issues related to medication administration. Opportunities to develop skill in drug calculations are provided. Prerequisites: NR 200, NR 215, BI 240/241, NR 216 (or concurrent).

Foundations in Nursing II

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
216
Course Credits:
5

Didactic, lab, clinical with 2 class hours/week, 3 lab hours/week and 90 hours clinical/semester. Builds on concepts, knowledge and skills introduced in Foundations of Nursing I. Establishes a foundation for safe nursing practice in meeting basic care needs for individuals with common disruptions of body systems. Presents scientific principles and evidence base for skill development, including medication administration. Opportunities for self mastery and application of skills are provided in a variety of settings. Use of critical thinking in application of skills is stressed. Prerequisites: NR 200; NR 215; NR 225 (or concurrent).

Gerontological Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
455
Course Credits:
3

Didactic course with three class hours per week. Study of theories of aging and systems impacting older adults. Literature, art and/or film are used as mediums to examine issues related to aging. Discussion of end-of-life concepts and theories. Examines responses of the older adult in health and illness from an interdisciplinary perspective. Prerequisites: NR 300 (or concurrent) for students enrolled in the Post-Licensure RN to BSN Track.

Gerontology

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
450
Course Credits:
3

Didactic, Clinical/Practice experience with two class hours/week and forty-five (45) clinical hours in the pre-licensure BSN program. Study of theories of aging and systems impacting older adults. Literature, art and/or film are used as mediums to examine issues related to aging. Discussion of end-of-life concepts and theories. Examines responses of the older adult in health and illness from an interdisciplinary perspective. Prerequisites: NR 330 and NR 340 for students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Licensure Track; Junior or senior status is required.

Health Assess Across Lifespan

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
200
Course Credits:
3

Didactic, and lab with two and one-half class hours/week, one and one-half lab hours/week. A systems approach is used to provide students with a comprehensive approach for basic health assessment of the individual. Cross cultural approaches for interviewing and communication principles are presented. Collection of data and identification of patterns and relationships provide a foundation for personal health assessment and the nursing care planning process. Developmental theories across the lifespan serve as a framework for assessment of normal growth and development. Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN), BI 240/ 241, and PY 251 (or concurrent).

Health Care Leadership/ Management in Complex Adaptive Systems

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
460
Course Credits:
3

Didactic course with three class hours/week. Exploration of leadership and management theories/ concepts applied to the role of the nurse as a leader, manager and coordinator of care. Examines concepts and theories related to negotiation, conflict management and delegation. Legal implications of documentation and delegation are emphasized. Strategies to improve cost, safety and quality of care, based on evidence-based practice, are applied within complex adaptive health care systems. Prerequisites: NR 430 for students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Licensure track. Corequisite: NR 461 for students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Licensure Track. NR 300 (or concurrent) for students enrolled in the RN to BSN Track.

Health Care Policy in Complex Adaptive Systems

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
410
Course Credits:
3

Didactic with three class hours/week. Analyses of economic, legal and social factors impacting health care policies. Discussion of relationship between emerging social issues/trends and health care disparities. Discussion of social justice and equity in access and delivery of health care services. Opportunities are provided to participate in political processes impacting nursing and health care policy. Service learning required in this course. Prerequisites: NR 330, NR 340 for students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Licensure Track. NR 300 (or concurrent) for students enrolled in the Post- Licensure RN to BSN Track. Open to non-nursing majors with permission of instructor.

Health Promotion and Education

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
305
Course Credits:
3

This course assists the student in developing skills necessary to influence health behaviors in self and others. Determinants of health, wellness, illness and disability across the lifespan will be examined. Students will explore environmental, sociocultural, economic and political factors contributing to effective health behaviors. Theoretical models of health behavior and principles of teaching/learning will be utilized to address health education needs across the lifespan.

Holistic Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
470
Course Credits:
2

Didactic with 2 class hours/week. An additional credit may be earned for service learning component. Introduction to use of complementary and alternative health modalities (CAM). Analysis of evidence base for selected CAM. Prerequisites: Junior or senior level status for nursing majors. Junior or senior status and HP 110 or 112 or equivalent for non-nursing majors.

Holistic Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
471
Course Credits:
3

Didactic with 2 class hours/week (2 cr.) An additional credit may be earned for service learning component. Introduction to use of complementary and alternative health modalities (CAM). Analysis of evidence base for selected CAM. Prerequisites: Junior or senior level status for nursing majors. Junior or senior status and HP 110 or 112 or equivalent for non-nursing majors.

Int’l Nursing: A Global Perspective

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
474/475
Course Credits:
2-3

Didactic with 2 class hours/week (2 cr.) An additional credit may be earned for service learning component. Comparison of health care systems in a developing versus developed country. Introduction to tropical and other diseases seen in developing countries. Cultural beliefs impacting health care are discussed. May include a travel abroad component. Fulfills General Education Cross-Cultural requirement. Prerequisites: Level II (Junior) or Level III (Senior) status in the nursing program.

International Nursing A Global Perspective

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
476
Course Credits:
1 cr.

Travel abroad component only. Must be a Junior or Senior level nursing program student or obtain special permission from the Nursing Division Chair.

Mental Health Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
330
Course Credits:
5

Didactic, clinical with 4 class hours /week and 45 hours clinical/semester. Focus is on promotion and maintenance of mental health and care of individuals and groups experiencing mental health alterations. Emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations and the context in which mental health alterations occur. Health care policy implications of mental health issues are discussed. Service-learning opportunities are provided with vulnerable populations experiencing or at high risk for mental health alterations. Prerequisites: NR 310, NR 320.

Nursing Care of Adults/Families with Complex Multisystem Health Alterations

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
430
Course Credits:
5

Didactic, clinical with 2.5 class hours/week, 3 lab hours every other week and 90 clinical hours/semester. Application of critical thinking and use of the nursing process with adults/families experiencing complex, multisystem health alterations. Role of technology in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults is discussed. Prerequisites: NR 330, NR 340.

Nursing Informatics

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
391
Course Credits:
3

This course is designed to examine computer technology and health information systems by successfully managing data, information, knowledge, and technology to provide safe and effective patient care. The utilization of tools, databases, Internet, and the World Wide Web is explored to further enhance the quality of patient care, and inform practice decisions. A focus on data management, telecommunication, legal and ethical issues, and educational applications are discussed within the course and how they impact nursing administration, evidence based research as well as the future of nursing…

Pharmacology & Pathophysiology

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
225
Course Credits:
3

Didactic with 3 class hours/week. Pharmacokinetics and clinical applications of a variety of classes of drugs based on pathophysiological alterations and clinical concepts are presented. Drug interactions with living systems are examined. Role of the nurse is discussed, including legal and ethical issues related to medication administration. Opportunities to develop skill in drug calculations are provided. Prerequisites: NR 200, NR 215, BI 240/241, NR 216 (or concurrent).

Professional Practicum

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
461
Course Credits:
5

Seminar, Clinical with 1 class seminar hour/week and 180 hours clinical/semester. Role development of the professional nurse. Prepares students for transition to practice as a professional nurse. Students develop an individualized program of study to integrate concepts/ theories of the nursing program into their professional practice. Includes discussion of strategies for organization and time management. Prerequisites: Open to students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Licensure Track only; NR 410, NR 420, NR 430. Prerequisite or concurrent: NR 440, NR 460.

Professional Transitions for RN’s

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
300
Course Credits:
3

Didactic with 3 class hours/week. Introduction to the philosophy and curriculum framework for BSN completion track. Theoretical foundations of nursing practice are presented. Systems theory and complexity theory are introduced. Process of values clarification is introduced. Current nursing issues are discussed. Prerequisite: Valid Ohio license as a registered nurse; evidence of satisfactory completion of an accredited diploma or Associate of Science in Nursing program; admission to the Post-Licensure RN to BSN Track.

RN to BSN Capstone Practicum

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
464
Course Credits:
5

Didactic with one class hour/week, two class seminar hours/week and ninety (90) Clinical Practice Experience hours. This course provides an integrated experience with opportunities to apply baccalaureate level nursing competencies. Role development of the baccalaureate nurse is stressed. Students develop an individualized program of study to integrate concepts/theories of the nursing program into their professional practice. The capstone includes a clinical practice experience consisting of the development, implementation and evaluation of a clinically focused project. Prerequisites: Open to students in the RN to BSN Track only. Completion of all required courses; consideration may be given if student has no more than three credit hours remaining towards the degree.

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
NR RN-BSN
Course Number:
291,391,491
Course Credits:
1-3 cr.

Selected Topics in Nursing

Course Prefix:
NR
Course Number:
472/473
Course Credits:
2-3

Didactic with two class hours/week (2 cr.) An additional credit may be earned for service learning component. Focus is a special topic related to nursing. Course is taught in seminar format. Topic for seminar to be announced. Prerequisites: Level II (Junior) or Level III (Senior) status in the nursing program.