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NUR 79 The Philosophical and Conceptual Basis of Nursing

An introduction to professional nursing. Content focuses on systems, human needs, therapeutic communication, change and leadership theories. Selected nursing theories and professional nursing roles will be examined.
3 credits

NUR 81 Issues in Professional Nursing

The course is an exploration and critical analysis of issues influencing nursing practice, nursing education and the delivery of health care. The political, social and economic factors influencing health care and health policy will be studied. Leadership behaviors relevant to nursing practice will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the use of information technology tools in the teaching and learning techniques of the course.
3 credits

NUR 82 Nursing Research

The course is an introduction to a conceptual understanding of the research process for application throughout the nursing curriculum. A spirit of inquiry will be encouraged along with learning experiences focusing on preparing a research oriented practitioner. The major steps in the research process and various research approaches will be considered. Writing Across the Curriculum course (WAC).
3 credits

NUR 82P Nursing Research Proposal

This independent study bridges the gap between theory (N82) and the application of the research process. The student develops a written proposal using the steps of the research process.
1 credit

NUR 84 Health and the Human Life Cycle

Building on the student's prior knowledge of growth and development, this course focuses on the impact of selected bio-psychosocial stressors on human development. Cognitive, emotional, and physiological growth and development are set forth within the context of critical tasks and crises inherent within each stage of maturation. Emphasis is placed on the second half of the life cycle, and the role of the nurse in caring for an aging population.
3 credits

NUR 85 Health Assessment

This course focuses on physical examination and health assessment, and its place in the clinical decision-making process within the context of a selection of nursing models. Students will identify strategies for health teaching and for health promotion. Nursing activities are explored that facilitate adaptive responses in well, acute, and chronically ill clients of all ages.
Pre-requisite NUR 99; BIO 7, 8; CHM 1; HSMB 90 or BIO 135.
Co-requisite NUR 85L.
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 85L Health Assessment Lab

This course is the laboratory component of NUR 85. Students practice skills of physical examination and health assessment, and apply the concepts learned in NUR 85.
Co-requisite NUR 85.
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 86 Family Health Nursing Theory

The family as an adaptive system is the focus of study. Several theoretical frameworks are presented and utilized to assess the health status of a family system. Family structural components and functions are explored to understand and predict risks and promote adaptive responses.
Co-requisite NUR 86L, 86S.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 86L Family Health Nursing Practice

This course focuses on practice with families that are selected from various home health agencies. Students work with families from diverse cultures and in various developmental stages to promote health within the family.
Co-requisite NUR 86, 86S.
Fall, 2 credits

NUR 86S Family Health Nursing Seminar

This course addresses important issues that students identify from their clinical experiences working with families. In addition, the course emphasizes the application of current trends and research in family health nursing.
Co-requisite NUR 86, 86L.
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 87 Community Health Nursing Theory

Theoretical concepts integral to community health nursing and strategies for nursing intervention form the promotion of community health will be identified. Course organization will reflect the philosophy that community nursing practice is comprehensive and continuous. This is a Writing Across the Curriculum course.
Co-requisites NUR 87L, 87S.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 87L Community Health Nursing Practice

This course focuses on community nursing practice. The community will be examined as a system, the multi-variables (subsystems) characterizing the community will be identified through field study. Students will work with individuals, families, and identified groups within selected community health settings.
Co-requisite NUR 87, 87S.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 87S Community Health Nursing Seminar

This course focuses on a discussion of important issues that students identify from their clinical experiences working in various community health settings.
Co-requisite NUR 87, 87L.
Spring, 0 credits

NUR 90 Management Theory and Nursing

Management theory and leadership concepts and their application to nursing are discussed. Strategies for the implementation of management concepts are presented and utilized. Students work in teams to analyze case-study problems using current management principles and theories.
3 credits

NUR 91 Communication and Group Skills for the Health Care Setting

This course provides the theoretical basis and clinical application of communication techniques, group dynamics and group process for healthcare professionals working in a variety of health care settings. The knowledge, strategies and techniques needed to communicate effectively with others and in groups will be the focus of this course.
3 credits

NUR 99 Pathophysiology

A systematic survey of disease within systems is developed in a logical manner that includes etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and outcomes and evaluation of treatment for each disease.
Fall, 3 credits