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Baccalaureate Program Nursing Courses

NRS 201 - Introduction to Nursing: Exploration of the Call to Service - Historical and Current Contexts
Credits: 3 

A course designed to provide students an introduction to concepts of health, illness and population health management, and an overview of the evolution and current status of nursing and health care. Students will gain knowledge of the history, core competencies and challenges of nursing and health care. A pre-requisite for admission to the nursing major. Pre-requisite: CS 101. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Describe the 21st century challenges facing nursing and health care.
  • Define the concepts of health, illness, population health, prevention, and condition management.
  • Develop beginning expertise in the core nurse competency areas of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics.
  • Describe the evolution of health care systems, professional nursing, professional nursing education, and professional nursing associations.
  • Compare and contrast philosophies and theories of nursing.
  • Define and discuss the components of the nursing process and the research process.
  • Identify the myriad roles of nurses.
  • Discuss legal, ethical, and political issues in nursing.
  • Utilize library, intranet and internet resources, and other informatics tools to facilitate informed decision-making.

 



NRS 303 - Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology
Credits: 5 

A course designed to present clinical pathophysiological mechanisms of disease and injury, integrating pharmacological principles and therapies necessary to provide quality health care to the adult population acress the care continuum. Students will gain knowledge of the major categories of disease affecting the adult population, diagnostic testing, risk facors, medical treatments, as well as the interrelationships between pharmacological treatments and pathophysiologies. Pre-requisite: admission to Nursing program.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Identify and describe the core concepts of pharmacology, including drug regulation, drug classes and schedules, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, patient safety and error prevention.
  • Categorize and distinguish the spectrum of pathophysiologies affecting body systems of the adult population, and the major drug classifications used to treat these diseases.
  • Discuss the mechanisms of disease underlying the priority acute and chronic pathophysiologies affecting the adult popuation, and explain the mechanism of drug action, primary actions, and important adverse effects of the drugs used to treat these diseases.
  • Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of priority acute and chronic pathophysiologies of the adult population, and describe the rationale for the use of selected pharmacological interventions to treat them.
  • Describe appropriate patient education information regarding drug therapy.
  • Examine and discuss how patients' individual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs and practices might impact risk factors for disease and the use of medical and pharmacological treatment..
  • Describe best health care practices, including technology, to reduce the risk of harm to patients and providers in the administration of pharmacological interventions.

 



NRS 305 - Nursing Care of the Older Adult: Health Care Management Issues
Credits: 2 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to ensure quality care to the older adult and older adult population. Students will gain knowledge of the major categories of pathophysiologies of disease affecting their older adult patient and the older adult population, as well as, the health care team management and nursing responsibilities for care. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Nursing program. Co-requisite: NRS 305-P.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Describe the population health demographics of aging.
  • Discuss avenues for effective, respectful, and compassionate communication to ensure patient-centered care of the older adult.
  • Describe the current economic and health service delivery systems that define the care of the older adult in the United States and identify improvements in those systems that would facilitate greater achievement of optimum physical, cognitive, psychological, functional, social, and spiritual outcomes for the older adult.
  • Explain the physiologic, cognitive, psychological, functional, and social changes that occur in the older adult.
  • Categorize and distinguish common conditions affecting the older adult population.
  • Classify and explain the evidence-based health care team management of each identified older adult population condition in order to improve the quality of life for older adult patients to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural
      • Self-/Care-giver Management
    2. Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-/Caregiver-Management
  • Examine and discuss how patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs might impact the plan of care for the older adult.
  • Analyze nursing's role in the health care team management of each identified older adult population condition.
  • Select quality metrics for various conditions affecting older adults, as well as, the quality improvement resources available to improve the safe, effective, and efficient health care team management of those conditions.
  • Identify and discuss ethical dilemmas involved in the prevention and condition management of older adult health.
  • Utilize library, intranet, and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making regarding care of the older adult.

 



NRS 305-P - Nursing Care of the Older Adult: Health Care Management Issues and Practicum
Credits: 1 

A continuum of care older adult clinical experience designed to assist students in the application of essential health professional skills to improve the health outcomes of their older adult patients. Students will participate in planning and providing safe, evidence-based, quality, patient-centered care to older adult patients in the health care setting. Pre-requisites: Admission to Nursing program. Co-requisite: NRS 305.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Participate in the care team management of the health of older adults through communication and teamwork to ensure the implementation of appropriate medical and nursing interventions, including use of inter- and intraprofessional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  • Plan patient-centered care with consideraton for mental and physical health and well being of the older adult. Incorporate professional attitudes, values, and expectations about physical and mental aging in the provision of patient-centered care for older adults.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of the health of older adults.
  • Integrate the patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual values into a patient-centered plan of care utilizing resources/programs to promote functional, physical, and mental wellness in older adults.
  • Implement and monitor strategies to prevent risk and promote quality and safety in the nursing care of older adults with physical and cognitive needs. Use valid and reliable assessment tools to guide nursing practice for older adults.
  • Utilize evidence-based quality improvement resources to improve safe, effective, and efficient care team management of the older adult's health. Facilitate safe and effective transitions across levels of care, including acute, community-based, and long-term care for older adults and their families.
  • Integrate the use of care setting intranet and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making at the point of care.


NRS 306 - Nursing Care at the End of the Continuum: End-of-Life
Credits: 3 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality end-of-life care. Students will gain knowledge of the particular end-of-life needs and the evidence-based assessment and interventions needed to improve the quality of end-of-life experiences for patients and their families. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Describe the demographics of death.
  • Develop a personal advance care plan for health and death after an examination of personal, cultural, and spiritual beliefs.
  • Describe the current economic and health service delivery systems that define end-of- life care in the United States and identify improvements in those systems that would facilitate greater achievement of optimum end-of-life physical, psychological, social, and spiritual outcomes.
  • Discuss avenues for effective, respectful, and compassionate communication with the patient and family during end-of-life to ensure patient-centered care and the attainment of end-of-life physical, psychological, social, and spiritual outcomes for the patient at the end-of-life.
  • Discuss how to assist patients, families, colleagues and one's self to cope with suffering, grief, loss, and bereavement at the end-of-life.
  • Examine and discuss how a patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs might impact the plan of care for the patient at the end-of-life.
  • Define continuous quality improvement for better end-of-life care and its goal of attaining optimum physical, psychological, social, and spiritual patient outcomes.
  • Utilize evidence-based symptom assessment and intervention toward physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs to improve the quality of end-of-life experiences for patients and their families.
  • Identify the particular end-of-life needs of specific populations using evidence-based assessment and intervention in order to improve the quality of end-of-life experiences for patients and their families.

 



NRS 307/307L - Nursing Care of the Adult Population I: Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management and Lab
Credits: 4 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care to the adult population across the care continuumThe emphasis will be on the provision of safe nursing care for clients with various medical-surgical conditions including disorders of all body systems, structure and functions. The nursing process of client assessment, needs identification, planning (outcomes), interventions, and evaluation will be reinforced in order to provide safe and effective care. Students will gain knowledge of health care team management and nursing responsibilities for care. Theory, laboratory, and clinical experience are correlated to allow the student to gain a more in depth knowledge in the utilization of the nursing process and treatment modalities, including pharmacological treatment in caring for patients with selected medical-surgical conditions. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 305/305P, NRS 306, NRS 310/310L, 311/311L. Co-requisite: NRS 307P

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Utilize the nursing process to determine, based on physical, social, and psychological needs, the health care needs of adults with selectedmedical-surgical conditions.
  • Utilize the nursing process to determine the evidence-based health care team management of selected adult population medical surgical conditions to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural modalities
      • Self-management
    2. Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural modalities
      • Self-Management
  • Examine and discuss how patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs might impact the plan of care for selected adult population medical surgical conditions.
  • Identify and discuss ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of selected adult population medical surgical conditions.
  • Describe quality metrics for selected adult population medical surgical conditions and quality improvement resources available to improve their safe, effective, and efficient health care team management.
  • Utilize library, intranet, and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making.

 



NRS 307-P - Nursing Care of the Adult Population I: Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management Practicum
Credits: 4 

A continuum of care adult health population experience designed to assist students in the application of essential health professional skills to improve the health outcomes of their adult patients. Students will participate in planning and providing safe, evidence-based, quality, patient-centered care to adult patients in the health care setting using the essential health professional core competencies learned in NRS 307/307L. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, and NRS 306. Co-requisites: NRS 307/307L.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Participate in the health care team management of adult patient pathophysiologies through communication and teamwork to ensure the implementation of appropriate medical and nursing interventions to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-Management
    2. Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-Management
  • Implement nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, procedural/interventional, and evaluative techniques in the management of adult patient health.
  • Integrate the patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual values into a patient-centered plan of care.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of the health of adult patients.
  • Adapt the nursing plan of care for the adult to meet and/or exceed identified quality of care metrics for this population.
  • Utilize evidence-based quality improvement resources to improve safe, effective, and efficient health care team management of adult patient health.
  • Integrate the use of care setting intranet and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making at the point of care.

 



NRS 308 - Care of the Child-Bearing, Child-Rearing and Pediatric Populations: Condition and Pathophysiology Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management
Credits: 5 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care to child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric populations. Students will gain knowledge of the major categories of conditions and the pathophysiologies of disease affecting their child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients and populations, as well as, the health care team management and nursing responsibilities for care. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, and NRS 306. Co-requisite: NRS 308-P. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Describe the population health demographics of the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric populations.
  • Discuss avenues for effective, respectful, and compassionate communication with the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patient to ensure patient-centered care of child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients/populations.
  • Describe the current economic and health service delivery systems that define the care of the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric populations in the United States and identify improvements in those systems that would facilitate greater achievement of optimum physical, cognitive, psychological, functional, social, and spiritual outcomes for this population.
  • Describe normal reproductive health and reproductive processes in the child-bearing population.
  • Discuss normal growth and development of the pediatric population from conception through young adulthood.
  • Categorize and distinguish the spectrum of conditions and pathophysiologies affecting the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric populations.
  • Discuss the mechanisms of disease underlying the priority acute and chronic conditions and pathophysiologies affecting the child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric populations.
  • Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of priority acute conditions and pathophysiologies of the child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric populations.
  • Identify environmental conditions that impact normal growth and development and future health of the pediatric population from conception through young adulthood.
  • Classify and explain the evidence-based health care team management of each identified child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric population pathophysiology to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural
      • Self-Management
    2. Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-Management
  • Examine and discuss how the patient /patient family's individual, cultural, and spiritual values might impact the plan of care for a given pathophysiology.
  • Analyze nursing's role in the health care team management of each identified child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric population pathophysiology.
  • Identify and discuss ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric population pathophysiology.
  • Describe quality metrics for various pathophysiologies and quality improvement resources available to improve their safe, effective, and efficient health care team management.
  • Utilize library, intranet and internet resources, and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making.

 



NRS 308-P - Care of the Child-Bearing, Child-Rearing and Pediatric Populations: Condition and Pathophysiology Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management Practicum
Credits: 2 

A continuum of care child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric population experience designed to assist students in the application of essential health professional skills to improve the health outcomes of their child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric patients. Students will participate in planning and providing safe, evidence-based, quality, patient-centered care to child-bearing, child-rearing and pediatric patients in the health care setting using the essential health professional core competencies learned in NRS 308. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, and NRS 306. Co-requisite: NRS 308. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Participate in the care team management of the health of child-bearing, child-rearing, and/or pediatric patients through communication and teamwork to ensure the implementation of appropriate medical and nursing interventions to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-Management
    2. Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacologic
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-Management
  • Implement nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, procedural/interventional, and evaluative techniques in the management of the health of child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of the health of child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients.
  • Integrate the patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual values into a patient-centered plan of care for the child-bearing, child-rearing, and/or pediatric patient.
  • Adapt the nursing plan of care for the child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients to meet and/or exceed identified quality of care metrics for this population.
  • Utilize evidence-based quality improvement resources to improve safe, effective, and efficient care team management of the health of child-bearing, child-rearing, and pediatric patients.
  • Integrate the use of care setting intranet and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making at the point of care.

 

 



NRS 309 - Mental Health: Pathophysiology and Health Care Team Management
Credits: 4 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to ensure quality care of the mentally ill patient and the mentally ill population. Students will gain knowledge of mental illness affecting patients and populations, as well as, the health care team management and nursing responsibilities for care. Pre-requisites: NRS 201, NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, and NRS 308-P. Co-requisite: NRS 309-L. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Describe the population health demographics of mental illness.
  • Discuss avenues for effective, respectful, and compassionate communication to ensure patient-centered care of the mentally ill patient.
  • Identify and compose techniques of therapeutic communication.
  • Describe the current economic and health service delivery systems that define the care of the mentally ill in the United States and identify improvements in those systems that would facilitate improved quality of care for the mentally ill.
  • Categorize and distinguish the signs and symptoms of priority acute and chronic mental illnesses.
  • Classify and explain the evidence-based health care team management of each identified mental illness:
    1. Prevention
      • Education in Specific Skills and Competencies
      • Self-/Care-giver Management
    2. Screening/Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Psychopharmacology
      • Procedural Modalities
        • Counseling
        • Group and Family Interventions
        • Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
        • Crisis Management
        • Self-/Caregiver-Management
  • Examine and discuss how a patient's individual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs might impact the plan of care for the mentally ill patient
  • Analyze nursing's role in the health care team management of each identified mental health condition.
  • Select quality metrics for the various mental health conditions, as well as, the quality improvement resources available to improve the safe, effective, and efficient health care team management of those conditions.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in the prevention and condition management of disorders of the mentally ill.
  • Utilize library, intranet, and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making regarding care of the patient with mental illness.

 



NRS 309-L - Care of the Patient with Mental Illness Laboratory
Credits: 1 

A laboratory experience designed to assist students in the development of essential health professional skills and interventions to improve the health outcomes of patients with high risk health behaviors and/or mental health conditions.Students will participate in counseling, group and family cognitive and behavioral interventions, crisis management, and self-care/care-giver management laboratory and simulated experiences. The laboratory also includes 20 direct patient care hours.Experiences are designed to decrease high risk behaviors and improve mental health outcomes within the population.Pre-requisites: NRS 303, 310/310L, 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, and NRS 308-P.Co-requisite: NRS 309.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course the student will be able to: 

  • Participate in the care team management of patients with mental illness(s) through communication and teamwork to ensure the implementation of appropriate medical and nursing interventions to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Education in Specific Skills and Competencies
      • Self-/Care-giver Management
    2. Screening/Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Psychopharmacology
      • Communication/Listening/Therapeutic Relationship building
      • High-risk condition intervention
      • Procedural Modalities
        • Counseling
        • Group and Family Interventions
        • Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
        • Crisis Management
        • Self-/Caregiver-Management
  • Implement nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, procedural/interventional, and evaluative techniques in the management of patients with mental illness.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of mental illness.
  • Integrate the patients individual, cultural, and spiritual values into a patient-centered plan of care for the mentally ill patient.
  • Adapt the nursing plan of care for the mentally ill patient to meet and/or exceed identified quality of care metrics for this population.
  • Utilize evidence-based quality improvement resources to improve safe, effective, and efficient care team management of the patient with mental illness.
  • Integrate the use of care setting intranet and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making at the point of care.

 



NRS 310/310L - Basic Concepts and Skills in Nursing: Assessment 


A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care to the adult population. Students will develop systematic health assessment skills incorporating subjective and objective physical, laboratory, and technological assessment findings and other health care team member information and findings. Skills developed will be used as the basis of formulating nursing diagnoses and identifying interventions necessary to improve the health status of adults. Pre-requisites: Accepted to the nursing major.1 contact hour of lecture and 3 contact hours of lab/week.

Learning Outcomes: 

· Apply patient safety throughout the care episode through the implementation of evidence-based patient safety processes. 

· Develop quality, ethical, patient-centered care planning and management by incorporating health-literacy-informed, evidence-based, and informatics-supported nursing assessment techniques. 

· Demonstrate systematic health assessment incorporating subjective, physical, laboratory/technological assessment findings, and other health care team member information to ensure accurate and complete diagnosis of patient problems and the design of an evidence-based, patient-centered, nursing care plan. 

· Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing care plan using evidence-based process and outcome assessment techniques. 

 



NRS 311/311L - Basic Concepts and Skills in Nursing: Nursing Interventions 


A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care to the adult population. Students will develop evidenced based intervention skills integrated with critical thinking skills to determine the need for intervention and to select the appropriate interventions to achieve improved patient outcomes.Skills developed will be used to implement an integrated plan of care necessary to improve the health status of adults based on accurate assessment and nursing diagnosis. 1 contact hour of lecture and 3 contact hours of lab/week.Pre-requisites: Accepted to the nursing major.



Learning Outcomes: 

·Apply patient safety throughout the care episode through the implementation of evidence-based patient safety processes. 

·Develop quality, ethical, patient-centered care planning and intervention by incorporating health-literacy-informed, evidence-based, informatics-supported nursing interventions and patient-self-management techniques. 

·Utilize systematic health assessment subjective, physical, laboratory/technological assessment findings, and other health care team member information and findings to inform intervention decisions. 

·Safely implement appropriate nursing and medically-ordered interventions for identified patient problems to improve patient health outcomes. 

·Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing care interventions using evidence-based process and outcome assessment.

 



NRS 401 - Health Care Research: Critique, Conduct, and Utilization for Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement
Credits: 3 

A course designed to prepare students to utilize research to improve the quality of care for their patients and populations. Students will gain knowledge of types and processes of research. Students will develop skills in critical analysis of research for application to their nursing practice. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307P, NRS 308, NRS 308P, NRS 309, NRS 309P, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 403, NRS 403P, NRS 415, and NRS 415P.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Discuss the history of nursing research and its relationship to, and impact on, practice.
  • Identify the steps of the research process.
  • Describe and distinguish the types and processes of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Differentiate data collection for research from data collection for purposes of quality improvement.
  • Critically analyze research articles, meta-analyses and practice guidelines using established criteria.
  • Examine the research regarding a clinical problem, identify the best evidence-based clinical solution, and the grade of evidence for the clinical solution to that problem.
  • Interpret the research evidence regarding implementation of evidence-based practices.
  • Discuss ethical issues regarding the conduct and utilization of research.

 



NRS 402 - Leadership and Management in Nursing
Credits: 3 

A course designed to prepare students for management and leadership within the health care setting. Students will gain knowledge of theories and skills of management and leadership and integrate this knowledge with the essential core competencies to promote health care teamwork in affecting the highest quality patient-centered care. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, NRS 308-P, NRS 309, NRS 309P, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 403, NRS 403P, NRS 415, and NRS 415P.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Differentiate and evaluate theories and applications of power, organization, motivation, change, decision-making, communication, team-building, quality improvement, and conflict management as they relate to health care management and leadership.
  • Describe and analyze the effectiveness of management in health care systems in achieving benchmark population health outcomes in quality, cost, access, and patient and provider satisfaction.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership within a health care system in achieving benchmark population health outcomes in quality, cost, access, and patient and provider satisfaction.
  • Discuss and analyze ethical and legal issues that arise in the management and leadership of health care systems.
  • Promote health care teamwork to affect the highest quality patient-centered care through the use of communication, relationship-building, quality improvement, management, and leadership skills.

 



NRS 403 - Care of the Client Across the Continuum Within the Context of Community
Credits: 3 

A course designed to prepare students in the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care to meet the multidimensional health care needs of populations within a community context. Students will gain knowledge of community health frameworks used; multicultural, social and environmental factors considered; and the spectrum of conditions/pathophysiologies affecting vulnerable populations, as well as, the health care team management and nursing responsibilities for care of the community as client. Pre-requisites: NRS 201, NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, and NRS 308-P. Co-requisite: NRS 403-P.


Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Categorize and distinguish the spectrum of conditions/pathophysiologies affecting the U.S. and other developed nation populations and the spectrum of conditions/pathophysiologies affecting the populations of developing nations.
  • Classify and explain theoretical frameworks used in community health nursing.
  • Discuss the components and processes of population-focused community assessment and community intervention, to include program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Discuss the components and processes of assessment and intervention targeted toward the individual and/or family within the home environment.
  • Articulate trends and issues that have implications for community health, including diverse cultural, social, and environmental factors that influence community health and resource allocation.
  • Discuss the evidence-based, community-focused prevention and condition-management of cross-cutting population health issues and conditions.
  • Identify and discuss evidence-based, community-oriented prevention and condition management strategies, programs, resources and other interventions targeted at promoting and preserving the health of vulnerable populations.
  • Analyze nursing's role in the care team management of the health of individuals, families, populations, and communities.
  • Select quality metrics for various population health conditions, as well as, the quality improvement resources available to improve the safe, effective, and efficient health care team management of those conditions.
  • Identify and discuss ethical dilemmas involved in the prevention and condition management of care of the populations and individuals within the context of community.
  • Utilize library, intranet, and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making.

 



NRS 403-P - Care of the Client Across the Continuum Within the Context of Community Practicum
Credits: 2 

A continuum of care community health population experience designed to assist students in the application of essential health professional skills to improve the health outcomes of populations within a community context. Students will participate in planning and providing safe, evidence-based, quality, health care to populations within a community health care setting using the essential health professional core competencies learned in NRS 303. Prerequisites: NRS 201, NRS 303, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, and NRS 308-P. Co-requisite: NRS 403. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Participate in the care team management of the health of individuals and populations within the community through communication and teamwork to ensure the implementation of appropriate medical and nursing interventions to include:
    1. Prevention
      • Pharmacology
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-/Caregiver-Management
    2. Screening/Assessment/Diagnostic Techniques
    3. Condition Management
      • Pharmacology
      • Procedural Modalities
      • Self-/Caregiver-Management
  • Implement nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, procedural/interventional, and evaluative techniques in the management of the health of individuals and populations within the community.
  • Identify and explain ethical dilemmas involved in prevention and condition management of the health of individuals and populations within the community.
  • Integrate the patient's and/or the population's individual, cultural, and spiritual values into a patient/population-centered plan of care for populations and individuals within the context of community.
  • Adapt the nursing plan of care for the populations and individuals within the context of the community to meet and/or exceed identified quality of care metrics.
  • Utilize evidence-based quality improvement resources to improve safe, effective, and efficient care team management of the health of individuals and populations within the community.
  • Integrate the use of care setting intranet and internet resources and other informatics tools to facilitate informed clinical decision-making at the point of care.

 



NRS 404 - 21st Century Issues in Health Care: Health Care Systems, Economics, and Politics
Credits: 2 

This course examines global, economic, organizational, and political contexts within which health care occurs. Students will gain an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between the economic, political, and health care systems and will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for the development and implementation of change at the organizational, political, economic, and regulatory levels. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, NRS 308-P, NRS 309, NRS 309-L, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 403, NRS 403-P, NRS 415, and NRS 415P. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Analyze the status of the US health care system in the 21st century.
  • Critically analyze the health care systems of the US and other countries to identify system changes and/or enhancements that would optimize that system's health outcomes.
  • Develop a systematic change process for implementation of a health care delivery innovation or change to improve a quality-of-care, health outcome.
  • Describe the impact of economics on the delivery of health care.
  • Influence organizational change through development of a business-case-analysis of a healthcare- focused, evidence-based, quality improvement.
  • Present a case for or against passage of health care legislation using a systematic process of issue analysis.
  • Depict how participation in political, regulatory, and health care organizational processes can promote improvements in health care delivery systems and practices.

 



NRS 415 - Nursing Care of the Adult Population II: Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management
Credits: 3 

Course under development as part of curricular revision process. First offering will be Fall of 2012.

 



NRS 415-P - Nursing Care of the Adult Population II: Health Care Team Prevention and Condition Management Practicum
Credits: 1 

Course under development as part of curricular revision process. First offering will be Fall of 2012.

 



NRS 495-P - Senior Internship Practicum: Integration of Evidence-Based Health Care Management, Quality Improvement, and Leadership (World View Seminar IV)
Credits: 5 

A capstone clinical experience designed to allow students the opportunity to synthesize the essential health professional core competencies of critical thinking, communication, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork, quality improvement, and informatics necessary to provide quality health care. Students will participate in planning and providing safe, evidence-based, quality, health care to patients, families, and populations within the health care setting using the essential health professional core competencies learned in previous nursing courses. Pre-requisites: NRS 303, NRS 305, NRS 305-P, NRS 306, NRS 307/307L, NRS 307-P, NRS 308, NRS 308-P, NRS 309, NRS 309-L, NRS 310/310L, NRS 311/311L, NRS 403, NRS 403-P, NRS 415, and NRS 415P.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  • Deliver patient-centered care that is ethical, safe, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable using systematic assessment and critical analysis of the care situation and application of the best evidence, best practices, available technology, cultural considerations, and ethical tenets.
  • Promote health care teamwork to affect the highest quality, patient-centered care through the use of communication, relationship-building, quality improvement, management, and leadership skills.
  • Optimize patient, family, and population health and self-care ability in a variety of health care settings by constantly seeking to identify, develop, implement, and maintain best health care practices with other health care team members.
  • Identify, analyze, and maximize personal and professional opportunities for growth.
  • Participate in health care setting organizational processes to promote improvements in health care delivery systems and practices