Course Index

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NRS 345 PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE II

This course builds upon public health core concepts and principles introduced in Public Health Science I.  Content focuses on epidemiology and special needs of aggregates at risk.  Current and changing health care are critically analyzed in relation to local, state, national and global conditions and policies

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisite: NRS 350 (traditional); NRS 340 (ACE)

NRS 350 ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING

The course incorporates concepts and principles of psychiatric mental health nursing, community health nursing and public health science that promote holistic health of diverse vulnerable communities. As students broaden self-awareness and understanding of human beings, major foci are on therapeutic communication, group process and advocacy for individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Students use enhanced critical-thinking skills and a caring approach to apply nursing process to problems with multiple causes.  Students value teaching/learning principles, motivation, risk reduction and health promotion as integral to achieving desired outcomes.  Theory and research related to the promotion of mental health, prevention and management of acute/chronic mental illness and population-based needs are explored.  The roles of the nurse in community-based care, which include interdisciplinary collaboration, advocacy for social justice and professional leadership, are examined.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one and -two courses, NRS 340/340C, SSC 360

    Pre/Corequisites: SSC 370, HUM 210, COM 320

    Corequisites: NRS 345, NRS 350C

NRS 350C ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICUM

The clinical practicum facilitates the synthesis of public health principles and physical and mental health concepts/interventions with diverse populations.  This experience promotes the application of theory and skills in community-based health settings for acute and chronic mental illnesses.  Nursing process is applied to a variety of population-based needs.  Wide-ranging skills include the use of personal and community resources and collaborative problem solving leading to innovative solutions and desired outcomes. The roles of the nurse in community-based care are assumed.  These roles include interdisciplinary collaborator, advocate, casefinder/manager, counselor, referral and change agent.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 345, NRS 350

NRS 355 TRANSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH & ILLNESS

This course explores a variety of cultural influences that shape attitude and beliefs toward health and illness. The impact on the delivery of culturally competent health care is examined in light of the dynamic changes in the population of the United States and the global community. Cultural influences on health care policies and research are identified. The course design enhances professional health care providers' perceptions and understanding, expanding their ability to critically think about the uniqueness of cultural perspectives. Emphasis is placed on communication and the application of caring and transcultural theory concepts.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 220

NRS 358 PARISH NURSING: BASIC PARISH NURSE PREPARATION

This course is based on the accepted philosophy and practice of Parish Nursing and examines the roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions.  Critical thinking strategies, such as Socratic questioning are used to analyze the spiritual dimension of health and healing for the practitioner as well as clients they serve.  Using the standard core curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center as the foundation, students explore the practice of nursing in the faith community and its ministry.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 220

NRS 361 PAIN MANAGEMENT

In this course, students focus on a greater in-depth knowledge of pain management.  Students explore:  neurophysiology of pain transmission/modulation; possible influence of psychosocial factors; pain assessment across the lifespan; differential aspects of acute and chronic pain; and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions available in the management of pain.  Professional responsibility and legal and ethical accountability for provision of pain management is emphasized through the study of nurses' attitudes toward pain including common prejudices and myths.  Students examine leadership and teaching roles that use appropriate communication, caring concepts and change strategies to facilitate effective pain management in selected groups and families in the community.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 240

NRS 362 EMPOWERING THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE

In this course students analyze the concepts of empowerment within the health care environment.  The concept of empowerment is examined in relation to oneself as a person and a professional nurse.  Empowerment issues are explored through incorporation of critical thinking strategies, empowerment theories and research findings.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 240

NRS 363 PERSPECTIVES ON GRIEF & SUFFERING

This course is designed to help students understand the emotional aspects of illness, grief, loss and crisis.  It is based upon Watson's caring approach to the human person and focuses strongly on the psychological, social and spiritual aspects of client well being.  Students examine common crises and changes that occur in human life.  Students use critical thinking strategies and the nursing process to identify appropriate and professional nursing interventions.  Communication and other caring approaches to clients in crisis are studied.  Students are also involved in personal and professional reflections dealing with their own life experiences and life journey.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 220

NRS 364 A SURVEY OF COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES IN NURSING

This course, based on holism and caring theory, examines complementary and alternative therapies in nursing as an important aspect of patient care related to health maintenance and/or illness care. Cultural aspects as well as credibility issues related to specific therapies are investigated. Using current evidence-based information and research, students focus on integrating complementary and alternative therapies into the changing health care environment.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 220

NRS 365 HISTORY OF NURSING SEMINAR

This non-clinical nursing elective course allows students to gain insights to the history of the nursing profession in a seminar environment. The course employs readings about nursing in medieval and early modern periods through the Vietnam War, to examine the history of nursing. Historical figures and events are analyzed to promote understanding of the evolution of professional nursing. The close relationship between nursing and power dynamics is examined through exploration of nursing in the military.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 220