Course Index

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NRS 546 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT/PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

This course provides the theoretical foundation to obtain a complete and accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes and clinical manifestations that occur as a result of disease, as well as drug therapy used to treat or affect health status are integrated to facilitate critical analysis of collected assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted clinical experience allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or by permission.

NRS 524 PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATION

Working with a preceptor during 126 contact hours, students have the opportunity to synthesize learning and experiences into strategies and designs for nursing education. Multiple teaching-learning theories, designs, and strategies are employed. Included in this practicum is direct contact with undergraduate students in the classroom and clinical environment for those students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those students with more than three years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical environment, practicum experiences expand competencies related to the nurse educator role.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work is prerequisite or by permission.

    Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594

NRS 523 CURRICULUM/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION

This course concentrates on curriculum/program development for nursing education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 524.

    Pre/Co requisites: NRS 592

NRS 519 SYNTHESIS AND USE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Students will collaborate in groups to search for and synthesize evidence to answer an educational, administrative, or practice PICO question. Major sources of research and best practices guidelines are identified. Students use practice sites to examine theory and strategies to promote change and improve outcomes during the implementation of a recommendation. Elements of evaluation of a) the adoption of innovation and b) the improvement in outcomes are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 517, or by permission.

NRS 518 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in nursing education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 516, or by permission.

NRS 517 CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF KNOWLEDGE FOR PRACTICE

The purpose of this course is understanding of research processes and interpretation of statistics to make accurate critical appraisals. Students apply the process of drawing conclusions, finding implications, and making recommendations based on an appraised study. The relative merits of studies are judged for answering a particular research question. Questions of the fit of evidence or theory within an identified agency or institutional setting are explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS --- NON-CLINICAL ELECTIVE

Student's choice of non-clinical elective.

See all non-clinical elective course descriptions in the course index.

  • Credits: 2.0

NRS 100 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING

This introductory course provides a foundation for community-based nursing. Students examine the fundamental concepts and skills used in the delivery of professional nursing care with culturally diverse adult clients. Environmental considerations and the basic concepts of community, partnerships and visits with clients in various settings are introduced. The wellness continuum is expanded and professionalism in nursing, interpersonal communication, change, nursing process, critical thinking and caring are addressed.

  • Credits: 2.5
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 225, satisfactory math competency or SCI 025, SCI 103, COM 101

    Pre/Corequisites: SCI 226, SCI 280, SSC 101, HUM 150, COM 230/245

    Co-requisites:  NRS 100C

NRS 100C COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICUM

This clinical practicum offers students opportunities to provide nursing care with adult clients to promote and maintain health.  Experiences focus on providing students beginning nursing-process skills for the delivery of care with a community-based perspective.  Students incorporate interpersonal communication techniques while interacting with adult clients, members of the healthcare team and community partners.

  • Credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites:

    Co-requisites: NRS 100

NRS 176 LPN BRIDGE COURSE

This transition course is designed to enable the licensed practical nurse to achieve advanced placement in the BSN curriculum.  Emphasis is placed on the theoretical and philosophical frameworks necessary to assume the role of a second level nursing student.  Interpersonal communication techniques, caring, change theory, developmental theory, nursing process and the role of the professional nurse in community-based nursing are explored. Nursing skills are reviewed.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Advanced standing (LPN)