Course Index

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NRS 312 INFECTIOUS DISEASES: DON'T BUG ME

In this course, students focus on greater in-depth knowledge of identification, treatment, and control of spread of selected infectious diseases across the lifespan.  Students will explore the role of the healthcare professional through the process of prevention, identification, monitoring, reporting, control, and management of communicable diseases.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 220

NRS 325 CURRENT TRENDS AND CONTROVERSIES IN TRANSPLANTATION

This course focuses on the transplantation system in the United States. The organizational framework will present indications, survival, and the transplant process of each type of transplant. Long-term complications of transplant, age-related issues, infectious complications, immunology, and immunosuppression will be depicted. Psychosocial, ethical, and financial issues in transplantation will be explored.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 340

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

NRS 366 WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES

This course focuses on application of theory to the care of women during all facets of their life.  Theory presented includes the physical, psychosocial, ethical, and spiritual issues that affect most women at varying developmental stages.  Students synthesize the theoretical concepts of change, communication, multiculturalism, carative factors and impact of these in the community/world while analyzing holistic care of women.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 240