Course Index

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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 healthcare is examined in light of the dynamic changes in the population of the United States and the global community. Cultural influences on healthcare policies and research are identified. The course design enhances professional healthcare 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 210

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 210

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 210

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 healthcare environment.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 210

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 210

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, caritas processes and impact of these in the community/world while analyzing holistic care of women.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 210

NRS 367 VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY

This course examines the concept of violence as it relates to the client on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and societal levels.  Students explore violence-related issues across many settings and develop an awareness of legal and community responses based on critical thinking strategies and research findings.  Students analyze the role of the professional nurse and the use of therapeutic communication, advocacy skills, caritas processes and change theory in response to the increase of violence in society.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 340

NRS 368 GENETICS FOR NURSING PRACTICE

This course examines basic human genetics, including the role of genetics and genomics in the health of individuals and families. Students explore the function of genetics and genomics, including genetic transmission and the impact of genetics on selected health conditions. Students analyze the present and future role of the professional nurse regarding genetics including risk assessment; referrals; ethical, sociopolitical and legal concerns; and psychological consideration of clients.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 210

NRS 371 BIO-PSYCHOSOCIAL PERSPECTIVES OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

This course examines the concept of intimate partner violence as it relates to biological and psychosocial issues. Students explore intimate partner violence and related issues, analyzing both historical and contemporary situations. By having the exposure to a variety of community responses, students develop a sense of professional responsibility and legal/ethical accountability to intimate partner violence. Students analyze the role of the professional nurse and the use of evidence based practices to develop an understanding of assessment, documentation, advocacy and referral for survivors of intimate partner violence.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 240