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NURSING COURSES

NURSING (NURS) (PHRM)

NURS 100-Nurse Assistant Training (F&S SM, 2 credit)
Nursing Assistant Training provides classroom instruction and clinical practice to those preparing for employment as a certified nursing assistant in a skilled nursing facility, acute care, or home health care. Included in the three-week, 88 hour program is classroom instruction, supervised practical training and clinical practice. This course can be taken for credit as NURS 100 or non-credit by contacting the Continuing Education, Training and Innovation Department at 701-224-5600. Special fees attached based on how the course is delivered.

NURS 120-Foundations of Nursing (Fall, 3 credits)
This course introduces concepts related to the practical nurse's roles and responsibilities in today's society. Emphasis is placed on effective communication, microbiology concepts, basic human needs and nursing concepts, critical thinking, research, and ethical-legal and professional issues. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts are introduced. Upon completion the student will be able to understand the nursing process as it relates to the socially and culturally diverse clients along the health-illness continuum. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, CHEM 115/115L. Co-requisites: NURS 121 and 122.

NURS 121-Practical Nursing I (Fall, 3 credits)
This course introduces students to core concepts of pharmacology, nutrition, and health assessment as they relate to the nursing profession. Students will learn basic pharmacological principles, safe administration of medications, health promotion and disease prevention related to nutrition, and the data collection processes of health assessment. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, CHEM 115/115L. Co-requisites: NURS 120 and 122.

NURS 122-Clinical Practice I (Fall, 3 credits)
This course takes place in the nursing laboratory and in health care facilities. The student will apply social, biological, behavioral and nursing science principles as they are acquired in the Foundations of Nursing and Practical Nursing I courses. Basic nursing skills and procedures are demonstrated and applied in a supervised laboratory/clinical setting. Beginning Practical Nursing students will begin to participate in the nursing process for clients across the lifespan. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, CHEM 115/115L. Co-requisites: NURS 120 and 121.

NURS 124-Clinical Practice II (Spring, 3 credits)
This course takes place in the nursing laboratory and in health care facilities. Complex nursing skills are introduced in the laboratory and applied in the clinical setting utilizing current technology. Clinical experiences will include nursing interventions, pain management, nutrition and drug therapy for disease and infectious processes of culturally diverse client across the lifespan. Health promotion activities and disease prevention techniques will be incorporated into nursing care of the culturally diverse client. Mental health and therapeutic communication concepts are applied in caring for clients along the health illness continuum. Evidence-based practice is applied in the holistic care of clients across the lifespan. Upon completion the student will assist in the nursing process as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisites: NURS 120, 121 and 122. Co-requisite: NURS 123.

NURS 126-Clinical Practice III (SM, 3 credits)
This clinical takes place in a variety of clinical settings. The student will apply evidence-based nursing knowledge and skills in caring for clients across the lifespan with stable or predictable health problems and assisting with those whose conditions are critical or unpredictable. Critical thinking, effective and therapeutic communication, nursing process, management of nursing care, and delegation of unlicensed assistive persons are incorporated into the clinical experience. The student will provide safe and effective nursing care in a legal and ethical manner for clients along the health-illness continuum as an interdisciplinary member of the health care team. Upon completion of this clinical course, the student will have the knowledge and experience to practice in the role of a practical nurse. Prerequisites: NURS 123 and 124. Co-requisite: NURS 125.

NURS 127-Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical/Surgical Nursing (Spring, 2 credits)
This didactic course expands on prior learning to increase evidenced based knowledge of nursing interventions, pain management, surgery, cancer, trauma and drug therapy for disease and infectious processes of the biopsychosocial individual along the health-illness continuum. This course will integrate teaching and learning activities that enhance critical thinking skills, involvement of clients in decision-making, self-care, health promotion, disease prevention and intervention to responses to illness. Upon completion the student will describe the application of the nursing process in caring for culturally unique clients across the life-span in an ethical and legal manner.

NURS 129-Practical Nursing III (SM, 4 credits)
This course will continue the study of evidence-based nursing interventions, nursing process, nutrition and drug therapy for disease processes of the culturally diverse client across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum. Additional course information will include accountability, roles, responsibilities and ethical, legal and professional issues of the entry level Practical Nurse. The principles of therapeutic communication are expanded and the impact of technology on nursing care is addressed. Prerequisites: NURS 123 and 124. Co-requisite: NURS 126.

NURS 145-Introduction to Maternal/Child Nursing (Spring, 2 credits)

This didactic course focuses on nursing care of the culturally diverse woman, infant, and child. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance and selected study of diseases and disorders affecting women, infants, children, and families. Growth and development of the infant and child, and common childhood illnesses are presented. The importance of family centered care and therapeutic communication is addressed. This course will integrate teaching and learning activities that enhance involvement of clients in decision-making, self-care, health promotion and disease prevention.

NURS 224-Professional Role Development (Fall, 2 credits)
This course is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse in transition to the role of the associate degree nurse. Emphasis is placed on the role of the registered nurse; evidence-based practice, nursing process, and therapeutic communication. Historical trends of nursing will be discussed and management concepts will be introduced. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate professional aspects of the practice of nursing. Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN program. Co-requisites: NURS 225, 226, and 227.

NURS 225-Alterations in Health I (Fall, 3 credits)
This course introduces concepts related to the nursing care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health that build on knowledge and skills introduced in practical nursing programs and the supporting sciences. Emphasis is placed on utilizing scientific principles and the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care to individuals along the health-illness continuum. Upon completion, students will incorporate basic decision-making skills and therapeutic communication to meet basic human needs for individuals experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health across the lifespan including end-of-life issues. Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN program. Co-requisites: NURS 224, 226, and 227.

NURS 226-Maternal Child Nursing (Fall, 3 credits)
This course integrates prior learning to provide expanded knowledge of the neonate, developing child, women's health, and childbearing family. Maintenance and study of diseases and disorders affecting diverse neonates, children, women, and families along the health-illness continuum,
including end-of-life issues, are examined. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic communication, the role of the registered nurse, ethical/legal issues and health promotion and maintenance during life stages of growth and development for the neonates, children, and women. As a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, the student will explore the human needs of diverse neonates, children and women, utilizing the nursing process as a framework. Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN program. Co-requisites: NURS 224, 225, and 227.

NURS 227-Clinical Application I (Fall, 4 credits)
Utilizing the nursing process, the associate degree nursing student will administer care to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan. The student will demonstrate assessment skills and apply scientific principles and aseptic technique in caring for individuals across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum. The student will apply therapeutic communication in the management of patient care and as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN program. Co-requisites: NURS 224, 225, and 226.

NURS 228-Alterations in Health II (Spring, 4 credits)
This course continues the study of acute and chronic alterations in health. Nursing care of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health is discussed. Emphasis is placed on the nurse's role as a member of an interdisciplinary team and as a manager of care for individuals across the lifespan. The student will analyze personal and professional values, leadership and management, and quality improvement processes. Upon completion, students will be able to provide comprehensive nursing care for individuals with acute, chronic, and complex alterations in health. Prerequisites: NURS 224, 225, 226, and 227. Co-requisites: NURS 229 and 237.

NURS 229-Health Promotion and Psychosocial Nursing (Spring, 2 credits)
This course includes concepts related to the nursing care of individuals experiencing alterations in social and psychological functioning. Utilizing the nursing process, the students will explore human needs of individuals with mental health alterations. Utilization of therapeutic communication techniques, use of self and cultural awareness is stressed. Emphasis is also placed on health promotion, health maintenance, and accident/illness prevention for diverse individuals across the lifespan. Prerequisites: NURS 224, 225, 226, and 227. Co-requisites: NURS 228 and 237.

NURS 237-Clinical Application II (Spring, 5 credits)
Utilizing the nursing process, the associate degree nursing student will meet the needs of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health as well as psychiatric/mental health issues across the lifespan along the health-illness continuum. Critical thinking, nursing process, group dynamics, and management of nursing care are incorporated into the clinical experience. Students will apply evidence-based nursing knowledge and skills in the implementation of health promotion activities. The student will utilize therapeutic communication and effective management skills in providing nursing care according to legal/ethical and professional standards. Prerequisites: NURS 224, 225, 226, and 227. Co-requisites: NURS 228 and 229.

NURS 259-Role Transition (Spring, 1 credit)
This course assists the AD nursing student to prepare for the NCLEX RNŽ examination and to become a member of the RN workforce. The theoretical component of this course will reinforce and complement prior knowledge gained in the nursing curriculum. Students will utilize the nursing process and critical thinking skills to review previously learned nursing concepts. The course will also provide the student with opportunities to apply basic interview techniques and resume preparation and develop skills for successful employment as a health careprofessional. It assists the student in making decisions concerning job choices and educational growth. The course stresses the requirement of ongoing education for the RN as a member of the health care team and benefits of professional organizations. Completion of the course will assist students to further prepare for NCLEX. Co-requisites: NURS 228, NURS 229, NURS 327.

PHRM 215-Introduction to Pharmacology
(F&S SM, 3 credits)

A fundamental discussion of the scope of pharmacology, including terminology used. Drug laws, dosage forms, and patient variabilities that affect drug usage will be covered. Important drugs used in practice will be studied, including basic principles, therapeutic uses, and adverse effects. Prerequisites: BIOL 220/220L and CHEM 115/115L.


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