Nursing Courses

NURS 011 - Coaching for Success in Nursing (1 hour)

This course is designed to enhance skills needed for success in nursing courses. Emphasis is placed on integrating knowledge to develop expert learning strategies. Required for students on probation or with a C in any nursing course. (The student does not receive nursing credit for this remedial course.) (Fall, Spring)

NURS 110 - Health Related Topics (1-2 hours)

Several different topics are offered each semester. These are open to all disciplines. Content will be health issues and may include theory, clinical and/or research. Contact the Nursing Department for specific information each semester. May be repeated. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 112 - Medical Terminology (1 hour)

The focus of this course is on current terminology used by nurses and other health care providers. The course also contains elements of the historical development of certain medical terms including Greek and Latin word parts from the past and eponyms from modern language. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 201 - Information Literacy for Nursing Students (1 hour)

Prerequisites: ENGL 121, ENGL 220, CSIS 102; Acceptance into the nursing program

An introduction to beginning competencies in information literacy, scientific inquiry, and portfolio development. Using a variety of resources, students will learn to access, evaluate , and use information effectively, enabling them to ask informed questions specific to nursing. Students begin portfolio development illustrating their competencies in information literacy, scientific inquiry, and self-assessment. This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Required of all transfer students.) (Fall, Spring)

NURS 210 - LVN to RN Bridge (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into LVN to BS program

This course introduces the LVN to the core concepts of the nursing program including philosophy, conceptual model, program mission and outcomes, nursing values, and professionalism. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in using nursing models for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care.

NURS 211 - Fundamentals of Nursing (5 hours)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program

Introduces the students to core values, concepts and theories of nursing with emphasis on caring, nursing process, critical thinking, therapeutic communication process, health promotion and professionalism. Students acquire basic nursing competencies to implement the nursing process for individuals in diverse settings. 2.5 Theory 7.5 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)

NURS 212 - Physical Assessment (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program. Acceptance into RN to BS program.

This course provides structured learning experiences to enable the student to perform complete nursing assessment and appropriate reporting of findings from infancy through senescence. The course will also include concepts of aging, chronic diseases and aspects of rehabilitation. Teaching/learning approaches include lecture, demonstration, and skills laboratory practice. 3 Theory. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 301 - Information Literacy for RNs (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program, ENGL 121, ENGL 220, CSIS 102. Acceptance into RN to BS program.

An introduction to beginning competencies in information literacy, scientific inquiry, and portfolio development. Using a variety of resources, students will learn to access, evaluate, and use information effectively, enabling them to ask informed questions specific to nursing. Students begin portfolio development illustrating their competencies in information literacy, scientific inquiry, and self-assessment. This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 310 - Health Related Topics (1 hour)

Prerequisites: Acceptance into RN to BS program

Different topics will be offered each semester designed for the RN nursing student. Content will be health related and may include clinical, theory and research. May be repeated. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 312 - Physical Assessment (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN to BS program

This course provides structured learning experiences to enable the RN student to perform a complete nursing assessment and appropriate reporting findings from infancy through senescence. Concepts of aging, chronic diseases and aspects of rehabilitation will be included in the course. The RN student will assist in demonstrations and observation of skills during the laboratory practice sessions. 3 Theory (Spring)

NURS 313 - Pathophysiology (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses or permission of instructor

The basic concepts essential to gaining understanding of the pathophysiology of common diseases are covered. Physiological changes from pathophysiological processes are explored within the framework of body systems. Alterations resulting from normal aging and some diseases common to children are also integrated into this course. 3 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 314 - Medical Surgical Nursing I (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into LVN to BS program

The LVN-to-BS student will apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based interventions to individuals with common nursing care needs in supervised settings. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and intervention to patients with health care problems that are high volume. Concepts of nutrition, communication, human diversity, spirituality, gerontology and pharmacology are integrated into the course. 2.5 Theory 2 Lab. (Fall)

NURS 315 - Medical Surgical Nursing I (5 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses and KINT 216

The student will apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based interventions to individuals with common nursing care needs in supervised settings. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and intervention to patients with health care problems that are high volume. Concepts of nutrition, communication, human diversity, spirituality, gerontology and pharmacology are integrated into the course. 2.5 Theory, 7.5 Clinical/lab. (Fall)

NURS 316 - Gerontological Nursing (2 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses

This is a study of the nursing care of the older adult based upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Competencies and the National Gerontological Nursing Association Core Curriculum for Gerontological Nursing. The student will learn theory and application related to normal aging, health promotion, disease/disability prevention, and other evidence-based practices. 2 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 317 - Pharmacology (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses

This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to pharmacological aspects of nursing. The course will focus on the basic principles and applications of pharmacology, major drug classifications, indications, and nursing considerations. (LVN to BS students are required to take this course.) 3 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 318 - Child Health Nursing (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses, NURS 313, NURS 315, NURS 317 and PSYC 220

The course applies the nursing process to the nursing of children and their families with continued emphasis on growth and development, prevention and treatment of illness in the hospital and clinic. Complex health problems of children are examined including congenital and acquired conditions. 2 Theory (Spring), 6 Clinical/Lab taught in the first summer module after the completion of theory.

NURS 319 - Medical Surgical Nursing II (5 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses, NURS 313, NURS 315, and NURS 317

The student will build on concepts introduced in Fundamentals, Assessment, Pathophysiology and Medical Surgical Nursing I. Application of the nursing process and standards of Medical Surgical Nursing will be integrated into theory and practice. Emphasis is on patients with acute and chronic health care problems requiring individualized care and learning needs. Content is selected to increase breadth and depth in medical/surgical nursing concepts. Technical skills will be developed focusing on the acutely ill patients in the acute and community care setting. The students will apply the professional roles in the provision of care in progressively complex situations. 2.5 Theory, 7.5 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)

NURS 320 - Issues and Trends in Nursing (2 hours)

Prerequisites: All Level II nursing courses or permission of the instructor

Content focuses on recent trends, issues, and concerns within professional nursing. Students have the opportunity to explore relevant topics regarding nursing and its relationship to a changing health care system. This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. 2 Theory. (Spring)

NURS 421 - Nursing Research (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All 300 level nursing courses, or permission of the instructor. MATH 241

This course focuses on the concepts and methodology involved in conducting research in nursing. Students learn to critique nursing research reports for clinical utilization. This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. 3 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 422 - Mental Health Nursing (5 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

This course involves the study of thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Students apply the nursing process to the care of patients in a variety of psychiatric-mental health settings. Students are provided opportunities to increase skills in critical thinking, caring relationships, collaborative communication, self-awareness, and self-evaluation. This course reflects the ANA Standards of Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nursing Practice (ANA, 1994). 2.5 Theory, 7.5 Clinical/Lab. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 423 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing (5 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

This course introduces the maternity cycle as a normal process, followed by obstetrical and neonatal complications. Attention is also given to women's reproductive health issues and menopause. Guidelines for student nursing care of women and newborns are based on the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing Standards of Practice which fall within the regulations of the Nurse Practice Act. 2.5 Theory, 7.5 Clinical/Lab. (Fall, Spring)

NURS 424 - Community Health Nursing (4 hours)

Prerequisites: MATH 241, all 300 level nursing courses, NURS 421 and 427, or permission of the instructor

The ANA Standards for Home Health Nursing and Community Nursing provides the foundation for the practice of community health nursing. Included are the nursing care of individuals, families, populations, and communities. Emphasis is placed on health-promotion and disease prevention with increased attention to care of families at risk for physical, mental, socio-cultural, and spiritual dysfunction. Interventions for vulnerable individuals, families and groups are examined and practiced in a variety of community settings. 2 Theory, 6 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)

NURS 425 - Clinical Nursing Specialty (2 hours)

Prerequisites: All 300 level nursing courses, NURS 422 or 423, NURS 427, or permission of the instructor

A clinical course in which students select an area of interest for in-depth, progressive, and sequential study under the guidance of the faculty. Clinical experience is supervised by preceptors and guided by the Professional Nurse's Code of Ethics and the American Nurses Association's Standards of Nursing Practice. This course contains presentations which meet the speech requirements of the University. 6 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)

NURS 426 - Nursing Leadership (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

Leadership merges theory and research and provides practical applications in today's health-care settings. The student examines concepts related to building teams, problem solving, decision making, effective communication, managing change and conflict, and more. This course fulfills the requirement for the upper division writing course in accordance with university policy. 1.5 Theory, 1 1/2 Seminar. (Fall)

NURS 427 - Medical Surgical Nursing III (4 hours)

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

The student will build on concepts introduced in Fundamentals, Assessment, Pathophysiology and Med Surg I and Med Surg II. Application of the nursing process and standards of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) will be integrated into theory and practice. Content is selected to increase breadth and depth in medical/surgical nursing with integration of community and mental health concepts. Technical skills will be developed focusing on the acutely ill patients in the emergency and critical care environment. Concepts will be discussed involving mass casualty, disaster preparedness, and emergency preparedness as it relates to nursing care delivery. The students apply the professional roles in the provision of care in progressively complex situations. 2 Theory, 6 Clinical/Lab. (Fall)

NURS 428 - Nursing Capstone (1 hour)

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses; NURS 421, NURS 422 or 423, NURS 426, NURS 427.

Corequisite: NURS 422 or 423, NURS 424, NURS 425. This course taken during last semester of nursing program.

A capstone course designed to provide structure and guidance in preparation for the NCLEX-RN and in finalizing a fully developed portfolio in compliance with Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. 1 hour seminar. Pass/no pass course. (Spring)

NURS 429 - Nursing Capstone for RNs (1 hour)

Prerequisites: Enrolled in RN to BS program; must be taken last semester of nursing program.

A capstone course designed for B.S. completion students. Course content is designed to provide structure and guidance in portfolio completion and professional development. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. Pass/no pass course. (Spring)

NURS 491 - Selected Topics in Professional Nursing (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Subject of study is selected in conference between student and faculty member. Course requirements may consist of independent study, preceptored clinical experiences and/or research. Content and behavioral objectives must be approved. May be repeated. (Fall, Spring)