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Program Information - Nursing Course Descriptions

LEVEL I NURSING COURSES

NR 100 - INTRODUCTION TO NURSING I
NR 100, Introduction to Nursing I, is the initial course for the student entering the profession of nursing and begins with an introduction to the healthcare system and nursing as a profession. Component parts of the nursing process are described and utilized in implementation of nursing technologies designed to promote optimum self care. The student learns to apply knowledge from behavioral and biological sciences in formulating a scientific rational foundation for one’s nursing practice. Concepts related to selfcare theory, communication, health teaching, community and ethical/legal aspects are introduced.
5 Credit Hours (Theory 3.75, Laboratory 1.25)
PREREQUISITES: COMPOSITION I, INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY, INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY, ANATOMY &PHYSIOLOGY I

NR 101 – BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
NR 101, Basic Medical Terminology, is a 1 credit-hour course designed to introduce students to medical abbreviations and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, singulars and plurals. The student will be able to recognize, spell, pronounce and define medical words by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Emphasis is on spelling, definitions and pronunciation of diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as medical and surgical terminology.
1 Credit Hour
PREREQUISITES: COMPOSITION I, INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY, INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY, ANATOMY &PHYSIOLOGY I

NR 102 - MATH FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION I
NR 102, Math for Medication Administration I, is a 0.5 credit-hour course to prepare students to read medication labels and accurately calculate oral and parental dosages and solutions. The content includes math review, units of measurements, and dosage calculations. Students are expected to review basic math prior to the first class.
½ Credit Hour
PERQUISITES: COMPOSITION I, INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY, INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY, ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

NR 103 - MATH FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION II
NR 103, Math for Medication Administration II, is a 0.5 credit-hour course that is a continuation of NR 102. NR 103 will focus on intravenous flow rates and critical care flow rates.
½ Credit Hour
PREREQUISITE: NR 102

NR 105 - INTRODUCTION TO NURSING II
NR 105, Introduction to Nursing II, is the second course for the student entering the profession of nursing and begins with an introduction to healthcare systems and nursing as a profession. Component parts of the nursing process are described and utilized in implementation of nursing technologies designed to promote optimum self care. The student learns to apply knowledge from behavioral and biological sciences in formulating a scientific rational foundation for one’s nursing practice. Concepts related to selfcare theory, communication, health teaching, community and ethical/legal aspects are introduced within the areas of pharmacology, nutrition, wound care, oxygenation, gastrointestinal and urinary elimination, psychosocial/spiritual needs and with alterations in comfort and terminal illness.
5 Credit Hours (Theory 3, Laboratory 2)
PREREQUISITE:NR100, NR 102

NR 110 - ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
NR 110, Adult Health Nursing I, is the first of a sequence of three medical-surgical nursing courses in
Level I. It is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in the nursing care of adult
perioperative patients, patients with neurological disorders, renal, burns, alterations in perception,
gastrointestinal, accessory organs and common fluid and electrolyte disturbances. Theoretical concepts and knowledge from NR 100, NR 105 and related sciences are incorporated in the didactic information as the basis for continued implementation of the nursing process. Students are introduced to nursing research and its relevance to the nursing profession. Nursing theories, healthcare team, research, communications, teaching, community, professional accountability, ethical/legal aspects and evidence based practice are emphasized throughout NR 110, Adult Health Nursing I.
6 Credit Hours (Theory 3.6, Laboratory 2.4)
PRE-REQUISITES:NR101, NR 103, AND NR 105

NR 120 - ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
NR 120, Adult Health Nursing II, is the second of a sequence of three medical-surgical nursing courses in Level I. It is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in the nursing care of adult clients/families with vascular disease, alterations of the musculoskeletal system, hematologic deviations, cardiac alterations, alterations of the endocrine system, alterations in the immune system, abnormal cell growth. Theoretical concepts and knowledge from NR 100, NR 105, NR 110, and related sciences are incorporated in the didactic information as the basis for increased proficiency in the continued implementation of the nursing process. Nursing theories, healthcare team, communications, teaching, community, research, professional accountability, ethical/legal aspects and evidence based practice are further emphasized throughout NR 120, Adult Health Nursing II.
6 Credit Hours (Theory 3.6, Laboratory 2.4)
PRE-REQUISITE:NR 110

NR 125 – ROLE TRANSITION: LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE TO REGISTERED NURSE
(Course requirement for LPN-RN Bridge students only)
NR 125, Role Transition, is designed to allow educational mobility and facilitate the transition of the LPN to a level consistent with that of the R.N. student. The content of this course builds on a core of common knowledge/skills from previous nursing education and progresses with a focus on critical thinking skills related to the nursing process, biopsychosocial needs, communication skills, principles of teaching and learning, legal issues, pharmacology, and physical assessment. Also included will be theoretical concepts and nursing care of adult clients/families as members of the community with hematological, cardiac, fluid and electrolytes, abnormal cell growth, immune and endocrine disorders. Student who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to NR 130.
6 Credit Hours (Theory 3.7, Laboratory 2.3)
PRE-REQUISITES: ENGLISH COMPOSITION I, INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY, ANATOMY &PHYSIOLOGY I

NR 130 - ADULT HEALTH NURSING III
NR 130, Adult Health Nursing III, is the third of three sequential medical-surgical nursing courses in Level I. It is designed to continue developing the student’s knowledge and skills in the nursing care of adult patients with advanced fluid & electrolyte imbalances, reproductive alterations and sexually transmitted diseases, respiratory disorders, advanced cardiac alterations, advanced renal dysfunction, acute traumatic neurological deviations. Students also explore community health nursing and its application to the nursing profession. Theoretical concepts and knowledge from NR 100, NR 105, NR 110, NR 120 and related sciences are incorporated into the didactic information as the basis for increased proficiency in the implementation of the nursing process. Concepts related to the health team, research, communication, teaching, community, professional accountability, ethical/legal aspects and evidenced based practice are emphasized throughout NR 130, Adult Health Nursing III.
6 Credit Hours (Theory 3.6, Laboratory 2.4)
PRE-REQUISITE NR 120 OR NR 125

LEVEL II NURSING COURSES
NR 201 – PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
NR 201, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, provides the student with knowledge, skills and experiences related to Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, as well as an opportunity to apply previously learned behavioral and scientific concepts. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing is viewed as an interpersonal process with focus on the use of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing principles and therapeutic and effective communication with clients. The goal is to assist the client in the resocialization process, enabling better adjustment to living in the social context to which the client returns. Student activities focus on initiating, continuing and terminating a one-to-one relationship. The student is assisted in using therapeutic techniques of communication and
observation in order to identify client needs and responses to care. The course covers theoretical approaches to mental health/illness, the patterns of behavior of the child, adolescent and adult, and the corresponding nursing care. Concepts related to ethical/legal, professional accountability, community, and teaching are applied. Past, present and future trends in mental health are explored. Discussion of the roles of the Psychiatric-Mental Health team, with emphasis on the nursing role, occurs throughout the course.
6.5 Credit Hours (Theory 3.9, Laboratory 2.6)
PRE-REQUISITES: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II, LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, NR 130

NR 202 - NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
NR 202, Nursing of The Childbearing Family, is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and clinical skills related to nursing care of the childbearing family in both hospital and community settings. Emphasis is placed on adapting the nursing process and Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory to integrate the principles of family-centered maternity care. The course begins with reproductive anatomy and physiology, psychosocial aspects or pregnancy, and ethical/legal issues related to nursing care of the childbearing family. Concepts of communications, health teaching and professional accountability are applied in all areas. Theoretical approaches and the relationship between the nurse and the childbearing family are explored throughout the course. Student activities focus on development of critical thinking integrated with nursing assessment skills and
formulation of nursing diagnoses to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings during the antepartal, intrapartal, post-partal, and neonatal periods. The student is assisted in identifying community resources, collaborating with healthcare team members in initiating referrals, and implementing client teaching plans.
6.5 Credit Hours (Theory 4.18, Laboratory 2.37)
PRE-REQUISITES: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II, LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT, NR 130

NR 203- NURSING OF CHILDREN
NR 203, The Nursing of Children, assists the student with application of theories of normal growth and development as they relate to common problems in the maintenance of self-care of the child from infancy through adolescence. The needs and conflicts typical of various age groups, as well as the feelings of children and their families about illness, are emphasized. Clinical laboratory activities provide the student with experience in meeting the universal health deviation and developmental self-care requisites of children who are undergoing the stress of illness and hospitalization. Community experiences are planned to reinforce principles of growth and development.
6.5 Credit Hours (Theory 3.9, Laboratory 2.6)
PRE-REQUISITES: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II, LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT, NR 130

NR 204 - ADVANCED ADULT HEALTH NURSING
NR 204, Advanced Adult Health Nursing, builds on previously learned medical-surgical nursing concepts from Level I. Emphasis in this course is placed on the nursing role in meeting the needs of acutely ill clients and their families. Complex cardiac, neurological and respiratory conditions, fluid imbalances, principles of hemodynamics and electrocardiogram interpretations are explored. Various methods of healthcare delivery, leadership and research principles, and styles and functions of management are utilized in medical, surgical, intensive care and community health laboratory settings. Professionalism and accountability are emphasized throughout the course.
6.5 Credit Hours (Theory 3.9, Laboratory 2.6)
PRE-REQUISITES: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II, LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT, NR 130

NR 210 - ROLE TRANSITION: STUDENT TO PROFESSIONAL
NR 210, Role Transition: Student to Professional, is a course designed to strengthen the student’s
knowledge and skills that will aid in the transition from the student role to that of a licensed professional nurse. Lecture, case studies, and seminar format presentations will focus on the essential competencies for the graduate nurse as defined by Lutheran School of Nursing. Independent review of NCLEX style test questions will prepare the student for the exit exam and State Board exam.
2 Credit Hours
PREREQUISITES: BIOETHICS;NR 201; 202; 203; 204 OR PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR

NURS 1100 FOUNDATIONS IN NURSING I
Introduces the learner to the diverse nature of professional nursing. Learners are guided in developing professional role identity with the use of therapeutic communication and development of safe nursing skills derived from evidence- based concepts and practice. Competencies related to the integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills for patient care are practiced in the classroom laboratory setting.
4 Credit Hours

NURS 1200 PHARMACOLOGY
Presents the basic principles of Pharmacodynamics while learning to administer commonly prescribed medications in the clinical setting. Major drug classifications are introduced as well as usual therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse reactions and precautions with administration. The nurses’ role for safe and accurate medication administration is emphasized as well as collaboration with members of the healthcare team in the administration of medications.
2 Credit Hours

NURS 1300 PHARMACOLOGY II
Incorporates Pharmacodynamics into clinical application. The learner will demonstrate the ability to minimize risk of harm to patients through both system effectiveness and individual performance. Major drug classifications are emphasized in relation to their therapeutic actions for disease processes, variations in specific populations and precautions needed for multi-drug therapy. The nurse’s role for safe and accurate medication administration is emphasized along with evaluation of therapeutic patient outcomes and collaboration with other healthcare team members.
2 Credit Hours

NURS 1500 FOUNDATIONS IN NURSING II
Focuses on implementing the nursing process to provide compassionate care to meet the needs of the patient with common acute and chronic health problems. This course focuses on assessment of patient preferences, values and needs to develop and implement a patient-centered plan of care. Clinical Skills in assessment and medication administration are utilized. The medical record is utilized to document safe, quality care. Holistic patients care is focused on.
5 Credit Hours

NURS 1800 ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Further develops the learner in the roles of nurse teamwork and collaboration. This course integrates the elements/skills of health assessment and physical assessment with the nursing process to focus on patient-centered healthcare of the adult client within the family/community context.
4 Credit Hours

NURS 1900 ROLE TRANSITION
Is developed to facilitate education and practice mobility in the professional identity role transition from LPN to RN. The content of this course builds on the LPN’s foundation of safe, compassionate, patient-centered care and progresses with the transition of nurse professional role and implementing nursing process including patient teaching and evaluation of outcomes to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Clinical portion includes lab practice of nursing skills and patient care assessment.
3 Credit Hours

NURS 2000 GERONTOLOGY
Focuses on expanding the learner’s knowledge of evidence-based nursing care in the geriatric population. This course is designed to develop evidence based theoretical and clinical competencies applicable to the geriatric population. This course includes classroom clinical activities to encourage a spirit of inquiry to challenge assumptions of aging, investigate emerging evidence-based compassionate and respectful care, and new insights that support safety and improved care for older adults. Students provide nursing care to (1) patients within the family/geriatric community context.
3 Credit Hours

NURS 2100 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Focuses on mental health across the life span and emphasis the development of the learner’s delusional capacities, self-awareness, and professional role identity to apply informatics, evidence based practice and psychology in multiple healthcare settings. This course guides the student to achieve optimal care of patients with emotional needs, psychosocial needs, and/or psychiatric illnesses. Concepts related to safety and quality of care, ethical/legal issues, professional accountability, teamwork and collaboration, community support and effective communication are applied through clinical experiences in community and acute care settings. Students provide nursing care to (1) patient within the family/psychiatric context.
3 Credit Hours

NURS 2200 ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Builds on meeting the needs of higher level acuity patients and evaluating optimal healthcare outcomes. Students incorporate evidence-based care and apply clinical reasoning while developing additional practice and skills in organizing and prioritizing patient care more effectively. The use of information and technology is added to document and communicate effectively with nursing and Interprofessional teams to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Students are assigned (1) – (2) patients over the clinical course.
5 Credit Hours

NURS 2400 CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Is designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and clinical skills related to safe patient-centered nursing care within the context of the childbearing family in hospital and community settings by applying the nursing process. Student activities focus on clinical reasoning gathered from assessment data to differentiate normal and abnormal findings and develop health promotion teaching support. Concepts of teamwork, collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, use of technology and professional identity are applied in the maternal-newborn areas. (1) Mother-baby couplet care is assigned to the student tin the maternal-newborn clinical setting.
3 Credit Hours

NURS 2500 NURSING OF CHILDREN
Is designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and clinical skills related to growth and development in the pediatric population. Health promotion and wellness of children within the context of family-centered care is emphasized. Clinical activities include opportunities to participate in family- centered care through the application of evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration in the pediatric setting. The student uses informatics and information technology to provide safe, quality patient-centered care. Student s will care for (1) pediatric patient in the clinical setting.
3 Credit Hours

NURS 2600 ADULT HEALTH NURSING III
Emphasizes the professional role identity in patient-centered care of acutely ill patients who have multi-system or emergent health problems within the family/community context. Nursing care of complex cardiac, neurological, respiratory conditions, fluid imbalances and hemodynamic are applied with advanced clinical reasoning in clinical settings that involve teamwork and collaboration, communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making ot achieve quality patient care. Clinical skills progress and advance with patient acuity and intensive care experiences. Students will care for 91) patient in the acute care clinical setting.
5 Credit Hours

NURS 2800 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Focuses on nursing leadership and management. Emphasis is placed on professional issues with clinical implementation of leadership/management for open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration in the workplace. Advocating and promoting the culture of safety, clinical reasoning, and recognizing the outcomes of care processes which affect quality improvement and safety in patient care is applied. Students will manage as “team” of patients with the RN.
4 Credit Hours

NURS 2900 SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CONCEPTS
Is the capstone of the learner’s knowledge and skills of the core organizers in the curriculum with a focus on role specific competencies of the graduate nurse as defined by Lutheran School of Nursing. Final preparation for licensure examination and professional role attainment of the nurse graduate is emphasized.
2 Credit Hours

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