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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 health care 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 health care 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, health care 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 health care 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 health care 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

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