Course Descriptions — Nursing

NUR3000WI Introduction to Professional Nursing
3 semester hours
This course explores the development of professional nursing. Students are introduced to selected concepts, themes and theories which will be used as a foundation throughout the curriculum.  Major contemporary nursing issues are explored within historic, economic, philosophical, and political contexts. The concepts of health and illness as influenced by psychological, social, cultural, ethical, and legal issues are examined. Nursing theories, the ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses, and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act are explored. The development of nursing knowledge, diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes are emphasized. This course fulfils the university requirement for a 3000-level writing intensive course within the nursing major. 
Prerequisites.  IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.  Concurrent with NUR3100, NUR3260.Meets Writing Intensive requirement.


NUR3015 Introduction to Nursing Informatics
4 semester hours
An introduction to computers and nursing informatics focuses on application to the nursing profession.  This course introduces nursing Informatics as an integration of nursing, computer and information sciences for the support of nursing practices.  It acquaints practicing nurses with the effective utilization of technology and its applications throughout all aspects of health delivery.
Prerequisite: RN students only.


NUR3030WI Dimensions of Professional Practice/RN
4 semester hours
This RN bridge course focuses on furthering the development of professional values and value-based behaviors as foundational to the practice of nursing. Professionalism involves accountability for one’s self and nursing practice, including continued professional engagement and lifelong learning. The RN student will be introduced to selected concepts, themes, and theories that present an understanding of the historical, legal, and contemporary context of nursing practice and serve as a foundation throughout the curriculum. The concepts of health and illness as influenced by psychological, social, cultural, ethical, and legal issues are examined.  Nursing theories, the ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses, and the Illinois/Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act are explored. This course fulfills the University requirement for a 3000-level writing intensive course within the nursing major.
Prerequisites: RN students only; NUR3015.Meets Writing Intensive requirement.


NUR3100 Principles of Nursing I
6 semester hours
This course applies major concepts from the liberal arts and sciences to the understanding of the nursing profession. The framework for nursing knowledge base is developed and fundamental nursing interventions (physiologic, communicative, behavioral, and environmental) are taught using the evidence upon which the profession and the care of patients and populations is based. The course introduces the nursing student to the professional nursing role and its influence on health and illness, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level across the lifespan. The professional role is explored within the context of the social, cultural, ethical and legal issues inherent in the nurse’s role as provider of care, educator and advocate and as a member of the profession.  The student is introduced to the health care system and the nurse’s role as a member of a multidisciplinary care team. Clinical: An integration of laboratory and clinical experiences will focus on the development of the nursing student to begin to systematically analyze information and implement fundamental nursing interventions based on evidence-based practice and recognize patterns of patient needs.  
Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing; all B.S.N. core courses; ENG1000, ENG2010, MTH1100 or successfully passed the mathematics competency examination. Concurrent with NUR3000, NUR3260.


NUR3110 Principles of Nursing II
6 semester hours
This course builds on the conceptual framework developed in Principles of Nurs­ing I. The professional nursing role is explored further to gain a deeper understanding of the nurse’s role as provider of care, educator, advocate and member of the profession.  The student continues to function within the health care system as a member of an interprofessional care team.Clinical: An integration of laboratory and clinical experiences will focus on the development of the nursing student to expand the ability to systematically analyze information, implement fundamental nursing interventions based on evidence-based practice and recognize patterns of patient needs.  The course uses a blend of experiential and simulated learning activities.
Prerequisites: NUR3100, NUR3260.  Concurrent with NUR3160, NUR3400.


NUR3160 Pharmacological Concepts
4 semester hours
This course utilizes the basic knowledge from the physical and life science foundation to study the effects and interactions of pharmacologic agents on the client population. The focus of the course is to gain an understanding of the underlying physiology of the human body and the pharmacologic effects an agent will have on the human body. The pharmacological concepts of pharmacokinetcs and pharmacodynamics are applied to each pharmacologic agent therapeutic category. The course also explores the ethical, legal, cultural and age implications of pharmacologic therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan. 
Prerequisites: BI03050, CHM1200, NUR3000, NUR3100, NUR3260. Concurrent with NUR3110, NUR3400.


NUR3260 Health Assessment, Education and Promotion/Lab
4 semester hours
This course provides the framework for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals across the lifespan with emphasis on aging.  This includes assessment of mental status, basic psychosocial status, functional health patterns, and physical assessment skills. The National Health Objectives provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact individuals, families, and communities in aggregate.  Health promotion strategies and practices are explored.  Clinical laboratory provides integration for advancing critical thinking skills.
Prerequisites: Concurrent with NUR3000, NUR3100.


NUR3280/Z Health Assessment, Education and Promotion/RN
5 semester hours
This course provides the framework for the RN student to expand existing physical and psychological assessment skills. Acquisition of clinical evidence for the assessment of rapidly changing situations, patient risk and situations related to patient safety will be the focus.  Knowledge acquisition related to wellness, health promotion, illness and disease management is core to the baccalaureate nurse practice.  National Health Objectives provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact individuals, families and communities in aggregation.  Students identify and explore these concepts across the lifespan, including those of healthy aging. 
No prerequisites. RN students only; BIO3050.


NUR3400 Behavioral Health Issues
5 semester hours
Reflecting the ANA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, this course prepares the nurse generalist to utilize effective communication to develop therapeutic interpersonal relationships foundational to all nursing practice.  The dynamic interaction of physical and mental illnesses requires holistic nursing approaches developed from broad-based ways of knowing.  Purposeful use of self is the art of psychiatric-mental health nursing while nursing, psychosocial, neurobiological theories, and research evidence provide its scientific base.  A comprehensive exploration of major psychiatric disorders and current treatments prepares the nurse to function as an effective member of the interprofessional care team. Clinical: Clinical opportunities include experiential learning activities involving psychiatric patents across the lifespan in acute care and community-based settings.  Exposure to self-help groups and other community resources are included.  Simulated experiences may be utilized.
Prerequisites: NUR3100. Concurrent with NUR3110, NUR3160.


NUR4050 Nursing Research
3 semester hours
Research provides the foundation for evidence-based professional nursing practice.  A basic understanding of how evidence is developed incorporates the research process, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives and patient preferences. The role of the baccalaureate nurse as consumer of research is the focus of this course. Students will develop skills to accurately interpret evidence to improve patient outcomes.
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses; MTH2320. Concurrent with NUR4200, NUR4300.


NUR4060 Nursing Research/RN
4 semester hours
Research provides the foundation for evidence-based professional nursing practice. This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a consumer of research.  The baccalaureate nurse can integrate reliable evidence for multiple ways of knowing to inform practice and make clinical judgments. RN students will participate in documenting and interpreting evidence for improving patient outcomes.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; MTH2320.


NUR4200 Nursing: A Global Community Outlook
5 semester hours
This course incorporates concepts from nursing and applies them to public health functions and community-based patient care.  The focus shifts from individual health to population-focused nursing.  The dynamic influence of social justice, political agendas, health disparities and culture on the collective values of health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and quality and accessibility of health services are emphasized.  Current trends in the global health community are explored. Clinical: The clinical component for this course will apply nursing concepts and public health and community-based practices to selected populations to facilitate the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses. Concurrent with NUR4050, NUR4300.


NUR4300 Medical Surgical Nursing I: Collaborative Practice in Health and Illness
7 semester hours
This medical surgical nursing course builds on the conceptual foundations learned in the principles of nursing practice, health assessment, pharmacology and behavioral health nursing courses.  Pathophysiologic processes of all body systems are discussed focusing on evidence based nursing interventions in the acute care setting.  Application of the nursing process in interdisciplinary practice to prevent, promote, maintain and restore health throughout the lifespan is emphasized.Clinical:  The clinical practicum focuses on intermediate nursing care and critical thinking within a collaborative practice setting.  Emphasis is placed on the integration of evidence based nursing interventions with the goal of meeting the diverse health needs of vulnerable adult patients from young adulthood to older adults. 
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses. Concurrent with NUR4050, NUR4200.


NUR4500 Nursing Care of the Family
7 semester hours
This course focuses on the care and support of women, children and families.  The course assists students in using critical thinking to identify the options for holistic, evidence-based practice within the realm of maternal and child nursing. In addition, students will explore strategies and resources for the provision of appropriate care in various clinical settings within social, ethical and multicultural frameworks. Clinical: The nursing care of women, children and families in various clinical settings is the focus of this clinical.  Simulation learning experiences may be utilized to augment clinical experiences.
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses. Concurrent with NUR4600, NUR4800.


NUR4600 Leadership and Management
4 semester hours
This capstone course for the pre-licensure student facilitates the transition from student to professional nurse. The roles, traits, and contributions of the nurse in leadership and managerial positions are explored. Conceptual aspects of power, problem solving/decision making, effec­tive communications, conflict resolution, delegation, team building, quality improvement and patient safety are applied to a variety of situational contexts. The course is designed to facilitate student self-assessment of leadership and management abilities as they develop the necessary skills to enter and thrive within the professional nursing workplace.  The Capstone project and paper require the student demonstrate the ability to integrate and synthesize learning from general education in the arts and sciences with nursing knowledge. 
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses. Concurrent with NUR4500, NUR4800.


NUR4620 Leadership and Management/RN
7 semester hours
This capstone course for the RN student explores the development of the nurse leader role which includes an awareness of complex systems, and the impact of power, potential, policy and regulatory guidelines on these systems.  Leadership requires incorporating ethical decision making and effective work relationships based on respectful communication and collaboration.  Care-coordination, delegation and conflict resolution strategies are discussed.  The course includes a leadership practicum where the student focuses on identification and development of leadership skills.  The practicum includes opportunities for scholarly inquiry, professional writing and presentation.  
Prerequisites: All NUR3000-level courses; RN students only; NUR4060.


NUR4780 Ethical, Cultural and Policy Consideration in Healthcare
4 semester hours
This course examines the cultural influence on belief, values and practices in relation to health, illness and health-seeking behaviors.  It strives to incorporate the constructs of cultural humility and cultural sensitivity. Concepts of individual rights and the common good are examined and debated.  The content explores current healthcare policy as it impacts vulnerable populations. Critical analysis of the issues and trends of the global health community are discussed. On the international level the student will question the fundamental ethical and moral questions that impact our shared humanity.
Prerequisites:  RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; NUR 4060.


NUR4800 Medical Surgical Nursing II:  Collaborative Practice in Health and Illness
6 semester hours
The medical surgical course builds on the conceptual foundations developed in Medical-Surgical Nursing I and in Nursing Research.  Pathophysiological processes are discussed, focusing on evidence-based nursing interventions in the acute care setting with an emphasis on the high acuity patient, examining a diverse population across the adult lifespan.  The professional nursing role is explored further to gain a deeper understanding of the nurse’s role as provider of care, educator, advocate, researcher and manager of care.  The student continues to function as a member of the interprofessional care team and is expected to continue to gain skills and confidence when collaborating with others. Clinical: The clinical experience, utilizing professional nurse mentors, emphasizes complex decision making through collaborative practice in high acuity and critical care settings.  The student must demonstrate increasing autonomy and assume an assignment that more closely approximates a realistic workload for the novice nurse by developing skills in delegation, prioritization and management of care as an integral part of the interprofessional team.
Prerequisites: All 3000-level NUR courses; NUR4300. Concurrent with NUR4500, NUR4600.


NUR4850 Nursing: A Community Outlook/RN
5 semester hours
This course transitions the RN to population-focused nursing practice.  Concepts from nursing and the liberal studies are applied to public health functions and community-based patient care.  The dynamic influence of social justice, political agendas, health disparities and culture on the collective values of health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and quality and accessibility of health services are emphasized.  Current trends in the global health community are explored. Projects assigned during the course apply nursing concepts and public health and community-based practices to selected populations to facilitate the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; NUR4060.