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This course is a survey course of human physiology including functional anatomy. This course will be presented using an organ system approach and will cover cellular physiology, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive and nervous systems. The course emphasizes the correlation between anatomical structure and function, clinical application, and usage of correct anatomical terminology. Topics include cellular anatomy with an emphasis placed on the structural organization of the integument, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, reproductive, and nervous systems. Students apply these concepts in the anatomy laboratory setting using resources such as cadaver dissection, radiographs, MRI, CT scans.(4 credit hours: 3 didactic/1 lab)

  • Articulate the importance of cell structure, metabolism and dynamics for systemic human physiology.
  • Describe and classify the basic categories of human tissue. Students should be able to characterize epithelia and discuss general integumentary physiology.
  • Explain the structure, energetics, mechanism of contraction, and contractile characteristics of skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle at both the cellular and tissue levels.
  • Explain the anatomy and physiological importance of cardiovascular perfusion, cardiovascular innervation, regulation, hemodynamics/cardiac cycle and capillary exchange.
  • Describe the composition and function of blood and stages of hemostasis; describe general lymphatic anatomy, and understand the fundamentals of immune function.
  • Detail the anatomy of the respiratory system, the physiology of ventilation, arterialization, alveolar exchange, and gas transport.
  • Delineate the anatomy and function of the human nervous system at the cellular and systemic levels including neurotransmission, basic cerebral anatomy; and basic motor, sensory, autonomic and reflex pathways in the CNS and peripheral nervous system.
  • Describe the anatomy and primary functions of the kidneys and the essential stages in the formation, filtration, secretion and reabsorption of urine.
  • Explain the contribution of the endocrine system to the maintenance of systemic homeostasis, including endocrine signaling, hypothalamic-pituitary regulation and the major endocrine systems (e.g. adrenal, thyroid, pancreatic, etc.).
  • Understand the principals of reproductive system anatomy and physiology, the genetic and endocrine bases of sex differentiation and the neuroendocrine regulation of sexual development.
  • Explain the essentials of gastrointestinal motility, secretion, absorption and digestion.

This course is designed to introduce the novice nursing student to the discipline of nursing at the baccalaureate level. During the course, students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills essential for understanding the role of the baccalaureate nurse. Opportunities for scholarly writing and conducting library searches focused on using evidence to support nursing practice will be provided. Use of technology as a tool for learning and time management are additional skills that will be emphasized. The class will involve active learning in both individual and team activities.

Corequisites: NUR 3005, NUR 3160, PHS 4904 (credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Discuss the responsibilities of the baccalaureate nurse in using writing as a means for professional communication.
  • Develop collaborative skills necessary to work as an effective member of a professional team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a paper that incorporates the APA scholarly writing style.
  • Utilize technological research tools to access evidence-based sources as a basis for competent nursing practice.
  • Use technology to communicate current evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Incorporate strategies to enhance time management skills that promote success in the baccalaureate nursing program.

This course introduces the student to the roles of the professional nurse including provider of care, coordinator of care, advocate, educator, researcher, leader, and member of the profession. The history of nursing and how society views the nursing profession are discussed. The student is introduced to theories and quality measures that influence nursing practice and patient-centered care. Ethical and legal principles, sociocultural concepts, and political principles guiding the profession will also be addressed. 

Corequisites: NUR 3000, PHS 4904 (3credit: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Discuss the influence exerted by nursing leaders on the development of the nursing profession.
  • Identify the historical, social, political, and economic factors that influence the image and role of professional nursing.
  • Explain the concepts of professionalism, responsibility, stewardship and accountability of the nurse within the scope of practice and as a member of the interprofessional team.
  • Discuss the importance of integrity and ethics in today’s culturally diverse health care environment.
  • Describe the legal implications regarding competent nursing practice.
  • Discuss ways various theories support nursing practice.
  • Explain the purpose of incorporating quality and safety initiatives into nursing practice

This course introduces the entry level student to the discipline of nursing in which they will provide holistic and compassionate care for diverse populations. Students will begin to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality and effective nursing care. Students will start to use clinical/critical reasoning, communication and assessment skills to care for patients across the health illness continuum understanding the need for stewardship and integrity in this changing healthcare environment. The roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, advocate and educator will be applied in the delivery of competent patient care.

Prerequisites: NUR 3000, NUR 3005, NUR 3160, PHS 4904;
Corequisites: NUR 3029, NUR 3032, NUR 3131 (6 credits: 3 didactic/3 clinical)

  • Apply the components of the nursing process in the delivery of compassionate, safe, quality and effective nursing care for diverse populations.
  • Utilize clinical/critical reasoning and assessment skills to prioritize patient care within the nursing scope of practice.
  • Develop basic nursing skills essential to the delivery of competent nursing care.
  • Use effective communication skills when working with patients and members of the interprofessional health care team.
  • Identify the rationale for using evidence based practice when delivering competent nursing care for patients across the health illness continuum.
  • Demonstrate stewardship and integrity and professionalism in the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Create a holistic plan of care that addresses individual patient needs.
  • Identify selected legal and ethical issues related to nursing care of adults with identified alterations in selected systems.

This course introduces the entry level student to foundational health assessment skills emphasizing data collection. Students will be expected to use principles based on the biological sciences to perform a holistic health assessment.  Students will interpret pertinent data in order to make sound clinical judgments needed to deliver safe, quality and effective nursing care. Students will demonstrate competency in communicating and documenting assessment findings.  Integrity, compassion and stewardship will be discussed as they relate to cultural awareness and legal and ethical issues that pertain to health assessment.

Prerequisites: NUR 3160, PHS 4904;
Corequisites: NUR 3032, NUR 3131, NUR 3130 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 lab)

  • Demonstrate competency in obtaining a comprehensive health history.
  • Conduct a holistic health assessment exhibiting competence and compassion, based on scientific knowledge.
  • Utilize a systematic approach when performing a holistic health assessment, maintaining quality and safety standards.
  • Document the findings of the holistic health assessment concisely and accurately, considering legal and ethical implications.
  • Examine cultural implications and diversity issues involved in conducting a health assessment.

This course introduces the entry level student to concepts of pathophysiology based on principles from the biological sciences. Students will examine the phenomena that cause changes in physiological functioning.  Specific system disorders will be investigated, using current evidence-based literature, as a basis for health promotion.  Students will utilize pathophysiological concepts as a basis for making sound clinical judgments needed to deliver safe, quality and effective care. Ethnic, cultural and other influences on health will be discussed

Corequisites: NUR 3029, NUR 3131, NUR 3130 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Apply concepts from the biological sciences as a basis for understanding pathophysiological changes to body systems.
  • Examine the phenomena that cause physiological changes in body system functions.
  • Discuss current evidence-based findings as a basis for health promotion for selected pathophysiological disorders, considering cultural, ethnic and other influences.
  • Identify current trends in healthcare for the treatment of pathophysiological disorders.
  • Apply basic pathophysiologic concepts in making sound clinical judgments in the delivery of safe, quality and effective care.

This course introduces the entry-level nursing student to problem solving and clinical/critical reasoning skills and strategies needed for safe decision making in the delivery of nursing care. Using patient scenarios and/or case studies, students will apply the nursing process to determine safe, quality and effective nursing care.

Prerequisites: NUR 3000, NUR 3160, PHS 4904;
Corequisites: NUR 3130, NUR 3029, NUR 3032

  • Apply critical thinking models to decision-making.
  • Determine key information from a presented patient care scenario.
  • Review pertinent information to determine possible solutions for delivery of safe, quality and effective nursing care.
  • Employ clinical/critical reasoning skills when solving patient care scenarios.

This course introduces the entry level student to the application of nursing concepts in order to provide holistic and compassionate care for patients who have specific disorders.  Students will apply knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality and effective nursing care. Students will continue to develop clinical/critical reasoning, communication and assessment skills to care for patients across the health illness continuum understanding the need for stewardship and integrity in this changing healthcare environment. Topics covered include gastrointestinal, endocrine, genitourinary, immunological, hematological and oncological disorders.

Corequisite: NUR 3191, BHS 3110 (6 credits: 3 didactic/3 clinical)

  • Apply pathophysiological and pharmacological knowledge in caring for patients who have specific disorders.
  • Utilize assessment and clinical/critical reasoning skills, to determine priority health needs of patients who have specific disorders.
  • Implement a nursing plan of care based on patient needs incorporating quality and safety initiatives and evidenced-based practice.
  • Utilize effective communication skills when providing care to diverse patient populations and in working with the interprofessional team.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to holistic nursing care of diverse patient populations.
  • Discuss principles of delegation when providing holistic, compassionate patient care.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors when providing holistic, compassionate patient care.
  • Explain the role of information technology in improving patient care outcomes and creating a safe care environment.
  • Evaluate data from relevant sources to ensure the delivery of safe competent care.

This course introduces the entry level student to pharmacologic concepts in order to provide safe and effective care for patients who have specific disorders. The concepts of drug efficacy, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and medication interactions will be introduced as a basis for providing safe, quality, and effective nursing care. Students will apply dimensional analysis to calculate safe medication dosages. Students will begin to develop clinical/critical reasoning as related to the nurse’s role in pharmacotherapy. Topics covered include medications used in the treatment of gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune, oncological disorders and in the treatment of pain, anxiety and depression.

Prerequisites: NUR 3029, NUR 3130, NUR 3131, NUR 3032;
Corequisite: NUR 3180 (2 credits: 2 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Describe pharmacological concepts in planning care for patients who have specific disorders.
  • Apply dimensional analysis to calculate enteral and parenteral medication dosages.
  • Apply assessment and clinical/critical reasoning skills to develop a teaching plan for patients receiving pharmacotherapy for specific disorders
  • Apply the nursing process based on quality and safe initiatives and evidence-based practice for patients receiving pharmacotherapy for specific disorders.
  • Discuss effective communication skills and patient education for diverse patient populations.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles and professional standards of care in the provision and evaluation of nursing interventions for patients receiving pharmacotherapy.
  • Formulate a nursing plan of care for patients receiving pharmacotherapy that ensures progress toward desired outcomes.
  • Incorporate current technologies, safety initiatives and evidence-based practice in the administration of pharmacotherapies to individual clients.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapies.

This course provides opportunities for the entry level student to integrate pharmacologic concepts in order to provide safe and effective care for patients who have specific disorders. Students will apply dimensional analysis to calculate safe medication dosages. The concepts of drug efficacy, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and medication interactions will be examined as a basis for safe, quality, and effective nursing care. Students will continue to improve clinical/critical reasoning as related to the nurse’s role in pharmacotherapy. Topics covered include medications used in the treatment of cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, respiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal and sensory disorders.

Prerequisites: NUR 3180, NUR 3191;
Corequisite: NUR 4110, NUR 4020 (2 credits: 2 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Apply pharmacological concepts in planning care for patients who have specific disorders.
  • Apply dimensional analysis to calculate enteral and parenteral medication dosages.
  • Incorporate assessment and clinical/critical reasoning skills to develop a teaching plan for patients receiving pharmacotherapy for specific disorders.
  • Apply the nursing process based on quality and safe initiatives and evidence-based practice for patients receiving pharmacotherapy for specific disorders.
  • Discuss effective communication skills and patient education for diverse patient populations.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles and professional standards of care in the provision and evaluation of nursing interventions for patients receiving pharmacotherapy.
  • Formulate a nursing plan of care for patients receiving pharmacotherapy that ensures progress toward desired outcomes.
  • Integrate current technologies, safety initiatives and evidence-based practice in the administration of pharmacotherapies to individual clients.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapies.

This course provides opportunities for the entry level student to integrate nursing concepts in order to provide holistic and compassionate care for patients who have specific disorders.  Students will integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality and effective nursing care. Students will continue to improve clinical/critical reasoning, communication and assessment skills to care for patients across the health illness continuum understanding the need for stewardship and integrity in this changing healthcare environment. Topics covered include cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, respiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal and sensory disorders.

Prerequisites: NUR 3180, NUR 3191;
Corequisite: NUR 3192, NUR 4020 (6 credits: 3 didactic/3 clinical)

  • Apply pathophysiological and pharmacological knowledge in caring for patients who have specific disorders.
  • Incorporate assessment and critical/clinical reasoning skills to establish priority health needs of patients who have specific disorders.
  • Implement a nursing plan of care based on patient needs incorporating quality and safety initiatives and evidenced-based practice.
  • Utilize effective communication skills when providing care to diverse patient populations and in working with the interprofessional team.
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues that impact the delivery of holistic nursing care in diverse patient populations.
  • Integrate principles of delegation and prioritization to deliver safe, quality and competent patient care.
  • Incorporate professional behaviors when providing holistic, compassionate patient care.
  • Evaluate data from relevant sources, including technology, in the delivery of care.
  • Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support nursing practice

This course builds upon previously learned mathematical skills needed to calculate pharmacological dosages for safe medication administration in the clinical setting. Students are taught dimensional analysis as the appropriate clinical/critical reasoning method to ensure safety and quality when determining medication dosages for patients. Students are also taught how to calculate enteral and parenteral dosages.  

Corequisites: NUR 3000, NUR 3160, PHS 4904 (2 credits: 2 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Apply mathematical concepts to calculate medication dosages.
  • Utilize dimensional analysis to calculate oral and parenteral medication dosages and intravenous drip rates.
  • Interpret information from a medication label to calculate safe medication dosages.
  • Determine the safe dose range for an ordered medication.
  • Discuss safety and quality initiatives and evidence-based practice guidelines regarding nursing responsibility in medication administration.

This course integrates developmental theories, theories from the biological and social sciences, family nursing theory, and evidence-based practice in order to provide holistic and compassionate care for the childbearing and child-rearing families. Health promotion and risk reduction, contemporary trends, social justice issues, and legal and ethical issues, will be addressed. Students will apply knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality and effective nursing care. Students will apply clinical/critical reasoning, communication and assessment skills to care for patients across the health illness continuum.  The students will examine the need for stewardship and integrity in this changing healthcare environment. Topics covered include care of the members of childbearing and child rearing families and specific disorders in these populations.

Prerequisites: NUR 3192, NUR 4110;
Corequisite: NUR 3005, NUR 4160 (5 credits: 3 didactic/2 clinical)

  • Apply pathophysiological and pharmacological knowledge in caring for childbearing and childrearing families.
  • Utilize assessment and clinical/critical reasoning skills, to conduct a holistic health assessment exhibiting competence and compassion, based on scientific knowledge.
  • Construct a prioritized nursing plan of care based on patient needs incorporating quality and safety initiatives and evidenced-based practice.
  • Utilize effective communication skills with members of the interprofessional team when providing care to diverse childbearing and childrearing families.
  • Incorporate legal and ethical issues related to holistic nursing care of diverse childbearing and childrearing families.
  • Integrate principles of delegation when providing holistic, compassionate care to childbearing and childrearing families.
  • Incorporate professional behaviors when providing holistic, compassionate care childbearing and childrearing families.
  • Evaluate data from relevant sources, including technology, in the delivery of care.
  • Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support nursing practice.

This course prepares the baccalaureate nursing students to become consumers of research.  Students will be introduced to the research processes essential to providing evidence based nursing care.  Research designs will be discussed as a basis for critiquing the efficacy of selected research studies.  Students will be introduced to the legal and ethical principles which guide the integrity of nursing research.  The nurse’s role in retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence in collaboration with members of the interprofessional team to improve patient outcomes will be addressed.

Corequisite: NUR 4110, NUR 3192 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Discuss the rationale for nursing research and evidence-based practice as a basis for improving patient outcomes.
  • Examine the legal and ethical principles involved in the research process.
  • Evaluate the credibility and integrity of evidence-based research studies.
  • Differentiate clinical opinion from research and evidence-based practice in the delivery of safe and competent care.
  • Compare and contrast research designs essential to providing evidence-based nursing care.
  • Formulate a clinical question which could be resolved through interprofessional collaborative research.

This course integrates contemporary trends in the present complex healthcare delivery system with professional nursing practice. Students will synthesize knowledge from previous courses to further investigate health care system quality, safety, evidenced-based practice, technology, and the professional nurse's role.  The importance of collaborative relationships among interprofessional team members and their impact on quality and value-based care, and patient safety will be analyzed.  Students will further develop skills to address relevant legal, ethical and regulatory issues.

Prerequisites: NUR 3250, NUR 4020, NUR 4030, NUR 4120, NUR 4150;
Corequisite: NUR 4120, NUR 4180 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Analyze historical, social, and political trends and forces driving change impacting the nursing profession and the present complex healthcare delivery system.
  • Evaluate factors contributing to medical errors and evidence-based methods for the prevention of medical errors.
  • Evaluate the effect of evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement and value-based care in the present complex healthcare delivery system.
  • Analyze the effects of communication, informatics and technology on patient-centered care, interprofessional collaboration, and safety.

This course applies nursing theory and evidence-based practice using physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and developmental theories to develop primary, secondary and tertiary interventions to attain and maintain optimal mental wellness across the life span. The focus is on designing nursing strategies that support mental health and wellness and reduce symptomatology following a reaction to stressors. Contemporary trends in treatment and mental health promotion will be emphasized. The legal and ethical issues pertaining to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and extrapersonal stressors of the psychological variable will be discussed. Students will also reflect on their own behaviors and methods of communication. This course will include both a clinical and didactic component.

Prerequisites: NUR 3029, NUR 3032, NUR 3131, NUR 4110, NUR 4130;
Corequisite: NUR 4150 (4 credits: 3 didactic/1 clinical)

  • Examine selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Apply psychopathological and pharmacological knowledge in caring for persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Demonstrate assessment skills which focus on priority health needs of children and adults with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Implement safe, appropriate theoretical and/or research based nursing health preventions/interventions for persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, evaluate, and modify identified health preventions/interventions for persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Use effective communication skills in providing appropriate health preventions/interventions to persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Incorporate ethical, moral, and legal values related to professional nursing roles designed to meet current and emerging health needs to persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.
  • Demonstrates (verbally and in writing) the willingness to evaluate own thoughts, feelings, strengths, and limitations as they relate to providing care to persons with selected alterations in mental health functioning.

This course provides the foundation for developing and using nursing theory and theories from other disciplines that, in turn, provide the foundation for developing and using epidemiological theory and concepts in planning and implementing primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention for at-risk aggregates and communities. It focuses on the process of conceptualizing individuals, families, groups, and communities within their environments. Students will learn to facilitate health care delivery to aggregates and communities of diverse cultures, using effective communication, negotiation, problem-solving skills, and collaborating with the interdisciplinary health care team and members of the community. Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate health and wellness within primary secondary and tertiary levels of prevention using principles of evidence-based practice. Contemporary trends in community-based nursing practice will be discussed. Students will examine the economic, sociocultural, and ethical influences on community-based nursing practice.

Prerequisites: NUR 3050, NUR 4110, NUR 4130;
Corequisite: NUR 3250 (4 credits: 3 didactic/1practicum)

  • Synthesize knowledge from previous nursing courses, concepts of epidemiology, and biostatistics in the assessment, planning and management of disease and the development of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention interventions.

  • Apply knowledge of environmental health, global health and human diversity issues in assessing the public health of a community.

  • Evaluate the impact of public policy and budget considerations in the planning and development health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

  • Facilitate health care delivery to clients, aggregates and populations utilizing effective communication, problem solving, and collaboration and conflict resolution strategies.

This course will focus on providing students with a fundamental understanding of human genetics and its role in diagnosis, disease management, risk reduction and health promotion. Students will learn ways to assess protective and predictive genetic factors, which influence the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in order to develop a basis for competent nursing care.  Students will apply knowledge of inheritance and immuno-genetics in predicting the possible effect of genetics on disease development. This course will also address the ethical, social, political and economic impact of selected genetic diseases, DNA-based genetic diagnosis, and gene therapy.

Prerequisites: PHS 4904, NUR 4110, NUR 3192;
Corequisite: NUR 3050, NUR 4130 (2 credits: 2 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Explain the mechanisms of genetic transmission.
  • Discuss the impact genetics and genomics related issues have on competent nursing practice.
  • Discuss the importance of family history and genetic pedigree as necessary nursing assessment tools.
  • Apply evidence-based research to evaluate the genetic risk for individuals, families and communities.
  • Incorporate ethno-cultural considerations in identifying genetic risk factors.
  • Formulate a teaching plan for individuals, families, and communities with identified risk factors for the development of a genetically transmitted disorder

This course is designed to assist the baccalaureate nursing student apply leadership and management theories, concepts, and skills.  Principles of stewardship, prioritization, delegation, quality improvement, patient safety, and evidence-based practice will be discussed.  Students will examine the basic concepts of an organizational structure, mission, vision, philosophy, and core values as they relate to individual ethics and values. Students will investigate power, accountability, conflict management and team-building within an interprofessional team.  Legal, ethical, and political issues that impact quality and safety in the delivery of compassionate and competent patient care will be analyzed.  

Prerequisite: NUR 3180,
Corequisite: NUR 3192, NUR 4110 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Apply selected leadership and management theories to nursing practice situations.
  • Examine the impact of quality and safety initiatives on improving patient outcomes.
  • Formulate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative strategies that are useful when working with inter-professional teams.
  • Apply principles of prioritization, delegation and accountability in the delivery of safe, effective and quality patient care.
  • Explain the effects that organizational structure, mission, vision, philosophy, and core values exert on the nursing leadership role.
  • Formulate strategies to address political, cultural, legal and ethical issues facing nurse leaders within the current health care delivery system.
  • Demonstrate stewardship when implementing strategies to motivate others in adapting to change and resolving conflict within health care organizations.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice in decision making in the role of nurse leader.
  • Create strategies to enhance the development of self as leader.

This course provides opportunities for the entry level student to synthesize nursing concepts in order to create and manage holistic and compassionate care for patients who have complex needs.  Students will incorporate knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality and effective nursing care to patients who have multiple system disorders. Students will apply clinical/critical reasoning, communication and assessment skills to care for patients across the health illness continuum understanding the need for stewardship and integrity in this changing healthcare environment. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to patients who have complex multi-system health care needs will be analyzed.

Prerequisites: NUR 3180, NUR 3191;
Corequisite: NUR 3192 (6 credits: 3 didactic/3 clinical)

  • Integrate pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts to prioritize care for patients who have complex health care needs.
  • Incorporate assessment and critical/clinical reasoning skills, to create priority interventions for patients who have complex multi-system health care needs
  • Integrate an evidence-based practice model in designing a plan of care to ensure optimal client outcomes.
  • Utilize effective communication skills in providing care to diverse patient populations and in collaborating with the interprofessional team.
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues that impact the delivery of holistic nursing care in diverse patient populations.
  • Utilize safe delegation and appropriate prioritization to deliver quality and competent patient care in a complex healthcare setting.
  • Integrate professional behaviors when providing holistic, compassionate patient care in a complex healthcare setting.
  • Evaluate nursing care that promotes positive outcomes for patients who have complex multisystem health care needs.
  • Integrate patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support nursing practice.

This course examines the financial environment of the health services industry and how it affects today's nurse manager role. Students examine the principles of financial accounting and budgeting. This course presents the concepts of cost and revenue, basic vocabulary, processes, functions and reports commonly seen in health care environments, including types of budgets; considerations for and the utilization of human and material resources.

Prerequisites: NUR 3180, NUR 4010, NUR 4020 (3 credits: 3 didactic/0 clinical)

  • Assume fiscal responsibility and accountability in the role of the professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.
  • Evaluate literature and research for improving financial viability and cost management of the health care environment.
  • Evaluate the professional nurse role related to the financial management, fiscal responsibility, and other economic issues impacting the current health care system.
  • Facilitate health care delivery to diverse clients utilizing sound fiscal and financial management strategies that include collaboration with members of various institutional departments.
  • Enhance professional nursing fiscal responsibility acting the role advocate, provider, teacher, mentor, manager, researcher, and leader.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, business, and other disciplines to promote financial stability and responsibility using primary, secondary, tertiary prevention.

This seminar/clinical capstone synthesizes all previously learned knowledge, integrating the concepts of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables as they pertain to client care. The student will focus on the synthesis and integration of complex concepts of nursing knowledge related to clinical practice and leadership and management skills. Within the seminar setting, students will utilize nursing theory to guide practice. Students will also apply leadership skills and client management theories in delegating, supervising, and evaluation other members of the health care team. The student will work with a registered nurse preceptor and other members of the health care team.

Prerequisites: Completion of all prior clinical and didactic courses;
Corequisite: NUR 3175 (6 credits: 2 didactic/4 clinical)

  • Apply Neuman's Systems Model when planning and implementing care for a designated group of clients.
  • Demonstrate an ability to set appropriate priorities in delegating and supervising team members.
  • Utilize the nursing process when delegating and supervising team members.
  • Evaluate documentation by team members.
  • Utilize critical thinking in setting priorities for care in a complex client situation.
  • Delegate appropriately to team members according to skill levels, agency policies and Nurse Practice Act regulations.
  • Utilize appropriate communication skills as a nurse leader and manager with clients, families, co-workers, physicians, and other health team members.
  • Design strategies to maintain open lines of communication and positive relationships with co-workers physicians, and other health team members.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with health team members.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with other team members.
  • Identify client learning needs.
  • Implement and document client teaching.
  • Utilize a multidisciplinary approach for implementing discharge planning and client teaching.
  • Include family members and significant others in client teaching.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing team.
  • Utilized evidence based practice in to monitor continuous quality improvement.
  • Identify conflict when it occurs in the clinical setting.
  • Utilize appropriate conflict management techniques as needed.
  • Integrate content learned in all previously required nursing and non-nursing courses through review and analysis of selected client care situations