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1130. Health Care Delivery System

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: May not be taken out of sequence after passing NURS 3130.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the U.S. health care system, including its history and evolution and the challenges associated with balancing the competing interests of different facets of health care quality, i.e., safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.

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1131. Introduction to the Discipline of Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 1130; open only to Nursing students. Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 1110.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of the history, values, language, and theories of the nursing discipline to create a platform of understanding and commonality for all future nursing courses.

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1175W. The End of Life: A Multicultural Interdisciplinary Experience

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of experiences at the end of life to enhance student awareness of related issues through a societal, personal, multicultutral, and interdisciplinary lens. CA 4.

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1500. Introduction to Correctional Health Care

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Health care delivery for persons involved in the United States correctional system at the individual, cultural, societal, and national level. Students will apply concepts and theories from the social and psychology sciences to develop critical thought about current health care access, delivery, and treatment in the correctional system.

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2100W. Fostering a Culture of Health through Health Equity and Interprofessional Collaboration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An in-depth examination of our nation's quest toward a Culture of Health, with movement toward health equity by reducing disparities and improving social determinants of health for all members of our society. The principles of interprofessional collaborative practice will be applied as a method to strengthen this work with under-represented, diverse, and vulnerable populations, including enhancing cultural continuity for groups from outside the US. CA 4.

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2175. Global Politics of Childbearing and Reproduction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Maternal health and reproductive issues on a global scale. Focused and sustained examination of the social, cultural, and political forces which organize childbirth and reproductive experiences. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3075. Spanish for Health Care Professionals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Nursing majors

Grading Basis: Graded

Beginner-level Spanish course. Healthcare-related conversational skills within the cultural perspective of Latinos in the United States.

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3100. Clinical Science I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1122, 1124Q, or 1127Q; BIOL 1107; open only to sophomore or higher Nursing majors. Corequisite: PNB 2264 or 2274. Students in the Master of Science in Surgical Neurophysiology Program who have completed PNB 5101 may take this course with instructor consent. May not be taken out of sequence after passing NURS 3110.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nutritional science as they apply to the diverse health care needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. Using a systems approach, foundational principles of nutrition and pharmacology are applied to specific pathophysiologic conditions to develop a holistic (and/or inclusive) care plan that incorporates non-pharmacologic, dietary, and pharmacologic interventions to a diverse patient population.

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3110. Clinical Science II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1122; NURS 3100; PNB 2264; and PNB 2265, which may be taken concurrently; open only to Sophomore or higher Nursing majors. Open to Master of Science in Surgical Neurophysiology students with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of concepts from pathophysiology, microbiology, and pharmacology as they apply to the diverse health care needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. Using a systems approach, foundational principles of microbiology and pharmacology are applied to specific pathophysiologic conditions to develop a holistic (and/or inclusive) care plan that incorporates non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions.

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3120. Patient Centered Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 3100; PNB 2264; and PNB 2265, which may be taken concurrently; open only to Nursing majors; students in the Master of Science in Surgical Neurophysiology Program who have completed PNB 5101 may take this course with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and values needed for assessing individuals from diverse cultures and vulnerable populations through the lifespan. This course will address the nursing science and disease science as appropriate for the development of student skills for patient/client assessment. Supervised laboratory sessions will provide opportunities to practice newly acquired skills.

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3130. Public Health Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 1130; open only to nursing majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories from nursing and public health are examined within the context of aggregate/population based care. Primary, secondary and tertiary approaches are used to promote the health of selected population/community.

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3205. Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q and ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research and application to evidence-based nursing practice. Focus placed on developing the ability to understand, interpret, critically appraise, and apply research for high value nursing practice.

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3220. Clinical Science for Sub-Acute and Chronically Ill Adults

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 1130, 1131, 3100, 3110, and 3120; open only to Nursing majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of concepts of pharmacology, microbiology, nutrition and pathophysiology as they relate to nursing care of adults with sub-acute and chronic health problems and their families.

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3225. Ethical Ways of Knowing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in NURS 3234 or RN license; open only to Nursing majors, others with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the ethical way of knowing in nursing. Selected models and theories illustrating an ethical approach will be analyzed.

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3234. Theory and Nursing Practice for Adults with Sub-Acute or Chronic Problems

9.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 1110, NURS 1130, NURS 3100, NURS 3110, and NURS 3120; open only to Nursing majors. May not be taken out of sequence after passing NURS 3225 or 3715W. Not open to students who have passed NURS 3225 or 3715W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of theory, research and expert clinical practices supportive of nursing care for the adult population. This includes adults from diverse cultures and vulnerable communities that are experiencing sub-acute and/or chronic health conditions and the impact of illness on client families and caregivers.

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3295. Special Topics in Nursing

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3334. Theory and Nursing Practice for Perinatal and Women's Health

6.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing.

Grading Basis: Graded

Builds on students’ understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to perinatal and women’s health. Emphasis is on the development of clinical decision making skills related to nursing care of childbearing families with a particular focus on anticipatory guidance, prevention, interventions and health restoration along with providing care that is culturally responsive to particular needs of the perinatal family and women’s health. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to perinatal and women’s health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse.

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3444. Theory and Nursing Practice for Child Health

6.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing.

Grading Basis: Graded

Builds on students' understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to child health. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision-making skills related to nursing care of culturally diverse childrearing families with a particular focus on anticipatory guidance, prevention, intervention and health restoration. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to child health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care.

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3554. Theory and Nursing Practice for Behavioral Health

6.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major theoretical perspectives regarding etiology and treatment of psychiatric illness are described and discussed including biological, psychological, sociological and environmental factors. The evolving role of the nurse with regard to promoting mental health, patient advocacy, and preventing and/or minimizing adverse sequelae to psychiatric illness are explored, including use of therapeutic communication, critical thinking and application of the nursing care of culturally diverse individuals, families and their populations with a variety of behavioral health problems. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to deliver care to culturally diverse individuals, families, and populations behavioral health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse.

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3664. Theory and Nursing Practice for Acutely Ill Adults

6.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of pharmacology, microbiology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as they relate to nursing care of culturally diverse adults experiencing acute and/or life threatening problems. Critical examination of theory, research, and expert clinical practice supportive of nursing care with culturally diverse adults experiencing acute and/or life threatening problems. Includes experience in clinical and simulation environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to the care of culturally diverse acutely ill adults. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse.

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3715W. Nursing Leadership in the 21st Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; C or better in NURS 3234; open only to NURS majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

An in-depth analysis of the components that facilitate new nursing graduates to become innovative leaders in healthcare, within interprofessional groups, and in the community. Emphasis is on written and oral communication, leadership, social disclosure, and social justice, to benefit the client and the discipline.

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4230W. Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 3205; and ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Corequisite: NURS 3334 and NURS 3444, or NURS 3554 and NURS 3664

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides a framework for health care system change through evidence based practice and quality improvement (QI). Strategies for implementing evidence based practice (EBP) are addressed, including dissemination through writing. QI processes, use of information technology to monitor and evaluate quality indicators, and implementation of strategies to improve outcomes are addressed.

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4235. The Aesthetic Way of Knowing in Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in NURS 3234 or RN license; open only to Nursing majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the aesthetic way of knowing in nursing for diverse patient populations.

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4250E. Public Health Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 3554, 3664, and 4230W. Corequisite: NURS 4282.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories from nursing and public health are examined within the context of aggregate/population-based care with emphasis on understanding how the health of the natural environment and human systems are independent. Primary, secondary and tertiary approaches are used to promote the health of selected population/community. Learners will gain knowledge, skills and motivation for sociopolitical advocacy of public and environmental health.

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4265. Nursing's Past as Prologue

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in NURS 3234 or RN license; open only to Nursing majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Beginning with Florence Nightingale, examine the impact of events and the contributions of individuals in light of present day concerns in the nursing profession. Analyze issues such as race, class, gender and other social, political and economic factors. Analyze past events and their current historical interpretations that illuminate internal and external forces that shape nursing education, evidence-based practice, and research.

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4282. Nursing Leadership and Capstone Practicum

9.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 3334, NURS 3444, NURS 3554, NURS 3664, and NURS 4230W.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth analysis of the components that facilitate new nursing graduates to become leaders in healthcare, within interprofessional groups, and in the community. Students will have an opportunity to explore professional nursing issues as they synthesize knowledge, skills, and values from all prior learning to provide safe care as a beginning practitioner. An interprofessional approach to resolving problems, enhancing leadership through decision-making and collaboration are used.

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4289. Independent Study

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Primarily for qualified students who wish to extend their knowledge by investigating special problems in nursing and through practicum experience. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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4292. Capstone Practicum

6.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: A grade of C or better in all nursing courses through first semester senior year; open only to Nursing majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Synthesis of knowledge, skills, and values from all prior learning to provide professional nursing care as a beginning practitioner through collaborating with culturally diverse teams.

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4299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Primarily for qualified students who wish to extend their knowledge by investigating special problems in nursing. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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4300. Clinical Science: Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Student must be accepted into CEIN_B.S.Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology as they apply to needs of diverse individuals and populations throughout the lifespan. Using the nursing process to examine systematic and individual factors in the application of pharmacology to pathophysiologic conditions in diverse individuals/populations.

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4301. Concepts and Theories of Nursing Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 4304, which may be taken concurrently; students must be accepted into the CEIN/BS program.

Grading Basis: Graded

The nurse’s role is explored in the context of the health care delivery systems, interprofessional and collaborative teams, health beliefs, practices and cultural needs of diverse patients, and legal and ethical issues in providing care. Nursing history, patterns of knowing, theory, and concepts of evidence-based practice are discussed as the foundation of nursing praxis.

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4304. Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing Praxis

12.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to students in the Basic Nursing CEIN/B.S. Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Utilizes a combination of didactic and laboratory methods to explore all realms of health assessment (inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation) and introduces learners to the technological skills necessary for safe nursing practice: vital signs, activities of daily living, medication administration, wound healing and dressing changes, tubes and lines, safety and isolation precautions, and routine monitoring. Patient populations are adults in sub-acute and chronic settings. Addresses the nursing science, clinical science and disease science as appropriate to the assessment and skills. Students must earn at least a grade of "C" in this course to progress.

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4305. Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice - CEIN/BS

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 4301, 4414, 4424, 4434

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research and application to evidence-based nursing practice. Focus on developing the ability to understand, interpret, critically appraise, and apply research for nursing practice. Students must earn at least a grade of "C" in this course to progress.

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4392. Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing Praxis

1.00 - 12.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2264 and 2265; CHEM 1122; BIOL 1107; MCB 2410; NURS 3100; Portfolio review as required; Equivalent coursework will be accepted for all courses. Must be in the Basic Nursing (CEIN.B.S.) Certificate Program. May not be taken out of sequence after passing NURS 4492.

Grading Basis: Graded

Utilizes a combination of didactic and laboratory methods to explore all realms of health assessment (inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation) and introduces learners to the technological skills necessary for safe nursing practice: vital signs, activities of daily living, medication administration, wound healing and dressing changes, tubes and lines, safety and isolation precautions, and routine monitoring. Patient populations are adults in sub-acute and chronic settings. Addresses the nursing science, clinical science and disease science as appropriate to the assessment and skills.

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4414. Theory and Nursing Practice for Behavioral Health

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 4304. Student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major theoretical perspectives regarding etiology and treatment of psychiatric illnesses are described and discussed including biological, psychological, sociological, and environmental factors. The evolving role of the nurse with regard to promoting mental health, patient advocacy, and preventing and/or minimizing adverse sequelae to psychiatric illness are explored, including use of therapeutic communication, critical thinking and application of the nursing process to assist culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities with a variety of behavioral health problems. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to behavioral health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care.

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4424. Theory and Nursing Practice for Perinatal and Women's Health

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 4300 and 4304; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program. Students must earn at least a grade of “C" in this course to progress.

Grading Basis: Graded

Builds on students' understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to perinatal and women’s health. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision-making skills related to nursing care of culturally diverse childrearing families with a particular focus on anticipatory guidance, prevention, intervention and health restoration. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to perinatal and women’s health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care.

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4434. Theory and Nursing Practice for Child Health

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 4304 with a grade of C or better; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program. Corequisite: NURS 4301 and 4424

Grading Basis: Graded

Builds on students' understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to child health. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision-making skills related to nursing care of culturally diverse childrearing families with a particular focus on anticipatory guidance, prevention, intervention and health restoration. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to child health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care.

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4492. Nursing Across the Lifespan I

1.00 - 12.00 credits

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in NURS 4392. Must be in the Basic Nursing (CEIN.B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Problem based learning course examining issues in both parent-child health and community health. The nursing care of three major populations is explored: parents of childbearing and childrearing age, children, and clients in the community (wellness care and morbidity care in the home). The course will explore the major health and illness problems associated with these populations and incorporate clinical science, nursing science, and disease science knowledge appropriate to them. Major concepts of birth, wellness, prevention, grief and grieving, and chronicity will be explored. Settings will include but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, and homes.

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4544. Theory and Nursing Practice for Community Health

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C" or better in NURS 4434; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Builds on students' understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to community health. Principles of epidemiology will be introduced. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision-making skills related to nursing care of individuals, families, and populations living in the community. Attention will be given to the co-existence of diverse cultures and minority groups that reside in the community. Major concepts of wellness, prevention, and chronicity will be explored. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to community health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of culturally responsive interdisciplinary care.

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4554. Theory and Nursing Practice for Adult Acute Care

8.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a C or better in NURS 4434; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of pharmacology, microbiology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as they relate to nursing care of adults experiencing acute and/or life threatening problems. Critical examination of theory, Research, and expert clinical practice supportive of nursing care with adults experiencing acute and/or life-threatening problems. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to the care of acutely ill adults. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care. Apply selected nursing and interdisciplinary theories to the safe management of patient-centered care and the promotion of health for culturally diverse individuals and their families for acutely ill adults.

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4592. Nursing Across the Lifespan II

1.00 - 12.00 credits

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in NURS 4492; must be in the Basic Nursing (CEIN.B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the major health and illness issues with adults through a problem based learning approach. Primary areas of focus are acute care and psychiatric mental health nursing. Hospitals and community centers are the primary areas of practice although students may also follow clients to their homes, long term care facilities, or other residential facilities. Major concepts of infection, coping, grief and grieving, loss, aeration/oxygenation, communication, and circulation are addressed.

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4597W. Senior Thesis in Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; at least 9 credits of NURS 4299. Open only to Honors students; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing a thesis based upon a student's independent research project.

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