Nursing (NURS)

Dean: Professor E. Carol Polifroni

Office: Room 201, Storrs Hall

For major requirements, see the School of Nursing section of this catalog.

1110. Introduction to Health and the Discipline of Nursing

Three credits.

An introduction to the internal and external factors that influence health while simultaneously introducing students to the discipline and profession of nursing. Leading causes of illness, injury and death are discussed with emphasis on the role of the nurse in promoting health and disease prevention. Avenues for responsible participation in socio-political action to influence the health of all communities are explored.

1130. Health Care Delivery System

Three credits.

An historical and contemporary exploration of the American health care delivery system: its evolution and development, legal and regulatory perspectives, roles of all providers and finances. A comparison with socialized health care will be made.

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

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

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

2175. Global Politics of Childbearing and Reproduction

Three credits. One lecture per week.

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.

3075. Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Nursing majors.

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

3100. Clinical Science I

Three credits. Two class periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 1122, 1124Q, or 1127Q; BIOL 1107; open  only to Nursing majors; open to sophomores. Corequisite PNB 2264, or 2274.

Critical examination of concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology and nutrition as they apply to preventive health care of adults. Introduction of knowledge, skill and attitude of basic mathematics competency for medication administration.

3110. Clinical Science II

Three credits. Two class periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 1122; NURS 3100; PNB 2264, PNB 2265; open only to Nursing majors; open to sophomores. PNB 2265 may be taken concurrently.

Concepts from microbiology, pharmacology as they relate to health care of individuals throughout the lifespan.

3120. Patient Centered Across Health Assessment Lifespan

Three credits. Prerequisite: NURS 3100; PNB 2264; PNB 2265 concurrent; open only to Nursing majors.

Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed for assessing individuals through the lifespan. Supervised laboratory sessions will provide opportunity to practice newly acquired skills. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3130. Public Health Nursing

Three credits. Prerequisite: NURS 1130; open only to Nursing majors.

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.

3205. Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Three credits. Prerequisite: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

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.

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

Three credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 1110, 1130, 3100, 3110, 3120 and 3130; open only to Nursing majors.

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.

3225. Ethical Ways of Knowing

Three credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3234 or RN license; open only to Nursing majors.

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

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

Nine credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 1110, 1130, 3100, 3110, 3120, and 3130; open only to Nursing majors.

Critical examination of theory, research and expert clinical practice supportive of nursing with adults experiencing sub-acute and chronic health problems and their families. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to individuals with sub-acute or chronic health care problems. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3295. Special Topics in Nursing

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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

Seven credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing majors.

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 childbearing 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. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3444. Theory and Nursing Practice for Child Health

Seven credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing majors.

Builds on students’ understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to childrearing families. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision making skills related to nursing care of 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. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3554. Theory and Nursing Practice for Behavioral Health

Seven credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing majors.

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 process to assist individuals and families 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. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3664. Theory and Nursing Practice for Acutely Ill Adults

Seven credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3205, 3220, and 3234; open only to Nursing majors.

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. Includes experience in clinical and simulation 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. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3715W. Nursing Leadership

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; to enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3234; open only to Nursing majors.

An in-depth analysis of the components that facilitate new nursing graduates to become 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.

4235. The Aesthetic Way of Knowing in Nursing

Three credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 3234 or RN license; open only to Nursing majors.

An exploration of the aesthetic way of knowing in nursing.

4265. Nursing’s Past as Prologue

Three credits. Prerequisite: Students must have earned a “C” or higher in NURS 3234 or RN license; open to Nursing Majors Only. Not open to students who have completed NURS 111.

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.

4292. Capstone Practicum

Six credits. Recommended preparation: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in all nursing courses through first semester, senior year; open only to Nursing majors.

Synthesis of knowledge, skills, and values from all prior learning to provide professional nursing care as a beginning practitioner. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

4299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

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.

4300. Clinical Science: Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

Three credits. Prerequisite: Students must be accepted into the CEIN/BS program.

Critical examination of concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology as they apply to health care of patients.

4301. Introduction to the Discipline and Foundations of Nursing

Three credits. Students must be accepted into the CEIN/BS program. Students must earn at least a grade of “C” in this course to progress.

The nurse’s role in the context of health care delivery systems, inter-professional and collaborative teams, and legal and ethical issues in providing care. Nursing history, patterns of knowing, theory, and concepts of evidence-based practice as the foundation of nursing praxis.

4304. Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing Praxis

Variable credits, 1 through 12. Student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

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.

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

Three credits. Prerequisite: NURS 4301, 4414, 4424, 4434. Students must earn at least a grade of “C” in this course to progress.

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.

4414. Theory and Nursing Practice for Behavioral Health

Four credits. Prerequisite: 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.

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 process to assist individuals and families 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.

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

Four credits. Prerequisite: NURS 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.

Builds on students’ understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to childbearing families. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision making skills related to nursing care of childbearing 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.

4434. Theory and Nursing Practice for Child Health

Four credits. Prerequisite: NURS 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.

Builds on students’ understanding of microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, genetics, and pathophysiology as these sciences relate to childrearing families. Emphasis is on development of clinical decision making skills related to nursing care of 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.

4544. Theory and Nursing Practice for Community Health

Four credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 4414, 4424 and 4434; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

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. 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 interdisciplinary care.

4554. Theory and Nursing Practice for Adult Acute Care

Eight credits. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a “C” or better in NURS 4414, 4424 and 4434; student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

Critical examination of pharmacology, microbiology, nutrition, 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.

4597W. Senior Thesis in Nursing

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; at least 9 credits of NURS 4299; open only to Honors students; open only by instructor consent.

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

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