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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

College of Health and Human Services

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Nursing (NURS)

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Chairperson: Gene E. Harkless
Professor: Susan J. Fetzer
Associate Professor: Pamela P. DiNapoli, Gene E. Harkless, Joanne G. Samuels, Carol L. Williams-Barnard
Assistant Professor: Joyce Dolphin Cappiello, Ralph Klotzbaugh, Carolyn L. Tobin
Clinical Associate Professor: Donna Marie Pelletier
Clinical Assistant Professor: Elizabeth J. Evans, Kimberly Gibbons, Pamela Kallmerten, Patricia Puccilli, Megan E. Seawards, Deborah L. Simonton, Nancy A. Wells
Lecturer: Karen Crowley, Karen S. Niland

The nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120. The nursing department reflects the mission and goals of the University and focuses on the uniqueness of each individual. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to enhance the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The philosophy expresses the beliefs of the faculty regarding person, environment, health, nursing, and education. The curricular goal is to guide nursing students in developing knowledge and skills essential to the present and future practice of nursing. Graduates are prepared to provide care to individuals and groups, help people identify and meet their health care needs, be effective colleagues on the health care team and shape the future of health care.

The curricula are divided into biological, social sciences, and humanities as a foundation for courses in the major, and nursing courses, which emphasize relationship-based care, reflective thinking, clinical decision making, and the application of evidence-based guidelines to develop quality and safe clinical skills. Clinical experiences are offered in area health facilities, community health agencies, and a state-of the-art simulation laboratory. The senior year culminates in a capstone practicum, NURS 721C, Integrating Professional Nursing Practice Clinical, in which students apply curricular concepts in a precepted clinical experience. Candidates for the nursing degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying major requirements.

The nursing program faculty believe learning is a creative process wherein students are active participants in their education, growth, and development as professional nurses. Faculty members are facilitators and mentors to students within a supportive, scholarly environment.

Honors-in-major courses are offered to interested nursing students who have achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.75 in NURS courses and cumulative GPA of 3.4 at the end of the sophomore year in nursing.  In addition to NURS 641H, Translating Research for Practice (4 cr.), students must successfully complete 8 additional credits of honors coursework drawn from the following courses: NURS 612H, Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 2 (4 cr.); NURS 627WH, Clinical Judgment in Nursing (4 cr.); and NURS 705, Contemporary Leadership within Health Care Systems (4 cr.), for a total of 12 credits of honors coursework.

Honors-in-major students must successfully complete NURS 794, Special Topics: Honors Seminar (1 cr.), spring semester junior year; NURS 797, Honors Thesis (1 cr.), fall semester senior year; and NURS 797, Honors Thesis (4 cr.), spring semester senior year. These self-directed learning experiences, related to the student's interests, are designed to help students acquire advanced knowledge and skills to undertake inquiry or scholarly projects. Students must submit a project description to a faculty adviser at the beginning of the senior year. Students present the results of this study at the Nursing Inquiry Day.

A grade of C or better in high school chemistry is required as well as biology or physics. The following prerequisite courses must be completed successfully prior to enrollment in NURS 500: ENGL 401, BMS 507-508, and PSYC 401. BMS 501 must be taken prior to or concurrent with NURS 500. A course in statistics must be completed prior to, or taken concurrent with, NURS 641.

Prerequisite courses require grades of C or better and only one prerequisite course may be repeated one time in order to progress. Most of the prerequisite courses also meet Discovery requirements. Major courses require a minimum grade of C. Nursing courses may not be repeated. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 must be maintained throughout the program.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical agencies, uniforms, professional equipment, health insurance coverage, yearly criminal background drug and alcohol screening, fingerprinting, yearly health assessment, and select immunizations and titers. Students must maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer level.  All clinical documents must be received by July 1st before the sophomore year, except flu vaccine that is due by October 15th, and remain up to date until graduation. Clinical documents cannot expire during the academic year; documents that must be submitted yearly must be dated between May 1 and June 30. Students will be assessed a late fee if clinical documents are not received by the due date. Students will be dropped from nursing courses if documentation is not received by the first day of class. Additional costs associated with the program include, but are not limited to, simulation laboratory fees, fees associated with program requirements and attendance at professional meetings.

 

 



Freshman Year - Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
BMS   507   Human Anatomy & Physiology   4  
ENGL   401   First-Year Writing   4  
    Discovery/Inquiry   8  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   16  

1.  BMS 507 satisfies Discovery Biological Science category (BS) and Discovery Lab (DLAB).
2.  ENGL 401 satisfies Discovery Writing Skills category (WS).
3.  One of the Discovery courses should be Inquiry by end of first year.



Freshman Year - Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
BMS   508   Human Anatomy & Physiology   4  
PSYC   401   Introduction to Psychology   4  
    Discovery/Inquiry   8  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   16  

1.  PSYC 401 satisfies Discovery Social Science category (SS).
2.  Two additional WI courses required beyond ENGL 401 and NURS 627W (see spring junior year).



Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
BMS   501   Microbes in Human Disease   4  
NURS   500   Introduction to Professional Nursing   2  
NURS   504   Diseases and Drugs 1   4  
NURS   516   Health Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals   4  
NURS   516C   Health Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Clinical   2  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   16  

NURS 516 requires Simulation Lab.



Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
*     Statistics   4  
NURS   505   Diseases and Drugs 2   4  
NURS   506   Human Development, Interaction and Learning Across the Lifespan   4  
NURS   517C   Clinical Integration   2  
NURS   601   Function and Well-being of Older Adults   2  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   16  

* HHS 540, PSYC 402, SOC 502, MATH 439 - satisfies Discovery Quantitative Reasoning category (QR).

NURS 517C requires Simulation Lab.



Junior Year - Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   611   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 1   4  
NURS   611C   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 1 Clinical   2  
NURS   616   Living with Mental Illness, or NURS 621/621C Maternal and Newborn Nursing   2  
NURS   616C   Living with Mental Illness Clinical   2  
NURS   641   Translating Research for Practice   4  
    Discovery/Elective   4  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   18  

NURS 611 requires Simulation Lab.
 



Junior Year - Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   612   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 2   4  
NURS   612C   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 2 Clinical   2  
NURS   621   Maternal and Newborn Nursing or NURS 616/616C Living with Mental Illness   2  
NURS   621C   Maternal and Newborn Nursing Clinical   2  
NURS   627W   Clinical Judgment in Nursing   4  
    Discovery/Elective   4  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   18  

1.  NURS 612 requires Simulation Lab.
2.  NURS 621 requires Simulation Lab.
3.  NURS 627W satisfies Writing Intensive (WI) in major/WI at 600-level or above.


 



Senior Year - Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   702   Child Health Nursing   2  
NURS   702C   Child Health in the Community Clinical   2  
NURS   704   Public Health Nursing   4  
NURS   704P   Public Health Nursing Project   2  
NURS   711   Clinical Judgment in Complex Illness   2  
    Discovery/Elective   4  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   16  

NURS 711 requires Simulation Lab.



Senior Year - Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   705   Contemporary Leadership within Health Care Systems   4  
NURS   721   Integrating Professional Nursing Practice   2  
NURS   721C   Integrating Professional Nursing Practice Clinical   6  
    Total Credit Hours for Semester   12  


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