Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2016–2017 and 2017–2018; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

Nursing: N

Lower-Division Courses

N 107, 207, 307. Topics in Nursing.

One, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one discussion hour a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic.

Topic 1: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors. Same as Sociology 310S and Women's and Gender Studies 301 (Topic 7). Overview of contemporary women's reproductive health issues, with emphasis on historical, physiological, psychosocial, and cultural influences that affect the reproductive health of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, and midlife. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Nursing 307 (Topic 1), Sociology 308 (Topic 2), 310S, Women's and Gender Studies 301 (Topic 7). Prerequisite: One year of high school biology, or Biology 301L or 309D.

N 309. Global Health.

Overview of global health, with emphasis on the determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socioeconomic factors, health care systems, and public health systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

N 310. Communication in Health Care Settings.

Introduction to theories and models of communication in relation to health care; basic factors affecting interpersonal communication in health care settings. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Required for nursing majors.

N 117H. Introduction to Nursing Scholarship: Honors Seminar.

Introduction to the nature of nursing scholarship, along with related research and clinical and educational career opportunities. Topics include leadership, research, and ethics as they relate to nursing. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program.

N 119, 219, 319, 419, 519, 619. International Learning Seminars.

Discussion of various issues related to the academic, cultural, and personal aspects of completing academic work in international locations. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Nursing 119, 219, 319, 419, 519, 619 and Undergraduate Studies 119 may not both be counted unless the topics vary. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

N 320. Introduction into Patient-Centered Nursing Care.

Examines the profession of nursing and introduces the concept of nursing process as a framework for patient-centered care of younger and older adults. Special emphasis will be placed on topics that apply to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs of the aging adult. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 227 and 320 may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Biology 326M, 446L, Nutrition 306, Psychology 301; credit or registration for Biology 365S and 165U.

N 321. Ethics of Health Care.

Examination of ethical issues of health care and related legal concerns; contradictions, inconsistencies, and competing views that lead to dilemmas in health care. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Nursing 311, 311H, 321, 321H. Prerequisite: Rhetoric and Writing 306.

N 321H. Ethics of Health Care: Honors.

Ethical issues in health care and related legal concerns; contradictions, inconsistencies, and competing views that lead to dilemmas in health care. Emphasis on resolving ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning and ethical obligations in health professional-patient relationships; and just allocation of scarce health care resources. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Nursing 311, 311H, 321, 321H. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program, or consent of instructor.

N 322. Transition to Professional Nursing.

Restricted to students in the RN-BSN accelerated track. Designed to provide the RN student with a transition into the baccalaureate and professional nursing roles. Explores professional socialization in the work and education settings; develops professional career goals and career plans; and includes discussion of role transition in nursing practice, with attention to expanded and advanced nursing practice roles. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

N 223, 323. Genetics in Health Care.

The integration of genetic information into nursing practice, including ethical, legal, psychological, and social issues. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Nursing 223 and 323 may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325 or consent of instructor.

N 224. Health Assessment Skills.

Discussion, application, and documentation of health assessment skills needed to provide data for health promotion and nursing interventions. One and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Biology 326M, 446L and Nursing 310; credit or registration for Nursing 320.

N 325. Adult Health Nursing I.

Discussion of the concepts necessary to promote and restore the health of adults with biological problems; related physiological and psychological responses. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Biology 365S and 165U, Nursing 320, 224, and 127P.

N 325P. Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum).

For nursing majors admitted to the professional sequence. Application of the concepts and theories necessary to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems; related physiological and psychological responses. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 325.

N 227. Conceptual Bases of Aging.

An examination of the theories of aging, the developmental tasks of families, and the physical, psychological, social, economic, ethical, legal, and spiritual needs of aging persons. Responsibilities and needs of caregivers. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 320 and 227 may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

N 127P. Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum).

Laboratory instruction and practice in clinical nursing skills. Two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Biology 326M and 446L; concurrent enrollment in Nursing 320.

N 129M, 229M, 329M, 429M, 529M, 629M. International Learning Seminars.

Restricted to students participating in a Maymester Abroad course. Discussion of various issues related to the academic, cultural, and personal aspects of completing academic work in international locations. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Nursing 129M, 229M, 329M, 429M, 529M, 629M and Undergraduate Studies 119 may not both be counted unless the topics vary. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

N 137, 237, 337. Independent Study.

Study in a specific area; topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor. The equivalent of one, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: A University grade point average of at least 2.80 and consent of instructor.

N 147, 247, 347. Specialized Topics in Nursing.

The equivalent of one, two, or three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require up to thirty-nine hours of fieldwork a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the upper-division sequence; some topics also require consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Informatics in Health Care and Nursing.
Topic 2: Acute Care Pediatrics.
Topic 3: Cardiovascular Nursing.
Topic 4: Childbearing Nursing Elective.
Topic 5: Critical Care Nursing.
Topic 6: High-Risk Maternity.
Topic 7: Pediatrics.
Topic 8: Perioperative Nursing.
Topic 9: Special Topics in Pediatrics.
Topic 10: Child Wellness Center (Practicum).
Topic 11: Children with Chronic Illness in the Community.
Topic 12: Clinical Nursing Preceptorship.
Topic 13: Community-Oriented Ambulatory Nursing.
Topic 14: Genetics in Clinical Nursing (Practicum).
Topic 15: Home Health Nursing.
Topic 16: Pediatrics in the Community.
Topic 17: Well Children in the Community.

N 250. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

Focuses on developing the competencies needed for interprofessional collaborative practice among health care professionals. Core interprofessional competencies addressed include: values and ethics for interprofessional practice; knowledge of roles and responsibilities of different health professions; interprofessional communication; and teams and teamwork. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 321 or 321H, and 278; credit or registration in Nursing 355P; or consent of instructor.

N 354. Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

Basic medical Spanish language skills and phrases related to assessment and nursing activities. Focus on the cultural values of Latino patients who seek health care in the United States. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 310 or consent of instructor.

N 455. Adult Health Nursing II.

Advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and related physiological and psychological responses. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325 and 325P.

N 255C. Adult Health Nursing IIA.

First of a two-part sequence in adult health nursing. Advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and related physiological and psychological responses. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 455 and 255C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325 and 325P.

N 255D. Adult Health Nursing IIB.

Second part of a two-part sequence in adult health nursing. Advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and related physiological and psychological responses Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 455 and 255D may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 255C.

N 355P. Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum).

Application of advanced concepts and theories to promote and restore health of adults with biological problems and their related physiological and psychological responses. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325P and Pharmacy 338; credit or registration for Nursing 157P and 455 or 255D.

N 356. Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span.

Biological, environmental, cultural, and interpersonal factors predisposing individuals across the life span to mental health problems. The course is organized around the nursing process, as well as multidisciplined therapeutic modalities, that assist the individual and family to adapt, recover, and grow through these problems. Current relevant research, and the sociocultural, legal, and ethical implications of providing nursing care to the mentally ill. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 224; credit or registration for Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L or Psychology 304 and Nursing 325.

N 256P, 356P. Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum).

Application of strategies for the care of individuals, groups, and families experiencing mental health problems. For 256P, six laboratory hours a week for one semester; for 356P, nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Nursing 256P and 356P may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 356.

N 157P. Clinical Nursing Skills II Practicum.

Laboratory instruction and practice in clinical nursing skills. Two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325P.

N 264. Nursing Research.

Basic components of the research process; interpreting descriptive and inferential statistics in research. Critical examination of research studies in nursing. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 264 and 264H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Nursing 320 or consent of instructor.

N 264H. Nursing Research: Honors.

Examination of the research process and methods, along with interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics in research. Critical examination of research studies in nursing and research skills through participation in a research project. One and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Nursing 264 and 264H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program and an introductory statistics course, or consent of instructor.

N 265. Nursing Care of Childbearing Families.

Concepts, theories, and processes essential to understanding the health concerns and problems of women and their families during the childbearing years. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 325, 325P, 356, and 256P or 356P; credit or registration in Nursing 157P and 455 or 255C.

N 365P. Nursing Care of Childbearing Families Practicum.

The application of concepts, theories, and processes pertinent to care of women and their families during the childbearing years. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 265.

N 266. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families.

Concepts, theories, and developmental processes essential to the health concerns and problems of children, adolescents, and their families. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L or Psychology 304, Nursing 356, 356P or 256P, Pharmacy 338; and credit or registration in Nursing 355P and 255D or 455.

N 366P. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families Practicum.

Application of concepts, theories, and developmental processes essential to the health concerns and problems of children, adolescents, and their families. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Nursing 157P; credit or registration for Nursing 266.

N 274. Complex Nursing Care.

Addresses the management of complex and critical needs of patients and their families across the continua of care. The focus will be on people with multiple chronic conditions experienced by various populations such as age groups, disease/health conditions, and settings. In addition, transitional care, critical care concepts, palliative, and end-of-life care will be explored. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 255D, 455, 355P, 266, 366P; credit or registration in Nursing 277P.

N 275. Public Health Nursing.

Public health nursing models and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of aggregates and communities. Description and analysis of formal and informal community systems and health care delivery systems. Major emphasis on the concepts of community building and collaboration. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 455 or 255D, 355P, 356, 256P or 356P, 265, and 266; or consent of instructor.

N 375P. Public Health Nursing Practicum.

Provides opportunities for students to apply public health nursing concepts, theories, and processes to the care of aggregates and the total community. Assigned clinical experiences are designed to develop student skills in the practice of public health nursing. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary health care with at-risk aggregates and high-risk families and aggregates in the community. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Nursing 275.

N 377. Leadership and Management of Nursing Care.

Selected concepts and theories of management in the context of the delivery of dynamic nursing care. Use of management concepts in working with a health care team to provide high-quality patient care. Historical development of the health care system, current issues, contemporary trends, standards of professional practice, management and leadership roles, political and cultural influences on health care, and professional career development. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 377 and 377H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Nursing 325 or consent of instructor.

N 377H. Leadership and Management of Nursing Care: Honors.

Examination of selected concepts and theories of management and leadership in the context of the delivery of dynamic nursing care. The use of management concepts in working with a health care team to provide high-quality patient care. Current economic, social, and political factors that influence health care. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Nursing 377 and 377H may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing Honors Program or consent of instructor.

N 277P, 377P. Clinical Care Management Practicum.

Application of selected concepts and theories of management in the planning and delivery of health care. For 277P, six laboratory hours a week for one semester; for 377P, nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Nursing 277P and 377P may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 265, 365P, 266, and 366P; and credit or registration in Nursing 377 or 377H.

N 278. Contemporary Nursing Practice.

Designed to evolve the student's professional nursing practice and expand its application in the clinical setting. Provides opportunities for analysis and synthesis of theoretical, evidence-based, and clinical knowledge with emphasis on the awareness and knowledge of contemporary nursing practice. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 321 or 321H and credit or registration in Nursing 264, or consent of instructor.

N 279P. Capstone Preceptorship.

Designed to provide students with clinical experiences similar to those that confront newly employed registered nurses. Focuses on the role transformation of students and on clinical competence in communication, collaboration, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation of interdisciplinary work. Thirty to forty hours a week for three to four weeks for a total of 120 clinical hours. Additional preparation time to assure clinical competence may be required. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Nursing 377 or 377H, and 277P or 377P.