BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING – COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the anatomy of the human body on applications to patient evaluation and care. Emphasis is placed on the histology of basic tissues and the gross anatomy of the different systems of the human body including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine, male and female reproductive systems, and skin.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of human physiological processes with emphasis on applications to patient evaluation and care. Concepts underlying normal function and how alterations in these normal functions can affect body systems are presented including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine, male and female reproductive systems and skin. Knowledge and understanding of these normal human processes is basic to providing quality nursing care. System variations across the lifespan are addressed.
This course serves to introduce the student to concepts, theories and methods employed by sociologists in order to test and create theories and patterns of human social organization, examine the nature of social life, and to understand social differences, inequalities, institutions and the changes that occur in society.
This course covers the scientific study of human behavior. Topics covered during the course of studying the major perspectives in the biological basis of behavior history include: biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, emotion and stress.
HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
This course focuses on the study of human growth and development across the life span with an emphasis on cognitive, psychological, social, physical, and moral/spiritual development. Major developmental theories, significant milestones, developmental tasks, adjustments and common health problems, stressors, and anticipatory guidance specific to developmental stages throughout the life span will be explored. Students will use case studies and debate to enhance learning. A final project will be required.
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY
This course covers fundamental aspects of the structure-function relationships of proteins and an overall coverage of intermediary metabolism. Major topics covered include: the nature and function of proteins and enzymes; the metabolic working of cells, tissues and organs; the interrelationships between the pathways of carbohydrate, lipid and amino acid metabolism; the vital role of hormones in metabolic regulation; the energy-trapping mechanisms of animals and plants; interesting variations on the central metabolic pathways in various life forms.
PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS
This course is designed to acquaint students with statistical methods used in collecting, presenting and analyzing data. The course includes: statistical concepts in modern society; descriptive statistics and graphical displays of data; the normal distribution; data collection (sampling and designing experiments); probability distributions; sampling theory; elements of statistical inference; estimation and hypothesis testing; linear regression and correlation; and contingency tables.
This course will cover the fundamentals of microbiology including historical perspectives, anatomy and growth of bacteria, microbial metabolism, diseases caused by them, and interrelationships of microorganisms with the environment. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of microorganisms with humans and the diseases they cause (disease-causing representatives of different groups of microorganisms and how these are transmitted and controlled). Additionally students will also learn how to avoid the spread of infectious microorganisms in the hospital environment. The course is complimented by laboratory exercises in which students acquire hands-on experience in studying various aspects of microbiological applications.
This course of study focuses on the assessment phase of the nursing process as a means of collecting data for use to be used by the registered nurse during the process of making clinical decisions whilst promoting safe and quality health care. Topics and concepts emphasis will be placed on include the acquiring of knowledge and skills required to perform health assessments in patients at various levels in their lifespan whilst focusing on focusing on physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual components of patient/s along with communication findings. The course will also provide the opportunity to nursing students to engage in hands on practice of health assessment techniques/skills and require the nursing student to demonstrate effective communication, clinical judgment and performance of health assessment skills in a clinical setting.
FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course serves as introductory course for the student to acquire and develop the fundamental concepts, principles and skills which are imperative for a nurse to acquire in order to begin professional nursing practice in meeting the needs of individuals that they care for throughout that individual’s lifespan in a safe, legal and ethical manner. This course prepares students to apply critical thinking skills when examining individual responses to health problems of a medical – surgical nature. Students are exposed to scientific and theoretical foundations of basic human needs that are utilized in the nursing to provide patient-centered care for individuals. Commonly seen health deviations / pathophysiological processes within the adult population are introduced. Topics covered include: philosophy of nursing, nursing history, critical thinking, cultural diversity, ethical and legal issues, communication, teaching and educating, patients needs, and safety. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation laboratory and reinforced in multicultural healthcare settings (e.g. medical/surgical units).
PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
This course examines the nurse’s role in medication administration and usage This course will place emphasis on the key pharmacological principles (pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; drug actions and interactions) and the role of the nurse in management of drug therapy, including appropriate evidence-based patient teaching, counseling, and safety and quality controls. Also covered in the content of this course are current drug classifications and related nursing implications for individuals of all ages. It will enable the student to determine and evaluate the educational and patient care goals regarding medication administration. The student will learn to use information technology to stay current with new drugs and collaborate within inter-professional teams to ensure quality patient-centered care.
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY for NURSING PROFESSIONALS
This course will serve as a study of the relationship between normal state and altered physiology state in human systems. It will explore the physiological adaptive responses to internal and external dimensions, including genetics, ethnicity, environment and age. The course focuses on the development of nursing knowledge in patho-physiologic responses to altered states of health and disease in the human body as a foundation for evidence-based, patient-centered care. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal physiological functioning and identify the etiology of patho-physiological alterations in illness across the lifespan.
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course focuses on the role of a registered nurse in applying the nursing process to care for individuals of all ages who are experiencing acute and chronic mental health alterations in response to the internal and external environmental dimensions. Students will be exposed to a broad overview of psychosocial adaptation and coping concepts that are utilized in a wide variety of settings during providing care for the individual who is experiencing an altered state of mental health. Topics that are discussed include normal and abnormal behaviors, and common therapeutic treatments, interventions, communication and collaboration for optimal state of mental health. In the clinical portion of the course, the students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care and implement a therapeutic plan of care based on patient needs.
MEDICAL – SURGICAL NURSING I
This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of culturally diverse adult patients in a variety of health care facilities with chronic conditions to include those related to nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance, respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, and neoplastic disorders. Perioperative care and HIV/AID are also examined. The student will demonstrate foundational concepts and principles and techniques of beginning and intermediate psychomotor skills related to the topics covered in theory in both the laboratory and clinical settings. The students collect and interpret data, perform interventions, and plan and evaluate care. Chronic illness and developmental theory, healthcare economics, and related concepts that impact client and family outcomes will be explored. Incorporated in the course is evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication, caring and collaboration; quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of healthcare settings.
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course examines and trends of greatest concern to nursing today. Current legal, ethical, moral, political and socio-economic variables and other current trends including societal and cultural behaviors that influence nursing and healthcare are explored and analyzed. The role of the nurse in today’s rapidly changing health care environment is examined through the presentation of topics important to professional nursing.
NURSING RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE –BASED PRACTICE
This course is specifically geared towards enhancing the nurse’s knowledge and through the use of the entire research process / evidence based practice critically appraise evidence literature. Focus will be placed on the most fundamental aspects of the research process, which include reading, interpreting and evaluating research findings as a basis for evidence-based nursing practice. The historical evolution of nursing research and its impact on current issues are examined. Current research studies are critically appraised for quality and application to evidence-based nursing practice. Basic principles of scientific inquiry, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research ethics are introduced in the context of clinically relevant research. Ethical considerations and rights of human participants are explored.
NURSING CARE OF WOMEN AND THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
This course focuses on the health assessment and health promotion for the childbearing family (newborns and women who are experiencing an altered health state). Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles that include family theory; the psychological, psychosocial, and physiological nature of the normal childbearing experience; and the promotion and education of lactation as a maternal-child health factor. Special emphasis is given to major maternal and neonatal risk factors and complications that potentially compromise healthy beginnings. Students will apply the nursing process with childbearing families who may vary in age, ethnicity, culture, social status, marital status, and sexual preferences. Learn experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation center and in multicultural healthcare settings. Additionally students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology, and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care.
NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This course focuses on the impact of acute and chronic illnesses on children and adolescents and their families. Physiological and psychosocial alterations are explored from a holistic and systems perspective with emphasis on the developmental needs of the child or adolescent. Application of the nursing process including the maintenance of health through the illness experience is emphasized with young patients and their families in secondary and tertiary settings. Special emphasis is given to risk reduction in the care of children and adolescents and their families. Learn experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation center and in multicultural healthcare settings. Additionally students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology, and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care.
This course is a study of macronutrients and micronutrients, their metabolism in the human body and the importance of nutrition in relation to health throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the study of the nutrients, nutritional assessment, nutrient-drug interactions and food safety. Dietary patterns and nutritional adequacy of various cultural, ethnic and religious groups are also studied.
This course provides an opportunity to explore the impact of chronic illness on the geriatric patient and their families and on the healthcare needs and issues in gerontological nursing. Healthy aging processes and the risk factors that affect the health and functioning of older adults will be explored as well as nursing approaches to managing those needs and risks. Students will have the opportunity to provide care to older adults in various healthcare settings. The student will design care and implement a project during this experience. Ethical, legal, and economic issues related to the geriatric patient will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and clinical judgment in the role of a nurse in working with inter-professional teams to order to provide quality patient-centered care that promote, restore and maintain the health of the geriatric patent in a variety of settings.
MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING II
This course offers a continued focus on the application of the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of culturally diverse adult patients in a variety of health care facilities with chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the nursing care of adults experiencing disorders of the gastrointestinal, renal/urinary, prostate, neurological, musculoskeletal, sensory, and endocrine disorders. The student will demonstrate foundational concepts and principles and techniques of beginning and intermediate psychomotor skills related to the topics covered in theory in both the laboratory and clinical settings. The students collect and interpret data, perform interventions, and plan and evaluate care. Chronic illness and developmental theory, healthcare economics, and related concepts that impact client and family outcomes will be explored. Incorporated in the course is evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication, caring and collaboration; quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of healthcare settings.
CRITICAL CARE NURSING
The course expands on the previous nursing knowledge and skills with a focus on the adult population in the critical care environment or have high acuity needs in healthcare settings. The student will apply the nursing process, problem solving techniques, evidence-based nursing interventions, and critical thinking techniques to provide care to patients that have complex health issues or that are acutely/critically ill. Emphasis is placed on caring for patients in specialty settings such as intensive care units, trauma units, post-anesthesia recovery units, burn units, outpatient surgery centers, cardiovascular care, and in emergency departments with health care needs to include respiratory problems, neurologic disturbances, shock, sepsis, metabolic and endocrine imbalances, altered nutrition, renal failure, emergency and disaster nursing. Additional topics that will be covered include electrocardiogram interpretations; interventional radiology; telemetry nursing; cardiac catheter labs; high-risk obstetrics; management of individuals after surgery; end of life care; management of multiple organ failure/dysfunctions; and rehabilitative care. Incorporated in the course is dosage calculations and administration, evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication , caring and collaboration, quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of medical surgical healthcare settings.
BRIDGE TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This course encompasses providing students with the opportunity through a clinical preceptorship (focused patient care experience) in a health care setting and through faculty seminars to gain knowledge and skills in order to facilitate the transition from the role of a student to an entry level practicing nurse. Topics and concepts covered include discussions on current issues and trends in health care, the nurse in leadership and management role, issues relating to professional practice and working with inter-professional teams (role expectations and responsibilities), effective communications, evidence-based knowledge, team-based care, mentoring and coaching, retention and recruitment, conflict resolution, death and grief, and transition into the work place as a nurse. Students will reflect on their personal and professional values and develop ways to practice in teams that improve patient care outcomes.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
The course provides an overview of community and public health nursing in the caring of clients experiencing health problems as individuals, families, groups and communities. The student will critically assess the role and core competencies of the nurse in the community in promoting health, preventing disease, restoring health, and planning. Emphasis is placed on examination of concepts, theories, evidence-based practice and research, economics, epidemiology related to the role and management of care of individuals, families, groups and communities. The student will explore and plan for population-based needs including disaster response and training. Skills related to community and populations assessment, planning, and evaluation will be refined.
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
This course focuses on the identification and development of leadership and management principles within rapidly changing healthcare environments. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based decision making in the position of management within a health care organization. Also covered are effective strategies that can be utilized in management process of a health care organization, whilst always maintaining a caring environment. Selected concepts, such as quality improvement, change, patient safety, finance and health policy and politics are explored. The course is designed to facilitate the students’ self-assessment of their leadership and management skills. It includes opportunities for scholarly inquiry and professional communication.
ETHICS IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course of study serves introduce nurses to biomedical ethics and will encompass looking at some cases that is at the forefront of discussion on this topic. The course will include a discussion of basic ethical theories, principles and meta-ethical concerns, which will foster a more informed and knowledgeable understanding on a variety of issues such as doctor/nurse – patient relationship, euthanasia, allowing comatose patients to die, abortion, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, organ transplants, medical experimentation, involuntary psychiatric commitment, treatment decisions for ill infants, and allocation of medical resources. Discussions will also include spiritual and moral issues that students may face personally and professionally as they transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse.
This course focuses on development of knowledge and enhancement of skills required to use information management and patient care technologies in the delivery of safe and effective healthcare, which includes administration, education, research, and management of information. Practical experience with a variety of patient care technologies relevant to evidence-based practice is included.