Mount St. Joseph University

Health Sciences: Nursing Course Descriptions

Undergraduate 2018-2019

NUR 100 Health Promotion (3)
In this course, students explore the concept of health promotion in terms of exercise, sleep, stress, self-concept, with an emphasis on nutrition. The health-illness continuum is examined, with a focus on strategies that promote health and well-being in today's health care system. Throughout the course, students perform a variety of assessments and design an individualized health and wellness plan for self or others.

NUR 205 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)
Prerequisite(s): BIO 198/198A, CHE 104/104A, PSY 103, SOC 103, NUR 100
Corequisite(s): NUR 210/210A/210C
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 205A
This course presents the art and science of assessing the health of clients across the lifespan. The content addresses the purpose and method of obtaining a comprehensive holistic client database using a nursing assessment model. The use of effective communication techniques to obtain assessment data is addressed. Deviations in health patterns are identified by comparing assessment data to norms, standards and theories. Assessment findings are documented in a manner appropriate for an interdisciplinary health care community.

NUR 205A Health Assessment Across the Lifespan-Lab (0)
Prerequisite(s): BIO 198/198A, CHE 104/104A, PSY 103, SOC 103, NUR 100
Corequisite(s): NUR 210/210A/210c
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 205
Course description as stated in NUR 205

NUR 207 Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 220/220C, NUR 317/317A, BIO 301
Corequisite(s): NUR 360/360C, NUR 430
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 207C
This course explores the role and responsibilities of the professional nurse beyond the acute care setting and into the global community. The focus is on promoting health in communities, examining the health care system to advocate for clients, and utilizing epidemiological principles to understand global health risks. Students begin to use the nursing process to plan culturally sensitive care that addresses a variety of aggregate health concerns such as violence, poverty, homelessness, and communicable diseases.

NUR 207C Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 207
This course explores the role and responsibilities of the professional nurse beyond the acute care setting and into the global community. The focus is on promoting health in communities, examining the health care system to advocate for clients, and utilizing epidemiological principles to understand global health risks. Students begin to use the nursing process to plan culturally sensitive care that addresses a variety of aggregate health concerns such as violence, poverty, homelessness, and communicable diseases.

NUR 210 Foundations Patient-Centered Nursing Care (5)
Prerequisite(s): BIO 198/198A, CHE 104/104A, PSY 103, SOC 103, NUR 100
Corequisite(s): NUR 205/205A, BIO 215/215A, PSY 204
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 210A/210C
This course introduces the student to the foundations of the art and science of nursing. The evolution of professional nursing and the history of health care are explored as the basis for the practice of patient-centered nursing care. The concepts fundamental to professional nursing such as nursing process, ethics, legalities, human diversity, and communication are emphasized. Application of the concepts and content fundamental to the practice of nursing is addressed in an on-campus skills laboratory and in clinical settings in the community.

NUR 210A Foundations of Patient-Centered Nursing Care - Lab (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 210/210C
Course description as stated in NUR 210

NUR 210C Foundations of Patient-Centered Nursing Care - Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 210/210A
Course description as stated in NUR 210

NUR 220 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions (6)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 205/205A, NUR 210/210A/210C, BIO 215/215A, PSY 204
Corequisite(s): BIO 301, NUR 317/317A
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 220A/220C
This course builds on the concepts introduced in Foundations of Patient Centered Nursing Care. The focus is the health promotion, health maintenance and illness/disease management for individuals experiencing common/chronic health conditions. Critical thinking skills are enhanced as evidence-based practice is presented and discussed when planning care. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide patient-centered care. Other concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology and human diversity.

NUR 220A Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions-Lab (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 220/220C
Course description as stated in NUR 220

NUR 220C Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions- Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 220/220A
Course description as stated in NUR 220

NUR 307 Biostatistics (3)
Introduction to Biostatistics Provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.

NUR 309 Cultural Immersion for Health Care Providers (1-3)
This course is a field experience in a culturally-rich community. The location may occur in a foreign country or in a location within the United States. Students will interact with healthcare providers and patients/families with the focus on understanding their culture beliefs as they relate to health care. Students will examine how culture, religion, social systems and lifestyle affect their belief of health and health care.

NUR 315 Nursing Prof Role (3)
Prerequisite(s): Registered nurse
NUR 315 is designed to facilitate the transition of the registered nurse to the role of registered nurse student seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Course content focuses on the development of professional nursing in the United States. The student's personal and professional philosophy and roles are explored in relationship to the image of nursing. Nursing process and nursing theory are taught as two approaches that guide nursing practice.

NUR 317 Pharmacology and Medication Administration (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 205/205A, NUR 210/210A, BIO 215/215A
Corequisite(s): BIO 301, NUR 220/220A/220C
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 317A
This course explores basic mechanisms of drug action, indications and contraindications of drug therapy. Nursing interventions related to dosage, therapeutic effects as well as toxic and expected side effects of various medications. Emphasis will focus on the care of clients receiving medication across the life span and in culturally and socioeconomically diverse settings. Techniques involved in the administration, calculation of drug dosages, regulation and maintenance of controlled substances, I.V. therapy and administration of medications in parenteral and non-parenteral forms are presented and practiced.

NUR 317A Pharmacology (LAB) (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 317
Course description as stated in NUR 317

NUR 318 Professional Nursing:Concepts and Issues (3)
In this course students become immersed in professional nursing, and examine the opportunities and challenges facing the professional nurse in today's health care arena. Theory, research, evidence-based practice, and professional abilities and values are discussed as the basis for providing patient-centered nursing care. Current and future issues and trends in nursing are analyzed in terms of promoting positive patient outcomes and growth of the profession.

NUR 319 Nursing Informatics (3)
In this course, students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of computer use including the functions of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentational software. Opportunities to practice searching for, analyzing, and applying electronic resources to improve evidence-based practice and patient-centered care will be incorporated. This course will also assess and analyze current technology used in the health care setting for the ethical and legal implications, including confidentiality.

NUR 320 Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Acute/Chronic Conditions (6)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 207/207C, NUR 360/360C, NUR 430
Corequisite(s): NUR 370/370C
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 320C
This course explores the needs of patients and families experiencing acute/chronic medical/surgical conditions. The focus of nursing care is on the health promotion, health maintenance and illness/disease management for individuals experiencing acute/chronic health conditions. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships and use therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide patient-centered care. Concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology and human diversity.

NUR 320C Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Acute/Chronic Conditions- Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 320
Course description as stated in NUR 320

NUR 360 Family-Centered Maternity Nursing (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 317/317A, NUR 220/220A/220C, BIO 301
Corequisite(s): NUR 207/207C, NUR 430
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 360C
This course explores the needs of patients and families experiencing the childbearing process, including normal and high-risk health conditions. The focus of nursing care is health promotion, health maintenance, and illness/disease management for the childbearing patient (mom and baby) and family. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use critical thinking, therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment, and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide family-centered care. Concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology, and human diversity.

NUR 360C Family-Centered Maternity Nursing-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 360
Course description as stated in NUR 360

NUR 370 Patient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 207/207C, NUR 360/360C, NUR 430
Corequisite(s): NUR 320/320C
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 370C
This course explores the needs of patients and families experiencing acute and chronic mental health conditions. The focus of nursing care is the health promotion, health maintenance, and illness/disease management for individuals and families experiencing mental health conditions. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use critical thinking, therapeutic communication, assessment, and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide patient-centered care. Concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology, human diversity, and interdisciplinary partnerships.

NUR 370C Patient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 370
Course description as stated in NUR 370

NUR 396 Co-Op:Parallel(PT) (1-3) EXP
A part-time work related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined learning agreement and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.

NUR 410 Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Complex Conditions I (5)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 320/320C, NUR 370/370C
Corequisite(s): NUR 460/460C, NUR 430
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 410C
This course explores the needs of patients and families experiencing complex medical/surgical conditions. The focus of nursing care is on the health promotion, health maintenance and illness/disease management for individuals experiencing complex health conditions. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide patient-centered care. Concepts integrated throughout the course include leadership and management, delegation, ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology and human diversity.

NUR 410C Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Complex Conditions I-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 410
Course description as stated in NUR 410

NUR 415 Health Care Policy (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 431
In this course students examine multiple perspectives on the health care system in the United States. Students will compare and contrast the key features of the U.S. health care system with the key features of the health care systems of other developed countries. The topics of health care delivery, health care policies, health care finance, and health care reform are discussed with an emphasis on the ways nurses can positively influence health care system changes. Areas of exploration include determinants of health, vulnerable populations, and health disparities. This course will also explore the need for nurses to develop cultural competence if they are to become effective advocates of equitable health policies and practices.

NUR 416 Health Promotion with Vulnerable Populations (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 431
Corequisite(s): NUR 415
This course provides an opportunity for the student to grow in personal cultural competence, apply community assessment processes, and demonstrate synthesis and application of population-based health promotion concepts. Content and learning strategies focus on caring for vulnerable populations within the community by applying concepts from nursing, related health disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences. The course has two clinical components: 1) with faculty guidance, the student determines an area in which personal growth in cultural competence is needed and addresses that need through the Diverse Communities Project; and 2) the student partners with a community agency to assess healthcare needs, plan a health promotion program for an at-risk population, implement the program, and evaluate.

NUR 417 Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 415, NUR 416
In this course students explore a multitude of leadership concepts and theories in depth. Students examine the role and responsibilities of the nurse leader working in interprofessional teams emphasizing the abilities and processes needed to create the future of nursing. The focus is on developing his or her personal style of leadership in the context of the challenges facing nursing in a changing health care environment.

NUR 418 Leadership and the Common Good (4) CCP
Prerequisite(s): NUR 415 and NUR 416
Corequisite(s): NUR 417
This course is taken concurrently with NUR 417, focusing on the application of leadership and management skills in a variety of settings. It promotes synthesis of concepts from nursing, related healthcare disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences. The RN student will work with expert providers to practice skills for delivering healthcare in diverse environments. The opportunities will allow for implementation of the individual's developing leadership style in the context of the challenges facing nursing in a changing health care environment. The course has two clinical components: 1) preceptorship focuses on the student's partnering with a healthcare provider to plan, implement and evaluate a leadership project which will affect the common good within her/his organization; and 2) capstone which is the synthesis of the concepts from nursing/healthcare, the liberal arts and sciences, and the student's life experiences which demonstrate how the baccalaureate outcomes for the University have been met.

NUR 419 Leading and Managing within a Clinical Microsystem (4)
This course focuses on providing learners with the tools to establish their professional nursing foundation. Learners explore how the integration of ethical core values and knowledge from a variety of disciplines inform decision-making in the provision of high quality nursing care within interprofessional teams in various clinical microsystems. Learners examine leadership and organizational theories, and the management skills applicable to the nursing profession. This course includes practice experiences where the RN student applies course concepts into clinical microsystem environments.

NUR 420 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Critical Care (5) EXP
Prerequisite(s): NUR 410/410C, NUR 430, NUR 460/460C, NUR 470
Corequisite(s): NUR 421
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 420C
This course explores the needs of patients and families experiencing life-threatening medical/surgical conditions. The focus of nursing care is on the health promotion, health maintenance and illness/disease management for individuals experiencing critical health conditions. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students' base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide patient-centered care. Students will develop professional practice behaviors while working with a variety of healthcare professionals in the clinical setting. Concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology and human diversity.

NUR 420C Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Critical Care-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 420
Course description as stated in NUR 420

NUR 421 Professional Nursing and the Common Good (3) CCP
Prerequisite(s): NUR 420
The nursing capstone is the culminating interdisciplinary course that interweaves the liberal art and science core curriculum with the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. The capstone achieves a three-fold purpose: (1) to facilitate substantial new learning about a complex global problem; (2) to encourage integration of knowledge, skills, and values from the entire liberal arts and sciences Core Curriculum, including experiential learning (clinical practice), to address that problem; and (3) to strengthen concern and action for the common good as habits of mind. The focus is on socializing the student into the professional role of nursing through the completion of a 120 hour preceptorship while completing capstone assignments that challenge the student to consider complex global healthcare problems. Through capstone assignments students synthesize concepts from nursing, the liberal arts, and sciences, and their life-experiences, demonstrating that they have met the baccalaureate learning outcomes for the University. During the preceptorship, students collaborate with a preceptor nurse further developing practice competencies, including: communication, cultural competence, critical thinking, teaching/learning, leadership, advocacy, coordination and evaluation of patient care. Students also engage in a variety of seminar activities in which they integrate knowledge and practice experiences from current and previous learning in nursing and the liberal arts and sciences.

NUR 422 Nursing and Healthcare for Populations (4)
Prerequisite(s): Registered Nurse and IDS 307, NUR 315 and NUR 430
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 423
With a focus on promoting and advocacy for vulnerable populations within the community, this course explores healthcare disparities related to physiological, environmental, socioeconomic, behavioral, cultural, and political factors. Nursing responsibilities pertaining to global health issues and disaster situations are also addressed. Students develop skills in applying theoretical concepts from multiple disciplines and in using data from the literature to direct evidence-based practice.

NUR 423 Partnering with Populations to Provide Nursing Care (5)
Prerequisite(s): Registered Nurse and IDS 307, NUR 315, NUR 430
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 422
This course is the clinical co-requisite to NUR 422 and is taken concurrently. Content and learning strategies focus on advocacy for vulnerable high risk populations within the community by applying concepts from nursing, related health disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences. Individually students explore advocacy roles within the community. As members of a peer task group, students partner with a community agency to assess healthcare needs, plan a health promotion program for an at-risk population, and present the program plan to other students.

NUR 424 Nursing Leadership & Management Strategies in Healthcare (4)
Prerequisite(s): Registered Nurse and NUR 422 and NUR 423
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 425
This course draws on theories from nursing and related disciplines to develop a framework for organizational leadership and management. Emphasis is given to change theories and exploration of practical skills that enable the nurse to work collaboratively with clients and colleagues in a variety of settings to improve health care. Contemporary issues related to nursing practice and healthcare delivery are discussed. The Baccalaureate Degree capstone paper is included in this course.

NUR 425 Implementing Nursing Leadership & Mgt Strategies in Healthcare (5)
Prerequisite(s): Registered Nurse and NUR 422 and NUR 423
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 424
Taken concurrently with NUR 424, this course focuses on the application of leadership and management skills in a variety of healthcare settings. It promotes synthesis of concepts from nursing, related health disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences. Students work in partnership with both community agencies and individual expert providers to practice skills for delivering healthcare in diverse sociopolitical environments. The two major projects are implementation and evaluation of a group community health promotion project planned in NUR 423 and an individual preceptorship experience with a nurse leader or other health professional.

NUR 425S Ser Lrng:Implementing Nur Leader & Mgt Strategies in Healthcare (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 425
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

NUR 430 Research for the Health Sciences (3)
Corequisite(s): Coreq: MTH 174 or Permission of Chairperson
Research in the Health Sciences focuses on the interaction of the components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of healthcare. This course emphasizes the critical appraisal and utilization of health-related research including selected theories and ethical considerations. Critical and reflective thinking, as a health care clinician who provides evidence based practice, will be emphasized.

NUR 431 Foundations of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Prerequisite(s): MTH 174 or MTH 176 or Permission of Chairperson
Evidence-based practice in nursing focuses on the interaction of the components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of healthcare. This course emphasizes the critical appraisal and utilization of health-related research including selected theories and ethical considerations. Critical and reflective thinking, as a nurse who provides evidence based practice, will be emphasized.

NUR 452 Independent Study (1-3)
Independent study under the guidance of a faculty member to meet stated objectives. Written permission of department chairperson and faculty member required.

NUR 452A Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452B Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452D Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452E Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452G Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452J Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452K Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452L Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452M Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452O Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452P Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452Q Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 452T Independent Study (1-3)
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NUR 460 Family-Centered Pediatric Nursing (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 320/320C, NUR 370/370C
Corequisite(s): NUR 410/410C, NUR 470
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 460C
This course explores the needs of children and families experiencing common and complex health conditions. The focus of nursing care is health promotion, health maintenance, risk reduction and illness and disease management for the child and family. Sound research evidence and clinical judgment provide the foundation upon which students base nursing practice. Clinical experiences allow students to develop caring relationships, and use critical thinking, therapeutic communication, collaboration, assessment, and developmentally appropriate interventions as they provide family-centered care. Concepts integrated throughout the course include ethics, legalities, professional role, information literacy, health care technology, and human diversity.

NUR 460C Family-Centered Pediatric Nursing-Clinical (0)
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 460
Course description as stated in NUR 460

NUR 470 Leadrshp in Professional Nursing (2)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 320/320C, NUR 370/370C
Corequisite(s): NUR 410/410C, NUR 460/460C
This course explores leadership, management, and followership in the context of professional nursing in a variety of health care delivery systems. With an emphasis on nursing responsibilities, it prepares the student to implement effective leadership behaviors in the beginning practice role. Concepts emphasized in this course are: empowerment, negotiation, delegation, change, conflict resolution, team building, and case management.

NUR 496 Co-Op:Alternatng(FT) (1-3) EXP
A full-time work related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined learning outcomes and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.