Nursing Courses

NU300 Adaptation Nursing.  2 hours.  This course introduces the student to the adaptation framework.  The four modes of adaptation are explored with the focus on the individual student who explores his or her own adaptation level.  The framework is applied to health restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of nursing interventions with a focus on wellness.  Student will also be introduced to the online portfolio system in this course.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the portfolio system and begin building their portfolio.  A fee is assessed for Foliotek access.

NU301 Physical Assessment.  2 hours.  This course introduces the student to physical assessment using the adaptation nursing model.  The four modes of adaptation are explored with the focus on psychosocial needs identified through interview skills and on physiologic needs identified through physical assessment skills.  3 lecture/lab hours.

NU303 Research in Nursing.  3 hours.  Introduction to research in the discipline of nursing.  Topics include elements of the research process, examination of research design, development of research proposals, and application of the research process in the clinical area.  3 lecture hours.  Prerequisite:  AH316.

NU306End-of-Life Care.  3 hours.  This course introduces the student to the theoretical foundations of end-of-life care.  Through the use of a caring model which focuses on culturally sensitive communication processes, the nurse becomes a facilitator of holistic, patient-centered care for the terminally ill patient and family.

NU315 APA Format and Research Databases.  1 hour.  This course focuses on writing research papers in the RN-BSN program.  Areas highlighted will include Smiley Memorial Library services (online and print) and use of APA format when writing. 

NU320  Adaptation Nursing in the Community.  4 hours.  This course focuses on the inter-relationship of community health principles and adaptation nursing.  Lecture and seminar topics include community assessment, family assessment and dynamics, role and function of the community health nurse, crisis intervention, epidemiology, legal/ethical issues of practice, economics of community/home health agencies, and patient education.  Application of theory content will be through exercises designed to demonstrate clinical understanding of public health nursing.  Prerequisite: NU301.  3 lecture hours, 1 clinical hour. 

NU325  Historical Trends in Nursing.  3 hours.  This course focuses on the historical development of nursing from biblical time to the present day.  Lectures and seminars focus on historical occurrences and trends in nursing and the current relationship between nursing and the health care system. 

NU361 Gerontology I.  3 hours.  The focus of this course is on theories, concepts, and issues related to aging with specific consideration to how these affect current and projected increases in the elderly population.  Individual, social, and political implications of the culturally complex nature of these populations are integrated throughout the lessons.

NU362 Gerontology II.  3hours.  The focus of this course is to build on the concepts of Gerontology I.  Content includes physiology of aging, cognitive changes, cultural dimensions, wellness, environmental concerns, stress, nutrition, dementia, and polypharmacy.

NU364  Hospice.  3 hours.  This course is an introduction to the concepts and issues related to hospice nursing.  Topics include the philosophy and history of the hospice movement, standards of nursing care, communication, family dynamics, spirituality, and professional self-care.

NU367  Home Health.  3 hours.  This course is designed to introduce the undergraduate nursing student to the transition of patient care from the institution to the home.  The role of the home health nurse is analyzed in relation to health promotion, health restoration, and disease prevention in providing care in the home setting.  Through utilization of the nursing process, an emphasis is placed on nursing care and services using levels of health care and levels of prevention.

NU369  Rural Health.  3 credit hours.  This course focuses on health issues from a rural healthperspective.  Content includes a study of the multifaceted dimensions of health, illness, the health care delivery system, populations with special needs, occupational accidents, and health beliefs of rural residents.  Also included is information from a U.S.  and international viewpoint.

NU450  Integrated Concepts of Adaptation Nursing.  6 hours.  This course builds on the concepts of Nursing 300, 301, 302, 303, and allows the student the opportunity to apply these concepts through an individualized nursing practice under the supervision of a faculty advisor and a clinical advisor.  The student will be required to develop a specific set of learning objectives for the selected area of clinical practice.  This flexible approach to learning  allows  the student the opportunity to develop expertise in a selected area of practice.  Students must pass the practical, written, and oral components of this course to graduate.  Prerequisites: AH330, NU300, NU301, NU303, NU320.  NU325, and NU455.

NU455  Professional Issues, Leadership, and Management.  3 hours.  This course prepares the student for the expanded role as nurse leader/manager.  Lectures and seminars focus on management theories, leadership style, change theory, interpersonal and inter-professional relationships, and current issues/trends in practice and education. 

NU360/460  Special Problems.  1-3 hours each semester.  A directed, independent study program on a topic of special interest to the student and approved and guided by an instructor.  Prerequisite: approval of the project by the instructor.

NU390/490  Special Topics.  1-3 hours.  Advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum.  Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.