Academic Catalog

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 174  Nutrition  3 cr.  
This course applies principles of nutrition and fluid balance in the care of patients of all ages utilizing the framework of the nursing process in multiple settings. The effect of nutrition and diet on the wellness-illness continuum is discussed with the integration of cultural influences. Code 3 course fee.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 131
Corequisite(s): NURS 176
NURS 175  Nursing I  9 cr.  
The student is introduced to nursing as a profession and practice discipline. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is explored as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline of nursing. The core components of nursing practice are introduced as an organizing framework with the focus on provider of care and introduction to critical thinking. Categories reflecting human needs and the nursing process formulate a holistic patient assessment incorporating therapeutic, caring interventions for patients across the lifespan. Prerequisites: All accompanying requirements listed in the Nursing Student Handbook(such as health requirements and CPR certification). Courses listed in the main portion of the catalog General education courses may be taken prior to entering the nursing program. Code course fee.
NURS 176  Nursing II  9 cr.  
The student investigates health alterations that affect the essential activities of daily living and human needs. The course focuses on the application of the nursing process to the care of individuals across the age span experiencing alterations in physical and mental health. Concepts of growth and development of children, and young, middle and older adults are discussed. Topics related to cognitive decline and chronic illness and death are explored as are general topics related to mental health/illness. Mental disorders and disorders of the endocrine, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems are presented. Code course fee.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 175, NURS 174, BIOL 131
Corequisite(s): NURS 174
NURS 273  Nursing III  9 cr.  
The student addresses the health care needs of childbearing and childrearing families and investigates health alterations that affect essential activities of daily living and human needs. Concepts of growth and development in the care of child bearing and child rearing families are explored. Discussion focuses on the application of the nursing process to the care of adults with disorders of the respiratory, hematological, immunological, reproductive systems and neoplastic disorders. Code course fee.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 176, NURS 174, BIOL 232
Corequisite(s): BIOL 232
NURS 274  Nursing IV  10 cr.  
The student addresses application of the nursing process to the care of patients with disorders of the cardiovascular, renal/urinary, and neurosensory systems as well as clients with complex health care needs. The roles of the nurse as provider of care, as manager of care and as leader of the health care team are also emphasized. Beginning management/leadership concepts are introduced and implemented in the clinical setting. The student will be teamed with an experienced RN mentor to work a concentrated clinical rotation for the preceptorship experience. Code course fee.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 273, NURS 275, BIOL 232
Corequisite(s): NURS 275
NURS 275  Contemporary Nursing  2 cr.  
The student examines and analyzes issues facing the nursing professional in today's health care environment with emphasis on transition to practice. The course focuses on the application of previously learned nursing knowledge including the analysis of the relationship between the nursing process and the client's needs and NCLEX-RN readiness. Code 3 course fee.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 273
Corequisite(s): NURS 274