This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with selected individuals, families, groups and communities. Health concerns of the group/community are identified and addressed using health program planning skills. Research is evaluated for its use in community health settings.
Prerequisite(s): NURS-205, NURS 231 Nursing Theories, NURS 233 Health Assessment, NURS 234 Health Care Ethics, NURS 236 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, NURS 240 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and NURS 245 Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community.
NURS 231 Nursing Theories (3 hours)
This course introduces the student to nursing theories as the foundation for nursing practice. The development of nursing theory and the relationship of theory to nursing research and nursing practice are examined. Various nursing theories are evaluated for utility in nursing practice with an increasingly diverse patient population. Technology is utilized to facilitate information retrieval and scholarship dissemination.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program. Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 201 Professional Communication in Nursing.
NURS 233 Health Assessment (3 hours)
An introduction to basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a detailed health assessment of individuals across the age continuum. The biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of human beings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a systematic health history and physical exam using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Supervised laboratory and clinical allow the student the opportunity to practice the assessment skills introduced in class. (2 credit hours theory; 1 credit hour clinical)
NURS 234 Health Care Ethics (3 hours)
This introduction to the study of ethics uses primary sources for the analysis of present day ethical dilemmas in health care. The course examines some of the prominent moral principles and systems of the western tradition from Aristotle to the present and how those principles are applied to issues in health care ethics.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
NURS 236 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 hours)
This course provides an introduction to the research process and prepares students to be beginning consumers of nursing research. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies and understanding the process of utilizing research for evidence-based practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as basic statistical methods will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program.
Pre or corequisite(s): Statistics course.
NURS 240 Management and Leadership in Health Care (4 hours)
This course assumes the student possesses basic leadership and management skills, and further examines the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a manager in health care organizations. The roles of the nurse manager are analyzed for each of the management functions: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. External factors influencing the nurse manager are also examined. Students are able to select their clinical experience in management from a variety of health care organizations and settings. (3 credit hours lecture; 1 credit hour clinical)
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 205 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice and NURS 231 Nursing Theories.
NURS 245 Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community (3 hours)
This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 231 Nursing Theories, NURS 233 Health Assessment, and a lifespan development course.