This course focuses on nursing care on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups, and populations. 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. In the clinical setting, students work with persons across the age span and in various community settings to assess and identify real and potential health risks, as well as implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2330 Health Assessment, NURS 3010 Professional Communication, NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice, NURS 3310 Nursing Theories, NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics, NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice,NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and a lifespan course.
NURS 2330 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.
NURS 3010 Professional Communication (1 hour)
This course includes experiences and instruction that promote professional communication. Content includes correct utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) style, construction of professional papers and emails, and using common presentation software. This course is designed to be taken either concurrently or before the first nursing course in which the student is enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)
This course introduces professional nursing concepts, competencies, and issues in the context of the history of nursings scope of practice and within the collaborative environment of the U.S. Health Care System.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN program or permission of instructor or Nursing Program Director.
NURS 3310 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 3010 Professional Communication.
NURS 3340 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(s): Junior Sanding and permission of the instructor.
NURS 3360 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.
Preorequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program.
Pre or corequisite(s): Statistics course.
NURS 4400 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 hours lecture; 1 hour clinical.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice and NURS 3310 Nursing Theories or permission of the instructor or the Nursing Program Director.