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NURSING (NURS)

104L LPN to RN Transition (0-12-6). This ten-week summer course facilitates the role transition of the practical nurse to the professional registered nurse.  Introduces the student to the nursing process and the program competencies of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing.  Critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as capacity for therapeutic nursing interventions serve as an underlying theme for the course.  Other concepts presented are nursing care of children and adults, physical assessment, laboratory interpretation, and pharmacology.  Explores anticipated changes associated with aging and nursing care of common health problems experienced in the older adult.  A competency skills demonstration of dosage calculations and laboratory procedures is required.  Upon successful completion of Nursing 104Lwith a "C" or better, the student will be awarded nine additional hours of block nursing credit.  Successful completion allows the students to progress into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.   PR:  MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210, ENGL 101, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213.

105 Nursing Process (1-0-1). This course is designed to introduce the associate degree nursing student to the five-step nursing process utilized by the nursing profession and to the general principles of teaching/learning and communication.  The student will learn to utilize these principles in planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of nursing care in meeting individual client needs.  CO: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211, PSYC 103.

107  Basic Concepts of Nursing (3-0-3). This course focuses on acquisition of basic concepts and principles of nursing care applicable to meeting individual human needs. Included in this course is an introduction of the associate degree nursing student to nursing practice and the roles of the nurse. CO: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211, PSYC 103.

109L Basic Concepts of Nursing Practicum (1-5-2). This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of psychomotor skills competency in meeting individual human needs. Health Assessment, the interpretation of laboratory and diagnostic findings, and the ability to provide care based upon this data, is essential to safe practice. The student will learn these skills in the college lab and apply them to clients in multidimensional settings. CO: First semester nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103.

110  Nursing Care of Children (2-0-2).  This course focuses on common health needs and human response patterns of children during each stage of development from the neonate through adolescence. Special emphasis is placed on nursing care and health promotion and maintenance of children and the teaching needs of parents.  PR:  First semester nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103.  CO:  Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213, PSYC 210.

112L Child Nursing Practicum (0-3-1). In this course the student will use the nursing process while caring for children and their families in hospitals and community settings. PR: First semester nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103. CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213, PSYC 210.

114  Nursing Care of Adults I (2-0-2). This course introduces medical-surgical nursing to the student. Common health problems associated with the musculoskeletal, neurological, and gastrointestinal systems are examined. The students will apply the principles learned in this course in the clinical setting (NURS 116L). PR: First semester nursing courses, PSYC 103, BIOL 210 and 211, MATH 101 or higher. CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213, PSYC 210.

115  Nursing Care of Older Adult (1-0-1). This course explores anticipated changes associated with aging and the nursing care of common health problems experienced in the older adult. The emphasis in the course is healthy promotion. The student will apply the principles learned in this course in the clinical setting (NURS 117L).  CO:  First semester nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103.

116L Adult I Practicum (0-3-1). In this course students will apply the nursing process in the care of clients experiencing common health problems associated with the musculoskeletal, neurological, and gastrointestinal systems. Advanced nursing skills involving NG tube insertions, enteral feedings, and insertion and care of an IV will be included. PR: First semester nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103. CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213, PSYC 210.

117L Older Adult Practicum (0-3-1). This is a practicum course which integrates concepts from nursing concepts, and concepts lab. Students apply the nursing process to care for clients experiencing well-defined health problems in the gerontological setting. Health promotion in the elderly will also be emphasized. CO: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211, PSYC 103.

120  Pharmacology in Nursing I (1-0-1). This course introduces the student to general principles of pharmacology, drug actions, and major classifications. This course is also designed to assist the nursing student with a review of mathematical concepts necessary for calculating drug dosages and administration of drugs and IV calculations.  PR: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, BIOL 211, PSYC  103.   CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213, PSYC 210, and ENGL 101.

203  Trends in Nursing (1.5-0-1.5). This course is directed toward assisting the student in understanding the role of the graduate nurse in the current and evolving health care system. Students must possess an understanding of nursing management, the many issues facing nursing, and the legal and ethical concerns of the profession. Students will continue to develop skills in the roles of manager of care and member of the discipline of nursing. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210.  CO: Third semester nursing courses.

206  Introduction to Community Health Nursing (1.5-0-1.5). This course emphasizes the identification of human responses and the nursing care relative to clients experiencing community health problems. Community based nursing concepts including continuity of care, family, culture, home health and hospice will be addressed. PR: All 100 level and third semester nursing courses, SOCI 210.  CO: BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

207  Psychosocial Nursing (2-0-2). This course examines the psychiatric nursing experience through mental health concepts of mental health teaching/learning, therapeutic communication, and therapeutic milieu management. Nursing care of common mental alterations such as somatoform disorders, anxiety disorders, dissocative disorders, bereavement, childhood disorders, and personality disorders will also be discussed.  PR:  All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210. CO: Third semester nursing courses.

208  Nursing Care of Adults III (2-0-2). This course uses the nursing process to examine the nursing care of adult clients experiencing a variety of health imbalances. Pathophysiologic concepts will be discussed to assist the student in selection of nursing diagnoses and implementation of interventions. Imbalances of gastrointestinal, hematologic, immunologic, and endocrine systems will be discussed. PR: All 100 level nursing courses and third semester nursing courses, CO: BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

209  Nursing Care of Adults II (2-0-2). This course uses the nursing process to examine the nursing care of adult clients experiencing disturbances in the genitourinary and respiratory systems. The health problems of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pulmonary emboli, and peripheral vascular disease are also examined from a nursing perspective.  PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101, or higher, PSYC 103, 210; CO: third semester nursing courses.

210  Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (1.5-0-1.5). This course introduces complex health problems associated with critical care to the student.  Pathophysiologic processes and nursing care involved with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac surgery, shock and increased intracranial pressure are examined.  The student will apply the principles learned in this course in the clinical setting (NURS 212L).  PR: All 100 level and third semester nursing courses.  CO:  BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

211L Practicum/Advanced Nursing Skills Lab (0-12-4). This is a practicum course which integrates concepts from Nursing Care of Adults II, Psychosocial Nursing, and Maternity Nursing. Students apply the nursing process to care for clients experiencing common, well-defined health problems affecting the genitourinary, respiratory, renal, peripheral vascular systems, and diabetes. Students will utilize therapeutic communication skills with both mentally-well and mentally-ill clients. Students will also apply the nursing process in the care of childbearing women. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 210. CO: Third semester nursing courses.

212L Practicum (0-12-4). This is a practicum course which integrates concepts from NURS 206, NURS 208, and NURS 210.  A synthesis of knowledge pertinent to growth and development principles, communication techniques, teaching/learning principles, management strategies, and nursing concepts will culminate in the care of groups of clients in the Nursing Care of Adults III component.  The critical care component will focus on direct nursing care of clients experiencing acute, complex and/or life-threatening health problems in emergency and critical care settings.  Community health experiences will focus on application of the nursing process in meeting human needs relative to care in the home and other community settings.  PR: All 100 level nursing courses, Third semester nursing courses, SOCI 210. CO: BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

213  Pharmacology in Nursing II (1-0-1). This course examines pharmacological concepts relevant to the care of adult clients. Emphasis is placed on drug actions and nursing implications. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210. CO: Third semester nursing courses.

214  Synthesis of Nursing Concepts (1-0-1). Synthesis of Nursing Course Concepts has two main foci. The first focus is a review of all the major nursing concepts taught in the first, second, and third semesters of the nursing program. The second focus is the refinement of the students’ test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination. CO: BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

215  Maternity Nursing (1.5-0-1.5). This course emphasizes nursing care of the client through the childbearing process. The antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum phases of childbearing are emphasized. This course also includes client-family education and health promotion of the maternal client along with nursing care of the neonate.  PR: all 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211, 212, 213, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210. CO: Third semester nursing courses.

216  Pharmacology in Nursing III (1-0-1). This course examines pharmacological concepts relevant to the care of adult clients in critical care areas and those clients experiencing complex health conditions. Pharmacological agents utilized in community settings are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on drug actions and nursing interventions. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, all third semester nursing courses, BIOL 201, 202, 203, 204, SOCI 210, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210. CO: BIOL 202, 204, Fourth semester nursing courses.

300  Concepts of Professional Nursing (3-0-3). An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized. The student will examine personal value systems. The philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing will be studied and applied to a personal philosophy of nursing. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily. PR: Admission to Program. CO: NURS 301, 310.

301  Health Assessment (3-0-3). Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the life span. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented. (This course may be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.)

302  Community Nursing I (3-0-3). Focuses on concepts, principles, and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social, economic, and political factors which influence family health consciousness and patterns. Course content includes evaluation of assessment tools relative to family health. PR: NURS 310. CO: NURS 303, 306.

303  Complex Health Problems (4-0-4). Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (This course may be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program. These students are exempt from pre- and co-requisite requirements.)

306  Ethics and Issues in Professional Nursing (3-0-3). Provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political, and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values which are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (May be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program.  These students are exempt from pre and co-requisite requirements.)

310  Transition Course (3-0-3). Designed to co-create with the learner a successful evolution and transition from that of the technical practice of nursing to the professional practice of nursing. A caring environment is created that assists the learner in acquiring skills necessary for re-entry into the educational system. Alternative methods of facilitating harmony and health will be examined as the student incorporates caring into a personal philosophy. PR: Admission to Program. CO: NURS 300, 301.

400  Community Nursing II (3-0-3). Assists the student to expand awareness and consciousness to caring for the community as client. Synthesis of nursing science and public health sciences provides guidelines for assessing the health of groups and communities. Topics emphasized include the health planning process, group process, epidemiology, populations at risk, and the scope of nursing and health care delivery systems in the community. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 405, 410.

402  Nursing Management and Leadership (3-0-3). This course explores characteristics, concepts, and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies, and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 412.

405  Nursing Research (3-0-3). Provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice. PR: Senior standing. *MATH 210. CO: NURS 400, 410.

410  Community Nursing Practicum (0-4-2). Offers the professional nursing student an opportunity to assess unique population groups within an Appalachian community. Students collaborate with colleagues, an assigned client community, and any appropriate interdisciplinary health care providers to promote choices and behaviors that result in increasing the potential for community health. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 400, 405.

412  Senior Practicum (1-7-4). A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of health care. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 402.

414  Foundations and Principles of School Health Nursing (3-0-3). Designed for the professional registered nurse specializing in school health nursing. Unique skills and knowledge necessary for the school nurse to perform in public schools (K-12) are presented. Students focus on the understanding of student services and programs, the professional role of the school nurse, and the functions of schools in the community. PR: Senior standing or BSN degree. CO: NURS 416.

416  School Nursing Practicum (0-6-3). This clinical course enables the student to apply information learned in Foundations and Principles of School Health Nursing. In caring for students in the public schools (K-12), the nursing student will employ skills, knowledge, and national standards and guidelines to develop and implement school health programs. Students will be engaged in screening and counseling, examining community resources, and reviewing and developing plans for school age youth. PR: Senior standing or BSN degree. CO: NURS 414.

495  Projects in Nursing (1-3 hours credit per semester, may be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours credit). Independent study on a special problem or project relating to Nursing under the supervision of an instructor. PR: Consent of instructor and Director of BSN program.