Nursing

Students must be formally admitted to the Nursing Program to be enrolled in NURS courses.
NURS 1119 Nursing I - Foundations of Nursing and Functional Health Patterns
This course introduces the student to the concepts essential for establishing a foundation in professional nursing practice and the skills needed to become a competent associate degree nurse. The foundations of nursing practice include, but are not limited to, competent, contemporary nursing care and skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, caring behavior, efficient and effective use of all resources, communicative and collaborative skills, cultural sensitivity, health promotion and wellness care, ethical and legal practice, and desire to continue to learn and help others learn. Functional health patterns is the conceptual foundation for client care while the nursing process is the foundational bases for providing client care. Clinical focus is on developing clinical skills for therapeutic interventions when caring for clients experiencing dysfunctional health patterns and identifying practices which promote optimal functioning. Nursing Process emphasis is on Assessment and Nursing Diagnosis, with a beginning introduction to outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation in providing client care.
Prerequisites: BIOL2104,CHEM1115,MATH1513
(9 credit hours, 96 lecture hours, 144 lab hours)

NURS 1123 LPN to RN Transition
This course is for LPNs who are articulating into the program under advanced standing status. This course is designed to validate prior learning and experiences and enhance the student's knowledge. This course will focus on the transition of the LPN to that of a student preparing for the role of RN. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns are utilized as a framework for gathering and organizing data. This course will also focus on the RN/LPN scope of practice; nurse competencies; nursing process; and clinical skills.
Prerequisites: BIOL2104,BIOL2304,MATH1513,CHEM1115
Co-requisites: ENGL1113,POLS1113,COSC1153,PSYC1113
(3 credit hours, 48 lecture hours, 0 lab hours)

NURS 1129 Nursing II - Functional Health Patterns for Maternal/Infant and Child Care
Functional health patterns for maternal/newborn and child-care are the emphasis for this course. Students use the nursing process to develop a plan of care for the maternal/newborn and pediatric client. Students continue to build on the foundations of nursing practice and in skill development for therapeutic interventions. Advanced skills of intravenous medication administration, is introduced during this course. Nursing process emphasis is on Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, and Outcome Identification, while continuing to expand awareness of planning, implementation, and evaluation in providing client care.
Prerequisites: NURS1119
(9 credit hours, 96 lecture hours, 144 lab hours)

NURS 2219 Nursing III - Functional Health Patterns - Adult Client Care
This course is divided between the nursing care of the adult client with dysfunctional health patterns in mental health and in physical health. The students are introduced to the principles and concepts of mental health, psychopathology and treatment modalities and also begin the study of dysfunctional health patterns of the adult client in an acute care setting. This course continues to build on and enhance the student's foundation in nursing practice and skill development. Critical thinking is emphasized in relationship to entry- level competencies of the associate degree nurse. Management and leadership concepts are emphasized in both the mental health and physical health components of this course. Nursing process emphasis is on Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, Outcome Identification, Planning, and Implementation, and developing awareness of evaluation in providing client care.
Prerequisites: NURS1129
(9 credit hours, 96 lecture hours, 144 lab hours)

NURS 2229 Nursing IV - Functional Health Patterns - Advanced Adult Client Care
Students continue to study dysfunctional health patterns of the adult client in an acute care setting, but are also introduced to advanced complex nursing roles. Focus of this course is to solidify the foundational bases for nursing practice and skill competencies for the entry-level associate degree nurse. Critical thinking is enhanced through a semester long problem solving project. Management and leadership concepts continue to be emphasized for the associate degree nurse in an acute care setting. The last course brings together all aspects of the nursing process, Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, Outcome Identification, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation, as a foundational base for providing client care.
Prerequisites: NURS2219
(9 credit hours, 96 lecture hours, 144 lab hours)