Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

General Policies and Procedures. Nursing students are subject to all general policies and procedures of Wesleyan College. Nursing students are eligible to participate in all academic and social activities enjoyed by all Wesleyan College students. The student must be aware that nursing courses may require day, evening, night, and weekend attendance in course work or clinical activities. Students should discuss any proposed outside activities with the nursing faculty prior to the beginning of the course.

Unless otherwise indicated, policies and procedures for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts. It is the student's responsibility to review and adhere to this Catalogue and the Nursing student handbook.

Accreditation. The Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has Full Approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Wesleyan College is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

The Nursing Program. The Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offers qualified students a two year rigorous liberal arts foundation, followed by a unique two-year nursing curriculum that focuses on holistic nursing with an emphasize on women's health. This includes a variety of clinical practice experiences designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in nursing. Courses will show evidence of multiple teaching strategies and varied clinical practice opportunities throughout the program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year traditional degree program that prepares a nurse generalist for practice and leadership in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses for entry into practice in any state. This broad-based program is built upon courses in the humanities, fine arts, mathematics, sciences, and social and behavioral studies. The program conforms to standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the CCNE. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter a master's program of study in nursing.

Students who intend to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program should express their interest to the nursing division prior to matriculation at Wesleyan College or as soon as possible thereafter so that they can be advised to take appropriate pre-nursing courses.

Students who have questions or who seek clarification concerning policies and/or procedures should contact the nursing division in the Munroe Science Center.

Program Goals/Learning Outcomes. The program prepares the successful graduate to:

I. Synthesize knowledge and content from the prerequisite core of science, mathematics, the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, modern foreign language and the social sciences) to the practice of professional nursing.
II. Provide holistic care to clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
III. Integrate evidenced-based practice (EBP) as the foundation for nursing interventions and care delivery.
IV. Analyze issues that impact nursing, health and the global community.
V. Synthesize concepts of leadership and management into the practice of nursing.

VI. Integrate the role of the professional nurse with an awareness of self and a commitment to lifelong learning.

The following courses support each learning outcome:

I. NUR 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 315, 403, 405, 414
II. NUR 301, 302, 304, 314, 315, 404, 405, 414, 415
III. NUR 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 314, 403, 404, 405, 414, 415
IV. NUR 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 403, 404, 413, 414
V. NUR 301, 403, 413, 415
VI. NUR 300, 301, 304, 314, 315, 405, 415
 

Admission. Admission to Wesleyan College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program leading to the BSN degree. Students may apply to the nursing program in October - February 1 st for fall cohort and April - August 1st for Spring cohort. Applications completed after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Students admitted to the major program in nursing (the NUR 60-hour block taught in the third and fourth years of the program) complete their last two years of the four-year degree program in a full-time COHORT format. All student applications are evaluated holistically; all information submitted is evaluated personally by a nursing faculty advisor.

Minimum criteria for admission to the Nursing Program:

  • admission to Wesleyan College.
  • completion of all concentration classes or their equivalents; or have no more than six hours of required proficiency and general education classes outstanding.
  • overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all pre-nursing general education core and concentration classes.
  • total minimum score of at least 75 on the Health Education System, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2).
  • good academic standing at Wesleyan College.
  • a grade of "C" of higher in pre-nursing Math, Science, and Psychology courses.
  • submission of the Nursing Program Student Application.

Additional admission policies notes:

  • Pre-nursing courses completed at another regionally accredited college or university will be evaluated by the registrar to determine which courses are the equivalents of Wesleyan's pre-nursing curriculum.
  • A student's last human anatomy and physiology course taken more than five years before beginning nursing program at Wesleyan College will not satisfy the pre-nursing course requirements. At the discretion of the relevant program director, students may elect to challenge by examination Wesleyan's human anatomy and physiology courses. Challenge examinations are graded on a credit/no credit option; in order for credit to be granted for a pre-nursing course, an examination grade of 70 or higher must be obtained.
  • Nursing courses completed at another institution will not be accepted by Wesleyan College.
  • Students who fail to meet one of the minimum required criteria for admission, may be considered on a space available basis.
Admission for student with prior baccalaureate degree:
  • Students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States may apply to the program. Baccalaureate degrees that are applied in nature or are from an institution outside the United States will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students with prior baccalaureate degrees are required to complete the following courses, or their equivalents, pre-nursing courses with a minimun GPA of 3.0: PSY 101, BIO 110, CHM 101, MAT 150, MAT 220, BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 245, and PSY 240.

Once a student has been accepted for admission to the BSN Nursing Program, the following requirements for enrollment must be completed:

  • Submit a nonrefundable reservation deposit of $200 to reserve a place in the class.
  • Satisfactory completion of requirements including a complete health history, current physical examination, current immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Influenza) and a Tuberculosis Screening.
  • Provide proof of health insurance or purchase health insurance through Wesleyan College.
  • Provide updated official college transcripts reflecting grades of C or better in all courses completed prior to the date specified in the acceptance letter.
  • Complete and pass criminal background check and urine drug screening.
  • All students are required to take CPR certification (American Heart Association basic life support) at Wesleyan College.
  • Clinical practice requirements involve costs not covered by tuition, room, and board and will be the responsibility of the student.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 120 semester hours

I. The student must demonstrate proficiency in modern foreign language, writing, and mathematics.

Writing, Modern Foreign Language, and Mathematics Requirements (determined by new student assessments or completion of course work): (0-12 hours)

WRI 101 Fundamentals of College Writing - 0 or 3 hours
SPA 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I, II or SPA 150 Spanish for Advanced Beginners - 0 to 6 hours

MAT 130 College Algebra, MAT 150 Modeling with Algebra, or higher - 0 or 3 hours

II. The student must complete the General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While the course requirements vary slightly from the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing achieve the same General Education outcomes as those who complete the Bachelor of Arts. For more detail on the General Education requirements, refer to the Bachelor of Arts General Education section.

To fulfill the distribution requirement for Developing, Exploring and Expanding students must complete the following with different prefixes: 1 course from Fine Arts, 2 courses from Humanities, 3 courses from Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1 course from Social & Behavioral Sciences/ Professional Studies.

General Education Courses for Foundation Building (1 course):

Traditional First-Year Students - WIS 101 Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience I (3) or
Transfer Students - ENG 101 English Composition: Essays (3)
 

General Education Courses for Developing Competencies (3 courses): Courses are listed by areas of knowledge within each competency

1. Writing Competency:

ARH 126 The Critical Eye (3) - Fine Arts
ARH 230 Masterpiece (3) - Fine Arts
ENG 111 Analyzing Literature (3) - Humanities
ENG 235 Narratives of Nature: American Literature and Environmental Studies (3) - Humanities
ENG 240 Writing for the Web (3) - Humanities
PHI 210 Introductory Reading in Philosophy (3) - Humanities
REL 225 Exploring the World's Religions (3) - Humanities
EDU 207 Dynamics of Children's Literature (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
HIS 210 The West and the Classical Age (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
 

2. Speaking Competency:

THE 108 African American Theatre (3) - Fine Arts
THE 110 Theatre Practice and Criticism (3) - Fine Arts
COM 202 Public Speaking (3) - Humanities
ENG 217 African American Literature (3) - Humanities
ENG 221 Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (3) - Humanitites
BIO 203 Research Methods in the Natural Sciences (4) - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
HIS 215 Reacting to the Past (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
PSY 106 Introduction to Human Services (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
 

3. Quantitative Reasoning Competency:

MUS 181 Foundations of Music (3) - Fine Arts
*MAT 220 Statistical Methods (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
 

General Education Courses for Exploring, Expanding, (6 courses):

Exploring Courses (5 courses)

Learning Objective 1. how current thought, actions, and behaviors are informed by historical events and phenomena

ARH 235 Outside the Mainstream (3) - Fine Arts
MUS 150 From Bach to Rock (3) - Fine Arts
FRN 211 Intermediate French I (3) - Humanities
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) - Humanities
SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I (3) - Humanities
WST 200 Women, Culture, & Society (3) - Humanities
ECO 206 History of Economic Thought (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
HIS 130 The American Experience to 1877 (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
HIS 135 The American Experience from 1877 (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
 

Learning Objective 2. how the natural world functions

*BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (4) - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
*CHM 101 General Chemistry I (4) - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
 

Learning Objective 3. how individuals function and interact within and among communities

COM 103 Communication Theory (3) - Humanities
PHI 216 Faith and Doubt (3) - Humanities
PHI 223 Ethics (3) - Humanities
REL 100 Theories and Methods in Religious Studies (3) - Humanities
REL 120 Christianity (3) - Humanities
REL 290 Readings in Religious Studies (3) - Humanities
BUS 105 Contemporary Business (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
BUS 106 Business and Society (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
EDS 114 Understanding Learning (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
POL 115 American Politics (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
POL 240 Introduction to Political Thought (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
*PSY 101 General Psychology (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
 

Expanding Courses (1 course)

Learning Objective 6. how living in a diverse and interdependent world presents both challenges and opportunities

ARH 216 Art of the Spirit (3) - Fine Arts
TRA 240 Travel Study (3) - Fine Arts
COM 216 Intercultural Communication (3) - Humanities
ENG/AST 205 Perspectives on World Literature (3) - Humanities
SPA 220/320 Medical Spanish (3) - Humanities
TRA 242 Travel Study (3) - Humanities
TRA 244 Travel Study (3, 4) - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
AST 250 Introduction to Chinese Culture (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
HIS 120 Early Civilizations (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
HIS 125 The Emergence of the Modern World (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
POL 222 Comparative Politics (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
POL 230 International Relations (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
TRA 246 Travel Study (3) - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

Required Pre-Nursing Concentration Courses (4 courses)
*BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
*BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
*BIO 245 Microbiology (4)
*PSY 240 Developmental Psychology (3)

*Indicates required courses.

IV. Required Nursing (NUR) Courses: 60 hours

Note: These courses are open only to those students admitted to the BSN degree program. The student will take these courses in the 3rd (junior) and 4th (senior) years of the program.

1st semester: Junior Year (3rd year) - 15 hours
NUR 300 Foundations of Professional Nursing 3 hours
NUR 301 Physical Assessment & Health Promotion 4 hours
NUR 302 Holistic Nursing I: Fundamental Pricinples and Skills 5 hours
NUR 305 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 3 hours
 
2nd semester: Junior Year - 16 hours
NUR 304 Evidenced-Based Practice 2 hours
NUR 306 Pathophyiology/Pharmacology II 3 hours
NUR 314 Holistic Nursing II: Intro to Care of the Client 5 hours
NUR 315 Holistic Nursing III: Basic Care of the Inpatient Client 6 hours
 
3rd semester: Senior Year (4th year) - 15 hours
NUR 403 Holistic Nursing IV: Advanced Care of the Inpatient Client 6 hours
NUR 404 Holistic Nursing V: Mental Health Nursing 4 hours
NUR 405 Holistic Nursing VI: Women's Health 5 hours
 
4th semester: Senior Year - 14 hours
NUR 413 Leadership & Management in Nursing 4 hours
NUR 414 Holistic Nursing VII: Care of Client in the Community 4 hours
NUR 415 Holistic Nursing VIII: Capstone Nursing Practicum 6 hours
 

Professional Development: To experience how the liberal arts education provides a foundation for future professional success, establish academic, personal, and personal, and professional goals, and develop and demonstrate tools and strategies for personal and professional growth (learning objective #7), each student will participate in a Professional Development Experience (PDE) during NUR 415 Holistic Nursing VIII- Capstone Nursing Practicum. Each student will also create and ePortfolio to document and reflect upon her learning experiences as they relate to career and professional goals. The ePortfolio will include several required learning modules, in addition to any other items the student may want to incorporate. Students will share the completed ePortfolio with her faculty advisor prior to graduation.

V. Electives: 0-10 hours

VI. The student must complete 120 semester hours (or the equivalent) with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or higher.

Notes:

  1. With the exception of WISe, science, and foreign language courses, most other prerequisites are offered every semester or year.
  2. CHM 101 requires MAT 130 (College Algebra) or placement at the MAT 140 (Precalculus Mathematics) level or higher.
  3. Students whose SAT-M score is <580 will be advised not to take CHM 101 and BIO 110 at the same time.
  4. Each student will take a writing proficiency test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take Writing 101.
  5. WRI 101 must be taken during the first or second semester of enrollment.
  6. Each student will take a mathematics test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take MAT 130. If it is determined that the student must take MAT 130, she must take the course during the first semester of enrollment.
  7. Each student will take a Spanish test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take SPA 101 and/or 102. Both courses can be taken during the first or second year.
  8. Curriculum development and revision is an ongoing process and changes may be made as needed.

Additional Notes for Transfer Students:

1. Instead of taking WISe 101, transfer students will complete ENG 101, English Composition: Essays (3), and one elective course.

2. A student's last human anatomy and physiology course taken more than five years before beginning nursing program at Wesleyan College will not satisfy the pre-nursing course requirements. At the discretion of the relevant program director, students may elect to challenge by examination Wesleyan's human anatomy and physiology courses. Challenge examinations are graded on a credit/ no credit option; in order for credit to be granted for pre-nursing an examination grade of 70 or higher must be obtained.

3. Students who are proficient in modern foreign languages other than Spanish may request substitutions for SPA 101 and 102.

4. Students may request the substitution of BIO 112: Principles of Biology II - Diversity of Biological Systems (4) for CHM 101: General Chemistry I (4).

Clinical Practice Requirements. Nursing courses will require varied clinical practice opportunities throughout the program. These practice settings are located in and around Macon, Georgia and will be scheduled at various times, including nights, evenings and weekends. Students must have their own transportation to the clinical practice settings.

Prior to participating in a clinical experience, each student must provide documentation of the following:

  • Annually: satisfactory completion of health requirements including a complete health history, current physical examination, current immunizations (measles, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, and influenza), and tuberculosis screening.
  • Annually: Urine drug screening.
  • Annually: Personal health insurance.
  • satisfactory results of criminal background check.
  • current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification taken at Wesleyan.

Clinical practice requirements involve costs not covered by tuition, room, and board and will be the responsibility of the student.

Attendance. All nursing courses, laboratory and clinical experiences are required. Students are expected to be punctual in attending classes, laboratories, private lessons, clinical experiences, and college convocations.

Grading. Grades in all nursing (NUR) courses are based on numeric values. There is no rounding of nursing grades.

A = 90-100 (4 quality points)
B = 80-89 (3 quality points)
C = 75-79 (2 quality points)
Note: The lowest passing grade in the nursing (NUR) major is a grade of C (75) or higher.
D = 65-74 (1 quality point)
F = any average below 65 (0 quality points)
See sections on Repeating a Course, Academic Progression (semester to semester), and Dismissal.
I = Incomplete (not computed in grade point average)
W = Withdrawal
 

Credit/No Credit. All nursing courses must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken on the Credit/No Credit Grade Option.

Tuition and Fees. Baseline tuition and fees for the nursing program are the same as other programs at Wesleyan College. Additional fees and out-of- pocket expenses are associated with the nursing program. Nursing fees are $1000 per semester. In addition, students can expect to spend approximately $1500 to purchase books, uniforms, nursing shoes, and other items necessary for the nursing program for the first year.

Academic Progression (semester to semester). Progression in the major toward an anticipated date of graduation is contingent upon successful completion, with a grade of C or higher, of ALL nursing (NUR) courses the first time attempted in a full-time plan of study. In most instances, a student who must repeat one or more courses or who must, therefore, delay progressing to more advanced courses in the curriculum, will not be able to complete all course requirements to graduate with the cohort with which the student began the major.

Any student who does not achieve a grade of C or higher in a nursing course will be allowed the opportunity to take the course the next time it is offered, if space is available and re-entry status is granted. A letter of intent to repeat the course must be submitted to the program director one semester before the course is offered.

All course work must be completed before a student can progress to the next level. Students who receive a grade of Incomplete (I) in any NUR course will not be allowed to progress to the next term. The student should consult with her academic advisor in nursing to determine a resolution of the incomplete grade.

  • Nursing students must make at least a "C" (75) grade in each nursing course which counts toward their degree.
  • Grades of "D" and "F" are considered failure of the course.
  • There is no rounding of nursing grades.
  • If a student earns a rating of clinically unsatisfactory in a clinical nursing course, a grade of "F" will be assigned for the course grade.
  • Failure to score 90 or greater on a clinical course medication test will prevent the student from progressing.
  • Students may repeat one nursing course. Any student failing two nursing courses will be denied continued enrollment in the Nursing Program.

Students are expected to follow the nursing plan of study in the prescribed sequence to progress through the curriculum. Prerequisites for each course are noted on the appropriate course syllabus. Students who do not satisfy a minimum grade requirement in the nursing course or who withdraw from a nursing course will not be allowed to progress in the Nursing Program.

Repeating a Course. Students who do not achieve a grade of "C" or higher in one nursing course will be allowed the opportunity to take that course the next time it is offered, if space is available. A letter of intent to repeat the course must be submitted to the Program Director one semester before the course is offered.

Withdrawal Policy. Students may withdraw from nursing courses according to the policies of Wesleyan College.

Readmission. Students who have been dismissed may apply for readmission to the program. The student must provide documentation that supports the applicant's potential for success if readmitted. The readmission applicant must meet all admission requirements stated in the academic catalogue that are current when the application is submitted. The applicant is required to take the current standardized exam for semester in which reapplying. All readmission applications are reviewed by the Nursing faculty. Readmission is a highly selective process.

Program Termination/Dismissal. A Program Termination is defined as immediate dismissal from the Nursing Program. A student who demonstrates unsafe behavior that may result in serious consequences to a student, client, or others may be dismissed. The student will receive a clinical failure and a grade of "F" in the course. Depending on the infraction, a student who is terminated from the Nursing Program may not be eligible for readmission to the nursing program.

Transition to the Bachelor of Arts. A student who is dismissed from the nursing program may be eligible to change majors within Wesleyan College and pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in another field. The nursing faculty will discuss available options with the student and refer her to the appropriate faculty/advisor.

Nursing (NUR) Course Descriptions

200: Introduction to Professional Nursing.
Content: This course is designed to familiarize the potential nursing student with the roles of the professional nurse and her interface with the health care system. An examination of nursing practice settings, career opportunities as well as legal and ethical decisions encountered by nurses will be examined. The scope of nursing practice in Georgia will be examined. Shadowing experiences will be planned for each student to offer exposure to "real life nursing practice" in a variety of settings. In addition, an overview of the nursing program, expectations and learning strategies will be discussed. A service learning project will be an integral part of the course experience enabling students to focus on a critical health care need.
Prerequisite: None; this course may be taken prior to entering the nursing program.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 2 hours.
 
300: Foundations of Professional Nursing.
Content: Socialization to the profession of nursing is begun in this course. An overview of the history, theory and practice of professional nursing, as well as professional standards, the code of ethics and legal issues are discussed. The nurse's role in the health care setting is discussed. The importance of the Nursing Process as a problem-solving and care- planning tool is provided with an emphasis on the ability of the nurse to think critically and to examine issues in nursing.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
301: Physical Assessment and Health Promotion.
Content: Head to toe health assessment is taught using a focused system approach, including health history and physical examination skills, as well as health promotion, restoration, and maintenance activities related to caring for diverse clients. Students are expected to master basic assessment sequencing, techniques and skill mastery related to assessment for adult, children and geriatric clients.
Cultural variations, developmental tasks and health promotion, restoration, and maintenance activities related to physical and psychosocial changes across the life span are reemphasized. Outcome strategies to address identified health problems are provided during each system discussion.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours; 3 clinical hours).
 
302: Holistic Nursing Care I: Fundamental Principles and Skills.
Content: The nurse's role as clinician is the foundation for this course. Use of the nursing process, therapeutic communication, skill mastery and application of concepts of assessment are integrated in the clinical laboratory and select community settings. A holistic framework provides the structure for practice, enabling the student to recognize the uniqueness of each client and the importance of continuity of care. Beginning technical competency for clinical skills is expected with an emphasis on the comprehensive care plan for the individual healthy adult, child or older person.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
304: Evidence-Based Practice.
Content: Evidence-based practice is the foundation of professional practice enabling the nurse to plan and evaluate interventions using scientific rationale. The ability to critique and apply research studies and methodology to patient care is the focus. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are explored.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 2 hours (2 class hours).
 
305: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I.
Content: This combined course provides an introduction to the study of underlying changes in primary physiologic regulatory mechanisms and the pharmacotherapies utilized as treatment for identified alterations and disease states across the lifespan. Successful students will acquire the foundational understanding of pathophysiology, principles of pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of identified medications for health promotion, treatment and symptom management. The nurse’s role in minimizing risk to patients and promoting a culture of safety will be emphasized and other variables impacting pharmacology such as age, gender, culture, genetics/genomics. This is the first semester of the two-semester sequence.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
306: Pathophysiology/ Pharmacology II.
Content: This combined course is a continuation of the study of underlying changes in primary physiologic regulatory mechanisms and the pharmacotherapies utilized as treatment for identified alterations and disease states across the lifespan. This course builds on the learning objectives from Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I to expand the foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, principles of pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of identified medication for health promotion, treatment and symptom management. The nurse’s role in minimizing risk to patients and promoting a culture of safety will be reinforced and other variables impacting pharmacology such as age, gender, culture, genetics/genomics. This is the second semester of the two-semester sequence.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
314: Holistic Nursing Care II: Intro to Care of the Client.
Content: Utilizing a holistic framework, students will be introduced to the biophysical care and safety of the client across the life span. Priority setting, delegation and critique of nursing interventions are introduced.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
315: Holistic Nursing Care III: Basic Care of the Inpatient Client.
Content: The physiological and psychological changes experienced by the hospitalized client are emphasized. The integration of anatomy and physiology as well as health assessment and psychosocial interventions are utilized to provide safe holistic care to clients across the life span.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
403: Holistic Nursing Care IV: Advanced Care of the Inpatient Client.
Content: The advanced care of the inpatient client is the focus of the course. The physiological and psychological changes experienced by the adult during illness are emphasized. Integration of anatomy and physiology as well as health assessment, psychosocial interventions and use of the nursing process are critical nutritional, psychosocial and evidence based practice concepts are integrated within the framework of the holistic care model. The evaluation of patient care outcomes and use of creative nursing interventions are stressed in the clinical setting. Beginning concepts of priority setting, delegation and critique of nursing interventions are examined.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
404: Holistic Nursing Care V: Mental Health Nursing.
Content: Foundational knowledge of mental health and physical care is explored using common psychotic behaviors and their impact on health and disease. Developmental and life cycle models used as underpinnings for exploring the physiological and psychological changes in the human lifespan provide the foundation for care of clients in psychiatric/mental health settings. The nursing process will be applied to psychiatric/mental health clients along the health/illness continuum in a variety of settings. Social and polictical factors that impact the client in psychiatric/mental heath settings will be analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
405: Holistic Nursing Care VI: Women's Health Nursing.
Content: The role of the nurse in caring for women across all ages and developmental models is the focus of this course. Using developmental and life cycle models as underpinnings for exploring the physiological and psychological changes occurring to women will be the foundation for care giving. The nursing process will be applied to women of all ages and in a variety of settings. The use of teaching, primary, secondary, and tertiary care concepts will be explored. Social and political factors that impact the health of women are examined. Childbearing, childbearing family, and pediatric clients during health and illness is the framework for the clinical placement in this course.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall.
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
413: Leadership & Management in Nursing.
Content: The nurse's role as leader and manager is the foundation for this course. The emphasis is on priority setting, delegation, communication and clinical application of the principles of professional practice roles in leading and managing staff and groups of patients. Collaboration with other health care providers to improve evidence-based outcomes of patients is emphasized. Completion of this course is under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a clinical preceptor.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
414: Holistic Nursing Care VII: Care of Client in the Community.
Content: This course introduces the concept of community as client. The development of skills related to community assessment and the concepts of epidemiology in examining health practices throughout the global community are explored. The nurse's role in providing health care to clients/aggregates in a variety of culturally diverse communities is the framework for nursing care. The clinical experiences will expose students to a variety of community health environments, health programs and policies and their impact on care. Opportunities to practice health promotion behaviors and critique health care delivery systems will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
415: Holistic Nursing Care VIII: Capstone Nursing Practicum.
Content: This course is designed to fully integrate the students into the profession of nursing. Students will focus on management of groups of clients in the acute care setting. The nurse as leader, manager, patient advocate and clinician are emphasized. Clinical skills are honed within the framework of the holistic model as the student continues to develop her role prior to graduation. An examination of strengths and weaknesses of nursing care provide the framework for growth and self-reflection. Focus will be on priority settings, integration of research into clinical practice and evaluating patient care and staff. To that end, the in-class courses will review systems and disease with nursing interventions; provide in-class discussion opportunities utilizing evidence-based research care and holistic treatment in the hospital and acute setting. The clinical immersion experience enables the nurse to fully implement all aspects of the professional nursing role.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
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