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Nursing (NUR) Course Descriptions

NUR 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.
 
NUR 225: Success Skills in Nursing
Content: The Course focuses on the development of study skills (note-taking, active vs passive learning), time management and organization, test-taking skills (faculty created and standarized), and nursing content.   
Prerequisite: Acceptance to nursing program or permission of course faculty 
Offered: As Needed
Credit: 2 hours
 
NUR 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: Admission to the Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall 
Credit: 3 hours.
 
NUR 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: Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall 
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours; 3 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall 
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring
Credit: 2 hours (2 class hours).
 
NUR 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).
 
NUR 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: NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Spring
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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 political factors that impact the client in psychiatric/mental heath settings will be analyzed.
Prerequisite: NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
NUR 406: Holistic Nursing Care VI: Women's Health and Pediatric Nursing.
Content: The role of the nurse in caring for women across all ages and pediatric clients using 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 pediatric clents along the health illness continuum 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 and pediatric clients are examined. Childbearing, childbearing family, and pediatric clients during health and illness is the framework for the clinical placement in this course.
Prerequisite: NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 7 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 403, 404, 406.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 403, 404, 406.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
NUR 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: NUR 403, 404, 406.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).

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