Romberg Nursing Education Center, 100
(661) 665-6903 (fax)
|Chair:||Candace Meares, Ph.D., R.N.|
The Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate program built upon a foundation of science and liberal education that prepares graduates as professional nurses for positions in hospitals and community agencies. All graduates from the program are recommended for certification as public health nurses in the State of California. This program also prepares students for entrance into graduate programs in Nursing. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing. In addition, this program has been granted preliminary approval by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For further information about the preliminary approval status of the program, please contact the Department of Nursing office or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education at the following address: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, phone (202) 887-6791.
The nursing curriculum is organized according to the four universal concepts of nursing which include the client, the environment, health and the nurse. The client is defined as the individual, the family, groups/aggregates and the community. Students study health, health problems and human responses which occur as a result of life processes. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a systematic method of assisting clients to attain, regain and maintain maximum functional health status. Nursing intervention with clients is based on the use of the nursing process with a focus on the various roles of the nurse including educator, clinician, leader and researcher.
Baccalaureate Program Objectives
The program objectives are to prepare students for graduation who:
While there is a single baccalaureate degree program in Nursing, the university offers an Accelerated RN to BSN to MSN program for registered nurses who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree. Information about this program for registered nurses can be found following baccalaureate information.
CSUBís Nursing program is impacted. To manage the excess number of applicants, the program has established the following criteria.
The grade of "C" in nursing as well as cognate courses is the minimal grade acceptable for progression into subsequent nursing courses. Cognate courses can be repeated only once for the student to enter or remain in the Nursing program. Students who fail to achieve at least a "C" in a nursing course may repeat the course once. Students who fail to achieve at least a "C" in a nursing course a second time are ineligible to remain in the Nursing major. If a course is satisfactorily completed, the prior unsatisfactory grade will no longer bar a student from continuing in the Nursing program although it will still be counted in computing the overall grade point average. A student may only fail (achieve less than a "C") a maximum of two (2) different nursing courses. A failure grade in a third nursing course will make the student ineligible to continue in the nursing program.
In addition to repeating any course which was not completed or was not passed at a level of "C" or above, an examination assessing current clinical competency may be required. Individual study refresher courses will be given on a credit, no credit basis and students must receive credit in order to proceed into subsequent nursing courses. Students who drop out of the Nursing Program for academic reasons or for personal reasons must apply for readmission by writing a letter to the Admissions Committee of the Department of Nursing requesting readmission to the program two quarters prior to desired readmission date. A student who withdraws from the University has automatically withdrawn from the nursing program and must request a return by reapplying to the nursing program. If the student was not in good standing at the time of the University withdrawal, each course in which the student was not passing will be considered as a failure in application of the failure rules as described above.
Standardized assessment examinations may be required at any point in the program. A processing fee may be required.
Applicants shall comply with the admission policies and procedures of the university. Entry into specific nursing courses is dependent upon successful completion of specified prerequisite courses, completing health requirements, and obtaining malpractice insurance. Students must provide evidence of completing a Health Care Provider CPR course prior to entry into the program. The Department of Nursing complies with the admission policies of the university.
Admission With Advanced Standing -- Students wishing to transfer from another college or university may apply for admission with advanced standing. Applicants who are registered nurses must be graduates of an accredited college or hospital school of nursing. Students transferring from another nursing program must provide evidence of academic good standing at the prior program.
Registered nurse applicants for admission to advanced undergraduate standing should request that their college or school of nursing send two copies of all transcripts to the Office of Admissions as part of the admission procedure.
Students may petition to receive credit by challenge examination for courses in the Nursing major. (For details see the University catalog description of Credit by Examination procedure.) Interested students should contact the Nursing Department Office.
L.V.N. 45-Unit Option -- The Board of Registered Nursing specifies that the additional nursing courses required of licensed vocational nurses to qualify for the registered nurse licensure examination shall not exceed a maximum of forty-five (45) quarter units. Prerequisites: Current LVN License, admission to the University, and completion of: BIOL 255 & 256 Ė Human Physiology/Lab (5/1 units); BIOL 311 - Microbiology (5 units). NURS 250 - Preparation for the RN Program (3 units) is recommended. Required courses in the program:
Handicapped Students -- A physical handicap or chronic illness will not of itself bar a student from admission to the Nursing program if the student is capable of meeting the minimum physical and mental health qualifications applicable to all applicants and continuing students. Minor adjustments of schedule or assignments consistent with the needs of the individual student may be made by the Nursing faculty. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing will evaluate a studentís written request for specific accommodation. Students with disabilities who are applying to the nursing program should also contact the CSUB Disabilities Office.
Physical and Mental Health Requirements -- All nursing applicants must be in satisfactory physical and mental health, and be able to carry out all duties in the clinical area. This means students shall be free of any physical disabilities or emotional problems which would interfere with normal progress in learning and accepting the usual duties and responsibilities of a nursing student which are required for meeting accreditation requirements. This includes freedom from substance dependency. A list of minimum standards is available in the Nursing Student Policy Handbooks.
All students will be asked to document annually that they meet the physical and mental health requirements. If the student experiences an illness or injury, which limits his/her ability to perform per the physical and mental health requirements, it is the studentís responsibility to bring this information to the attention of the clinical faculty before they begin clinical courses. A student must keep the Chair of the Department of Nursing informed of all chronic or contagious conditions which limit the studentís ability to give nursing care. Following a studentís illness, the Department of Nursing may request health certification by a physician.
Nursing Program Information -- The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is a resource for information regarding nursing programs: tuition, fees, and length of the program. This information can be obtained through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, phone 202-463-6930.
Malpractice Insurance -- Malpractice insurance must be obtained prior to registration for nursing courses. Insurance shall be obtained through the Foundation Accounting Office, Academic Administration Building. No other form of coverage will be accepted. Make checks payable to CSUB Foundation, Malpractice Insurance.
Uniforms -- Uniforms are required for clinical nursing courses. The Undergraduate Nursing Student Policy Handbook describes the uniform policy.
Transportation -- Students are required to have a valid California Driverís License and to provide their own transportation to clinical and other field areas. Students in clinical courses, involving community experiences, must have access to a car.
Health Clearance Requirements -- Health clearance requirements must be completed and reported to the Student Health Center prior to beginning nursing courses each year. The physical examination may be done at the Student Health Center, CSUB, prior to Fall classes, or it may be done by a physician of the studentís choice, at the studentís expense.
Initial Health Clearance for Newly-Admitted Sophomores
Those students with positive results will be evaluated by the Student Health Center. A chest x-ray will be required for those students who have a positive skin test for the first time. The chest x-ray will be repeated again the second year prior to Fall Quarter. Verification must include date, radiologistís reading, and name of the agency providing the service.
All students with positive tuberculin tests will be evaluated for participation in the INH prophylaxis program according to Health Department guidelines.
A chest x-ray will not be necessary for
those students who can provide verification of two negative chest x-rays
since their conversion to positive.
If the student refuses or has reason to
believe that the vaccine is contraindicated for him or her, the student
must sign a waiver which acknowledges the risk of Hepatitis B infection
in a health care setting.
Nursing Student Loan -- The loan program provides up to $2,500 annually, based upon need, to sophomores and up to $4,000 to juniors and seniors who are full-time undergraduate students enrolling in Nursing curricula. Loans are repayable over a ten-year period which begins nine months after completion of the program or when a student otherwise ceases to be at least a half-time student. The loan is interest-free while the student is enrolled in the program, and, under Federal law, certain cancellation procedures are available to students who participate in this program.
Special Scholarships -- Various organizations make money available to student nurses who are in need of financial assistance. These scholarships help defray the expenses of books, uniforms, and student fees. For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The Undergraduate Nursing Student Policy Handbook describes the procedures and criteria used by the Nursing Department Scholarship Committee.
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
(SDS). This program is available for bona fide nursing students from disadvantaged
backgrounds who are enrolled as full-time students. If sufficient funds
are available, undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment
to pursuing a career in health professions may also be considered. Scholarship
awards may cover tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and reasonable
living expenses incurred while enrolled in school as a full-time student.
Bona fide nursing candidates interested in being considered for the SDS
Program should contact the Nursing Department at 661-664-3102 or the Office
of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 661-664-3016 for additional information.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse -- Students in the generic baccalaureate program are eligible to take the California State Licensure Exam (NCLEX) after successful completion of Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requirements, which coincides with graduation.
The California Board of Registered Nursing
has a policy for "denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially
related to nursing qualifications." For further information about this,
please make an appointment with the Chair of the Department of Nursing
prior to applying or no later than the first quarter of nursing course
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSING MAJOR
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing requires the completion of the following courses in Nursing arranged according to level. The levels are taken sequentially:
Required Courses: (Must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.) Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entrance into NURS 241 and 242.
*It is recommended that prerequisite and cognate courses be taken within the past ten years prior to graduation. See Department of Nursing for course currency policy.
Note: A credit hour is equivalent to one hour of classroom study or three hours of clinical/laboratory experience and appropriate outside preparation; or a combination of the foregoing, times the number of weeks in the quarter. A quarter credit hour is equivalent to 10 hours of classroom contact, 30 hours of clinical/laboratory experience plus appropriate outside preparation; or a combination of the foregoing. Each classroom/clinical laboratory hour is 50 minutes in length.
NURS 120 Introduction to Health Careers (1)
Overview of careers in healthcare with special emphasis on allied health, medicine, and nursing. Discussion of prerequisite skills and coursework required or desired by education programs for entry into a health career. Examination of specialization in health careers and the required foundation for the specialty. Students demonstrate written and verbal communication through an in-depth report on a specific health career. The report is based on computer internet, library and interview skills. Development of a personal plan that documents that attainment or plans for attainment of the prerequisite skills and coursework of a health career. Intended for pre-nursing, pre-medicine and pre-allied health students. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit lecture. Prerequisites: None. [F]
NURS 140 Medical Terminology (3)
This course is an introduction to the study of medical terminology. Through word analysis and labeling exercises this course will help the student to learn the anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system. This course is for nursing students and pre-nursing students interested in building a medical vocabulary. Prerequisites: None. [F]
NURS 240 First Steps Toward Nursing Practice (1)
Focuses on assisting beginning nursing students with test taking and math skills and word usage in health care settings. Includes instruction and practice in using math for medication administration and in appropriate word use for reporting and recording nursing assessments. Scenarios will be used to provide assessment data and to illustrate how variations in client characteristics such as culture and age may influence medication administration and nursing assessment. Students will take a national pre-nursing assessment test ($20 processing fee required). May be repeated one time. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 242 is recommended. [S, W]
NURS 241 Introduction to the Study of Professional Nursing (3)
Significant concepts, such as person, family, group, community, environment, cultural diversity, health and interpersonal communication that form the theoretical framework essential for providing effective nursing care, are introduced. The evolution of the health care system, including role and accountability of health care providers, is examined. Historical events, current trends, legal, ethical, social and political issues influencing nursing are examined within social-cultural contexts. A comparison is made between technical and professional nursing and nursing education with relevance to the professional nurseís roles (clinician, researcher, educator, and leader). Various philosophies, theories and conceptual models of nursing are examined. Components of the nursing process are introduced. The CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural integrity is studied. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Corequisites: NURS 242, BIOL 311, BIOL 355. [F]
NURS 242 Beginning Physical Examination and Health Assessment (3)
Provides theoretical foundation for health assessment, physical examination and clinical experiences for implementing knowledge in the practice setting. Assessment is stressed as a common foundation of knowledge and of many shared skills among health professionals and as the initial phase of the nursing process for collecting and analyzing data to identify potential and actual client problems both nursing focused and collaborative in nature. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model as a basis for the approach to assessment is studied and applied. The basis for establishing a professional nurse-client relationship as a foundation for communication is examined. Clinical laboratory experiences in the methods and process of the assessment of adults are provided. Differentiation is made between various data basesócomplete, episodic or problem-centered, follow-up, and emergency. Cultural and developmental considerations are included. Lecture/Discussion 2 units; Laboratory Practice 1 unit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Corequisites: NURS 241, BIOL 311 and BIOL 355. [F]
NURS 243 Fundamental Concepts/Principles Basic to Professional Nursing (4)
Application of CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model to the nursing process is continued. The nursing process as a method of providing nursing care and as related to the independent role of the nurse is studied. Major concepts such as pain, stress, loss and grief are studied. Principles of leadership and ethical decision-making are introduced. The theory and principles basic to the study of fundamental skills of nursing care are presented to correspond to the practical application of these in NURS 244. Prerequisites: BIOL 355, NURS 241, NURS 242. Corequisites: NURS 244, NURS 245, PSYC 210. [W]
NURS 244 Skills Fundamental to the Practice of Nursing (4)
Basic skills related to the theory and principles taught in NURS 243 are demonstrated and practiced in laboratory simulations. Basic nursing skills, including communication and health assessment skills are applied in clinical practice situations in the process of providing care to adults. Utilizing the CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, emphasis is placed on the beginning application of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 241, NURS 242, BIOL 355. Corequisites: NURS 243, NURS 245, PSYC 210. [W]
NURS 245 Pharmacology (3)
Principles and concepts of pharmacologic intervention. A lecture/demonstration course integrating pharmacology, physiology and disease processes. Emphasis on providing the student with the information necessary to: assess a patientís reaction to pharmacologic agents; anticipate appropriate intervention; and recognize common problems associated with drug therapy. Lecture 2 units; Laboratory 1 unit. Prerequisite: for Nursing majors, CHEM 203, BIOL 311, BIOL 355; for others, permission of the instructor. [W]
NURS 250 Preparation for the RN Program (L.V.N. Bridge Course) (3)
Focus is on facilitating the transition from the role of a Licensed Vocational Nurse to that of a Registered Nurse. Concepts, theories and principles basic to advanced nursing are introduced. Opportunity will be provided to assess the studentís nursing skills, to detect which skills the student needs to strengthen, and to identify the resources for strengthening those skills prior to taking the required courses in health problems and nursing care of adults. Prerequisites: Current LVN License, admission to the University, and completion of BIOL 255, 256, and 311. [F]
NURS 251 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part I (Theory) (5)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common health problems of young, middle aged, and older adults and the promotion of wellness. Common illness conditions are studied in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities which influence functional health patterns. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the application of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, NURS 245, PSYC 210, BIOL 355. Corequisites: NURS 252, BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 252 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part I (Clinical) (5)
The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability/maximum functional status and evaluation of the results of interventions. Clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle-aged, and older adults with common illness conditions are provided. Acute health-care settings are utilized. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, NURS 245, BIOL 355, PSYC 210. Corequisites: NURS 251, BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 253 Home Health Care Overview (1)
Theory related to the issues of home health care will be introduced. Information, in addition to material in the clinical nursing courses, that is need to be certified as a home health aide will be presented. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, BIOL 355. Corequisites: NURS 251, NURS 252. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 257 Healthy Aging (5)
This course is based upon human response
patterns within a framework of human need and is organized from the basic
to the most complex in terms of understanding the aged and their needs.
It is the belief that healthy aging and wellness are within the grasp of
every aging person, given reasonable relationships and environmental supports.
Biological, psychological, sociological, cognitive, spiritual, and cultural
factors are explored from a holistic perspective and include theories of
aging, health and wellness, age-related changes, vulnerability, death and
dying, and other issues related to family, community and health care delivery
systems. Recommended: One course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
NURS 327 Womenís Health (5)
This course covers womenís health care from a primary care and well-being perspective. Included are traditional reproductive content as well as selected common medical and psycho-social-developmental-political problems and issues as they relate to womenís health. The importance of health responsibility being assumed by the individual is emphasized. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, SOC 100, and ENGL 110.
NURS 340 Preparation for the NCLEX (2)
Lecture/Seminar course designed to assist nursing students to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Students will be provided the opportunity to assess their level of preparedness for the national examination for registered nurse licensure. The standardized test will be an additional cost for the student. Skills in computer test taking will be included. The current test plan for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses will guide the presentation of specific course content. Prerequisite: Nursing student or permission of instructor. Course can be repeated twice for credit.
NURS 341 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Theory) (5)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common high acuity pathophysiological health problems of young, middle-aged, and older adults. High acuity pathophysiological disorders are studied in relation to nursing diagnoses common to those patients and in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the development of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 252, BIOL 370. Corequisite: NURS 342. [F]
NURS 342 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Clinical) (5)
A course of study to further advance the studentís ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the care of young, middle-age and older adults. Acute/critical and alternative health care settings are utilized for implementing the nursing process. The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the conceptual basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of interventions. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: BIOL 370, NURS 251, NURS 252. Corequisite: NURS 341. [F]
NURS 351 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (5)
Focus of the course is on the identification, treatment and nursing care of common psychopathological health problems of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Psychobiological, psychosocial, and sociocultural variables influencing systems stability are explored. Theoretical content includes psychopathology, pharmacology and treatment modalities related to attributes of humanistic individuals, group-aggregates or communities. Communication and group process theory and its application to practice are included. Principles and concepts from mental health/psychiatric nursing are applied to the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 352 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Care (3)
The course provides clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of individuals, families and groups with mental health problems. Students utilize physiological, psychosocial, cultural and behavioral concepts in application of the nursing process to individuals, families and groups. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of mental health interventions. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 351.
NURS 353 Health Promotion During the Period of Family Expansion (4)
This course focuses on theoretical concepts and principles for facilitating systems stability in families and individuals during the period of family expansion, the woman during the reproductive cycle, the newborn and the family. Methods of health assessment, promotion and maintenance, health education and early family rearing practices based on individual differences will be discussed. Health problems of family members during this time will be addressed. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 354 Nursing Care During the Period of Family Expansion (5)
This course provides clinical experience in the application of nursing care principles and concepts to the care of women, newborns and their families during the period of family expansion from preconception through early infancy. Included will be experiences in normal and high-risk situations, during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods in hospitals, community agencies, and in the home. Emphasis is placed on use of the nursing process, including adequate assessment of the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural systems, and functional health patterns to arrive at nursing diagnoses and subsequently plan and implement nursing care. Opportunity will be provided for further development of the clinician, education, and leadership roles and for introducing the role of nurse researcher. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 353.
NURS 355 Health Problems of Children and Adolescents (4)
Major health problems interfering with growth and development from infancy through adolescence, and their effects on physical, psychological, and socio-cultural systems stability and functional health patterns are studied in relation to the individual and family. Health assessment, health promotion, prevention of illness, and therapeutic interventions are studied with the family as the focus of care. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 356 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents (5)
Application of knowledge and skill through provision of nursing care in clinical situations involving multi-system instability in infants, children, adolescents and their families. The nursing process is used to identify dysfunctional health patterns, formulate nursing diagnoses, and develop comprehensive nursing plans of care. Emphasis is given to implement health assessment, promotion and education related to the developmental level of children and their families. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 355.
NURS 357 Planning Nursing Research (3)
An introduction to planning a research project based upon a simple nursing problem. Includes: definitions of terms, methods for writing problem statements, sample collection procedures, choosing data collection instruments, data analysis, protection of human subjects rights, developing a nursing research proposal. Three hours per week. Prerequisites: MATH 140 or PSYC 200. Junior standing in Nursing Program or RN to BSN to MSN program. [F]
NURS 396 Community Service Learning
Community service provides a learning experience through volunteering in a health setting. Designed to complement the learning of students entering or considering entering a health profession. Direct community experiences are arranged through a variety of health organizations. Basic topics of confidentiality and infection control (OSHA requirements) are introduced during the initial enrollment in the course and renewed on an annual basis. Depending on health setting placement, a student may need to meet additional requirements such as CPR, health clearance, and malpractice insurance. Particular placements may require completion of Level I of the CSUB nursing program. Individual academic learning objectives guide the experience. Health practice based reflection is used to evaluate the studentís ability to connect the community service learning to academic coursework. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit of credit for 30 or more hours of volunteer community service experience in a health setting. Only one unit of Human Corps credit can be earned per term. No more than 12 units of Human Corps credit may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree. Prerequisites: None. [F,W,S]
NURS 410 Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (5)
This course provides the students with opportunities to explore and critically analyze nursing theories and conceptual models. The relationship between nursing theories and nursing practices will be emphasized. Students will also examine the characteristics of nursing as a profession and the roles of the professional nurse. Current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing will be discussed and analyzed. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to MSN option or RN to BSN to MSN option. Senior standing or higher in Nursing. [F]
NURS 440 Basic Dysrhythmia Course (3)
This course will focus on the interpretation of ECG rhythms and dysrhythmias. A systematic approach to dysrhythmia interpretation will be utilized. This course is for nursing students interested in working in medical/surgical units, critical care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, postanesthesia care units, outpatient clinics, and various community settings where nurses are responsible for interpreting the clientís heart rhythm as a part of their job requirement. [S]
NURS 441 Community Health Nursing (5)
Principles, theories, and concepts of community health nurses are utilized to generate an understanding of the roles and functions of community health nurses. Special focus is given to the nursing process and nursing roles needed to promote system stability and maximum functional status of families, groups, aggregates, and community. This course is designed to encourage the critical thinking necessary to perform autonomously in community health nursing. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. [W]
NURS 442 Community Health Nursing Practicum (5)
Concepts and theories of community health nursing are utilized in the application of the systems model. Special emphasis is given to use of the nursing process with families, groups or aggregates. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisite: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 441. [W,S]
NURS 444 Professional Nursing Practicum (5)
Integration of prior nursing and support course content into professional nursing practice. Faculty select, with student input, a clinical agency for an advanced clinical experience. Student will apply all nursing roles (clinician, educator, researcher, and leader), with emphasis on the leader and clinician roles. Students will take a national assessment test in preparation for the RN license examination (processing fee required). Seminar 1 unit/Laboratory Practice 4 units. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 490. [W, S]
NURS 490 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Trends & Issues in Nursing (5)
Consideration is given of current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing. These issues are critically analyzed as they relate to nursing care and nursing leadership/management in the delivery of health care in contemporary society. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. [F]
NURS 497 Cooperative Education (1-5)
This work study course is offered through Cooperative Education by the Department of Nursing in cooperation with selected clinical agencies. Students apply previously learned nursing theory and clinical skills in assigned patient care settings under the supervision of selected RN nurse preceptors. The laboratory experience is supervised by a Department of Nursing faculty (course instructor), clinical agency coordinators, and the Cooperative Education Coordinator. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading is the responsibility of the nursing faculty. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 243, 244, and 245. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. [F, W, S]
NURS 499 Independent Study (1-5)
Individual projects, such as directed
reading, for students qualified to carry on independent work. Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor.
Graduate courses are listed in the "Graduate Studies" section of the catalog.