Descriptions for Nursing
NUR 3100-4 Transitions in Nursing (4 + 0)
Prerequisite: fulfillment of admission requirements to the baccalaureate registered nurse program. ANT 3480 or may be taken concurrently
This course introduces the registered nurse student to baccalaureate nursing education and facilitates the transition to the role of the baccalaureate nurse. The course focuses on expanding the nurse's assessment and nursing process skills through self assessment of learning needs and critical thinking skills, exploring the concept of health and introducing nursing theories and the conceptual basis for the practice of the profession. Aspects of professionalism such as the evolution of nursing education, the role of professional organizations and characteristics of autonomy and accountability will be discussed.
NUR 3110-3 Transitions in Nursing (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: fulfillment of admission requirements for the baccalaureate nursing program
Prerequisite or Corequisite: ANT 3480
This course is designed to introduce the registered nurse student to baccalaureate nursing education and to facilitate the transition to the role of the baccalaureate nurse. The course assists the registered nurse student in the exploration of social, political issues and health care trends that impact nursing. The nurse will reflect on nursing history, theory, education and professional and political foundations to predict the personal and professional changes necessary to position nursing for the future. This course will address the power that baccalaureate nursing education provides for career opportunities, professional enhancement and personal growth.
NUR 3400-2 Research: Nursing Critique (2 + 0)
Prerequisite: statistics course prior to or concurrent
Corequisite: HES 3300
Students critique current nursing and/or health related research studies for applicability of the findings to nursing. Students identify researchable problems in nursing and have experiential learning with steps of the research process.
NUR 3510-1 Nursing Diagnosis (1 + 0)
This course is designed to assist the student in writing nursing diagnostic statements according to national standards. The history and future of nursing diagnosis is examined.
NUR 3550-3 Leadership (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: NUR 3110 or may be taken concurrently
This course is designed to foster the development of leadership roles and management skills of the nurse in working with individuals and groups striving for high-level wellness. These leadership roles and management skills also extend to other professionals and para-professionals in health care settings. Consideration is given to the influence of bio-psycho-social-cultural components in the leadership process. Emphasis is placed on the following leadership theories: role, group, dynamics, decision, change and communication.
NUR 3580-4 Management Issues in Nursing (4 + 0)
Prerequisite: NUR 3100 or may be taken concurrently
This course acquaints the nurse with basic nursing management knowledge and skills. The student examines the effects of ethics, laws, politics, power, communication, groups/teams, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, confrontation and negotiation on the role of nurse manager. Students apply managerial knowledge and skills to managing themselves and others effectively, including case management, within the context of the changing profession and health care delivery environment.
NUR 3650-2 Ethical Decision Making: Application to Nursing (2 + 0)
Corequisite: HES 3650
This course assists registered nurses to apply ethical values, principles and theories to dilemmas in health care delivery and to adopt an appropriate decision making framework for their own clinical practice.
NUR 3700-4 Assessment (4 + 0)
Prerequisite: licensed to practice registered nursing in Colorado or permission of instructor
This course assists the student in synthesizing prior interviewing skills, technical skills, and biological, psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual knowledge with the new skills of performing a health assessment on clients throughout the life span. Using the nursing process, the students learns how to obtain a complete health history and perform a physical examination. Emphasis is placed on assessment of levels of wellness and differentiation of normal from abnormal findings across the life span.
NUR 3850-3 Clinical Teaching Methods (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: NUR 3110 or may be taken concurrently
This course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge and skills in clinical teaching. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse as a teacher. Principles of learning, content selection, strategies, teaching materials, and evaluation of teaching are considered. The relationship of perception, communication, and adaptation to teaching and learning are explored. Consideration is given to the biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural needs of clients as related to client teaching. The student will prepare a client-centered teaching module.
NUR 3880-3 Nurse Practice Acts (3+0)
Prerequisite: NUR 3110
This course is designed to analyze nurse practice acts from various states. The American Nurses Association's model of the nurse practice act will be used as a guide. The process of how changes occur in these statutory laws will be discussed.
NUR 4100-4 Critical Care Nursing (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: NUR 3110 or may take NUR 3110 concurrently if nursing entry examinations have been completed satisfactorily. Statistics may also be taken concurrently
This course is designed for registered nurses in adult critical care settings desiring intermediate level knowledge and skills. The focus is on theoretical concepts, but clinical application will be addressed. The course is also designed as preparation for AACN certification examination. The student should have a basic knowledge in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, critical, care, interpretation of electrocardiograms, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and pharmacology.
NUR 4200-3 Research (3 + 0)
Prerequisites: NUR 3110 or permission of instructor. A statistics course prior to or concurrent with NUR 4200
This course introduces students to the research process and terminology and acquaints them with a variety of research methodologies for scientific inquiry. Students critique current research studies for applicability of the findings to their respective discipline. Students identify researchable problems in their discipline. Students have experiential learning with steps of the research process.
NUR 4300-4 Leadership (4 + 0)
Prerequisite: NUR 3100 and NUR 3580
This course fosters an understanding of leadership behaviors exhibited in the process of influencing individuals, groups and communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership knowledge and skills to enable change for the nursing profession in a dynamic health care environment.
NUR 4400-4 Community Health Nursing (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: ANT 3480, HES 3600, HES 3800, HES 3820 and 13 semester hours of upper-division nursing courses including NUR 3700 and NUR 3850
Corequisite: NUR 4410
This course focuses on family theories and public health principles in analyzing the health of individuals, families, and communities as clients. The concepts of risk and prevention in high-level wellness are examined. Principles of ecology and health planning are used to analyze the relationship between environment and human health. Students will integrate the concepts/theories learned in 3000-level nursing courses.
NUR 4410-5 Community Health Nursing: Application (1.5 + 7)
Corequisite: NUR 4400
This is a clinical experience within a community setting where the student applies knowledge of the nursing program's conceptual framework, public health sciences, family theories and nursing knowledge to make multidimensional assessments of an individual, family and community level of wellness. Nursing process is stressed as a problem solving approach within the internal and external environment of these clients. Community resources are identified and utilized to promote high-level wellness.
NUR 4500-2 Community Health Nursing I (2 + 0)
Prerequisites: ANT 3480, HES 3300, HES 3650, NUR 3100, NUR 3650 and NUR 3400 or may be taken concurrently
This module facilitates learning by providing the tools for critically analyzing the principles of health promotion and disease prevention of families. Cultural diversity, ethics, legal and political responsibility of the nurse in leadership roles of advocate, change agent, collaborator, resource person and teacher are emphasized. The learner applies and synthesizes theories and models from the fields of education and nursing to community health nursing, including vulnerable populations and violence and family health risks.
NUR 4510-2 Community Health Nursing II (2 + 0)
Prerequisite: NUR 4500 or may be taken concurrently
This module emphasizes lifestyle practices of health promotion and disease prevention as they impact on the health of diverse populations. Teaching-learning theories will be the foundation for health promotion and disease prevention activities. The student incorporates and synthesizes public and community health knowledge, principles of ethics, law, politics, epidemiology, ecology and risk level along with theories from the human and nursing sciences in solving diverse aggregate health needs and global issues.
NUR 4550-4 Community Health Nursing: Application (1 + 6)
Prerequisites: NUR 4510 or may be taken concurrently and NUR 3100, NUR 3580, NUR 3650, NUR 3700, HES 3650, HES 3750
Within a community setting, the student applies knowledge of public health science, as well as the human and nursing theories to make multidimensional assessments of clients' level of wellness. The nursing process, including cultural values and sensitivity, is used in working with clients. The nurse facilitates a client's self-determination and resource identification in moving toward higher levels of wellness through processes of health promotion and disease prevention and protection.
NUR 4760-2 Nursing Theories (2 + 0)
Prerequisites: NUR 3110, NUR 3510, NUR 3550, and NUR 3850
This course is designed to assist students who plan to continue their education in graduate school. The course provides an introductory examination of nursing theory development and evaluation. Three theories of nursing are analyzed and applied.
NUR 4850-3 Nursing Process: Application (1 + 6)
Prerequisites: all 3000-level nursing courses, NUR 4500, NUR 4510, NUR 4550, HES 3650, HES 3750 and NUR 4300 or may be taken concurrently
This course operationalizes concepts, theories and processes synthesized at the third and fourth level of the program. The student identifies a health problem of a self-selected client population and studies a nursing intervention strategy. The student spends one hour in seminar and six hours a week for 15 weeks in a clinical setting. (Senior Experience)
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