Course Descriptions

NURN 3012 -- Transition to Professional Nursing Practice -- 2 credit hours

Provides an overview of the nursing profession. Concepts underlying professional nursing practice with a focus on role expectations and behaviors are introduced. Students must enroll in this course during the first session of the first term of enrollment.
Prerequisites: Admission to the RN BSN Nursing Program.

NURN 3024 -- Comprehensive Health Assessment -- 4 credit hours

Prepares students to conduct a comprehensive, patient-centered, spiritually and culturally appropriate, holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Effective communication through written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies is emphasized. Priority is placed on the collection, processing, and interpretation of subjective and objective client data. The nursing process as the organizing framework for nursing practice and the role of the nurse as provider are explored.

NURN 3114 –- Complex Disease Concepts & Care –- 4 credit hours

Applies acquired knowledge from the basic sciences to alterations in pathophysiology and diseases. Students examine alterations in physiological processes that disrupt or impair health. Disease etiology, incidence/prevalence, clinical manifestations, and pharmacotherapeutics appropriate for evidence-based practice are examined.

NURN 3122 –- Healthcare Informatics –- 2 credit hours

Creates an opportunity to examine the interdisciplinary use of technology-based innovations in healthcare services. Focus will be on use of informatics for planning and management of nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. Students will explore legislative and political issues related to informatics on state, national, and global levels.

NURN 3313 –- Population Health –- 3 credit hours

Includes health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as applied to the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations in the community. Community assessment and collaboration with community partners are explored as essential components in communityfocused clinical decision-making. Demographic and epidemiologic data are explored to identify populations at risk. Trends and issues in public health, including access to resources and delivery of care, are addressed.

NURN 4213 –- Global Health –- 3 credit hours

Provides an opportunity to examine and assess health among varying cultures in a growing global healthcare system. Students will analyze cultural, political, economic, social, and environmental factors that influence global health. Experiential learning will include activities that examine surveillance of disease, public health response, public health risks, and control measures. Health guidelines and international health services (i.e. Healthy People, 2020, WHO, CDC) will be explored.

NURN 4323 –- Healthcare Ethics -– 3 credit hours

Includes analysis of ethics (i.e. justice, beneficence, maleficence) required for healthcare practice as well as ethical situations encountered in nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on examination of ethical health scenarios (i.e. genetics, end of life care) and responses to those scenarios to provide quality care to clients, families, and communities.
General Education: Intermediate – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship; Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

NURN 4413 –- Art & Science of Leadership –- 3 credit hours

The role of leader and manager of care in the healthcare delivery system is analyzed. The interprofessional delivery of healthcare is viewed from the service and business context with exploration of leadership and management skills. Contemporary issues related to healthcare delivery are explored with an examination of legal and regulatory processes.

NURN 4423 –- Evidence-Based Practice –- 3 credit hours

Provides an overview of the research process and utilization of current nursing research in evidence-based practice. Issues of scientific merit and relevance of research to clinical practices will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the role of nursing research and evidence in clinical problem solving, practice, and evaluation.
Prerequisite: NURN 4413.
Corequisite: MATH 2403.
General Education: Intermediate – Communication; Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis.

NURN 4614 –- Organizational & Systems Leadership –- 4 credit hours

Applies leadership techniques to address challenges encountered in healthcare organizations. Systems theories are assessed and utilized to manage complex health challenges. Emphasis is on the provision of safety and quality through application of clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and caring.
General Education: Mastery – Communication; Mastery – Inquiry & Analysis; Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship; Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge

NURN 4622 –- Interprofessional Education & Collaboration –- 2 credit hours

Involves effective education and communication strategies to transform health services. Focus will be on educational strategies for teaching and training, therapeutic communication techniques, and a holistic approach to interaction with other healthcare professionals. Students will participate in case scenarios, debates, and discussions that create immersion opportunities for understanding education, collaboration, and communication concepts.
General Education: Mastery – Communication; Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.

NURN 4713 –- Nursing Certification & Credentials –- 3 credit hours

Provides a culminating experience in which students synthesize nursing and general education knowledge. The course provides specialty nursing content review and an opportunity to identify certification or credentialing opportunities. Students will demonstrate focused study and apply learning strategies prior to taking a specialty nursing certification exam.

NURN PN00 -– Internship –- 3-12 credit hours

Provides an experiential learning opportunity that allows the student to grow in his/her communication, critical thinking, and confidence as a nursing leader. It is expected that during the internship, the student will begin to take responsibility for quality enhancement opportunities and will experience different populations and issues in the healthcare system. Emphasis is placed on the three distinct roles that emerge from the nursing discipline, including provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.