Nursing

NUR 10606: Nursing II

The theory content of this course introduces the nursing student to function in the role of the associate degree registered nurse in providing nursing care to adult patients in acute care settings and childbearing patients and neonates in maternal family settings. Critical to this discussion is the introduction of teaching-learning. Further developed   are effective communication skills; the use of the nursing process to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care; and the use of growth and developmental theories to identify various stages of the life cycle with emphasis on the neonate. The clinical component of this course utilizes: (1) acute care and ambulatory health care delivery settings to provide nursing care to adult patients undergoing surgical interventions; and (2) maternal family settings to provide nursing care to the childbearing patients and the neonate.  Four-hours class, six-hours lab for one week, and six hours clinical for 14 weeks. Course fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 10505 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, MTH 11903 with a grade of “C” or better. AHC 13101 with a grade of “C” or better, and BIO 10104 with a grade of “C” or  better.

Offered Spring for 6 Semester hours.

NUR 11212 Nursing Transition

This transition course is designed for students entering the LPN to RN bridge program. This course will build on previous knowledge and skills the student received in their LPN/LVN educational process and focus on the professional concepts and skills necessary to transition from the role of LPN/LVN to the role of RN. Students are introduced to the Philosophy and Conceptual Framework of the University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing, as well as ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice and ANA Code of Ethics. Nursing process, the eight basic human needs, growth and developmental theories, principles of teaching-learning and effective communication skills are presented.  Also discussed is the role of the associate degree registered nurse to critically think, communicate, and provide safe, effective nursing care to the infant, the childbearing family, and patients experiencing needs related fluid and electrolyte balance; acid-base balance; the renal system; the integumentary system; and the sensory perceptual systems. Combined with classroom and nursing clinical experience, learning is by the application of concepts. Eleven hours class, three hours clinical for 15 weeks.  Prerequisite: Official acceptance in the University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing Advanced LPN/LVN Placement track, current and valid LPN license, and CS 288NO  with a grade of “S” (CS 288NO for hybrid students only).

Offered Spring, Summer for 12 Semester hours.

NUR 20404: Nursing III

The theory content of this course introduces the nursing student to function in the role of the associate degree registered nurse in providing nursing care to adult patients in acute care settings experiencing needs related to fluid and electrolyte balance; acid-base balance; the renal system; the integumentary system; and the sensory perceptual systems. Growth and developmental concepts are further discussed with emphasis on infants and children. The nursing process, communication and collaboration skills, use  of technology, teaching-learning, and legal/ethical principles of nursing practice are continued. The clinical component of this course utilizes: (1) acute care health care  delivery settings to provide nursing care to adult patients; and (2) community settings to provide interactions with children. Four and one-half hours class and four and one half hours clinical during 10 week Summer term. Course fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 10606 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical  performance, BIO 10204 with a grade of “C” or better, BIO 10302 with a grade of “C” or better, and PSY 11303.

Offered Summer for 4 Semester hours.

 

NUR 20909: Nursing VI

The theory content of this course focuses on the role of the associate degree registered nurse as communicator, provider, and manager of safe effective care to patients experiencing needs related to the immune system; the endocrine system; the musculoskeletal system; and oncologic disorders. Growth and developmental concepts are further discussed with an emphasis on older adults. The nursing process, communication and collaboration skills, use of technology, teaching-learning, and legal/ethical principles of nursing practice are continued. The clinical component utilizes acute care, including critical care areas to provide the student the opportunity to assist patients in promoting, restoring, and maintaining health. Students are provided with an introduction to the role of the community health nurse. Clinical assignments are selected to assist  the student with the role transition from student to registered nurse. Clinically, the student functions as a: a) provider of care for small groups of patients; b) team leader; c) team member; and d) preceptee with an experienced registered nurse. Six hours class, nine hours clinical. Course fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 21707 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, NUR 21303 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, ENG 11203, and SOC 11103.

Offered Spring for 9 Semester hours.

NUR 21303: Nursing IV

The theory content of this course introduces the nursing student to function in the role of the associate degree Registered Nurse in providing nursing care in mental health care settings to adults experiencing emotional health care needs. Growth and developmental concepts are further discussed with emphasis on the adolescent. The nursing process, therapeutic communication and collaboration skills, use of technology, teaching-learning, and legal/ethical principles of nursing practice are continued. The clinical  component of this course utilizes mental health care settings to provide nursing care to adult patients. Two hours class, three hours clinical. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 20404 or NUR 11212 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance and successful completion of COM 11103 and ENG 11103.

Note:  Hybrid students only, summer

Offered Fall for Semester hours.

NUR 22101: Trends II

This course provides an overview to assist the student in the transition to the role of the registered nurse. Current health care trends and issues and their implications for members of the multidisciplinary health care team are explored.Additional topics discussed are: continued lifelong learning related to professional development and educational requirements to maintain licensure as a registered nurse; an overview of professional organizations that represent the nursing profession; the role of State Boards of Nursing; and an introduction of the American political process related to healthcare and the role of the nurse as an informed constituent. One hour class. Prerequisite: NUR 21707 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, NUR 21303 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory”  designation for clinical performance, ENG 11203, SOC 11103.

Note: Hybrid students only, summer

Offered Spring for 1 Semester hours.

NUR 27805: ST: Medical Surgical Nursing I

The theory content of this course focuses on the role of the associate degree registered nurse as communicator, provider, and manager of safe effective care to patients experiencing needs related to the immune system; the endocrine system; blood and blood forming; and neoplastic disorders. The student nurse is introduced to the role of the registered nurse leading and providing nursing care to humans whose illness is more complex in nature. Growth and developmental concepts are further discussed with an   emphasis on older adults. The nursing process, communication and collaboration skills, use of technology, teaching-learning, and legal/ethical principles of nursing practice are continued. The clinical component utilizes an acute care setting, to provide the student the opportunity to assist patients in promoting, restoring, and maintaining health. Clinical assignments are selected to assist the student to begin to explore the characteristics and responsibilities of leadership. The student further explores the transition from a student nurse to the role of the nurse through opportunities to plan and provide nursing care for small groups of clients. Four hours class, three hours clinical. Course fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 21707 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, NUR 21303 with a grade of “C” or better in  theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance.

Offered Spring for 5 Semester hours.

NUR 28801-10: Selected Topics in Nursing

A study of topics not included in current nursing course offering or topics of more in-depth study than covered in current nursing courses. The format may be independent of directed studies, a research paper, a community activity or project, a scheduled class, or a seminar. The course may be repeated for credit upon change of the course topic. The topic/ project may be selected by a group of students and/or the nursing instructor. Course fee required. Prerequisite: Approval of the nursing instructor and the Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies.

Offered On Demand for 1-10 Semester hours.

NUR 30303 Concepts of Professional Nursing

This transition course focuses on an introduction to the Philosophy and Conceptual Framework of the University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing, the health care delivery system, and the clinical decision-making process (nursing process). Emphasis is placed on transition to the professional nursing role in the care of self,individuals, families, groups, and communities. An introduction to nursing theorists, philosophies, theories, and frameworks is also presented. Three-hour class. Prerequisite: Graduate of a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. associate degree or diploma program in nursing. Note: Students may enroll in this course prior to receiving RN license and/or official acceptance into the RN-BSN Program.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics

The focus of this course is to assist the student to develop sensitivity to ethical areas in nursing practice. The student will examine his/her own values and patients’ values in order to provide appropriate nursing care. Understanding of how values influence decisions about health care will be discussed. Future moral problems that nurses are likely to face are introduced. The influence of values and moral frameworks on the ethical dimension of nursing practice and on the nurse’s role as a patient advocate is also explored. Prerequisite: Graduate of a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. associate degree or diploma program in nursing. Students may enroll in this course prior to receiving RN license and/or official acceptance into the RN-BSN Program.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics

This course provides a systematic application of the use of information science and technology to support patient care and provide leadership within health care systems and/or academic settings, Emphasis is on the use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems to inform quality improvement, financial decision-making, selection and evaluation of the information systems of patient care technology, and related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 30303 and NUR 31303 with a grade of “C” or better.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

NUR 40303 Nursing Research

This course provides basic content in the role and the use of nursing research in day to day practice settings. The steps of the research process are presented as well as  major research approaches. Students study and critique selected examples of nursing research. Retrieval of library information is reviewed. Utilization of computerized  statistical packages is introduced. Students design a small investigative study which has implications for nursing. Prerequisites: MTH 21404,NUR 30303,and NUR 30707with a grade of “C” or better.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

NUR 40909: Nursing Leadership and Nursing in the Community

This course serves as the capstone course and focuses on the role of the nurse in the delivery of nursing care to the community, which is viewed as a unit. The professional leadership role to synthesize major curriculum concepts is explored and developed. Health care needs, delivery patterns, services, and resources are identified and analyzed. The community is assessed in relation to cultural and environmental influences, such as epidemiology, substance abuse, and violent behavioral patterns. A family theory perspective is used to identify such concepts as family communication patterns, types of families, loss, grief, and family violence. Strategies to assist families and the community are discussed. Students discuss and define various roles within leadership, such as manager, teacher, participant in care delivery, and change agent. Major topics  of discussion include: leadership styles, group dynamics, collaborative practice, organizational structure, management processes, management styles, and change. Structured and unstructured health care environments are utilized to provide clinical experience for students with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Prerequisite: Current Ohio active R.N. license and nursing professional liability insurance; clinical clearance; NUR 30808, NUR 40303, and NUR 41404, all with a grade of “C” or better in theory; and NUR 30808 with a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance.

Offered Spring for 9 Semester hours.

NUR 41303: Issues in Nursing Practice II

This  course is concurrent with NUR 40909 and integrates all issues presented in the previous nursing issues course. Discussion revolves around how nurses can positively influence health care. Major issues to be presented include but are not limited to: Political strategies to change health care, governmental issues related to health care,  funding for health care, conflict and health care fraud. Prerequisite: NUR 30303; NUR 30707; NUR 31303;; NUR 40303; and NUR 41404, all with a grade of “C” or better in  theory; and NUR 30707 with a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing

The focus of this course is to provide the student with tools for effective delivery of health care for people of different cultures. The student will develop an awareness of the influence of economic, political, and social factors on access to health care of selected cultural groups.

Offered Fall for 4 Semester hours.

 

NUR 48801-03 Selected Topics in Nursing

A study of topics not included in current nursing course offerings or topics of more in-depth study than covered in current nursing courses. The format may be independent or directed studies, a research project, a community activity or project, a scheduled class or seminar. The course may be repeated for credit upon change of the course topic. The topic or project may be selected by a group of students and/or the nursing instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of the nursing instructor and the Dean of the College of  Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.