Nursing

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College of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences

DeNike Center for Human Services

570-422-3474......www.esu.edu/nurs

About the Program

The Department of Nursing offers a four-year program of study that leads to the bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Upon completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to apply to the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a registered nurse, and is prepared to function as a generalist in professional nursing practice.

The graduate is also eligible for graduate study based on individual achievement.

The program involves a foundation of liberal arts education with basic preparation in professional nursing.

An internship at the end of the senior year facilitates a smooth transition from student to graduate role.

Registered nurse baccalaureate graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings, which may include hospitals, community agencies, and long-term care facilities.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to:

  • Prepare citizens qualified to practice as professional nurses in successful competition with graduates of colleges and universities throughout the United States;
  • Meet national and local leadership needs in nursing and;
  • Find personal life satisfaction in nursing practice through ever widening horizons of understanding and service.

Accreditation

The Nursing degree program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; 1-800-669-1656), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition, the program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Faculty

Professor:

Mary Tod Gray (mgray@po-box.esu.edu)

Associate Professors:

Suzanne Fischer Prestoy (sprestoy@po-box.esu.edu)

Marcia Gasper (mgasper@po-box.esu.edu)

Patty Hannon (phannon@po-box.esu.edu)

Laurel T. Pierangeli (lpierangeli@po-box.esu.edu)

Assistant Professors:

Claranne Mathiesen (cmathiesen@po-box.esu.edu)

Laura Waters, Chair (lwaters@po-box.esu.edu)

Instructor:

Paulette Dorney (pdorney@po-box.esu.edu)

Student Organization and Nursing Honor Society

Students are encouraged to join their professional organization, the Student Nurses Association. This is the local chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.

Senior students who have achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and who rank in the highest 35 percent of their class are eligible to apply for induction into the Xi Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

Transfer Students

The Department of Nursing admits the majority of students as freshmen. Therefore, very few seats become available for transfer students. Admission for transfer students is very competitive; successful applicants often have 3.5 or higher GPA. Students who are currently East Stroudsburg University students are given preference for admission into the nursing program.

Other Transfer student criteria:

  • Completion of 36 credits
  • Over all GPA 3,5.
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II and related labs, Microbiology with lab, Statistics, and English Composition with grades of 3.0 or better in each course.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • Letter of intent as to why candidate wants to be a nurse.
  • Interview with nursing faculty to be conducted after the review of submitted materials to the nursing department.
  • All materials need to be submitted by Feb 1 for fall placement only.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

Applicants and students enrolled in the Department of Nursing must possess the necessary behavioral, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, and communication skills to provide nursing care that is safe for the clients, for themselves, and for other healthcare providers. They must be able to provide safe nursing care in a wide variety of settings with diverse clients. Students must meet these core performance standards to qualify for and remain in the nursing program. Where possible, reasonable accommodations will be provided for those individuals with disabilities to enable them to meet these standards and ensure that students are not denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in this program. The core performance standards for this program are identified in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Time Limit for Completing the Program of Study:

All requirements for the degree in the nursing program must be completed within seven years from the date students begin their studies. Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by the department if extenuating circumstances exist.

Are you interested in...

  • An intellectual challenge
  • Caring for people
  • Working in a fast-paced environment
  • Responsibility
  • Making a difference

Choose Nursing at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Practical internship
  • Variety of clinical placements
  • Quality education

Is nursing a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Intensive care/trauma
  • Oncology
  • Research
  • Emergency Room
  • Education
  • Maternal/Child
  • Psychology/Mental Health

Career Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Community agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Research settings

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Program Features:

    60 Semester Hours

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      BIOL 111 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      4

      PSY 100 GE: General Psychology

      3

      NURS 101: Nursing Seminar

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      BIOL 112 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      4

      PSY 225 GE: Lifespan Developmental Psychology

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      14

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      NURS 102: Concepts of Professional Nursing

      3

      NURS 201: Health Assessment for Nurses

      2

      NURS 202 Health Assessment for Nurses Laboratory

      1

      SOC 111 GE: Introduction to Sociology

      3

      BIOL 424: Mechanisms of Disease

      3

      BIOL 461: Mechanisms of Disease Lab*

      1

      CMST 111 GE: Speech Communication

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      NURS 301: Nutrition and Diet Therapy

      3

      MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

      3

      CHEM 115 GE: Chemistry, Molecules and Life

      3

      CHEM 117 GE: Chemistry, Molecules and Life Lab

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      NURS 302: Intro Community Health Nursing

      2

      NURS 304: Gerontological Nursing

      2

      NURS 320: Intro to Nursing Practice

      5

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      NURS 307: Nursing Research

      3

      NURS 308: Pharmacology

      3

      NURS 321: Nursing Care Childbearing Family

      5

      NURS 322: Nursing Care Children, Adolescents and Families

      5

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      NURS 421: Adult Health I

      6

      NURS 423: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

      5

      General Education Electives

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      NURS 400: Senior Seminar

      1

      NURS 422: Adult Health Nursing II

      6

      NURS 424: Community Health Nursing

      5

      NURS 481: Senior Internship

      2

      Subtotal

      14

      Total Credits

      120

      *Not required for students who transfer a microbiology course.

      For more information, e-mail: infonursing@po-box.esu.edu.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Program Features:

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      BIOL 111 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      4

      PSY 100 GE: General Psychology

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Free Elective

      1

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      12

      Spring

      BIOL 112 GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      4

      PSY 225 GE: Lifespan Developmental Psychology

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      14

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      CMST 111 GE: Speech Communication

      3

      SOC 111 GE: Introduction to Sociology

      3

      BIOL 424: Mechanisms of Disease**

      3

      BIOL 461: Mechanisms of Disease Lab**

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

      3

      NURS 301: Nutrition and Diet Therapy

      3

      CHEM 115 GE: Chemistry, Molecules and Life

      3

      CHEM 117 GE: Chemistry, Molecules and Life Lab 1

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      NURS 201: Health Assessment for Nurses

      2

      NURS 202: Health Assessment for Nurses Laboratory

      1

      NURS 302: Introduction to Community Health Nursing

      2

      NURS 304: Gerontological Nursing

      2

      NURS 309: Dynamics of Nursing Practice

      3

      NURS 320: Introduction to Nursing Practice*

      5

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      NURS 307: Nursing Research

      3

      NURS 308: Pharmacology

      3

      NURS 321: Nursing Care Childbearing Family*

      5

      NURS 322: Nursing Care Children, Adolescents and Families*

      5

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      NURS 421: Adult Health I

      6

      NURS 423: Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing

      5

      General Education Elective course

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      NURS 400: Senior Seminar

      1

      NURS 422: Adult Health Nursing II

      6

      NURS 424: Community Health Nursing

      5

      NURS 481: Senior Internship

      2

      Subtotal

      14

      Total Credits

      120

      Note: a minimum of 32 final credits must be taken at ESU.

      * RN's graduating from NLNAC accredited, State Board of Nursing approved schools typically transfer credits equivalent to these courses.

      ** Course content is fulfilled for RNs who transfer a microbiology course.

      For more information, e-mail: infonursing@po-box.esu.edu.

      Admission

      The admission policies for the nursing program are consistent with the university policies found in the university catalog with the following exceptions:

      Freshman Admission Criteria

      Consideration for admission is based on the following guidelines:

      • High school rank in the top 1/3rd
      • Combined SAT of 1000 or better (math/verbal), or a 22 composite score on the ACT
      • High School QPA of 3.0 or better
      • Completion of work equal to the standard high school college preparation course with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, two units of Mathematics (one of which is Algebra), and two units of Science with a related laboratory

      For more information, e-mail: infonursing@po-box.esu.edu.

      DeNike Center for Human Services 570-422-3474 www.esu.edu/nurs

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

  • Issue

    Standard

    Examples of Nursing Activities

    Critical Thinking

    Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment

    Competent assessment of clients in a timely manner. Correct interpretation of assessment data, identification of necessary nursing interventions, design of appropriate nursing care plans, evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and revising planned interventions.

    Cognitive

    Ongoing capacity to learn new information and skills to provide safe nursing care. This includes the ability to comprehend, measure, calculate, analyze and evaluate diverse forms of information.

    Learn new skills and rationales for nursing care in a timely manner. Learn and adopt new methods of providing nursing care to reflect the dynamic nature of health care provision.

    Interpersonal

    Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

    Establish rapport and relate effectively with clients, their families, and colleagues. Work effectively with these individuals when they are stressed physically and/or emotionally. Provide care socially and culturally acceptable to clients

    Communication

    Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

    Follow verbal and written instructions. Clearly communicate with other health care providers by appropriately documenting the nursing interventions provided and the clients' responses. Provide effective client teaching. Consult with a health care provider in a professional manner

    Mobility

    Physical abilities sufficient to move oneself from room to room, along hallways, and in small or confined spaces. The ability to meet the physical demands of providing nursing care.

    Lifting, moving, carrying, pushing, pulling, and supporting clients, equipment and other objects independently. Standing, bending, walking, and sitting while working directly with clients and co-workers, and documenting care

    Motor Skills

    Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

    Perform vital signs, CPR, physical assessment, use equipment, hang IVs and tube feedings, draw up and give injections. Document nursing interventions and patient care in legible writing or accurate type.

    Tactile

    Tactile dexterity sufficient for physical assessment.

    Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, i.e. insertions of a catheter, giving injections

    Visual

    Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

    Reading charts, flow sheets, monitors, thermometers. Assessment of patient skin, color, pupils, wound healing. Drawing up and administering medications.

    Hearing

    Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

    Auscultation of blood pressure, breath sounds, bowel sounds. Hearing alarms, call bells, cries for help by clients and families and co-workers. Understanding mechanically reproduced voices such as on audiotape

    Personal Behaviors

    Maintains personal behaviors consistent with the American Nurses' Association Code for Nurses.

    Demonstrates personal responsibility, accountability, integrity and honesty. Demonstrates respect for self and others through their verbal and nonverbal behaviors. Avoids behavior inconsistent with professional standards such as chemical dependency and abuse, harm toward self or others, or engaging in or supporting criminal behavior.

    Adapted from Core Performance Standards Required for Nursing, Board of Directors of the Southern Council on College Education for Nursing (SCCEN), 1993

    Academic Progression Criteria

    Minimum academic criteria have been established for all students in this degree program. Students are evaluated at the end of each semester based on the following criteria:

    1. Students need to maintain a GPA of 2.75 in the major to progress in the nursing program.
    2. Cumulative quality point average below 2.25: dismissal from the program.
    3. Cumulative quality point average between 2.25 and 2.74 at the conclusion of the fall or spring semester: probation. Student will be considered on probation for an additional semester on a full-time basis. If a cumulative point average of 2.75 has not been attained, dismissal from the program will occur.
    4. Students are required to attain a 2.75 cumulative QPA at the time of graduation and meet the general standards for scholarship standing given in the ESU Student Handbook. Students can repeat a nursing core course only once. A grade of "C" or above is required for courses listed as prerequisites to the major and for all courses required for the major. All courses specifically listed on the curriculum plan fall into these categories. However, a "C" or better in all required courses does not guarantee progression since the required cumulative QPA minimum is 2.75.

    Clinical Nursing Course Requirements

    Two months prior to beginning a clinical nursing course, students must submit evidence of current Act 34 clearance and Act 151 child abuse clearance, current CPR certification, professional liability insurance ($1,000,000 per occurrence/$3,000,000 aggregate minimum coverage), appropriate immunizations and titers, and verification of good health, including a negative Mantoux test, or chest x-ray. Immunizations and titers include DT, measles, mumps, Hepatitis B, Rubella vaccine or titer showing immunity and a serology test (VDRL, RPR or STS).

    University Health Services offers health examinations and the Mantoux test as a service to students who are enrolled in classes at the university and have a health form on file at the Health Center. The Mantoux test is required annually, and a health examination is required every other year.

    The basic nursing student will pay for malpractice insurance, which can be processed by the Nursing Department office. RN to BS students must purchase their own insurance and present evidence prior to enrolling in a clinical nursing course.

    RN to BS students are also required to present evidence of current licensure in Pennsylvania. Act 34 and Act 151 clearance forms can be obtained in the Nursing Department office.

    Additional Expenses

    Additional expenses required of students as they progress through the Nursing Program are uniform costs, travel expenses to clinical sites, NCLEX review courses, and application fees for licensure.

    Credit By Examination

    Credit for some of the nursing courses may be earned through credit by examination. Other methods of earning credit are explained in the Advanced Placement section of this catalog.

    Eligibility for Licensure Examination

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Science program are eligible to apply to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination for licensure to practice as Registered Nurses. Prospective students should note that there are restrictions on licensure due to felony convictions related to controlled substances. For additional information, contact the Nursing Department at 570-422-3474.

    Student Organizations

    Students are encouraged to join their professional organization, the Student Nurses Association. This is the local chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.

    Grievance Procedure

    The university's grievance procedure can be found in the university's Student Handbook.

    Nursing Honor Society

    Senior students who have achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and who rank in the highest 35 percent of their class are eligible to apply for induction into the Xi Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

Course Descriptions

  • NURS 101 Nursing Seminar (1)

    • This seminar is designed to enable the beginning student in nursing to identify knowledge from support courses relevant to the practice of professional nursing. The functions of caring, communication, critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, and leadership/management are explored from a professional nursing practice perspective. Systems theory is introduced as the integrating mechanism of the ESU Nursing curriculum. Corequisites: BIOL 111, PSY 100, and an enrolled nursing major.

  • NURS 102 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3)

    • This course is an introduction to selected concepts that contribute to the foundation of the nursing profession and nursing practice. The individual, environment, health and nursing are the four primary phenomena of concern to the nursing profession. The historical and theoretical basis of nursing professional values and knowledge base are introduced in relationship to the changing health needs of society. The unique contribution of Nursing to health care delivery is explored with emphasis on personal, interpersonal and critical decision making skills inherent in the profession. Corequisites: BIOL 111, PSY 100, NURS 101. This course is only open to students accepted into the Nursing program.

  • NURS 201 Health Assessment for Nurses (2)

    • This course is designed to provide an overview of the skills necessary to perform comprehensive health assessments. The course focuses on the health history and physical assessment of the well adult client, although problems such as impairment of skin integrity and ineffective airway clearance are also discusses. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, ENGL 103. Corequisite: NURS 202.

  • NURS 202 Health Assessment for Nurses Laboratory (1)

    • This course is taken with NURS 201 and consists of laboratory experiences designed to enhance the student's ability to apply cognitive and psychomotor skills related to health assessment. Prerequisite: This course is only open to students accepted into the Nursing program. Concurrent NURS 201.

  • NURS 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students or are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and value of introducing them as part of the university curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair and the faculty of the Department of Nursing.

  • NURS 301 Nutrition and Diet Therapy (3)

    • This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of nutrition and its crucial role in maintaining health and promoting rehabilitation. The course focuses on nutritional and public health; nutrients; metabolism; food sources; food selection for nutritional, psychological and cultural values; and on various therapies for disease conditions. Enrollment is not limited to nursing majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, BIOL 112. Corequisites: CHEM 115, 117.

  • NURS 302 Introduction to Community Health Nursing (2)

    • The Introduction to Community Health Nursing course is designed to provide students with a foundation for community health nursing practice. The evolution of public health and community health practice will be addressed throughout the course along with the following: health, health care economics, the health care system, levels of prevention, family dynamics, cultural concepts, and the community assessment process. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; CMST 111; ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 101, 301; PSY 100, 225; SOC 111.

  • NURS 304 Gerontological Nursing (2)

    • Unique health and nursing needs of older adult clients and their significant others will be explored as well as the political, social, economic, ethical and moral issues that have implications for an aging society. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge in gerontological nursing so that the student is better prepared to assist older adults in realizing their potential for continued growth and better health, regardless of setting or health status. The emphasis is on healthy aging and wellness and for the student to develop a positive perspective on aging. Prerequisite: This course is open only to students accepted into the Nursing program.

  • NURS 307 Introduction to Research in Nursing (3)

    • This course is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of scientific investigation. The basis of study design, methods of data collection and analysis, interpretation of data, and the significance of conclusions to nursing theory and nursing practice are considered. Students will have guided experience in the evaluation and utilization of nursing research. Prerequisites: ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 320. This course is open only to students accepted into the Nursing program.

  • NURS 308 Pharmacology: Implications for Nursing Practice (3)

    • This course is a study of the use of drugs/medications with respect to mechanism of action, therapeutic uses, side effects, contraindications, interactions, expected outcomes, toxicity/ management of overdose, and safe, effective dosages. Emphasis is placed on lifespan considerations, community-based care, drug prototypes, client teaching, health promotion, economics, and ethical and legal aspects of drug administration. This course may be taken by non-nursing majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; ENGL 103.

  • NURS 309 Dynamics of Nursing Practice (3)

    • In this course the Registered Nurse student will examine various nursing themes and concepts; nursing education; adult education; nursing process; leadership, management, systems theory; and components of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis is placed on effective oral and written communication. Students are expected to refine critical thinking skills and express views in class discussion from readings and material presented. Prerequisite: RN status.This course replaces NURS 101 Nursing Seminar and NURS 102 Concepts of Professional Nursing. This course is open only to students accepted into the Nursing program.

  • NURS 320 Introduction to Nursing Practice (5)

  • NURS 321 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (5)

    • This course focuses on the role of the nurse in promoting the optimal health of the childbearing family. The course is designed to develop and sharpen the student's assessment skills of expectant and new families and of neonates; to further develop the student's formulation of nursing diagnoses; and to give him/her practice in planning, implementing, and evaluating holistic care for the childbearing family. Principles of care, which are fundamental to Maternal-Child Nursing, are developed throughout the course, along with associated clinical skills. Clinical experiences and opportunities will be provided in a variety of acute care and community settings to enable students to apply nursing care principles. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; CMST 111; ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 301,

      NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 320; PSY 100, 225; SOC 111. Concurrent: NURS 307, 308.

  • NURS 322 Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families (5)

    • The focus of this course is to provide an opportunity for the student to learn about the developmental health needs of children and their families. Current trends and nursing skills are stressed regarding the physical and emotional needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and the families. Growth and development of the child and the family are discussed. Nursing care of relevant pathological conditions is derived through the application of critical thinking and the nursing process. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; CMST 111; ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 320; PSY 100, 225; SOC 111. Concurrent: NURS 307, 308.

  • NURS 323 Nursing Theory and Practical (3)

    • This is a transition course for licensed practical nurses which includes the study of selected health needs related to infants and childbearing families and to children, adolescents and families. This theory is applied in a clinical component. The following concepts are also applied in the clinical component: critical thinking communication skills, group interaction, beginning leadership and management skills, and theoretical rationale for nursing interventions.

  • NURS 324 Nursing Theory and Practical II (3)

    • This is a transition course for licensed practical nurses which includes the study of selected health needs related to adult health care. This theory is applied in a clinical component. The following concepts are also applied in the clinical component: critical thinking, communication skills, group interaction, beginning leadership and management skills, and theoretical rationale for nursing interventions are explored. A clinical component is included.

  • NURS 400 Senior Seminar (1)

  • NURS 420 Analysis of Aging (3)

    • This course is designed to analyze the aging process with a multidisciplinary approach. Physiological, psychological, and sociological factors which influence the individual's response to aging are studied. This course is geared for students preparing for health disciplines. Enrollment is not limited to nursing majors. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112; PSY 100, or permission of the instructor.

  • NURS 421 Adult Health Nursing I (6)

    • This course focuses on maximizing the health of adults and older adults and their families experiencing responses to altered nutrition, skin integrity, immune function, endocrine function, gastrointestinal function, urinary elimination, and sexual and reproductive function. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision making skills, utilization of nursing research, leadership skills, health promotion, treatment of illness, and rehabilitation. This course builds upon knowledge gained from nursing and other disciplines pertaining to the holistic care of adults and older adults. The clinical component of this course allows the direct application of theory to practice. Clinical laboratory experiences will be provided in acute and community based settings. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; CMST 111; ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 307, NURS 308, NURS 320, NURS 321, NURS 322; PSY 100, 225; SOC 111. Corequisite: NURS 423.

  • NURS 422 Adult Health Nursing II (6)

    • This course focuses on maximizing the health of adults and older adults experiencing responses to altered cardiac function, peripheral tissue perfusion, respiratory function, neurologic function, and visual and auditory function. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision making skills, health promotion, leadership skills, utilization of nursing research, treatment of illness, and rehabilitation. This course builds upon knowledge gained from nursing and other disciplines pertaining to the holistic care of adults and older adults. The clinical component of this course allows the direct application of theory to practice. Clinical laboratory experiences will be provided in both acute care and community based settings. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, 424, 461; CHEM 115, 117; CMST 111; ENGL 103; MATH 110; NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 307, NURS 308, NURS 320, NURS 321, NURS 322,; NURS 421, NURS 423; PSY 100, 225; SOC 111. Corequisite: NURS 424.

  • NURS 423 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (5)

  • NURS 424 Community Health Nursing in Practice (5)

  • NURS 481 Senior Internship (Semester hours arranged; minimum 2 credit, 112.5 hours)

  • NURS 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course will provide the opportunity to identify and explore in depth a nursing area of special interest to the student. This study will be under the guidance of a faculty member. Prerequisites: approval by the chair and faculty of the Department of Nursing.

  • NURS 486 Field Experience and Internship - School Nursing (3)

    • This course is designed to serve as a field experience for students pursuing certification in school nursing. In addition to validating competencies learned in prerequisite courses, students will have an opportunity to become familiar with the role of the school nurse in various settings and to apply cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills in an actual practice environment. Experience will be provided in preschool, K-8, and senior high school levels. Prerequisites: HLTH 360 or 539; MCOM 262 or 520; PSED 161 or 510, 242 or 516.

  • NURS 490 School Nursing (3)

    • This course is designed to provide an overview of the skills needed to function as a school nurse. Topics addressed include the well child and the child with special needs. Introduction to screening programs will be addressed.