Course Descriptions

Nursing --- NURS

Course Descriptions

NURS 1001  Nursing Assistant   5 cr

Introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills in long-term care and/or home care environments. Skills are taught in a simulated laboratory setting utilizing demonstration and role-playing. Upon successful completion of classroom studies, the student will participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. This course meets the objectives of the Federal OBRA and Minnesota Department of Health requirements as detailed for educating the nursing assistant. Students should be fluent English speakers. Course includes a malpractice insurance fee. Note: To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prereq: Completion of READ 0090 or placement into READ 0093 or higher; HCM 1111 Medical Terminology recommended.

NURS 1028  Directed Study in Nursing   cr

Provides opportunity for directed study in nursing theory and/or lab and clinical for nursing students in the classroom, long term care, community or acute care settings. The course content is individualized based on an assessment of each student's learning needs. Focus of the course will be demonstration of competency in identified learning goals related to safe, holistic nursing care. Prereq: Admission to the Nursing Program and consent of the Nursing Program Director.

NURS 1189  Clinical Internship   1 cr

Provides learning opportunities to apply nursing theory with nursing practice. The focus in this elective clinical internship course is on gaining depth of understanding of the role of the registered nurse as well as strengthening nursing skills in the clinical setting. Students will be precepted by nurses in the practice setting and by nursing faculty. Prerequisites: Successful completion of two semesters in an associate degree nursing program. Acceptance into an approved metro area clinical internship program and permission by Director of Nursing Program.

NURS 2025  Clinical Specialty Focus   cr

Provides an opportunity to increase knowledge and nursing skills within a specialized lab or clinical setting utilizing the Nursing Resource Center, acute care, or community settings. The course builds upon content taught within the nursing program but also provides the opportunity to expand experiential learning and go beyond the basics in a specialized field of nursing. Prereq: Successful completion of NURS 1020 & NURS 1025 or NURS 1160 & NURS 1165 or NURS 1260 & NURS 1265, consent of instructor, Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and background clearance.

NURS 2030  Nursing Interventions II: Health, Healing and Holism and the Role of the RN   4 cr

Provides the student with the theoretical content related to health and wellness in the infant, child and adult. Primary, secondary and tertiary health care management and health conditions are discussed throughout the lifespan. Critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, communication, prioritization, collaborative care and the holistic nursing process are emphasized. Major content areas include maternal/child health, mental health, cardiac, and gastrointestinal conditions as well as emergency and trauma care. Prerequisite: NURS 1030, 1035, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2035. Recommended: completion of or concurrent enrollment in NURS 2222.

NURS 2035  Clinical Application for NURS 2030   4 cr

Applies theoretical concepts to nursing practice. This practicum, with clinical experiences in acute, specialty and community settings, provides the student with opportunities to provide comprehensive nursing care to multiple clients. Holism, nursing process with an emphasis on evaluation, communication and the RN role are emphasized. Community screening, following a pregnant person to delivery and a newborn assessment, and a comprehensive family assessment are unique to this course. Concepts of supervision/delegation, critical thinking and prioritization are emphasized. Additional application includes identification and facilitation of patterns in health and wellness for clients within their environment. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 2030 and background clearance.

NURS 2050  Synthesis and Transition to the Registered Nurse Role   3 cr

Uses a case study modality, synthesizes concepts taught previously such as health, healing, and holism. It emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, group dynamics/processes, and economic, social, political, and current trends in healthcare. The case studies allow students to plan and evaluate holistic, individualized nursing interventions for patients with complex health care needs. Prerequisite: NURS 2030, 2035, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2055 and completion of NURS 2222.

NURS 2055  Clinical Application for NURS 2050   4 cr

Applies and synthesizes concepts represented in NURS2050. Clinical opportunities encourage students to prepare themselves for the personal and professional transition to the role of the professional nurse. Clinical experience focuses on critical thinking, team leading, leadership/management, supervision/delegation, and decision making/priority setting while providing holistic care to multiple patients with complex health needs and situations. Other applications will involve exploration of career opportunities, preparing and presenting teaching projects, working collaboratively with health care professionals, working collaboratively with peers in developing a patient discharge/referral plan and service learning within the community. Prerequisite: NURS 2030, 2035, concurrent enrollment in NURS 2050, Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and background clearance

NURS 2130  Nursing Interventions II: Health, Healing and Holism and the Role of the RN   4 cr

Provides the accelerated nursing student (LPN) with the theoretical content related to health and wellness in the infant, child and adult. Primary, secondary and tertiary health care management and health conditions are discussed throughout the life span. Critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions and communication, prioritization, collaborative care and the holistic nursing process are emphasized. Major content areas include maternal/child health, mental health, cardiac, and gastrointestinal conditions as well as emergency and trauma care. Prerequisites: NURS 1160, NURS 1165 and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2135. Recommended completion of or concurrent enrollment in NURS 2222.

NURS 2135  Clinical Application for NURS 2130   4 cr

Applied theoretical concepts to nursing practice. This practicum, with clinical experiences in acute, specialty and community settings, provides the student with opportunities to provide comprehensive nursing care to multiple clients. Team leading, health teaching, holism, nursing process with an emphasis on evaluation, communication and the RN role are emphasized. Community screening, following a pregnant person to delivery and a newborn assessment, and a comprehensive family assessment are unique to this course. Concepts of supervision/delegation, critical thinking and prioritization are emphasized. Additional application includes identification and facilitation of patterns in health and wellness for clients within their environment. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 2130 and background clearance.

NURS 2150  Synthesis and Transition to the Registered Nurse Role   3 cr

Uses a case study modality, synthesizes concepts taught previously such as health, healing, and holism. It emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, group dynamics/processes, and economic, social, political, and current trends in healthcare. The case studies allow students to plan and evaluate holistic, individualized nursing interventions for patients with complex health care needs. Prerequisite: NURS 2130, NURS 2135, NURS 2222, concurrent enrollment in NURS 2155.

NURS 2155  Clinical Application for NURS 2150   3 cr

Applies and synthesizes concepts represented in NURS2150. Clinical opportunities encourage students to prepare themselves for the personal and professional transition to the role of the registered nurse. Clinical experience focuses on critical thinking, team leading, leadership/management, supervision/delegation, and decision making/priority setting while providing holistic care to multiple patients with complex health needs and situations. Other applications will involve exploring career opportunities, preparing and presenting teaching projects, working collaboratively with health care professionals, working collaboratively with peers in developing a patient discharge/referral plan and service learning within the community. Prerequisite: NURS 2130, NURS 2135, concurrent enrollment in NURS 2150, Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and background clearance.

NURS 2235  Clinical Application For NURS 1230   4 cr

Applies theoretical concepts of holistic nursing practices promoting critical thinking, assessment skills, caring behaviors, therapeutic nursing interventions, prevention of disease, and health and wellness throughout the life span. This practicum, with clinical experiences in acute care, community agencies, and the nursing learning resource center, provides the student with opportunities to provide intermediate level nursing interventions. Course emphasis includes holism and the nursing process with emphasis on assessment and interventions, prioritization, communication, and health teaching in both acute care and community service learning. Prereq: NURS 1260, NURS 1265, current healthcare provider CPR certification, background clearance, and current immunizations. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 1230.

NURS 2240  Acupressure   3 cr

This basic acupressure course is rooted in theoretical principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students will be introduced to traditional Chinese concepts of physiology, pathology, assessment, and treatment planning in order to develop skills and judgment about the appropriate use of acupressure. This course includes a lab component where students will learn the location and use of 50 common acupressure points, a variety of energy moving exercises, as well as basics for creating a healing environment. Intended for: nurses, massage therapists, chiropractic assistants, healthcare and human service professionals and others interested in holistic and complementary therapies. Prerequisites: One course in Anatomy and Physiology or instructor permission.

NURS 2250  Synthesis And Transition To The Registered Nurse Role   3 cr

Synthesize concepts taught previously such as health, healing, and holism. It emphasizes evidence based practice, leadership, ethics, group dynamics/ processes, and economic, social, political, and current trends in health care. The case studies allow students to plan and evaluate holistic, individualized nursing interventions for patients with complex health care needs. Prerequisite: NURS 1230, NURS 2235, NURS 2222, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2255.

NURS 2255  Clinical Application For NURS 2250   3 cr

Applies and synthesizes concepts represented in NURS2250. Clinical opportunities encourage students to prepare themselves for the personal and professional transition to the role of the professional nurse. Clinical experience focuses on critical thinking, team leading, leadership/management, supervision/delegation, and decision making/priority setting while providing holistic care to multiple patients with complex health needs and situations. Other applications will involve exploring career opportunities, preparing and presenting teaching projects, working collaboratively with health care professionals, working collaboratively with peers in developing a patient discharge/referral plan and service learning within the community. Prerequisites: NURS 1230, 2235, concurrent enrollment in NURS 2250, current healthcare provider CPR certification, current immunizations, and background clearance.

NURS 2700  Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion   9 cr

Introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2750 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2720  Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse   4 cr

Expands the knowledge and skills of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and the Paramedic as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum. Prerequisites: Admission to the mobility nursing program track, concurrent enrollment in NURS2750 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2750  Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse   2 cr

Introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2700 or NURS2720 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2800  Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing   7 cr

Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the "lived experience" of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better. Concurrent enrollment in NURS2850.

NURS 2820  Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse   3 cr

Introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better.

NURS 2850  Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I   2 cr

Introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronic and Palliative Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS2800

NURS 2900  Acute and Complex Care for Nursing   7 cr

Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2920.

NURS 2920  Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II   2 cr

Facilitates ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS 2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2900.

NURS 2950  Nursing Leadership I   3 cr

Focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, NURS2850 with a grade of C or better.