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Course Descriptions

The following list includes a description of and objectives for all courses in the nursing curriculum.

NOTE: The numbers enclosed in parentheses immediately following course titles indicate the semester credit hours, lecture contact hours, and laboratory hours respectively. Lecture and laboratory hours are normally scheduled each week for one semester in the course. Credit hours for laboratory experiences are calculated as one semester credit hour for 3 contact hours.

NUR 2000 (1-1-0): Introduction to Health Technology and Informatics - This course provides students interested in nursing and other human science professions with an opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge and skills from information and computer science to the healthcare field. The course introduces students to applications of information systems in healthcare practice, education, and research. Hardware, software, databases, communications applications, computer developments and associated legal and ethical issues are addressed. Students learn how healthcare providers can assess, develop and use information systems to work more efficiently, allocate resources more effectively, and improve consumer health care. Pre-Requisite: Required of ALL pre-nursing majors

NUR 3000 (3-3-0):Transition to Professional Nursing - This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse. An overview of the delivery of professional nursing practice and role transition. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework. Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Nursing Program. RN-BSN Students Only

NUR 3010 (2-2-0): Introduction to Professional Nursing - This course introduces students to the values and concepts appropriate to professional nursing practice included in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, ANA Social Policy Statement, ANA Clinical Standards, and Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements and to the professional nursing roles of advocate, clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and researcher. Included in the course will be an introduction to the profession of nursing and health care delivery in the United States from historical and contemporary perspectives and to the UNCP Department of Nursing mission, purposes, and educational program objectives. Pre-Requisite: Admission to professional program. Pre-licensure BSN Students Only

NUR 3030 (4-2-6): Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice - This course introduces, from a theoretical, research base, nursing skills and principles basic to beginning professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process to guide the recipient of nursing care toward an optimal level of functioning. The dimensions of Gordon’s functional health patterns will be explored. Learning experiences will provide the opportunity for students to begin to develop proficiency in six interrelated nursing roles, with an emphasis on developing the clinician, educator, and researcher roles. Utilization of the nursing process, critical thinking and decision making in simulated and actual clinical situations will be emphasized. During laboratory sessions students will have opportunity to practice basic nursing skills through simulated clinical situations. The clinical component of the course provides an opportunity for students to apply theory to nursing practice and to develop beginning proficiency in basic nursing skills with recipients of nursing care in community and long term care settings. Pre-Requisite: Admission to professional program. Prelicensure BSN Students Only; Co-Requisite: NUR 3010

NUR 3040(2-2-0): Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition - This course introduces the principles of nutrition and ways in which these principles are applied to promote an optimal level of functioning for all individuals. Topics include nutritional requirements for maintaining health and development throughout the life span as well as factors affecting food choices of individuals and society. Emphasis is placed on nutrition assessment and interventions in relation to the nutrition goals of Healthy People 2010 and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030

NUR 3050 (3-3-0): Pharmacology for Clinical Practice - This course examines the major categories of pharmacologic agents and application of pharmacologic concepts to clinical nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physiologic actions of the drugs, expected patient responses, major side effects, and implications for nursing. Drug dosage computation is included. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030

NUR 3100 (3-3-0): Transcultural Nursing – This course is designed to assist students in expanding their view of man. Man is defined as a functioning, whole unit who with integrity and uniqueness who uses symbols to communicate with the environment. Emphasis will be placed on the concepts of cultural belief systems, health, and caring, and how these concepts affect the nursing care delivery system. Pre-Requisites: NUR 301, 3030 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 3000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 3150 (5-3-6): Adult Health Nursing I - This course focuses on the nursing care needs of adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health and the use of the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care for these clients. Students will examine theoretical and research findings as well as issues and trends influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care for adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health. Learning experiences will provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop proficiency in six interrelated nursing roles, with an emphasis on the clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and researcher roles. Emphasis is placed on enhancing critical thinking skills and the roles of the professional nurse in health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation of clients with acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of health care settings. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030

NUR 3200 (3-2-3): Health Assessment Across the Lifespan – This course prepares students to conduct comprehensive health assessments. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data collected from clients of all ages. A physical, psychological, and sociocultural, approach is used to assess the client and to incorporate consideration of the client's needs, state of wellness, developmental level, and response to life experiences. The campus laboratory experiences consist of practice with recipients of nursing care. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 3000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 3250 (3-3-0): Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan – This course prepares the student to systematically approach complex clinical situations. Emphasis will be on the integration and application of pathophysiological concepts to the holistic human in time of physical stress. The course utilizes the nursing process as the basis for examining persons with pathologies requiring multiple dimensions of nursing care. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 3000 (RN-BSN Students).

NUR 3300 (3-3-0): Gerontological Nursing - This course examines the process of aging. Physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of aging are examined within the context of the family and society. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process. This course is NOT REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE for the pre-licensure BSN students. Pre-requisite: NUR 3000

NUR 3450 (5-3-6): Family Nursing I – This course focuses on nursing care and health promotion for the childbearing family. The course provides an introduction to the process of normal childbirth and dynamics of the childbearing family as well as the identification and care of high-risk recipients of nursing care. Nursing process provides direction to promote, restore and maintain health of women and newborns within a family context and including cultural diversity. Learning experiences will provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3040, 3050, 3100, 3150, 3200

NUR 3500 (5-3-6): Family Nursing II - This course focuses on nursing care of the child-rearing family, includes viewing the child and family as recipients of nursing care. Course content includes care of the child from infancy through adolescence, both hospitalized and within the community, acutely ill and chronically ill; common stressors for the child and family throughout the growing years; and strategies for health promotion for the child and family. Learning experiences will provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3040, 3050, 3100, 3150, 3200

NUR 4000 (3-3-0): Nursing Research and Theory – This course provides students with an overview of the role of theory and research in the development of nursing as a profession. Students are introduced to the principles and concepts in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. With a focus on the role of the professional nurse as a consumer of research, students develop skill in the ability to critically read and evaluate research findings based on nursing theory and practice needs. Pre-Requisites: Completion of all 300 level courses (Prelicensure BSN Students); Completion of all 3000 level courses or permission of instructor (RN-BSN Students). Co-Requisite: Statistics – PSY 2080, SOC 3600, or MAT 2100 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 4120 (5-3-6): Leadership in Nursing – The course focuses on the professional nurse's role as a leader in the profession and health care delivery. The focus will be on the evolution of nursing, nursing leaders as vanguards of the profession, contemporary health care delivery, the professional role of the nurse leader in health care delivery. Leadership and management principles will be examined. Pre-Requisites: NUR 4000, 4150, 4350 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 4000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 4150 (5-3-6): Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - This course focuses on the nursing care needs of persons experiencing alterations in social and psychological functioning. Students will examine theoretical and research findings as well as issues and trends influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care for persons with common psychiatric disorders or mental health needs. Emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing, the application of the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care, and the enhancement of critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and interpersonal skills as they relate to care of persons experiencing alterations in social and psychological functioning. Learning experiences will provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles. Pre-Requisites: Completion of 3000 level courses; Prelicensure BSN Students Only. Co-Requisite: NUR 4000

NUR 4350 (5-3-6): Community Health Nursing – This course focuses on care of the culturally diverse populations and aggregates within the community. Emphasis is on the use of evidence-based knowledge and six interrelated roles of the professional nurse in addressing the preventative health needs of populations and aggregate groups in the community setting. Current public health problems, epidemiology, trends in health care delivery, and community resources are examined. Students analyze the sociocultural, political, economic, ethical, and environmental factors that influence community and global health. Clinical experiences will allow students to understand, alter and enhance the political and/or socioeconomic forces that impact health and health care delivery. Pre-Requisites: Completion of 3000 level courses. Co-Requisite: NUR 4000

NUR 4450 (6-3-9): Adult Health Nursing II - This course focuses on nursing care needs of adults with acute and complex health problems related to major body systems. Students will have an opportunity to examine pathophysiological, psychological, and sociocultural implications as well as current research and trends in care of adults experiencing complex health problems. The emphasis is on enhancing critical thinking skills in the planning and delivery of nursing care for adults with complex health problems. Learning experiences provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles and self-direction in providing nursing care for clients with complex health problems in a variety of clinical settings. Pre-Requisites: NUR 4000, 4150, and 4350; Prelicensure BSN Students Only

NUR 4510 (3-2-8): Transition into Professional Nursing: A Capstone Experience - This course facilitates the transition of students into professional practice through preceptorships with professional nurses in a variety of clinical settings. Through this culminating experience, students will synthesize knowledge of nursing cognates and general education to increase their responsibility and accountability for providing quality nursing care. Faculty selects, with input from individual students, a clinical agency for the clinical experience. Students will apply all nursing roles (advocate, clinician, collaborator/coordinator, educator, leader, and researcher) with an emphasis on the clinician and leader roles. The experience allows faculty to assess each student for minimal competencies of the terminal educational objectives. Pre-Requisite: Prelicensure BSN Students Only. Co-Requisite: NUR 4120, 4450; To enroll in this course a student must have adhered to all Department of Nursing policies and procedures during this and prior semesters. Note: To meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing focused care clinical experience requirement of 120 hours, the course does not follow the traditional one semester credit hour for 3 contact hours for a clinical experience.

NUR 4550 (3-3-0): Professional Nursing Issues in Practice - This course is the capstone experience that includes synthesis of nursing cognates and general education. The experience allows the students to assess their knowledge of the program objectives. The course will incorporate essential knowledge, psychomotor, and affective domains of BSN education. Pre- or Co-Requisites: to be taken simultaneously with or after completing all other requirements for the BSN degree. RN-BSN Students Only.

Elective Courses

NUR 4210 (3-3-0): Nursing and Women's Health - This course focuses on the current health care challenges and issues of women's health and implications for professional nursing practice. Women's roles in a complex society will be examined to facilitate increased self-awareness as consumers and providers in the health care delivery system.

NUR 4400 (1-0-0): Professional Nursing Honors Practicum - This course provides outstanding academic nursing students the opportunity to identify and analyze a nursing topic and/or problem of major interest. Students enrolled will create their project and learning objectives in collaboration with faculty facilitator. This course is NOT REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE. Students are encouraged to consider this course if planning to attend graduate school. Prerequiste: Must be classified as a senior and have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of "B" (3.0) and Department Chair approval.

 
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