RN to BS, Nursing Course Descriptons:

RN to BS, Nursing Course Descriptions

NURS4110. Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
Focuses on the transition from the AD nursing role to the BS, Nursing.  The history of nursing education, code of ethics and professional conduct, and standards of nursing practice will be explored. Professional Nursing competencies will be compared.  Principles of adult education including the role of technology in learning will be reviewed. NNU's four Institutional Outcomes will be introduced. A portfolio of previous nursing accomplishments and a plan for life-long learning will be required.  Scholarly writing skills, using APA guidelines will be introduced and required for all writing assignments. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BS, Nursing Program.

NURS4111. Nursing as Servant Leadership (3)
Speaks to the distinction of NNU as a Christian University with emphasis on spiritual care and servant leadership.  This course challenges the RN student to understand the Christian perspective and appreciate human diversity as a basis for providing culturally competent healthcare. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4112. Systems Management in Nursing (3)
Focuses on the role of the BS prepared nurse within the micro and macro systems of healthcare organizations.  The role of mission/vision/philosophy and values in relation to structure, finance and delivery of care in healthcare organizations will be examined.  Change theory and complexity science will be discussed in relation to patient and employee safety principles. Technology use in health care, safeguards for nursing practice, ethics, and ways to provide protection of confidentiality and privacy of patients will be reviewed along with regulatory requirements. Quality Assessment (QA), quality improvement (QI) and root cause analysis will be explored. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4113. Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
Focuses on a research approach, through the use of information technologies, to facilitate theory and scientific evidence application in nursing practice.  The research process is examined and used to provide the foundation for students to critically evaluate published research studies. Protection of human subjects in research activities will be included.  Through critical examination of published research, students learn to base nursing interventions on scientific knowledge. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4114. Community Health Nursing (3)
Focuses on the role of the professional nurse working collaboratively to build a health community.  The history of community health nursing will be reviewed, along with a comparison of the current role of community health nursing.  Skills related to interviewing, assessment of health, working with diverse cultures, and development of interventions that promote health and prevent illness for diverse individuals, families and communities will be addressed.  Strategies for working with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations will be developed. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4115. Community Health Nursing Lab (3)
Practice in a local health care agency providing care to culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.  Builds on previous learning (NURS4114 or other CHN course) and requires completion of a population assessment, including cultural assessment, utilizing technological and other community resources and services, and developing a plan to address unmet healthcare needs based on assessment. Prerequisites: NURS4110, NURS4114.

NURS4116. Evidence Based Practice (3)
Focuses on the integration of scientific evidence into clinical nursing practice.  Evidence Based Practice Models (such as the Iowa Model) will provide the process for implementing nursing practice change based on a critical evaluation of the evidence.  Students will learn how to identify practice issues, appraise and integrate scientific evidence, evaluate outcomes, and sustain practice change through the use of health care and information technologies. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4117. Family Nursing (3)
Focuses on the theoretical foundation for family nursing. The course will build on the integration of pathophysiology, developmental stages across the lifespan for individuals and families, and cultural influences/diversity, into care of the family. Skills of health assessment, developmental assessment and cultural competency will be reviewed and applied to the family system. A requirement of this course will be completion of family assessment, including developmental and cultural assessment, using Friedman's Assessment tool. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4118. Nursing with Older Adults (3)
Focuses on current issues in promoting longevity and healthy aging within the family.  Current bio-psychosocial and developmental theories on aging are explored.  The multidisciplinary needs of older adults, including developmental and relationship challenges are addressed.  End-of-life and palliative care will be emphasized.  Meeting the physical, developmental, cultural and spiritual needs of older adults will be integrated. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4119. Population and Global Health (3)
Explores the impact of healthcare delivery on population and global health. Ethical, legal, cultural and social issues that influence nursing practice will be discussed.  Epidemiology and environmental health risks will be explored.  Health literacy and use of global information technologies will be considered along with the impact on health care. Emergency preparedness, bio-terrorism and disaster response will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on health policy development related to global health issues and the effect of health policy on selected populations and cultures. Prerequisite: NURS4110.

NURS4120. Leadership in Nursing/Capstone (3)
Focuses on the leadership and management skills required to function at a high level of performance for a BS, Nursing role.  Leadership theories, concepts and styles will be explored.  Skills needed for functioning within collaborative teams will be emphasized.  Effective communication and strategies to manage conflict will be examined along with ways to maintain a safe physical, emotional, and culturally appropriate environment for patients and coworkers. Incorporates student reflection on their educational and professional development in relation to each of the core themes of Northwest Nazarene University.  A leadership skills development plan that addresses NNU's core themes will be required. Prerequisite: NURS4110, NURS4111, NURS4112, NURS4113, NURS4114, NURS4115, NURS4116, NURS4117, NURS4118, NURS4119.