Nursing 2+2 (NRS)

NRS-305 Introduction to Nursing Profession (3 credits)

In this theory course, students are introduced to the foundations of nursing practice, clinical reasoning, selected psychomotor skills, and communication skills to provide holistic, patient-centered, and culturally-sensitive care. They are also introduced to the Alverno abilities and ability based education.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the 2+2 Program.

NRS-319 Pharmacology: Nursing Connections (3 credits)

The student will examine human disease mechanisms, biologic processes, medication therapy, alternative treatments and important nursing and patient considerations. Students will incorporate pharmacologic principles in the nursing care of patients receiving medications. Application of the nursing process to the safe and effective use of medications will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to 2+2 Program, BI-338 completed or concurrent., NRS-323 and NRS-323P completed or concurrent.

NRS-323 Health Assessment and Clinical Skills (3 credits)

The students will learn essential nursing skills, health history, physical assessment, and patient safety through the use of the nursing process. Learning techniques will include demonstrations, practice, and return demonstrations in a skills classroom. Students will then be given the opportunity to take a health history and perform health assessment skills in a clinical setting with older adults.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to 2 + 2 Program Note: NRS-323 and NRS-323P must be taken concurrently.

NRS-323P Health Assessment & Clinical Skills Practicum (1 credit)

The students will use the nursing process as they acquire essential nursing health assessment and clinical skills. Learning techniques will include demonstrations, practice, and return demonstrations in a skills classroom. Students will then take a health history, perform health assessment and clinical skills in a clinical setting with older adults.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to 2 + 2 Program Note: NRS-323 and NRS-323P must be taken concurrently. This course is off campus. No other classes are allowed the morning you are registered to take this class.

NRS-348 Nutrition & Health (2 credits)

In this theory course, the student is introduced to the principles of nutrition as they relate to the health of individuals throughout the life cycle, disease prevention, health promotion, and patient-centered care.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to 2+2 Program

NRS-351 Nursing Science I (Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Renal Systems) (2 credits)

Drawing on prior learning, students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care of individual's response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions involving the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems. Students will integrate concepts of evidence based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed., NRS-348 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed

NRS-356 Nursing Science II (endocrine, Gastric, Immunological Systems) (2 credits)

Drawing on prior learning students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care of individual's response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions involving the endocrine, gastric and immunological systems. Students will integrate concepts of evidence based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed, NRS-348 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed

NRS-358 Clinical Practicum I (4 credits)

In this course students will learn to demonstrate application of the nursing process incorporating theoretical concepts among a variety of populations in various environments. They will also learn to collaborate and communicate effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team to improve patient outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed, Must have completed NRS-348, Must have completed or register concurrently for NRS-351, or NRS-401

NRS-360 Introduction to Health Humanities (2 credits)

This course is an introduction to the rich and emerging field of health humanities. We will examine the ways in which the humanities (literary studies, history, religious studies, and philosophy) illuminate health, health care, and care giving. As part of these topics we will not shy away from illness, suffering, and death, but we will also engage with recovery, hope, and resiliency. Examining short stories, poetry, graphic novels, autobiographical essays, and feature length films will allow us new and imaginative ways of seeing and constructing meaning about these health-related topics. We will also explore how writing and reading can be therapeutic through storytelling, personal essay writing, and bibliotherapy (therapy through reading).

NRS-362 Mental Health Nursing (2 credits)

In this theory course, the students are prepared to care for patients with mental health needs across the continuum of care. The focus of the course is on theories and concepts of psychiatric and mental health nursing that incorporate a partnership between the nurse and patient, focusing on patient strengths, and assisting the nurse to facilitate patient empowerment. The interdependent influences of family, community, culture, and the healthcare system are explored.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed, NRS-358 completed or concurrent

NRS-368 Role Development I (1 credit)

In this discussion course, students will focus on the emerging development of the self as professional nurse and instrument of care in the patient-nurse relationship. Students will engage in self-reflection and identification of attributes of the professional nurse.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed, NRS-348 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed, NRS-358 completed or concurrent

NRS-371 Nursing Science: Women & Children (3 credits)

In this course students will learn to demonstrate application of the nursing process incorporating theoretical concepts among a variety of populations in various environments. They will also learn to collaborate and communicate effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team to improve patient outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed, NRS-348 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed

NRS-401 Nursing Science III (Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Integumentary, Sensory Systems) (2 credits)

Drawing on prior learning students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care involving individual's response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal, neurological, integumentary and sensory systems. Students will integrate concepts of evidence based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-305 completed., NRS-348 completed, NRS-319 completed, NRS-323 completed, NRS-323P completed, BI-338 completed

NRS-410 Clinical Practicum II (acute care) (4 credits)

In this course students will demonstrate advanced application of the nursing process incorporating theoretical concepts from current and prior courses. They will refine their communication and collaboration skills providing nursing care to a variety of patient populations in various environments. They will expand their role as a member of the health care team to improve patient outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-358 completed, NRS-351 or NRS-356 or NRS-401 completed, NRS-351 and NRS-356 and NRS-401 previous or concurrent

NRS-412 Nursing Science of Complex Communities (3 credits)

Building on previous coursework, theoretical concepts, and scholarly literature, the students create approaches to complex health situations in local, national, and global contexts. The students will be challenged to synthesize multiple factors associated with complexity, consider dynamic interrelationships, and design innovative strategies to care for diverse populations and cultures. In doing so, the students must consider available resources and constraints.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-358 completed, NRS-368 completed.

NRS-415 Complex Communities Practicum (3 credits)

In simulated and community environments, the students integrate, apply, and evaluate advanced nursing science concepts in professional practice. Refining clinical judgment abilities, the students craft interventions appropriate to the unique needs of individuals, groups, or populations. The students generate and implement new and innovative strategies.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-358 completed, NRS-368 completed, NRS-412 completed or concurrent

NRS-417 Role Development II (2 credits)

In this discussion course, students will focus on further exploration of attributes of the professional nurse and standards of practice. Students will engage in activities that promote self-awareness and professional development.

Prerequisite(s): NRS-358 completed, NRS-368 completed, NRS-410 completed or concurrent