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Nursing Course Descriptions

(NRSG) College-Program: 17-56. Read each course description for prerequisites. Check with Department for quarter when courses are offered. Enrollment in the Nursing courses requires admission into the major, unless "consent of instructor" is noted. Such designated courses (301, 302, 304, 320, and 350) are open to registered nurses, provided prerequisites or corequisites have been completed.


301 CONCEPTS OF NURSING AND HEALTH CARE (3 credits). An introduction to concepts of the nursing program. Explores the professional and social context of nursing. Studies concepts of health in relation to professional practice roles. Examines philosophies and frameworks for nursing practice. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

302 ALTERED PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES: SELECTED CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE (5 credits). Alterations in physiological function are studied through a conceptual approach. Nursing practice implications are examined in relation to altered physiological responses influencing multiple systems. Nursing management approaches address optimal health and health care resources. Prerequisites: course work in anatomy and physiology, consent of instructor.

304 PSYCHOSOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE (2 credits). Examination of health attitudes, values, beliefs, and human responses. Relates concepts of stress and illness behavior to health care and nursing practice modalities. Addresses values clarification and ethical decision-making within an individual and social context. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

310 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP DYNAMICS (2 credits). Examines the therapeutic role relationships, theories of caring, care-giver and advocacy roles. Addresses change, group theory, and their application to health care. Small group discussions and experiential exercises provide for exploration of students' individual and professional development.

311 NURSING PROCESS (3 credits). Focuses on the components and use of the nursing process as a framework for nursing practice. Emphasizes health promotion of well individuals across the lifespan, and nursing interventions for actual and potential health problems. Prerequisite: NRSG 301.

312 NURSING PRACTICUM: INDIVIDUAL (3 credits). Provides opportunity for the student to use the nursing process, with emphasis on health promotion and health preservation of clients currently not having identified health problems. Discusses potential referral services which provide for health promotion and preservation for various age groups. A process orientation provides opportunity to use new and previous learning. Pre and/or corequisites: NRSG 304 and 311. Recommend concurrent enrollment with 311.

320 HEALTH EDUCATION IN NURSING PRACTICE (2 credits). Examines the role of health education in nursing practice and health care. Addresses concepts, principles, and theories related to teaching-learning processes. Studies the development, delivery, and evaluation of health education in relation to health care and nursing roles. Prerequisites: NRSG 304 and consent of instructor.

321 FAMILY HEALTH NURSING (3 credits). Views the family as a system. Focuses on assessment and interventions with families experiencing chronic illness, family dysfunction, loss, and problems of childbearing/childrearing. Considers family structure, function, and development as they impact responses to illness. Discusses health care resources and legislation affecting families. Pre or corequisites: NRSG 312, 320.

322 NURSING PRACTICUM: FAMILY (3 credits). Provides the opportunity to use the nursing process with families having identified health needs at various stages in the family life cycle. A family assessment model guides the interpretation of family responses to actual/potential health problems and the provision of nursing care at the family level. Pre and/or corequisites: NRSG 302, 310, 321. Recommend concurrent enrollment with NRSG 321.

350 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4 credits). An elective course providing an in-depth study of a selected topic. Course title and credit will vary pending faculty availability and student interest. Selected courses open to non-nursing majors. Not required for nursing major. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.(Applies to Liberal Education Area VII ).

401 TRANSCULTURAL NURSING (2 credits). Examines theoretical frameworks for performing a cultural assessment and for planning and implementing culturally appropriate nursing care. Studies cultural barriers to adequate health care, and health beliefs and practices of clients from diverse backgrounds.Provides opportunity for the student to reflect on culture in relation to oneself and nursing practice roles.Prerequisite:NRSG 310.(Applies to Liberal Education Area VII ).

402 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (3 credits). Emphasizes the use of the nursing process as the framework for addressing the community as the client. Analyzes major issues in community health nursing, the health care system, and diverse community settings. Prerequisite: NRSG 322.

403 NURSING PRACTICUM: COMMUNITY (3 credits). Provides opportunity to use the nursing process with the community as client. Focuses on client populations in diverse rural community settings and participation in professional nursing practice roles. Pre or corequisite: NRSG402. Recommend concurrent enrollment in NRSG 402.

410 NURSING RESEARCH (3 credits). Considers the role and use of nursing research in nursing practice. An introduction to the research process is given and interpreted for its implications to nursing practice. An exploration of theory development in nursing is discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of 300-level nursing courses.

411 NURSING LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT (3 credits). A study of leadership/management theories, concepts, and strategies as applied to professional nursing roles and practice. Topics relate to nursing care delivery patterns, leadership/management processes, issues, and resources. Prerequisites: Completion of all 300 level nursing courses.

412 NURSING LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT LABORATORY (1 credit). Provides opportunity for observation and dialogue in the application of leadership/management theories, concepts and strategies. Selected nurse leaders in various health care settings serve as facilitators/colleagues for the learning experiences. Pre or corequisite: NRSG 411.

413 PRACTICUM SELECTIVE ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING (1 credit). Involves development of a practicum experience for the next quarter. Objectives for the Nursing 420 course serve as a guide for establishing individual practicums. Prerequisite: Nursing major anticipating enrollment in NRSG 420 the following quarter.

420 PRACTICUM SELECTIVE: IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION (9 credits). A practicum experience mutually approved by the respective faculty and student. Provides an opportunity to synthesize major curriculum concepts within a practice setting, such as the identification of researchable problems, analysis of health needs and delivery patterns, management of nursing care, examination of practice roles and theory-practice relationships. Prerequisite: completion of all nursing courses except NRSG 421.

421 NURSING PROFESSION IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY (2 credits). Focuses on the analysis of trends, issues, and the contemporary social context of nursing. Provides opportunity for critical reflection related to professional perspectives. Pre or corequisite: NRSG 420.


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