The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

Dr. Linda Linc, Dean

Mission

The mission of the Walsh University Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education grounded in human experience. The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing prepares the graduate to practice nursing within the framework of Judeo-Christian values promoting health in diverse communities.

Goals and Outcomes

The goal of the Walsh University Baccalaureate of Science (BSN) in nursing curricula is to prepare a graduate who is responsible and accountable for the application of critical thinking, communication principles, science and liberal arts knowledge, and therapeutic nursing intervention with diverse clients in an evolving health care system. The graduate is able to function in the role of caregiver, manager and coordinator of care, and leader. The four-year pre-licensure curriculum prepares the graduate to become licensed as a registered nurse. The curriculum for the registered nurse meets the adult-learner needs of the student who acquired fundamental nursing education in a diploma or associate degree program. The graduate of the BSN Program is accountable and responsible for competent nursing practice and has the foundation for life-long learning.

Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing Program; Characteristics of the Graduate

Upon completion of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program the graduate is able to:

  1. Integrate critical thinking principles in the application of the nursing process.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and information management in the delivery of therapeutic nursing interventions with diverse clients in an evolving health care environment.
  3. Utilize communication skills at all levels of interaction within diverse health care environments.
  4. Synthesize knowledge of science and liberal arts within the practice of nursing.
  5. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for population health, research, evidence-based practice and leadership in nursing.
  6. Display a commitment to professionalism and the ethical values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice as fundamental to the discipline of nursing.

Philosophy

We, the Nursing faculty of Walsh University, affirm the philosophy and mission of this institution with its Judeo-Christian traditions. We believe that the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing is an integral part of Walsh University and that the liberal arts education orientation of the University enhances nursing education.

We believe the nurse is an open, complex system who is in constant interaction with an ever-changing environment. The goal of the nurse is to engage the client in a therapeutic relationship. Guided by the methodology of nursing process, the nurse assists the client in promoting, maintaining, restoring, and reorganizing health or supporting death with dignity. Accountability and responsibility, critical thinking, communication, science and liberal arts knowledge, and therapeutic nursing interventions form the foundation of nursing practice.

We believe the primary focus of the nurse is the client. The client may be an individual, family, or community. We view the client as a unique, complex, open system, with biological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual subsystems. We believe the client possesses the freedom and responsibility to think, to choose, and to act.

We view the client as constantly interacting with an ever-changing environment throughout the life span to achieve homeostasis. We believe that the environment includes both the internal and external milieu and that homeostasis is the complex, dynamic process of adaptation to maintain health. Alteration of health or illness occurs when homeostasis is disrupted. We believe the client exists on a continuum of health from conception to death.

We believe that the process of education provides an environment that stimulates the learner to think critically, communicate effectively, and act compassionately, responsibly, and maturely as a contributing member of the profession and society. We believe that nursing education belongs in an institution of higher learning where students are integrated into academic life and have the opportunity to participate in campus activities. Education in an institution of higher learning provides general and professional experiences that facilitate an understanding and respect of people, cultures, and environments. Nursing education provides the basis for life-long learning.

Learning involves the acquisition of knowledge, skills, interests, and values resulting in changes in behavior. The faculty espouses the following principles of learning:

  1. learning is influenced by past experiences, values, and skills;
  2. the student is responsible for learning and assuming an active role in the process;
  3. a climate of trust and mutual respect enhances learning;
  4. learning develops critical thinking processes;
  5. learning is facilitated by activities that promote application of concepts and provide the learner with opportunities for success; and
  6. learning is a life-long process.

The faculty believes that the graduate has an academic background in the sciences and liberal arts. The graduate is able to incorporate values into nursing practice and is accountable to the client, the profession, and other health care professionals and to self. The graduate has a foundation for continuing education and higher education. The graduate is able to apply the nursing process while giving care to diverse clients in health care settings. The Baccalaureate degree graduate applies knowledge from the sciences and liberal arts to the practice of nursing. Further, the Baccalaureate graduate assumes current and evolving nursing roles in community health, research, and leadership to promote the practice of nursing and the advancement of health care.

NURS 220AC  H1:Theo Found for Nursing Prac    3 sem. hrs.

The main focus of this course is introduction to concepts and principles foundational of nursing practice. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is introduced as the systematic methodology for planning care with clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are explored as a means to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are presented as critical elements in the nurse-client relationship. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts that guide nursing practice including growth and development, teaching-learning, general systems theory, and selected nursing theories are discussed. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence-based nursing practice is addressed. Leadership skills fundamental to the professional nursing role are highlighted. Informatics is introduced as a means of communication and a source of information. Ethical and legal issues that influence the evolution of the profession and scope of nursing practice are presented. This course explores challenges of the 21st century including cultural, spiritual, and self-development aspects as discussed in Gaudium Et Spes. Offered every spring and summer semester.

NURS 220PL  H1:Theo Found for Nursing Prac    3 sem. hrs.

The main focus of this course is introduction to concepts and principles foundational of nursing practice. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is introduced as the systematic methodology for planning care with clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are explored as a means to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are presented as critical elements in the nurse-client relationship. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts that guide nursing practice including growth and development, teaching-learning, general systems theory, and selected nursing theories are discussed. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence-based nursing practice is addressed. Leadership skills fundamental to the professional nursing role are highlighted. Informatics is introduced as a means of communication and a source of information. Ethical and legal issues that influence the evolution of the profession and scope of nursing practice are presented. This course explores challenges of the 21st century including cultural, spiritual, and self-development aspects as discussed in Gaudium Et Spes. Offered every spring and summer semester.

NURS 230AC  Hlth Assess/Prom for Nurs Prac    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual nursing assessment of the adult client. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to identify nursing diagnoses for the adult client as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the adult client are planned to promote and maintain health utilizing various clinical assessment tools: health history, physical examination, and health promotion. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated to gather assessment data. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for effective collection and analysis of client information. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with the adult client is introduced. Leadership skills such as collaboration and health promotion are explored. Informatics is used as a source of information concerning health assessment and as a medium for documentation. Ethical and legal issues related to assessment of the adult client are investigated. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Nursing Major.

NURS 230L  Hlth Assess for Nurs Pract/Lab    0 sem. hrs.

Health Assessment for Nursing Practice laboratory.

NURS 230PL  DV:Hlth Asses/Prom for Nur Prc    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual nursing assessment of the adult client. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to identify nursing diagnoses for the adult client as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the adult client are planned to promote and maintain health utilizing various clinical assessment tools: health history, physical examination, and health promotion. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated to gather assessment data. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for effective collection and analysis of client information. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with the adult client is introduced. Leadership skills such as collaboration and health promotion are explored. Informatics is used as a source of information concerning health assessment and as a medium for documentation. Ethical and legal issues related to assessment of the adult client are investigated. Offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Nursing Major.

NURS 240AC  Clinical Pharm/Nurs Mgt    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the mechanism of drug action and implications on the physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of clients. Critical thinking in clinical pharmacology is encouraged through a case study approach of clients adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are formulated utilizing the nursing process as a decision making model. Therapeutic communication skills with clients, families, and health care team members to formulate teaching plans are emphasized. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the student with the fundamental clinical application of pharmacology. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice to support pharmacologic management is emphasized. Leadership skills including integrity, delegation, health promotion, and safe practice fundamental to the professional nursing role in clinical drug therapy are studied. Informatics is investigated as a source of information, documentation, and application to drug therapy. Ethical and legal issues related to clinical application of drug therapy. Ethical and legal issues related to clinical application of drug therapy are explored. Major drug classifications for both prescription and non-prescription drugs are introduced using a systems framework. This course includes the study of mathematics as it relates to the calculation of drug dosages. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Nursing Major.

NURS 240PL  Clinical Pharm/Nurs Mgt    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the mechanism of drug action and implications on the physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of clients. Critical thinking in clinical pharmacology is encouraged through a case study approach of clients adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are formulated utilizing the nursing process as a decision making model. Therapeutic communication skills with clients, families, and health care team members to formulate teaching plans are emphasized. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the student with the fundamental clinical application of pharmacology. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice to support pharmacologic management is emphasized. Leadership skills including integrity, delegation, health promotion, and safe practice fundamental to the professional nursing role in clinical drug therapy are studied. Informatics is investigated as a source of information, documentation, and application to drug therapy. Ethical and legal issues related to clinical application of drug therapy. Ethical and legal issues related to clinical application of drug therapy are explored. Major drug classifications for both prescription and non-prescription drugs are introduced using a systems framework. This course includes the study of mathematics as it relates to the calculation of drug dosages. Offered every fall semester.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Nursing Major.

NURS 250  Introduction to Forensic Nursi    3 sem. hrs.

In this introductory course, students will be directed in their exploration of forensic nursing care, the role of the nurse in evidence collection and enrichment of their own understanding of the special needs of victim patients.

NURS 300RN  Theor Conc for Nurs Practice    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the theoretical foundation of the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to reflect on providing effective care with clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions with clients in diverse settings are identified to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are emphasized in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge form nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care is promoted. Leadership skills necessary to promote health in a variety of settings are discussed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered twice a year. First course RN option.

NURS 301RN  Hlth Assess/Prom Nurs Practice    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is health assessment and health promotion stratigies with an emphasis on physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to develope health promotion stratigies with adults as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health or support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for delivery of nursing care with adults. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with adults is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with adults. Infomratics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with adults integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: NURS 300 RN.

NURS 302RN  Crit Think in Clin Decisions    5 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to explore the critical thinking process and facilitate self-reflection in the use of the process. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to strengthen clinical decision making with clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are examined to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis fo critical thinking essential to the delivery of nursing care. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care is cultivated. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of quality improvement strategies. Infomatics is emphasized as a source of nursing infomration and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: NURS 300RN.

NURS 310AC  Found of Nurs w/Older Adult    5 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the adult client with emphasis on the older adult. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the older adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the older adult and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are demonstrated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the older adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts, including gerontological theories, provide the basis for the practice of nursing with the older adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with the older adult and their family is promoted. Leadership skills such as delegation, collaboration, and health promotion in health care environments are recognized. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with the older adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered summer semester. Prerequisite or

Prerequisites: all 200-level AC Nursing courses.

Corequisite: BIO 290.

NURS 310L  Foundations of Nursing:Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 310PL  Found of Nurs w/Older Adult    5 sem. hrs.

The mojor focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the adult client with emphasis on the older adult. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the older adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the older adult and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and recongnize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are demonstrated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the older adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts, including gerontological theories, provide the basis for the practice of nursing with the older adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for applying evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with older adults and their family is promoted. Leadership skills such as delegation, collaboratin, and health promotion in health care environments are recognized. Informatics is emphasized as a source information and a means of communication among health care professinals. Ethical decision making with the older adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted with legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite or

Prerequisites: all 200-level PL Nursing courses.

Corequisite: BIO 290.

NURS 320AC  DV:Nurs to Promote Mental Hlth    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of clients of all ages at varying points on the mental health continuum. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with mental health clients and their families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on mental health clients and their families in diverse settings are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication techniques, skills, and therapeutic use of self are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care with individual mental health clients, groups, and families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with mental health clients and their families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for individual mental health clients, groups, and their families is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with mental health clients and their families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with mental health clients and their families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: PSYCH 210, NURS 310AC.

NURS 320L  Nursing Mental Health: Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 320PL  DV:Nurs to Promo Mental Healt    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of clients of all ages at varying points on the mental health continuum. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with mental health clients and their families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on mental health clients and their families in diverse settings are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication techniques, skills, and therapeutic use of self are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care with individual mental health clients, groups, and families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with mental health clients and their families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for individual mental health clients, groups, and their families is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with mental health clients and their families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with mental health clients and their families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: PSYCH 210, NURS 310PL.

NURS 330AC  DV:Nurs w/ Acutely Ill Adults    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults to acute illnesses related to endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, integumentary, and musculoskeletal alterations. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the acutely ill adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the acutely ill and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the acutely ill adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with the acutely ill adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the acutely ill adult and their family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with mental health clients and their families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a meanss of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with the acutely ill adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisite: PSYCH 210, NURS 310AC, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 209.

NURS 330L  Nurs w/Acutely Ill Adults:Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 330PL  DV:Nurs w/ Acutely Ill Adults    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults to acute illnesses related to endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, integumentary, and musculoskeletal alterations. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the acutely ill adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the acutely ill and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the acutely ill adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with the acutely ill adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the acutely ill adult and their family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with mental health clients and their families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a meanss of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with the acutely ill adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisite: PSYCH 210, NURS 310PL, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 209.

NURS 335AC  DV:Nurs w/ Acute Ill Adults II    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults to acute illnesses related to cardiovascular, neurological, renal/urological, hematological, immunological, and cellular alterations. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the acutely ill adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the acutely ill and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the acutely ill adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with the acutely ill adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the acutely ill adult and their family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with the acutely ill adult and their family. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with the acutely ill adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 210, NURS 310AC, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 209.

NURS 335L  Nurs w/Acutely III Adults II:L    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 335PL  DV:Nurs w/ Acute Ill Adults II    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults to acute illnesses related to cardiovascular, neurological, renal/urological, hematological, immunological, and cellular alterations. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with the acutely ill adult and their family as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on the acutely ill and their family are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of the acutely ill adult and their family. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with the acutely ill adult and their family. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the acutely ill adult and their family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with the acutely ill adult and their family. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with the acutely ill adult and their family integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 210, NURS 310PL, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 209.

NURS 340AC  DV:Nursing with Families I    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the childbearing family system with emphasis on specific men and women's health issues and the needs of newborn infants. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with childbearing families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on childbearing families are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of childbearing families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with childbearing families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the childbearing family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with the acutely ill adult and their family. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with childbearing families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 210, NURS 310AC, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 290.

NURS 340L  Nurs with Families: Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 340PL  DV:Nursing with Families I    4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the childbearing family system with emphasis on specific men and women's health issues and the needs of newborn infants. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized while providing a safe environment and effective care with childbearing families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on childbearing families are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of childbearing families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with childbearing families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the childbearing family is promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with the acutely ill adult and their family. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with childbearing families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 210, NURS 310PL, NS 207, BIO 206, BIO 290.

NURS 340RN  Nursing with Families    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the family system. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to develope health promotion strategies with families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on families are intiated to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the family is cultivated. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Pre-requisite: 300RN level courses. Offered twice a year.

NURS 350  Spirituality and Health    1-3 sem. hrs.

The focus of this course is to explore the relationships among spirituality, religious beliefs and the practices that promote, restore, and reorganize health, or support death with dignity. Utilizing the skills of communication and critical thinking, and applying science and liberal art knowledge, students ill explore the spiritual dimensions of a client with a healthcare concern. The student will demonstrate accountability and responsibility for the development of appropriate therapeutic interventions to address spiritual needs. Offered every spring semester.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or equivalent.

NURS 351  Medical Term for Htthcare Prof    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the interpretation and application of medical terminology in the healthcare setting. Offered every fall and spring semester.

NURS 356  H2b:PalliativeCare:EndLifeCare    3 sem. hrs.

This course uses knowledge from science and liberal arts to help the student explore traditional as well as current concepts and human responses related to dying, death and end of life care. Using critical thinking and communication skills, the student assists the individual and communities to resolve issues surrounding the quality of end of life care. The student will explore his/her own feelings about loss and dying as well as the feelings of the dying person and other caregivers. The course will provide a forum of support for those working with dying persons and their families as well as provide opportunity to investigate community support organizations. Issues related to the ethical, legal, humanistic, societal, family and personal dimensions of palliative care will be examined. Specific sections of the Gaudium et Spes will be explored and discussed in relation to course topics. Offered every fall and spring semester.

NURS 358  H2b:Complem & Altern Therapies    3 sem. hrs.

The purpose of this course is to explore complementary and alternative therapies and the implications for holistic healthcare for a diverse population, in diverse healthcare settings. Students will examine both conventional and alternative medicine in relation to the basic assumptions of origin of disease, the meaning of health, the curative process and health promotion. The basic concepts guiding alternative therapies will be discussed including balance, spirituality, energy and breath. Students will utilize critical thinking skills in order to apply knowledge obtained in providing evidence-based, clinically competent care to diverse clients in diverse health care settings. Specific sections of the Gaudium et Spes will be explored and discussed in relation to course topics. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisite: Junior level standing.

NURS 390  H2b:Issues for Global Hlthcare    3 sem. hrs.

This course will explore the principles and goals of global health including an introduction to health systems, the burden of disease, and ways to improve global health. In addition, nursing and healthcare and the concept of caring from transcultural, multicultural and global world views will be explored. The impact of globalization on nursing and healthcare will be discussed. Inherent in this study will be discussion of factors impacting healthcare including governmental, financial, environmental, nutritional, educational, spiritual and cultural aspects. Gaudium et Spes will be addressed as it relates to multiple aspects of this course and diverse cultures; inherent in this discussion are issues of human rights. Offered fall and spring semesters.

NURS 391  Global Hlth Practicum    1 sem. hr.

This course is a practicum to follow NURS 390, Issues in Global Healthcare. Students will explore the delivery of healthcare in a select global community. Factores impacting healthcare in that community including governmental, financial, spiritual and cultural aspects will be discussed. Students will travel to the community and directly observe the delivery of healthcare and analyze the healthcare issues impacting that culture. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisites: NURS 390 or permission from the School.

NURS 410AC  Nursing Research    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is an introduction to the research process applied to the practice of nursing. Critical thinking is utilized to evaluate published research for application to nursing practice with clients adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing intervention development through research will be explored in an effort to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills related to the written expression of research ideas are fostered. The role of research in the development of theoretical and empirical knowledge from sciences and liberal arts is examined. Accountability and responsibility of the professional nurse as a consumer of research is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation are explored as they relate to applying evidence-based nursing research in clinical practice. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate research findings. Ethical and legal isues of informed consent, beneficence, and confidentiality in research are evaluated. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: All 300AC level Nursing courses, MATH 221.

Corequisites: MATH 221.

NURS 410PL  Nursing Research    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is an introduction to the research process applied to the practice of nursing. Critical thinking is utilized to evaluate published research for application to nursing practice with clients adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing intervention development through research will be explored in an effort to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills related to the written expression of research ideas are fostered. The role of research in the development of theoretical and empirical knowledge from sciences and liberal arts is examined. Accountability and responsibility of the professional nurse as a consumer of research is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation are explored as they relate to applying evidence-based nursing research in clinical practice. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate research findings. Ethical and legal isues of informed consent, beneficence, and confidentiality in research are evaluated. Offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites: All 300PL level Nursing courses, MATH 221.

Corequisites: MATH 221.

NURS 410RN  Nursing Research    3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is an introduction to the research process applied to the practice of nursing. Critical thinking is utilized to evaluate published research for application to nursing practice with clients adapting to internal or external stressors. Therapeutic nursing intervention development through research will be explored in an effort to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills related to the written expression of research ideas are fostered. The role of research in the development of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts is examined. Accountability and responsibililty of the professional nurse as a consumer of research is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation are explored as they relate to applying evidence-based nursing research in clinical practice. Informatics is emphasized as source of information and a means to communicate research findings. Ethical and legal issues of informed consent, nonmaleficence, and confidentiality in research are evaluated. Offered twice a year.

Prerequisites: All NURS 300RN level courses, MATH 221.

NURS 420AC  DV:Population Focused Nursing    4 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is the application of the nursing process with at-risk populations currently underserved in the community. Critical thinking skills and research through the nursing process are employed to appraise the health status of populations adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity with at-risk populations are evaluated. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of at-risk populations. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for promoting the health of populations including: cultural values, socioeconomic conditions, and political factors. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence-based nursing practice supports principles of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with populations. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to the community environment are integrated into the management of population focused nursing care. Informatics is emphasized as a means to assess and evaluate care for populations. Ethical decision making with populations integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. A service learning experience is provided through a health promotion project in the community. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: All 300AC level courses, NURS 410 AC.

NURS 420L  Population Focused Nursing Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 420PL  DV:Population Focused Nursing    4 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is the application of the nursing process with at-risk populations currently underserved in the community. Critical thinking skills and research through the nursing process are employed to appraise the health status of populations adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity with at-risk populations are evaluated. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of at-risk populations. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for promoting the health of populations including: cultural values, socioeconomic conditions, and political factors. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence-based nursing practice supports principles of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with populations. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to the community environment are integrated into the management of population focused nursing care. Informatics is emphasized as a means to assess and evaluate care for populations. Ethical decision making with populations integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. A service learning experience is provided through a health promotion project in the community. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: All 300PL level courses, NURS 410 PL.

Corequisites: NURS 410PL.

NURS 420RN  DV:Population Focused Nursing    4 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is the application of the nursing process with at-risk populations currently underserved in the community. Critical thinking skills and research through the nursing process are employed to appraise the health status of populations adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity with at-risk populations are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of at-risk populaitons. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for promoting the health of populations including: cultural values, socioeconomic conditions, and political factors. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence based nursing practice supports principles of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with populations. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegration specific to the community environment are integrated into the management of population focused nursing care. Informatics is emphasized as a means to assess and evaluate care of populations. Ethical decision making with populations integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered twice a year.

Prerequisites: All NURS 300RN level courses.

NURS 425AC  Nursing of Families II    4 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, positive lifestyle choices, and delivery of care for families and children at various stages of growth and development in the acute care and community setting. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized in meeting the needs of the child and family system as they adapt to internal and external stressors that influence child health. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing family centered atraumatic care. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with families and children at various stages of development. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with children and families. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice in the nursing care with children and families is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to family centered care are practiced in the clinical and community settings. Informatics is emphasized as a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with children and families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. A service learning experience is provided through a health promotion project in the community. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: All 300AC level courses, NURS 410AC.

NURS 425L  Nursing with Families II:Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 425PL  Nursing with Families II    4 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, positive lifestyle choices, and delivery of care for families and children at various stages of growth and development in the acute care and community setting. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized in meeting the needs of the child and family system as they adapt to internal and external stressors that influence child health. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing family centered atraumatic care. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with families and children at various stages of development. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care with children and families. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice in the nursing care with children and families is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to family centered care are practiced in the clinical and community settings. Informatics is emphasized as a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making with children and families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. A service learning experience is provided through a health promotion project in the community. Offered every fall and spring semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 410PL.

Prerequisites: All 300PL level courses.

NURS 430AC  Nursing Leadership    5 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is development of the leadership role through application of the nursing process with a group of clients in acute care settings. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized to guide clinical judgment and clinical reasoning in meeting the needs of a group of clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing care as a nurse leader. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with a group of clients in a constantly changing environment of health care delivery and health care reform. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the foundation for the delivery of nursing care with a group of clients. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice in the leadership role is emphasized. Leadership and management principles including collaboration, fiscal planning, patient care delivery models, motivation, delegation, quality improvement and health care safety are developed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making in the leadership role integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: All 300AC level nursing courses, NURS 410.

NURS 430L  Nursing Leadership:Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 430PL  Nursing Leadership    5 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is development of the leadership role through application of the nursing process with a group of clients in acute care settings. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized to guide clinical judgment and clinical reasoning in meeting the needs of a group of clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing care as a nurse leader. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with a group of clients in a constantly changing environment of health care delivery and health care reform. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the foundation for the delivery of nursing care with a group of clients. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice in the leadership role is emphasized. Leadership and management principles including collaboration, fiscal planning, patient care delivery models, motivation, delegation, quality improvement and health care safety are developed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making in the leadership role integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: All 300PL level nursing courses, NURS 410.

Corequisites: NURS 410.

NURS 430RN  Nursing Leadership    5 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is development of the leadership role in nursing. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized to guide clinical judgement and clinical reasoning in meeting the needs og clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing care as a nurse leader. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with clients in a constantly changing environment of health care delivery and health care reform. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the foundation for the leadership role is emphasized. Leadership and management principles including collaboration, fiscal planning, patient care delivery models, motivation, delegation, quality improvement, and health care saftey are developed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical desicion making in the leadership role integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: all 300 RN level courses.

NURS 440AC  Nurs w/ Critically Ill Adults    5 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is application of the nursing process with critically ill adults; the effect of complex pathophysiological processes on critically ill adults with multisystem health concerns is examined. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are emphasized to manage complex, multi-system health issues of critically ill adults adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, reorganize, or support death with dignity with critically ill adults are evaluated. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of critically ill adults and their families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the foundation for the delivery of nursing care with critically ill adults. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice with critically ill adults is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to the critical care environment are integrated. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making and end-of-life issues unique to critical care integrate values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and are conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: All 300 AC level nursing courses, NURS 410.

NURS 440L  Nurs w/Critical III Adults:Lab    0 sem. hrs.

NURS 440PL  Nurs w/ Critically Ill Adults    5 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is application of the nursing process with critically ill adults; the effect of complex pathophysiological processes on critically ill adults with multisystem health concerns is examined. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are emphasized to manage complex, multi-system health issues of critically ill adults adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, reorganize, or support death with dignity with critically ill adults are evaluated. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of critically ill adults and their families. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts provide the foundation for the delivery of nursing care with critically ill adults. Accountability and responsibility for integrating evidence-based nursing practice with critically ill adults is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to the critical care environment are integrated. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among health care professionals. Ethical decision making and end-of-life issues unique to critical care integrate values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and are conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. Offered every fall and spring semester.

Prerequisites: All 300 PL level nursing courses, NURS 410.

Co-requisites: NURS 410.

NURS 450AC  Nursing Capstone    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on utilizing the Byers School of Nursing curriculum model to guide graduating seniors' self-analysis of their development in the professional nursing role. The integration of critical thinking skills and research in the application of the nursing process is discussed. The delivery of therapeutic nursing intervention with diverse clients in an evolving health care environment is explored. Utilization of therapeutic communication skills at all levels of interaction within diverse health care environments is appraised. The integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts in the delivery of nursing care is emphasized. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation evidence-based nursing practice within individuals, families, and populations is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and autonomy in professional nursing are encouraged. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate aspects of professional nursing practice. Ethical, legal, and political issues pertinent to nursing in a dynamic health care environment are evaluated. Professional licensure procedure and preparation for the National Council of Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) are addressed. Offered summer semester.

Prerequisites: Taken the semester of graduation.

NURS 450PL  Nursing Capstone    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on utilizing the Byers School of Nursing curriculum model to guide graduating seniors' self-analysis of their development in the professional nursing role. The integration of critical thinking skills and research in the application of the nursing process is discussed. The delivery of therapeutic nursing intervention with diverse clients in an evolving health care environment is explored. Utilization of therapeutic communication skills at all levels of interaction within diverse health care environments is appraised. The integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts in the delivery of nursing care is emphasized. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation evidence-based nursing practice within individuals, families, and populations is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and autonomy in professional nursing are encouraged. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate aspects of professional nursing practice. Ethical, legal, and political issues pertinent to nursing in a dynamic health care environment are evaluated. Professional licensure procedure and preparation for the National Council of Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) are addressed. Offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites: Taken the semester of graduation.

NURS 450RN  Nursing Capstone    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on utilizing the Byers School of Nursing curriculum model to guide graduating seniors' self-analysis of their development in the professional nursing role. The integration of critical thinking skills and research in the application of the nursing process is discussed. The delivery of therapeutic nursing intervention with diverse clients in an evolving health care environment is explored. Utilization of therapeutic communication skills at all levels of interaction within diverse health care environments is appraised. The integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts in the delivery of nursing care is emphasized. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation evidence-based nursing practice within individuals, families, and populations is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and autonomy in professional nursing are encouraged. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate aspects of professional nursing practice. Ethical, legal, and political issues pertinent to nursing in a dynamic health care environment are evaluated. Professional licensure procedure and preparation for the National Council of Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) are addressed. Offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites: Taken the semester of graduation.