Nursing 5115 – Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
Nursing 5115 – Fundamentals of Clinical Practice [Formerly NURS 245]
This course is the first in a sequence of three clinical practice courses. The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to apply the nursing process (assessment, analysis, planning, intervention, and evaluation) in the delivery of client-centered nursing care. Students will learn and practice assessment and intervention skills in a didactic classroom setting and in a simulated laboratory setting and progress to full application of the nursing process in an adult medical/surgical clinical setting with maximum faculty guidance.
Corequisite: 5101, 5103, 5105, 5106.  Fall
Nursing 5201. Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice [Formerly NURS 216]
This course provides an introduction to nursing research and the evidence based practice process. Special emphasis is placed on integration of nursing science with clinical judgment and patient preferences for care. Students gain knowledge of the contributions of qualitative and quantitative research to clinical practice. Knowledge development and the interrelationships among theory, practice and research are discussed.
The nurse’s role as advocate for human subjects in research is presented. Students identify clinical problems, search scholarly literature for information related to those problems, and critically appraise the scholarly information for application to clinical practice. The course culminates with the presentation of an evidence based nursing project addressing a selected clinical problem for the purpose of improving patient outcomes.
Prerequisites: 5101, 5102, 5103, 5105, 5106, 5115;
corequisites: 5203, 5205, 5206, 5215.  Spring
5203. Human Experience of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan II [Formerly NURS 236]
Nursing 5203 is the second of three didactic courses examining the human experience of health and illness across the lifespan from infancy through senescence, including the childbearing cycle.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. The framework incorporates the following concepts and their influence on health and response to illness: growth and development, mental health, gender, lifestyle, value systems, spirituality, ethnicity, environment, and psychosocial, economic, and cultural issues. The impact of these factors on individuals, families, and aggregates will be explored.
Basic concepts/knowledge of selected interventions will be introduced. Selected health problems involving mental health disorders with appropriate treatment modalities and settings, gastrointestinal, reproductive (including maternity focus) systems, and care of the client with cancer will be presented.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. The epidemiology, pathophysiology, medical management (non-pharmacologic, and surgical), and nursing management will be addressed. Health promotion, including primary, secondary, and tertiary, anticipatory guidance, and patient education will be discussed.
Prerequisite: 5101, 5102, 5105, 5103, 5115, 5106.
Corequisite: 5201, 5205, 5215, 5206.  Spring