Course Sequences and Descriptions
Effective Communication in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
Examines various effective communication strategies to optimize safe patient care. This includes communication with, and amongst, all levels of care providers, patients, and their families. Therapeutic communication and the adaption of communication to meet the needs of the culturally diverse and elderly are articulated. Techniques for communication include those recommended in the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) and by the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) guidelines. Methods for written and electronic professional communication will also be addressed.
Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
This course will prepare nurses to identify the baccalaureate nurse’s role, and to move toward that role.
Pharmacology* (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to reinforce basic pharmacology principles and how they relate to health and illness. Students will be challenged to investigate, process, and apply information including: therapeutic category, generic/trade names and clinical uses, basic mechanisms of actions, side effects, contraindications, and interactions, parameters for safe administration, and evaluation of drug effectiveness and adverse/toxic effects.
Nursing Theories and Concepts (3 credit hours)
Explores the nursing theory, research, practice connection. Examines the concepts of professional nursing by integrating the seven outcomes of the University as defined by the School of Nursing and Health Science. These outcomes are aesthetic literacy, critical thinking, effective communication, scientific literacy, self-understanding, social responsibility, and spiritual development. A variety of experiences help students understand how these concepts and outcomes are integral to the baccalaureate level of nursing practice.
Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to help the student understand disruptions in health (i.e. pathophysiological disease processes). This understanding will assist students in applying scientific rationale in the provision of quality healthcare. There will be exploration of the clinical presentation of selected diseases, i.e. signs, symptoms, and diagnostic findings. Additionally, basic prevention and/or treatment measures will be presented. This course will fulfill part of the Scientific Literacy requirement.
Wellness and Spirituality in Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to foster appreciation of the components and life-long benefits of personal holistic wellness. Specific topics include: gaining an expansive overview of health (i.e., "to make whole"), from historical, present day, and future-oriented perspectives; assessment of strengths and weaknesses related to personal wellbeing; progressive strategies to support holistic wellness, including knowledge of health promotion theories; practical applications and tools for personal spiritual formation; and analysis of current research regarding wellness-related issues. Personal holistic wellness is viewed as the foundation from which to promote health in the people and populations served through professional nursing practice. A component of the course is built upon the theme, "Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground." Through this premise students are challenged to appreciate nursing as a personal ministry, to view patient interactions as privileged encounters, and finally to value the process of partnering with others on the sacred journey of holistic wellness and 'making whole'.
Probability and Statistics (3 credit hours)
A course in elementary probability theory designed with a core which is common to the interests of students in nursing. Includes: measures of central tendency, standard deviation, sampling theory, and correlation theory.
Biblical Perspectives (3 credit hours)
The course reflects MidAmerica Nazarene University's commitment, as a Christian liberal arts university, to nurturing an appreciation for the rich resources of the Scriptures. Cultural, societal, and biblical themes are explored through the study of the literature and history of the Bible. Students study the development of five major themes throughout the Bible and examine biblical concepts as they relate to current professional issues and the integration of faith, learning, and living.
Health Promotion for the Individual/Family/Community (3 credit hours)
This course investigates the health promotional aspects of nursing care across the lifespan. Students will develop knowledge and skills in helping clients and families make responsible decisions that will promote optimal physical, psychosocial, and spiritual wellness. The health care system related to community-based care will be introduced. Students will complete an assessment and develop a program plan to meet the actual or potential health problems for the community they select. Through the science of epidemiology, students will examine world health problems. Health care systems in developed and underdeveloped countries will be examined.
Health Care Economics (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to provide a foundation for the analysis of the current state of health care organizations, financing, and delivery of services. Emphasis is on examining national and global health care needs and social justice in relationship to health care systems and policy. The utilization of informatics to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge to support clients, nurses, and other health care providers also is addressed. This course will fulfill Social Responsibility hours.
Role Development (3 credit hours)
Cultivates students’ development as designers, managers, and coordinators of care in professional nursing. Encourages students to explore their roles in the profession as leaders, and to be instrumental in the healthcare of the future. Integrates current issues in healthcare with the nursing profession.
Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
The course explores the theories, models, and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound decision making and behavior of the professional nurse. The role that values, beliefs systems, and moral awareness play in bioethical decision making will be discussed. It will also meet a Critical Thinking requirement.
Health Assessment for Nurses (3 credit hours)
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop clinical competence in health assessment of an individual client. Students will develop skills in history taking and holistic assessment, which includes: physical assessment, role assessment, developmental assessment, psycho-social assessment, spiritual assessment, and risk assessment for genetics, environment, nutrition, exercise, stress, economics and abuse.
Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to develop students' knowledge of the research process; to increase their appreciation of the significance of nursing research and evidence based practice; in developing sound nursing practice; to help them develop skills to become astute consumers of nursing research; and to apply their knowledge of the research process in nursing practice. Students will be introduced to computer applications that facilitate the research process such as in literature reviews and data analysis.
Quality & Safety in Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course offers advanced study in the area of patient safety. Just culture a system that will lead to improvement of patient safety outcomes through managing human behavior and system design will be the focus of the course. Institute of Medicine reports will be utilized.
Future of Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course will allow the student to study the future of nursing. The course is designed to further the professional formation of the nurse. The concepts of the course include review and analysis of the IOM report and visualizing the future of nursing. Education, practice issues, partnerships, policy making and effective workforce planning will be discussed.
*Students may test out of this class.
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