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            Program Information - Nursing Course Descriptions

            Introduces the learner to the diverse nature of professional nursing. Learners are guided in developing professional role identity with the use of therapeutic communication and development of safe nursing skills derived from evidence- based concepts and practice. Competencies related to the integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills for patient care are practiced in the classroom laboratory setting.
            4 Credit Hours

            NURS 1200 PHARMACOLOGY
            Presents the basic principles of Pharmacodynamics while learning to administer commonly prescribed medications in the clinical setting. Major drug classifications are introduced as well as usual therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse reactions and precautions with administration. The nurses’ role for safe and accurate medication administration is emphasized as well as collaboration with members of the healthcare team in the administration of medications.
            2 Credit Hours

            NURS 1300 PHARMACOLOGY II
            Incorporates Pharmacodynamics into clinical application. The learner will demonstrate the ability to minimize risk of harm to patients through both system effectiveness and individual performance. Major drug classifications are emphasized in relation to their therapeutic actions for disease processes, variations in specific populations and precautions needed for multi-drug therapy. The nurse’s role for safe and accurate medication administration is emphasized along with evaluation of therapeutic patient outcomes and collaboration with other healthcare team members.
            2 Credit Hours

            Further develops the learner in the roles of nurse teamwork and collaboration. This course integrates the elements/skills of health assessment and physical assessment with the nursing process to focus on patient-centered healthcare of the adult client within the family/community context. Compassionate care, health promotion, and wellness are emphasized for professional role identity. Competencies related to the integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills are practiced in the classroom laboratory and now applied to the older adult in long term care clinical settings. The student provides total care to (1) patient.
            5 Credit Hours

            Focuses on implementing the nursing process to provide compassionate care to meet the needs of the patient with common acute and chronic health problems. This course focuses on assessment of patient preferences, values and needs to develop and implement a patient-centered plan of care. Clinical skills in assessments and medication administration are utilized. The medical record is utilized to document safe, quality care. Holistic patient care is focused on (1) patient.
            5 Credit Hours

            NURS 1900 ROLE TRANSITION
            Is developed to facilitate education and practice mobility in the professional identity role transition from LPN to RN. The content of this course builds on the LPN’s foundation of safe, compassionate, patient-centered care and progresses with the transition of nurse professional role and implementing nursing process including patient teaching and evaluation of outcomes to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Clinical portion includes lab practice of nursing skills and patient care assessment.
            3 Credit Hours

            NURS 2000 GERONTOLOGY
            Focuses on expanding the learner’s knowledge of evidence-based nursing care in the geriatric population. This course is designed to develop evidence based theoretical and clinical competencies applicable to the geriatric population. This course includes classroom clinical activities to encourage a spirit of inquiry to challenge assumptions of aging, investigate emerging evidence-based compassionate and respectful care, and new insights that support safety and improved care for older adults. Students provide nursing care to (1) patients within the family/geriatric community context.
            3 Credit Hours

            Focuses on mental health across the life span and emphasis the development of the learner’s decisional capacities, self-awareness, and professional role identity to apply informatics, evidence based practice and psychology in multiple healthcare settings. This course guides the student to achieve optimal care of patients with emotional needs, psychosocial needs, and/or psychiatric illnesses. Concepts related to safety and quality of care, ethical/legal issues, professional accountability, teamwork and collaboration, community support and effective communication are applied through clinical experiences in community and acute care settings. Students provide nursing care to (1) patient within the family/psychiatric context.
            3 Credit Hours

            Builds on meeting the needs of higher level acuity patients and evaluating optimal healthcare outcomes. Students incorporate evidence-based care and apply clinical reasoning while developing additional practice and skills in organizing and prioritizing patient care more effectively. The use of information and technology is added to document and communicate effectively with nursing and Interprofessional teams to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Students are assigned (1) – (2) patients over the clinical course.
            5 Credit Hours

            Is designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and clinical skills related to safe patient-centered nursing care within the context of the childbearing family in hospital and community settings by applying the nursing process. Student activities focus on clinical reasoning gathered from assessment data to differentiate normal and abnormal findings and develop health promotion teaching support. Concepts of teamwork, collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, use of technology and professional identity are applied in the maternal-newborn areas. (1) Mother-baby couplet care is assigned to the student tin the maternal-newborn clinical setting.
            3 Credit Hours

            Is designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and clinical skills related to growth and development in the pediatric population. Health promotion and wellness of children within the context of family-centered care is emphasized. Clinical activities include opportunities to participate in family- centered care through the application of evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration in the pediatric setting. The student uses informatics and information technology to provide safe, quality patient-centered care. Student s will care for (1) pediatric patient in the clinical setting.
            3 Credit Hours

            Emphasizes the professional role identity in patient-centered care of acutely ill patients who have multi-system or emergent health problems within the family/community context. Nursing care of complex cardiac, neurological, respiratory conditions, fluid imbalances and hemodynamic are applied with advanced clinical reasoning in clinical settings that involve teamwork and collaboration, communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making ot achieve quality patient care. Clinical skills progress and advance with patient acuity and intensive care experiences. Students will care for (1) patient in the acute care clinical setting.
            5 Credit Hours

            Focuses on nursing leadership and management. Emphasis is placed on professional issues with clinical implementation of leadership/management for open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration in the workplace. Advocating and promoting the culture of safety, clinical reasoning, and recognizing the outcomes of care processes which affect quality improvement and safety in patient care is applied. Students will manage as “team” of patients with the RN.
            4 Credit Hours

            Is the capstone of the learner’s knowledge and skills of the core organizers in the curriculum with a focus on role specific competencies of the graduate nurse as defined by Lutheran School of Nursing. Final preparation for licensure examination and professional role attainment of the nurse graduate is emphasized.
            2 Credit Hours

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