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NU 226 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

This course introduces the student to what it means to be a member of the profession of nursing. The values, principles, and standards developed by the profession are discussed as a framework for personal and professional development. Students are introduced to concepts related to the nursing process, professional roles, organizations, and journals. The use of evidence-based practice in addressing prevention and health promotion is discussed. (1)

NU 230 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing

This course serves as an introduction to the profession of nursing and to the nursing framework utilized at Marymount University. A historical perspective is used to provide background for subsequent study of contemporary nursing practice and research. The health care system, education, research, ethical and legal issues, and cultural influences on nursing and health care are introduced. Evidence-based practice, which is implemented throughout the nursing program, is presented and selected nursing theories are introduced. The nurse-patient relationship, nursing process, communication process, and critical thinking processes are presented as essential components of patient care. Nursing roles are described and functions of professional organizations are differentiated. Prerequisites: admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program, BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, and BIO 162L. (3)

NU 231 Principles and Applications of Nursing Technologies

Prepares nursing students to utilize the nursing process in implementing nursing skills and nursing technologies when caring for clients across the life span and representing a wide variety of health care concerns. Students will develop skills through discussion, observation, and practice in the laboratory setting. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, and admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 230. (4)

NU 234 Health Across the Life Span

The content of this course focuses on health promotion and health education across the life span. Utilizing health information literacy, students explore developmental changes and health and illness phenomena. Students examine models and theories that interpret health behaviors, health status, and disparities. Social, cultural, and political factors that contribute to or hinder achieving optimal health are addressed. Concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are presented, and major morbidities and mortalities are discussed. Interventions that promote healthy behaviors and prevent morbidity and mortality supported by evidence-based practice are described. The goals of Healthy People 2020 are discussed and analyzed. Prerequisite for all B.S.N. students: BIO 161. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: EN 102. (3)

NU 236 Fundamentals of Nursing

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to utilize the nursing process in implementing nursing skills and basic nursing technologies when caring for patients in a variety of health care settings. Students will be expected to incorporate and apply learned simulated laboratory skills and scientific rationale into clinical encounters in concurrent clinical course settings. While the primary curriculum concept addresses technology and nursing skills, a goal of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge and skills that underlie nursing care. Nursing skills necessary for providing care to patients with acute or chronic illness as well as those that promote health are discussed and practiced. The theoretical foundations of nursing, including ethical and legal issues, nursing roles, and evidence-based practice are discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, CHM 125, CHM 125L. Prerequisites or corequisites: NU 226 and NU 234. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (4)

NU 246 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Skills

Prepares students to utilize the nursing process in implementing clinical nursing skills and technologies when caring for clients with acute and chronic illness. Builds upon the basic knowledge and skills practiced in NU 236. Students are expected to incorporate evidence-based practice to determine appropriate nursing interventions and apply simulated laboratory skills and rationale into meaningful clinical encounters in concurrent clinical course settings. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, BIO 260, BIO 260L, CHM 125, CHM 125L, NU 234, NU 226, and NU 236. (2)

NU 302 Health Assessment

Prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of the adult client. Communication, documentation, ethical, spiritual, and cultural considerations, as well as risk related to environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors are included. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 231. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

NU 302OL Health Assessment

This online course for RNs prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of the adult client. Communication; documentation; ethical, spiritual, and cultural considerations; and risk related to environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors are included. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, RN licensure. (3)

NU 305 Alternative/Complementary Medicine

Introduces students to the major modalities of alternative/complementary/integrative medical practice. Course content focuses on developing the ability to critically analyze and evaluate dimensions of these therapies both for application in the students' personal lives and future professional practices. The course includes the history, underlying theories, and the latest research findings on alternative/complementary/integrative approaches. The class includes the option for participation in experiential exercises in various techniques. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding the efficacy of wide range alternative/complementary/integrative therapies. Prerequisite: EN 102. (3)

NU 310 The Nurse, the Client, and the Health Care System

This online course explains contemporary nursing practice. Beliefs about man, society, health, and nursing are explored so that students can examine the relationship among these factors. Issues in the delivery of health care and the roles of the nurse and client within the health care system are investigated. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of the instructor. (3)

NU 315 The Scholarship of Professional Nursing

This online course introduces students to nursing as a scholarly profession and scientific discipline. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the transition to professional nursing within the context of scholarship, evidence-based practice, and information literacy. (1)

NU 331 Illness Management in Adults I

The focus of this course is on the nursing care of the adult client experiencing medical/surgical illnesses/diseases. Knowledge and skills from previous and current nursing courses and concepts from basic sciences and humanities establish the foundation for this course. Students in this course will develop knowledge, skills, and competence with a foundation in evidence-based practice. Students will integrate new skills and competencies into the clinical practice settings and collaborate with interdisciplinary health care professionals in the delivery of safe and efficient nursing care. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, and BIO 162L. Prerequisites: NU 246 for students in the four-year B.S.N. program or NU 231 for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program. (5)

NU 332 Illness Management in Adults II

This course is a continuation of NU 331. The focus of this course is on the nursing care of the adult client experiencing medical/surgical illnesses/diseases. Knowledge and skills from previous and current nursing courses and concepts from basic sciences and humanities establish the foundation for this course. Students in this course will develop knowledge, skills, and competency with a foundation in evidence-based practice. Students will integrate new skills and competencies into the clinical practice settings and collaborate with interdisciplinary health care professionals in the delivery of safe and effective nursing care. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisites: NU 234, NU 331, and NU 361. Prerequisite for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 231. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. (5)

NU 333 Health Promotion and Illness Management in the Childbearing Family

Focuses on the health and illness management of families during the childbearing phase of the life cycle. The course aims to develop knowledge and skills essential in providing holistic family-centered care to childbearing clients/families. It encompasses the entire childbearing process from preconception through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. The content progresses from normal to high-risk information within each phase of the childbearing period. Use of critical thinking and evidence-based practice are incorporated and emphasized in all aspects of practice to ensure the best possible outcome. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. Corequisites for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 230 and NU 231. (4)

NU 334 Mental Health Promotion and Illness Management

Focuses on mental health promotion and the care of clients with acute and chronic mental illness. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are addressed. The curriculum components of health care system, research, education, and society are addressed as these relate to mental health and mental illness. The nursing process is applied as students assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate the care of clients experiencing mental illness. Knowledge of the nurse-patient relationship is expanded as students provide client care. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 236. Corequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. Prerequisites for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 230 and NU 231. (5)

NU 335 Illness Management in Children and Adolescents

Focuses on basic pediatric nursing care for infants through adolescents, within a variety of pediatric conditions and in a variety of settings, including community and hospital nursing. The nursing process is used for caring for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents with a variety of health conditions. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of well, acute, and chronically ill children, within their families. Nursing care for well children, including health promotion and disease/injury prevention, and for children with acute and/or chronic health conditions will be examined, within a developmental framework. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. Prerequisites for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 230 and NU 231. (4)

NU 339 Global Service Learning in Nursing

This course will provide a culturally rich and diverse global service learning experience. Students will engage in didactic and experiential learning activities as part of a structured host country placement while serving vulnerable populations. This course will enable students to collaborate with community partners to enhance generalist nursing knowledge and skills in the areas of community focused health promotion, cultural competence, capacity building, and social justice. Prerequisites: NU 234, NU 302, NU 331, and permission of the instructor. (1-3)

NU 361 Pharmacology

Explores the nurses' role in the management of therapeutic pharmacological agents in promoting wellness and/or restoring equilibrium. The collaborative and teaching roles of the nurse are addressed and specific interventions are identified for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients receiving pharmaceutical therapy. Knowledge and interventions needed for maximizing therapeutic effects and preventing or minimizing adverse effects of therapy is emphasized. Use of critical thinking and evidence-based practice are incorporated and emphasized in all aspects of practice to ensure the best possible outcome. Prerequisite for all students: NU 362. Corequisite for all students: NU 331. Prerequisite for students in the four-year B.S.N. program: NU 246. Prerequisite for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program: NU 231. (3)

NU 361OL Pharmacology

This online course for RNs explores the nurse's role in the management of therapeutic pharmacological agents in promoting wellness and/or restoring equilibrium. The collaborative and teaching roles of the nurse are addressed and specific interventions are identified for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients receiving pharmaceutical therapy. Knowledge and interventions needed for or maximizing therapeutic effects and preventing or minimizing adverse effects of therapy is emphasized. Use of critical thinking and evidence-based practice are incorporated and emphasized in all aspects of practice to ensure the best possible outcome. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, NU 362OL, and RN licensure. (3)

NU 362 Pathophysiology

Presents content related to the pathological alterations caused by major illnesses/diseases and degenerative processes across the life span. Emphasis is given to the physiological changes that occur as a result of these illnesses/diseases, as well as the body's ability to compensate for these changes. The effects of these physiological alterations are discussed with an emphasis on nursing implications. Evidence-based practice findings are integrated throughout. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, and BIO 162L. (3)

NU 362OL Pathophysiology

This online course for RNs presents content related to the pathological alterations caused by major illnesses/diseases and degenerative processes across the life span. Emphasis is given to the physiological changes that occur as a result of these illnesses/diseases, as well as the body's ability to compensate for these changes. The effects of these physiological alterations are discussed with an emphasis on nursing implications. Evidence-based practice findings are integrated throughout. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, BIO 162L, and RN licensure. (3)

NU 400 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities

Presents public health concepts, principles, standards, theory, and intervention modalities using evidence-based nursing practice. Client advocacy is promoted and teaching is emphasized. Clinical experience is provided in distributive settings. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Must be taken during the final semester. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses and BIO 260. (5)

NU 400OL Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities

This online course for RNs presents public health concepts, principles, standards, theory, and intervention modalities using evidence-based nursing practice. Client advocacy is promoted and teaching is emphasized. Clinical experience is provided in distributive settings. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Prerequisites: NU 302OL, NU 361OL, NU 362OL, BIO 260, BIO 260L, and RN licensure. (5)

NU 403 Research and Evidence Based Practice

An introduction to the process of systematic investigation necessary for the continued development of the body of knowledge that forms the basis of nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to systematically examine the research process, characteristics of practice-based research leading to the development of evidence-based nursing practice, and methodologies appropriate to the investigation of researchable nursing practice problems. Emphasis is placed on guiding learners through the research process, facilitating the critical reading of nursing and related research, developing skill in identifying researchable problems encountered in the practice of nursing, and stimulating the intelligent application of research findings to nursing practice. Focus is given to the interrelatedness and interdependence of the parts of the research process and evidence-based practice issues. Prerequisite: MA 132 and NU 331. (3)

NU 403OL Research and Evidence-Based Practice

This online course for RNs is an introduction to the process of systematic investigation necessary for the continued development of the body of knowledge that forms the basis of nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to systematically examine the research process, characteristics of practice-based research leading to the development of evidence-based nursing practice, and methodologies appropriate to the investigation of researchable nursing practice problems. Emphasis is placed on guiding learners through the research process, facilitating the critical reading of nursing and related research, developing skill in identifying researchable problems encountered in the practice of nursing, and stimulating the intelligent application of research findings to nursing practice. Focus is given to the interrelatedness and interdependence of the parts of the research process and evidence-based practice issues. Prerequisite: MA 132. (3)

NU 412 Introduction to Leadership, Management, and Advocacy

This course focuses on the professional roles of the nurse as a leader and manager in the health care environment, manager of health care clients in a variety of settings, and advocate for social and political reform. Theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior, as well as the social, political, and economic forces related to diverse health care environments are examined. Students explore group behaviors and the use of power and influence in developing coalitions and building consensus. Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses. (3)

NU 412OL Introduction to Leadership, Management and Advocacy

This online course for RNs focuses on the professional roles of the nurse as a leader and manager in the health care environment, manager of health care clients in a variety of settings, and advocate for social and political reform. Theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior, as well as the social, political, and economic forces related to diverse health care environments are examined. Students explore group behaviors and the use of power and influence in developing coalitions and building consensus. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 400OL and RN licensure or permission of the instructor. (3)

NU 425 Nursing Capstone

Explores issues and trends in nursing and health care. Students analyze current evidence for discussion of issues as related to the provision of quality health care. The course also provides the students in the last semester of the bachelor's degree program with an opportunity to develop personal and professional strategies to make the transition from student to graduate nurse. A primary emphasis is placed on personal growth and preparation for assuming the role of the professional nurse. Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses. Corequisite: NU 490. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation for NU 425D: WI. (3)

NU 427 Contemporary Issues in Nursing

This online capstone course is offered in the last semester of the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program. The purpose of this course is to integrate and build on the student's educational experiences and abilities to broaden their understanding of contemporary issues in nursing and health care systems. It focuses on the transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within the context of emerging societal issues and trends. Selected, current issues in the ever-evolving health care system and nursing are addressed in order to identify and implement strategies to promote and protect health and well-being of all individuals in our society. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of instructor. (3)

NU 433 Research

A student in this elective course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

NU 490 Nursing Internship

Provides an opportunity for students to experience the role of the professional nurse through supervised clinical practice with a preceptor in a selected health care agency. Must be taken during the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses. Corequisite: NU 425. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3)

NU 499 Independent Study

Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and the dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. Independent study enables students to pursue specialized interests and develop skills in critical analysis. (1-6)

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