Nursing

NUR 300     Role Transitions to Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2)
Current and historical implications of the role of the baccalaureate professional nurse are explored. Learners will examine nursing literature as the cornerstone of evidence-based practice in professional nursing. Emphasis is placed on effective written communication for nurses, principles of online learning, and active learning practices.

NUR 313     Theoretical Bases for Professional Nursing Practice (4)
A theoretical and empirical foundation within the discipline of nursing is essential to the formation of the professional nurse. Selected nursing theories and Standards of Practice, as described in the New York State Education Law and the American Nurses’ Association (ANA) Standards of Professional Nursing Practice, are introduced to guide further development of professional nursing practice. Critical reflection, caring, principles of teaching/learning, collaboration, role theory and development, and health and wellness are explored to develop the student’s understanding of nursing. Reflection and articulation of values, ethics, and ideals within the profession and self are encouraged and described within personal philosophies of nursing.

NUR 314L   Comprehensive Health Assessment Lab (1)
Intended to accompany the theoretical component of health assessment. Opportunities to apply professional principles in completing health assessments of simulated patients in emphasized. Critical thinking skills are enhanced as the student develops a beginning level of competency in subjective and objective assessments within faculty supervised laboratory settings. Therapeutic communication and accurate documentation are used as the nurse engages in comprehensive health assessments. Both aspects of the course must be successfully completed together. In the event the course is repeated, both aspects must be repeated. Co-requisite: NUR 314T.

NUR 314T   Comprehensive Health Assessment Lecture (2)
Exploration of the role of the RN in the assessment of individuals across the life span is addressed. Focus is on the interrelatedness of all components of health assessment. Accountability and responsibility for health assessment and health promotion by the ethical nurse is emphasized. Intended to accompany the laboratory component of health assessment. Both aspects of the course must be successfully completed together. In the event the course is repeated, both aspects must be repeated. Co-requisite: NUR 314L.

NUR 325     Epidemiology in Nursing (2)
The concepts and methods of descriptive epidemiology are introduced and applied to health care delivery and professional nursing practice.  Patterns of acute and chronic disease occurrences and progression are studied.  The discovery of unusual disease patterns is also critically examined across culturally diverse communities.  Methods to uncover epidemiological causes, frequency, and the distribution of disease; and the critical appraisal of the literature and screening programs are explored to promote a theoretical and empirical foundation for practice.  The utilization of epidemiological information and evidenced-based data will be applied across populations to reduce risk, prevent disease, and optimize health among communities. Prerequisite: NUR 300.

NUR 344     Ethical Issues in Nursing (2)
Provides the professional nurse with information regarding ethical and legal issues that they may confront in a variety of health care settings. The student will explore and discuss ethical issues utilizing theoretical knowledge emanating from a variety of theorists. The ANA Code of Ethics will be introduced, discussed, and applied to health care scenarios. The professional nurse will critically examine ethical issues and their ramifications and thus learn the importance of collaboration in ethical situations. Several ethical decision making models will be presented and discussed to assist the student in clarifying their personal and professional roles. The professional nurse will develop skills essential for ethical decision making through exploration of these topics. Prerequisite: NUR 300.

NUR 377     Introduction to Clinical Nursing Education (2)
This introductory course will explore the functions of the clinical nurse educator.  This course will provide a practical approach to clinical nursing instruction.  Evidence-based clinical teaching methodologies will be explored, with emphasis on the process of educating a diverse nursing body.

NUR 381     Nursing Education and Instruction for Long Term Care (2)
Students will examine nurse educator competencies and apply principles of teaching and learning, adult learning theory, critical reflection, and active learning strategies to teach nurses and other health care personnel in clinical and classroom settings. A variety of informational sources such as lecture, discussions groups, and web enhanced instruction will be explored and related to personal experiences in service and academic learning environments. Research, literature, and case studies supporting these techniques with plans for assessment of learning outcomes will be explored throughout this course to enhance one’s teaching practice.

NUR 383     Palliative Care (2)
In recognition of the universal need for humane end-of-life care, it is essential that nurses appreciate their unique opportunity and responsibility for insuring that individuals at the end of life experience a peaceful death.  Recognition of the limits and inappropriate use of technological resources and apprehensions of the public about suffering and expenses associated with dying contribute to a renewed interest in humane end-of-life care.  Precepts underlying palliative care principles are crucially examined and include the assumptions that individuals live until the moment of death; that care is sensitive to diversity, and gives attention to the physical, psychological, and spiritual concern of the patient and the patient’s family.  By stimulating scholarly discourse on this important reality, this course serves as a catalyst for integrating palliative care into traditional models of care delivery.

NUR 387     History of Nursing (2)
Awareness of historical events in the discipline of nursing fosters socialization within the profession, facilitates comprehension of current nursing issues and prepares the nurse for future trends in the discipline. Critical reflection of the historical roots in nursing enhances the development of professional nursing roles. Exploration of nursing history promotes critical thinking skills and allows for understanding of the impact of historical events on practice today.

NUR 388     Civility and Horizontal Violence (2)
Violence between and among nurses is a behavioral interaction found within all types of workplace environments.  This course examines the nuances of horizontal violence among professionals within health care settings.  Emphasis on civility and preventing horizontal violence explored through effective communication strategies, anger management, and standards of professional behavior.

NUR 389     Introduction to Integrative Nursing (3)
Concepts of integrative or holistic nursing, as they apply to self-care and to client populations, are introduced in this course. Nursing theory in holistic practice is explored. The psychophysiology of mind-body healing is utilized as a basis for understanding nursing from a holistic perspective. A variety of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) are investigated within the framework of evidence-based practice.

NUR 390     Nursing Research (3)
Professional standards of practice with the ethical obligation to safeguard human subjects impacts the professional nurses practice and participation in research activities.  Students learn to critically review qualitative and quantitative research designs and explore their relevance within culturally diverse populations.  The integration of knowledge from nursing, the arts, and sciences provides a basis for the development of critical reflection.  Students will apply critical reflection with peer collaboration to foster independent judgment and decision making in one’s practice.  The student will identify innovative approaches to healthcare through research and evidence based practice.  Prerequisites: NUR 313 and STA 100.

NUR 444     Transformational Nursing Leadership (3)
The student engages in theoretical and practical exploration of the role of a transformational nurse leader. Personal leadership style is cultivated through opportunities to examine personal power, and demonstrate nursing leadership skills such as ethical decision-making, problem-solving, and advocacy. Emphasis is placed on the nurse leader utilizing authority, responsibility, collaboration, and empowerment on a personal and professional level. Nursing leadership is elevating the nursing profession. This course requires 22.5 practicum hours. Credit breakdown: 2.5 credits didactic, and .5 credit (22.5 hours) practicum. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

NUR 475     Public Health Nursing Science (6)
The basic concepts of public and community health and their interrelationship with people, nursing, and the environment are examined. Structure, function, and programs of the health care system are explored. The professional role and standards of public health nurses are examined within nursing and public health theoretical frameworks. Principles of teaching and learning, decision making, leadership, collaboration and management within the larger social system are analyzed for their impact on health care. A 45-hour clinical that is based on population-based practice, health promotion, and disease prevention are emphasized at individual, family, community and systems levels. The focus is on health teaching, health promotion and primary prevention and health care opportunities among populations at risk in a variety of culturally diverse community settings while incorporating a multifaceted approach, levels of prevention, communication skills, transcultural assessment, epidemiology, and public/community health standards. Opportunities for critical reflection, collaboration, professional growth, and lifelong learning are integrated within clinical experiences.

NUR 478     Care Management (3)
Focuses on the elements of care management of individuals and families across the health care continuum. This course will expand upon the concepts of care transitions from hospital to the community setting with an emphasis on the challenges related to transitioning such as financial management, resource utilization, and overall care coordination. Students will engage in analytic discussions to further develop their understanding of family systems, systems of care, clinical practice and community nursing roles. Personal reflection on one’s own practice in contemporary nursing will be included to allow the student to think holistically, ethically and morally as they grapple with the real-world challenges and contemporary care management issues in our healthcare environment.

NUR 490     Culminating Seminar (3)
A culminating experience of nursing theory, research, and practice is utilized to demonstrate intellectual curiosity about current topics and issues in nursing. Inquiry into literary works is explored to enhance nursing knowledge, and professional practice. Learners reflect on the core values of the profession as they reexamine their evolving professional identity.

NUR 491     Independent Study (Variable 1‑4)
This is an independent study of selected contemporary problems within the nursing discipline.  The student is required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the project, its duration, education goals, method of evaluation, and number of credits to be earned.  Prerequisites:  Matriculated students only, permission of instructor and dean of subject area.