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Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 100 Nursing I

9 Credits, 12 hrs. Clinical/Skills Laboratory, 5 hrs. Theory (weekly)
Nursing 100 is the introductory course designed to provide the foundation of contemporary nursing practice for the entering student. Instructional approach utilizes Learning Modules designed to assist the learner in the attainment of theory and fundamental nursing skills. Concepts and objectives are presented utilizing the framework of Carrie Lenburg's Competency Based Learning Model, Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Model, the Nursing Process, and Evidence-Based Nursing Theory. Students are introduced to basic nursing skills including health assessment of the adult client and the techniques of therapeutic communication. Psychiatric/mental health content is introduced with a focus on mild anxiety. Gerontology, nutrition, and pharmacology are integral components, presented with appropriate theoretical medical-surgical content. Clinical experiences are selected to promote critical thinking and assist students in the application of theory and fundamental nursing skills.
Requisite Courses: ANA 1010, RES 1010 (prior to or concurrent with course)


NUR 1020 Nursing II

10 Credits, 15 hrs. Clinical/Skills Laboratory, 5 hrs. Theory (weekly)
Nursing 102 builds upon fundamental concepts acquired in Nursing 100. Orem's Self Care Model, Carrie Lenburg's Competency Based Learning Model, the Nursing Process, and Evidence-Based Nursing Theory continue as the theoretical framework and Learning Modules present more complex medical-surgical content. More advanced nursing skills are introduced and further application of health assessment and therapeutic communication techniques are emphasized. The integration of psychiatric/ mental health content continues to expand upon theory from Nursing 100 with a focus on moderate anxiety. Gerontology, nutrition, and pharmacology continue as integral components within this course. Clinical experiences take place within acute care medical-surgical settings to promote and assist students in critical thinking and in the application of newly attained theory.
Prerequisites: NUR 1000; ANA 1120


NUR 2000 Family Centered Nursing

8 Credits, 12 hrs. Clinical/Skill Laboratory – 4 hrs. Theory (weekly)
Nursing 200 introduces the learner to the nursing care of the childbearing woman, family, and the neonate through adolescence. Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Model, Carrie Lenberg's Competency Based Learning Model, the Nursing Process, and Evidence-Based Family Nursing Concepts continue as the theoretical framework. Learning Modules guide the student as they acquire pertinent theory and develop critical thinking skills necessary to plan and provide nursing care and to implement teaching/learning strategies for the perinatal woman and family, the well child, and the child with health deviations. Theory related to high-risk pregnancy and care of the high‑risk neonate is also addressed. The integration of psychiatric/mental health content continues with a focus on specific child and adolescent issues, postpartum depression, and family violence. Nutrition and pharmacology continue as components within this course and address the specific needs of the childbearing woman, neonate, and child. Clinical experiences are selected so that the student may learn to communicate effectively with assigned clients and practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
Prerequisites: NUR 1020, MIC 1020


NUR 2020 Nursing III

10 Credits, 15 hrs. Clinical/Skills Laboratory, 5 hrs. Theory (weekly)
Nursing 202 is the final nursing course requirement of the program. This course builds upon prior nursing knowledge, skills and abilities, as the learner prepares to integrate the role of the associate degree nurse as manager of care, provider of care, and member within the profession of nursing. Concepts and objectives include advanced medical-surgical content, disaster preparedness, and the nurse's role in career building skills. These are presented in Learning Modules utilizing Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Model, Carrie Lenburg's Competency Based Model, the Nursing Process, and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice. Psychiatric/mental health content continues, extending to more in-depth therapeutic relationship with the client and family, and includes the concept of severe to panic levels of anxiety. The components of gerontology, pharmacology and nutrition continue to be integrated in this course. Clinical learning experiences take place in acute care facilities where students participate in a management/ leadership experience that includes prioritizing care, delegating, and conflict resolution. In this course the learner is encouraged to utilize more independent critical thinking skills in order to formulate nursing judgments in clinical practice. Contemporary issues and trends impacting the nursing profession are also addressed.
Prerequisites: NUR 2000; Requisites: All General Education courses have to be completed prior to the completion of NUR 2020. 

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Bachelor-level Courses

NUR 3110 Professional Nursing Perspectives

Credits: 3
This is an introductory bridge course for RN-BSN students. Core concepts of professional nursing practice are explored and analyzed within the framework of selected theories, trends, and issues of contemporary professional nursing practice.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program and current RN licensure.


NUR 3225 Pathophysiology

Credits: 3
This course explored the pathologies of the human body to altered states of health throughout the lifespan. Factors that influence health and illness, such as genomics, culture, and environment are examined in relation to disease processes.
Prerequisites: NUR 3110. For diploma RNs completion of all 1000 and 2000 level science courses is required.


NUR 3330 Health Assessment

Credits: 3
The Health Assessment course is designed to provide the RN student with the knowledge and skills to perform a comprehensive health assessment. This course will expand upon prior knowledge of health assessment and will address cultural, developmental, psychosocial, environmental and societal factors inherent in promoting health across the lifespan. Techniques of data collection and documentation will be expanded upon to enhance critical thinking skills. This course will then shift the paradigm focus from the individual to the community with a focus on prevention and early detection of disease. Students will be introduced to the health care needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the BSN program and current RN licensure. May be taken concurrently with Professional Nursing Perspectives.


NUR 3445 Communication and Informatics in Health Care

Credits: 3
Interdisciplinary communication within the present day health care arena encompasses many forms. The professional nurse as an effective communicator must be able to deliver clear and concise communication, which is essential to safe patient care. This course will examine the role and impact that effective communication skills have on patient care outcomes and in clinical practice. In addition, communication and informatics as they relate to professional nursing will be explored. The concepts and skills of communication, informatics, and information literacy will be presented.
Prerequisites: NUR 3110 or NUR 3330


NUR 3660 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

Credits: 3
This course provides a basic understanding of the research process and its application to nursing practice. Components of both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and ethical conduct required of nurse researchers are explored.
Prerequisites: MAT 3410 and NUR 3110

*Note: Prior to taking the 4000 level courses the RN student is required to have at least 6 months of nursing experience, or permission from the Assistant Chair of RN-BSN program .


NUR 4225 Leadership and Management in Health Care

Credits: 4
This course will explore key organizational structures and operation of healthcare within the United States with a focus on quality of healthcare and error reduction. This course will provide an overview of the functions of leadership and management within a changing healthcare environment. Emphasis will be placed on current issues that affect leadership and management in the practice setting. The science of management and the integration of leadership principles are explored within the context of clinical microsystems. Students are required to attend one nursing organization meeting that will be approved by faculty.
Prerequisites: All 3000 level NUR courses


NUR 4230 Foundations of Community/Public Health Nursing

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of the field of community/public health nursing in assessing the health care needs of aggregates and communities. This course explores the physical, economic, societal and environmental factors that affect public health. Selected extramural activities augment the theoretical aspects of the course in relation to multidisciplinary collaboration and coordination of care in the community.
Prerequisites: NUR 4225


NUR 4335 Application of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Practicum

Credits: 6
This course and practicum offers the student the opportunity of identifying a substantive, research problem related to improving patient outcomes in a healthcare setting, and will assist the student to synthesize concepts and knowledge learned in the RN-BSN program. The student will work in conjuncture with a mentor to identify a research problem related to the mentorship experience. The previous nursing research course serves as the foundation for implementing the principles of evidence-based practice. The student will begin to develop the first three phases on an evidence-based proposal. This course involves six hours per week of clinical time; this time is flexible to maximize the student learning by allowing practical application of theory and principles in a practice setting. Consideration is given to the student's career objectives be it service, education or administration.

Mentorship: Six hours per week working with mentor. Students need to complete a total of 72 mentorship hours. Students are required to attend one legislative or executive branch meeting/ hearing at the State House and/or MA Board of Registration in Nursing Meeting. This is to be included as part of the students mentorship hours.

Prerequisites: All 3000 & 4000 level nursing courses