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RN-BSN Course Descriptions

Professional Course Descriptions

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 Healthcare

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 Healthcare

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

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General Education Course Descriptions

HUM 3010 Critical Analysis

Credits: 3
This course focuses on the skills and concepts needed to develop reading and listening habits necessary for critical thinking. The course emphasizes thinking skills: comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in order to develop inter-related questions, which serve as the direction toward better opinions and decisions. Current topics from a variety of sources will provide the basis for analysis and application of skills. Students synthesize learning to present their own positions and arguments.

Sequencing: As the concepts and skills covered in this course are applicable to all disciplines, it is recommended that this course be taken at the beginning of the student's course of study.

MAT 3410 Essentials of Statistics

Credits: 3
This course introduces the various methods used to collect, organize, summarize, interpret and reach conclusions about data. An emphasis is placed on demonstrating that statistics is more than mathematical calculations. By using examples gathered from real life, students learn to use statistical methods as analytical tools to develop generalizations and meaningful conclusions in their field of study.

Prerequisite: A college algebra course or successful achievement on the algebra exemption examination

ETH 3210 Ethical Domains and Dilemmas

Credits: 3
This course compares and contrasts views of human nature that underlie social, business, and personal ethical dilemmas. Catholic philosophical perspectives are explored. Course readings are analyzed and evaluated for meaning, implications, and consequences of views of human nature as they impact theories of ethics within a sampling of historical turning points. Case studies, selections, and accounts of major contributions to human knowledge and understanding are analyzed from the perspectives of varied "schools of ethics." Cultural relativism, utilitarianism, and other others of thought are studied within contexts, categories of understanding or domains, and themes of human nature.

INT 4010 Agents of Social Change: Advanced Integrative Seminar

Credits: 3 

This course focuses on the topic of social change and a means of providing students with opportunities to integrate what they have learned in discipline specific and multidisciplinary courses in the liberal arts and sciences.  It uses on inter-disciplinary approach to examine the context of American social justice movements through a variety of cultural “texts,” including scholarly, press, primary sources, and other popular sources.  Students will be asked to consider different theories of historical change and determine how they both inform and are informed by the movements under examination. They will also be asked to reflect upon the key components of successful social change movements and how they differ from failed attempts at change. To demonstrate mastery of course objectives, students will be required to research and design a small-scale change movement of relevance to their lives.

SSC 3310 Intercultural Communication

Credits: 3
Intercultural Communication explores effective communication in contexts of varied backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and styles of expression. Students identify, compare, contrast, and critique communication behaviors within and between cultures. Readings and discussions address differences between individuals and groups rather than ignoring differences or stereotyping others.

*All 3000 level courses must be completed before progressing into the 4000 level general education courses.

SSC 3020 Psychological, Social, and Physiological Effects of Trauma

Credits: 3 

Trauma is a ubiquitous experience that can take many forms – acute, persistent, physical, Psychological, collective, and/or individual to name a few.  While the experience of trauma may be universal, each person’s response to trauma is unique. The manner in which one responds to trauma also has profound implications for physical and mental health. It is, therefore, critical that healthcare providers have a thorough understanding of the effects of trauma and trauma-informed care.  This course provides with a thorough grounding in the Psychological, Social and Physiological effects of trauma and how to care for individuals with trauma-related illnesses. The effects of trauma and trauma-informed care will be examined from the perspective of the patient as well as the healthcare professional.  Students will learn healthy professional and personal responses to their own trauma and how this impacts their patients.  This focus will increase awareness, provide understanding and assist students in developing a personal skill set supportive to all aspects of trauma response.

SCI 4010 Scientific Revolutions

Credits: 3
This course focuses on the substantial risks associated with spectacular scientific discoveries. Selected intersections of time and place in the quest for discovery, proof, and supportive experimental and empirical evidence are studied. Professional determination to engage in and document investigative research findings are analyzed and evaluated. Readings and discussions in Scientific Revolutions document changes in worldview, human productivity, and quality of life.

SCI 4020 Biology of Cancer

Credits: 3 

This course explores the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and its effects on individuals and society. In particular, it provides students with a basic understanding of the nature of cancer and the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to cancer. It also includes a survey of the fundamental principles behind cancer diagnosis, prevention, and therapeutic intervention, including risk factors for the major forms of cancers and how they vary according to gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. While based primarily on content from the life sciences, SCI 4020 incorporates insights from the fields of Sociology, Psychology, History and Economics.


THE 3010 Religion, Medicine, and Ethics

Credits: 3 

This course offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the intersections of Religion, Medicine, and Ethics.  In particular, it will offer an alternative to the Western trend to bifurcate spiritual care from physical care.  As Max Weber pointed out a century ago, modern society treats the human being as a substance to be manipulated and controlled.  The current technocratic paradigm views healthcare as merely the application of the latest scientific knowledge and technique without concern for the spiritual nature of the human being.  In juxtaposition to this current trend, this course will explore how illness, health and healing are religious experiences requiring analysis through a theological-ethical paradigm.  We will demonstrate the need for a complementary understanding of the roles of medicine and religion in order to incorporate holistic care into more clinical settings.  Specifically, this course will highlight the importance of integrating a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that addresses the physical, spiritual, social and emotional dimensions of the patient.  Lastly, this course will examine how health and wellbeing were constitutive elements of the Christian faith and the need to recover religious practices aimed at restoring holistic wellbeing.

SES 4350 Senior Capstone

Credits: 3
The Senior Capstone is reflection, insight, and synthesis driven. This course is an interdisciplinary course taught by general education and nursing faculty to assist the student to investigate, demonstrate, and synthesize course and program learning for problem solving and applications of undergraduate course work across the entire curriculum. This course synthesizes concepts across the disciplines to create a unified framework for developing pathways for understanding the value, applications, and transferable use of the cumulative study at Labouré College. Students demonstrate collective competencies; pedagogical, practical, and personal advancement for the benefit of self and others; personal and professional growth that reflect cognitive and emotional intelligence; and knowledge and understanding of life span challenges and choices. Future contexts of professional growth are considered. A professional portfolio will be completed to demonstrate achievement of end of program outcomes from the RN-BSN curriculum.

Prerequisites: All 4000 level general education courses; can be taken concurrently with NUR 4335

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