University of Southern Indiana

Course Descriptions

Nursing 246: Introduction to Professional Nursing (5 hours; 4 hours/1 hour)*
This course introduces students to essential characteristics of professional nursing practice in today’s health care system and the interconnected global community. Concepts to be explored include the history and theoretical basis of the nursing profession, the profession as part of a wider health care community and delivery system, professional communication, self-understanding and self-care as means to promote health and wellness of self and others. An introduction to the responsibility of self-directed, life-long learning and evidence based practice is included. An emphasis will be placed on the complexity and holism of culturally sensitive nursing care in relation to the diversity of patients.

Nursing 247: Health Assessment (3 hours; 2 hours/1 hour)*
This course focuses on beginning skill development in the psychosocial and physical assessment of the health status of individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the collection of subjective and objective data, physical examinations and documentation.  The importance of culturally sensitive care and evidence-based practice are integrated into all aspects of patient assessment.

Nursing 251: Introduction to Population Health (2 hours)
This course provides an introduction to population focused health. Emphasis is placed on the foundations of population health, clinical preventive services and health promotion, clinical practice and population health, and health systems and health policies.  Students focus on individual and population-oriented prevention and health promotion efforts through quantitative and analytical skills using the nursing process across the lifespan.

Nursing 353: Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 hours) 
This course focuses on preparation of the student as a consumer of research. As consumers of research, students learn quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and perform critical review of the research process. Steps of the research process are included with emphasis on critique of published nursing research and research accessed via the Internet.

Nursing 356: Pharmacology for Nurses (2 hours)
This course provides the student with an introduction to pharmacotherapeutics, safe administration of medications, and medications related to the care of patients with specific disorders.  Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics, principles of medication administration, medication terminology, systems of measurement and conversion, and medication calculations are discussed.   Drug classifications, actions, side effects, adverse effects, and nursing implications of medication administration are presented.   Use of the nursing process to safely administer medications and develop patient education plans is also emphasized.

Nursing 357: Introduction to Patient Care (3 hours; 2 hours/1 hour)*
This course explores concepts essential to nursing practice with a focus on nursing interventions. An emphasis is placed on the development of knowledge, competence, communication, and caring with the nurse’s professional role. Through class and clinical laboratory experiences, students learn to apply principles of safe and effective nursing care.

Nursing 358: Nursing Care of Adults I (7 hours; 3 hours/4 hours)*
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process and further develops cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills necessary to provide nursing care for adults within a legal, ethical, and culturally sensitive framework.  Students will integrate concepts from the sciences, liberal arts and nursing theory as a basis for their nursing practice.  Evidence-based practice will be the foundation for providing care to patients on the continuum of illness and wellness.

Nursing 361: Care of Elders and Families (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course focuses on the integration of theories of aging, standards of practice, cultural influences, and pertinent public policy into the assessment of and interventions for older adults.  Chronicity, caregiving, and end of life issues are included.   Emphasis will be placed on utilization of evidenced based practice.

Nursing 362 Care Coordination and Healthcare Delivery (3 hours)
Students engage in the exploration of care coordination and the healthcare delivery system. Key concepts include collaborative care models, applying systems thinking, and policy implications in healthcare delivery. The course will enable students to identify, assess, and evaluate healthcare delivery models in relation to economic, organizational, and political perspectives. 

Nursing 363: Mental Health Nursing (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course focuses on therapeutic interaction, emphasizing the communication process and the concept of professional caring.  Patterns of human responses associated with mental health and mental illness are examined across the lifespan.  Within this framework, human responses to mental health and illness are identified.  Students practice the therapeutic use of self, and implement culturally sensitive mental health nursing interventions in multiple clinical settings while utilizing methods of evidenced-based practice.

Nursing 364: Care of Children and Families (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course focuses on the care of the child and adolescent specific to developmental levels. Age specific culturally sensitive health promotion issues and health problems through theoretical and clinical application are addressed. The course emphasizes the interrelationship of pathophysiology, clinical symptoms and complications, disease specific assessment, risk factors, nursing process, collaborative management, and expected outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on evidenced based practice. 

Nursing 368: Nursing Care of the Adult II (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process as a basis for providing nursing care to adult patients in acute and community based settings. The role of the nurse as a collaborator in the health care team will be emphasized. Students will apply concepts from the sciences, liberal arts, and nursing theory as a basis for their nursing practice. Students will examine culturally sensitive human responses along the continuum of illness and wellness utilizing evidenced based practice.

Nursing 455: Population-Focused Nursing Practice (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course emphasizes population-focused, community/public health nursing practice. Diverse multicultural, social, and environmental factors that influence population health are studied. Students focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, health teaching and counseling, and coordination of care as the nursing process is applied across the lifespan to patients with multidimensional health needs in a variety of community settings.

Nursing 456: Nursing of Women and Families (4 hours; 2 hours/2 hours)*
This course explores reproduction, pregnancy, selected women’s health issues and newborn care through theoretical and clinical application.  Individual family and cultural influences are explored as they relate to nursing care of the family unit.  Specialized assessment techniques are integrated through clinical practice.  Delegation and prioritization of nursing care are emphasized and integrated throughout the course.

Nursing 461: Care of Adults through the Lifespan (4 hours; 2 classroom, 2 clinical) 
This course focuses on human responses to complex, multidimensional health problems of adults.  The student will study care of adults across the continuum of acute illness, chronic illness, rehabilitation, and long term health care needs facilitating holistic wellness.  The course integrates concepts of aging, chronicity, standards of practice, cultural influences, role of caregivers, and pertinent public policy into the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of adult patients.     

Nursing 468: Care of the Adult III (8 hours; 4 hours/4hours)*
This course focuses on human responses to complex, multi-dimension health problems of adult patients. The student will study care of the patient across the continuum of acute illness, chronic illness, and rehabilitation. The role of the nurse as coordinator of care will be emphasized. The course examines the interrelationships of pathophysiology, clinical symptoms and complications, risk factors, nursing process, collaborative management, and expected outcomes.

Nursing 470: Special Topics in Nursing (1-3 hours) 
This course provides the opportunity for analysis and synthesis of concepts and research related to special topics in nursing and health care.

Nursing 488: Leadership in Care Delivery (6 hours; 3 hours/3 hours)*
This course involves the application and synthesis of evidence based nursing knowledge within the broader context of the professional role.  Culturally sensitive care of adult patients with complex and multidimensional health problems is emphasized. Students will analyze the concept of nursing management and leadership within various healthcare scenarios and settings to discern the impact of professional nursing on patient outcomes and overall quality of care.

Nursing 498: Internship in Professional Nursing (4 hours; .5 hours/3.5 hours)*
This course provides the students with a concentrated clinical experience designed to synthesize nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Students will refine leadership and management skills as they function as integral members of the health care team. Students provide and coordinate direct care for groups of patients in an approved clinical setting. Seminar discussion topics will be related to current clinical practice issues.

* (Total course hours; didactic credit hours/clinical credit hours).

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