Nursing at Aquinas College

Nursing Courses

BIO2040 Applied Nutrition (3)

Principles of normal nutrition, emphasis on functions, requirements, sources, deficiencies of nutrients in all stages of the life cycle. Weight control, energy balance and nutritional assessments are discussed. 

BYN230 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4)

Pre-requisites: BY155, BY156.

NUR1000 Freshman Success Seminar I: Developing the Skills You Need to Succeed in the Traditional BSN Program (0)

The purpose of this course is to assist freshman nursing students in successfully transitioning from high school to higher education. This course focuses on 1) developing strong study, organizational, and coping skills; 2) familiarizing the student with university and department resources to aid in their academic success; and 3) increasing the student’s engagement in the McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) during their freshman year when they complete foundational science courses, but otherwise are not enrolled in core nursing courses. Past research has shown that students are most successful when they feel connected and supported both academically and socially during their educational experience, particularly their first year (Tinto, 1993; Jeffries, 2004; Stokes, 2013; Strayhorn, 2008). There are typically six large group sessions purposely scheduled over the entire academic year during times that do not interfer with the required Freshman class schedule in order to facilitate attendance and participation. Students will also be assigned small group “learning circles,” which will allow them to get to know several peers in a more personal way and establish a circle of support. Part I focuses on study habits, stress management and test taking.

NUR1010 Freshman Success Seminar II:Developing the Skills You Need to Succeed in the Traditional BSN Program (0)

The purpose of this course is to assist freshman nursing students in successfully transitioning from high school to higher education. This course focuses on 1) developing strong study, organizational, and coping skills; 2) familiarizing the student with university and department resources to aid in their academic success; and 3) increasing the student’s engagement in the McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) during their freshman year when they complete foundational science courses, but otherwise are not enrolled in core nursing courses. Past research has shown that students are most successful when they feel connected and supported both academically and socially during their educational experience, particularly their first year (Tinto, 1993; Jeffries, 2004; Stokes, 2013; Strayhorn, 2008). There are typically six large group sessions purposely scheduled over the entire academic year during times that do not interfere with the required Freshman class schedule in order to facilitate attendance and participation. Part II focuses on developing professional contacts, behaviors, and networking for success; as well as academic and career planning.

NUR2100 Introduction to Nursing Practices in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2)

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness and person centered care for nurses graduating in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions. Students are taught the meaning of Mercy and Jesuit care, health of people and safety & quality issues. In addition, the concepts of person centered care, communication, evidenced based practices, art of nursing and teamwork and collaboration are addressed. Development of a philosophy in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions of care in a professional nursing role is approached from a perspective of historical tradition, spirituality, social justice, reflective thinking and a values-centered professional education. An introduction to servant leadership with service to the community is included. Prerequisites: PG100

NUR2120 Nursing Informatics (3)

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in nursing informatics necessary for the safe provision of nursing care. Core concepts of nursing informatics will be introduced including data, information, and knowledge. Students will gain a basic understanding of computers and how they work, as they gain technical competencies of nurse generalists in practice. Students will apply technology to nursing practice including the use of the electronic health record (EHR) for documentation and coordination of clinical care. The systems life cycle will be introduced, including the nurse generalist’s role in the design, selection, implementation and evaluation of technology to support patient care. The use of nursing informatics to support patient safety and enhance patient outcomes will be addressed including decision support and information management functions that lead to best practices.

NUR2200 Health Assessment and Physical Examination (2)

This course focuses on the process of health assessment of adults. Utilizes communication & interviewing techniques to obtain a basic health history that incorporates spiritual, socio-cultural, psychological, and physical dimensions. Person centered caring practices are expanded to include issues of privacy, confidentiality, and responses to diversity. Medical terminology and abbreviations are reinforced including proper documentation of history and assessment findings. Laboratory experience provides students with opportunities to perform specific physical assessments. Corequisites: NUR 2500 NUR 2520 NUR 2540 NUR 2520 NUR 2540

NUR2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (3)

 This course introduces the nursing process as a strategy for making evidence based clinical judgments. Mercy and Jesuit values are reinforced as the foundation for implementing person centered care to meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of adult patients in various health care settings. Maintaining and improving the health of people are presented incorporating safety and quality standards. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • MS1010
  • MS1040
  • CY156
  • PG100
  • GE101
  • BY155
  • BY156
  • CY101
  • Corequistes: NUR2200

 

NUR2520 Nursing Skills Lab (1)

This laboratory course emphasizes development of psychomotor skills necessary to maintain or improve the health of people. Underlying scientific principles and evidence to support effectiveness of procedures are discussed. Critical thinking skills are challenged to recognize and react to unexpected situations when carrying out skills and procedures.

Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • MS1010
  • MS1040
  • CY156
  • PG100
  • GE101
  • BY155
  • BY156
  • SY101

Corequisites: NUR 2500, NUR 2540

NUR2540 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (2)

This clinical course provides students with the opportunity to impact the health of people in acute and subacute care settings under the supervision of clinical instructors. Assessment skills and nursing procedure skills are carried out with attention to safety, infection control, and human dignity considerations. Prerequisites: NUR 3380 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) Corequisites: NUR 2200 NUR 2500; Pre-req NUR 2520

NUR3100 Mental Health Nursing (3)

This course provides the theoretical base to prepare nurses to become competent (synergy) to meet the mental health and psychiatric needs of people. The interrelationship between the physical, mental & spiritual characteristics of patients (synergy) is examined. Social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective in addition to safety & quality issues related to adult mental health patients are explored within the framework of health care delivery systems. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently:)

  • NUR2200
  • NUUR2500
  • NUR2520
  • NUR2540
  • PG380

Corequisites: NUR3150

NUR3150 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2)

During this clinical course, students practice learned mental health theories in clinical settings under the supervision of clinical instructors. Leadership and systems thinking concepts are expanded and practiced in the mental health clinical setting. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR2540
  • NUR2200
  • NUR2500
  • NUR2520
  • NR2540
  • PG380

Corequisites: NUR3100

NUR3200 Medical Surgical Nursing I (3)

This course is the first of a two semester medical surgical sequence. Emphasis is placed upon assessment and management of physical and psychological symptoms related to common diseases and treatments and anticipation and management of health-related complications. Social, physical, psychological, and spiritual responses of the individual throughout the course of illness will be addressed.

NUR3210 Medical Surgical Nursing I Practicum (2)

This clinical experience integrates principles from nutrition, pharmacology, pathophysiology and nursing science to provide a foundation for clinical judgement and decision making. Emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process to individuals with common/recurring acute and chronic illnesses. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR2200
  • NUR2500
  • NUR2520
  • NUR2540

Corequisites: NUR3200

NUR3300 Pharmacology I (2)

This course is the beginning of a two semester sequence focusing on preparing nursing students with a foundation of the basic principles and concepts of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Major drug categories will be presented as they relate to the management and treatment of specific disease states discussed in other nursing courses within the same semester. The course will assist the student in outlining: drug classes, therapeutic uses, general and adverse side effects, as well as drug interactions. Implications associated with the administration, monitoring, access to medications, and nursing interventions are incorporated. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR2100
  • NUR2120
  • NUR2200
  • NUR2500
  • NUR2520
  • NUR2540

NUR3310 Pharmacology II (2)

This course is the second part of a two semester sequence focusing on preparing nursing students with a foundation of the basic principles and concepts of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Major drug categories will be presented as they relate to the management and treatment of specific disease states discussed in other nursing courses within the same semester. The course will assist the student in outlining: drug classes, therapeutic uses, general and adverse side effects, as well as drug interactions. Implications associated with the administration, monitoring, and nursing interventions are incorporated. Prerequisites: NUR 3300 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

NUR3380 Pathophysiology (4)

NUR3380 Pathophysiology (4) Introductory study of disease, its causes, and the body changes that accompany t. Specific diseases are discussed, including the pathogenesis as well as the morphological and physiological basis of the manifestation of each disease. Treatment of each disorder, including the rationale of the therapy, is also discussed. Prerequisites: BY155, BY156. Co-requisite: NUR2860, NUR2870, NUR2800.

NUR3700 Medical Surgical Nursing II (3)

This course is the second of a two semester medical surgical sequence. Prerequisites: (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR3210
  • NUR3300

Corequisites: NUR 3750

NUR3750 Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (2)

This clinical experience uses principles from psychiatric nursing, adult health nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology and the social sciences to provide a foundation for clinical judgment and decision making. Application of the nursing process is emphasized in acute care. In addition to addressing the care of individuals, students will engage in collaboration, delegation, and prioritization skills. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR210
  • NUR3300

Corequisites: NUR3700

NUR3800 Maternal Child Nursing (3)

This course provides the knowledge and conceptual base for nursing care of women and their families in childbearing and across the lifespan in both health and illness dimensions from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective. The course will focus on the characteristics of women and their childbearing health while developing leadership skills and systems thinking within obstetrical health care settings. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR3210
  • NUR3300

Corequisites: NUR3810

NUR3810 Maternal Child Nursing Practicum (2)

During this clinical course, students practice learned obstetrical theories in clinical settings under the supervision of clinical instructors. Leadership and systems thinking concepts are further expanded and practiced in women’s health clinical settings Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR3210
  • NUR3300
  • Corequisites: NUR3800 

NUR4100 Pediatric Nursing (3)

This course provides the theoretical base to prepare nursing students to become competent to care for children and their families from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective. The course focuses on the characteristics of children and their relationship with their families. The health of pediatric patients while developing leadership skills and systems thinking within a variety of health care settings will be emphasized. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR3210
  • NUR3300

Corequisites: NUR4150

NUR4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum (2)

This course provides the theoretical base to prepare nursing students to become competent to care for children and their families from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective. The course focuses on the characteristics of children and their relationship with their families. The health of pediatric patients while developing leadership skills and systems thinking within a variety of health care settings will be emphasized. Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR3100
  • NUR3150
  • NUR3200
  • NUR3210
  • NUR3300

Corequisites: NUR4100

NUR4300 Community Health Nursing (3)

This course focuses on the dynamic relationship between the health of the community and the development of inter-professional partnerships to promote health and prevent disease. Healthy People indicators, principles of epidemiology, and public health will be discussed including health care access, environmental health, ethical issues and cultural aspects of health behavior. Students will analyze the various roles of the nurse in both community-oriented ad community-based nursing practice Prerequisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR 3310
  • NUR 3800
  • NUR 4100 Pediatric Nursing
  • NUR 4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum
  • NUR 3810

Co-requisites: NUR 4350

NUR4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2)

This clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to design and implement a health promotion, risk reduction or disease prevention project for an aggregate within the community. Student activities will emphasize organizational management of previously learned skills (application of the nursing process, health assessment and interpersonal communication skills) with public health nursing skills (epidemiological principles, public health policy, environmental issues and health care access). Prerequisites: (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR 3310
  • NUR 3800
  • NUR 4100 Pediatric Nursing
  • NUR 4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum
  • NUR 3810

Co-requisites: NUR 4300

NUR4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3)

This course explores the scientific process and nursing research including its utilization in health care. Emphasis is placed on use of the research process for solving clinical problems, enhancing clinical judgments, and measuring phenomena in clinical practice.

NUR4600 Nursing Leadership (2)

This course focuses on issues of gender and leadership in healthcare. Organizational leadership and management theories are presented along with strategic planning, change, quality management, fiscal management and human relations skills. Feminist theories of power and leadership, gendered communications, masculinity within a female dominant profession and the tradition of nursing that has denied equality between nurses and other healthcare providers are addressed from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective.

NUR4650 Nursing Leadership Immersion (3)

The focus of the clinical immersion course is to facilitate the transition of the student into a professional baccalaureate-nursing role within an interdisciplinary, population-based model of care. Concepts of prioritization, delegation, leadership, teamwork and collaboration are demonstrated in the delivery of people centered care in an acute care setting under the guidance of a registered nurse. Pre-requisites: (NOTE: Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

  • NUR 3700
  • NUR 3750
  • NUR 3310
  • NUR 3800
  • NUR 3810
  • NUR 4300
  • NUR 4350

NUR4652 Senior Seminar (1)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to review previously learned nursing theory and concepts in preparation for the National Licensing Examination. Safety and quality as essential concepts with application to health promotion and illness management across the lifespan are addressed.

NUR4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective (3)

This course focuses on using social justice as a frame work for developing a professional practice that emphasizes a comprehensive, holistic approach in assisting populations at risk. The student’s professional responsibility as a change agent on social issues that affect the individual, family and society are explored from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective. Emphasis is on communication and collaboration with other professionals.