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NUR 304 Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Nursing Practice - Historical uses, current uses and research literature will be analyzed as they pertain to Complementary and Alternative medicine ( CAM) practices. Emphasis will be on integrating evidence-based practice into the nursing role. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (2)

NUR 325 Health Assessment - Holistic assessment techniques for clients of all ages; includes interviewing techniques to obtain history and cultural beliefs and preferences, and physical exam techniques; emphasis is on identification of abnormal findings and accurate documentation; laboratory and practicum experiences.  Writing Intensive.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (4)

NUR 332 Nursing Research - Introduction to concepts and issues in nursing research. Emphasis in this course is on the research process, research designs, reading and critiquing research, and research utilization.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102, Admission to the RN to BSN program, and MATH 321 (3)

NUR 336 Pathophysiology for Nurses - The study of complex human disease processes, along with appropriate nursing assessments and care strategies.  Prerequisites: English 102, Admission to the RN to BSN program, BIO 255 and 257  (4)

NUR 405 Family Systems - Focus on family nursing care.  Use of a nursing model to identify and work with the problems and strengths of families who are challenged by illness/wellness issues.  Analysis of culture, aging and legal issues as they pertain to family nursing.  Practicum component.  Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (4)

NUR 406 Critical Thinking in Professional Nursing - Strategies designed to enhance critical thinking and analysis skills of the professional nurse. The student will explore the relationship between theory, clinical judgment, and caring. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (3)

NUR 407 Leadership Roles - Organization, management, leadership and change as they relate to healthcare systems/settings at the unit level.  Emphasis on the growth or the professional role as manager of care; includes the critical examination into management and leadership roles, collaboration, impact of culture on institutional structure, development

of teams and interdisciplinary approaches to care, budgeting and finance role development, change process and development of a professional philosophy, in addition to the ethical issues in management.  Writing intensive. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (3)

NUR 408 Issues in Professional Nursing - Theoretical presentation of current issues and trends that impact the nursing profession. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis of current literature surrounding selected topics.  Prerequisites: ENGL  102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (3)

NUR 415 Health Care Policy and Ethics I - Evaluation of power, politics and health policy; exploration of professional nursing roles in health policy development. Includes an advocacy component. Prerequisites: ENGL 102, Admission to the RN to BSN program and NUR 332 (2)

NUR 416 Health Care Policy and Ethics II - Evaluation of health policy formation in New Mexico - includes a field trip to the legislature while in session; examination of common ethical dilemmas and legal issues commonly encountered in professional nursing.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102, Admission to the RN to BSN program, NUR 332 and 415 (2)

NUR 420 History of Nursing - Provides an introduction to the history of nursing and how nursing has developed from the ideal of duty to a profession.  Through discussions of the historical background of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, topics such as women’s work and duty, influence of science and technology on health care, public health and reform, the effects of war, women’s rights and civil rights will be discussed.  Writing Intensive.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (3)

NUR 429 Utilizing Resources - Builds an academic and technical foundation for RN students who will be completing their BSN coursework at a distance using Web-CT. Emphasis on the development of a learning community that supports and facilitates the participation of all the members of the course. Introduction to critical thinking, effective written discussions (WEB), and access to library/data resources as they apply to changing nursing practice.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (2)

NUR 432 Nursing Informatics - Use of information management and computers in a variety of health care applications, including hospital information system and patient record systems. The internet will be discussed as a source of health care information.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (2)

NUR 441 Perioperative Nursing - Designed for the registered nurse as an in-depth introduction to perioperative nursing. It presents information and concepts that are essential to the perioperative nursing practice and are encountered at the entry level requiring early mastery.  The course is open to LPN’s and RN’s.  Prerequisites: ENGL  102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (4)

NUR 446 Community Health Nursing - Theoretical and clinical study of nursing care for communities and vulnerable populations. Covers epidemiology, public health principles, environmental health, basic grant writing skills, and community nursing roles. Clinical coursework includes needs assessment and intervention planning for a selected vulnerable group in the community.  Writing intensive.  Prerequisites: ENG 102, Admission to the RN to BSN program, NUR 332 and 405  (6)

NUR 470 Nursing Organization and Management - Classical and contemporary theories of organizational behavior in the health care setting on a macro level. Leadership theories and development of a personal philosophy of leadership in nursing.  Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Admission to the RN to BSN program (3)

 

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