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Nursing Courses

NURS 307-310. SPECIAL TOPICS                       
This course is designed to offer directed work on a special topic or project in nursing with approval of the director. 

  • Prerequisites: permission of the Director. 
  • One semester; one to four credits


NURS 311. PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT                        
This course serves an introduction to professional nursing practice. Course discussions focus on the AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, historical and theoretical development for professional nursing, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, Mindfulness, effective communication, and Benner Novice to Expert Theory. Students will assess and develop their nursing informatics competencies. Roles and responsibilities of a RN to BSN student at CBU are also included. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisite: Admission to CBU RN to BSN Program. 
  • One semester; four credits


NURS 312. HEALTH ASSESSMENT 
This course uses didactic and electronic clinical experiences to develop skill levels of the Registered Nurse to conduct a comprehensive health assessment with adults in various settings. The course emphasizes the integration of observations, systematic data collection, and effective communication in performing patient-centered health assessments that include risk assessment and risk reduction.
Practicum: Students will have the opportunity to use interview, observation, inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion in assessing clients across the life span in simulated and actual environments. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course.

  • Prerequisite: Admission to CBU RN to BSN program or permission of the Director.
  • One semester; three credits (2 hours of lecture per week and 30 hours of lab per semester)
     

NURS 313. PROFESSIONAL WRITING
This course provides students an opportunity to master basic written communication skills necessary to express themselves professionally. The principles and practices examined in this course provide practice in the composition of traditional writing forms such as letters, memorandums, professional papers, and formal proposals. APA style of writing will be emphasized. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • One semester; three credits
     

NURS 407. PROFESSIONAL ROLE ENACTMENT
This course serves as an opportunity for professional nursing enactment. An integration of transcultural awareness will be made through patterns of knowing in critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and personal expression. Students will have an opportunity to explore the complexities of healthcare and interdisciplinary team concepts while providing optimal care with specific application to the enactment of the professional role of nursing. This course explores current issues and trends that impact the professional nursing role. The focus will be on global, legal, and ethical principles that guide health care policies with specific application to nursing while developing a mindset that facilitates positive change and incorporates evidence based clinical practices into current health care strategies. Students will have an opportunity to explore current health care delivery systems with particular emphasis on high-risk groups and the underserved community. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 311, 312 and 313. 
  • One semester; four credits


NURS 409. POPULATION HEALTH NURSING
This course emphasizes the concept of the community health. The concept of the community health will be discussed in preparation for the student to meet the needs of client and client-centered systems through applications of Health Promotion-Disease Prevention embedded in the community/ public health nursing setting. The course will explore the needs of the clients across the life span, discuss communicable disease, explore community health from a local and global standpoint, and explore methods to create healthy communities. Issues of health disparity, health promotion, and access to care will be explored. The student will demonstrate synthesis of course topics in the clinical setting. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 311, 312, and 313. 
  • One semester; five credits


NURS 412. LEADERSHIP
This course emphasizes the principles of leadership and management to meet the needs of clients and client-centered systems/facilities for the delivery of cost-effective health care. An overview of leadership and management theories will enhance the student's knowledge of the legal and ethical implications of the professional nursing role including conflict management, group process, delegation, staffing, budgeting, quality improvement, effective communication, informatics, change processes, healthcare policy, organizational structure and other issues. Leadership and management concepts and skills are stressed to enhance student career development. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisite: NURS 402, 405 and 406. 
  • One semester, five credits


NURS 413. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP CLINICAL                        
This clinical course includes application of the concepts and principles of nursing leadership and client-centered care in multiple settings through service-based care delivery to underserved vulnerable populations locally, regionally and/or internationally. This course includes synthesis and application of didactic leadership and management theory, including demonstrating an understanding of current issues as they apply to the interdisciplinary practice of professional nursing in the 21st century. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 402, 405 and 406. 
  • Pass/Fail grading. 
  • One semester; two credits


NURS 416. EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING
This course emphasizes the significance of integrating current evidence-based practice with clinical expertise, family and patient preferences and the delivery of optimal care. It introduces research methodology principles, analysis of research designs, ethical conduct in research, and research dissemination. Synthesis is monitored through a literature review and written assignments. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 402, 405 and 406. 
  • One semester; three credits


NURS 417-420. SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
This course is designed to permit intensive study into topics of special interest and timeliness in the area of nursing with approval of the director. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: Permission of Director. 
  • One semester; one to four credits


NURS 425. NURSING CAPSTONE
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and synthesize theoretical and clinical experiences from previous nursing courses into a capstone project. Students will be expected to integrate current evidence into professional practice, synthesize healthcare policies, translate health promotion and disease prevention, apply professional nursing concepts to the discipline of nursing, and perform as a nurse leader. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 311, 312, 313, 406, 407, and 409. 
  • One semester; one credit


NURS 430. POPULATION HEALTH NURSING CLINICAL
This clinical course includes application of the concepts of the global community and client-centered care in multiple settings through service- based care delivery to underserved vulnerable populations locally, regionally and/or internationally. This may include participation in public health, occupational health, school health and/or a variety of service learning settings. A grade of "C" or higher is required for this course. 

  • Prerequisites: NURS 311, 312, and 313. 
  • Pass/Fail grading. 
  • One semester; two credits

 


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).