Contemporary Professional Nursing
Historical, theoretical, and ethical underpinnings of the discipline, as well as professional standards that guide practice, are used to assist the student in understanding nursing as a scientific discipline and a social phenomenon, and in developing a personal philosophy to guide professional nursing practice.
Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services
This course will assist students to apply statistics to research or practice situations encountered by social workers and nurses. Fundamental statistical theories and concepts such as Type I and Type II error, central tendency, variability, probability, statistical significance, effect size, and power are presented to assist students in understanding the rationale and purpose of using statistics. Basic parametric statistical analyses including correlation, t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), repeated-measures analysis of variance (RM-ANOVA), two-way ANOVA, bivariate linear regression, and selected non-parametric statistics will be presented, as well as the mathematical logic behind these statistical tests. Students will learn how to complete hypothesis testing with normal distributions and also learn to interpret and critically evaluate statistical analyses of published studies. This knowledge will assist students to be evidence-based practitioners and critical consumers of research.
Clinical Science Integration Seminar
This course will help students come to integrate the knowledge of disease mechanisms, pharmacological therapy, and advanced health assessment concepts through a case study approach. A conceptual approach will be used to present commonly occurring diseases and disease processes across the lifespan, their pharmacological therapy, and related physical and laboratory assessments. Genetic and genomic implications are integrated. Emphasis is placed on correlating disease processes with clinical pharmacotherapeutics, physical and mental manifestations, diagnostic data, and application to the delivery of nursing care.
Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Settings
This course uses the Quality and Safety Education Network for Nurses (QSEN) as a framework for exploring quality and safety issues in health care. The nurse’s role in assessing and improving quality at the point of care is emphasized. Models of quality improvement are introduced, and strategies for applying these models to improve health care outcomes are explored.
Prerequisite: NSG 2330
Clinical Scholarship: Applying Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes
This course introduces the learner to the methods for developing and applying nursing knowledge through the research process and data synthesis. The relevance of research and the process of applying evidence in practice are emphasized.
Prerequisite: NSG 2330
Nursing Practice V: Improving Health Outcomes of Populations
4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses, and presents strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care in groups, aggregates, communities, and populations. Health promotion and disease prevention are emphasized. The ecological model is used as the organizing framework for this course. The nurse’s role in promoting healthy communities and improving population health outcomes is explored. Diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge of human health patterns. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
Prerequisite: NSG 1050, NSG 3004, and NSG 3024
Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Outcomes and Capstone
This course builds upon and deepens students’ knowledge of leadership in the profession of nursing. The conceptual foundations of leadership theory are presented. The nurse’s role as a leader and collaborator in the health care team is emphasized. The processes of change, delegation, supervision, and system improvement are explored as fundamental characteristics of nursing leadership. Students work in teams to lead and collaborate on projects and presentations while developing their own leadership style and professional identity. The course culminates in the development and presentation of a capstone project aligned with the student’s clinical area of interest.
Prerequisite: NSG 4020
General Education Courses
Understandings of Religion
A study of the religious dimension in the lives of individuals, communities, and cultures. Students will explore understandings of religion and roles of religion, along with commonalities and differences in expression of religion. This will be accomplished by examining topics such as God, scripture, ritual, values, ethical issues, and cosmology, as expressed within several specific religious traditions, including Judaism and Christianity.
Meets Religious Diversity Perspective requirement
NSG 400D S
Communication Strategies to Enhance Spiritual Care at the End of Life
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach investigating communication strategies to guide the provision of spiritual care to persons at the end of life and their families. The course will explore both the religious and nursing spiritual perspectives when caring for these especially vulnerable individuals. Students will learn effective communication skills to guide interactions regarding encounters of the transcendent and to assist dying individuals to find peace as the end of life approaches. Spiritual care will be studied as a way to compassionately connect and guide individuals to find hope, peace, and spiritual well-being.
Meets Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement
Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society
This course is designed for students coming from any major at the College and examines ethics and leadership from a wide range of professional and disciplinary perspectives. Students will learn about various ethical frameworks and multicultural understandings of ethics and leadership. Students will apply these ethical frameworks to contemporary case studies as a way to develop critical ethical thinking skills, particularly as it relates to socially responsible leadership in our contemporary global society.
Meets Leadership Development requirement
Advanced Feminist Theory
This is a rotating content course reading primary texts in one area of feminist theory, for example, Womanist Theory, Queer Theory, French Feminist Theory, etc. This course presumes a baseline understanding of feminist theory and its critique of culture as a way of examining our philosophical heritage. As an advanced study, it expands students’ flexibility in scholarly dialogues and academic inquiry. While the course is part of the WMG offerings and counts as an elective toward the minor, it also has the potential to enrich other disciplines by providing an alternative lens for examining many core presumptions.
Meets Exploring Intellectual Traditions requirement