Course Descriptions

 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

NUR 110 - Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the roles of the professional nurse within a Franciscan Values framework. Historical and contemporary influences and professional, ethical, and legal standards related to nursing practice are examined. Professional communication and person-centered care are discussed with emphasis on the impact of personal attitudes, values, and beliefs. Self-awareness and stigma towards physical and mental illness are examined. Cultural and spiritual needs of the patient are addressed. Concepts of patient education, leadership, care coordination, safety, information management, and evidence-based practice are introduced. Prerequisite: Admission into BSN program and all developmental courses completed. Corequisite: CA 108 and PL 102.

NUR 210 - Health Assessment

(Credits: 4.00)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to assess the health of diverse patients across the lifespan. Mental health and safety risk screening are embedded in the assessment. A holistic approach is utilized with a focus on expected findings and abnormal variations. The clinical interview incorporates person-centered communication and therapeutic use of self. Prerequisite: BL 112, and PS 190. Corequisite: NUR 110 and ED 203.

NUR 212 - Pathophysiology I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic basis for health and illness across the life-span and disease causation building on previous knowledge from liberal arts education. The etiology, risk factors, pathophysiology, associated clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests of chronic illness and disease are addressed. Together with Pathophysiology II, the course provides a comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology and an introduction to inter-professional management. Prerequisite: BL 112 and CH 107. Corequisite: NUR 110.

NUR 222 - Pharmacology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces pharmacological nursing practice across the lifespan utilizing a conceptual approach. The nurse's professional role related to pharmacotherapeutics in diverse populations will be examined. Safety, legal responsibility and minimization of risk potential will be discussed. Evidence-based pharmacological and pathophysiological concepts are integrated to promote therapeutic understanding of client response, adverse reaction and client-centered education. Health care system protocols, communication methods, and informatics related to pharmacotherapeutics are included. Common drug classes and their corresponding pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics are presented. Prerequisite: BL 202, BL 203, NUR 210 and NUR 212 .

NUR 224 - Adult/Geriatric Health - Chronic Care

(Credits: 6.00)

This course focuses on common health needs and chronic illnesses experienced by the adult and geriatric patient. A person-centered approach will be used to provide holistic care through application of evidence-based nursing interventions. Mental health needs of older adults will be emphasized. Communication, information management, safety, quality care, evidence-based practice, and professionalism will be addressed. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies will be applied in chronic care and rehabilitation settings. Prerequisite: BL 202, BL 203, NUR 210 and NUR 212. Corequisite: BU 209, MT 113 and NUR 222.

NUR 300 - Nutrition for Health

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces principles of nutrition for patients across the lifespan. Nutritional needs of patients experiencing health and illness and the impact of environmental, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and cultural factors are addressed. Therapeutic application based on clinical reasoning in patient teaching will be emphasized. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, SEM 103, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: BL 112, BL 202, BL 203, CH 107 or basic chemistry, NUR 210 .

NUR 310 - Evidenced Based Nursing Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces the research process and evidence-based practice in nursing. Interrelationships between theory, practice and research are discussed. Research is applied to clinical practice to improve quality, safety and patient outcomes. Legal and ethical considerations will be examined. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: MT 113 or statistics, SEM 103 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: MT 113 and NUR 110.

NUR 314 - Mental Health

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on nursing care of diverse clients experiencing mental illness. Emphasis is given to factors that influence the development of mental illness. Person-centered care, communication, and the nurse-patient relationship are addressed. Methods to reduce stigma toward mental illness and strategies to promote quality care outcomes will be examined. The clinical will take place in an acute care setting. Prerequisite: NUR 212, NUR 222 and NUR 224. Corequisite: NUR 300 and NUR 310.

NUR 322 - Maternal Newborn Health

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on the health and health deviations of diverse families from preconception through the postpartum period. Nursing theory related to women’s reproductive health will be examined. The mental health of families will be addressed. The clinical component of this course will focus on the care of the woman, newborn, and family and will take place in acute care settings. Prerequisite: NUR 310, NUR 314 and NUR 420.

NUR 324 - Pediatric Health

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on evidence-based practices in the nursing care of infants, children, and adolescents experiencing health and illness. Pediatric physical and mental health is examined within the context of families and environment. There will be an emphasis on the person-centered approach, health promotion and injury prevention. Prerequisite: NUR 310, NUR 314 and NUR 420.

NUR 410 - Pathophysiology II

(Credits: 2.00)

This course builds on basic pathophysiology with a focus on acute and complex disease and illness across the lifespan. The disease process, pathophysiology, associated clinical manifestations, and diagnostic tests of acute and complex illness are addressed. Together with Pathophysiology 1, the course provides a comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology and an introduction to inter-professional management. Prerequisite: NUR 212.

NUR 412 - Acute Nursing Care in Adult and Geriatric Health

(Credits: 7.00)

This course focuses on acute and complex illness and disease experienced by the adult and geriatric patient. A person-centered approach will be used to provide holistic and culturally competent care through application of evidence-based nursing interventions. Stigma reduction will be a focus in this course. Inter-professional communication, information management, safety and quality care, professionalism, health promotion and disease prevention in acute care settings will be addressed. The clinical component will take place in acute care settings. Prerequisite: NUR 322 and NUR 324. Corequisite: NUR 410 and NUR 414.

NUR 414 - Holism and Diversity

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on providing holistic care for diverse and vulnerable populations. The impact of nurses’ personal behaviors, beliefs, values, and biases on the delivery of quality care are examined. Sociocultural, economic, legal, political, and historical factors influencing health care policy and health care delivery are explored. The interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, culture, relationship, context, and environment on health are explored. The influence of the nurse’s personal health, self-care, and self-renewal and how these factors affect patient care are analyzed. Integrative health care practices are introduced. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 110.

NUR 415 - Critical Care Nursing

(Credits: 2.00)

This course focuses on the critical and complex illness and disease experienced by the neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient, and family in the critical care setting. A person-centered approach will be used to provide holistic and culturally competent care through application of evidence-based nursing interventions to the patient and the patient’s family. Inter-professional communication, information management, safety, and quality care, and professionalism in the critical care setting will be addressed. Experiences of the nurse in the critical care setting will be carried out through simulation. Prerequisite: NUR 322 and NUR 324. Corequisite: NUR 410 and NUR 412.

NUR 417 - Spiritual Health

(Credits: 2.00)

Spiritual Health is a highly reflective course which operates from the belief that all people are spiritual. This course focuses on the core components of spirituality (relationships, a sense of meaning, purpose, and connectedness) and the commonalities and differences between spirituality and religion. Spiritual needs in specific populations will be addressed and students will utilize spiritual screening tools, identify spiritual cues, and practice therapeutic approaches to providing spiritual care through simulation. Students will reflect on personal spiritual beliefs and identify practices that promote restoring the emotional and spiritual health of the nurse. Prerequisite: NUR 224.

NUR 420 - Population - Focused Health

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. Environmental health, epidemiology, prevention, and emergency preparedness are examined in the context of populations served within a community. Franciscan values are demonstrated through advocacy for vulnerable populations. Emphasis will be placed on promoting mental health and meeting the needs of populations experiencing mental illness. Clinical takes place in community settings where clinical prevention and population-focused interventions are areas of focus. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, SEM 103, Wisconsin RN license, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 222 and NUR 224. Corequisite: BSN: NUR 310 and NUR 314.

NUR 424 - Leadership for Change

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines leadership theories, trends, and issues in health care. The role of the professional nurse as a member of inter-professional teams in health care delivery systems is emphasized. Analysis of individual leadership styles and commitment to professional growth is completed to identify their role in facilitating practice excellence. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, SEM 103 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 412. Corequisite: BSN: CA 340.

NUR 428 - Transition into Professional Practice

(Credits: 6.00)

This capstone course supports the transition from the role as student nurse to that of professional nurse. Leadership, health care team coordination, accountability, inter- and intra-professional communication, change practices, evaluation of information systems, and safe, coordinated care delivery are areas of focus. Application of Franciscan values in provision of developmentally and culturally competent person-centered evidence-based care will be emphasized. Clinical will occur in a variety of settings and will provide experiences that align with entry-level nursing practice in order to facilitate a smooth student transition. Corequisite: NUR 424.