Course Descriptions

 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

NUR 110 - Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will introduce students to the foundations of professional nursing practice. The course will discuss the provision of care from a holistic perspective based on the cultural and spiritual needs of a client, professional standards, ethical and legal influences on practice. Prerequisite: Admission into BSN program; all developmental courses completed.

NUR 210 - Health Assessment

(Credits: 4.00)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to assess the health of diverse clients across the lifespan. A systems approach will be used with a focus on expected findings and abnormal variations. Prerequisite: BL 111, BL 112, PS 190. Corequisite: NUR 110.

NUR 212 - Pathophysiology I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the basic pathophysiological concepts of disease process, illness, associated clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests, and results. Prerequisite: BL 112. Corequisite: BL 202, NUR 210.

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 - 6.00)

This course focuses on common health needs and chronic illnesses experienced by the adult and geriatric client. The framework for providing and understanding nursing care will be introduced through the nursing process. The provision of nursing care will focus on the client-nurse relationship, client-centered care, and the healthcare environment. The clinical component will take place in sub-acute settings. Prerequisite: NUR 210, NUR 212.

NUR 300 - Nutrition for Health

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces principles of nutrition for clients across the lifespan. Nutritional needs of clients 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 client teaching will be emphasized. 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 210, CH 107 or basic chemistry, BL 112, BL 202, BL 203.

NUR 310 - Evidenced Based Nursing Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces the research process and evidence-based practice in nursing. Interrelationships among theory, practice and research will be 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:SEM 103, MT 113 or statistics, 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-client relationship. The course will address methods to reduce stigma toward clients with mental illness and strategies to promote quality care outcomes. The clinical will take place in an acute care setting. Prerequisite: NUR 212, NUR 222, NUR 224. Corequisite: NUR 300, NUR 310, NUR 420.

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 322, NUR 324.

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 client. 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, NUR 324. Corequisite: NUR 410, 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 bias on the delivery of quality care will be examined. Sociocultural, economic, legal, political, and historical factors influencing health care policy and health care delivery will be explored. The interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, culture, relationship, context, and environment on health will be explored. The influence of the nurse’s personal health, self-care, and self-renewal and how these factors affect client care will be analyzed. Integrative health care practices will be 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 314, NUR 420.

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 client, 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 client and the client’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, NUR 324. Corequisite: NUR 410, NUR 412, NUR 414.

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: SEM 103, MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, Wisconsin RN license, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 222, 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: SEM 103, MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 410, NUR 412 and NUR 414. 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. Prerequisite: NUR 410, NUR 412, NUR 414. Corequisite: CA 340, NUR 426.