Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN

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 326 - Nursing Research

(Credits: 3.00)

The focus of this course is on the research process within the context of nursing. Nursing research is analyzed and critiqued to determine clinical applicability of research findings. Prerequisite: MT 120.

NUR 405 - Information Management and Healthcare Technologies

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the integration of the clinical information systems for information management and analyzes health care technology’s impact on care delivery for the purpose of achieving client outcomes and improving safety and quality. 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.

NUR 406 - Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides the baccalaureate nursing student with the opportunity to demonstrate professional nursing roles through evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice, incorporation of change theory, and application of clinical and theoretical learning from previous nursing courses. Collaboration is promoted in planned clinical learning activities that stimulate professional communication and critical thinking to address a current issue/problem. 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.

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 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: N 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 412.

NUR 430 - Change Capstone

(Credits: 4.00)

This course provides the baccalaureate nursing student with the opportunity to demonstrate professional nursing roles through evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice, incorporation of change theory, and application of clinical and theoretical learning from previous nursing courses. Collaboration is promoted in planned clinical learning activities that stimulate professional communication and critical thinking to address a current issue/problem. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, MT 113 or Statistics, NUR 310, NUR 424, NUR 300, NUR 414, NUR 406, BU 209, NUR 420, NUR 405, Wisconsin RN license, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.