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Nursing



NSG 101
Introduction to Nursing [Lecture] (2.0)

The primary objective of this course is to introduce the student to the profession of nursing. The course provides an introduction to basic nursing skills, a brief overview of the history of the profession, contributions of selected nursing leaders, and the influence of social change on the development and image of the profession. The diversity of today's nursing roles and practice settings is presented. Ethical, legal, and political considerations related to the profession are explored. The student is oriented to the Roberts Wesleyan College nursing curriculum and its unique concepts of caring and wholeness. Field trips, guest speakers, and teaching of selected basic patient care skills supplement the traditional methods of instruction.

NSG 102
The Community: Promoting Wholeness [Lecture] (2.0)

The student is introduced to the health care delivery system and to wholeness promotion in the community. The course explores the Roberts Wesleyan community, local, and world health systems. There is an emphasis on the concepts of wholeness in individuals, families, and communities. Special populations and facts important to the wholeness of a community including its environment, spiritual and mental health, cultural diversity, and nutrition are examined. The course includes a field experience. It is open to all students and is required for nursing majors.

NSG 202
Principles of Nutrition [Lecture] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help students learn the basic facts and concepts of nutrition, to formulate principles to guide in food selection and meal planning and to achieve wholeness by maintaining optimal nutritional health. The physiologic functions, food sources, requirements, and metabolism of the known nutrients are emphasized. The nutritional demands and eating patterns in various stages of the life cycle are discussed. Areas of application include weight control, food fads, vegetarianism, food additives, economical meal planning, and nutritional assessment. It is open to all students and is required for Nursing majors. Prerequisite: CHM 114.

NSG 202
Principles of Nutrition [On-line] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help students learn the basic facts and concepts of nutrition, to formulate principles to guide in food selection and meal planning and to achieve wholeness by maintaining optimal nutritional health. The physiologic functions, food sources, requirements, and metabolism of the known nutrients are emphasized. The nutritional demands and eating patterns in various stages of the life cycle are discussed. Areas of application include weight control, food fads, vegetarianism, food additives, economical meal planning, and nutritional assessment. It is open to all students and is required for Nursing majors. Prerequisite: CHM 114.

NSG 203
Nursing for Wholeness: Introduction to Basic Human Needs [Lecture/Clinical] (3.0)

(2-hour class, 3-hour laboratory/clinical) In this course students begin to utilize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as a basis for beginning nursing practice. The course emphasizes development of caring behaviors and use of the nursing process as essential components in the maintenance of wholeness of individuals. Students are expected to achieve a beginning level of proficiency in the areas of communication, legal and ethical considerations, select psychomotor skills, and assessment of basic health needs. Students have an opportunity to apply classroom theory and practice nursing skills in simulated laboratory situations before progressing to clinical practice with clients. Prerequisites: NSG 101, NSG 202, BIO 201, and PSY 201. 80% or greater on math exam administered prior to entering this course. Prerequisites or corequisites: BIO 202 and BIO 301. Course fee applicable.

NSG 207
Group Process: Theory and Application [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is designed to help students learn about individuals as they work in groups. Ways in which groups of healthy individuals form, grow, function, and change are investigated. Students study various theories related to group process and apply these principles. Various ethical problems related to the wholeness needs of individuals are explored within the context of group process. This course is open to all students and required of all nursing majors.

NSG 301
Pharmacotherapeutics for Wholeness [Lecture] (2.0)

Principles of pharmacology are applied to the therapeutic use of drugs in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness throughout the life span. Classes of therapeutic agents are discussed in relation to their pharmacokinetics, effects on body systems, and mechanisms of action. Nursing responsibilities regarding safe administration of medications are included. This course builds upon the student's understanding of normal physiology and basic mathematics. It is open to RNs and is required of all Nursing majors. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and BIO 202 or Physiology; CHM 114 and NSG 203. 90% or greater on Nursing Dosage Calculation Exam.

NSG 302
Assessment of Individual for Wholeness [Lecture and Laboratory] (3.0)

(2-hour class, 2-hour laboratory) This course introduces the student to comprehensive assessment of individuals related to wholeness. Students utilize the nursing history and physical examination as well as the developmental, sexual, mental, cultural, and spiritual assessment. Basic skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are learned. The relationship of communication, documentation, and data collection, including laboratory studies, is emphasized as part of the nursing process. Students have opportunity to practice these skills in simulated laboratory situations and in concurrent clinical practice with individuals of different developmental and cultural backgrounds. It is open to RNs and is required of all Nursing majors. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and BIO 202 or Anatomy, and NSG 203.

NSG 303
Nursing for Wholeness: Adults [Lecture/Clinical] (4.0)

(3-hour class, plus 12-hour laboratory/clinical per week for 1/2 semester) This course assists students in applying principles from nursing, basic sciences, and liberal arts as they provide care to adult clients through use of the nursing process. Caring behaviors are practiced as the student promotes and maintains adaption/wholeness of clients with more complex needs, including disturbance in nutrition, oxygenation, metabolism, and loss of body integrity. The clinical component provides laboratory and client care experiences in institutional settings where students utilize their assessment and advanced psychomotor skills. As participation in management of client care increases, the student is expected to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships, to begin educating and advocating for clients, and to collaborate with other members of the health care team. Prerequisites: NSG 203, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 301, CHM 114, and PSY 201. 90% or greater on Nursing Dosage Calculation Exam. Course fee applicable.

NSG 310
Philosophical Orientation to Baccalaureate Nursing [Lecture] (1.0-2.0)

This course is designed to assist the RN and other transfer students in making the transition into the program and to cover content missed in lower level and junior nursing courses that may have been replaced by transfer credit. The individual student's needs are considered in designing course content.

NSG 311
Health Assessment [Lecture] (1.0-3.0)

This course introduces the student to wholistic health assessment of clients. Students complete a nursing history and physical assessment in a simulated laboratory situation. Basic skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are learned. The course includes the DDST for children and normal aging changes. This course provides health assessment skills taught in NSG 302 and not obtained in other transfer work.

NSG 312
Nursing for Wholeness: The Childbearing Cycle [Lecture/Clinical] (4.0)

(3-hour class, plus 12-hour clinical per week for half semester) This course provides a theoretical basis for the application of the nursing process to families in the childbearing cycle including families experiencing altered responses. Emphasis is placed on caring, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness through examination of families' antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal experience. Care of the newborn is included. Selected women's health care issues are also addressed. Clinical application takes place in outpatient settings and birthing centers. Prerequisites or corequisites: NSG 301, NSG 302, and NSG 303.

NSG 313
Nursing for Wholeness: The Child [Lecture/Clinical] (4.0)

(3-hour class, plus 12-hour clinical per week for half semester) This course examines the application of developmental theory to the promotion and maintenance of wholeness of children from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process in caring for families as they respond to well and ill children. It is designed to enhance the knowledge base of students in pediatric nursing and to provide them with opportunities to deliver comprehensive nursing care to children and their families. Clinical application occurs in a variety of community and institutional settings. Prerequisites: NSG 301, NSG 302, and NSG 303. Course fee applicable.

NSG 314
Nursing for Wholeness: Mental Health [Lecture/Clinical] (4.0)

(3-hour class, plus 12-hour clinical per week for half semester) This course focuses on the use of nursing process in the application of psychiatric/mental health principles. Caring relationships are demonstrated through the student's therapeutic use of self in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness in individuals. Students are exposed to a variety of therapies and nursing roles in the care of clients with alterations in mental health. Clinical application takes place in a variety of community and institutional mental health settings. Prerequisites or corequisites: NSG 301, NSG 302, and NSG 303. Course fee applicable.

NSG 319
Application of Nursing Research [Lecture] (2.0)

This course explores the art and science of nursing within a scientific problem-solving framework as the student learns to evaluate and apply nursing research to meet the wholeness needs of clients. Students are assisted in further development of critical thinking skills as they critique select research studies and participate in small group exercises and a class research project. Prerequisite: MTH 200.

NSG 350
Perioperative Practicum [Practicum] (1.0-3.0)

This 40 hour perioperative practicum with classes and experiences in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of a client's surgical experiences includes concepts of asepsis, roles of the surgical team members, interviewing techniques, recovery room, and anesthesia within a wholistic nursing care framework. Meets the requirement for nursing elective. Prerequisite: NSG 303.

NSG 360
Women's Health Issues [Lecture] (1.0-3.0)

This course is designed to examine women's health and the politics surrounding some of the issues in women's health. A wholistic approach will be reflected in the course content, permitting the student to learn about issues related to the physical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of women's health. Health policy and research will also be explored as they relate to gender and the politics of health. Meets the requirement for nursing elective. Also listed as WST 360.

NSG 370
Transcultural Experience [Trip] (1.0-3.0)

This course is designed to introduce students to the culture, health care needs, and the health care system of a developing country. Students will have the opportunity to compare missionary nursing with community health and institutional nursing in the United States. Making use of available resources, students develop learning objectives with guidance from the instructor. The course encourages personal and spiritual growth through integration of faith and learning. Students wishing to receive college credit will do collateral reading, write journals or papers, and attend preparatory classes held during the semester. Meets the requirement for nursing elective. Prerequisite: NSG 303.

NSG 380
Telephone Nursing Practice [Lecture/Clinical] (1.0-2.0)

Telephone nursing practice, using the nursing process to provide care for individual patients or defined populations over the telephone, occurs in many different settings and has been identified as an exciting subspecialty in nursing. This course will prepare the nurse for health care delivery that is uniquely responsive to the needs of patients seeking care on an intermittent basis, which may continue over time and include multiple disciplines. Meets the requirement for nursing elective. Prerequisite: completion of first semester junior nursing courses.

NSG 402
Nursing for Wholeness: Restoration [Lecture/Clinical] (4.0)

(3-hour class, plus 12-hour clinical per week for half semester) This course focuses on restoration in clients experiencing loss of wholeness due to chronic health problems. In addition to utilizing the nursing process, the student collaborates with multidisciplinary health team members in applying the principles of rehabilitation to meet the needs of clients and their families. A wholistic approach including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual restoration is emphasized as the student cares for clients in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Prerequisite: completion of junior nursing courses. Course fee applicable.

NSG 403A
Nursing Seminar: Understanding the Profession & the Health Care System [Lecture] (1.0)

This course is designed to present nursing as a dynamic profession in which nurses are leaders and change agents in the health care delivery system. The student will have the opportunity to identify and examine economic trends and issues in nursing and the health care delivery system, as well as the ethical, political, and legal roles of nurses. Students will have the opportunity to examine their personal philosophy of nursing, lobby an issue of concern, and attend a professional meeting. Prerequisite: senior status.

NSG 403B
Nursing Seminar: Trends & Issues in the Profession [Lecture] (2.0)

(10 weeks, 3-hour class per week) This course is designed to help the student prepare for the transition into professional nursing practice and examine career development by exploring various topics such as reality shock, conditions of employment, and future opportunities in nursing practice. The student will have the opportunity to identify and examine current trends and issues in nursing and the health care delivery system through a seminar format. Students will apply communication, learning, and group process theory as they assume leadership of a seminar and participate in the peer review process. The goal of the course is the preparation of a professional nurse with a wholistic view of the nursing profession within the health care delivery system. Prerequisite: senior status. Course fee applicable.

NSG 404
Nursing for Wholeness: Community Health [Lecture/Clinical] (5.0)

(3-hour class, plus 15-hour clinical per week for half semester) This course emphasizes the theory and practice of community health nursing with a focus on meeting the wholeness needs of families, groups, and communities. The nursing process is applied to select problems in the community and the needs of select population groups. Students participate in family and community assessment and provide wholistic care for these client groups in community settings and client homes. Corequisite: NSG 402. Prerequisite: completion of junior year nursing courses. Course fee applicable.

NSG 405
Nursing for Wholeness: Acute Care [Lecture/Clinical] (3.0)

(10 weeks, 3-hour class per week; 12-hour clinical per week for 3 weeks) This course focuses on caring for clients and families across the life span who are experiencing major and life-threatening disturbances in wholeness. Application of crisis theory, adaptation theory, and principles of critical care are explored within the context of the nursing process. The clinical component includes direct care to clients with complex wholeness needs and observational experiences in a variety of settings. Prerequisite or corequisite: NSG 402. Course fee applicable.

NSG 408
Health Assessment of Elderly [Lecture] (1.0-2.0)

This course focuses on theories and concepts of aging, the unique health needs of the elderly and the role of the nurse in wholistic health assessment. This course will build on the student's basic skills in wholistic assessment and the nursing process and will expand this knowledge through consideration of the normal changes of aging and the special health assessment needs of this population.

NSG 412
Nursing Leadership & Management for Wholeness [Lecture] (2.0)

(10 weeks, 3-hour class per week) In this course, the nurse's role as leader and manager in client care, the nursing care delivery system, and the health care system are explored. Theories, principles, and skills of leadership, delegation, supervision and management are examined, including decision-making, conflict resolution, change strategies, and time management. Students are expected to assess their own philosophies of leadership and nursing care management. Opportunity for clinical application of classroom theory is provided in NSG 450. This course is open to all RNs and is required of all Nursing majors. Prerequisite: junior nursing courses or permission of the instructor.

NSG 450
Wholeness Practicum [Practicum] (3.0)

(4 weeks, 32-hour clinical/week) The clinical practicum is designed to assist the student in the transition from the role of student to entry level professional nurse. Students are expected to integrate their total knowledge and skills from nursing, the liberal arts, and sciences in the delivery of wholistic nursing care to a client population chosen by the student in conjunction with the faculty facilitator. Students apply the principles of leadership and management to the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness of clients and in the identification of needed change. Students develop their own learning experience in collaboration with College faculty and a preceptor at the chosen institution. In addition to working a variety of days and shifts, students are expected to manage the care of a large number of clients and present a client care conference. Prerequisite: NSG 404. Corequisite: NSG 405. Course fee applicable.

NSG 470
Advanced Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Nursing [Lecture] (1.0-2.0)

(10 weeks, 2-hour class per week) This course will expand the student's knowledge about the care of patients with alterations in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Students will more extensively examine hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac arrhythmias, and other related cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Methods of instruction will involve student participation in laboratory experiences and field trips in addition to classroom instruction. Meets the requirement for nursing elective. Prerequisite: senior status. Corequisite: NSG 405.

NSG 495
Independent Study in Nursing [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.

NSG 498
Undergraduate Research [Independent Study] (3.0)

Students conduct laboratory research in nursing under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. (May be repeated with new research.) Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar.


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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.