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Nursing Courses

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NUR 101: Nursing Fundamentals

(6.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This introductory course is designed to help students develop the basic skills needed to be dependent care agents. This course provides a foundation for the practice of nursing, including the nursing process and a hierarchy of self-care needs. Building on this foundation, information is presented on the rationales for determining nursing actions to help patients meet their universal and developmental self-care needs and to assist them in overcoming their self-care limitations. Pharmacology, dosage and solutions are also included in this course. Skill attainment is emphasized in the skills laboratory and through concurrent clinical laboratory experiences that focus on the self-care needs of adults, particularly the elderly. Hours: 78 lecture, 52 laboratory and 130 clinical. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Corequisite: MTH 152. Course fee: $120. Laboratory fee: $35. Insurance: $9. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
NUR 110: Nursing in Society

(0.5 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course introduces nursing roles and responsibilities, emphasizing the accountability of nurses for their own actions within accepted legal and ethical frameworks. Trends in modern nursing are studied in light of their historical context. Career opportunities for nurses are explored. Hours: 13 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $10. Usually offered in the spring and summer.
NUR 111: Adult and Mental Health Nursing

(6.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
The focus of this course is on the nursing process as a method of determining the nursing actions needed to help patients engage in setting goals and achieving outcomes that will restore their ability to perform self-care or to adapt to their disabilities in medical-surgical and mental health settings. Common health problems of adults are studied, along with related pharmacology. Skill attainment is emphasized in the skills laboratory and through concurrent clinical laboratory experiences that emphasize the therapeutic and developmental self-care requirements of adults with common health problems. The mental health rotation focuses on the development of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic communication between the nurse and patient. Topics include adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and psychiatric disorders that interfere with self-care. Activities that are part of an interdisciplinary treatment program are emphasized in the mental health clinical setting. Hours: 78 lecture, 52 laboratory and 130 clinical. Prerequisites: NUR 101, BIO 202, MTH 152 and SDV 100 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $120. Laboratory fee: $47. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring and summer.
NUR 115: Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

(1.5 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the accurate calculation of drug dosages for medication administration via various routes, with an overview of the basics of nursing pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, safe administration of medications, commonly-administered drugs and their classifications, and the effects of pharmacological agents on individuals throughout the life span. Safe drug calculations of various types of medications and related nursing interventions, client education, monitoring and evaluating patient responses, including clinical judgment and inquiry, are identified and discussed. Hours: 19.5 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $30. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
NUR 121: Maternal-Child Nursing

(6.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course incorporates the use of the nursing process as a method of determining the nursing actions needed to meet the universal, developmental and therapeutic self-care needs of childbearing families. Topics include the normal processes of childbearing and child development, as well as common and complex obstetrical and child development health problems. Related pharmacology is also presented. Skill attainment is emphasized through clinical laboratory experiences with maternal, newborn and pediatric patients. Hours: 78 lecture and 156 clinical. Prerequisites: NUR 111, BIO 203, ENG 101 and PSY 101 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $120. Laboratory fee: $22. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall and summer.
NUR 216: Advanced Nursing Pharmacology

(1.5 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the concepts of pharmacotherapeutic actions and drug interactions among different classes of drugs. The effects of these agents on individuals throughout the life span are examined. The utilization of effective clinical judgment and monitoring of drug regimens in the treatment of disease states and/or primary health care are presented. Potential drug interactions as a consequence of multiple drug regimens, significant adverse reactions, dangers inherent in self-medication and overuse of commonly-prescribed medications are investigated. Emphasis is placed on indications for usage, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions of selected drugs and their classifications. Students learn more advanced drug dosage calculations and administration of critical care drips, emergency medications and related specific nursing responsibilities. The importance of accountability associated with nursing practice in administering pharmacological agents and monitoring and evaluating patient response is stressed. Hours: 19.5 lecture. Prerequisite: NUR 115 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $30. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
NUR 221: LPN to ADN Transition

(4.0 credit hours)


No Sample Syllabus
This course covers concepts from the college's practical nursing certificate program courses, including drug dosage calculations, pharmacology, development of care plans and concept maps, physical assessment and documentation, while utilizing Orem's Self-Care Model as the framework of the study for client care. Hours: 39 lecture, 40 laboratory and 24 clinical. Prerequisites: An active unencumbered Maryland or compact state licensed practical nurse (LPN) license and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $47. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the summer.
NUR 222: Advanced Nursing I and Community Health

(7.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the nursing care of adults with self-care deficits and complex health problems. The nursing process is used to determine the nursing actions that are needed to help patients compensate for their inability to engage in self-care. Supportive nursing actions and related pharmacology are also presented. Skill attainment is emphasized in the skills laboratory and through concurrent clinical laboratory experiences with adults with a variety of complex health problems in both acute care and community-based settings. The community health rotation focuses on individual and family health promotion, community-based health care, home health nursing care and the nurse's role in disaster management and bioterrorism. Hours: 91 lecture, 26 laboratory and 130 clinical. Prerequisites: All courses in the certificate program in practical nursing and permission of the department head. Course fee: $140. Laboratory fee: $59. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
NUR 223: Advanced Nursing II and Leadership/Management

(7.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
The focus of this course is on the use of the nursing process to meet the psychosocial and physiological needs of clients with complex health problems in various health care settings. Supportive nursing actions that require effective critical thinking skills are planned and implemented. Basic management and group process concepts are presented as additional tools for nurses to utilize as they learn new leadership and management roles. Hours: 91 lecture and 156 clinical. Prerequisites: NUR 222, BIO 220 and ENG 151 or permission of the department head. Corequisites: SOC 101 and SPH 101. Course fee: $140. Laboratory fee: $59. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring and summer.
NUR 255: Issues in Nursing

(0.5 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
Selected issues that create problems for nursing and society are explored in this course. Using critical thinking skills, emphasis is placed on the analysis of issues to determine the legal and ethical implications of the nurse's choices and actions. Hours: 13 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $10. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
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