Nursing: RN-to-BSN (NURS)

NURS 205   Pathophysiology   2 Units

This course will discuss the common physiological disruptions (i.e., physical systems, manifestations, and medical and nursing management) that contribute to an imbalance in homeostasis, including an exploration of the role of nurses in optimizing a patient's health status. Students will be exposed to the elements that relate to pain, its management, and the nursing role in this management.

NURS 207   Pharmacology   2 Units

This course will prepare students to become knowledgeable about medications, medication administration, appropriate use of medications that are illness and disease specific, side effects and contraindications, as well as nursing responsibilities. Administration techniques will be discussed including intravenous therapy.

NURS 300   Professional Nursing Practice and Higher Education   3 Units

This course will prepare students to successfully matriculate through higher education and offer content related to time management, professionalism, learning and study skills. including information related to nursing informatics. A class fee is required.

NURS 400   Leadership and Management - Clinical Professional Practice   2 Units

Application of management and leadership theories and skills in student-selected and faculty- approved clinical settings will be covered in this course with a focus on interaction and socialization into a selected aspect of the professional role. Theories and concepts of professional practice are applied to improve the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes. Corequisite: NURS 406.

NURS 401   Health Assessment   3 Units

This course will provide theory and clinical skills to refine assessment skills for complete advanced physical assessments utilizing a holistic examination of the patient including interviewing, history taking, physical examination, and appropriate documentation while considering the relationship to prevention and early detection of diseases in multicultural clients across the life span.

NURS 402   Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing   3 Units

By providing the necessary tools to synthesize theories and concepts in nursing practice, this course will focus on the exploration and comparison of nursing theories with particular attention given to Watson's Philosophy and Science of Caring Model. Selected theories from nursing and related fields will also be examined and evaluated with an emphasis on teaching learning principles.

NURS 403   Community and Public Health Nursing Theory   2 Units

In this course students will be prepared to assess the health needs of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities as the application of the nursing process will be discussed related to the present and potential diseases and illnesses that present themselves in communities with a goal to prepare students to understand the theories of communicable disease and be able to promote a community's health status. The analysis of relevant data will prepare students to practice evidence-based nursing care with Healthy People 2020 Objectives threaded throughout the course. Corequisite: NURS 494.

NURS 404   Wellness and Alternative Therapies   3 Units

This course will provide an analysis of health promotion and preventive care by preparing students to assess risk, facilitate lifestyle changes, and look beyond disease management toward the use of a holistic caring framework through the exploration of avenues of holistic comprehensive nursing with a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. Content will include lifestyle changes related to cardiovascular risk reduction strategies, weight management, exercise, sleep, and human vices. Students will also explore complementary and alternative therapies and their role in health care.

NURS 405   Nursing Research   2 Units

This course will introduce the basic processes of conducting research with an emphasis on nursing research needs as students apply a conceptual framework to a group research proposal allowing for the comparison between the research and nursing processes. Application of relevant data to health problems, disease entities, and methods of research utilization in practice will also be discussed.

NURS 406   Leadership and Management Practices   3 Units

This course will explore organizational strategies and leadership management theories in nursing as students build on their existing skills to supervise various categories of healthcare workers, think critically, and apply research and theory to their clinical practice. Corequisite: NURS 400.

NURS 407   Cultural Care Competence   3 Units

This course will promote understanding about the influence of cultural values, beliefs, and practices on healthcare decisions as specific ethnic groups will be explored in terms of lifestyles, healthcare decisions, and cultural care modalities. Students will compare and contrast the beliefs that are common to various ethnic groups to the standard healthcare practices in the U.S. which will enhance their abilities to plan nursing interventions that are culturally sensitive and incorporate each client's input.

NURS 408   Professional Trends and Issues in Nursing   3 Units

This course will assist students in exploring current social trends and issues facing professional contemporary practices in nursing through the analysis of today's image of nursing and the student's own beliefs regarding nursing issues. Students will familiarize themselves with the requirements of the California Nurse Practice Act, American Nursing Association (ANA) standards, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards of practice including factors and trends that influence health care in the U.S. and around the world. Students will have the opportunity to analyze political, legislative, and regulatory policies.

NURS 494   Community Health Nursing Clinical   2 Units

This course will provide students with opportunities to apply community health theory to community and public health settings. The clinical experience, completed in public health departments, senior centers, community agencies, day care for children and older adults, and in school, will be sufficient in length that students will be eligible to apply for a public health certificate in the state of California. The experiences will be relevant to aggregates across the life span. Corequisite: NURS 403.