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NURSING (NUR)

Dr. Sara E. Barger, Dean
Office: 455 Russell Hall

All references to freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior standing refer to student's standing in the prescribed nursing curriculum.

NUR 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing. One hour.

The purpose of this elective course is to introduce the student to the Capstone College of Nursing and to help the student develop an awareness of and appreciation for the nursing profession. Emphasis is placed on the advisement process, study skills, professional nursing organizations, an overview of the CCN curriculum, and opportunities in nursing.

NUR 104 Living and Learning in Professional Nursing. Two hours.

This elective course focuses on awareness of education of nursing majors at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing and the profession of nursing. Students have the opportunity to learn about the University of Alabama campus, the Capstone College of Nursing, and the profession of nursing. Activities will be included to promote students' development of relationships with other nursing students and other students in Harris Hall. This course, which is known as a compass course, will point you in the right direction, much as a compass would. Theory.

NUR 231 Abusive Behavior in Families. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Focus on abusive behaviors, including abuse of the child, spouse, sibling, and elderly. Emphasis is placed on legal responsibilities of health professionals in cases of abuse. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors. Lecture.

NUR 283 AIDS: A Caring Response. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

Opportunity to increase knowledge of all aspects of AIDS as a catastrophic illness affecting individuals, families, and society. Emphasis on prevention and detection of AIDS and associated multidimensional well-being requirements. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors. Lecture.

NUR 287 Death and Dying: A Personal Perspective. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Biopsychosocial components of death, dying, and bereavement from philosophical and scientific points of view. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors. Lecture.

NUR 305 Human Pathology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Promotion to the upper division.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to fundamental pathology of the human body. This course examines physiological change results in disruptive adaptive responses throughout the lifespan. These disruptive responses are approached in a systematic manner. A combination of identified cellular concepts and a body systems approach is utilized to structure course content. Included are basic cellular processes in human pathology, pathology associated with the major body systems, and physiology associated with the aging process. Theory.

NUR 307 Medication Calculation. One hour.

Prerequisite: Promotion to the upper division.

This course is designed to facilitate the student's development of those skills necessary to properly calculate medication dosages. Emphasis is placed on those cognitive skills necessary to perform the calculations correctly. (Theory)

NUR 308 Conceptual Foundations for Professional Nursing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Promotion to the upper division.

This course focuses on concepts and issues relevant to professional nursing practice. Content related to values of professional nursing and issues affecting practice will be examined. Students are introduced to concepts from the CCN philosophy and conceptual framework. Theory.

NUR 309 Nursing Informatics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: For generic B.S.N. students, CS 102 or complementary course approved by the Capstone College of Nursing; prior to promotion to the upper division, permission of the ONSS director is required. For R.N. students, contact ONSS.

This online course is limited to nursing majors who have previous computer experience. The course focuses on utilization of computers in health care education, practice, research, and administration with emphasis on nursing applications. The compute assignments provide experience with a clinical information system, the Internet, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics programs.

NUR 312 Summer Acute Care Internship. One to four hours.

An elective clinical course that focuses on the further refinement of clinical and leadership skills. Students taking more than one semester hour will contract with the clinical faculty member for additional assignments.

NUR 314 Human Pathology for Registered Nurses. Three hours.

Prerequisites: BSC 215, BSC 216, and BSC 242; CH 104 and CH 105.

Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 309.

This is an online course designed and taught for registered nurses only. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to fundamental pathology of the human body. This course examines physiological change that results in disruptive adaptive responses throughout the lifespan. These disruptive responses are approached in a systematic manner. A combination of identified cellular concepts and a body systems approach is utilized to structure course content. Included are basic cellular processes in human pathology, pathology associated with the major body systems, and physiology associated with the aging process.

NUR 317 Independent Study: Special Topics. One to four hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Individual independent study of a selected topic under the sponsorship of a nursing faculty member with relevant expertise. Prior approval of proposal by faculty sponsor and associate dean required. Elective.

NUR 323 Pharmacology for Registered Nurses. Three hours.

Prerequisites: BSC 215, BSC 216, BSC 242; CH 104 and 105.

Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 309.

The purpose of this online course is to introduce the registered nurse student to the role of pharmaceutical agents in assisting with the individual's adaptation to stressors. A brief history and a discussion of the legal controls that regulate the field of pharmacology are included. Drug prototypes are utilized to examine the major classifications of drugs. Included in each drug classification is a discussion of pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, precautions, and contraindications. The special considerations of groups of individuals who may be receiving drug therapy are also included. Health teaching and nursing implications for each drug classification are emphasized.

NUR 324 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice. Nine hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 305, NUR, 307, NUR 308, and NUR 309.

Integration of knowledge, theories, and skills from the humanities, arts, and sciences serves as the foundation for this introductory clinical course. Students will develop adult assessment skills including the health history, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects necessary for critical thinking in professional nursing practice. The nursing process will be presented as a framework for critical thinking, decision making, and nursing practice. Levels of prevention will be introduced as a model for health care. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 326 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice. Three hours.

Prerequisite: NUR 305.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the role of pharmaceutical agents in assisting with the individual's adaptation to stressors. A brief history and a discussion of the legal controls that regulate the field of pharmacology are included. Drug prototypes are utilized to examine the major classifications of drugs. Included in each drug classification is a discussion of pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, precautions, and contraindications. The special considerations of groups of individuals who may be receiving drug therapy are also included. Health teaching and nursing implications for each drug classification are emphasized. Theory.

NUR 328 Introduction to Nursing Research. Three hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 305, NUR 307, NUR 308, and NUR 309.

Prerequisites for RN students: NUR 309, NUR 314, and NUR 323.

Prerequisite or corequisite for RN students: NUR 343.

This course introduces nursing students to key terminology, elements, and processes of research. Emphasis is placed on appreciation of the historical and evolving nature of nursing research, the roles of nurses in research, achievement of basic ability to read research literature critically, assessment of the readiness of research for application to practice, identification of strategies for personal and institutional use of research findings in practice, and articulation of the importance of research for improving practice and the health of society, and for advancing the nursing profession. This required course meets the University's core curriculum requirements for writing. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Theory.

NUR 336 Cardiac Electrophysiology in Nursing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 305 and NUR 324.

Opportunity to expand knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and dysrhythmias and to identify basic deviations from the normal 12-lead EKG. Discussions directed toward application of knowledge gained from hypothetical case situations. Elective. Theory.

NUR 342 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses. Three hours.

Prerequisite: NUR 309.

Focuses on expanding assessment skills necessary for critical thinking in professional nursing of individuals across the life span. Skills for health assessment include health history, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, developmental, cultural, and environmental assessments. Emphasis is placed on meeting the assessment needs of the individual student. Students practice and validate their proficiency of health assessment skills with the course faculty or a volunteer health professional mentor.

NUR 343 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 309 and unencumbered RN license.

This course is designed for registered nurse students and is structured to provide the foundation for continuing development of the student's body of conceptual and practical knowledge essential for enacting the professional nursing roles. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 372 Professional Nursing Practice: Adults. Eight hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 324 and NUR 326.

This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems in adults and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of adult disease through support or rehabilitation. Clinical experiences are designed to develop skills for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic health problems in adults and prevention of further disability. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 374 Professional Nursing Practice: Mental Health. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 324 and NUR 326.

This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems across the lifespan and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of mental-health problems. Students will develop skills in detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems across the lifespan. These mental-health nursing skills are designed to improve the mental health of patients and to prevent further disability. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 418 Professional Nursing Practice: Childbearing Families. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 328, NUR 372, and NUR 374.

This course focuses on the role of the nurse in providing holistic care to the childbearing family. The student will be given simple to complex situations during class/clinical experiences in which to assist childbearing families to adapt. A major focus will be on the three levels of prevention in the implementation of nursing care to childbearing families who are experiencing a normal maturational process as well as related acute/chronic health problems. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 420 Professional Nursing Practice: Children. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 328, NUR 372, and NUR 374.

This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems in children and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of disease in children through support or rehabilitation. Students will develop skills in early detection and diagnosis of disease in children and treatment of acute and chronic health problems that will prevent further disability. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 422 Professional Nursing Practice: Community Health. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 328, NUR 372, and NUR 374.

Community health nursing focuses on the knowledge and skill competencies required for community/public health nursing practice. Educational and clinical experiences are community-based, community-oriented, and population-focused. Health promotion, risk reduction and management, and disease prevention for individuals, families, and populations in community settings are emphasized. The course also emphasizes knowledge and practice of illness and disease management in noninstitutional environments. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 309, NUR 314, NUR 343, and unencumbered RN license.

Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 323 and NUR 342.

Focuses on the knowledge and skill competencies required for community/public health nursing practice. Educational and clinical experiences are community-based, community-oriented, and population-focused. Health promotion, risk reduction and management, and disease prevention for individuals, families, and populations in community settings are emphasized. The course also emphasizes knowledge and practice of illness and disease management in noninstitutional environments.

NUR 455 Leadership and Management Roles in Baccalaureate Nursing. Five hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 449 and unencumbered RN license.

Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 328.

This course focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. The application of leadership and management principles through completion of a leadership project comprises the clinical experience for the course.

NUR 471 Professional Nursing Practice: Complex Client Systems. Four hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 418, NUR 420, and NUR 422.

This synthesis course provides opportunities for the student to examine complex acute and chronic health problems across the levels of prevention. Students will apply concepts from prerequisite and concurrent courses and use critical thinking and decision-making skills to evaluate interventions to ameliorate or reduce the health problems. Clinical activities will focus on nursing actions used to intervene in care of complex clients. Theory and laboratory.

NUR 473 Professional Nursing Practice: Leadership in Practice. Eight hours.

Prerequisites: NUR 418, NUR 420, and NUR 422.

Focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. Skills essential to this role development are communication, collaboration, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation of interdisciplinary work, and the application of outcome-based practice models. Clinical experiences focus on enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum in secondary or tertiary prevention care facilities. Leadership and management principles are applied as students enhance direct care delivery skills, critical thinking, and decision-making.

NUR 474 Honors Professional Nursing Practice. 8 hours.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the University Honors Program, NUR 418, NUR 420, and NUR 422

This course focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. Clinical experiences focus on enactment of the professional nurse roles in a concentrated practicum in secondary or tertiary care facilities. Leadership and management principles are applied as students enhance direct care delivery skills, critical thinking and decision-making. The honors section will complete an in-depth comparison of quality improvement models for health care management. Subsequent application of a selected model in a rural health care delivery system will be implemented and reported in a scholarly paper.

NUR 475 Preparation for Licensure. One hour.

Prerequisites: NUR 418, NUR 420, and NUR 422.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR 471 and NUR 473.

This synthesis course provides opportunities for the student to assess his/her knowledge acquisition and to implement strategies with faculty assistance to ameliorate deficiencies and maximize learning. Students will have the opportunity to use individual, group, and technology-based methods to facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving using client situations. Students will also complete the licensure application process. Theory.

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