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Course Descriptions Effective Fall 2016 and Beyond

Course Descriptions for Students entering in Academic Year 2016-2017 and Beyond

Level One

First Semester (September - December)

NUR 1010 Fundamental I (Five Credits)

This course serves as an introduction to the role of the professional nurse, including legal and ethical standards and spiritual/cultural considerations. Emphasis is placed on learning and utilizing therapeutic communication techniques and on assessing and providing safe, evidence-based interventions to meet the basic needs of the patient through application of the nursing process. Additionally, this course introduces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. 

NUR 1020 Fundamental II (Five Credits)

This course focuses on the scientific principles and skills basic to nursing practice. Emphasis is on integrating the art of performing a skill with the science of nursing. The focus is on symptom analysis along with physical and psychosocial assessments. Students will be introduced to basic assessment skills and basic medication administration. The clinical component focuses on the continued development of basic nursing skills and client assessment in the nursing laboratory and a variety of clinical settings. Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to utilize critical thinking skills in identifying health alterations, formulating nursing diagnoses and documenting findings appropriate to nursing.

NUR 1030 Gerontology (Two Credits)

This course introduces the normal aging process including physiologic, psychological, political, and cultural aspects of aging in contemporary society. The focus is on developing effective strategies for health promotion and addressing common health problems in older adults. An emphasis is placed on learning to work in an ethically responsible and professional manner with older adults.

NUR 1040 Pharmacology I (One Credit)

This course is designed to educate the student on the proper and safe administration of medications including accurately determining dosage calculations. It also serves as an introduction to the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of various medications.

Second Semester (January – May)

NUR 1050 Adult Health 1A (Four Credits)

This course is an introduction to established patient care concepts as identified in both the acute and community care settings. Special emphasis is placed on advancing assessment skills. Positive patient-centered outcomes are pertinent to quality and safety. One-to-one clinical practicum experiences are fortified with knowledge that is evidenced based.  Patient care is focused on the adult patient who presents with common conditions including; but, not limited to arthritis, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension.

NUR 1060 Adult Health 1B (Three Credits)

This course focuses on the complex acute and chronic health problems identified in a variety of settings. Based on acuity, students are assigned 1-2 patients in the clinical practicum.  There is a central focus on establishing collaborative partnerships to afford a seamless integrated clinical competency. The student implements basic technological information and the nursing process to advance safe practice and support patient care delivery that is evidenced based. 

NUR 1070 Mental Health (Three Credits)

This course introduces concepts related to common mental health disorders with emphasis on assessment and stress adaptation which impacts the client as is relative to his or her environment. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic communication and safety in the transition of care implicated in both the acute and community settings.

NUR 1080 Pharmacology II (Two Credits)   

This course discusses the concepts of safe medication administration; promoting the desired therapeutic effects and the prevention and management of adverse outcomes across the health care continuum. It correlates the pharmacologic effects of the medications utilized in the patient with selected common medical-surgical and mental health disorders across the health care continuum. The course is designed to enhance delivery of care and improve patient teaching.

Third Semester (September – December)  

NUR 2010 Adult Health II (Six Credits) 

This course continues to explore the promotion of health and safety within the management of multidimensional health conditions of the client in the acute care and community setting. Therapeutic responses will be based on client’s perception of health and understanding of risk factors, evidence-based practice and nursing roles within a multi-professional team.

 NUR 2020 Maternal Child Health (Six Credits)

This course addresses the provision of care for members of the childbearing and childrearing family in order to promote and attain optimal health. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, safety and patient-centered care.

NUR 2030 Pharmacology III (Two Credits)  

The focus of this course is to educate the student on medications utilized in the treatment of the complex adult patient, the perinatal patient, newborn and child. The medication instruction will utilize the classification/prototype approach.

Fourth Semester (January – May)

NUR 2040 Adult Health III (Nine Credits)

This course introduces the care of adult patients with multisystem involvement.  Students will learn interventions appropriate to restoring and promoting health and maintaining safety in emergent and critical care settings.  Students will receive an introduction to disaster nursing, including responsibilities for public health issues and mass casualty management.  The course will introduce leadership and management skills, with an emphasis on the essential skills of delegation and supervision.

NUR 2050 Transition to Practice (Three Credits)

This course will supplement information about leadership skills found in Adult Health III through weekly seminars. In this capstone experience of the program, students will be responsible for a group of patients in an adult medical-surgical setting.  They will work under the supervision of a clinical instructor with input from seasoned medical/surgical nurses.


Course Descriptions for Students Entering in Academic Year 2014-2015 & 2015-2016

Freshman Year (Level I)

First Semester (September - December)

Nursing 100 - Introduction to the Art and Science of Nursing - (Twelve Credits)

This course serves as an introduction to the health-illness continuum as it relates to self and others. Emphasis is placed on learning and utilizing good communication techniques. Past, present, and future trends of the nursing profession are explored along with the role of the professional nurse as a member of the health care team. An emphasis is placed on the holistic needs of man as defined by Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs. The clinical component focuses on the development of basic nursing skills and client assessment, using the medical-surgical units and a long term care facility.

Nutrition 100 - Fundamental Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Therapy - (Three Credits)

This course provides the framework for obtaining a fundamental knowledge of normal nutrition while emphasizing principles of medical nutrition therapy to prepare the student for further study in the first, second, and third levels of the nursing program. Emphasis is placed on holistic client care with nutrition as an integral component important to maintaining health and affecting the recovery process.

Health 1060* - Dosage Calculation for Medication Administration - (Three Credits)

This course is designed to meet the needs of the student to assure safe administration of medications. A working knowledge of dosage calculations is necessary within any given medication administration system. This course will assist the student to calculate dosages accurately.

Prerequisite: Standardized basic college math testing score of 65 or above or successful completion of a basic college math course.

Biology 1010* - Human Anatomy - (Four Credits)

The study of the human organism with respect to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the organ systems. Laboratory work includes dissection of the cat and appropriate isolated organs.

Prerequisite: Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that students take General Biology before taking Anatomy.

Second Semester (January - May)

Nursing 101 - Introduction to Therapeutic Concepts and Skills - (Twelve Credits)

This course focuses on the scientific principles and skills basic to nursing practice. The art of performing a skill is integrated with the science of nursing. Nursing interventions designed to meet the basic physiologic and psychosocial needs of the client are emphasized and are based on the interrelationships of body systems. Principles of health promotion, illness prevention, and Medical Nutrition Therapy are integrated into the nursing process. The clinical component utilizes medical-surgical units and community settings.

Biology 1020* - Human Physiology - (Four Credit)

This course presents a study of the human organism, including basic chemical composition and function of the cell. The course stresses homeostatic control systems and coordinated body functions.

Prerequisite: 4 credits of Anatomy

Psychology 2010* - General Psychology - (Three Credits)

A survey of the core areas of the science of psychology. Emphasis is placed on theories, methods, and findings concerning learning, motivation, physiology, sensation-perception, social behavior, personality, behavior disorders and therapies.

Pharmacology 101 - Essentials of Pharmacology in Nursing - (Three Credits)

This course focuses on nursing pharmacology and therapeutics. The course reviews general principles, theories, and facts about drugs and their administration. Principles of action, uses, side effects, and client education are discussed to facilitate the student's learning in the clinical environment. Information is presented by integrating pharmacology into the nursing process. Specific drug information is discussed in relation to assessment, nursing diagnosis, client monitoring, interventions, client education and evaluation of safe and effective drug therapy.

Summer Session (May - July)

A descriptive approach to the anatomy, growth, reproduction and genetics of selected microbes, chiefly bacteria. Topics in bacterial control, immunology and applied microbiology are also included.

Prerequisite: 4 credits each of Anatomy and Physiology

Junior Year (Level II)

First Semester (September - December)

Nursing 200 - Psychiatric / Mental Health and Medical / Surgical Nursing - (Twenty One Credits)

This course introduces a variety of concepts related to the care of clients with psychological and physiological disorders. Emphasis is placed on identifying the effects stress and anxiety have on the client with endocrine, genitourinary and psychiatric disorders and the client with altered cell growth. A nursing process approach is utilized to address increasingly complex client care needs. The clinical component utilizes medical / surgical and psychiatric units, and various community agencies.

Sociology 1010 * - General Sociology - (Three Credits)

An introductory course presenting a description and analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society. It focuses on social norms, groups, intergroup relations, social change, stratification and institutions. Social interaction and the values which orient behavior in groups are examined. Contemporary society and its problems are discussed.

Second Semester (January - May)

Nursing 201 - Adult Medical / Surgical Nursing Across Acute Care and Community Settings - (Twenty Two Credits)

This course focuses on the care of the client in acute care and community settings. This includes the client with musculoskeletal, reproductive, sensory, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders. The clinical component utilizes various specialized units, medical / surgical units, and community settings.

Psychology 2030 * - Developmental Psychology - (Three Credits)

A course designed to offer students an understanding of the significant dynamics of human development, with emphasis placed on normal rather than abnormal.

Prerequisite: Psychology 2010

Senior Year (Level III)

Nursing 300- Parent Child Health Nursing - (Nineteen Credits)

This course deals with the provision of care for optimal health of the members of the childbearing and childrearing family. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and modify nursing interventions for parents, children, and families. The clinical component utilizes labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum units, the newborn nursery and pediatric units as well as various community settings.

Nursing 328A ** - Ethics - (Three Credits)

This course explores the prominent principles of ethical theories and the utilization of the Code of Ethics for Nurses. Understanding that living an ethical life requires following the spirit of ethical principles, the focus is on respectfully caring for all patients, acting with concern for the welfare of others, entering into relationships of trust, and developing character traits that foster ethical practice. Ethical dilemmas encountered in practice will frame discussions.

Nursing 301 - Comprehensive Nursing - (Twenty Four Credits)

This course addresses the provision of holistic nursing care of families, groups of clients and clients confronted with the multiple stresses of severe / critical illness. Emphasis is placed on assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating, and modifying nursing interventions and on setting immediate and long-range client centered goals. Nursing leadership concepts are introduced and applied. The clinical component utilizes critical care, neurological and medical / surgical units, as well as rehabilitation facilities in the hospital and in the community.

Nursing N 310 – (Two Credits)

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the transition of diploma nursing students into baccalaureate education. It was developed in collaboration among Rhode Island’s diploma, associate and baccalaureate programs. This course offered in the last year of St. Joseph School of Nursing program in order to facilitate academic progression of graduates.

Nursing N 311 – (Three Credits)

This course presents concepts of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, risk management, and patient safety that promote high quality patient care within institutional and community arenas. Principles of leadership and management are discussed with emphasis on the mission and vision of an organization, models of care delivery, and communication across the continuum of care. After analyzing trends and issues in the current health care system students will determine ways they can provide the leadership required to affect a positive change within the evolving environment of health care. (This course may include fieldwork.)

* Community College of RI Course
** Salve Regina University