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NURS-B 230 Developmental Issues and Health (4 cr.)  [P:Introduction to Psychology; Recommended: Cultural Diversity cluster course. (Required on IUPUI campus.)]   (Traditional) This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of growth and development, family theories and family adaptation at different stages, and usual patterns of aging. Students will make assessments of individuals in various stages of life to identify developmental issues of interest to nursing and the impact of these issues on health phenomena.

NURS-B 231 Communication Skills for Health-Care Professionals (3 cr.)   (Traditional) Students in this course will focus on basic communication skills essential for working with health-care professionals and clients of various ages. Content includes interpersonal communications and group dynamics. Students will practice communication skills with individuals, within groups, and through electronic media.

NURS-B 232 Introduction to the Discipline of Nursing: Theory, Practice, Research (3 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) This course focuses on core theoretical concepts of nursing practice: health, wellness, illness, holism, caring, environment, self-care, uniqueness of persons, interpersonal relationships, and decision making. Through integrating theory, research, and practice, this course helps the student understand nursing's unique contributions to meeting societal needs.

NURS-B 233 Health and Wellness (4 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) P/C: Physiology, Microbiology, or Anatomy. This course focuses on the use of concepts from nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, and biopsychosocial sciences to critically examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness across the life span. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health-care practices are emphasized. Theories of health, wellness, and illness are related to health-promotion, disease-prevention, and illness-prevention nursing interventions.

NURS-B 234 Promoting Healthy Populations (3 cr.)   This course focuses on preventative health care and health promotion in individuals, families, and communities, considering the influence of culture and lifespan development. Using biophysical, environmental, spiritual, sociocultural and economic determinants of health, students focus on improving health outcomes with individuals, families, and communities. 

NURS-B 235 Promoting Healthy Populations Practicum (2 cr.)   Students assess individuals, families, and communities providing needed education, preventative services, and support. Students provide individual and population based care in community based settings, giving consideration to the perspective of those being served.

NURS-B 244 Comprehensive Health Assessment (2 cr.)  [P:All third- semester nursing courses; P/C: Anatomy, Physiology, or Microbiology;]   (Traditional, Accelerated) This course focuses on helping students acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, including the physical, psychological, social, functional, and environmental aspects of health. The process of data collection, interpretation, documentation, and dissemination of assessment data will be addressed.

NURS-B 245 Comprehensive Health Assessment: Practicum (2 cr.)   (Traditional, Accelerated, and R.N.-B.S.N.) P: All third-semester courses; C: B244. Students will have the opportunity to use techniques of interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span in simulated and actual environments.

NURS-B 248 Science and Technology of Nursing (2 cr.)  [P:All third-semester nursing courses; P/C: Physiology, Anatomy, Microbiology.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical research base. It provides an opportunity for basic-care nursing skills development. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking and problem solving in developing the ability to apply an integrated nursing therapeutics approach for clients experiencing health alterations across the life span.

NURS-B 249 Science and Technology of Nursing: Practicum (2 cr.)  [P:All third-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental nursing skills in the application of nursing care for clients across the life span.

NURS-B 253 Professionalism in Collaborative Practice (3 cr.)   Students practice communication skills for working with health team members and clients, including self-awareness, interpersonal communication, team skills, and technological communication. Students are introduced to ethics, scope and standards of nursing practice, roles of health team members, components of professional practice, and leadership.

NURS-B 260 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (5 cr.)  [P:NURS B 245]   This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical, evidence bases. Students will gain a knowledge base for, and have an opportunity to apply, fundamental nursing concepts, skills, and the nursing process. The evidence based knowledge gained forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as student develop their nursing skills.

NURS-B 261 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (4 cr.)  [P:Physiology]   This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of key disease processes and pharmacological therapies. Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for study of selected medications that are used to treat or manage diseases with an application to nursing practice.

NURS-B 334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-B 234 ]   Using childbearing families an extensive exemplar, this course focuses on family and community health: community assessment, epidemiology, and intervention with individuals, families, communities and populations. Students address prenatal care, normal and high risk pregnancy and childbirth, newborn care, genetic counseling, care coordination, complementary care, and environmental health.

NURS-B 444 Nursing Intensive: Managing Health and Illness across Care Environments (4 cr.)  [P:NURS-B 334]   Students study a focused clinical area of concern for nursing, exploring the ways in which culture, health disparity, transitions between care environments, and health policy impact care for an aggregate, population, or specialty. Immersed in a care environment, students gain relevant clinical knowledge as well as an understanding of the aggregate health concerns.

NURS-B 453 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (3 cr.)  [P:Successful completion of junior level nursing courses.]   Students engage with inter professional colleagues in seminar, simulation, and practice settings, focusing on effective nursing practice and inter professional communication skills including self-awareness, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, team skills, and technological communication. Students hone leadership, professionalism, and ethical competencies in preparation for practice.

NURS-H 351 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health (3 cr.)  [P:All three fourth-semester nursing courses, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology; C: H352.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) This course focuses on individuals and small groups experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disorders. Content includes the effect of brain and body disturbances on health functioning. Other content areas are growth and development, stress, mental status, nurse-client relationships, psychopharmacology, and nursing approaches for clients experiencing DSM-IV neuropsychological disorders.

NURS-H 352 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health: Practicum (2 cr.)  [P:All fourth-semester nursing courses. ]   (Traditional and Accelerated)Students will provide nursing care to individuals and small groups who are experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disturbances related to psychiatric disorders. Student experiences will be with individuals and small groups in supervised settings such as acute, community-based, transitional,and/or home care.

NURS-H 353 Alterations in Health I (3 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) P: All fourth-semester nursing courses, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology; C: H354. This course focuses on the pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of clients experiencing acute and chronic problems. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan interventions appropriate to health-care needs.

NURS-H 354 Alterations in Health I: Practicum (2 cr.)  [P:All fourth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) Students will apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning, identify health care needs, and determine the effectiveness of interventions given expected outcomes.

NURS-H 355 Data Analysis: Practicum and Research (3 cr.)   This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real world situation in client care.

NURS-H 356 Clinical Nursing Care 1: Biophysical Processes (5 cr.)   This course focuses on providing nursing care for individual and families with acute and chronic biophysical illnesses across the lifespan. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at a beginning level.

NURS-H 360 Clinical Nursing Care 2: Interactive Processes (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-H 356]   This course focuses on nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic health problems related to interaction with the environment and others: sensory, motor, cognitive, affective, and interpersonal processes. Using a holistic approach, this course addresses health problems occurring across the lifespan.

NURS-H 361 Alterations in Health II (3 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) P: All fifth-semester nursing courses. This course builds on Alterations in Health I, and continues to focus on pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of the associated needs of clients experiencing acute and chronic health problems.

NURS-H 362 Alterations in Health II: Practicum (2 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) P: All fifth-semester nursing courses; C: H361. Students will continue to apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning.

NURS-H 363 The Developing Family and Child (4 cr.)  [P:All fifth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) This course focuses on the needs of individuals and their families who are facing the phenomena of growth and development during the childbearing and child-rearing phases of family development. Factors dealing with preserving, promoting, and restoring the healthy status of family members will be emphasized.

NURS-H 364 The Developing Family and Child: Practicum (3 cr.)  [P:All fifth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) Students will have the opportunity to work with childbearing and child-rearing families, including those experiencing alterations in health.

NURS-H 365 Nursing Research (3 cr.)  [P:All fifth-semester nursing courses and H355 or its equivalent.]   (Traditional, Accelerated) This course focuses on development of students' skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in clinical decisions related to practice. The critique of nursing and nursing-related research studies will be emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice.

NURS-H 371 Clinical Care 3: Adaptive Processes (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-H 356 and H 360 ]   The primary focus is on the nursing care and management of individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic health problems using an adaptive and holistic life span approach. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at an Intermediate level. 

NURS-H 476 Clinical Nursing Care 4: Complex Processes (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-H 371 ]   The primary focus is on the nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing complex and significant illnesses across the lifespan. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at an advanced level.

NURS-L 230 Health Care Delivery Systems (3 cr.)   Students examine health care delivery systems, leadership, health policy, regulation, and economics. Students explore quality practices of health care organizations. Students analyze the impact of Informatics on health care and nursing including the electronic health record, information technology in healthcare, and information literacy.

NURS-L 430 Leadership in Health Care Delivery (5 cr.)  [P:Placement in senior year of nursing program ]   This course focuses on development of effective leadership skills relevant in health care systems. Students examine health policy, study information management, and employ processes that result in exceptional organizational outcomes. Students use healthcare data and research evidence in quality improvement and change initiatives.

NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based PracticeLeadership in Health Care Delivery (3 cr.)  [P:or c: NURS H355 or alternate undergraduate statistics course]   This course focuses on nursing research and evidence-based practice. Students develop skills in retrieving and apprasing literature relevant to clinical problems, understanding the research process, and critiquing evidence from research publications and other sources to inform evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS-S 470 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures (3 cr.)  [P:All sixth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional and Accelerated) This course focuses on the pathophysiology and nursing care management of clients experiencing multi-system alterations in health status. Correlations among complex system alterations and nursing interventions to maximize health potential are emphasized.

NURS-S 471 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures: Practicum (2 cr.)   (Traditional and Accelerated) P: All sixth-semester nursing courses; C: S470. Students will apply the nursing process to the care of clients experiencing acute multi-system alterations in health.

NURS-S 472 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community (3 cr.)   (Traditional, Accelerated, and R.N.-B.S.N.) P: All sixth-semester nursing courses; C: S473. This course focuses on the complexity and diversity of groups or aggregates within communities and their corresponding health-care needs. Through a community assessment of health trends, demographics, epidemiological data, and social/political/economic issues in local and global communities, the student will be able to determine effective interventions for community-centered care.

NURS-S 473 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: Practicum (2 cr.)  [P:All sixth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional, Accelerated) Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts of community assessment, program planning, prevention, and epidemiology to implement and evaluate interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates. Professional nursing will be practiced in collaboration with diverse groups within a community.

NURS-S 474 Applied Health-Care Ethics (3 cr.)  [P:All sixth-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional, Accelerated) This course is designed to introduce the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health-care practice.

NURS-S 481 Nursing Management (2 cr.)  [P:All seventh-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional, Accelerated) This course focuses on the development management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource allocation, and delivery systems.

NURS-S 482 Nursing Management: Practicum (3 cr.)  [P:All seventh-semester nursing courses.]   (Traditional, Accelerated, and R.N.-B.S.N.) Students will have the opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles.

NURS-S 483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (3 cr.)   (Traditional, Accelerated) P: S481, S482, or permission of instructor; C: S484. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing care practice skills. Students will collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in choosing a care setting, planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.

NURS-S 484 Research Utilization Seminar (1 cr.)   (Traditional, Accelerated and R.N.-B.S.N.) C: S483. This course focuses on students’ abilities to refine their critical/analytical skills in evaluating clinical research for applicability to nursing practice. Students will examine the role of evaluation, action research, and research findings in assuring quality of nursing care and in solving relevant problems arising from clinical practices.

NURS-S 485 Professional Growth and Empowerment (3 cr.)   (Traditional, Accelerated, and R.N.-B.S.N.) P:All seventh-semester nursing courses. This course focuses on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to lifelong learning.

NURS-S 488 Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice (2 cr.)  [P:Placement in senior year final semester]   Students integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program: critical thinking, information technology, cultural competence, care coordination, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. Students demonstrate competence in evidence-based practice and quality and safety initiatives, as achieved in a complex and changing health care environment. Students begin the transition to professional practice.

NURS-Z 480 B.S.N. Portfolio Review for Course Substitution (1-6 cr.)   P: Permission of instructor. The portfolio review process is available to all undergraduate students who believe that they can meet the learning objectives/competencies required of a specific nursing course within their program of study. The portfolio is a mechanism used to validate the acquisition of knowledge and skills congruent with course expectations and student learning outcomes. The portfolio provides objective evidence that students have acquired necessary content and skills through prior learning and/or practice experiences.

NURS-Z 490 Clinical Experience in Nursing (1-6 cr.)   Opportunity for independent study of clinical experience related to nursing practice. Before enrolling in an independent study option, each student must obtain permission from a faculty member who will supervise the study and file appropriate forms prior to registration. Planned and supervised clinical experiences will be arranged in the area of the student’s major interest.

NURS-Z 492 Individual Study in Nursing (1-6 cr.)   Opportunity for independent study of topics related to nursing practice. Before enrolling in an independent study option, each student must obtain permission from a faculty member who will supervise the study and file appropriate forms prior to registration.