Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Nursing

School of Nursing

1040 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Phone: 716.829.2537
Fax: 716.829.2021
Email: nurse-studentaffairs@buffalo.edu
Web: nursing.buffalo.edu

Mecca S. Cranley
Dean

Jean K. Brown
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Mary Ann Jezewski
Associate Dean, Center for Nursing Research

Elaine R. Cusker
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Martha Kemsley
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Carol Flaugher
RN Program Advisor

Sally A. Sams
Assistant to the Dean

About the Program

The baccalaureate program in nursing prepares generalist nurses to work in a variety of health-care settings and meet the diverse health needs of individuals and families across the life span and among all community groups. It is designed for women and men who feel challenged by the complex and ever-changing health needs of society and who have a desire to respond to these needs.

The early phase of the program combines liberal arts studies with biomedical and social sciences to provide a sound knowledge base for upper-division study and an awareness of cultural and societal influences on health and well-being. The curriculum is community-based. Initially, it emphasizes primary health care, which includes health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention; subsequently, it emphasizes the care of those with chronic as well as acute and complex illnesses. Upper-division courses focus on the knowledge and skills required to provide comprehensive nursing care in various clinical practice settings, ethical/legal dimensions of the health-care system, pharmacological components of care, nursing research, and principles and techniques of management within a health-system context.

Graduates of the baccalaureate program base their practice on theories, critical-thinking and research findings from nursing science as well as other disciplines, such as biological and behavioral sciences.

Degree Options

We offer four different programs for obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Basic Nursing Program. This program provides the curriculum required for a freshman or transfer student who is pursuing a nursing degree for the first time.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABS) Option for Second-Degree Students. The accelerated second-degree option offers the undergraduate nursing curriculum as an intensive, full-time, twelve-month program designed for the mature, highly motivated, career-minded student who has already completed an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a field other than nursing.

RN Track Program. This track provides the curriculum needed by students who have completed an associate’s degree or diploma program in nursing.

Program Leading to Combined BS/MS Degree. The School of Nursing offers an accelerated program for students who have completed an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and are seeking a master’s degree. This program allows students to complete the undergraduate portion of the program more quickly and then matriculate at the graduate level.

Advisement

Academic advisement for students applying to nursing programs, as well as those admitted to the major, is provided by the Office of Student Affairs and faculty in the School of Nursing.

Transfer Policy

Prerequisite courses may be transferred from other educational institutions if they are equivalent. Students should consult with the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office to determine equivalency.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

Special scholarships for talented high school seniors, upper-division students, and those in the accelerated program.

Membership in the national honor society for nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, through the Gamma Kappa chapter, which encourages and recognizes superior scholarship and leadership achievement in nursing.

Scholarships for full-time students who are residents of Erie County, supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Honors Research, a tutorial which provides outstanding undergraduate students in nursing the opportunity to enrich their education and gain personal recognition through participation in the scholarly work with a faculty mentor.

Notable Program Features

Two fully staffed computer labs for student use.

A fully equipped health assessment lab and nursing skills lab.

School of Nursing Simulation technology which features two state-of-the-art patient simulators - one housed in a virtual operating room and connected to patient monitors, and one utilized to simulate ambulatory and acute nursing situations.

The Center for Nursing Research, which houses a research library and is a repository for information on internal and external sources of funding, including guidelines and application forms.

A wide range of educational technology to which students have access, including a wide variety of health-care databases, computer assisted instruction, and electronic mail.

Faculty who are expert practitioners of nursing with advanced preparation in their specialties; many have achieved national and/or international recognition and can offer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Nursing Basic Program - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Freshman Students
All intended nursing students admitted to UB for the fall will be admitted directly to the School of Nursing. Admission is on a space available basis.

By the sophomore year, students must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and completed at least five of the prerequisite nursing courses, at least two of which are in the required sciences (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, or microbiology). All thirteen prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to entering the clinical nursing program.

To remain in the major, students are required to maintain good academic standing in the university and complete prerequisites in four semesters.

Transfer and Continuing UB Students
All intended nursing students may apply to School of Nursing in November and March. The basic nursing application is located at our web site: http://nursing.buffalo.edu.

Admission is granted on a space available basis. To be eligible to apply, students must complete at least five of the nursing prerequisites, at least two of which are in the required sciences (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, or microbiology), and have earned a competitive GPA for all previous college work. All thirteen prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to entering the clinical nursing program.

All School of Nursing applicants must first be admitted to UB. November applicants admitted to the major enter UB in spring, complete remaining prerequisites, and start the upper division in the following fall. March applicants admitted to the major enter UB in fall, complete remaining prerequisites, and start the upper division one year later in the following fall.

To remain in the major, students are required to maintain good academic standing and complete prerequisites by the time they begin the upper-division courses.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4)
Chemistry (if not already taken in high school; official transcript required) (4-5)
NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3)
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or cognates
Statistics (one of the following): CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing, PSY 207 Psychological Statistics, STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

Applicants with a previous non-nursing bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or international equivalent and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 will be waived from the following prerequisites: NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3), PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2), PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3), PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3), and SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality (or cognates) (3)

Required Courses

NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills (4)
NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities (3)
NUR 348 Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession (3)
NUR 371 Health-Care Delivery Perspectives (3)
NUR 372 Health Promotion (3)
NUR 373L Basic Nursing Therapeutics (3)
NUR 374 Primary Care with Families across the Life Span (5)
NUR 374L Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care (3)
NUR 376 Principles of Nursing Leadership (1)
NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing (3)
NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 470L Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 471 Clinical Seminar: Health Maintenance and Restoration (1)
NUR 472 Nursing Management of Patient Care (1)
NUR 475 Nursing Management in Complex Situations (2)
NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care (3)
NUR 478L Nursing Therapeutics in Complex Acute Care (4)
NUR 479 Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care (1)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 94-99

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

(sample schedule: assuming high school chemistry has been completed)

FIRST YEAR
Fall—ANA 113, PSY 101
Spring—NTR 108, NUR 250, PGY 300

SECOND YEAR
Fall—BCP 302, NUR 293; SOC 101 or UGC 211; one statistics course (one of the following: CEP 207, PSY 207, STA 119)
Spring—MIC 301, PGY 412, PHI 337

THIRD YEAR
Fall—NUR 309, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372, NUR 373L
Spring—NUR 310, NUR 348 (or may be taken in fall of fourth year), NUR 374, NUR 374L, NUR 376

FOURTH YEAR
Fall—NUR 348 (if not taken spring of third year), NUR 470, NUR 470L, NUR 471, NUR 472
Spring—NUR 447, NUR 475, NUR 478, NUR 478L, NUR 479


Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABS) Option for Second-Degree Students - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications completed for the University at Buffalo and the School of Nursing. Apply online at http://www.buffalo.edu/admissions and http://nursing.buffalo.edu.
Applications are due November 15th; admission is competitive and on a space-available basis.
Earned bachelor’s or graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
Current resume, goal statement, complete transcripts, and personal interview.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Academic advisement for students applying to the ABS program is provided by the School of Nursing.

Upon application, prerequisite courses (listed below) must be fulfilled or a plan approved to complete all prerequisites by enrollment. Equivalent courses may be approved by the School of Nursing.

Minimum requirements must be met for admission into the accelerated BS option; however, it is expected that successful applicants will exceed these basic requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4) (if needed, NUR 503 Pharmacotherapeutics in
Advanced Nursing Practice* (3) is recommended)
Chemistry (if not already taken in high school; official transcript required) (4-5)
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
Statistics (one of the following): CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing, PSY 207 Psychological Statistics, STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

Recommended Prerequisite Courses

PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
One genetics course

Required Courses

NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills (4)
NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities (3)
NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession (3)
NUR 373L Basic Nursing Therapeutics (3)
NUR 374 Primary Care with Families across the Lifespan (5)
NUR 374L Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care (3)
NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership (4)
NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing (3)
NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 470L Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 471 Clinical Seminar: Health Maintenance and Restoration (1)
NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care (3)
NUR 478L Nursing Therapeutics in Complex Acute Care (4)
NUR 479 Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care (1)
NUR 511 Health Care Systems, Policy and Ethics (3)*
NUR 512 Research Methods for the Practice Profession (4)*
NUR 518 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (2)*

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 91-97*
*37-43 are required to apply; 9-12 are graduate level

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

SUMMER SESSION I (7 WEEKS)
NUR 309, NUR 373L, NUR 511*

SUMMER SESSION II (7 WEEKS)
NUR 374, NUR 374L, NUR 518*

FALL
NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 470, NUR 470L, NUR 471

SPRING
15 weeks: NUR 440, NUR 512*
First 12 weeks: NUR 478, NUR 478L, NUR 479
Last 3 weeks (capstone): NUR 447

*Graduate level credit


R.N. Track Program - B.S.

for students with R.N. licensure

Acceptance Criteria

Applications completed for the University at Buffalo and the School of Nursing. Students must apply online at http://www.buffalo.edu/admissions and http://nursing.buffalo.edu.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
AAS degree or diploma in nursing completed prior to entry to UB.

Advising Notes

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; November 1 and April 15 are recommended deadlines.

Every student must receive advisement each semester to ensure that courses are taken in the correct sequence. The sequence below provides one plan for completing the major courses; non-nursing prerequisites and general education courses should be added as needed. Students may complete the program either part-time or full-time. Students who have completed an articulated physical assessment course may be able to complete the program in one year of full-time study.

Every student must complete a program plan of study upon entry.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4)
Chemistry (if not already taken in high school; official transcript required) (4-5)
NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3)
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or cognates
Statistics (one of the following): STA 119 Statistical Methods, PSY 207 Psychological Statistics, CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing (4)

Applicants with a previous non-nursing bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or international equivalent and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 will be waived from the following prerequisites: NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3), PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2), PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3), PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3), and SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality (or cognates) (3)

All R.N. students who graduate from hospital-based diploma programs in nursing are required to successfully complete nursing proficiency exams offered by Excelsior College (formerly Regents College). The R.N. advisor assists students in determining whether they are required to take the exams, which exams are acceptable, and when to register.

Required Courses

NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills (4)
NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities (3)
NUR 348 Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession (3)
NUR 371 Health-Care Delivery Perspectives (3)
NUR 372 Health Promotion (3)
NUR 374L Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care (3)
NUR 377 Issues in Primary Care (2)
NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership (4)
NUR 480L Health Care Management in the Community (2)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 70-75*
*40-45 are prerequisites, many of which may be equivalent transfer courses

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER
NUR 309, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372

SECOND SEMESTER
NUR 310, NUR 374L, NUR 377, NUR 440

THIRD SEMESTER
NUR 348, NUR 480L

All students must complete the appropriate general education program. Some required prerequisite courses may satisfy general education requirements. Contact the R.N. advisor to determine required courses.

*Most students with an associate’s degree have taken courses that meet some of the prerequisite courses. The R.N. advisor assists in determining any remaining prerequisites.


Nursing - B.S./M.S.

for students with R.N. licensure

Acceptance Criteria

Applications completed for the University at Buffalo and the School of Nursing. Students must apply online at http://www.buffalo.edu/admissions and http://nursing.buffalo.edu.
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall.
Three letters of reference.
AAS degree or diploma in nursing completed prior to entry at UB.
Minimum score of 450 in both the verbal and the quantitative aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination if overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.

Advising Notes

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; November 1 and April 15 are recommended deadlines.

Every student must receive advisement each semester to ensure that courses are taken in the correct sequence. The sequence below provides one plan for completing the major courses; non-nursing prerequisites and general education courses should be added as needed. Students complete a program plan of study developed with the advisor, attending either part-time or full-time. Full-time study may allow completion in three and a half years if all other requirements are met.

All students must complete the appropriate general education program. Some prerequisite courses may satisfy general education requirements. Contact the R.N. advisor to determine required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
Chemistry (if not already taken in high school; official transcript required) (4-5)
NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3)
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
Statistics (one of the following): STA 119 Statistical Methods, PSY 207 Psychological Statistics, CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing (4)
Social science (any three for a total of 9 credit hours)

Applicants with a previous non-nursing bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or international equivalent and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 will be waived from the following prerequisites: NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3), PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3), and PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3)

All R.N. students who graduate from hospital-based diploma programs in nursing are required to successfully complete nursing proficiency exams offered by Excelsior College (formerly Regents College). The R.N. advisor assists students in determining whether they are required to take the exams, which exams are acceptable, and when to register.

Required Courses

Undergraduate

NUR 302 Professional Issues in Practice (1)
NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills (4)
NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities (3)
NUR 348 Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
NUR 374L Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care (3)
NUR 377 Issues in Primary Care (2)
NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership (4)
NUR 480L Health Care Management in the Community (2)

Upon completion of 108 undergraduate credits or nearly all undergraduate requirements, students are certified as matriculating graduate students.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 53-58*
*31-36 are prerequisites, many of which may be equivalent transfer courses

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for Master's candidate requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER
NUR 302, NUR 309, NUR 310, NUR 511*, NUR 518*

SECOND SEMESTER
NUR 348, NUR 374L, NUR 377, NUR 440

THIRD SEMESTER
NUR 480L, graduate nursing courses as determined with program advisor (10 or more credit hours)

*Graduate level credit

All students must complete the appropriate general education program. Some prerequisite required courses may satisfy general education requirements. Contact the R.N. advisor to determine required courses.

Graduate level coursework ranges from 42 to 53 credit hours depending on the M.S. program selected.



Course Descriptions

NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Introduces first year nursing students to the nursing profession, the School of Nursing, and the university. Students learn skills required for success in their academic program with an emphasis on the critical thinking process and the varied career paths in the nursing profession.

 

NUR 250 Human Growth and Development

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Open to non-nursing students; serves as a prerequisite to clinical courses for Basic Nursing Program, Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program, and RN Track Program

Examines selected physiological and psychosocial factors that influence and characterize human growth and development throughout the life span. Includes lecture/discussion and class participation activities.


NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Introduces students to the health care environment emphasizing the interface between the health care delivery system and informatics. Explores various environments where people obtain health care, including clinics, hospitals, and community settings. Students become familiar with health care terminology, government health policies, and the influence of managed care organizations on the health care environment.

 

NUR 302 Professional Issues in Practice

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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For RNs in BS/MS Program; prerequisite: none

Examines concepts embodied in selected nursing theories and models and how they relate to professional issues in practice. Explores selected issues and dilemmas confronting both the nursing profession and the individual nurse. Also discusses various value systems that operate within the health-care delivery system and that influence professional practice.


NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students – prerequisites: all required prerequisite courses for the upper-division nursing major; RN Track and BS/MS Program students – prerequisites: None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Prepares students to perform a health assessment on an adult and child. Emphasizes a systematic and comprehensive health assessment as a database for identifying nursing diagnoses. Highlights developmental aspects, sociocultural influences, health-illness perceptions, normal variations of health-status findings, and documentation throughout the course. Students become familiar with the use of assessment instruments through practice in a supervised on-campus laboratory.

 

NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students – prerequisites: all required prerequisite courses for the upper-division nursing major; RN Track and BS/MS Program students – prerequisites: None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on developing and utilizing comprehensive assessments of families and communities. Plans intervention strategies relative to the needs, problems, and level of wellness of the population unit.


NUR 348 Introduction to Nursing Research

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program students - prerequisite: statistics; RN Track and BS/MS Programs students - pre or corequisite: statistics or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces students to scientific inquiry in nursing using a formal research approach. Discusses specific elements of the research process including problem identification, literature review, variables, research design, sampling concepts, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. Includes the processes of research dissemination, critique and application.

 

NUR 368 Research in Human Sexuality

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Elective open to non-nursing students. Focuses on current research on human sexual behavior, including physiological response during sexual activity, early development of sexual attitudes, varieties of sexual relationships, and social/moral issues related to sexual attitudes.


NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major or permission of instructor; RN Track Program students - prerequisite: none
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on nursing as a profession, including its history, current stage of development, and future goals. Emphasizes attributes of the professional nurse and processes essential for competent professional practice, including critical thinking, information-seeking strategies, legal/ethical decision making, and communication skills.

 

NUR 371 Health-Care Delivery Perspectives

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite courses for the upper division nursing major or permission of instructor; RN Track Program students - prerequisite: none
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the characteristics of health-care delivery systems within a social, political, and economic context. Analyzes issues surrounding health-care delivery and emphasizes the impact of various models of health care on the nursing profession.


NUR 372 Health Promotion

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite courses for the upper division nursing major; RN Track Program students - prerequisite: none
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the concepts of health promotion as a framework for nursing practice, including health, motivation, therapeutic relationships, populations at risk, and stress management. Provides an opportunity to develop and implement a health-promotion program.

 

NUR 373 Basic Nursing Therapeutics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Examines concepts and skills basic to nursing interventions across the life span applicable in a variety of nursing situations. Emphasizes nursing process, documentation, professional responsibility, and therapeutic communication. Also studies pain management, comfort measures, and assistance with activities of daily living. Involves experiences in on-campus laboratory and clinical sites.


NUR 374 Primary Care with Families across the Life Span

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Describes the characteristics of primary health care and its delivery. Examines the nurse's role in delivery of primary health/community-based services focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of episodic illness. Addresses health risks of age groups across the life span within the context of family, culture, and socioeconomic level. Healthy People Goals and other national initiatives provide direction for developing strategies. Companion course: NUR 374L Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care (3) (F; Sp). Prerequisites: Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major; RN Track Program students - prerequisites: NUR 309 and pre or corequisites: NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372, NUR 377; BS/MS Program students - prerequisites: NUR 309 and pre or corequisites: NUR 302, NUR 310, NUR 377, NUR 511, NUR 518. Involves clinical nursing practice within the primary care, episodic illness and normal birth-cycle components of the health-care delivery system. Student experiences include on-campus preparatory activities, direct care, and follow-up of individuals and families across the life span. LAB

 

NUR 376 Principles of Nursing Leadership

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  All required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on leadership skills common to clinical, managerial, and professional situations in nursing. Includes content on motivation, decision-making strategies, change theory, situational leadership, power, and conflict management.


NUR 377 Issues in Primary Care

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  RN Track Program students - prerequisites: NUR 309 and pre or corequisites: NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372; BS/MS Program students - prerequisites: NUR 309 and pre or corequisites: NUR 302, NUR 310, NUR 511, NUR 518
Corequisites:  RN Track Program students - corequisite: NUR 374L; BS/MS Program students - corequisite: NUR 374L
Type:  LEC

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Examines the characteristics and delivery of primary care/community-based health care. Identifies health risks of age groups across the life span within the context of family, culture and socioeconomic level. Addresses nursing roles focusing on risk assessment, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidenced-based interventions.

 

NUR 378 Issues in Clinical Practice

Credits:  1
Semester: Su
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of the junior year in the baccalaureate program in nursing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Accompanies a summer clinical experience in which students provide patient care at a health-care agency in the Buffalo area. Focus of discussions is on issues that arise out of patient care and the clinical setting such as communication, clinical skills, interactions with colleagues, and documentation of care that is provided.


NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper-division nursing major; RN Track Program students - pre or corequisite: NUR 371; BS/MS Program students - pre or corequisite: NUR 511
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Emphasizes concepts characteristic of baccalaureate nursing education: critical thinking, communication, leadership, and management. Integrates leadership and management skills, organizational structure and behavior, case management for at-risk populations, personnel performance appraisal, quality management, planned change, teaching principles, learning, delegating, and health care informatics.

 

NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Clinical course that provides students opportunities to pursue, independently and in depth, a specific nursing area of particular interest. Expects ongoing student, faculty, and preceptor collaboration. Students participate in selecting the site for clinical experience.


NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers goals of health maintenance and restoration for individuals with acute and chronic illness. Presents major physical and mental illnesses and disabilities across the life span through exemplar case studies that deal with nursing interventions related to functional health, homeostatic regulation, protection against harm, and psychological function. Also examines effective use of the health-care system. Companion course: NUR 470L Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration (4). Provides students with supervised clinical nursing experience caring for clients and families across the life span with acute and chronic health-care problems, in any care setting they are found. Emphasizes clinical decision-making, case management, and technical competency as a basis for delivering comprehensive nursing care. LAB

 

NUR 471 Clinical Seminar: Health Maintenance and Restoration

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Studies clinical situations encountered in NUR 470L Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration. Students share clinical reports and raise critical questions regarding practice issues, and propose and evaluate responses. Issues focus on direct care, health-system concerns, and professional interactions at both the client and system levels.


NUR 472 Nursing Management of Patient Care

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  All required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines nursing management skills and behaviors with applicability in a wide variety of client-care settings. Emphasizes organizational structure and behavior, applying information management and case-management techniques to the management of care for groups of clients, and applying principles of delegation, supervision, and personnel evaluation to management of care provided by others.

 

NUR 473 RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Focuses on leadership skills and behaviors that nurses apply in a wide range of clinical, managerial, and professional situations. Emphasizes career management, population health/wellness/prevention management, strategic planning, fiscal management, bioinformatics, risk management, and legal, ethical, and malpractice issues. Discusses professional advancement, job satisfaction, and burnout prevention. Also examines organizational frameworks to enhance empowerment in the work environment, cultural competency and diversity in the workplace, genetics and genomics, unions, labor laws, accreditation agencies, and professional influence.


NUR 475 Nursing Management in Complex Situations

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  All required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on specific responsibilities of the nurse manager, including information management, human resource management, fiscal management, quality management, and management of change. Students apply critical thinking, decision-making, and leadership skills to studying these areas of responsibility.

 

NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews knowledge and skills required to care for patients throughout their life spans who have complex, life-threatening health problems, including trauma, problems with oxygenation, disruptions of the nervous system, and disruption of the immune system. Emphasizes assessment skills and nursing interventions to restore physiological and psychological stability. Companion course: NUR 478L Nursing Therapeutics in Complex Acute Care (4) (Sp). Provides students with a supervised practicum in clinical sites that specialize in the care of individuals with complex acute-care health problems that are potentially life threatening. Emphasizes the development of clinical decision-making skills in situations where the physiological and psychological status of the patient changes rapidly, requiring the coordinated efforts of a team of health-care providers. LAB


NUR 479 Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second Degree Students Program students - prerequisites: all required prerequisite and nursing courses for the upper division nursing major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Content derived from clinical situations encountered in NUR 478L Nursing Therapeutics in Complex Acute Care. Students share clinical reports and raise critical questions regarding practice issues and propose and evaluate responses. Issues focus on direct care, health-system concerns, and professional interactions at both the client and system levels.

 

NUR 480 Health Care Management in the Community

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  RN Track Program students - prerequisites: NUR 309, NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372, NUR 374L, NUR 377 and pre or corequisite: NUR 440; BS/MS Program students - prerequisites: NUR 302, NUR 309, NUR 310, NUR 374L, NUR 377, NUR 511, NUR 518 and pre or corequisite: NUR 440
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Examines the provision of community-based care in the current managed care environment. Explores concepts of health promotion, health restoration, case management, and rehabilitation in caring for individuals, families, or groups/populations in an assigned community setting.


NUR 494 Baccalaureate RN Leadership Capstone Experience

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  NUR 473
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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This clinical laboratory course, designed specifically for registered nurses, is a community based capstone experience in nursing leadership. Concepts of health/wellness/prevention and disease management are utilized in caring for individuals, groups, or populations in a community setting. Students will incorporate management skills including quality improvement, risk management, fiscal responsibility, health and social policy, information systems, teaching and learning principles, and will coordinate, monitor, and evaluate diverse components of aggregates.

 

NUR 498 Honors Research

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic Nursing Program, Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option for Second-Degree Students Program, and RN Track Program students - prerequisites: full-time registration status, completion of 90 college credits, NUR 348, a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in required pre-nursing and nursing courses, and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students in nursing to enrich their education and gain personal recognition through participation in a faculty mentor's scholarly work. In concert with the faculty member, the student conducts a research project that culminates in a senior thesis of publication quality.


NUR 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Supplements regular offerings of the department. Students must secure the instructor's permission before registering for an independent study.

  

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