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

Elaine R. Cusker
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Martha Kemsley
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

The programs leading to the bachelor�s of science (BS) in nursing prepare students to become professional registered nurses (RN), working in a variety of healthcare settings, meeting the diverse needs of individuals and families across the life span and among all community groups. They are designed for individuals who feel challenged by the complex and ever-changing health needs of society, and who desire to respond to these needs.

The curricula is community-based, initially emphasizing primary health care, which includes health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention; subsequently, emphasizing 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 healthcare system, pharmacological components of care, nursing research, and principles and techniques of management within a health-system context.

Graduates of these baccalaureate programs 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

The UB School of Nursing offers three programs in order to obtain the Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing:

Basic BS 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 BS (ABS) Nursing Program. The accelerated second-degree option offers the undergraduate nursing curriculum as an intensive, full-time, 12-month program designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than nursing.

RN/BS Nursing Program. This program provides the curriculum needed by students who have completed an associate�s degree or diploma program in nursing, and are licensed to practice as a registered professional nurse.

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

The School of Nursing offers special scholarships for talented high school seniors, upper-division students, and those in the accelerated program.

Qualified students are offered membership into the national honor society for nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, through the Gamma Kappa chapter. This program encourages and recognizes superior scholarship and leadership achievement in nursing.

Notable Program Features

A 60 station fully staffed computer lab for student use as well as computers in the Student Lounge.

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
Freshman Student Admissions
Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis.

Applicants to UB selecting nursing as their choice of major will be reviewed for admission and, if qualified, will be admitted to both UB and the School of Nursing.

By the sophomore year, students must have earned a minimum overall 2.7 GPA, and completed at least five of the prerequisite nursing courses, which must include anatomy and physiology. A minimum grade of �C� is required in all prerequisites.

To remain in the major, students are required to maintain an overall 2.7 GPA by the start of the junior year, complete all prerequisites in four semesters, and maintain good academic standing within UB and the School of Nursing.

Transfer or UB Student Admissions
Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis.

All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. UB application and transcripts are due by February 15, while School of Nursing applications are due by March 31.

Successful candidates will present a strong academic record. Applicants must complete most of the prerequisites, which must include anatomy and physiology, and be able to complete all prerequisites by the following fall semester. A minimum grade of �C� is required in all prerequisites.

To remain in the major, students are required to maintain good academic standing within UB and the School of Nursing.

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/NUR 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), 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 L 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: 92-93

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

(Assumes high school chemistry has already 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/NUR 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 (or spring of third year), NUR 470, NUR 470L, NUR 471, NUR 472
Spring�NUR 447, NUR 475, NUR 478, NUR 478 L, NUR 479

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

Acceptance Criteria

Admission is highly competitive and granted on a space available basis.

All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. UB application and transcripts are due by October 15, while School of Nursing applications are due by November 15.

All applicants must possess at least an earned bachelor�s degree.

All potential ABS students must submit a current resume, goal statement, and complete transcripts along with completed applications. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews.

Student must have completed, or show the ability to complete, all prerequisite courses before the summer start date, with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA.

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/NUR 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
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 Professions (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

Once students begin the ABS nursing sequence, all must progress through the program together as a "cohort" group or learning community.

Summer 1 (first 7 weeks) � NUR 309 L, NUR 373 L, NUR 511*
Summer 2 (last 7 weeks) � NUR 374, NUR 374 L, NUR 518*
Fall � NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 470, NUR 470 L, NUR 471
Spring 1 (first 12 weeks) � NUR 440, NUR 478, NUR 478 L, NUR 479, NUR 512*
Spring 2 (last 3 weeks) � NUR 447

*Graduate level credit

RN/BS Nursing Program - B.S.

For students with R.N. licensure

Acceptance Criteria

Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis. However, a cohort of at least 8 students is required to run this program each year. Admission is for the fall semester only.

Applicants must complete two applications: one for the University and the School of Nursing. Applications should be completed as early as possible, but June 1 is recommended to ensure consideration for the fall semester.

Student must have at least an overall 2.7 GPA.

All applicants must possess an AAS degree or diploma in nursing completed prior to entry to UB, as well as be licensed as a professional RN in New York State.

Advising Notes

Applications are only accepted for fall admission. The recommended deadline is June 1.

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)
MIC 301/NUR 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
NUR 293 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
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)

All RN 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). Please consult with the School of Nursing advisor before taking these exams.

Required Courses

NUR 309 L 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 377 Issues in Primary Care (2)
NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership (4)
NUR 473 RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (4)
NUR 494 Baccalaureate Nursing Leadership Capstone Experience (4)

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

Once students begin the RN/BS nursing sequence, all must progress through the program together as a "cohort" group or learning community. Classes will meet no more than two designated days a week.

FIRST YEAR
Fall � NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 377
Spring � NUR 372, NUR 440
Summer � NUR 309L

SECOND YEAR
Fall � NUR 348, NUR 473
Spring � NUR 371, NUR 494


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.

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 102 Careers in the Health Sciences

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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This course will introduce students to various health science disciplines within the University and will assist them in identifying the associated career paths. It will offer informational lectures by various department representatives who will inform students as to the expectations and necessary skills needed for success in each discipline. This course is designed specifically to assist students in choosing a major for a career that meets their personal objectives.

NUR 250 Human Growth and Development

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

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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 301 Fundementals of Microbiology

Credits:  4 - 0
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  College course in biology and chemistry; at least sophomore standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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This course is a crosslisted section of MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology for nursing majors only. Introduces principles of microbiology for students of biomedical sciences, biotechnology, medical technology, environmental engineering, and nursing degree programs. Examines the structure and biological functions of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Emphasizes the mechanisms by which microorganisms cause diseases in humans. Also includes an immunology unit that introduces the principles and uses of immunology in infectious disease diagnosis and treatment. The laboratory provides hands-on experience in techniques involved in isolation and characterization of microorganisms. Involves three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Requires laboratory.

NUR 302 Professional Issues in Practice

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  BS/MS nursing student pre-2006
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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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 Su
Prerequisites:  Basic, ABS, or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 310 Assessment of Families and Communities

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic, ABS, or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 348 Introduction to Nursing Research

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic, ABS, or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

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, ABS, or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 371 Health-Care Delivery Perspectives

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic, ABS, or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 372 Health Promotion

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 373 Basic Nursing Therapeutics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 374 Primary Care with Families across the Life Span

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp Su
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Must be taken in program sequence

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. Must be taken in program sequence. NUR 374 L must be taken concurrently.

NUR 376 Principles of Nursing Leadership

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 377 Issues in Primary Care

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  RN/BS student
Corequisites:  None
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 378 Issues in Clinical Practice

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp Su
Prerequisites:   Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 440 Critical Elements in Nursing Leadership

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:   ABS or RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic or ASB nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence. NUR 470 L must be taken concurrently.

NUR 471 Clinical Seminar: Health Maintenance and Restoration

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 472 Nursing Management of Patient Care

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:   Basic nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 473 RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 475 Nursing Management in Complex Situations

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence. NUR 470 L must be taken concurrently.

NUR 479 Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:   Basic or ABS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 480 Health Care Management in the Community

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  RN/BS nursing student pre-2006 � NUR 309, NUR 310, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372, NUR 374L, NUR 377 and NUR 440 (may be taken as corequisite)
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: Sp
Prerequisites:  RN/BS nursing student
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. Must be taken in program sequence.

NUR 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: F Sp Su
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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