General Nursing (GNUR)
GNUR 102: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
This course introduces the mission of the MNSON and the foundations of nursing practice. Nursing is presented as a scientific profession with a heritage of strong values-based leadership based on critical thinking and evidence-based practice. Students will examine historical and current trends and issues in professional nursing, describe the role of science, evidence, theory, ethics, and inquiry in professional nursing, and relate the mission and values of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing to the social contract for professional nursing.
GNUR 155 and 155L: Human Anatomy: Lecture and Lab
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the structure of the major organs and systems of the human body from the cellular to the system level. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the workings of the human body from an anatomical viewpoint.
GNUR 156 and 156L: Human Physiology: Lecture and Lab
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the function of the major organs and systems of the human body from the cellular to the system level. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the workings of the human body from a physiological viewpoint.
GNUR 160 and 160L: Chemistry for Health Professions: Lecture and Lab
This course provides an introduction to chemistry for the health professions, including an overview of chemical reactions and the basic chemical properties of matter, solution, and gases. Elements of organic chemistry and biochemistry include the review of families of simple organic molecules and simple sugars, the role of enzymes in biochemical reactions, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
GNUR 203: Microbiology for Health Professions
This course examines basic concepts of microbial metabolism, genetics, and classification in order to understand their effects on human health. Clinically relevant microbial diseases will be explored, with a focus on microbe-human interactions, epidemiology, and methods to control microbes.
GNUR 207A: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
This course explores nursing concepts for professional nursing practice in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations, along the health-illness continuum. Content includes client and family- centered care, client teaching, levels of prevention, the determinants of health and illness, and the principles of population- focused and culturally sensitive care. Students are introduced to the historical and political influences of the current US health care delivery system with an emphasis on the issues of health care access, health care disparities, social determinants of health, biases in the healthcare setting, and health literacy among culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.
GNUR 238: The Foundations of Clinical Practice in Nursing
This course introduces basic nursing concepts, including physiologic and safety needs, physical assessment, and fundamental nursing skills. Students are prepared for the professional role of the registered nurse. Students learn the foundations of nursing practice using the American Nursing Association (ANA) Standards of Practice and Professional Performance.
GNUR 290: Concepts in Older Adult Health
This course introduces students to the care of older adults. It is designed to explore current concepts and practices pertaining to aging. This course provides an overview of the normal physical, psychological, and social-cultural aspects of the aging process. It addresses health and health alterations of aging and exploration of attitudes toward care of the older adult.
GNUR 293: Pathophysiology
This course provides the student with knowledge of the basic mechanisms involved in pathophysiological processes. Fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base imbalances are discussed in relation to a variety of pathophysiological states. Pathophysiologic mechanisms of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US are discussed. The impact of age, gender, genetics, genomics, life style, and the environment are applied to various pathophysiological states.
GNUR 294: Foundations of Pharmacology
This course introduces student nurses to pharmacology and provides them with the foundation needed to administer medications. The principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safe, legal, and ethical medication administration are applied to the pharmacotherapy of common health care problems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the pharmacological management of common conditions as identified by USA morbidity and mortality statistics and Healthy People 2020 through discussion of medication categories and selected common prototypes. Predictable and unpredictable adverse drug events are discussed including toxicity and drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-herbal medicinal interactions. The role of the nurse in patient education regarding the use of prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, and complementary therapies is emphasized. Case studies requiring the use of critical thinking skills are designed to assist students to apply the course content to clinical practice.
GNUR 297: Clinical Nutrition for Nursing Practice
This course includes foundations of nutritional science with application for competent, effective and ethical nursing practice to promote health in individuals and communities. Life cycle, wellness, disease prevention and medical nutrition therapy for various conditions will be considered. Evidence-based practice, health policies and research related to nutrition are included.
GNUR 360: Nursing Research: For Evidence-based Practice
This course provides basic knowledge regarding the research process and the importance of evidence based nursing practice. Students learn to analyze how evidence is generated to make clinical judgments that inform practice in a variety of settings. Students learn to evaluate research-based evidence for planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care. Students also learn to apply the principles of ethics when advocating for the protection of human subjects in the conduct of research.
GNUR 361: Nursing Ethics
This course offers students, as future health care professionals and as health care recipients, opportunities to think philosophically, demonstrate ethical awareness, do ethical reflection, and apply ethical principles in decision-making. Students examine personal, professional, institutional, and societal values as they develop their ethics knowledge base. They identify and examine significant philosophical approaches to moral reasoning and engage in the process of ethical decision making about dilemmas encountered in health care settings. Students become increasingly aware of the linkages between philosophical views, ethics and practice. They are challenged to identify and reflect on the underlying philosophical assumptions and implications of their choices and to appreciate nursing as an ethical practice. Students will recognize the personal and interpersonal tensions inherent in the delivery of health care to individuals with conflicting views.Selected ethical issues in health care delivery are addressed and students are encouraged to discuss ethical issues encountered in the clinical setting. A special emphasis is placed on justice and healthcare issues faced by members of diverse, vulnerable populations.
GNUR 383: Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice
This course focuses on the integration of leadership and management principles, concepts, and theories into the management of patient care and the role of the professional nurse. Historical and contemporary perspectives on healthcare organization, design, and delivery of patient care services are presented. Tools and methods to optimize decision making in the delivery and management of patient care are addressed. Regulatory, financial, legal, and technologic influences on the healthcare environment and the delivery and management of patient care are discussed.
GNUR 383L: Clinical Role Transition
Through preceptor-based learning and seminars, this experience focuses on assimilating the role behaviors of a professional nurse as a provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care in healthcare systems, and a member of a profession. Clinical reasoning, critical thinking, prioritization, and the integration of knowledge are emphasized in this experience, focusing on the provision of patient-centered, evidence-based care as a member of an interprofessional health care team.
Medical/Surgical Nursing (MSN)
MSN 277: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Building upon the knowledge gained from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing science, this course focuses on the nursing care of adults experiencing select acute and chronic health issues and their management. Physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual assessments and health data are incorporated into the identification of nursing care problems, establishment of goals, selection of appropriate interventions, and evaluation of care for adults experiencing acute and chronic health issues.
MSN 277L: Medical/Surgical Nursing: Adult Health Nursing - Clinical
This course focuses on implementation of the nursing process in the care of adults experiencing acute and chronic health conditions. Physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual assessments and health data are obtained, goals are established and nursing care is planned and evaluated in acute care settings. Evidence-based practice guidelines and interdisciplinary collaboration are used to optimize health outcomes.
MSN 377 - Adult Health II - Advanced Medical-Surgical
This course focuses on the nursing care of adults experiencing complex health problems. Physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual assessments and health data are incorporated into identifying nursing care problems, establishing patient goals, selecting appropriate interventions, and evaluating the care of adults experiencing complex health problems.
MSN 377L: Adult Health II: Advanced Medical Surgical - Clinical
This course focuses on implementation of the nursing process in the care of adults experiencing complex health problems in acute care settings. Physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual assessments and health data are incorporated into identifying nursing care problems, establishing patient goals, selecting appropriate interventions, and evaluating the care of adults experiencing complex health problems. Evidence-based practice guidelines and interdisciplinary collaboration are used to optimize health outcomes.
Maternal/Child Nursing (MCN)
MCN 273: Family Health Patterns I
This course applies family theory and an epidemiological framework to present concepts related to the health promotion and maintenance of the perinatal family (childbearing woman, her fetus/neonate, and support persons). Emphasis is placed on the physical, developmental, and psychosocial well-being of the perinatal family.
MCN 273L: Family Health Patterns I - Clinical
This course provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts in the assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of culturally competent nursing care delivered to the perinatal family (childbearing woman, her fetus/neonate, and support persons) across risk levels. Family theory and an epidemiological framework are emphasized.
MCN 374: Family Health Patterns II: Care of the Child and Family
This course uses the levels of prevention model and the Healthy People initiative to structure the presentation of selected concepts related to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health in Pediatric patients and their families. Emphasis is placed on the physical, developmental, and psychosocial wellness of the Pediatric patient within the family. Major causes of morbidity and mortality along with the nursing care of community based and hospitalized Pediatric patients are discussed. Additional discussion centers around the influence of healthcare economics, policy, and culture, on the child and family.
MCN 374L: Family Health Patterns II: Care of the Child and Family - Clinical
This clinical course provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts learned in MCN 374 theory. Students will provide evidence based, developmentally supportive nursing interventions to children and their families in the process of health restoration and health promotion. Students will incorporate concepts of family-centered care, teamwork, and patient safety into the care provided.
Community Health/Mental Health/ Administration Health (CMAN)
CMAN 272: Mental Health Patterns
This course is designed to prepare students to assist individual, families and communities to achieve and maintain optimal mental health. An epidemiologic model is used to help students understand nursing care of families and individuals experiencing mental disorders across the life cycle in a variety of settings.
CMAN 272L: Mental Health Patterns - Clinical
This clinical course is designed to prepare students in assisting persons (individuals, families, communities) to achieve and maintain optimal mental health. An epidemiologic model will be used to help students guide their nursing care of families and individuals experiencing mental disorders in a variety of settings. In the settings, students use critical thinking (clinical reasoning) to apply knowledge from nursing and other disciplines.
CMAN 380: Community Health Nursing
This course applies concepts of the curriculum to complex nursing situations outside of institutional settings. Nursing and public health concepts are integrated to provide a theoretical base for the care of families, aggregates and communities. The role of the community health nurse in caring for specific aggregates is addressed.
CMAN 380L: Community Health Nursing - Clinical
This clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to apply nursing and public health concepts to the care of individuals, families, and aggregates in a community setting. Health promotion models are used as frameworks for health behavior change. A community assessment is conducted to identify needs within a selected community.