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Course Descriptions

NURS 1000    Dosages and Calculations     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students learn to interpret and read medication orders and equipment related to drugs. They will learn proper calculation of oral and parental dosages for adults. In addition to the above, concepts of nursing process and logical thinking are employed throughout the course. Particular attention is paid to safety situations that in actual practice have resulted in medication errors. These include misreading of labels, relying on calculators to perform arithmetic, and miscalculation of dosage.



NURS 1212    Provider of Care I     Credits  5         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course builds upon Nurs 1211 and is designed to introduce the pathophysiology and nursing care of selected diseases. Students utilize the nursing process and NHCC's concepts of nursing practice (professionalism; leadership; quality, safe, evidence-based patient-centered care; collaboration; critical thinking and information technology) in the holistic care of patients in selected medical-surgical settings. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns are the organizing framework for the course. Emphasis is on identifying and prioritizing patient care needs. (2.5 hours lecture, 2.5 hours lab) Prerequisites: Nursing 1211 and Nurs 1213; Biol 2112 and Psyc 1150



NURS 1213    Health Assessment in Nursing     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces a systematic holistic approach to performance of a comprehensive health history and physical assessment. Students develop and refine assessment skills while gathering and organizing patient data. Based on these assessments, the student then identifies normal and abnormal patterns and functions throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health and wellness promotion, patient education, and professional communication with consideration of the developmental, socio-cultural, environmental and familial influences on health. (2 hours web-based instruction,3 hours classroom lab) Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program and concurrent enrollment with 1211



NURS 1990    Nursing Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



NURS 2211    Provider of Care II     Credits  8         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides an opportunity for the application of NHCC's Nursing Concepts in the holistic care of individuals and families through the lifespan. Students utilize Gordon's Functional Health Patterns as a model for assessment. Course experiences enable students to integrate, coordinate, and apply the nursing process in a variety of settings involving situational crises and complex nursing situations. Beginning concepts and skills in leadership, management and community are introduced. The continued development of professional behaviors, communication skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, teaching-learning and collaboration are inherent in course strategies and experiences. (5 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisites: Nursing 1212 and 1214 or 1220; Biol 2100; Engl 1201 and Soc 1110 or concurrent enrollment



NURS 2212    Manager of Care and Member of the Discipline of Nursing     Credits  8         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides an opportunity for the integration and application of NHCC's Nursing Concepts in the holistic care of individuals and families through the lifespan. Students utilize Gordon's Functional Health Patterns as a model for assessment. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of the multiple variables necessary to develop evidenced-based nursing practice. Leadership/management theories and community need strategies are applied to professional nursing roles and practice. Clinical experiences provide students with opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills inherent in the beginning practice roles of an associate degree registered nurse. (5 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Nursing 2211 and MnTC electives or concurrent enrollment



NURS 2300    Principles of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The content of this course is the clinical study of drugs used in the treatment, prevention, and the diagnosis of disease in human beings. The course introduces the student to the nursing role in drug management across the lifespan, and across the spectrum of health and illness. The focus is on drug classes and drug prototypes, their actions, therapeutic use, adverse effects, nursing implications, and client teaching. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility and client safety. NOTE: Completion of an introductory or fundamental nursing course is recommended. Prerequisite: Biol 2111



NURS 2700    Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion     Credits  9         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing program, Biol 2100,Biol 2111, Psyc 1250 and Comm 1110



NURS 2720    Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of the LPN as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum. Prerequistes: Admission to the Nursing Program: Mobility Option; completion of the first two semesters of general education courses. Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program: Mobility Option; Biol 1001, Biol 2111, Biol 2112, Biol 2100, Psyc 1150 and Spch 1110



NURS 2750    Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing program, Biol 2100,Biol 2111, Psyc 1250, and Comm 1110



NURS 2800    Chronic and Palliative Care     Credits  7         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the lived experience of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities.



NURS 2820    Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. Prerequisite: Admission to RN program All Others; Biol 2111 & 2112



NURS 2850    Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronicity and End of Life to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: NURS 2700 and NURS 2750



NURS 2900    Acute and Complex Care     Credits  7         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care. Prerequisites: Second semester nursing courses must be successfully completed



NURS 2920    Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will facilitate ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Second semester nursing courses must be completed



NURS 2950    Nursing Leadership I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum. Prerequisites: Second semester nursing courses must be completed