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2016–2017

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

NRS 300 Health Assessment
.75 credit
Focuses on use of theories, principles and processes to develop skills in interviewing, history taking and physical examination. Relevance of assessment for decision making in the practice of professional nursing is examined. A systematic approach for health assessment of diverse patients across the life span is emphasized. Ethical issues of privacy, confidentiality and cultural sensitivity are addressed. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: admission to the baccalaureate nursing program and consent of the program director.

NRS 303 Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice
.50 credit
Focuses on the conceptual basis for professional nursing. Emphasizes the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a leader, an ethical practitioner and a member of a profession. Introduces frameworks for critical thinking and decision making. Students are introduced to the department’s systems framework and have opportunities to discuss the mission, standards and program outcomes. Prerequisites: admission to baccalaureate nursing program and consent of the program director.

NRS 308 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
Focuses on theories, principles and processes that are foundational for professional nursing practice. Within a systems framework, basic health needs, safety, comfort, pharmacology and ethical practice are discussed. Basic skills for select nursing interventions are emphasized. Provider of care role, including beginning decision-making and clinical judgment skills, is fostered with experiences in skills laboratory and supervised clinical practicum in varied clinical settings. Prerequisites: admission to the clinical nursing sequence, BIO 449 (may be taken concurrently), NRS 300 and NRS 303 are pre or corequisite.

NRS 309 Adult Health Nursing I
Focuses on theories, principles and processes for adult populations experiencing common health problems within priority areas of care. Emphasis is on nursing care of the older adult. A systems framework is used to discuss clinical prevention and patient-centered care for select chronic care issues, including end of life. Introduces methods for evidence-based decision making to support role of provider of care. Beginning leadership skills and ethical practice in promoting optimal care outcomes in acute and community-based systems are fostered. Includes supervised laboratory experiences and clinical practicum. Prerequisites: admission to the clinical nursing sequence, BIO 449 (may be taken concurrently), NRS 300, NRS 303, NRS 308.

NRS 315 Adult Health Nursing II
Focuses on theories, principles and processes for care of adults from diverse populations experiencing select acute, chronic and complex health problems. A systems framework facilitates integration of knowledge from previous nursing and science courses. The roles of provider and designer of nursing care are developed. Application of evidence-based methods for use in decision- making support basic leadership skills and ethical practice in promoting optimal outcomes. Includes a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: BIO 449, NRS 308, NRS 309.

NRS 316 Family Health Nursing I
Focuses on theories, principles and processes related to care of the child from infancy through adolescence within the context of family. Using a systems framework, delivery of family-focused nursing care emphasizes clinical prevention, health promotion and health restoration. Influences of genetics, environment and social policies on family and child health nursing role are considered. Provider and designer of care roles are developed. Basic leadership skills and ethical practice are fostered in a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: BIO 449, NRS 308, NRS 309.

NRS 320 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
Focuses on the frameworks, dimensions and the themes of professional nursing practice. Designed for the registered nurse who is pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, this course will enable the student to broaden his/her own perspective of the professional nursing role and communicate that role to other members of the health care team. Prerequisite: admission to RN/BS degree completion option or the RN-MSN entry option.

NRS 403 Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations
Focuses on theories, principles and processes for organizational leadership and management in professional nursing practice. Provides an overview of organizational systems, health care policies and influence of global health care systems on health care in the United States. The role of the baccalaureate nurse in planning, promoting and evaluating health care quality, safety and effectiveness is examined. Addresses concepts of advocacy, change, finance, delegation, teamwork, conflict, information management and inter-professional practice. Prerequisites: NRS 315, NRS 316 or admission to RN/BS degree completion option or the RN-MSN entry option.

NRS 405 Informatics in Health Care Systems
.50 credit
Focuses on the role of information systems and information management in the health care system. Emphasis is on patient care technology, information systems and communication devices that support quality and safe patient care outcomes. Prerequisites: NRS 308, NRS 309 (or concurrent) or admission to RN/BS degree completion option or the RN-MSN entry option.

NRS 408 Mental Health Nursing
Focuses on theories, principles and processes related to mental health from early to older adulthood. Using a systems framework, patient-centered care for diverse populations with acute or chronic mental health problems is examined. Professional and legal issues for care of vulnerable populations are examined. Provider, designer and manager of care roles in ethical practice are developed. Basic leadership skills are demonstrated through effective communication, self-awareness, group and team participation, and management of care outcomes in a supervised clinical practicum. Prerequisites: NRS 315, NRS 316, PSY 327.

NRS 409 Family Health Nursing II
Focuses on theories, principles and processes related to reproductive health from early to older adulthood within the context of family. Using a systems framework, family-focused patient-centered care addresses perinatal, women’s and men’s health. Clinical prevention, genomics and end-of-life issues are examined. Provider, designer and manager-of-care roles in ethical practice with vulnerable populations are developed. Basic leadership skills are demonstrated through values clarification and conflict management in family-centered clinical decision making and management of care outcomes in a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NRS 315, NRS 316.

NRS 410 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Professional Nursing
.75 credit
Focuses on theories and principles for use of research and evidence-based processes in professional nursing practice. Skills in search strategies and critical appraisal are emphasized. Application of evidence-based practice for quality care outcomes is examined. Prerequisites: admission to the clinical nursing sequence, NRS 315, NRS 316 (or concurrent).

NRS 411 Synthesis: Professional Nursing Practice in Complex Systems
1.25 credit
Focuses on synthesis of theories, principles and processes in nursing roles of provider and designer/manager/coordinator of care in complex health care systems. Care for diverse groups of patients with multi-system health problems is addressed. Emphasis is on increasing autonomy and collaborative leadership in inter-professional teams, ethical practice and achievement of safe and quality care outcomes. Includes practice in a supervised clinical practicum. Prerequisites: NRS 403, NRS 408, NRS 409 or admission to RN/BS degree completion option or the RN-MSN entry option.

NRS 412 Synthesis: Community and Public Health Nursing
Focuses on synthesis of theories, principles and processes in the nursing roles of provider and designer/manager/coordinator of care for diverse groups in community systems. Epidemiology, environment, global health and public/social policy are emphasized. Clinical prevention and population health interventions within inter-professional teams support development of increased autonomy, collaborative leadership and ethical practice. Includes practice in a supervised clinical practicum. Prerequisites: NRS 403, NRS 408, NRS 409 or admission to RN/BS degree completion option or the RN-MSN entry option and NRS 403.

NRS 414 Synthesis: Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice
.25 credit
Focuses on ongoing development of self as a member of the profession of nursing. Issues related to the ethical and legal role of the baccalaureate prepared professional nurse in the changing health care system are discussed. Emphasis is on accountability for professional and personal behaviors. Prerequisites: NRS 403, NRS 408, NRS 409.

NRS 420 Evidence-Based Practice and Informatics
1 credit
Focuses on the collection, appraisal and dissemination of evidence-based strategies for professional nursing practice. Skills in search strategies, critical appraisal and levels of evidence are examined. Technology to assist critical thinking and presentation in the areas of clinical practice, leadership and scholarship is utilized and evaluated. Prerequisites: admission to RN/BS degree completion option, MTH 345 or MTH 346 or PSY 355 or equivalent.

NRS 421 Policy, Finance and Management Aspects of Clinical Nursing
Focus is on the role of nursing in the attainment of optimal client outcomes while addressing issues of cost, safety, quality and effectiveness. Strategies for provision of services within changing health care system legislation and workforce requirements will be examined. Prerequisite: admission to RN/BS degree completion option.

NRS 451 Special Topics in Nursing
.50 or 1.00 credit
Topics vary from term to term based upon departmental interests and expertise. Prerequisite: approval of the program director.

NRS 453 Test-Taking Strategies
.25 or .50 credit
This course focuses on clinical thinking and test-taking skills essential for the NCLEX-RN examination. A case study approach is used, followed by practice examinations. Stress management and test-taking strategies are emphasized. Repeatable for credit.

NRS 456: Perioperative Nursing
.50 credit
This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to perioperative nursing with a focus on the intra-operative phase of operating room nursing. This course includes the study of the roles and responsibilities of the perioperative nurse within the nursing process, patient experiences within the surgical environment, principles of asepsis, sterile technique, sterilization, disinfection, basic instrumentation, patient care competencies, and maintenance of safety within the surgical arena. This course combines theory with 90 hours of perioperative clinical hours (to be accomplished during January Term). Prerequisites: NRS 308 and NRS 309.

NRS 457: Perioperative Nursing Clinical
.50 credit
This course is designed to provide the nursing student with perioperative nursing clinical practicum experience with a special focus on the intra-operative phase of operating room nursing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to practice the roles and responsibilities of the perioperative nurse within the nursing process, patient experiences within the surgical environment, principles of asepsis, sterile technique, sterilization, disinfection, basic instrumentation, patient care competencies, and maintenance of safety within the surgical arena. The clinical practicum is offered using a clinical preceptor model with oversight by an Elmhurst College nursing faculty member. Prerequisite: NRS 456.

NRS 468 Internship in Nursing
.50 or 1.00 credit
Provides for special clinical experiences in the last term of the program. This course does not count toward the major, but may be used as elective credit. Prerequisite: approval of the program director.

NRS 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An individualized course designed for nursing majors wishing to pursue an intensive program of reading or research. Format to be determined by the nature of the topic, student ability and the instructor. Prerequisite: approval of the program director.

NRS 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in a field of nursing, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the nursing major, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor, the director of the Honors Program and program director required prior to registration.

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