Course Descriptions: NURS

Nurs100 Nursing I 8 hours

Introduces concepts, processes and skills which are foundational in the delivery of holistic nursing care. Provides an introduction to the nursing process, beginning physical assessment skills, teaching/learning and the concepts of communication and caring. Emphasizes the importance of critical thinking in each nursing practice setting. Explores the impact of illness on the various adult body systems with an emphasis on the older adult. Examines legal and ethical issues which influence contemporary health care and asks students to identify their philosophy of nursing and career goals. Includes clinical participation in medical and gerontological care settings. Classroom: 5 credit hours (75 clock hours). Practicum: 3 credit hours (135 clock hours). Prerequisite: BiSc 205 or equivalent and official acceptance into Nurs 100.

Nurs102 Nursing II 8 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nursing I. Focuses upon knowledge and skills which are directly applicable to perioperative and maternal-child nursing. The nursing process, teaching/learning, critical thinking and concepts of communication and caring are applied to perioperative and maternal-child care situations. Students are asked to examine legal and ethical issues which directly apply to nursing and to assess the relationship between personal values/faith perspective and the effective delivery of holistic client care. Students learn to apply physical assessment skills to perioperative, maternal/newborn and pediatric care settings. Basic adult head-to-toe assessment is reviewed. Includes clinical participation in maternity, pediatric nursing, medical and perioperative care settings. Classroom: 5 credit hours (75 clock hours). Practicum: 3 credit hours (135 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 100 and Psy 206 (or concurrent enrollment).

Nurs105 Dosage Calculations 1 hour

Introduces dosage calculations for administering medications, using dimensional analysis as the method for performing calculations. Includes reading, interpreting and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation of medications and converting between apothecary, household and metric systems of measurement.

Nurs107 Nursing Pharmacology I 1 hour

Introduces the student to core concepts in pharmacology and the terms, principles and pharmacological concepts related to providing nursing care. Provides a beginning foundation for understanding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications on clients through the adult lifespan. Explores use of herbal medications, vitamins and minerals and actions of medications used for nutritional support, inflammation and pain relief. Contemporary issues, research roles for nurses and the process for drug approval are encountered. Current trends and issues in pharmacology are introduced and are built upon in Nurs 108, 207 and 208. Includes medications administered in community settings and anti-infective pharmacology. Classroom: 15 hours.

Nurs108 Nursing Pharmacology II 1 hour

Builds upon the concepts presented in Nursing Pharmacology I. Focuses on specific therapeutic regimens that relate to the perioperative, maternal/newborn and pediatric care experiences. Also addresses medications for the autonomic nervous system. Classroom: 15 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 107.

Nurs109 Test-taking Skills for Nurses 1 hour

A self-directed study that assists beginning students to maximize testing success. Focuses on development of study techniques, test-taking skills, time management and critical thinking and reasoning as applied to decision making and problem solving. Includes opportunities to practice test-taking skills.

Nurs110 Medical Terminology 2 hours

A comprehensive, self-paced course designed for persons in the fields of allied health, nursing and business office technology. Provides a systematic learning experience with basic word structure, suffixes, prefixes and an overview of anatomy and physiology. Includes learning exercises/review questions regarding terminology related to surgical procedures and pathology, medical specialties, abbreviations, diagnostic and laboratory tests and vocabulary words.

Nurs200 Nursing III 9 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nursing I and II. Focuses upon nursing care for clients in acute care settings who are experiencing alterations in respiratory, cardiac, hematologic, endocrine and musculoskeletal function. Includes nursing care of clients with mental and emotional health disorders. Physical assessment skills are expanded in nursing areas of focus. The nursing process, teaching/learning, critical thinking and concepts of communication and caring are applied in the clinical experience. Students are asked to examine legal and ethical issues which directly relate to clients and to take positive steps to strengthen the relationship between personal values/faith perspective and effective holistic client care. Clinical practicum occurs in acute medical-surgical, critical care and mental health settings. Classroom: 5 credit hours (75 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 102 or equivalent (LPN/LVN).

Nurs202 Nursing IV 9 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nursing I through III. Focuses upon nursing care for clients in acute care settings who are experiencing alterations in nutrition; bowel and urinary elimination; immune and integumentary systems; neurologic, visual and auditory function and sexuality/reproductive patterns. Includes nursing care of clients with gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and burns. Physical assessment skills are expanded in nursing areas of focus. Nursing process, teaching/learning, critical thinking and concepts of communication and caring are applied in client care situations and in the management of client care. Students are asked to integrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues and personal values/faith perspectives to promote effective holistic care. Clinical practicum occurs in acute medical-surgical, critical care and home health/hospice settings. Management of client care is a major clinical focus. Classroom: 5 credit hours (75 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 200.

Nurs207 Nursing Pharmacology III 1 hour

Builds upon the concepts presented in Nursing Pharmacology I and II. Focuses on specific therapeutic regimens related to clients experiencing alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine function and mental and emotional health. Classroom: 15 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 108.

Nurs208 Nursing Pharmacology IV 1 hour

Builds upon the concepts presented in Nursing Pharmacology I, II and III. Focuses on specific therapeutic regimens related to clients experiencing alterations in gastrointestinal, hepatic, immunologic, reproductive and neurologic function, ears/nose/throat/skin health and clients with cancer. Classroom: 15 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 207.

Nurs212 Fluids and Electrolytes 2 hours

A self-directed study that explores signs and symptoms of fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance and imbalance, including contributing processes of illness. Focuses on nursing care of clients experiencing imbalance in these areas. Prerequisites: BiSc 205 and Chem 101 or equivalent, Nurs 100 or consent of instructor.

Nurs287 Nursing Cooperative Education 1 to 3 hours

Investigates the role of the nursing assistant within the structured health care setting. Educational objectives are formulated by the student and fulfilled through the cooperative education experience. The ratio of work hours to credit hours is at least 60:1. Prerequisite: one semester of enrollment at Hesston College.

Nurs290 Integration Seminar 3 hours

Provides an opportunity for students to integrate their nursing educational experiences, applying concepts, principles and critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions in client case studies. Designed to assist students in development of effective workplace behaviors, prepare for licensure testing and facilitate successful entry into nursing practice. Classroom: 45 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 202.