Course Descriptions: Nurs

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.

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 300 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.

Nurs300 Nursing Foundations I (Fundamentals and Gerontology) 8 hours

Introduces concepts, processes and skills which are foundational in the delivery of holistic client-centered care. Provides an introduction to the nursing process, beginning physical assessment skills, teaching/learning and communication. Emphasizes the importance of applying clinical judgment in each nursing practice setting. Explores the impact of illness on 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. Prerequisite: BiSc 205 and BiSc 215 or equivalent and official acceptance into the BSN program.

Nurs301 Holistic Assessment 3 hours

Focuses on multiple methods of data collection, assessment of health, health promotion and primary and secondary prevention strategies for families, communities, and individuals across the life span and across diverse populations. Students also learn the process of assessing spiritual, cultural and health beliefs and values. Provides opportunities to apply knowledge of pathophysiology, communication, interviewing and assessment skills in the laboratory setting.

Nurs302 Foundations II and Maternal/Child Nursing 8 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nurs 300. Focuses upon knowledge and skills which are directly applicable to perioperative and maternal-child nursing. Applies the nursing process, teaching/learning, clinical judgment and concepts of communication to perioperative and maternal-child care situations. Students examine legal and ethical issues which directly apply to nursing and concepts of holistic client-centered care. Students learn to apply physical assessment skills in perioperative, maternal/newborn and pediatric care settings. Includes clinical participation in maternity, pediatric nursing, medical and perioperative care settings. Prerequisite: Nurs 300.

Nurs306 Nursing Theories and Professional Practice 2 hours

Focuses on the history of nursing, nursing theories and professional values. Students gain an understanding of how nursing theories have influenced the development of nursing as a profession and how nursing practice is impacted by professionalism and professional values. Explores concepts in intra- and inter-professional communication along with an understanding of cultural variations in communication. Also emphasizes the importance of self-care and continuous self-development. Prerequisite: official acceptance into the BSN program.

Nurs307 Nursing Theories and the Baccalaureate Nurse Role 3 hours

Introduces the RN-BSN student to the Hesston College nursing program and focuses on understanding, developing and integrating the professional roles and values of the baccalaureate nurse. Students gain an understanding of how nursing theories have influenced the development of nursing as a profession and how nursing practice is impacted by professionalism and professional values. Topics include: history of nursing, nursing frameworks and theories, current healthcare trends and other issues which shape the profession of nursing. Also emphasizes the importance of self-care and continuous self-development. Prerequisite: admission to the RN to BSN program.

Nurs308 Healthcare Ethics 2 hours (prelicensure)/3 hours (RN-BSN)

Explores the concepts and principles of ethical decision making in health care. Through the process of analyzing bioethical issues, introduces students to ethical theory and modes of ethical analysis. Also explores the impact of morals, values and the Anabaptist and Christian faith on healthcare ethics.

Nurs311 Holistic Assessment for the Practicing Nurse 3 hours

Expands assessment skills of the practicing nurse by focusing on multiple methods of data collection and the assessment of families, communities and diverse individuals across the life span. Interviewing skills and history taking, as well as assessing the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of health are emphasized. A course goal is to utilize health status appraisal information to guide the client, family and community in achieving a greater level of health, adopting preventative health practices and/or reducing risk behaviors.

Nurs312 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Finance 2 hours (prelicensure)/3 hours (RN-BSN)

The primary goal of this course is to acquire greater understanding regarding how health care is organized and financed in the United States. Students develop a working knowledge of how healthcare policies are developed and carried out by regulatory agencies and how to function as a professional advocate in the health care system. Also provides students with opportunities to explore healthcare systems from a global perspective.

Nurs316 Evidence-Based Practice 2 hours (prelicensure)/3 hours (RN-BSN)

Introduces the research process, with an in-depth look at the critical appraisal of evidence to support clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on developing and understanding the nurse’s role in evidence-based practice. Students participate in an EBP project. Prerequisite: Nurs 306 and MaSc 210.

Nurs331 Clinical Pharmacology I 2 hours

Introduces the student to core concepts in pharmacology and the terms, principles and pharmacological concepts related to providing nursing care. Focuses on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, absorption and metabolism of medications in various populations. Explores use of herbal medications, vitamins and minerals, actions of medications used for nutritional support and pain relief and therapeutic regimens related to perioperative, maternal/newborn and pediatric experiences. Also addresses antiinfectives, CNS and reproductive agents and medications used for bone, dermatologic, eye and ear disorders. Contemporary issues, research roles for nurses and the process for drug approval are discussed. Prerequisite: Nurs 300.

Nurs400 Acute Care Nursing I (Medical/Surgical and Mental Health Nursing) 8 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nurs 300 and Nurs 302. Focuses upon nursing care for clients in acute care settings who are experiencing alterations in respiratory, cardiac, hematologic and endocrine function. Includes nursing care of clients with mental and emotional health disorders. Expands physical assessment skills in the nursing areas of focus. The nursing process, teaching/learning, clinical judgment and concepts of communication are applied in class and clinical experiences. Students are asked to examine legal and ethical issues which directly relate to clients and to apply evidence-based practice in the delivery of holistic client-centered care. Clinical practicum occurs in acute medical-surgical and mental health settings. Prioritization and management of client care is a major clinical focus. Prerequisite: Nurs 302.

Nurs402 Acute Care Nursing II (Medical/Surgical and Management) 8 hours

Builds upon the concepts, processes and competencies developed in Nurs 300 through 400. 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, auditory, musculoskeletal and sexual/reproductive function. 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, clinical judgment and concepts of communication 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 to promote evidence-based, holistic client-centered care. Clinical practicum occurs in acute medical-surgical and critical care settings. Complex care is a major clinical focus. Prerequisite: Nurs 400.

Nurs405 Interprofessional Communication and Practice 3 hours

Explores concepts in communication with an emphasis on interprofessional communication. Students expand on skills in effectively working as a team member within the discipline of nursing and contributing to an interdisciplinary team. Students also gain an understanding of conflict resolution, group process and cultural variances in communication.

Nurs406 Healthcare Informatics, Quality and Safety 2 hours (prelicensure)/3 hours (RN-BSN)

Provides students with a formal introduction to information technology and continuous quality improvement. Gives primary emphasis to the impact of information technology and quality improvement processes on the healthcare system, the nursing profession and promotion of safe client care.

Nurs408 Nursing Management and Leadership 3 hours

Explores management of client care, resource management, and delegation of client cares, along with elements of leadership and interprofessional communication. The student will develop skills in empowerment, visioning and creativity to contribute to professional practice. It is designed to help develop nurse leaders who strive for excellence in meeting current and future healthcare needs of individuals, families and communities. Corequisite: Nurs 400.

Nurs410 Population-Based Nursing 4 hours

Explores concepts and theories related to improving the health of entire populations. Focuses on risk reduction, protective and predictive factors within the environment(s) which influence the health of individuals, families, aggregates and entire populations, including global communities. Develops competencies in community health assessment and planning in collaboration with a variety of community agencies.

Nurs412 Nursing Leadership 3 hours

Explores elements of leadership including leadership theories, followership and characteristics of leaders. The student will develop skills in empowerment, visioning and creativity to contribute to professional practice. It is designed to help develop nurse leaders who strive for excellence in meeting current and future healthcare needs of individuals, families and communities. Prerequisite: senior-level standing in nursing program.

Nurs416 Advancing Scholarly Writing 2 hours

Designed to enhance the writing abilities of the baccalaureate nursing student. A current clinical issue is analyzed by synthesizing information from previous courses utilizing professional literature, theories and evidence-based practice. Students also evaluate possible solutions to a nursing concern or issue and create a written scholarly product. Prerequisite: senior-level standing in nursing program.

Nurs431 Clinical Pharmacology II 2 hours

Builds on the knowledge base established in Clinical Pharmacology I. Addresses current issues that influence medication use including legal and ethical care considerations. Focuses on specific therapeutic regimens related to clients experiencing alterations in respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, psychiatric, endocrine, gastrointestinal and neurologic status. Explores medications used for clients with cancer and viral infections. Prerequisite: Nurs 331.

Nurs490 Integration Seminar 2 hours

Provides an opportunity for students to review and integrate their nursing educational experiences by applying concepts, principles and critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions in client case studies. Students are assisted with the development of individual study plans and the application of guided strategies for knowledge enhancement in areas that do not meet program benchmarks. Completion of a professional portfolio and BSN Outcomes paper assist with reflection, self-awareness and knowledge integration. Corequisite: Nurs 402. An Integration Source Course.