Course Descriptions: Nurs

Nurs100 Nursing Foundations I (Fundamentals and Gerontology) 7 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. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 3 credit hours (135 clock hours). Prerequisite: BiSc 205 or equivalent and official acceptance into Nurs 100.

Nurs102 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. The nursing process, teaching/learning, clinical judgment and concepts of communication are applied to perioperative and maternal-child care situations. Students are asked to 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. 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.

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.

Nurs131 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. Classroom: 30 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 100.

Nurs200 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, endocrine and musculoskeletal function. Includes nursing care of clients with mental and emotional health disorders. Physical assessment skills are expanded 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, critical care and mental health settings. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 102 or equivalent (LPN/LVN).

Nurs202 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 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, critical care and home health/hospice settings. Management of client care is a major clinical focus. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 200. An Integration Source Course.

Nurs205 LPN to RN Transition 2 hours

The LPN to RN Transition course is designed to assist the Licensed Practical Nurse to effectively transition into the role of Registered Nurse and become acquainted with core components of the Hesston College Nursing Program. Areas of study include the differences in scope of practice for LPNs and RNs and the application of the core nursing concepts explored in the first year of the program including nursing process, prioritization and professionalism. Students will have an introduction to simulation lab and skills practice in areas of maternal-child nursing and pediatric nursing. Classroom: 30 hours.

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.

Nurs231 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. Medications used for clients with cancer and viral infections are also explored. Classroom: 30 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 131 or equivalent (LPN/LVN).

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 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. Classroom: 30 hours. Required only for students who do not meet the comprehensive nursing knowledge benchmark in Nurs 202. Prerequisite: Nurs 202.

Nurs300 Nursing Foundations I (Fundamentals and Gerontology) 7 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. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 3 credit hours (135 clock hours). Prerequisite: BiSc 205; BiSc 215 (or concurrent enrollment) and official acceptance into Nurs 300.

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. The nursing process, teaching/learning, clinical judgment and concepts of communication are applied to perioperative and maternal-child care situations. Students are asked to 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. Classroom: 5 credit hours (75 clock hours). Practicum: 3 credit hours (135 clock hours). Prerequisites: Nurs 300 and Psy 206 (or concurrent enrollment).

Nurs305 Holistic Assessment I 2 hours

This is the first of a two-part course that focuses on holistic health assessment of clients throughout the life span. Multiple methods of data collection and assessment of health for individuals, families and communities across the life span and across diverse populations are emphasized. Opportunities are provided to expand assessment skills related to the whole person. Students are expected to apply knowledge of pathophysiology of each body system related to nursing assessments and to identify appropriate nursing diagnoses in the laboratory setting. Classroom: 15 hours. Laboratory: 15 hours.

Nurs306 Nursing Theories and Professional Practice 3 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. The importance of self-care and continuous self-development is also emphasized. Classroom: 45 hours.

Nurs308 Healthcare Ethics 3 hours

Explores the concepts and principles of ethical decision making in health care. Through the process of analyzing bioethical issues, students are introduced to ethical theory and modes of ethical analysis. Also explores the impact of morals, values and the Anabaptist and Christian faith on healthcare ethics. Classroom: 45 hours.

Nurs310 Holistic Assessment II 1 hour

This is the second of a two-part course focusing on the holistic health assessment of clients throughout the life span. Health promotion and primary and secondary prevention strategies are incorporated into the process of assessing spiritual and cultural values, health beliefs and perceptions of caring practices. Students are provided with opportunities to practice communication, interviewing and assessment skills in the laboratory setting focusing on the client and family throughout life stages including pregnancy, infancy, pediatrics, adult and older adult clients. Additional assessment techniques for mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence issues are addressed. Classroom: 5 hours. Laboratory: 10 hours.

Nurs312 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Finance 3 hours

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. Students are also provided with opportunities to explore healthcare systems from a global perspective. Classroom: 45 hours.

Nurs316 Evidence-Based Practice 3 hours

Provides an introduction to 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. Classroom: 45 hours. Prerequisite: Elementary Statistics or consent of instructor.

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. Classroom: 30 hours. 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, endocrine and musculoskeletal function. Includes nursing care of clients with mental and emotional health disorders. Physical assessment skills are expanded 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, critical care and mental health settings. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 302 or equivalent (LPN/LVN).

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 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, critical care and home health/hospice settings. Management of client care is a major clinical focus. Classroom: 4 credit hours (60 clock hours). Practicum: 4 credit hours (180 clock hours). Prerequisite: Nurs 400. An Integration Source Course.

Nurs405 Interprofessional Communication 3 hours

Explores concepts in communication with an emphasis on inter-professional 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. Classroom: 45 hours.

Nurs406 Healthcare Informatics, Quality and Safety 3 hours

Provides students with a formal introduction to information technology and continuous quality improvement. Primary emphasis is given to the impact of information technology and quality improvement processes on the healthcare system, the nursing profession and promotion of safe client care. The influence of information technology on the consumer’s role in self-care and expected health care outcomes is also explored. Classroom: 45 hours.

Nurs410 Community Health 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. Competencies in community health assessment and planning are also developed in collaboration with a variety of community agencies. Classroom: 3 credits (45 hours); Clinical: 1 credit (45 hours). Prerequisite: senior-level standing in nursing program.

Nurs412 Nursing Leadership 3 hours

This course 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. Classroom: 45 hours. 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. Classroom: 30 hours. 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. Medications used for clients with cancer and viral infections are also explored. Classroom: 30 hours. Prerequisite: Nurs 331 or equivalent (LPN/LVN).

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. Classroom: 30 hours. Required only for students who do not meet the comprehensive nursing knowledge benchmark in Nurs 402. Prerequisite: Nurs 402.