Nursing - NURS
2002 - Introduction to
Provides an overview of the profession of nursing in the
United States from historical to contemporary perspectives.
The student is introduced to the concepts and theories underlying
professional practice with a focus upon role expectations and
behaviors in accordance of professional nursing organizations,
including the American Association of Nursing and the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing. The student is
familiarized to the philosophy and program objectives of the
Lindsey Wilson College Division of Nursing.
Prerequisite: Admission to the
2013 - Health Assessment
Prepares the student to conduct a comprehensive, holistic
assessment of individuals across the lifespan within a cultural
context. The communication process is underlined in the
course. Emphasis is upon the collection processing, and
interpretation of interview and physical examination data.
The nursing process as the organizing framework for nursing
practice and the role of the nurse as provider of care is explored,
with introduction to NANDA and Gordon's Functional Health
Patterns. Opportunities are provide to apply concepts and
skills with clients in the clinical laboratory.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing
2024 - Foundations of Professional
Builds upon concepts and skills presented in NURS 2002 and
NURS 2013. The course introduces theoretical and research
based concepts, principles, and skills basic to beginning
professional nurse practice. Emphasis is upon the utilization
of the nursing process, critical thinking, and decision-making in
the coordination of care to achieve an optimum level of functioning
for the client. The student is introduced to psychomotor
activities for basic care of the simulated client in the
laboratory. Clinical experiences in community and long-term
care settings provide opportunities for application of theory to
practice and development of skill and proficiency with clinically
stable clients with minor health deviations.
Prerequisites: NURS 2002, NURS
3013 - Pharmacology
Presentation of the principles of pharmacotherapeutics
applicable to professional nursing practice. Emphasis is upon
the nurse's collaborative role and responsibilities related to safe
medication administration utilizing the nursing process.
Focus is placed upon understanding the physiological actions of
drugs, expected client responses, most common and major adverse
effects, contraindications, and implications for nursing.
Drug dose computation is included in the course.
Prerequisites: Completion of 2000
level nursing courses; Co-requisite: NURS
3105 - Adult Health Nursing
Builds upon previous learning and provides students with
theory and research pertinent to adult health problems and their
collaborative management. Emphasis is upon the delivery of
client-centered, culturally-sensitive nursing care to adults with
acute and chronic alterations in health. Learning experiences
provide the opportunity for the student to continue to develop
proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles of advocate,
clinician, collaborator/coordinator, educator, leader, and
researcher. Risk reduction, recover, and rehabilitation of
clients with selected disease processes are addressed with
application of concepts and skills using advanced technology in
Prerequisites: Completion of 2000
level nursing courses; Co-requisites:
NUTR 2103, NURS 3013, NURS 3203.
3203 - Pathophysiology
Facilitates the transfer of knowledge from the basic
sciences to diseases encountered in clinical practice. The
nursing process is utilized as the basis for examining clients with
alterations in physiological processes that disrupt or impair
health and the body's response to illness and disease.
Progressing from general concepts relevant to altered conditions,
the course examines disease processes encompassing all body
systems, with emphasis upon community encountered disease that have
high incidence of occurrence. Disease etiology,
incidence/prevalence, risk factors, clinical manifestations
including laboratory values and treatments are examined.
Prerequisite: NURS 2013;
Co-requisite: NURS 3105.
3305 - Maternal/Newborn/Family
Provides the student with nursing theory and
evidence-based practice principles needed to recognized and promote
health during pregnancy and childbirth. Focus is upon
pregnancy and childbirth as natural processes, as well as
identification and care of high-risk recipients of nursing
care. The nursing process provides the direction to promote,
maintain, and restore health for childbearing families within
cultural context. Clinical practice takes place in a variant
of settings to allow for learning experiences that will further
expand competencies in the six interrelated roles of professional
nursing. Prerequisites: NURS 2013,
3013, 3105, 3203; NUTR 2103:
Co-requisite: NURS 3355
3355 - Pediatric/Family Centered
Assists students in meeting the health care needs of
children and their families experiencing potential and actual
alterations in health. Course content includes care of the
child from infancy to adolescent years, with emphasis upon health
promotion, disease prevention, and illness management.
Learning experiences provide the opportunity for students to
develop proficiency in the six interrelated nursing roles while
caring for children in a variety of clinical settings.
Prerequisites: NURS 2002, 3013, 3105,
NUTR 2103, NURS 3203; Co-requisite:
4003 - Nursing Research
Assists the student in developing and strengthening
concepts of the professional nurse as a researcher and
evidence-based decision maker. Emphasis will be placed upon
the nurse as a consumer of research, with students critiquing the
research that contributes to the development of nursing theory and
improvement of practice. The course includes all components
of the research process in the study of quantitative and
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003; All 3000
level nursing courses or permission of faculty.
4105 - Mental Health Nursing
Prepares the student to provide culturally competent nursing
care to individuals across the lifespan experiencing acute and
chronic mental/behavioral health problems. Students examine
theoretical and research findings as well as issues and trends
affecting the planning and delivery of nursing care of persons with
common mental disorders or mental health needs. Utilizing the
nursing process as framework for providing and managing nursing
care, the course emphasis is upon the enhancement of critical
thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and
interpersonal skills in the coordination of care for the client
experiencing alterations in mental/behavioral functioning.
Learning experiences for this course are designed to further
enhance proficiency in the six nursing roles.
Prerequisites: All 3000 level
nursing courses; Co-requisite: NURS
4155 - Community Health
Assist students synthesize data and apply knowledge which
focuses on modifying health-promoting behaviors from a community
and global perspective. Emphasis is upon application of the
six interrelated roles of the professional nurse and to provide
culturally sensitive care to promote and maintain the health of
individuals, families, and groups in community settings.
Demographic and epidemiologic data are explored to identify
populations at risk. Trends and issues in public health
including access to resources and delivery of care are addressed in
the course. Students analyze political, economical, social,
and environmental factors that influence community and global
health. Clinical experiences are designed to allow students
to understand, modify, or enhance the factors impacting community
health and its delivery.
Prerequisites: All level 3000
Nursing courses; Co-requisite: NURS
4205 - Leadership in Nursing
The role of the professional nurse as a leader in the
profession and health care delivery is analyzed. Emphasis is
upon professional role development as leader, for the common good,
a change agent, and a designer/manager of care. Healthcare
and nursing are viewed from the service and business context with
exploration of specific leadership initiatives. Contemporary
issues related to health care delivery are explored with an
examination of ethical, legal, and regulatory processes.
Knowledge and behaviors consistent with professional nursing
practice are stressed within a paradigm that views the nurse as a
leader and collaborator within the interdisciplinary team.
Prerequisites: NURS 4003; Co-requisites:
NURS 4307, 4402.
4307 - Adult Health Nursing II
Builds upon previous learning and provides adult health
problems and their collaborative management. Emphasis is upon
delivery of culturally sensitive care to clients and their families
when health problems are more complex and outcomes less
predictable. Students continue to develop proficiency in the
six roles in the planning and delivery of care to clients
experiencing multisystem, life threatening health conditions in a
variety of clinical settings.
Prerequisites: NURS 3105; Co-requisites:
NURS 4205, 4003.
4402 - Capstone Practicum
Provides a culminating experience in which the student
synthesizes nursing and general education knowledge to increase
their responsibility and accountability for providing quality
nursing care. With guidance from the faculty, the students
select a clinical agency for the practicum. Through a
preceptorship experience, the students will facilitate the
transition from student nurse to the role of the professional
nurse. Students will apply all nursing roles, (clinician,
collaborator/coordinator, advocate, educator, leader, and
researcher) with emphasis on the clinical and leader roles.
Prerequisites: This course is taken
in the final semester of the senior year.
Note: *To meet the Kentucky Board of Nursing
requirements of 120 hours, this course does not follow the
traditional 1 semester hour for each 3 contact hours for clinical