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Nursing Practicum


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

NURSP 221

Introduction to Clinical Practice

1 credit hour

This course emphasizes the integration of assessment, communication, clinical reasoning skills and documentation in a variety of clinical settings. Through the development of therapeutic relationships, students apply concepts learned at the sophomore level. Professional behavior, patient safety, and appropriate uses of resources will be demonstrated.

NURSP 312

Mental Health Nursing Practicum

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) NURS-311

In this course, through the effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship, students apply theoretical understandings from a variety of disciplines to provide mental health nursing care. Evidence-based interventions are directed toward supporting clients, significant others and communities to promote mental health and prevent mental illness and disability. There is a significant emphasis on active participation in an interdisciplinary setting, on building partnerships with clients and their support systems and the development of collaborative relationships with the community mental health professionals, advocacy and self-help groups. Nursing care is characterized by respect for difference, caring and compassion, a consistent integration of legal, ethical and professional standards and the practice of justice in direct care and community advocacy. Includes 45 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 317

Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) NURS-311, NURS-344, NURS-346, NURSP-312, NURSP-345 and C: NURS-316 (RQ)

This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care utilizing a problem solving approach to childbearing women and their families in prenatal areas during the intrapartum and postpartum periods. Essential concepts discussed in Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family are used in the care of the family as a client within a variety of health care settings. Professional development will be fostered through reflective practice and evaluation. Includes 45 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 334

Clinical Practice I

2 credit hours

Concepts essential to the provision of nursing care and application of nursing skills are explored and applied to clients in diverse clinical settings. The evidence based knowledge gained at the Junior 1 level forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as students develop their nursing skills. Professional behavior, patient safety, and appropriate uses of resources will be demonstrated in administration of medications and application of nursing interventions.

NURSP 337

Introduction to Nursing Therapeutics and Illness Management Practicum

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RM) NURS-282, NURS-326, NURSL-326 and C: NURS-212, NURS-336, NURS-347 (RM)

This course introduces the student to clinical nursing practice. Concepts essential to the provision of nursing care and application of nursing skills are explored and applied to clients in diverse clinical settings. Includes 90 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 343

Nursing Care of Children Practium Promotion and Illness Management Practicum

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: P (RM) NURS-311, NURS-329, NURS-344, NURS-346, NURSP-312, NURSP-345 and C: NURS-345 (RM)

This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care to families with children utilizing an evidence-based practice approach. The essential concepts discussed in NURS 342 include health promotion and illness management with childbearing families. This course includes nursing practices in various health care settings in the hospital and community that focus on the role of the pediatric nurse in today's health system as caregiver, teacher, advocate and colleague. Professional development is fostered through reflective practice and evaluation. Includes 45 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 345

Nursing Care of Adults Practicum

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) NURS-212, NURS-282, NURS-326, NURS-336, NURSP-337, NURS-347, NURSL-326 and C: NURS-344 (RQ)

This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care to adults. The essential concepts discussed in NURS 344 are used as the students' plan to implement and evaluate nursing care for adult clients in a variety of settings. Additionally, students gain experience in collaborating with other health care professionals while providing patient-centered care. Students' professional development will be fostered through reflective practice and self-evaluation. Includes 90 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 358

Community and Population Focused Nursing Care Practicum

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) NURS-282, NURS-326, NURS-336, NURS-344, NURSP-345, NURSL-326 and C: NURS-357 (RQ)

This course creates an opportunity for students to apply health and health-related concepts in a community setting. The students will identify and plan professional and personal learning experiences related to the health promotion of individuals, families and groups in a community setting. Additionally, students will participate in activities that are focused on strategies fostering community engagement and include the use of social media as a tool to engage community members in promoting healthy lifestyles. This course requires student participation in community-based activities, some of which may occur off campus. Includes 45 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 367

Advanced Therapeutics Practicum

1.5 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) NURS-342, NURS-357, NURS-316 and C: NURS-366, NURSL-368 (RQ)

This course applies concepts discussed in NURS 366. Students plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for individuals and families experiencing complex health care issues. Utilizing a holistic approach and evidence-based practice, students apply the nursing process in the care of clients in complex health care settings. Includes 72 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 377

Clinical Practice II

3 credit hours

Concepts addressing the provision of nursing care across the lifespan are applied to individuals, families, communities, and populations in select clinical settings. The evidence based knowledge gained at the junior two level forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as students advance their nursing skills. Professional behavior, patient safety, and appropriate use of resources will be demonstrated in the use of technology and application of nursing interventions in the care of individuals, families and communities. Promoting mental health across the lifespan is emphasized.

NURSP 393

Management in Professional Nursing Practice Practicum

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) NURS-392

This course is designed to assist students through the transition from student to beginning practitioner role in the health care system. Concepts from management as well as nursing therapeutics will be applied in the clinical setting. Clinical decision-making, communication, evidence-based practice and integration of nursing concepts will be highlighted. Reflective practice and evaluation will be emphasized as a means of continued professional career development as well as personal growth and lifelong learning. Includes 135 clock hours of field work.

NURSP 434

Clinical Practice III

3 credit hours

Concepts addressing the provision of nursing care across the lifespan are applied to clients in select clinical settings. The evidence based knowledge gained at the senior one level forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as students advance their nursing skills. Professional behavior, patient safety, and appropriate use of resources will be demonstrated in the use of technology and application of nursing interventions in the care of patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

NURSP 479

Clinical Practice IV: Capstone

4 credit hours

Concepts addressing the provision of nursing care in complex situations across the lifespan are applied to clients in select settings. Synthesizing knowledge gained throughout the program clinical reasoning and decision making are enhanced and refined. Professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, and patient centered care are integrated to ensure safe and effective care.