Course Descriptions

NU 300 THEORETICAL BASES IN NURSING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The focus of this course is the study of the conceptual framework and theories that provide the bases for professional nursing practice. The historical evolution of the theoretical foundation of nursing practice will be discussed, as well as the functions and merits of theory development to nursing practice, education and research. Selected nursing theories and concepts will be explored with an emphasis on the application of these to the nursing process. A case study approach will be used to provide students the opportunity to apply learning to practice situations. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

NU 310 PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE ROLES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The student engages in a study of the historical perspectives in the development of professional practice roles. Role theory, role socialization and role differentiation are examined as related to organizational structure and goals. The diversity of practice roles, changing roles and expanded roles are explored with an emphasis on professional accountability, legal and ethical implications and advocacy. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

NU 320 HOLISTIC NURSING (Elective)

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to provide an introduction to holistic nursing and an overview of selected healing modalities such as therapeutic touch, relaxation and guided imagery. Discussions, demonstrations and/or experiential sessions are utilized to facilitate an understanding of these modalities. Emphasis is placed on theory-based practice. The implications of holistic nursing in practice and research are examined. Prerequisites: NU 300, NU 310. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

NU 330 NURSING PRACTICE AND THE INTEGRATION OF GENETICS (Elective)

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will explore the impact of the Human Genome Project and expanding genetic knowledge base on the clinical practice of nursing. Students will gain a basic understanding of the science of genetics as it relates to clinical aspects of nursing and health care. Genetic concepts related to human heredity, genetic conditions and treatment approaches will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of genetic knowledge into nursing practice. Ethical, legal, social and cultural aspects of genetic advances in health care will be explored from a nursing perspective. Co- or prerequisite: NU 310. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

NU 350 PROFESSIONAL NURSING WITH INDIVIDUALS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses upon the health appraisal of clients including select physical assessment skills. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and the total assessment of the client including factors affecting health status, health history, client education and the application of the nursing process. The integration of Roy’s theory and the nursing process, communication and interpersonal relationship skills are emphasized. Prerequisites: NU 300, BIO 331.. Co- or prerequisite: NU 310. 4 hours lecture/college lab per week, 4 hours clinical per week for two weeks, 4 credits.

NU 400 PROFESSIONAL NURSING WITH FAMILIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course includes a study of the concept of a family, the family environment as related to and influenced by health and illness and the family as a system. Relevant theories are explored in relation to nursing practice with families focusing upon health promotion, maintenance and restoration. Public policy issues that affect family health care are explored. Prerequisites: NU 300, NU 310. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

NU 410 PROFESSIONAL NURSING WITH COMMUNITIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses upon the application of theories to promoting, maintaining and restoring the health of communities. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of the nursing process in the health assessment of families and communities. Health promotion, health education, coordination and continuity of care are emphasized as are the roles of the professional nurse in community practice. The epidemiological process is stressed in surveying current major health issues. Public policy issues relating to health care are explored. Prerequisites: NU 350, PSY 150 and NU 400. 3 hours lecture per week, 6 hours clinical per week, 1 semester, 6 credits.

NU 420 NURSING RESEARCH

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses upon the critical evaluation of nursing research and the implications for nursing practice. Concepts basic to the research process, approaches to and methods of research are explored. Emphasis is placed on ethical considerations and the role of the nurse as a knowledgeable consumer of research. Prerequisites: NU 300, MAT 151 and GS 402. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall (Long Island) and spring (Brooklyn).

NU 430 NURSING LEADERSHIP

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course includes a study of theories of leadership, organizational behavior and planned change. Emphasis is placed on decision making. Nursing leadership in traditional and unstructured health care settings is explored. The student examines values and ethical issues, as well as socioeconomic and public policy issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Prerequisites: NU 350 and PSY 150. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

NU 440 BUDGETING CONCEPTS FOR NURSE MANAGERS (Elective)

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The focus of this course is to improve the budgeting skills of nurse managers or potential nurse managers. It explores the budgeting process, types of budgets, cost factors and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse manager in the preparation of a personnel budget for a patient care area. Co- or prerequisite: NU 430. 1 hour a week, 1 semester, 1 credit. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

NU 450 PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICUM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course continues the study of theories and practice models that guide nursing practice with groups, families and communities. Emphasis is placed on the use of leadership skills, strategies for initiating and facilitating change and the application of research to nursing practice. The practicum is designed to facilitate the learner’s self-assessment and self-directed pursuit of professional nursing knowledge in an area of interest. Prerequisite: NU 350. Co- or prerequisite: NU 430. 3 hours seminar per week, 6 hours clinical per week, 1 semester, 6 credits.

Note: Students under the direction and guidance of faculty develop a learning contract for each clinical nursing course. The learning contracts are designed in accord with the student's academic and professional background and the objectives of the course. The use of the learning contract provides for student self direction and participation in the selection of their learning experiences. Clinical hours are planned on a to-be-arranged basis.

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