431 Independent Study – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: Health related topics of interest to the student allows for an in-depth study to enhance student learning. An independent study with a clinical focus including a seminar and experience is available in various clinical areas. A variety of elective courses may be offered pending student interest and enrollment.

431.2 Emergency Nursing Care of Clients – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical Courses. Concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course incorporates the nursing process in nursing care that assists clients in a variety of emergency situations. The topics discussed include standards, concepts, laws, current research, and ethical implications related to emergency care of clients. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in emergency care are discussed. Emphasis is on priority setting, critical assessment, interviewing strategies, and the application of the nursing process to provide care and meet course outcomes.

431.3 Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior in Society – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course promotes a bio-psychosocial view of substance abuse and addictive behavior. It focuses on the nature, causes, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation of these problems. Students learn ways in which abused chemicals have been regarded in society and factors that may contribute to current concepts about adverse consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse and addictive behaviors. Prevention programs, formal recovery programs, and self-help programs are visited and appraised.

431.4 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical courses; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course utilizes the nursing process to study the nursing care of critically ill patients across the lifespan with a variety of problems. Topics to be covered include concepts, standards of practice, current research and ethical implications related to the care of critically ill adults. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in the critical care setting will be discussed. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to care of the critically ill patient.

431.6 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical courses; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course includes the study of concepts and principles from nursing and the sciences as they relate to the care of the critically ill neonatal and pediatric clients. Emphasis is placed on the psychosocial and physiologic needs of the client and family. The roles and functions of the nurse are discussed, as well as the ethical/legal issues encountered in the pediatric critical care environment. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to the care of these clients. Students utilize the critical care units to observe and assist with nursing care of the neonatal or pediatric client.

431.9 Independent Study Project – 1 credit hour (This course may be repeated up to 3 times)

Prerequisite: Completion of Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, Learning Strategies for Nursing Students, and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: Investigation of health related topics of interest to the student allows for in depth study to enhance student learning. This one hour course focuses on a single service learning project that provides student experience as well as a beneficial service or education event to patients and families in various settings.