Nursing Course Descriptions - Undergraduate

Prerequisite and co-requisites for the nursing courses are specified for classified students. Student-at-large and RN students should contact the Office of Admissions for the requirements for a specific course. Exceptions require the consent of the course faculty and Dean of Undergraduate Program. The nursing major is taken during the junior and senior years.

Junior Year-First Semester

The prerequisite for enrollment in the first semester is completion of the pre-nursing curriculum.

310 - Health Assessment 3 s.h. (2/1)*
This course is designed to develop skills for physical, developmental, psychosocial and spiritual assessment of well clients with emphasis on normal variations. Communication skills, interviewing techniques and history taking essential to the nursing process are taught and practiced. Opportunities for practice and validation of assessment skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory. This course is taken prior to or concurrently with Concepts Basic to Nursing. (Prerequisite: completion of 62 s.h. required pre-nursing courses, prior to or concurrent with 320. Prerequisite for Student-at-Large: 6-8 s.h. anatomy and physiology, 3-4 s.h. chemistry, 3-4 s.h. microbiology or RN or approval of the President or Dean Undergraduate Program.)

312 - Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
This course presents the concepts and theories of adaptations in altered health states and their application to physiological needs. Major health problems of varying age groups are utilized to illustrate these concepts and theories. Throughout the course the student applies previously acquired knowledge from anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology, as well as other basic sciences. (Prerequisite: completion of 62 s.h. required pre-nursing courses, prior to or concurrent with 320. Prerequisites for Student-at-Large: 6-8 s.h. anatomy and physiology, 3-4 s.h. chemistry, 3-4 s.h. microbiology or approval of the President or Dean Undergraduate Program.)

314-Pharmacological Basis For Nursing Practice 3s.h.
This course provides a broad overview of the historical development, regulatory controls and current practices of pharmacotherapeutics. Drug classifications with related actions, effects and interactions are presented. The roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in drug therapy are identified. (Prerequisite: completion of 62 s.h. required pre-nursing courses, prior to or concurrent with 320 or approval of the Dean/Associate Dean. Prerequisites for Student-at-Large: 6-8 s.h. anatomy and physiology, 3-4 s.h. chemistry, 3-4 s.h. microbiology or approval of the President or Dean Undergraduate Program.)

315 - Concepts For Professional Nursing - RN 3 s.h.
This course provides an overview of the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education and introduces the student to the philosophy and organizing framework of the College. The RN student with unique life and work experience is guided to conceptualize changes in professional nursing roles. Topics include: caring,interaction in nursing, nursing process, health promotion and maintenance, health care delivery system and contemporary nursing. The course provides a forum for discussion of changing perceptions and dimensions of professional nursing. This course assists the student to develop a conceptual framework for baccalaureate nursing. (Prerequisite: RN who has completed 62 s.h. pre-nursing courses or is enrolled in pre-nursing curriculum.)

320 - Concepts Basic To Professional Nursing 6 s.h. (4.5/1.5)*
This course presents the concepts and theories basic to the practice of professional nursing. It provides a broad overview of the philosophy and organizing framework of the College. The history of nursing, code of ethics, nurse practice act and standards of nursing practice are introduced. The roles and characteristics of the professional nurse,with emphasis on the role of care giver and educator, are discussed. The components of the nursing process and its application to the client's needs in health promotion and maintenance are presented. The course includes religious beliefs and practices as a basis for planning care to meet spiritual needs of clients. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory and in predictable clinical situations. Optional laboratory sessions are offered for additional practice. The student recognizes the influence of leadership and research on client care and the profession. The course is taken concurrently with or after Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology. (Prerequisite: completion of 62 s.h. required pre-nursing courses, concurrent with or after 310, 312, and 314 or approval of President or Dean Undergraduate Program.)


Junior Year-Second Semester

The prerequisite to enrollment in the second semester is satisfactory completion of all of the first semester courses

302 - Ethics and Health Care Implications 3 s.h.
The course is designed to guide the student in developing a basis for making bioethical decisions from a Judeo-Christian value system. The student is acquainted with the ethical systems utilized in bioethical decision-making. Selected health situations requiring ethical decisions are studied. (Prerequisites: Completion 310, 312, 314, and 320 preferred or approval of President or Dean Undergraduate Program)

327 - Nursing Care of Clients with Psychosocial Problems 6 s.h. (3/3)*
In this course concepts and theories related to human behavior and psychopathology are studied. The nursing process is implemented to meet client needs with emphasis on the higher level needs of safety and security, love and belonging, and esteem and self-esteem. The therapeutic use of self and concepts of group process are utilized as interventions for assisting clients to adapt within their social system. The facilitator role of the nurse is emphasized within this course. The collaborative relationship between the nurse and other health team members in the mental health care systems explored. Nursing responsibilities associated with mental health treatment modalities are practiced. Learning experiences provide the opportunity to care for clients in various stages of the life cycle. A variety of acute care, intermediate and community settings are utilized for promotion and restoration of health and rehabilitation for individuals, families and groups. (Prerequisites: Completion of 310, 312, 314, and 320.)

328 - Nursing Care of the Child and Family 6 s.h. (3/3)*
In this course concepts and theories related to the process of childbearing and childrearing are studied. The nursing process is implemented to meet the physiological and psychological needs of the family and its individual members with special emphasis on the higher level needs of safety, security, protection, love and belonging. Interactions between the nurse, child and family are stressed. The role of educator is emphasized within this course. Learning experiences include opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in the care of children from birth through adolescence and families throughout the childbearing cycle. A variety of acute care and community settings are utilized for promotion and restoration of health and rehabilitation for individuals and families. (Prerequisites: Completion of 310, 312, 314, and 320.)


Senior Year-First Semester

The prerequisite for enrollment in the first semester clinical courses is satisfactory completion of 327 and 328.

316 - Nursing Research 3 s.h.
This course focuses on the research process and the use of evidence as integral components of professional nursing. Concepts and theories from the liberal arts and science background serve as a base for the acquisition of new research knowledge and skills. The types of research methodology and the steps in the research process are presented. Selected research findings are utilized in exploring nursing care alternatives. Utilizing knowledge of the research process, the student critiques research articles and completes a research project based on an identified nursing problem. (Prerequisites: Completion of 310, 312, 314, 320, and Statistics.)

420 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client in Illness 6 s.h. (3/3)*
This course centers on care of adult clients in illness and focuses on promotion and restoration of health and rehabilitation. The student implements the nursing process in the care of clients experiencing a disruption in one or more of the basic physiological needs. The holistic nature of the individual is emphasized in designing care. Integrated within this course are the nursing responsibilities related to therapeutic interventions. These interventions include drug therapy, diet therapy, surgery and other treatment modalities. Opportunities for application of knowledge and skills are provided in a variety of setting in predominantly predictable situations. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327 and 328; Successful completion of HESI Mid-curricular exam)

424 - Nursing Care of Clients in the Community 6 s.h. (3/3)*
In this course, concepts and theories of community health are studied. Health needs, problems and issues impacting on the community and available community resources are discussed. The course focuses on implementation of the nursing process for clients of all ages in wellness and illness in the community setting. The basic needs of the client are addressed with particular emphasis on the higher level needs of safety, security, love and belonging. The student identifies and selects appropriate community resources based on the assessment of client needs. Learning experiences are provided with clients from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups. A variety of community settings are utilized. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327 and 328; Successful completion of HESI Mid-curricular exam. For RNs: Completion of 310 and 315)


Senior Year-Second Semester

The prerequisite to enrollment in the second semester of the senior year is satisfactory completion of 420 and 424. Perspectives for Professional Nursing Practice may be taken after satisfactory completion of 327 and 328.

410 - Perspectives for Professional Nursing Practice 2 s.h.
This course presents issues, problem and changes confronting the profession of nursing. The emergence of new roles in nursing and the relationship of nursing to the health care delivery system are studied. The student explores the impact of selected influences on the present and future practice of nursing. The responsibilities of the nurse to the profession are emphasized. (Prerequisites: completion of 327 and 328)

428 - Nursing Care of Clients in Complex Situations 8 s.h. (3/5)*
In this course the student studies concepts and theories related to the care of individuals, families or groups experiencing a critical disruption in one or more needs. Emphasis is on the restorative and supportive care of clients in predictable and unpredictable situations. Clinical application focuses on the care giver and leadership roles of the nurse. Students have the opportunity to practice skilled nursing interventions for clients in crisis, to participate as an integral member of the health care team, and utilize management principles in the leadership role. The interrelated professional roles of care giver, advocate, facilitator, educator, leader, manager and researcher are practiced. A variety of settings are available for clinical application. (Prerequisites: Completion of 302, 316, 327, 328, 420, 424, and concurrent with or after 430.)

429 - Experience in Clinical Nursing 6 s.h.
In this course, the student will focus on nursing care of clients with a critical disruption of one or more needs resulting in complex health problems. Emphasis is on the restorative and supportive care of clients in both predictable and unpredictable situations. Students participate as an integral member of the health care team and provide therapeutic nursing interventions to clients experiencing crisis. Students also utilize (apply) management principles in a leadership role. The interrelated professional roles of care giver, advocate, facilitator, educator, leader, manager, and researcher are practiced. For those RNs wishing to meet this course requirement with a portfolio, one year of clinical experience (minimum of 1000 hours) is required. (0/6)* (Prerequisites: RN only. Completion of 302, 310, 315, 316, 424, and 430)

430 - Management for Nurses 3 s.h.
This course emphasizes the concepts and theories utilized in the managerial process as it relates to nursing. Topics include:management theories, change process, conflict resolution and decision-making. The roles and responsibilities of an effective manager are discussed. Emphasis is on communication skills that facilitate interactions which promote caring, productive working relationships. Opportunities for application of management principles/skills are provided in the course Nursing Care of Clients in Complex Situations. Management for Nurses must be taken prior to or concurrently with Nursing Care of Clients in Complex Situations. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420, 424, and prior to or concurrent with 428. For RNs: Completion of 310, 315, 424 preferred)

431 - Elective or Independent Study 1-3 s.h.
Health related topics of interest to the student allow 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.

431.1 - Oncology Nursing 3 s.h. (2/1)*
In this course the student studies concepts and theories related to the care of individuals and their families experiencing a diagnosis of cancer. Emphasis is on restorative, rehabilitative and supportive care of clients. Students have the opportunity to explore an area of interest related to the care of the oncology clients. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420 and 424. Prerequisites for RN's: None.)

431.2 - Emergency Nursing Care of Clients 3 s.h. (2/1)*
This course incorporates the nursing process with the study of emergency nursing care that assists clients in a variety of emergency situations. The topics include: standards, concepts, laws, current research and ethical implications. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in emergency care are discussed. Emphasis is on priority setting, critical assessment, interview strategies and the application of the nursing process to provide caring and meet course objectives. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420 and 424. Prerequisites for RN's: None.)

431.3 - Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior in Society 3 s.h.
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 factor that may contribute to current concepts about adverse consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse and addictive behavior. Prevention programs, formal recovery programs and self-help programs are visited and appraised. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420, and 424. Prerequisite for Student-at-Large: completion of introduction to psychology and to sociology. Prerequisite for RN's: none.)

431.4 - Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult 3 s.h. (2/1)*
This course utilizes the nursing process to study the nursing care of critically ill adult clients with a variety of problems. Topics to be covered include concepts, standards of practice, current research and ethical implications. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in the critical care setting are discussed. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to care of the critically ill client. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420 and 424. Prerequisites for RN's: None.)

431.5 - Pediatric Critical Care Nursing 3 s.h. (2/1)*
This course includes the study of concepts and principles from the sciences and nursing as they relate to the care of the critically ill pediatric client. 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 critical care environment. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to the care of these clients. Students utilize the critical care unit to observe and assist with nursing care of the pediatric client. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420, 424. Prerequisites for RN: none.)

431.7 - Nursing Care of the Perioperative Client 3 s.h. (2/1)*
This course is designed to assist the student in providing holistic nursing care for the client in the perioperative and perianesthesia setting. Guided by the professional standards of care, the student practices therapeutic use of self in the roles of caregiver, client advocate, educator, facilitator, and research consumer. The nursing process and concepts of caring are applied in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family. Previous coursework provides a basis for care of clients in unpredictable situations. Content includes preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative assessment/care, physiologic challenges such as pulmonary, cardiovascular, thermoregulation, positioning, and pain complications, as well as, legal, ethical, and research issues. The student enhances critical thinking and professional communication in using the nursing process to develop and implement nursing care in the ambulatory and hospital settings. (Prerequisites: Completion of 327, 328, 420, 424)

431.8 - Summer Clinical Elective 3 s.h.
This course helps prepare the baccalaureate-nursing student to integrate nursing theories, concepts and experiences in the preparation for the practice as a professional nurse. Within this course, the goals of nursing are the promotion and maintenance of health; the care and rehabilitation of the sick and the injured; and the support of the dying based on the Catholic ethical principles and Catholic social teachings. Learning is both an independent and an interdependent process. The student functions with the interdisciplinary team and is assigned to a preceptor who serves as a role model and clinical resource person while enrolled in this nursing education program. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Extern Program or another approved extern program and fulfillment of the admission requirements to the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing as a student or student-at-large.)

432 - Seminar in Contemporary Nursing Practice 3 s.h.
This course focuses on contemporary issues that nurses face in the rapidly changing profession of nursing and health care environment. The student will use critical thinking skills to develop collaborative management strategies. Topics for the course include: health care financing and economics, health policy and politics, cultural and social issues, and other issues currently shaping the practice of professional nursing. (Prerequisites: RNs only. Completion of 315. Completion of or concurrent registration in 302 or approval of instructor.)

*The first number is credit hours for theory. The second number is credit hours for laboratory or clinical.


Accelerated Pathway

450 -Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 4 s.h.
This course is directed to the RN student with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree seeking to advance to the MSN level. The course will build upon prior education and experience to enhance professional practice and growth. The student will be introduced to an overview of the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education and the organizational framework of the College. Critical components of professional nursing discussed include: caring, communication, critical thinking, teaching/learning process, nursing roles and changes, legal issues, leadership, management, change theory and professional ethics.