NUR-Nursing Courses

Courses

NUR 100. Student Success in Nursing. 2 Hours.

This course will provide instruction regarding the competencies developed by the university to assist pre-nursing freshman students in making the transition from high school to college. Within the competencies specified by the university, students will be exposed to related topics in the School of Nursing (SON). Faculty expectations and student responsibilities will not only focus on the pre-nursing general studies but also will facilitate a platform for introducing expectations of faculty in the SON. Students will be prepped for the SON admission process, emphasizing the importance of good study habits, time management, and test taking skills. Student will visit the SON historical archive and the Lister Hill Library to view the Nightingale letters. CPR, basic skills, and a shadowing experience will give the students a sense of the holistic approach to the nursing model of care.

NUR 101. Survey of the Profession of Nursing. 2 Hours.

Will provide a greater knowledge of the nursing profession to assist pre nursing freshmen students in making their final decision requarding their application to nursing school. Within the competencies specified by the university, students will also be exposed to related topics in the School of Nursing (SON). Faculty expectations and students responsibilities will not only focus on careers in nursing but also will facilitate a platform for introducing students to nursing regulation and career opportunities. The nursing curriculum will be presented and pedagogical links will be made between selected websites and the need for that knowledge for future registered nurses. Students will also be prepped for the licensure process, emphasizing the importance of high moral character. Guest speakers representing select Advanced Practice Nursing Roles will be available to answer questions and discuss their experinces as advacned practice nurses. Students will conclude the sesmeter with acholarly paper on the topic of their choice.

NUR 305. Principles of Oncology Nursing. 3 Hours.

This course provides a theoretical base for students to diagnose and manage oncology health problems in adults. Emphassi is placed on integration of knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical assessment, and nursing and medical management.
Prerequisites: NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] or NUR 347 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 307. Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning I. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply principles of interprofessional collaboration, community partnerships,and global health in the development of a plan to address a global health problem in collaboration with a community partner. Students apply concepts and theories related to global health, interprofessional collaboration, team building, community partnerships, and the ecological framework developing a plan to address a specific global health problem with a community partner. The course focuses on planning a service learning project that will benefit a community partner. The project is planned and carried through by an interprofessional team. The course is primarily experiential, with students' time spent on planning the project and learning leadership and project planning skills.

NUR 308. Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) and Community Partnerships in Global Health. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an understanding of principles of interprofessional collaboration and community partnerships that, together with key social and economic concepts of global health, enables them to participate in developing and implementing sustainable global health projects in collaboration with local and international community partners. Working in interdisciplinary teams, students apply concepts and theories related to global health, interprofessional collaboration, team building, community partnerships, and the socioecological framework to develop a plan to address a specific global health problem with a community partner.

NUR 309L. Veterans Transition to Professional Nursing. 4 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to complete a holistic assessment and to apply fundamental nursing concepts and processes in providing safe, quality family centered nursing care in a variety of settings, focusing on medically under-served populations. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver and educator. Emphasis is on the professional attributes of the nurse, legal and ethical implications for nursing practice and beginning care competencies.

NUR 310. Concepts of Professional Nursing. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce fundamental nursing concepts and processes of professional nursing that assist in providing safe, quality nursing care to clients and their families. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver and educator. Emphasis is on the professional attributes of the nurse, legal and ethical implications for nursing practice and beginning care competencies.

NUR 311L. Nursing Skills Development I. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental nursing skills required to provide safe, quality care. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver. Emphasis is on basic psychomotor skills and beginning care competencies.

NUR 312L. Health Assessment Across the Lifespan. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to complete a holistic assessment including physiological, spiritual, cultural, psychological, and developmental components. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver and educator. Emphasis is placed on the skills and clinical reasoning necessary to assess clients/patients across the lifespan.

NUR 313L. Concepts of Professional Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to apply fundamental nursing concepts and processes in providing safe, quality family centered nursing care in a variety of settings. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver and educator. Emphasis is on the professional attributes of the nurse, legal and ethical implications for nursing practice and beginning care competencies.

NUR 314. Pharmacotherapy & Disease Process I. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce foundational pathophysiological and pharmacokinetic concepts and processes. Emphasis is on cellular injury, immunity, fluid/electrolytes, genetics, pharmacokinetics, and medication calculation.

NUR 315. Population Focused Health Care. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce health care delivery systems, behaviors and practices that affect the health status and well-being of populations (or the "overall health of populations). The focus is on the role of the nurse as caregiver, advocate, and collaborator. Emphasis is on strategies related to health promotion, illness and injury prevention, health literacy and cultural competency to improve the care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

NUR 320. Social Responsibility in Global Health. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an understanding of key social and economic concepts of global health that, together with an understanding of interprofessional collaboration and community partnerships, will enable them to participate in developing and implementing sustainable global health projects in collaboration with local and international community partners. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in two co-requisite courses that are requirements for students participating in the interprofessional global health service learning program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Working in interdisciplinary teams, students apply concepts and theories related to global health, interprofessional collaboration, team building, community partnerships, and the socioecological framework to develop a plan to address a specific global health problem with a community partner.

NUR 321L. Nursing Skills Development II. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to build on nursing skills attained in Nursing Skills Development I to provide safe, quality nursing care. The course focuses on the role of the role of the nurse as caregiver and collaborator. Emphasis is on clinical reasoning and intermediate psychomotor skills and care competencies.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 322. Concepts of Behavioral Health Nursing. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts of mental health and mental illness throughout the lifespan with consideration given to therapeutic communication and the implementation of safe, quality nursing care to clients and their families. Focus is on the roles of the nurse as caregiver, educator, counselor, advocate, and care manager. Emphasis is on the professional attributes of the nurse concerning legal, ethical, and cultural implications for nursing practice across the mental health-illness continuum.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 323L. Concepts of Behavioral Health Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to implement therapeutic communication and safe, quality, family-centered nursing care to clients in mental health settings. Focus is on the roles of the nurse as caregiver, educator, counselor, advocate, and care manager. Emphasis is on the professional attributes of the nurse concerning legal, ethical, and cultural implications for nursing practice across the mental health-illness continuum.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 324. Pharmacotherapy & Disease Process II. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to build on the knowledge gained in NUR 314 and emphasizes the application of principles of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapies to body systems. Content will align with concepts taught in Concepts of Behavioral Health and Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I.
Prerequisites: NUR 314 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 326. Concepts in Adult Health Nursing I. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to alterations in regulation and homeostasis, protection and movement, oxygenation and coping and stress tolerance. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver and educator. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of young, middle-age, and older adults.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 327L. Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to apply knowledge related to alterations in regulation and homeostasis, oxygenation, and protection and movement to the care of young, middle­ age, and older adults. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver, educator, and advocate. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of young, middle-age, and older adults.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 333. Growth and Development. 3 Hours.

The content of this course is centered around major theories of development; including physiological, psychoanalytic, social, stimulus-response, cognitive and moral. Current areas and findings of research are investigated and research designs and methods are critiqued. Self-selected in depth studies are made and shared. Contributions of the study of development functional practice of nursing are demonstrated. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.

NUR 334. Pharmacotherapy Disease Process III. 2 Hours.

This course is a continuation of Pharmocotherapy & Disease Process II. Emphasis is on the application of principles of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapies to body systems. Content will align with concepts taught in Concepts of Adult Health Nursing II and Concepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 324 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 335. Issues in Women's Health. 3 Hours.

This course will identify a broad range of health issues that are either unique to women or of special importance to women and will also examine the roles that women play as both providers and consumers of health care in the United States. The student will also provide with the opportunity to explore health care issues of women from adolescence through old age. The interface of gender, socio-economic disadvantages and minority status will be discussed. Feminist theory will provide the framework for exploring these issues. A primary object of this course is enabled the student to become an informed consume of health care services.

NUR 336. Leadership. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts of leadership development. The focus is on the roles of leader, advocate and collaborator. Emphasis is on the development of individual leadership knowledge and skills.

NUR 345L. Basic Nursing and Health Assessment Skills. 4 Hours.

NUR 345L provides basic nursing and health assessment skills that will form the foundation for more complex knowledge and skills in subsequent nursing courses. Legal and ethical (e.g., confidentiality, documentation), communication, and health concepts are reinforced throughout the course. The role of caregiver is presented as an integral part of the health care team. Learning experiences occur in the nursing skills laboratory and are essential to the course. Although knowledge and skills in this course are focused on adults, many of the concepts are adaptable to care of patients of all ages and target populations. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.

NUR 346. Pathophysiology for Professional Nursing. 3 Hours.

This course builds on the knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology to provide the adult learner with an opportunity to apply previously learned principles in explaining physiologic adaptations to pathogenic changes for the purpose of enhancing nursing care of patients. The first part of the course emphasizes the basic concepts of pathophysiology including cellular level of response, genetic alterations, fluid and electrolytes, acid-base balance, and immune response. The second part of the course focuses on the application of the basic concepts to body systems and disease processes. The relationship between pathophysiologic concepts and nursing care of clients will be emphasized throughout the course. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.

NUR 347. Pathophysiology for Professional Nursing Practice for RNs. 3 Hours.

This course builds on basic anatomy and physiology to provide the adult learner with an opportunity to apply previously learned principles in explaining physiologic adaptations to pathogenic changes for the purpose of enhancing nursing care of patients. The first part of the course emphasizes the basic concepts of pathophysiology: cellular level of response, genetic alterations, fluid and electrolytes, acid-base balance, and immune response. The second part of the course focuses on the application of the basic concepts to body systems and disease processes. The relationship between pathophysiologic concepts and nursing care of clients will be emphasized throughout the course. Admission to the RN Mobility Program required.

NUR 355. Foundations of Professional Nursing. 4 Hours.

NUR 355 focuses on the practice of professional nursing as an evidence-based, goal-directed activity for assisting patients to achieve optimal health by meeting basic human needs, providing holistic care, and engaging in health promotion. Concepts of communication, interpersonal relationships, and nursing process as a clinical decision-making strategy are introduced. Chronic and long-term internal and external environmental variables that affect the health of adults are explored. The professional role of the caregiver is developed in diverse learning experiences. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.

NUR 356L. Foundations of Professional Nursing Practicum. 3 Hours.

In this practicum component of Foundations of Professional Nursing, students are guided in the application of content studied in the theoretical portion of the course. Competencies needed by the nurse generalist in the care of adult patients are introduced and practiced. Critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills utilized by the nurse caregiver are emphasized in diverse health care settings. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.

NUR 365. Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide content necessary to promote the care of women, newborns, and the childbearing family. Focus is on knowledge that will be necessary for students to be able to promote, maintain, and restore the adaptation of culturally diverse well and high-risk clients related to, but not limited to, the childbearing experience. Content includes internal and external variables affecting the health of the family during the antepartal, intrapartal and postpartal phases of childbearing and the neonatal period. Content builds upon past knowledge from the scientific and humanistic disciplines, increases the student¿s understanding of ethical reasoning and decision-making as applicable to this client population and contributes to the body of knowledge necessary for future nursing courses. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C]) and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 366L. Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities to utilize the nursing process and critical thinking skills in caring for women, the childbearing family, and newborns. Focus is on nursing interventions in women's health and with the childbearing family that promote, maintain, and restore health. Clinical experiences are in primary and secondary settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C]) and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 370. Clinical Pharmacology. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the analysis and utilization of principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics for the purpose of planning, implementing, and evaluating therapeutic pharmacological interventions as they relate to nursing practice. The unique characteristics of special populations related to therapeutic needs, as well as drug absorption, metabolism, and excretion are defined. Admission to the School of Nursing is required.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 374. Informatics and Research for Nursing Practice. 4 Hours.

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to: (1) locate and evaluate research relevant to nursing practice; (2) use a problem solving approach to examine questions identified in nursing practice, and; (3) identify technological solutions to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Quantitative Literacy and Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 376. Nursing of the Older Adult. 3 Hours.

NUR 376 focuses on the unique needs of older adult patients who require nursing care in a variety of health care settings. The older adult as a heterogeneous, holistic person is emphasized in light of current and future health care needs. Concepts of healthy aging, and care in the preventive, restorative, acute and chronic domains will be explored. The professional role of the nurse as advocate is developed in diverse learning activities.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 378. Nursing of the Older Adult for RNs. 3 Hours.

NUR 378 focuses on the unique needs of older adult patients who require nursing care in a variety of health care settings. The older adult as a heterogeneous, holistic person is emphasized in light of current and future health care needs. Concepts of healthy aging, and care in the preventive, restorative, acute and chronic domains will be explored. The professional role of the nurse as advocate is developed in diverse learning activities. Admission to the RN Mobility Program required.

NUR 380. Spanish for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Intensive conversation to acquaint health professionals with intermediate structure of Spanish. The course focuses on practical vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, medical terminology and cultural patterns of Spanish-speaking patients.

NUR 381. Informatics and Research for Nursing Practice for RNs. 4 Hours.

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to: (1) locate and evaluate research relevant to nursing practice; (2) use a problem solving approach to examine questions identified in nursing practice, and; (3) identify technological solutions to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.

NUR 383. Health Literacy Identifying Risk Populations. 3 Hours.

NUR 383 is designed to provide students with a greater understanding and an improved knowledge level regarding the importance of health literacy and the challenges presented by low health literacy. Interventions and planned programs that are effective in the identification of low health literacy in America will be introduced to the student. The course will provide insight to the multidimensional nature of low health literacy and provide examples of multidisciplinary research in health literacy.

NUR 385. Nursing of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client. 3 Hours.

Content in NUR 385 will emphasize communication and therapeutic nursing interventions for clients adapting to internal and external environmental variables affecting mental health and psychopathology. The course focuses on the use of critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimum mental health of individuals and families. Emphasis is placed on the independent and collaborative roles of nursing in identifying risk factors for mental disorders, assessing mental health status, and designing and implementing psychobiological and psychosocial interventions associated with expected therapeutic outcomes.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C]) and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 386L. Nursing of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client Practicum. 2 Hours.

This clinical course is focused on promotion, maintenance and restoration of mental health of individuals and families. Clinical experiences provide students with opportunities to utilize skills in the therapeutic use of self, critical thinking, and nursing process with clients in psychiatric mental health clinical settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 355 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 356L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 345L [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 346 [Min Grade: C] or BY 216 [Min Grade: C]) and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 387. Supplemental Academic Course for Support (SACS). 1-3 Hour.

The purpose of this distance-accessible course is to introduce a structured format for students to review nursing concepts and processes related to a specific patient population. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver. Emphasis is on test-taking strategies and the review of didactic content to strengthen the student's knowledge base.

NUR 388. Concepts of Adult Health Nursing II. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to augment previous knowledge gained in Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I related to regulation and homeostasis, protection and movement, coping and stress tolerance and oxygenation. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver, manager, collaborator, and educator. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of young, middle-age, and older adults.
Prerequisites: NUR 321L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 322 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 323L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 324 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 326 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 327L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 336 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 389L. Concepts of Adult Health Nursing II Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to apply the expand role of the nurse in providing care for patients with alterations in regulation and homeostasis, oxygenation, and protection, and movement. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver, manager, collaborator, advocate, and educator. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of young, middle-age, and older adults.
Prerequisites: NUR 321L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 322 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 323L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 324 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 326 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 327L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 336 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 390. Independent Study in Nursing. 1-6 Hour.

Individually designed learning experiences. Must be a junior year nursing student and have a written Independent Study contract signed by the faculty and the Associate Dean.

NUR 391. Independent Study in Nursing. 1-6 Hour.

Individually designed clinical learning experiences. Must be a junior year nursing student and have a written Independent Study contract signed by the faculty and the Associate Dean.

NUR 392. Concepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing. 4 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to build upon knowledge gained in previous nursing and pre-nursing courses in the care of childbearing and childrearing families. This course focuses on the role of the nurse as educator, caregiver, collaborator, and advocate. The course emphasis is on the application of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and the scientific and humanistic disciplines to the nursing care of neonates, infants, children, adolescents, and adult women in diverse care settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 388 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 389L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 428 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 429L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 393L. Concepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing Practicum. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide nursing practice opportunities to build upon knowledge and skills gained in previous nursing, pre-nursing and Concepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing. This course focuses on implementing the roles of the nurse as educator, caregiver, collaborator, and advocate. The course emphasizes the application of theoretical and empirical knowledge to the nursing care of neonates, infants, children, adolescents and adult women in diverse care settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 388 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 389L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 428 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 429L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 395. Community and Public Health Nursing. 3 Hours.

In this theory course, students will analyze theories, processes, issues, demographic data and epidemiological trends that affect population aggregates within diverse communities. Emphasis is on professional role development to promote nursing care focused on illness and injury prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and coordination of care for diverse aggregate groups in various community settings. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and NUR 376 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 396L. Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

In this practicum course, nursing students complete a portion of their clinical hours to advance the mission of social justice in health care through community engagement and service learning. Students apply community and public health concepts through engagement within communities as they implement the nursing process with diverse populations at various community sites; in simulated clinical activities; and at assigned community-based clinical facilities. Emphasis is on professional nurse role development focused on illness and injury prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and coordination of care for aggregate groups across the life span.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and NUR 376 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 397. Community and Public Health Nursing for RNs. 4 Hours.

In this theory course, students will analyze theories, processes, issues, demographic data and epidemiological trends that affect the population aggregates within communities. Emphasis is on professional role development to promote nursing care focused on illness and injury prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and coordination of care for diverse aggregate groups in various community settings. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.
Prerequisites: NUR 374 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 474 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 475 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 401. Caring For America's Heroes: An Introduction to the Veteran's Healthcare Administration System. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to increase the student¿s understanding of long term and high acuity internal and external environmental variables which affect the health of the unique population of adult patients, veterans, within the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA). Knowledge gained in this elective course can be applied to the care of VHA patients in this and subsequent didactic and practicum nursing courses.

NUR 403. Primary Health Care in Low Resource Countries. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for the Advanced Health Care Provider who plans to deliver primary health care in countries considered to be low resource areas as designated by the World Health Organization. These students will study the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of infectious and parasitic diseases throughout the global community. In addition, nutritional deficiencies and obstetric problems will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on those health problems which are not common in high resource countries. Implementation of the World Health Organization's Integrated Management standards will be included in the study of each disease as they apply to adults adolescents, and children. Potential personal safety issues for world travelers, and information designed to alleviate these issues will be studied. Each student will focus on a specific country or global area for a more in-depth learning experience. Restrictions Nursing ONLY.

NUR 409. Healthcare and Information Technology. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts of nursing informatics introduced in previous nursing coursework to enhance patient safety and quality outcomes. The focus is on the role of the nurse as caregiver, educator, collaborator, advocate, and consumer of research. The course emphasizes healthcare and information technologies.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 410. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with skills to apply evidence to practice. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as consumer of research. The emphasis of the course is on providing the foundation for identifying potential clinical problems, searching the literature for potential evidence-based solutions, and evaluating the quality of the research literature.
Prerequisites: NUR 310 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 311L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 312L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 313L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 314 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 315 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 419. Health Issues in Culturally Diverse Populations in the United States. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with an overview of health issues and health disparities confronting culturally diverse populations in the United States. The course also addresses genetic, cultural, historical and demographic factors that influence these health issues and disparities, implications for culturally effective health care, and for development of health policy.

NUR 426. Concepts of Complex Nursing. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to integrate and apply knowledge from previous courses to the care of patients and their families experiencing complex health conditions. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver, manager, collaborator, advocate, leader, and educator. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of diverse patients and families with complex health conditions.
Prerequisites: NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 388 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 389L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 427L. Concepts of Complex Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to apply the expanded role of the nurse in providing family­ centered nursing care for clients and their families experiencing complex health conditions. The course focuses on the role of the nurse as caregiver, manager, collaborator, advocate, leader, and educator. Emphasis is on the nursing care and management of complex health issues for patients across the life-span in a variety of settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 388 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 389L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 428. Concepts of Community and Public Health Nursing. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for culturally competent care to populations in a community. The focus is on the roles of educator, caregiver, advocate, coach, collaborator, and consumer of research. Emphasis is on protecting and enhancing the health of local, state, national, and global populations.
Prerequisites: NUR 321L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 322 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 323L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 324 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 326 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 336 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 327L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 429L. Concepts of Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to apply content from previous courses to advance the mission on social justice in health care through community engagement with vulnerable, at-risk individuals and populations. The focus is on the professional roles of caregiver, educator, advocate, health coach, counselor, leader, collaborator, and interprofessional team member, Emphasis is on injury and illness prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health literacy, and disaster preparedness for population aggregates in local, national, and global communities.
Prerequisites: NUR 321L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 322 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 323L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 324 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 326 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 336 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 327L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 431L. Nursing Skills Development III. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to build on nursing skills attained in NUR 321L to provide safe, quality care. The course focuses on the role of the role of the nurse as caregiver and collaborator. Emphasis is on critical inquiry, clinical reasoning, problem solving and advanced psychomotor and care competencies.
Prerequisites: NUR 334 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 388 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 389L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 434. Perspectives in Global Health Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of global aspects of health care leadership. The course will focus on identification of characteristics of global health care leaders, leadership theories, and strategies to develop one's own personal leadership abilities. The course will provide students with a unique opportunity to interact with health care leaders from countries around the world, and develop projects related to an aspect of global health care leadership of interest to each student.

NUR 435. Nursing of the Adult. 4 Hours.

NUR 435 focuses on patients across the adult lifespan who require nursing care in high acuity health care settings. Internal and external environmental variables that have implications for long-term and episodic care are studied in this course. Emphasis is placed on the use of the problem-solving process in health promotion, meeting physiological needs, and providing holistic care during illness and at the end of life. The professional role of the caregiver is further developed in increasingly complex learning experiences.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 374 [Min Grade: C] or NUR 484 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 436L. Nursing of the Adult Practicum. 3 Hours.

In the practicum component of Nursing of the Adult, students apply content learned in the companion theory course. Competencies needed by the nurse generalist in the care of adult patients are developed in increasingly complex learning experiences. Critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills utilized by the nurse caregiver in a variety of health care settings are emphasized. All Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Co-requisite: NUR 435.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 374 [Min Grade: C] or NUR 484 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 437. Principles of Genetics. 3 Hours.

This elective course provides the foundation to examination, integration, and evaluation of genetic principles to future advances in genetic health and counseling. Opportunity is given to apply ethical principles in decision making related to nursing care of families with genetic health patterns or problems. Must be enrolled in the School of Nursing.

NUR 439. Complementary Therapies and Integrative Health Care. 3 Hours.

The focus of this elective course is on holistic nursing utilizing complementary and alternative therapies and integrative health care as an emerging paradigm in the health care arena. This course will examine both the concepts of integrative health care and major complementary therapies, including theoretical basis and research support, actions, uses, contraindications, and side effects. The socio-cultural, economic, legal and ethical issues associated with complementary therapies will be included as well as standards for practice and available resources. Students will be encouraged to explore ways in which they can counsel patients regarding complementary therapies as well as potential inclusion of the therapies in their own practice.

NUR 442. Health, Education, and Social Welfare in a Global Community. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a cross-cultural experience in which they will spend time in a selected global community while learning about health, educational and social welfare issues. Students will participate in pre-trip seminar in Birmingham or on-line prior to travel. The seminar(s) will focus on an overview of the course, a model of assessing culture and an overview of selected global community's culture. Students will also participate in seminars on a variety of health, education and social welfare topics provided by the course instructor and by resource persons from the selected global community.

NUR 444. Principles of Developmental Care Newborn Infants. 3 Hours.

Provides students with an overview of principles of individualized care for newborns and infants. The course also addresses principles of family-centered care as a key component of developmental care. Students review concepts and theories related to molecular biology, fetal, infant and family development, psychology, and sociology in assessing and planning care to promote optimal development of high risk infants and families. Students explore roles of nurses and other interdisciplinary team members in developmental care, are assessed, and develop plans to promote organizational change in order to incorporate developmental care principles in a clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 365 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 445. Nursing of the Child and Adolescent. 3 Hours.

Course provides knowledge that is essential for the professional nursing care of children from infancy through adolescence within the context of the family. Students examine the physical, nutritional, developmental, psychological, cognitive, psychosocial, educational, and spiritual needs of children and adolescents adapting to common and complex environmental variables that affect health. Students explore the roles of the professional nurse as caregiver, educator, advocate, and collaborator in providing nursing care to children and adolescents in a variety of settings. Writing competency is an additional focus of this course. Writing is a significant component of this course.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 374 [Min Grade: C] or NUR 484 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 446L. Nursing of the Child and Adolescent Practicum. 2 Hours.

NUR 446L provides clinical nursing practice opportunities with children/adolescents within the context of the family in selected hospital and community settings and the nursing simulations laboratory. Students apply knowledge of physical, nutritional, developmental, psychological, cognitive, psychosocial, educational, and spiritual needs of children adapting to common and complex environmental variables that affect health. Students implement the roles of the professional nurse as caregiver, educator, advocate, and collaborator in providing nursing care to children and adolescents in a variety of settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 385 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 386L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 370 [Min Grade: C] and (NUR 374 [Min Grade: C] or NUR 484 [Min Grade: C])

NUR 447L. Synthesis and Assimilation Practicum. 4 Hours.

The purpose of this course is the synthesis and assimilation of skills and clinical reasoning drawn from all previous nursing courses and is intended to prepare students to function independently in the management and provision of nursing care to an assigned cohort of patients. The focus of the course is on the professional roles of caregiver, educator, consumer of research, advocate, counselor, leader, and inter- and intra-professional team member. The course emphasizes quality and safety in the provision of nursing care.
Prerequisites: NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 410 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 426 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 427L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 428 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 429L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 431L [Min Grade: C]

NUR 448. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the transition of the student into the role of a professional nurse. The course focuses on all professional nursing roles. Emphasis is on leadership and management theories and models, resource allocation and management, delegation, legal implications of practice, continuous quality improvement, healthcare systems, and contemporary issues in healthcare.
Prerequisites: NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 410 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 426 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 427L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 428 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 429L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 431L [Min Grade: C]

NUR 449. Synthesis Review Course. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to successful complete the NCLEX® examination. The course focuses on all professional nursing roles. Emphasis is on the synthesis of knowledge from all nursing courses as well as the humanities, and the social, behavioral, and natural sciences.
Prerequisites: NUR 409 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 410 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 426 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 427L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 428 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 429L [Min Grade: C] and NUR 431L [Min Grade: C]

NUR 450. Honors Seminar I - Introduction to Nursing Research. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with introductory knowledge of nursing research. The course focuses on the role of the nurse researcher with emphasis on providing the fundation for understanding the role of nursing research in nursing practice and in healthcare, conducting ethical research, and searching the literature for an area of research interest.

NUR 451. Honors Seminar II - Exploring Nursing Research. 2 Hours.

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to: (1) locate and examine nursing research relevant to a specific nursing problem; (2) discuss the quality of qualitative and quantitative research evidence; and (3) discuss common nursing research designs and methodologies.
Prerequisites: NUR 450 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 452L. Honors Seminar III - Research Immersion. 3 Hours.

This course provides opportunities for participation in an ongoing research project. Course content includes information about the role of teams in research, the role of the nurse in leading research teams, and guidelines for preparation of manuscripts and presentations. Course activities include discussion research projects and exploration of the student's role as a team member. Professional expectations include dissemination of research experiences with peers and communities of interest.
Prerequisites: NUR 450 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 451 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 455. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on leadership and management theories and models, resource allocation and management, delegation, conflict resolution, legal implications of practice, managed care, evaluation of practice, continuous quality improvement, healthcare systems, and contemporary issues in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on the integration of all professional role behaviors, application of research, and leadership/management of care as the transition is made from the student role to that of practicing professional nurse.
Prerequisites: NUR 435 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 436L [Min Grade: P] and NUR 445 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 446L [Min Grade: P]

NUR 456L. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practicum. 5 Hours.

NUR 456L - Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practicum - 5 Capstone course focuses on direct and indirect clinical performance in the areas of nursing process, leadership and management, evidence-based practice, and the demonstration of professional nursing role behavior as the transition is made from student role to practicing nurse professional. As a capstone course for the BSN program, experiences in ths course will also provide the student with opportunities to demonstrate discipline-specific proficiency related tow riting, quantitative literacy and ethics/civic responsibility. Prerequisites: All courses in the nursing program, except NUR 395 and NUR 396L which may be take prior to or concurrently with NUR 456L. Co-requisite: NUR 455.

NUR 457. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing for RNs. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on leadership and management theories and models, resource allocation and management, delegation, conflict resolution, legal implications of practice, managed care, evaluation of practice, continuous quality improvement, healthcare systems, and contemporary issues in the workplace Emphasis is placed on the integration of all professional role behaviors, application of research, and leadership/management skills.
Prerequisites: NUR 397 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 458L. Leadership Development Practicum for RNs. 2 Hours.

This practicum is designed to enable RN students to build on their existing clinical expertise, broaden their exposure to different specialty areas, and apply theory learned throughout the BSN curriculum to meet the needs of individual clients, client groups, other health care providers, and the public at large. As a capstone course for the RN Mobility Program, specific experiences will provide the student with opportunities to develop leadership/management skills while working with aggregate groups within the community and to demonstrate discipline-specific proficiency related to writing, quantitative literacy, and ethic/civic responsibility.
Prerequisites: NUR 397 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

NUR 459L. Enhanced Clinical Nursing for the RN. 1-3 Hour.

This practicum course permits the practicing RN to augment previous nursing knowledge and expand their current role as a professional nurse. The course focuses on the role of the bachelor's prepared nurse as caregiver, manager, collaborator, advocate, and educator.

NUR 462. Neonatal Behavior Assessment in Clinical Nursing Practice. 2 Hours.

This elective course provides students with the knowledge and skills of neonatal behavioral assessment. Focus is placed upon concepts underlying the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, behavioral characteristics of newborns, and cultural differences and assessment of low and high risk neonates.

NUR 465. Concepts of Management of the High Risk Neonate. 3 Hours.

This course provides theoretical concepts essential to the nursing management of high-risk neonates and families. Students examine the impact of environmental variables on the biophysical, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, development, and educational needs of the neonate. The focus of the course is on the concepts of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of the high-risk neonate and family as they adapt to environmental variables. Students examine legal, historical, political, socio-cultural, ethical, technological, and economic issues related to the care of high-risk neonates and their families. In addition, students analyze current research and the role of the professional nurse in providing care to high risk neonates and families.
Prerequisites: (NUR 365 [Min Grade: C] and NUR 366L [Min Grade: C])

NUR 474. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 4 Hours.

Using an online format, this course is designed to enhance the registered nurse¿s knowledge of the role of the professional nurse in meeting the health needs of society. Historical, legal, political, and ethical issues affecting the profession will be examined. The relationship between selected issues, trends, and theories and professional nursing practice will be analyzed. Students will examine behaviors related to various roles of the professional nurse, including caregiver, teacher, advocate, research consumer, and counselor. Additionally, this course addresses communication skills necessary to a professional nurse including writing and computer literacy. Writing and Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.

NUR 475. Health Assessment Across the Lifespan for RNs. 4 Hours.

The structure of the course allows the student opportunity for directed and self-directed learning experiences. In an online classroom, students are guided in a series of learning activities designed to increase the knowledge and skill of the professional nurse related to health assessment of individuals and family. In addition to physical assessment, students will review other components of a holistic assessment including spiritual, cultural, psychological, and developmental assessment. Admission to the RN Mobility Program is required.

NUR 475L. Health Assessment Across the Lifespan for RNs. 4 Hours.

The structure of the course allows the student opportunity for directed and self-directed learning experiences. In an online classroom, students are guided in a series of learning activities designed to increase the knowledge and skill of the professional nurse related to health assessment of individuals and family. In addition to physical assessment, students will review other components of a holistic assessment including spiritual, cultural, psychological, and developmental assessment. Admission to the RN Mobility Program is required.

NUR 478. Sexuality Issues in Health and Illness: A Lifespan Approach. 3 Hours.

This elective course includes the ethical, social, biological and psychological concepts of human sexuality. Open to non-nursing majors with permission of instructor.

NUR 481. Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

This advanced course emphasizes and expands intensive conversation, technical readings and vocabulary pertinent to the medical field. The course focuses on practical vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, medical terminology and cultural patterns of Spanish-speaking patients.
Prerequisites: NUR 380 [Min Grade: C]

NUR 490. Independent Study in Nursing. 1-6 Hour.

Independent Study in Nursing. Must be a senior year nursing student and have a written Independent Study contact signed by the Associate Dean.

NUR 491. Independent Study in Nursing. 1-6 Hour.

Independent Study in Nursing. Must be a senior year nursing student and have a written Independent Study contact signed by the Associate Dean.

NUR 499. Living with Loss. 3 Hours.

This elective course includes loss, grief, body-image changes, loss due to chronic conditions, and loss of life in childhood and adulthood, explored from the viewpoint of health-care professionals.