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NURS Courses

NURS 110: Nursing Assistant
Prerequisites: Placement into college level Reading and English and a Math COMPASS score of 40 or greater in the Pre-Algebra domain; authorization for Live Scan fingerprint (required by Illinois law); physical exam, including TB test; and a uniform purchase. The course prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals, and private homes. Basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity will be the focus of this course. The course contains a variety of skills which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. NURS 110 meets federal and state guidelines for nursing assistant training, and students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the competency evaluation required for nursing assistants. 8 HRS

NURS 112: Introduction to Nursing
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program. This course focuses on the development of the individual as a nursing student and the conceptual and theoretical aspects of nursing practice and health care using Orem’s self-care model. The student will explore the evolution of professional nursing and the foundation of the science and art of nursing. A basic understanding of moral problems and a variety of resolutions, as well as gaining insight to health care delivery issues, understanding the legal parameters of nursing care, and exploring the influences of nursing politics will be developed. 1 HR

NURS 113: Medication Principles for Nurses
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the nursing program or department approval. This course is designed to provide nursing students with a systematic review of medications and various methods of calculating dosages. Students will develop an understanding of basic pharmacology principles and calculation methods to safely administer medications. Topics include basic pharmacology, systems of measurement to safely calculate dosages, and basic medication administration principles. Critical thinking applied to safe administration of medications will be emphasized throughout the course. This course does not fulfill the general education mathematics requirement(s) for either the A.A. degree or the A.S. degree. 1 HR

NURS 117: Fundamentals of Nursing
Prerequisites: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 181, NURS112, NURS 113 and PSY 101. This course in nursing fundamentals builds upon expanded knowledge and skills acquired as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Orem’s self care model will be utilized by the student to develop and begin using critical thinking pathways. Scientific principles and clinical skills increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experience focuses on continued development of dexterity and proficiency of psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area provide students with the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skill in the provision of direct client care. 8 HRS

NURS 122: Community-Based Nursing
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, NURS 112. This course introduces the student to the practice of community health nursing using Orem’s self-care model. The focus is on foundational knowledge required to practice in community settings, including communication, teaching and learning, health promotion, and disease prevention. Quality management and use of power, politics, and public policy will be explored in creating and maintaining new health care delivery systems in the community. 1 HR

NURS 134: Nursing Individuals with Chronic Health Problems
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 112, 113, NURS 117 and PSY 101 and concurrent enrollment or successful completion of NURS 122, BIOL 182, and ENGL 101. The focus of this course is on the nursing care of clients with the most commonly experienced alterations of perfusion, oxygenation, nutrition, elimination, regulatory processes, and integumentary problems. Orem’s self-care model will be utilized by the student to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with chronic health problems. Clinical skills, based on scientific principles, increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experience focuses on continued development of dexterity and proficiency of psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area will afford students the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skill in providing nursing care. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 HRS

NURS 135: Nursing Childbearing/Rearing Families
Prerequisite: NURS 134 and PSY 101 and concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, BIOL 182, ENGL 101, and NURS 122. This course of obstetrical and pediatric nursing focuses on the family utilizing Orem’s self-care model. A beginning application of critical thinking pathways will be developed in this specialized content area. The campus laboratory experiences focus on the assessment of the pregnant individual, the newborn, and application of growth and development principles. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area, as well as the community, provide students with the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skills. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 HRS

NURS 136: Practical Nursing
Prerequisite: Successful completion of NURS 122, NURS 135, BIOL 182, ENGL 101 and PSY 101. The focus of this course is the provision of nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic health problems of the most commonly experienced alterations in sexuality, immunologic responses, mobility, sensori-neural processes, and mental health. Orem’s self-care model will be used as a foundation for nursing practice. Students are provided a faculty-supervised opportunity to utilize the nursing process, nursing skills, and theoretical knowledge in an acute care setting. The standards of practical nursing as set forth by the state of Illinois are presented. After successful completion of NURS 136, the student will be able to proceed to NCLEX-PN examination. This is an 8-week course which meets 18 hours for 6 hours credit. (Lec 3 Lab 3) 6 HRS

NURS 165: IV Therapy for LPN’s
Prerequisite: State of Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse. The course is designed to provide LPNs with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely administer intravenous therapy under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. Content to be covered includes basic anatomy and physiology, use of equipment, the processes of venipuncture, maintenance and discontinuance of intravenous flow, as well as the legal aspects of intravenous therapy. The course includes faculty-supervised laboratory application of selected skills in an acute care setting. This course meets 2.5 hours for 2 hours credit. (Lec 1.5 Lab .5) 2 HRS

NURS 232: Leadership & Management in Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 122, NURS 135, BIOL 182, ENGL 101 and PSY 101; concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, NURS 240, NURS 241, BIOL 191 and ENGL 102. The need for awareness of economic, political, and regulatory forces that impact the delivery of care will be considered in light of the nursing role in the management of care. Students will examine systems and mechanisms of case management, effective delegation, teamwork strategies, and evaluation of allied personnel. They will explore change theory as a means to develop personal strategies to facilitate and support changes in health care delivery that will result in quality outcomes for clients. 1 HR

NURS 240: Mental Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 122, NURS 135, BIOL 182, ENGL 101 and PSY 101; concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, NURS 232, BIOL 191 and ENGL 102. The focus of this course is provision of nursing care to children and adults with alterations in mental health. Orem’s self-care model will be used to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with acute and chronic mental health problems. Case studies and audiovisuals will be used in the campus laboratory to enhance student learning. Planned faculty-supervised clinical experiences in a variety of community settings in addition to observational experiences will provide students with the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skills with individuals of varying problems and age groups. This is an 8-week course which meets 12 hours for 4 hours credit. (Lec 2 Lab 2) 4 HRS

NURS 241: Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems I
Prerequisite: NURS 122, NURS 240, BIOL 182, ENGL 101 and PSY 101; concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, NURS 232, BIOL 191 and ENGL 102. This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with alterations in mobility, regulatory processes, sensori-neural processes and sensory deprivation. Orem’s self-care model will be utilized by the student to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with acute health problems. Scientific principles and clinical skills increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experiences enhance the development of increased dexterity and proficiency of techniques. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide students with the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skill in providing nursing care. Clinical experiences are completed by observational experiences in specialty areas. This is an 8-week course which meets 12 hours for 4 hours credit. (Lec 2 Lab 2) 4 HRS

NURS 242: Contemporary Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 232, NURS 241, BIOL 191, and ENGL 102; concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, NURS 245, COMM 101, and SOC 101. This course is designed to reinforce previously learned concepts and introduce new concepts that are essential for entry into the practice of professional nursing. There will be an emphasis on the characteristics of health care delivery worldwide. Student development will be a continuing focus as students evaluate strategies to secure positions in nursing that are compatible with personal capabilities. Legal requirements for entry into practice will be reviewed. Elements of role transition will be examined as well as techniques of professional collegial relationships, networking skills, and life long learning. 1 HR

NURS 245: Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems II
Prerequisite: NURS 232, NURS 241, BIOL 182, BIOL 191, ENGL 102, and PSY 101 and concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, COMM 101, NURS 242, and SOC 101. This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with acute alterations in oxygenation, perfusion, nutrition and sexuality. Critical thinking pathways will be applied holistically utilizing Orem’s self-care model when caring for individuals with acute health problems. Campus laboratory experiences allow the student to practice more complex psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide the student the opportunity to implement a more sophisticated knowledge base and skill level. The students also plan and deliver a supervised group health teaching project in the community. Clinical experiences are complemented by observational experiences in specialty areas. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 HRS

NURS 246: Nursing Care of the Individual with Complex Health Problems
Prerequisite: NURS 232, NURS 245, BIOL 182, BIOL 191, ENGL 102, and PSY 101 and concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, COMM 101, NURS 242, and SOC 101. This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with complex alterations in nutrition, regulatory processes, and immunological functioning. Critical thinking pathways will be chosen using Orem’s self-care model when caring for individuals and families with complex health problems. Faculty-supervised campus laboratory and clinical experiences will provide an opportunity for students to analyze the depth and breadth of the nursing role in complex situations in health care. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide students with the opportunity to implement leadership and management concepts with their peers, as well as providing care to individuals with complex health problems. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 HRS

NURS 250: Adult Health Assessment
Prerequisite: State of Illinois RN or LPN license or NURS 241. A course in the health assessment of the adult client using a systems approach, while providing a foundation for assessment and diagnosis utilizing the nursing process. Campus laboratory experiences with partners will provide students the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skills in assessing the adult client. This course meets 3 hours for 2 hours credit. (Lec 1 Lab 1) 2 HRS