Course Descriptions

NURSING (NUR)

NUR 200 Introduction to Nursing Concepts (4)

This course is an introduction to the science and art of the profession of nursing. The conceptual framework, overarching themes, and key concepts for the Chaminade University School of Nursing are explored. Nursing evolution, role, ethics, scope and standards of practice, nursing process, responsibilities and professionalism, are applied. The central concepts of the nursing discipline, health and wellness, and culture and diversity including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island and Marianist principles and values, provide the context for teaching and learning. Service-learning is a required element of the course, with a 10-hour service-learning activity.

NUR 202 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I (3) 2 credits Didactic, 1 credit Lab

This nursing course explores processes underlying all disease; systematically reviews pathological changes; and integrates it with pharmacology concepts. There is a focus on disease processes associated with physiologic responses, manifestations, and diagnostic testing of selected health alterations. The complexity of disease and chronic disease will be explored. This course builds upon the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This course also provides an overview of pharmacology with a systemic study of representative drugs in each category. Critical and analytical thinking in the application of the nursing process to disease alterations and drug therapy in individuals across the life span and in diverse populations is stressed. This course is divided into two sections over the academic year. NUR 202 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I serves as the foundation. NUR 203 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II will build on material covered in the first semester and increases the level of complex diseases and pharmacological interventions. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, NUR 190, MA 107.

NUR 203 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II (3) 2 credits Didactic, 1 credit Lab

This nursing course explores processes underlying all disease; systematically reviews pathological changes; and integrates it with pharmacology concepts. There is a focus on disease processes associated with physiologic responses, manifestations, and diagnostic testing of selected health alterations. The complexity of disease and chronic disease will be explored. This course builds upon the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This course also provides an overview of pharmacology with a systemic study of representative drugs in each category. Critical and analytical thinking in the application of the nursing process to disease alterations and drug therapy in individuals across the life span and in diverse populations is stressed. This course is divided into two sections over the academic year. NUR 202 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I serves as the foundation. NUR 203 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II builds on material covered in the first semester and increases the level of complex diseases and pharmacological interventions. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, NUR 190, MA 107, NUR 202.

NUR 204 Complex Disease I (4) 2 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

This course provides knowledge of the aging adult and related nursing skills. It introduces age related changes, their impact on the functional health patterns and issues concerning the older adult population. The premise that nurses have an essential role in promoting wellness for older adults, which involves supporting their optimal level of functioning and quality of life will be incorporated. The complexities of disease processes and the impact of chronic disease on aging populations will be explored. Clinical experience takes place in long-term care facilities and in the community with aging adults. Immunization record, health record, background check, and other clinical requirements must be complete and on file in the university Nursing Office prior to beginning this course. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, MA 107, NUR 202, NUR 207, NUR 290, Current Certified Nurse Assistance Certification.

NUR 207 Health Promotion & Assessment (4) 3 credits Didactic, 1 credit Lab

This course develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to collect health history data and to perform a systematic physical examination. Developmental and transcultural considerations are addressed, along with the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention. The focus in this course is integration of the components of the nursing health assessment in the context of teaching and supporting lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Service Learning will be a required element of the course, in the form of a 10-hour service-learning activity and a written reflection about the experience. Prerequisite(s): BI152/L, NUR 200. Corequisite(s) for transfer student: NUR 200.

NUR 290 Nursing Concepts (2)

This course focuses on exploring basic nursing concepts including holism, diversity, health, illness, healthcare delivery systems, continuity of care, developmental care, and care across the lifespan. Legal and ethical issues related to nursing will be explored. The nursing process will be introduced and applied in patient care scenarios. Professionalism of the nurse including research and evidence-based practice will be discussed. Service-learning will be a required element of the course, in the form of a 10-hour service-learning activity and a written reflection about the experience. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, MA 107, NUR 190.

NUR 302 Complex Disease II (5) 3 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

This course incorporates the nursing process theory related to care of adults needing restorative and maintenance care and has a medical/surgical focus. In addition, a holistic approach will be emphasized in studying the following body systems with key disease exemplars: Fluid and electrolytes; hematology; oncology; oxygenation; perfusion, and mobility. Content will build on previous knowledge related to the complexities of disease and acute versus chronic conditions. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291. NUR 303 Complex Disease III (4) 2 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical This course incorporates the nursing process theory related to care of adults needing restorative and maintenance care with a medical/surgical focus. In addition, a holistic approach will be emphasized in studying the following body systems and disease exemplars: Neurology, endocrine, upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders, renal disorders, and perioperative nursing. Content will build on previous knowledge related to the complexities of disease and acute versus chronic conditions. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302.

NUR 303 Complex Disease III (5) 3 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

This course incorporates the nursing process theory related to care of adults needing restorative and maintenance care with a medical/surgical focus. In addition, a holistic approach will be emphasized in studying the following body systems and disease exemplars: Neurology, endocrine, upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders, renal disorders, and perioperative nursing. Content will build on previous knowledge related to the complexities of disease and acute versus chronic conditions.

Prerequisites: NUR 302.

NUR 306 Nursing Care of the Maternal Newborn Family (3) 2 credits Didactic, 1 credit Clinical

This course provides a holistic approach to the study of maternal-newborn nursing concepts. Content includes normal and high-risk childbearing women and their neonates within a family context. Current research and ethical/legal principles are presented and applied in clinical practice. Maternal-newborn concepts are applied in the hospital maternity unit and the community. The course will prepare the student to deal with a range of health care needs and issues related to the childbearing family. The student will have the opportunity to integrate prior skills and knowledge regarding human development into culturally sensitive care. The student will continue to develop the ability to apply critical thinking, participate in classroom discussions, seminars, and case studies to add breadth and depth to their understanding of care of the childbearing family. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291.

NUR 307 Nursing Care of Children and Family (3) 2 credits Didactic, 1 credit Clinical

This course provides a holistic approach to the study of child & family nursing concepts. The course uses a family centered approach to health promotion and health alterations in children from infancy through adolescence within the family context. Current research and ethical/legal principles are presented and applied in clinical practice. Well-child and child health  nursing concepts are applied in the school laboratory as well as in a variety of pediatric clinical, and community settings. The course will prepare the student to deal with a range of health care needs and issues related to the child and family. The student will have the opportunity to integrate prior skills and knowledge regarding human development into culturally sensitive care. The student will continue to develop the ability to apply critical thinking, participate in classroom discussions, seminars, and case studies to add breadth and depth to their understanding of care of the child and family. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291.

NUR 380 Special Topics (3)

This selected topics in nursing is offered periodically. Pre-requisites may vary per topics and/or consent of the instructor. Past offerings include Care Management Principles and Primary Care in Community Health Centers.

NUR 401 Public Health Nursing (4) 2 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

Public health theory, health promotion, and the nursing process are studied and applied to individuals, families, groups, and communities across the life span with diverse populations and in a variety of settings. Environmental health, epidemiology, health care systems, policy development, economics, and disaster nursing are studied. The roles of the public health nurse including care provider, educator, manager, advocate, research, and member of the nursing profession are discussed and incorporated into a variety of clinical experiences and settings. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291,NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307.

NUR 402 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (4) 2 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

This course focuses on a broad-based understanding and clinical application of mental health concepts and behavioral aberrations that occur in mental illness. Nursing students analyze the nursing process with a critical view towards the individual, family, ethical aspects and resources for the mentally ill. The complexity of disease from a holistic viewpoint will be explored. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307.

NUR 403 Nursing Leadership (3)

Management and leadership skills are essential for all professional nurses. The skills are “community based” in that it is the community in which we serve that defines the needed abilities of managers and leaders in healthcare systems. The focus of this course is an introduction to varied theoretical frameworks that support principles of leadership and management in nursing and in all types of organization settings. Emphasis is placed on developing, enhancing, and demonstrating leadership skills. Students are exposed to practical situations in the management of patient care in various health care settings. This course provides an opportunity for the senior nursing student to investigate the role of nurse managers and leaders and to prepare for the practice of nursing management within various health care settings. Organizational structure, methods of nursing care delivery, comparison of management and nursing processes, decision-making, change, communication skills, collaboration, team building, ethical considerations, interpersonal skills of effective nursing leadership and management, and organization issues related to the quality of client, family, and personnel outcomes are integrated in the course. Service-learning will be a required element of the course, in the form of a 10-hour service-learning activity and a written reflection about the experience. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307.

NUR 404 Evidence-based Practice Theory (1)

This course will focus on the definition of evidence-based practice and the application of evidence to inform nursing practice. The research process as related to qualitative and quantitative methods as well as other sources of data will be explored. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307.

NUR 405 Complex Disease IV (4) 2 credits Didactic, 2 credits Clinical

This clinical course continues to look at the complexity of disease and focuses on the care of adults needing complex restorative and maintenance interventions in the area of critical care. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307.

NUR 406 Evidence-based Practice Practicum (2) Clinical

This is a clinical course and will provide the student the opportunity to apply evidence-based practice theory to the clinical setting. Service-learning will be a required element of the course, in the form of a 10-hour service-learning activity and a written reflection about the experience. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307, NUR 403, NUR 404.

NUR 407 Evidence-Based Practice (3)

This course will focus on the definition of evidence-based practice and the application of evidence to inform nursing practice. The research process as related to qualitative and quantitative methods as well as other sources of data will be explored.  Students will apply evidence-based practice theory to the clinical setting.  An evidence-based project will be completed as a culmination of the application of research concepts in the clinical setting.  Service-learning will be a required element of the course, in the form of a 10-hour service-learning activity and a written reflection about the experience. Prerequisite(s): All 300-level NUR courses.

NUR 490 NCLEX Seminar (1)

This course will consist of the administration of the NCLEX Predictor and review for the NCLEX examination. Students will develop a self-directed study and preparation plan. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307, NUR 403, NUR 404.

NUR 499 Clinical Immersion (6) Clinical

This capstone course with a clinical immersion experience offers the student the opportunity to synthesize nursing knowledge. The student will have the opportunity to further develop clinical skills and practice leadership and management skills through immersion in a clinical setting. Prerequisites: BI 151 and BI 151L, BI 152 and BI 152L, BI 250 and BI 250L, BI 304, BI 305, CH 250, MA 107, NUR 190, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 206, NUR 290, NUR 291, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 307, NUR 401, NUR 402, NUR 403, NUR 404, NUR 405.