Nursing courses

NUR160 - Nursing: Discerning Your Vocation
Based on a Christian worldview, this course considers dimensions of nursing specifically related to nursing as a healing ministry, human science, and performing art. This exploration includes a historic, current and future perspective. Students reflect on their call to nursing and develop a success plan for completing their major. Current societal, health-related and professional issues are also explored. Learning experiences include lecture and directed discussion, journaling, interviews, one clinical observation with a practicing nurse, guest lectures, multimedia learning technology and library research. (1 credit)
NUR220 - Nursing and Shalom
Based on a Christian worldview, this course investigates the theoretical, scientific and ethical foundation of nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry specifically as an approach to promote shalom (health, peace and wholeness from a Biblical perspective) and social justice. The program's mission, philosophy, conceptual framework and program outcomes are examined. Service-learning experiences, faith reflection and the creation of an electronic portfolio are integrated in meeting course objectives. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR280. (2 credits)
NUR260 - Fundamentals of Nursing
(3 credits 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview and the framework of nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art, this course provides the foundation for application of the nursing process with diverse pediatric and adult clients in acute and chronic illness. On-campus laboratory precedes clinical experiences and as a means to promote shalom. These experiences provide opportunity to develop knowledge and beginning nursing aptitudes in intervening with the care of individual clients across the lifespan. Prerequisites: NUR220, NUR280, BIO203, PHI214, and REL110. Concurrent requisite: NUR290. A fee is associated with this course.
NUR280 - Lifespan Health Assessment
(3 credits, 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasis is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care a nd community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR280A - Lifespan Health Assessment
A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR290 - Promoting Shalom with Older Adults
Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores multidimensional aging processes and the holistic health experience of older individuals from the perspective of a Christian worldview. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom with older adults. Application of the nursing process in health promotion and care of common geriatric care concerns is accentuated. Service- earning experiences, faith reflection, and literature and the arts are integrated as strategies to more fully understand (a) the experience of older adults with diverse backgrounds, and (b) personal values, attitudes, practices and ethics, as well as those evident in government policies, community planning and the health care and social service delivery system. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in community-based and acute care settings with older adults, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in health promotion, restoration and maintenance, and living the three nursing practice dimensions (illuminating meaning, synchronizing rhythms and participating in transcendence). Prerequisites: NUR220, NUR280, and BIO203. Concurrent requisite: NUR260. (3 credits, 2:1)
NUR310A - Shalom and Professional Nursing Practice
(4 credits) Designed as a bridge course to orient the BSN-Completion optionstudentto baccalaureate-level study, this course based in a Christian worldviewinvestigates the theological, scientific, and ethical foundation ofnursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry,specifically as an approach to promote shalom (health, peace andwholeness from a Biblical perspective) and social justice. The program'smission, philosophy, conceptual framework and program outcomes areexamined, and nursing as a human science and nursing theories areevaluated in the context of the theory-practice relationship. Specificconcepts relevant to professional nursing practice are considered andapplied in analysis of both practice and education issues.Service-learning experiences, faith reflection and the creation of anelectronic portfolio are integrated in meeting course outcomes. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR320 - Promoting Shalom with Ill Clients
(6 credits, 4:2)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical, scientific and ethical basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse clients in their experience of health and illness across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with children and adults. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in acute care and selected community-based settings, assisting students to integrate k nowledge, aptitudes and Christ-like compassion in all levels of prevention, with a focus on health restoration and in living the three practice dimensions. Prerequisites: NUR220, 260, 280, 290, BIO320 and PSY225. Concurrent requisite: BIO360. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR350 - Promoting Shalom with Cross-Cultural Populations
Based on a Christian worldview, this 1- credit seminar examines transcultural nursing theory from a theoretical, scientific and ethical perspective, along with logistics for the in-country experience, dimensions of global health care and social justice. Emphasis is placed on cultural values, beliefs, norms and practices and their influence on the lived experience of health and illness. Within a context that honors nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with diverse clients in acute care and/or community-based settings, the in-country experience provides students opportunities to explore and engage another culture and participate in the nursing and health care delivery system. Learning experiences include service-learning, experiential learning and faith reflection. Prerequisites: NUR220 and PHI214 (1 credit)
NUR350A - Promoting Shalom with Cross-Cultural Populations
(1 credit) Based on a Christian worldview, this 1-credit seminar examinestranscultural nursing theory from a theoretical, scientific and ethicalperspective, along with logistics for the in-country experience,dimensions of global health care and social justice. Emphasis is placedon cultural values, beliefs, norms and practices and their influence onthe lived experience of health and illness. Within a context that honorsnursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry topromote shalom with diverse clients in acute care and/or community-basedsettings, the in-country experience provides students opportunities toexplore and engage another culture and participate in the nursing andhealth care delivery system. Learning experiences includeservice-learning, experiential learning and faith reflection. Note: Course is completed prior to enrollment in GEN350. Prerequisites: NUR310A or NUR220.
NUR360 - Promoting Shalom with the Childbearing Family
(3 credits, 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical, scientific and ethical basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse normal and high-risk childbearing families. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with parents and children. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in acute care and selected community-based settings, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in health promotion and restoration activities and in living the three nursing practice dimensions. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection, laboratory practicum and clinical experiences. Prerequisite: NUR320. Concurrent requisites: NUR380. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR380 - Promoting Shalom and Mental Health
(3 credits 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical, scientific and ethical basis for the application of the nursing process in promoting shalom with diverse individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing mental illness. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom with pediatric and adult mental health clients in acute and community- based settings. The person is considered from a holistic perspective and application of the nursing process utilizing all levels of prevention is emphasized, with a focus on the therapeutic use of self, health restoration and maintenance. The clinical component provides an opportunity for mental health nursing practice in institutional and selected community-based settings, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions. Prerequisites: NUR320 and PSY360. Concurrent requisites: NUR360. A fee is associated with this course.
NUR420 - Nursing Science and Informatics
Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological (theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a human science, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and social justice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research and informatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursing care for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses to manage and utilize health care information and related technologies, critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phases of the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety of health care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, MAT208 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)
NUR420A - Nursing Science and Informatics
(3 credits, 2:1)(RN-BSN students only)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological(theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a humanscience, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and socialjustice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research andinformatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursingcare for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The courseemphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses tomanage and utilize health care information and related technologies,critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phasesof the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety ofhealth care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing; NUR310A or NUR220; and MAT208 and a college writing and research course.
NUR430 - Promoting Shalom with Children and Adolescents
A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR440 - Promoting Shalom with Diverse Populations
(3 credits 3:2)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse families and groups in the community. All levels of prevention are considered, focusing on health promotion and maintenance. Grounded in a synthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the course emphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as a whole. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. This course is 1 of 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, NUR350 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR420. (5 credits, 3:2)
NUR440A - Promoting Shalom with Diverse Populations
(5 credits, 3:2)(RN-BSN students only)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical andscientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diversefamilies and groups in the community. All levels of prevention areconsidered, focusing on health promotion and maintenance. Grounded in asynthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the courseemphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performingart to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as awhole. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursingpractice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge,aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practicedimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences includeservice-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing; SOC101; recommended college writing and research course. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR460 - Nursing Leadership and Clinical Scholarship
(4 credits, 3:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores the leadership, management, role development and clinical scholarship dimensions of professional nursing practice, with a distinctive emphasis on promoting shalom, servant leadership, social justice and sociopolitical change. Students will analyze the health care system at a microsystem, macrosystem and chronosystem level, focusing on national health care but also exploring global health issues. Foundational to this exploration is an analysis of the relationship of personal, professional and organizational values and ethics to health care leadership roles and activities. Clinical scholarship is emphasized as a moral duty of Christian nurses committed to continuing Jesus' healing ministry. The practicum component provides an opportunity for students to observe (a) the role played by a nurse servant leader and (b) engage in a leadership project as a basis for clinical scholarship. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection and practicum experiences. This course is 1 or 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: NUR420 and NUR440. Concurrent prerequisites: NUR480 and NUR490. A fee is associated with this course.
NUR460A - Nursing Leadership and Clinical Scholarship
(4 credits, 3:1)(RN-BSN students only)Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores the leadership,management, role development and clinical scholarship dimensions ofprofessional nursing practice, with a distinctive emphasis on promotingshalom, servant leadership, social justice and sociopolitical change.Students will analyze the health care system at a microsystem,macrosystem and chronosystem level, focusing on national health care butalso exploring global health issues. Foundational to this exploration isan analysis of the relationship of personal, professional andorganizational values and ethics to health care leadership roles andactivities. Clinical scholarship is emphasized as a moral duty ofChristian nurses committed to continuing Jesus's healing ministry. Thepracticum component provides an opportunity for students to observe (a)the role played by a nurse servant leader and (b) engage in a leadershipproject as a basis for clinical scholarship. Learning experiences includeservice-learning, faith reflection and practicum experiences. Prerequisites: NUR420A and/or NUR440A. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR480 - Promoting Shalom with Critically Ill Clients
(5 credits, 2:3) Based on a Christian worldview, this course expands the theoretical, scientific and ethical basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse clients who experience complex health problems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom with children and adults in acute care and community-based settings experiencing life-altering illness. The clinical component, which includes a 120-hour preceptorship, provides opport unity for (a) beginning-level professional nursing practice in acute care and selected community-based settings, (b) the integration of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines in clinical decision-making, (c) enhancing aptitudes in all levels of pr evention, but with a focus on health restoration, and (d) practicing compassionate care in living the three practice dimensions. Prerequisites: NUR420 and NUR440. Concurrent requisites: NUR460 and NUR490. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
NUR490 - Living Shalom
Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores finding one's place in God's kingdom for now and eternity, living vocation, integrating values and ethics in personal and professional realms and living shalom. Within this capstone seminar, students assess their knowledge and aptitudes related to the program outcomes and integrate them in their philosophy of Christian nursing. Supported by a vocation-based philosophy, the course also prepares graduating seniors to live their vocation, write the NCLEX-RN examination, secure their first professional nursing position and practice in their first nursing position. Prerequisites: NUR420 and NUR440. Concurrent requisites: NUR460 and NUR480. (1 credit)
NUR490A - Living Shalom
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