NUR (Nursing)

NOTE: Approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing

NUR 1022 Concepts in Community Health & Wellness

Two hours

Explores the personal application of individual lifestyle choices and examines the protective and predictive factors that affect physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health. Christian beliefs are used to frame, enhance, and promote the benefits of healthy choices for a lifetime of optimal functional health, wellness, and disease prevention. Introduces concepts of community/public health, including epidemiology and biostatistics. Includes a teaching/learning service project. Meets the Wellness requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered spring semester

NUR 2033 Cultural Competencies for Human Service Professionals

Three hours

Designed as a multidisciplinary course for students in the human service professions. Exposes students to targeted populations within their field of study, at both the individual and organizational levels. Emphasizes improved decision-making and performance in a multi-cultural context, focusing on effective interpersonal communication. Attention is given to behaviors, language, customs, beliefs, and perspectives with the intent to reduce culturally-related disparities within the community and globally. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered fall semester

Offered summer (upon sufficient request)

NUR 2113 Overview of Professional Nursing

Three hours

Provides an introduction to the discipline of professional nursing. Students examine their values and beliefs in relation to the concepts, tenets, and behaviors essential to the nursing profession and safe nursing practice. Students learn the individual thinking skills and strategies needed to engage in clinical reasoning and decision making.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3112 Pharmacology 1

Two hours

First course in a two-semester sequence that provides students the theoretical basis for planning safe, effective, and patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of pharmacology. Also focuses on safety and quality improvement related to pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: admission into the Nursing major. Corequisite: NUR 3115.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3114 Pathophysiology

Four hours

Provides the foundation for understanding alterations and adaptations in physiological processes in humans across the lifespan that occur due to disease, stress, environmental changes, and genetics. Builds upon the student’s knowledge from the physical sciences. The content selected for study is essential to clinical reasoning and judgment and for understanding the rationale for preventive and therapeutic interventions in illness-related phenomena. Prerequisites: admission into the Nursing major, BIO 2514, and 2524, each with a grade of “B” or higher.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3115 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

Five hours

Application of foundational health care and nursing concepts using selected exemplars. Emphasis is placed on socializing the student as an active, developing professional within the context and dimensions of the discipline. Clinical experiences within the community hospital and other selected community agencies emphasize development of psychomotor skills and clinical reasoning in the beginning nurse and continuity of care across settings. Three classroom hours per week and a total of 80 simulation and/or clinical hours. Prerequisite: admission into the Nursing major. Corequisites: NUR 3112 and 3124.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3124 Health Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions

Four hours

Using the nursing process, students learn to assess the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of patients. Assessment skills are adjusted according to the patient’s developmental level. The skills of interviewing and physical assessment are developed to assist students in making clinical judgments. The course also incorporates selected foundational nursing knowledge and interventions, including documentation utilizing informatics. Three classroom hours per week and a total of 40 laboratory hours. An additional fee is associated with this course.  Prerequisite: admission into the Nursing major. Corequisite: NUR 3115

Offered fall semester

NUR 3134 Informatics, Inquiry, & Evidence-Based Practice

Four hours

A more in-depth look at technologies and information systems used by professional nurses in various healthcare settings. Emphasizes the use of these systems to improve safety and quality outcomes. This course also includes an overview of the research process through a comparative analysis of selected studies exemplifying various theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches. Students acquire the basic competencies to critically read, evaluate, and interpret nursing research studies for their appropriateness while investigating various practice-based problems. Prerequisites: NUR 2113 and 3115.

Offered summer

Offered spring semester (upon sufficient request)

NUR 3222 Pharmacology 2

Two hours

Second course in a two-semester sequence. Uses the nursing process to introduce how the professional nurse approaches medication administration using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches. Explores the use of and relationships between Complementary and Alternative Medicine, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals. Students encounter increasingly complex dosage calculations, and nursing responsibility and accountability for safe medication administration are reinforced and emphasized. Prerequisites: NUR 3112. Corequisite: NUR 3228.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3228 Concepts of Professional Nursing 1

Eight hours

Expanding nursing concepts and exemplars to further develop and emphasize professional nursing practice. Concepts and exemplars are applied to patients with multiple, non-complex functional problems across the lifespan and patients with mental health conditions. Students will engage in patient care in a variety of healthcare settings. Four classroom hours per week and a total of 160 simulation and/or clinical hours. An additional fee is associated with this course. Prerequisites: NUR 3114, 3124, and 3115. Corequisite: NUR 3222.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3338 Concepts of Professional Nursing 2

Eight hours

Continued application of nursing concepts and exemplars within professional nursing practice. This eight-week summer course provides classroom theory and simulation experiences and engages the student in a variety of unique clinical experiences including camps for persons across the lifespan with disabilities or caring for individuals, families, and communities during a global mission experience. Equates to five classroom hours per week and a total of 120 simulation and/or clinical hours. An additional fee is associated with this course. Prerequisite: NUR 3228.

Offered summer

NUR 4108 Concepts of Professional Nursing 3

Eight hours

Application of more advanced professional nursing concepts for patients across the lifespan with complex or complicated conditions. Also introduces students to the care of maternal/newborn dyads. Clinical experiences focus on application of nursing management practices and apply clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills to the care of patients in a variety of healthcare settings. Four classroom hours per week and a total of 160 simulation and/or clinical hours. An additional fee is associated with this course.  Prerequisite: NUR 3338. Corequisite: NUR 4214.

Offered fall semester

NUR 4110 Capstone in Nursing

Ten hours

The clinical portion of this course is a precepted field experience designed to aid the student into transition to practice and stresses the acquisition of the professional nurse identity. Students care for patients with complex health care issues in acute care settings. Students plan for future, ongoing personal and professional development. Seminars focus on collaboration and problem-solving as students examine issues encountered in the healthcare setting. Must be taken in the final semester of the program of study. Two classroom hours per week, guided study for NCLEX-RN preparation and portfolio development, and 245 total hours of simulation and clinical experiences. An additional fee is associated with this course. Prerequisite: NUR 4108

            Offered spring semester

NUR 4214 Concepts of Nursing Leadership

Four hours

Expands upon the theories and principles of leadership and professional nursing practice within the healthcare system. Focuses on the skills and characteristics needed to lead professional nursing practice in complex healthcare environments. Social issues, economic policy, and regulatory requirements are used to explore healthcare delivery systems and access, quality improvement, and patient safety initiatives. Includes strategies for monitoring delivery of care, outcomes, and evaluating effectiveness of nursing care. Considers the perspectives of leadership, organization, and change theories. Corequisite: NUR 4108.

Offered fall semester