Academics

RNRS 110 NURSING I

6 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is the study of nursing concepts to meet patient's basic needs. The emphasis is on human adaptation and the acquisition of skills and knowledge fundamental to the care of all patients. Clinical experiences assist the student to begin assessing the patients, utilizing nursing diagnosis, identifying measurable patient outcomes, developing nursing interventions with focus on the physiological mode.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing curriculum and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 210, BIOL 205 and RNRS 150 or completion with a grade of "C" or better


RNRS 111 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of current pharmacological concepts using a clinical approach. Principles of drug action in relation to the nurse's responsibilities in patient care are emphasized.

Pre-requisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 120 or department approval


RNRS 116 INTRODUCTION TO CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course introduces the concepts for nursing practice by utilizing concept diagrams to organize the concepts, influencing concepts, and exemplars within the three domains: health care recipient (individual) concepts, health and illness concepts, and professional nursing and health care concepts to develop each student in the role of the professional nurse. Emphasis will be placed on nursing attributes and roles: professional identity, clinical judgment, leadership, ethics, patient education, and health promotion; including care competencies: communication, collaboration, safety, technology and informatics, evidence, and health care quality. Students will be introduced to health care delivery, health disparities, health care organizations, health care economics, and health care law. Students will explore and apply concepts for nursing practice to specific exemplars creating opportunity to begin to develop the student in the role of the professional nurse.

Pre-requisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 117.


RNRS 117 NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS I

9 Credit Hours (OC)
This course introduces the concepts within the three domains: health care recipient (individual) concepts, health and illness concepts, and professional nursing and healthcare concepts focusing on using the nursing process and interventions to meet basic human needs across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including patient-centered care, health care quality, technology and informatics, evidence-based practice, safety, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Students will be introduced to principles of: communication, assessments, basic nutrition, pharmacology, scope of practice, code of ethics, and safe medication administration, including accurate measurement and calculation. Students will develop the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the lab and clinical setting to be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing program and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 116, and BIOL 205 or completion with a grade of "C" or better


RNRS 118 NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS II

9 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains: health care recipient (individual), health and illness concepts, and professional nursing and health care concepts focusing on using the nursing process, prioritization and delegation skills to provide safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with common and acute health alterations. Emphasis is placed on concepts within each domain including health-illness-wellness, communication, documentation, care coordination, safety, patient education, health promotion, advocacy, health care law, health care quality, ethics, accountability, and evidence-based practice. Student will learn advanced pharmacological principles and safe medication administration, including accurate measurement and calculation of parenteral medications. Students will develop the intermediate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the lab and clinical setting to be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

Pre-requisite: Completion of RNRS 116, RNRS 117, and BIOL 205 with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrently enrolled in BIOL 206 or completion with a grade of "C" or better.


RNRS 120 NURSING II

6 Credit Hours (OC)
This course builds upon the concepts introduced in Nursing I and expands these concepts through the use of the nursing process in providing care to patients with medical health problems and to the expectant family.

Pre-requisite: RNRS 110, RNRS 210, RNRS 150 and BIOL 205 all with a grade of "C" or better


RNRS 125 NURSING: LPN to RN TRANSITION

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to orient the licensed practical nurse for admission into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on role changes from practical nurse to professional registered nurse, nursing process, and nursing care planning. Critical thinking skills and effective communication will also be discussed. Students will receive clinical experience working with medical-surgical patients.

Pre-requisite: Graduate from a state-approved Practical Nursing Program within the last five years or achieve minimal competency on the HESI PN to ADN Mobility Exam; valid Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license; currently employed full time or equivalent as an LPN, or department approval; CPR certified; one year of high school chemistry, or equivalent, or completion of CHEM 115 with grade "C" or better; must have completed required program and general education courses of BIOL 205, BIOL 206, BIOL 210, RNRS 150, RNRS 111, and RNRS 210 with a grade of "C" or better; must have completed required program and general education courses of PSY 110, SOC 110, FCS 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 111 or COMM 110, HLTH 121; Humanities: 3 semester hours with a grade of "C" or better; GPA 2.5


RNRS 150 PRINCIPLES OF SAFE MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will study problem solving related to preparation of and safe administration of oral and parenteral medications for all patient populations. Emphasis will be placed on calculating correct medication dosages, using conversions with units of measure, determining correct quantities, reconstituting and diluting preparations. A lab component will provide practice with medication calculations, conversions, various preparations, and use of syringes to administer medications safely.

Pre-requisite: Enrollment in nursing program or department approval. One year of high school algebra or MATH 094 with a grade of "C" or better or math placement into MATH 098


RNRS 200 NURSING INTERNSHIP

4 Credit Hours (OC)
The Nursing Internship is an optional, elective course which will provide nursing students with the opportunity to continue to explore the scope of nursing practice. The course will provide the student with theory and clinical experiences to strengthen nursing knowledge and skills gained within the first year of the nursing program.

Pre-requisite: RNRS 120 with a grade of "C" or better


RNRS 210 HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF THE ADULT PATIENT

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to assist the student to develop or improve his or her assessment skills. Using the techniques of history taking, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation, the student will be able to complete a head-to-toe physical assessment of the adult patient. Emphasis is also placed on proper recording of assessed findings.

Pre-requisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 110 or department approval


RNRS 216 NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS III

9 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains: health care recipient (individual) concepts, health and Illness concepts, and professional nursing and health care concepts focusing on using clinical judgment and delegation skills to provide safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with specific complex, acute and chronic health alterations. Emphasis is placed on concepts within each domain including professional development, ethics, leadership, safety, care coordination, caregiving, palliative care, evidence, and health care quality. Students will learn advanced safe, intravenous medication administration and pharmacological principles. Students will develop advanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the lab and clinical setting to be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

Pre-requisite: Completion of RNRS 118 and BIOL 206 with a grade of "C" or better; concurrently enrolled in BIOL 210 or completion with a grade of "C" or better.


RNRS 217 COMPLEX NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS IV

9 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to assimilate the concepts within the three domains of the health care recipient (individual), health and illness, and professional nursing and health care concepts. Emphasis is placed on providing safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with complex alterations in health. Focusing on clinical judgment, leadership, communication, collaboration, health care quality, safety, care coordination, and health policy. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality, individualized, entry-level nursing care.

Pre-requisite: Completion of RNRS 216 and BIOL 210 with a grade of "C" or better; concurrently enrolled in RNRS 218.


RNRS 218 CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE CAPSTONE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare the nursing student to transition to professional nursing practice. This course will focus on professional nursing and health care concepts that will further develop the student for role of professional nurse. Emphasis will be on professional development, leadership, evidence, health care quality, care coordination, and health policy. This course will focus on preparation for NCLEX-RN licensing examination by reviewing concepts for nursing practice, NCLEX-RN test plan, assessment of knowledge deficits, and development of individual success strategy plans based on results of previous specialty HESI exams and HESI comprehensive exit exam. The application of NCLEX principles and concepts will be utilized preparing the student for success on NCLEX. Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes learned throughout the curriculum and demonstrate understanding of critical concepts required for entry level into professional nursing.

Pre-requisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 217


RNRS 220 NURSING III

10 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on the study of utilizing the nursing process as a framework to provide nursing care to patients with behavioral and complex health problems.

Pre-requisite: RNRS 111, RNRS 120, BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrently enrolled in BIOL 210 or completion with a grade of "C" or better


RNRS 221 NURSING IV

10 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on the study of utilizing the nursing process as a framework to provide nursing care to surgical, oncology, orthopedic, and pediatric patients. Managing the holistic needs of patients is emphasized.

Pre-requisite: RNRS 220, BIOL 205, BIOL 206 and BIOL 210 with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 222


RNRS 222 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare the nursing student to transition to professional nursing practice. This course will focus on professional nursing and health care concepts that will further develop the student for role of professional nurse. Emphasis will be on professional development, leadership, evidence, health care quality, care coordination, and health policy. This course will focus on preparation for NCLEX-RN licensing examination by reviewing concepts for nursing practice, NCLEX-RN test plan, assessment of knowledge deficits, and development of individual success strategy plans based on results of previous specialty HESI exams and HESI comprehensive exit exam. The application of NCLEX principles and concepts will be utilized preparing the student for success on NCLEX. Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes learned throughout the curriculum and demonstrate understanding of critical concepts required for entry level into professional nursing.

Pre-requisite: RNRS 220 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 221


RNRS 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Pre-requisite: Department approval