Academics

RNRS 098 NURSING PRACTICE TRANSITION

7 Credit Hours (BEC)
This course is designed to promote the success of nursing students that are reentering the nursing program. The course will review previously learned nursing content/concepts to refresh and build upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to support and build upon the student's learning. The course will focus on knowledge deficits in nursing content areas and test-taking success strategies and ongoing remediation efforts to improve academic success.

Pre-requisite: Enrolled in the nursing program and eligible for readmission re-entry into the nursing program.


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 119 HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL TRANSITION TO NURSING PRACTICE

9 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to orient the healthcare professional for admission into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The course will 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 the role changes from the healthcare professional to that of the registered nurse and enhanced critical thinking skills to think like a "nurse". 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: Acceptance to the Healthcare Professional to RN Completion Program. Completion of RNRS 111, RNRS 150, and RNRS 210 all with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 116


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 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