Nursing

Entry-level BSN Program Department

Diane Aschenbrenner, M.S., R.N.
Jane Balkam, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P., I.B.C.L.C.
Janice Brennan, M.S., R.N.-B.C., C.N.E.
Virginia Byer, M.S.N, R.N.
Jenna Hoffman, M.S., Retention and Success Specialist
Zane Hunter, A.A., Simulation and Technology Specialist
Roxanne Moran, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.
Hannah Murphy Buc, M.S.N., R.N.
Deborah Naccarini, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.E.
Mary O'Connor, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.C.H.E.
Mary Packard, Ph.D., R.N. Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Sabita Persaud, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.H.N.-B.C.
Amy Rohrs, B.S., Administrative Assistant
Melody Seitz, Ph.D.(c), M.S., R.N.C.-O.B.
Brittany Sherrod-Howard, A.A., Administrative Assistant
Marleen Thornton, Ph.D, R.N.
Mark Walker, M.S., R.N., C.N.L., C.C.R.N.
Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., C.P.H.Q., Dean, School of Nursing

Degrees offered

Major

Campuses

Main Campus

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students admitted through the Women's College. Dedicated to the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the School of Nursing educates students in a caring science curriculum to become leaders in the profession of nursing, and thereby to transform healthcare and the world. The BSN program challenges students to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others and to promote social responsibility.

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Overview
Major
Four-Year plan
Course Descriptions 

The philosophy of the School of Nursing grounds the caring curriculum, as well as all activities of the School:

Nursing and the teaching of nursing is a journey through deep caring connections with patients, students, colleagues, and the discipline of nursing. Nursing is imagined and known through caring authentic presence with others and multiple ways of knowing. Nursing is a presence to life lived with those entrusted to our care, a beacon, attentive to the extraordinary in the mundane and boldly entering questions of meaning. All stories of individuals and of the discipline are valued as necessary to the growth and advancement of the profession. Healing practice is possible in partnership relationships; nursing creates safe welcoming places, encouraging growth, seeking to understand and knowing each other's hearts.

Nurses are called to care through advocacy, action, 'power-with' and trusting relationships with persons and groups in diverse settings. Nursing embraces diversity and commitment to social justice. With perseverance and fortitude, caring and compassion are preserved as the ethical foundation of nursing practice and scholarship.

A nursing way of being requires reflective practice, a listening, that allows for meaning-making in all dimensions of academic and practice endeavors. Nursing practice is characterized by thoughtfulness and necessarily lived out with intention. This way of being a School of Nursing in all aspects allows for possibilities for our mission to be realized—educating nurses to transform the world.

The Philosophy of the School of Nursing is lived by the graduates through the following program outcomes: Presence, Praxis, Advocacy, Scholarship, Self-Care and Leadership.

Students are admitted to Notre Dame as pre-nursing students and complete most liberal arts and basic science courses prior to acceptance into the nursing major in the junior year. The BSN program integrates the academic discipline with reflective clinical practice. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of hospital and community settings serving diverse populations throughout the region. BSN graduates are prepared as nurse generalists and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX–RN) in order to secure licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Program of Study

Required Courses for the Major in Nursing (Credits)

BIO-111 General Biology (4)
BIO-253 General Microbiology (4) 
BIO-260 Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice (3)
BIO-281 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) 
BIO-282 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry (4)
MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived) (3) 
MAT-215 Basic Statistics (3)
NUR-205 Nutrition for Wellness (online) (3) 
NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment (4) 
NUR-303 Nursing Informatics (online) (2)
NUR-304 Healthy Aging (3)
NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession (5)
NUR-310 Pathopharmacology (4)
NUR-311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I (4)
NUR-312 Nursing Care of Children and Families (4)
NUR-406 Contemporary Trends and Theory (3) 
NUR-407 Nursing Research (3)
NUR-408 Maternal and Infant Nursing (4)
NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II (4)
NUR-410 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (4)
NUR-431 Community Health Nursing (5)
NUR-432 Caring Nursing Leadership (3)
NUR-461 Clinical Practicum (5)
PSY-101 Introductory Psychology (4)
PSY-233 Human Growth & Development (3)
PHL-339  Medical Ethics (3)
SOC-101 Introductory Sociology (3)

Note: Students also complete the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to take fine arts and Spanish courses for their elective requirements.

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Nursing Four-Year Plan

Students must select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor. The program of study requires a total of 121 to 129 credits.

FALL

SPRING

FIRST YEAR

*MAT-100 Algebraic Applications OR

*MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived)

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

ENG-101 College Writing

wBIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology

HIS- History Requirement

[13/17 credits]

4

3

3

3

4

3

CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry

BIO-253 Microbiology

ENG- English Literature

PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy

PSY-101 Introductory Psychology

[18 credits]

4

4

3

3

4

SECOND YEAR

BIO-260 Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice

NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness (Online)

PHL-339 Medical Ethics

BIO-281 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

LSP-105 Spanish Language & Culture for Professionals I (unless waived)

[16/17 credits]

3

3

3

4

3

1

BIO-282 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

SOC-101 Introductory Sociology

PSY-233 Human Growth & Development

MAT-215 Basic Statistics

RST-300/400 Upper Level RST Course Requirement

LSP-106 Spanish Language & Culture for Professionals II (unless waived)

[16/17 credits]

4

3

3

3

3

1

THIRD YEAR

NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment

NUR-303 Nursing Informatics

NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession

NUR-310 Pathopharmacology

[15 credits] 

4

2

5

4

NUR-304 Healthy Aging

NUR-311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I

NUR-407 Nursing Research

NUR-410 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

[14 credits]

3

4

3

4

FOURTH YEAR

NUR-312 Nursing Care of Children and Families

NUR-406 Contemporary Trends and Theory in Nursing 

NUR-408 Maternal and Infant Nursing

NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II

[15 credits] 

4

3

4

4

LSP-108 Spanish Language & Culture for Healthcare Professionals

NUR-431 Community Health Nursing

NUR-432 Caring Nursing Leadership

NUR-461 Clinical Practicum

[15 credits]

1

5

3

6

Total General Education Credits 61/66

Total Nursing Credits 61

[122/127 total credits] 

Additional Curriculum Information:

Gender and Cross-Cultural Studies General Education Requirements- In addition to the general education requirements listed in the curriculum, all NDMU students must satisfy a Gender Studies requirement and a Cross-Cultural Studies Requirement.

Students who take both MAT-100/103 and BIO-110, will need to fit a general education requirement into a winterim or summer semester (these students will meet with their advisor to make a plan for completing the requirement).

*Math Requirement

If pre-nursing students place into MAT-100 Algebraic Applications on the math placement test, then they are required to take MAT-100. If pre-nursing students place into MAT-103 Applied Algebra, then they are required to take MAT-103, however if they place into MAT 107 or higher, then MAT-103 may be waived.

*General Biology Requirement

BIO-111 General Biology requires permission of instructor to take without BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology as a pre-requisite course.

*Foreign Language Requirement for Nursing Majors only

LSP-108 Spanish Language & Culture for Healthcare Professionals is a requirement of the nursing major. Students will take a Spanish placement test that determines whether or not LSP-105 Spanish Language & Culture for Professionals I and/or LSP-106 Spanish Language & Culture for Professionals II is required to take prior to LSP-108. If students place into LSP-105 on the placement test, then they are required to take LSP-105, LSP-106 and LSP-108. If students place into LSP-106 on the placement test, then they are required to take LSP-106 and LSP-108. If students place into LSP-108 on the placement test, then they are required to take LSP-108 only.

Updated May 2016

Acceptance Policy

Pre-Nursing to Nursing Major

Students are admitted to Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) as pre-nursing students. During their first and second years, students take liberal arts and sciences, general education requirements, and support courses for the nursing major. Admission to NDMU does not automatically ensure progression to the nursing major; however, all students who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted to the nursing major. Students will meet the following criteria for acceptance to the nursing major:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Each of the following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C:”
    • BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology
    • BIO-281 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO-282 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry
    • BIO-260 Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice
    • NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness
    • BIO-253 General Microbiology
    • ENG-101 College Writing
    • MAT-100 Algebra Applications or MAT 103 Applied Algebra (unless waived)
    • MAT-215 Basic Statistics
    • PSY-233 Human Growth and Development
    • PHL-339 Medical Ethics
  • Only one science course (BIO or CHM designation) may be repeated one time (for grade less than C) and students may withdraw from one science course one time.
  • Students who need to take BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology must receive a grade of C+ or better to advance to all subsequent Biology courses. BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology is a non-repeatable course.
  • The following prerequisite courses must be completed in order to progress to the nursing major:
    • NDMU-100 First Year Seminar
    • ENG- Literature general education requirement
    • PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PSY-101 Introductory Psychology
    • RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • HIS- History general education requirement
    • SOC-101 Introductory Sociology
    • RST- 300/400 Elective
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V exam is required as part of the application process. Applications will not be reviewed without the TEAS V exam results. The score received on the test will be included in the admissions process. Register for TEAS V at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx
  • Interview upon request
  • Academic records of all students are reviewed every semester by the Admissions and Progression Circle.A student will be placed on program probation when her record reveals:
    • overall cumulative GPA below 3.0
  • Students placed on program probation must re-establish overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for the nursing major.
  • Successful applicants typically have GPAs of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). If GPA is lower than 3.0, but the student believes that her grades do not accurately reflect her abilities, the student may still apply. The Nursing Admission and Progressions Circle will carefully review and consider each application on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Students applying to the Nursing Major

Students who have completed all pre-requisite courses may apply to be admitted to Notre Dame of Maryland University in the Women's College and can subsequently apply as a nursing major. Students who meet the criteria for acceptance are welcomed on a space available basis. Students interested in transferring into the Nursing program must:

  • The deadline for consideration to transfer for the fall semester is February 15th. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 
  • Each of the following required courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”:
  • General Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry
  • Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice
  • Nutrition
  • General Microbiology
  • College Writing
  • Applied Algebra (unless waived)
  • Basic Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Medical Ethics
  • Only one science course may be repeated one time (for grade less than C) and the student is limited to one course withdrawal. If the student has not repeated any science courses (with a grade below a C) than the student is allowed up to two course withdrawals.
  • Students are waived from General Biology if they have already completed Anatomy and Physiology successfully.
  • The following courses must be completed; select coursesmay be completed during the Junior and Senior year if the remaining courses are compatible with the schedule of the nursing courses.
    • Literature general education requirement
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • History general education requirement
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Religious Studies 300/400 Elective
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V exam is required as part of the application process. Applications will not be reviewed without the TEAS V exam results. The score received on the test will be included in the admissions process. Register for TEAS V at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx
  • Interview upon request
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology must be taken no more than five years prior to NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment and NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession.
  • Only nursing courses earned in CCNE and/or ACEN accredited programs will be considered for transfer into Notre Dame of Maryland University nursing program. If a student is transferring from another Baccalaureate Nursing Program, a letter from her current nursing program confirming good academic standing is required. If a student has more than one nursing course grade of a D or F, she is not eligible for acceptance to the nursing major.

Progression Policy in the Nursing Major

Once enrolled in the nursing major, students must meet the following criteria in order to progress in the major:

Criteria for Progression

Adhere to the NSNA Code of Ethics for Nursing StudentsCode of Academic and Clinical Conduct (Entry-Level Nursing Student Handbook, 2016-2017, p. ).

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 in nursing courses.
  • Achieve a grade of C or better in all nursing courses.
    • Satisfactorily complete the clinical component of each nursing course. A clinical failure constitutes failure of the entire nursing course regardless if a passing grade was obtained in classroom theory tests.
    • Minimum of 70% examination average must be met before other assignments are considered in select nursing courses in order to pass the course. Once the examination average of 70% is met, all other assignment grades will be factored. These select courses include: NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment, NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession, NUR-310 Pathopharmacology, NUR-311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I, NUR-312 Nursing Care of Children and Families, NUR-408 Maternal and Infant Nursing, NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II, NUR-410 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, NUR-431 Community Health Nursing.
  • Only one nursing course (NUR designation) may be repeated—and only one time. Failure of a second nursing course results in dismissal from the nursing program.
  • Students are limited to repeating one science course (for a grade less than C) and one nursing course (for a grade less than C) throughout the entire program of study.
  • Students are limited to two withdrawals from nursing courses during their course of study. Withdrawal from a coursein a failing status counts as a course failure.
  • Students who withdraw from the program due to non-academic reasons may be reinstated on a space available basis. Students must have withdrawn in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above in all nursing courses. University admission policies are followed.

Academic Nursing Program Probation

Students will be placed on academic program probation when:

  • A grade less than C is earned in any nursing course (A student who earns a grade less than C in any nursing course must repeat the course).
  • Students placed on academic probation in the nursing program must create a success plan with the Retention and Success Specialist to be implemented immediately.
  • Cumulative GPA is less than 2.8Students have one semester to raise their GPA to 2.8. If a student is unable to raise her GPA after the probationary semester, she will be dismissed from the nursing major.

Final Grade Appeal

Reasons for Appeal

  • Only final grades may be appealed. A final grade may be appealed if there is evidence that the grade was not given in accordance with the grading policies set forth in the course syllabus or announced syllabus modifications.
  • The principle of seeking a reasonable, fair and speedy resolution prevails throughout the process. All information related to the appeal and the appeals process will remain confidential.

Process for Final Grade Appeal

  • When a student wishes to appeal a final grade, the student must write to the faculty member setting forth the basis for the appeal, evidence documenting the alleged discrepancy between the syllabus grading policy and the grade received, and the remedy sought. The student should also submit a copy of the appeal materials to the department chair, or in the case of an interdisciplinary (IDS) course, to the director of the program in which the course is offered. The appeal must be made within two weeks of the official posting of grades on WebAdvisor. The faculty member will respond in writing to the student's appeal within two weeks.
  • If not satisfied with the faculty member's response, the student may, within two weeks of the response, appeal to the department chair or program director. The student makes the appeal in writing, setting forth the basis for disagreement with the faculty member's response. The chair or program director informs the dean of the school delivering the course. The chair also informs the faculty member of the student's appeal and obtains a copy of the course syllabus and the faculty member's written response to the student. The chair then reviews the written record. The chair writes a response, including a report on the steps taken in the review process. The written response of the chair is sent to the student, the faculty member, and the dean within two weeks of the conclusion of the review process.
  • If not satisfied with the response made by the chair, the student or faculty member may appeal in writing within two weeks to the dean of the school delivering the course. The dean then asks for a written statement and a copy of all relevant materials. Within two weeks of receiving the appeal, the dean forwards his or her decision in writing to the student, the faculty member, and the department chair. The decision of the dean is final.
  • If a grade change is authorized, the registrar will be directed in writing to make the change in grade.

Dismissal from the Nursing Major

  • Students who earn a second grade less than C in a nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing major.
  • Students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.8 by the end of their probation semester will be dismissed from the nursing major.
  • Any violation of the Code of Ethics for Nursing Students (2009), in addition to any violation of the Standards of Conduct found in the NDMU Student Handbook (Section VI, pp 8-12), could lead to dismissal from the Nursing major. Violations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Appeals Process for Dismissal from Entry-Level Nursing Program

Appeals Process

Students have the right to appeal dismissal from the nursing major. Students who wish to submit an appeal must adhere to the process below.

  • Upon receipt of letter of dismissal, the student may write a letter of appeal to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. The letter of appeal must be received by the chair within 7 business days of receipt of notification.
  • The letter of appeal includes the following:

—Submit a formal letter to the Chair both electronically and in hard copy.

—Identify any extenuating circumstances leading to academic difficulty. The student uses 
her judgment as to what information is shared in the letter.

—Propose a plan for success

  • Once the Chair receives the letter, the appointed Appeals Committee composed of nursing faculty convenes to review the appeal. As part of the review process the committee will have access to the student’s academic record, letter of appeal, and all other documents provided by the student. The Appeals Committee members will also reach out to faculty of courses the student has taken.
  • The student will meet with the Appeals Committee as an opportunity to advocate for self and to elaborate on submitted materials. This is also an opportunity for the committee to ask questions of the student for increased understanding.
  • After a full review, the Appeals Committee makes a recommendation to the Chair and Dean regarding appeal decision.
  • The Dean and Chair will notify the student and appropriate faculty in writing of the appeal decision. This decision of the Dean is final.

Timeline

Action

Fall semester

End of Term I*
Fall and Spring

Spring semester

Student notified of dismissal decision and process for appeal

Before university closes for winter break

By the end of the first business week following posting of final grade(s)

By the end of the first business week following posting of final grades

Student submits appeal packet to Chair (electronic and hard copy)

End of first business week in January

Within 7 business days of receipt of notification

Within 7 business days of receipt of notification

Chair submits packet to Appeals Committee

End of the first business week in January

Within 24 hours of receipt of notification

Within 24 hours of receipt of notification

Appeals Committee convenes to review

Second week of January

During the first full week following receipt of notification (excluding Spring break if applicable)

During the first full week of June

Student meets with committee

Established date in 2nd week of January

Established date during the first full week following receipt of notification (excluding Spring break if applicable)

Established date in the 1st full week of June

Appeals Committee deliberates

Established date in 2nd week January

Established date during the first full week following receipt of notification (excluding Spring break if applicable)

Established date in the 1st full week in June

Appeals Committee makes recommendation in writing to Chair and Dean

By Tuesday of the 3rd week in January

By Tuesday of the 2nd full week (excluding Spring break if applicable

By Tuesday of the 2nd full week in June

Chair and Dean write response to student’s letter with decision about appeal and notify appropriate faculty of the decision

By end of the 3rd week in January

By the end of the 2nd full week (excluding Spring break if applicable)

By the end of the 2nd week in June

*Students are not permitted to progress to Term II nursing clinical courses; students may continue in any semester long courses already in progress. However, these credits will not count toward completion of the nursing degree program. Students must take responsibility for dropping any Term II clinical nursing courses.

Updated May 2016

 


Courses

NUR-150 Gender and Women's Health

Evaluates the relationship between gender and health outcomes both in the United States as well as globally. Students will become aware of how gender as a social construct influences the health and wellbeing of women. Biological and social processes related to women's health and disease will be explored. Issues such as violence against women, female genital mutilation, infanticide, lack of access to health care and education, health literacy, LGBT and sexual subjugation will be discussed using a women's health lens. Fulfills general education requirement in gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness

This three credit online course focuses on the basic principles of nutrition that will support nursing praxis and their application during the human life span in health and disease. Learners are offered the opportunity to explore the assumptions underlying nutrition for individuals of varying cultural backgrounds, stages of development, and across the wellness-illness continuum. The 14-week course will be offered in seven online modules. [3 credits]

NUR-300 Foundations of Caring Science

NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment

Introduces the student to knowledge and skills essential for holistic health assessment. The psychological, physical, environmental, social, spiritual and genetic components of a health assessment will be applied. The student will practice assessment and interviewing skills in a skills laboratory. The student will analyze both subjective and objective data and document findings in the appropriate format. This course has 2 components: theory (3 credits) and practice (1 credit). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing major. [4 credits], 8 weeks.

NUR-301CL Holistic Health Assessment Lab

NUR-302 Caring Approaches to Practice

NUR-303 Nursing Informatics

Students are introduced to online computer applications used in nursing and health care. Students acquire technical skills needed for the application of patient care technologies and competency in information literacy, information management, and information management systems for the purpose of safe, competent and quality patient care. Prerequisite: Facility in Windows operating system and competency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet Explorer; CST-130 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications or waiver. For Accelerated sections of this course, offered during the Winterim semester; 4 weeks. For Women's College, full Fall and Spring semesters. [2 credits],

NUR-304 Healthy Aging

Explores the multiple dimensions of aging in America and in global societies. The course focuses on the foundations of healthy, successful aging based on national indicators, as well as the personal definitions and meanings of the older adult. Students will learn to support optimal promotion of health and wellness while exploring the care of who might also be experiencing illness, recovery or the end-of-life. The complex relationships among person-health-nursing environment will be examined in depth. Prerequisite: NUR-402 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice and NUR-407 Nursing Research. [3 credits], 6 weeks.

NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession

Builds upon previous classes in social and physical sciences, humanities, as well as lived experiences that students bring to the discipline of nursing. In this course, students are introduced to the caring profession of nursing through exploration of philosophical underpinnings, contributions from nurse theorists, and concepts of health and healing. Students develop ways of thinking and knowing, ways of being in relationships with self and others, and appreciation of providing technological care, compassion, and comfort to persons, families and communities. Through thoughtful integration of theory and reflective lived practice, students deepen understanding of the meaning of caring necessary for compassionate presence and technological skill in the art and science of professional nursing. Students are invited to a call to care and to a life-long commitment to nursing scholarship. This course has two components: theory (3 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing major. [5 credits]

NUR-305CL Foundations/Caring Profession Clinical

NUR-306 Writing for Professionals

This course is designed for tudents to develop proficiency in informaton access and evaluation skills. The principles and techniques of scholarly writing along with other types of writing used by professional nurses will be introduced. Students will transform information into clear scholarly narratives. [ 1 credit ]

NUR-310 Pathopharmacology

Combines pathophysiology, the study of altered health status, with pharmacology, the study of medications prescribed to prevent, cure or treat pathophysiological conditions. Major health problems will be highlighted with an emphasis on caring for persons across the lifespan and their individual needs. A systems approach will be used to address specific medications, classifications, side effects and interactions with other therapies. Prerequisites: NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession, NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment, NUR-304 Healthy Aging, NUR-303Nursing Informatics. [4 credits]

NUR-311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I

Focuses on the integration of caring for adults experiencing commonly occurring health concerns using competencies that are directed toward health promotion, disease prevention and maintenance/restoration of health. Applying specialized knowledge, communication skills and therapeutic interventions, nursing students will develop relationships with patients/families which will foster partnerships directed toward holistic care. Beginning relationships with the intra/interdisciplinary team will be developed. This course has 2 components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites: NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession, NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment, NUR-304 Healthy Aging, NUR-303 Nursing Informatics. [4 credits]

NUR-311CL Adult Health Clinical

NUR-312 Nursing Care of Children and Families

Focuses on caring with children and adolescents, and their families, who are experiencing physiological and psychosocial alterations in health as well as promoting health and wellness. Students engage in theory based, evidence based reflective nursing practice with children and adolescents in a variety of places to include inpatient pediatric units, outpatient clinics and home. The course builds upon courses in social and physical sciences, human growth and development, humanities, and professional nursing care and offers opportunities to reflect on ethical issues concerning children and adolescents. This course has two components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites: NUR-305 Holistic Health Assessment, NUR-301 Foundations of a Caring Profession, NUR-304 Nursing Informatics, NUR-303 Healthy Aging,, PSY-233 Human Growth and Development. [4 credits]

NUR-312CL Children and Families Clinical

NUR-313 Holist Hlth Assesment Across the Lifespa

NUR-314 Nursing Situations in Palliative Caring

Grounded in caring science, this three-week online course focuses on promoting holistic patient and family assessment and nursing care in the context of chronic and life-limiting illness. The role of the nurse in communicating with the patient, family, and interdisciplinary team will frame an exploration of personal beliefs and practices that inform the provision of palliative care. The framework of The Nursing Situation, as well as The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curricular framework will guide examination of the practice of palliative care, including pain and sympton management, pharmacology and complementary alternative methodologies, ethical issues, communication, and cultural competency will all be explored. The practice of palliative care nursing, within the context of a variety of cultures and among vulnerable populations will be considered. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-315 Advocacy, Politics and Power

This course prepares the student to critically evaluate the ethical, socioeconomic, political, legal, and power considerations influencing health care policy. An emphasis on professional values, advocacy, and political activism assists the student to become influencers in policy formation. Students will create an Advocacy Toolkit focused on a specific health policy, with the goal of exploring the role of the nurse in identifying, analyzing, and influencing policy at the local, state, federal and/or global levels. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-316 Spirituality in Nursing Practice

This course will examine the concept of spirituality within nursing practice and its significance to patient care through an exploration of spiritual assessments, interventions, coping strategies and religious customs/beliefs. Students will learn to identify the spiritual needs of patients within a variety of settings and examine the relationship between religion and spirituality to promote a healing environment for the patient. Students will reflect on their own spiritual beliefs and practices to cultivate a deeper connection with spirit and the one-being-cared-for. Self-care for the caregiver will be emphasized throughout the course to foster loving-kindness and compassion within the contect of caring practice. For CAUS students only. Pre-nursing students must gain permission in writing from the instructor. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-319 Holistic Health Assessment and Nutrition Across the Lifespan for Professional Nurses

This course introduces the student to knowledge and skills essential for holistic health assessment through a lens of caring science and an emphasis on social determinants of helath. The student will practice assessment and inteviewing skills in the Center for Caring with Technology. The student will analyze both subjective and objective data and document findings in an appropriate format. Students will enhance their abilities to conduct a culturally sensitive assessment. Nutrition principles will be reviewed for populations across the lifespan. [ 5 credits ]

NUR-320 Honors: Caregiving at the End of Life

Explores a variety of theories and methods for carefiving at the end of life, and is designed for both nursing and non-nursing students. The course will explore the medicalization of death, structural inequalities in access to medical care, palliative and hospice care for people facing terminal illness, and clinical dimensions of death and dying. Course will focus on contemplative practices that enable caregivers to care for themselves and provide effective support for patients and their loved ones. Course will introduce various religious and spiritual perspectives on dying, death, and the afterlife, and learn about rituals for grief and mourning. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-400 Information Systems for Caring Practice

NUR-401 Organization & Leadership-Nurs

Introduces students to theories and strategies for leadership and collaboration in nursing and health care delivery. Emphasis is given to analysis of organizational structure, leadership styles and behaviors, group process, management theories, use of theory in problem analysis and assessment of personal leadership potential.

NUR-402 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Introduces students to skills that are essential for the successful transition to professional nursing practice and baccalaureate education. Includes an overview of the Notre Dame Nursing Program and an examination of: Transition Theory, the reciprocal relationship of theory and research and critical events in nursing history. Students will explore the most recent advances in information retrieval, the essential components of professional writing and presentations, and skills that will enhance critical thinking. Prerequisites: ENG-101 College Writing; BIO-281/BIO-282 Anatomy and Physiology I & II, BIO-253 Microbiology; PSY-233 Human Growth and Development; PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to SOC-101 Sociology; 8 credits of electives. [3 credits], 6 weeks.

NUR-403 Research & Stats-Nurs

NUR-405 Trends & Theory in Nursing

This course focuses on nursing's emergence as a profession and on the challenges of providing and ensuring quality nursing and health care. Students learn to use Roy's Model as a framework for the nursing process and to examine their current practice according to professional, legal and ethical standards. A deeper appreciation of nursing's accountability to society is developed through exploration of issues related to access to care, cost of care and allocation of scarce resources. Quality Improvement and institutional and public policy decisions are studied as adaptive responses to current challenges.

NUR-406 Contemporary Nursing Trends and Theory

Focuses on the use of nursing theory and contemporary challenges of providing and ensuring quality nursing and health care. Nursing process is reviewed with emphasis on evidence-based practice and health care today including current professional, legal and ethical standards. Prerequisites: NUR-402 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice and PHL-339 Medical Ethics. [3 credits], 6 weeks.

NUR-407 Nursing Research

Introduces students to knowledge and skills that are essential for a consumer of nursing research. Examines use of the research process as a method to enhance scientific inquiry and to develop a knowledge base for nursing practice. Critical appraisal of both qualitative and quantitative methods in published nursing research is emphasized. Includes interpretation of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in published studies and evaluation of studies for nursing practice. Prerequisites: NUR-402 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice, NUR-406 Contemporary Nursing Trends and Theory, MAT-215 Basic Statistics. [3 credits], 7 weeks.

NUR-408 Maternal and Infant Nursing

Focuses on holistic caring of childbearing families during pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum as well as care of the newborn. Students learn and apply evidence-based nursing theoretical concepts in the nursing care of women, newborns, and families in a variety of environments. The course builds upon courses in social and physical sciences, humanities and professional nursing care and provides opportunities for clinical ethical reflection. This course has two components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites: NUR-305, NUR-301, NUR-304, NUR-303. Women's College students only. [ 4 credits ]

NUR-408CL Maternal and Infant Nursing Clinical

NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II

Builds on concepts from NUR-311 in caring for adults experiencing complex health concerns using competencies related to health, illness, dying and death. Nursing students will apply advanced levels of knowledge, communication and interventions as they support patients/families experiencing more severe alterations in health. Relationships with intra/interdisciplinary team members will be integrated into individual nursing practice. This course has two components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites: All 300-level nursing courses, Nursing Research. [4 credits]

NUR-409CL Care of the Adult II Clinical

NUR-410 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Provides opportunities for students to understand and care with persons who are experiencing struggles in human living and major psychiatric and mental health problems. Through directed readings, narrative writing, classroom conversations and engagement with patients in clinical settings students focus on coming to understand what it is like to live through selected health states such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, psychoactive substance use disorders and more. Emphasis on the lived experiences of persons with psychiatric illness allows or a focus on reflective ways of 'being-with' patients that integrates knowledge of psychobiology, pharmacology, and thoughtful, competent, caring nursing practice. This course has two components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites (as of Fall 2016): NUR-301, NUR-305 and NUR-310. [4 credits]

NUR-410CL Psychiatric Clinical

NUR-411 Healthy Aging for Professional Nurses

NUR-412 Population Health Through a Caring Lens

NUR-414 Concepts of Community Health

Analyzes selected public health and nursing models for community health nursing practice in culturally diverse environments. Students explore specific issues and societal concerns that affect global and public health, including health care needs of vulnerable communities and populations at risk. Students are guided to develop intercultural competence through a series of activities and projects throughout the course. Students assess community health needs and implement strategies, as appropriate, to support health system integrity. A reflection on nursing care of communities as social justice is explored. Community health nurses' contributions to the health of populations and their role in governmental-legislative activities are examined. This course has 2 components: theory (2 credits) and practice (2 credits). Prerequisites: NUR-409, NUR-312. NUR-410, NUR-406. [ 4 credits ]

NUR-416 Health Assessment

This course focuses on the development of cognitive, interpersonal and psychomotor skills necessary to assess first and second-level physiological integrity in individual adult clients, and on the emergence and implications of health assessment as a nursing responsibility, particularly in the climate of health care management.

NUR-420 Nursing Research for Professional Nurses

NUR-426 Advanced Clinical Practice I

This course empowers students to facilitate adaptive responses to environmental challenge and change as it relates to their personal and professional goals, the goals of clients in extended care facilities, and the goals of organizations in which care is provided. Expertise in comprehensive assessment and creative intervention is developed through a more sophisticated use of Roy's Model of Adaptation and through analysis and application of theories, principles and research findings in nurse-client interaction, human aging, chronic disease, and related health care delivery issues.

NUR-427 Advanced Clinical Practice II

This course provides a dual emphasis on current family and community nursing practice. Specific theories and principles from areas of family adaptation, vulnerable populations, societal violence, drug abuse and cultural and lifestyle influences on health are explored. Students collaborate with peers and other health care providers to promote health in selected family and community systems. Students also engage leadership principles to actively influence a health care issue in the current political/legislative environment.

NUR-428 Special Topics in Nursing

Allows students to substitute an international/ study abroad opportunity for one of the required nursing courses. May be taken in place of NUR-304 Healthy Aging, NUR-406 Contemporary Nursing Trends and Theory, NUR-430 Family Nursing, NUR-431 Community Health Nursing, NUR-432 Nursing Leadership. [3-5 credits]

NUR-429 Nursing Care Management of Older Adults

Prepares nurses to effectively coordinate care for an older adult. Emphasis is given to client system assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and use of appropriate community resources. Contextual issues that affect nursing care management of older adults are examined. Theories and research related to nurse-client interaction, human aging processes, health education, and chronic disease management are applied. Prerequisite: BIO-205. [ 5 credits ] (3 credits theory, 1:8, 24 hours; 2 credits clinical 1:16, 32 hours); 8 weeks.

NUR-430 Family Nursing Assessment and Intervention

Provides the theoretical foundation for family nursing assessment and intervention with emphasis on family health promotion and health risk reduction. A variety of family assessment frameworks derived from nursing theories, social sciences and family therapy are examined. Students analyze the effects of demographic and social change on family health. Family assessment and intervention skills are refined. Prerequisite: NUR-402 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice, NUR-407 Nursing Research. [3 credits]; 6 weeks.

NUR-431 Community Health Nursing

Analyzes selected public health and nursing models for community health nursing practice in culturally diverse environments. Students explore specific issues and societal concerns that affect global and public health, including health care needs of vulnerable communities and populations at risk. Students are guided to develop intercultural competence through a series of activities and projects throughout the course. Students assess community health needs and implement strategies, as appropriate, to support health system integrity. A reflection on nursing care of communities as social justice is explored. Community health nurses' contributions to the health of populations and their role in governmental-legislative activities are examined. Prerequisites: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice, Nursing Research. [5 credits] This course has 2 components: theory (3 credits= 24 hours) and practice (2 credits = 32 hours); 8 weeks [ 5 credits ]

NUR-431CL Community Health Clinical

NUR-432 Caring Nursing Leadership

Integrates previously learned nursing knowledge and skills with contemporary leadership and management theories, enabling students to more clearly define their roles as baccalaureate prepared nurses. Students analyze the transition process to professional nursing practice, opportunities for continued professional development and leadership/management challenges created by increasingly complex health care environments. Prerequisites for Women's College students only: All 300-level nursing courses, NUR-408 Maternal and Infant Nursing, NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II, NUR-410 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, NUR-406 Contemporary Trends and Theory. Prerequisite for CAUS: NUR-431, Community Health Nursing. All students must be Senior level. [3 credits]

NUR-440 Caring Nursing Leadership for Profession

NUR-450 Capstone Experience

NUR-461 Clinical Practicum

Engages students in comprehensive clinical practice with patients in a variety of practice settings. Opportunities are provided for students to assume responsibility, in the context of theory-based, evidence-based reflective practice, for the holistic care of assigned patients in a select health care setting. With the guidance of a preceptor who is on staff in the facility, the student collaborates with all members of the health care team in the planning and care of her patients and transitions from nursing student to entry-level professional nurse. Practice settings include, but are not limited to, care of persons in emergency departments, medical-surgical units, homeless shelters, outpatient clinics, critical care units, and labor and delivery units. The focus of the practicum is on intentionally bringing together knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology, social justice, ways of being in relationship with self and others, and excellence in technological caring-toward compassionate, transformative care with persons, families and communities. 225 hours. (1:3) Prerequisites: NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II, NUR-312 Nursing are of Children and Families, NUR-410 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, NUR-406 Contemporary Trends and Theory in Nursing. Must be taken concurrently with Senior Seminar. [6 credits]

NUR-463 Independent Study

NUR-499 30 Credits for RN Nursing

NUR-501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Focuses on the exploration of nursing knowledge development to include philosophy, theories, and conceptual models designed to guide patient care, inform health care delivery system decision-making, educational programming and nursing administration. A first course in the program, grounding learners in nursing science. [ 3 credits ](1:9, 28 hours)

NUR-507 Nursing Research II: Proposal

Guides the learner in using the literature review developed in EDU-543 to build a strong research study proposal that has potential for funding. The final course product will reflect a clear understanding of all stages and steps of the research process and the content of a credible research proposal. Prerequisite: NUR-543. [ 3 credits ] (1:7, 2 4-hour seminars plus individual faculty/student meetings).

NUR-510 Contemporary Leadership in Nursing

Provides opportunities to critically examine multiple leadership theories, styles and approaches in nursing with emphasis on the interrelationships among leaders, followers and the entire multi-disciplinary team. In addition, excellence in nursing leadership will be explored along with the implications and responsibilities of the nurse leader for shaping today's changing educational and health care environments. [ 2 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-511 Portfolio Development for Nurse Educator Practice Nursing

This course will guide the student in creating a professional portfolio that can be used to collect and reflect on lifelong achievement, while providing institutions with evidence of student success. Portfolios reflect the critical processes of knowledge development in which the student is involved with, various professional activies, and personal reflection of the experiences associated with these diverse activities. [ 1 credit ]

NUR-512 Issues and Trends in Nursing Education

Uses a case-study and seminar format to help students explore contemporary issues and trends in nursing education. Students will be introduced to fundamental legal and ethical principles which influence the quality of public and private education. They will become acquainted with the American legal process, basic legal terminology, selected precedents, and landmark cases in nursing education. Students will also have the opportunity to self-select trends in education for in-depth exploration and construct strategies to meet common challenges within diverse practice settings. [ 3 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-513 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing

Introduces students to the history, theories, education taxonomies and critical thinking that influence curriculum development both in academia and the clinical setting. Students will learn to develop a formal plan of study that provides the philosophical underpinnings, goals and guidelines for the delivery of RN educational programs, including associate, baccalaureate, master's deg rees and staff development. Systematic curriculum and program evaluation will be examined through the lens of educational evaluation models and accreditation in the academic and practice setting. [ 4 credits ] 1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-515 Issues and Trends in Nursing Administration

Examines ethical and legal issues in nursing administration and applies relevant principles to increasingly complex practice problems. Through the case study method, learners become acquainted with the American legal process, basic legal terminology and the diversity of legal issues that affect nurse administrators. [ 3 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-516 Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice

Applies administrative theory and management principles and processes to roles in management/ administration in health related organizations. Additionally, a framework for strategic planning is used to consider assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives applicable to nursing leadership. [4 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-518 Health Policy

Examines historical and current health policy issues related to socio-political environment, economics of health care, legislative and regulatory influences and how these apply to the practice of the nurse leader. Considers the various stakeholders involved in health policy and their perspectives and strategies. [ 3 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-520 Nursing Informatics

This course will prepare the graduate nursing student to evaluate and use current technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings, analyze point of care outcomes, and communicate with individuals and groups, including the media, policymakers, other healthcare professionals, and the public. In addition, it will foster an attitude of openness to innovation and continual learning and a deep understanding of the ethical implications of rapidly growing healthcare cata management systems. Students will be able to educate key stakeholders using current technologies and understand the principles related to the safe and effective use of care and information technologies. Will be offered every Winterim semester. [ 2 credits ]

NUR-528 Study Abroad: MSN Practicum

Study Abroad is encouraged for MSN students who are designing practicum experiences. Opportunities for practicums in advanced clinical practice, nursing eduction or nursing administration are available. Experiencing another culture allows learners a chance to grow personally, increase cultural understanding and boraden their education and knowledge of the world. This global experince promotes compassion in the delivery of nursing care to the culturally diverse populations that we currently serve and contributes to global citizenship. Students will co-register for NUR-603 or NUR-520 as appropriate. [ variable credits ]

NUR-535 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators

The course expands on undergraduate skills in systematic health assessment across the life span. The student will learn adanced health assessment skills in specialty advanced nursing practice. Integration of skills and techniques in collecting health assessment data towards appropriate decision-making, clinical assessments in select populations is emphasized in this didactic course. Particular attention will be paid to teaching strategies for health assessment. [ 2 credits ]

NUR-537 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators

This course introduces and integrates general principles of pharmacology with pathophysiological phenomena. It is designed to provide future nurse educators with a holistic and advanced understanding of disease as disordered normal body physiology. As such, students will have an enhanced ability to teach the disease process and related potential sequelae. This course will explore the mechanism(s) related to the production of signs, symptoms, complications, treatments, and interventions of different disease states and specific health problems. Innovative teaching strategies for selected alterations in health are used with emphasis on pathophysiological concepts and pharmacological interventions. Nurse educator students will experience being the learner using a variety of teaching learning methods. This course does not meet requirements for prescriptive authority. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-543 Synthesis of the Literature

Designed to provide students with advanced skills and abilities to critically analyze, interpret, and evaluate nursing research related to a specific nursing problem. The focus of the course will be of a critical, comprehensive review of literature that will provide a strong foundation for writing a beginning nursing research proposal in Nursing Research II. [ 3 credits ] (1:9, 28 hours).

NUR-573 Health Promotion Acr Lifespan

This course examines the relationship between the normal process of aging and the promotion of health and wellness across the life course. Focus is on the critical analysis of health promotion issues and previous lifestyle behaviors affecting the aging population; the development of strategies to assist adults in modifying or eliminating health risk behaviors; and the evaluation of health promotion planning.

NUR-603 Advanced Nursing Clinical Practicum

Provides future nurse educators an opportunity to explore an area of nursing specialty in more depth. Under the mentorship of an academic faculty member and an advanced practice nurse, the student will co-create the structure for the practice experience. The student will meet with peers and academic faculty in a seminar at the beginning and end of the experience to discuss their practice goals and progress, and their final evaluation. A presentation of a self-selected practice problem and intervention will be required on the last seminar day. A reflective journal will be maintained. [ 3 credits ], (.5 theory, 1:9; 2.5 clinical, 1:18). Two 2-hour seminar meetings and 45 practicum hours.

NUR-605 Teaching in Nursing Education Practicum

Provides an internship in the appropriate educational setting that complements the intended career path of each learner. Students will deliver didactic and clinical instruction under the guidance of a selected nurse preceptor. Opportunities to attend curriculum and evaluation meetings and to participate in advising will be provided. Part of this course will include an integration seminar. Prerequisite: Departmental permission of the department chair. [ 6 credits ], (2 theory, 1:9; 4 clinical 1:18). Five seminar meetings and 72 practicum hours.

NUR-620 Leadership and Administration in Nursing Seminar and Practicum

Supports learners in the development of individual behavioral objectives for placement with a nursing administrator preceptor in a clinical setting. The focus of the course is on exploration of theory through participation, research, and observation of organizational functioning and nursing leadership. Students progress in the role of nurse manager/administrator with increasing involvement in the implementation of the role. Emphasis begins with organizational and departmental structure and then expands the focus to include responsibility for a program or project agreed upon by the learner, preceptor and faculty. To the extent feasible, students practice autonomously, with the preceptor and faculty as resources. Five seminars focus on an array of issues surrounding the role of the nursing administrator. Prerequisite: Departmental permission of the department chair. [ 6 credits ], (2 theory, 1:9; 4 clinical 1:18). Five seminar meetings and 72 practicum hours.

NUR-698 Nursing Independent Study