Course Descriptions

Orientation for the BSN student

NUR001

Overview of Penn College resources and the online learning environment to ensure a positive learning experience for RN to BSN students. Learning activities emphasize navigation of the Penn College portal, review of policy and procedures, review of the nursing program handbook, use of College's learning management system, and discussion of effective techniques for online learning. Corequisite(s): NUR311.

Introduction to Practical Nursing Concepts

NUR155

Introduction to practical nursing concept, including its philosophy and objectives. The role and responsibilities of the student practical nurse are introduced. Physical, social, emotional and psychological needs, and the developmental characteristics are studied across the age span from birth to death. Client needs, health concepts, and early foundational knowledge of the body systems are explored. The process of planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care is introduced. In addition, math for pharmacology is reviewed and integrated into the study of drug preparation and administration. Admission to the program is required. 14 Credits (8 Lecture - 18 Clinical) Corequisite(s): BIO115 and ENL111. Fall Only.

Nursing Care of Adults I

NUR165

Systems-based study of acute problems with associated emergent disorders, and their effect on the adult client. Chronic, long-term impact associated with these disorders is also addressed. The use of effective interpersonal communication skills with clients, their families, and members of the health care team is expected. Pharmacological principles and rationale continue to be applied during supervised medication administration. Participation in the development and implementation of client-centered care plans is required. Expectations include progression as a contributing member of the nursing team while caring for assigned clients with needs of moderate complexity in the acute setting. (Formerly NUR 163 and 164) 16 Credits (8 Lecture - 24 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): NUR155. Corequisite(s): BIO125 and MTH124 or BIO125 and MTH151. Spring Only.

Nursing Care of Adults II

NUR175

Continuation of the systems approach with discussion of the more complex medical-surgical disorders and their effect on adult clients. Focus on co-morbidity and polypharmacology in the geriatric population. Mental health concepts are addressed, as well as issues and trends in nursing practice. Clinical rotations are planned to support these specialties. Greater independence in initiating all phases of the nursing process, incorporating health teaching, and identifying referral sources is evaluated during clinical rotations. Building on and transferring theoretical knowledge from the classroom to the clinical area is paramount to progress through this course. (Formerly NUR173) 6 Credits (4 Lecture - 6 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): NUR165. Corequisite(s): PSY111. Summer Only.

Maternal Child Health Nursing

NUR176

Observational experiences in labor and delivery of nursing care to newborn and postpartum clients in the acute care setting. Additional observational rotations to maternal child health care clinics and physician offices. Emphasis on growth and development related to the care of children throughout pediatric rotations in various settings such as hospitals, physician's offices, and day care centers. Application of related theoretical concepts to administer safe and effective nursing care to mothers, newborns and children. (Formerly NUR174) 6 Credits (4 Lecture - 6 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): NUR165. Corequisite(s): PSY111. Summer Only.

Foundations of Nursing

NUR182

Introduction to basic principles of nursing practice through lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice. Emphasis on the nursing process and its importance in the development of consumer-centered care. The use of informatics and evidence-based practice are introduced. Professional behaviors, teaching/learning principles, and communication are emphasized. Restricted to NR students only.(Formerly NUR180) 8 Credits (5 Lecture - 9 Clinical) Corequisite(s): BIO115 and PSY111. Fall Only.

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I

NUR184

Exploration of professional nursing care of diverse adult consumers exhibiting simple health care problems; study involves lecture, simulation, discussion, and clinical experiences. Continued emphasis on the development of professional behaviors, communication, and teaching/learning principles. Beginning use of informatics and evidence-based practice to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate consumer-centered care. Restricted to NR students only. (formerly NUR183) 6 Credits (3 Lecture - 9 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): NUR182 or NUR223. Corequisite(s): BIO125 and PSY203. Spring Only.

Introduction to Professional Nursing

NUR203

Orientation to the Penn College BSN Nursing program requirements, as well as a review of the Penn College Mission and Philosophy and the Penn College Nursing Programs Mission and Philosophy. Introduction to the nursing profession. Topics include the history of professional nursing, contemporary image of nursing, socialization into the nursing role, educational pathways, nursing ethics, communication, nursing process, legal aspects of nursing practice, health care policy and politics, nursing theorists, nursing licensure, the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act, evidence-based practice, the American health care system, and the NCLEX examination for registered nurses. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Fundamentals of Nursing

NUR211

Introduction to the basic principles of nursing practice through application of the nursing process and the concept of critical thinking. Lecture includes an overview of basic physiological and psychosocial responses to illness. Nursing care of adult clients exhibiting simple health care problems is also discussed. Client care utilizing basic analytical thought processes and the nursing process is explored through the clinical experience. Basic physical assessment skills are used to identify health problems of adult clients. The concept of critical thinking is explored in relationship to developing individualized nursing care plans. Nursing research is examined as a basis for nursing care decisions. 8 Credits (4 Lecture - 12 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and ENL121 and HTH310 and MTR100 and NUR203 and PSY111 and SOC111 or BIO125 and ENL201 and HTH310 and MTR100 and NUR203 and PSY111 and SOC111 or BIO125 and ENL121 and HTH310 and MTR100 and NUR102 and NUR202 and PSY111 and SOC111 or BIO125 and ENL201 and HTH310 and MTR100 and NUR102 and NUR202 and PSY111 and SOC111. Corequisite(s): NUR212 and NUR383.

Fundamentals of Nursing Lab

NUR212

Introduction to the basic skills of nursing practice through the utilization of theory and kinesthetic learning principles. Lecture, discussion, and demonstration are utilized to assist development of proficiency in performing basic nursing skills. The concept of critical thinking is explored in relationship to decision-making in performing nursing skills with regard to individual client needs. Continued skill development includes the use of the nursing process to identify actual and potential client problems and cite appropriate interventions. Nursing research is examined as a basis for nursing care decisions. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): NUR211 and NUR383.

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II

NUR214

Exploration of professional nursing care of diverse adult health care consumers who exhibit more complex health care problems; study involves evidenced-based practice, lecture, simulation, projects, discussion, informatics, and clinical experiences. Further development of critical thinking skills and professional behaviors. Effective application of the nursing process through continued practice. The student begins functioning as an interdisciplinary team member while providing consumer-centered care to the adult client. (Formerly NUR219) 5 Credits (3 Lecture - 6 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and NUR184 and PSY203 or BIO125 and NUR223 and PSY203. Corequisite(s): NUR270 and NUR274 and NUR287 or NUR271 and NUR274 and NUR287. Fall Only.

Transitions in Registered Nursing

NUR223

Course work designed to facilitate the entry of the practical nurse into the second year of Penn College's Nursing program. Focus on the transition to the registered nurse student role. The nursing process forms the foundation for the development of skills basic to practice as a registered nurse student. Emphasis on the role of the associate degree nurse as provider of care, communicator, client advocate, and educator. The chemistry requirement must be complete prior to enrollment in this course (see program director for clarification). Successful completion of NUR223 with a grade of "C" or better is required for acceptance into Advanced Credit Status in the Nursing Program. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH124 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH125 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH151 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH153 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH180 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH182 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH190 and NUR117 and PSY111 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH160 and NUR117 and PSY111. Corequisite(s): BIO125 and PSY203. Spring Only.

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III

NUR229

Terminal medical/surgical nursing study, involving complex health care problems. Practice of professional behaviors while using critical thinking and clinical judgment to manage the care of the adult client exhibiting complex health problems. (Formerly NUR226) 5 Credits (3 Lecture - 6 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR270 and NUR274 and NUR287 or BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR271 and NUR274 and NUR287. Corequisite(s): CSC124 and NUR270 and NUR272 or CSC124 and NUR271 and NUR272. Spring Only.

Childbearing Nursing

NUR270

Exploration of nursing care of clients experiencing a normal pregnancy or a pregnancy at risk. Common obstetrical problems of increasing complexity are studied. Emphasis on assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for the childbearing client. Experiences include care for the mother, fetus, and neonate during normal pregnancies. Social and environmental influences are addressed, as well as pharmacological and nutritional factors. (Formerly NUR280) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and NUR184 and PSY203 or BIO125 and NUR223 and PSY203. Corequisite(s): BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR274 and NUR287 or CSC124 and NUR229 and NUR272.

Nursing Care of Children

NUR271

Exploration of the nursing process when providing care to healthy children and those exhibiting common health problems. Application of age appropriate communication skills and nursing strategies during the interaction with children of different developmental stages in a variety of clinical settings. Topics include normal growth and development principles and their application. Restricted to NR students. (Formerly NUR281) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and NUR184 and PSY203 or BIO125 and NUR223 and PSY203. Corequisite(s): NUR214 and NUR274 and NUR287 or CSC124 and NUR229 and NUR272.

Psychosocial Nursing

NUR272

Knowledge from the biological, social, and nursing sciences is used to display effective use of the nursing process when providing evidence-based nursing care to health care consumers exhibiting psychosocial health problems. Appropriate modes of communication are put into practice to establish a therapeutic nurse-client relationship and interaction with the health care team. Course work includes constructing health teaching plans to help consumers to identify their coping responses and maximize their strengths to deal with everyday life. A comparison of Web-based resources provides appropriate evidence-based nursing information to guide nursing care and to support consumers with psychosocial needs. Professional behaviors are enhanced and displayed when working with consumers and the interdisciplinary health care team. (Formerly NUR282) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR274 and NUR287. Corequisite(s): CSC124 and NUR229 and NUR270 or CSC124 and NUR229 and NUR271. Spring Only.

Topics in Nursing

NUR274

Introduction to selected current nursing issues with emphasis on their potential impact on healthcare in a society of diverse consumers. Content areas include principles of leadership and management, interprofessional collaboration, and legal/ethical topics. Course work includes the use of evidence based nursing literature and encourages the continuing development of professional behaviors needed to promote personal and professional growth. (formerly NUR273) 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and NUR184 and PSY203 or BIO125 and NUR223. Corequisite(s): BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR270 and NUR287 or BIO201 and NUR214 and NUR271 and NUR287. Fall Only.

Essentials of Pharmacology

NUR287

Examination of foundational pharmacologic principles and practices associated with the nursing management of drug therapy while using the nursing process. A systematic approach to the study of medications is based on drug classifications with a focus on the prototype drug(s) within the classification. Restricted to NR students. (formerly NUR286) 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and PSY203 or BIO125 and NUR223 and PSY203.

Adult Health Nursing I

NUR303

Exploration of the nursing care of adult clients exhibiting more complex health needs, delivered through lecture, discussion, and clinical experiences. Critical-thinking activities interspersed throughout the course as well as a focus on research and evidence-based nursing interventions provide the level of cognitive ability needed to function in the role of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. 8 Credits (4 Lecture - 12 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CHM100 and NUR211 and NUR212 or CHM108 and NUR211 and NUR212 or CHM111 and NUR211 and NUR212. Corequisite(s): NUR352.

Holistic Perspectives of Health and Wellness

NUR305

Explore concepts of alternative and complementary therapies specific to healing and wellness from a holistic perspective. Topics covered include stress management, health and human spirit, meditation, healing environments, humor and health, music therapy, massage, and healing effects of physical activity and movement. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Women's Health Issues

NUR307

Examination of current health issues and health care services as they affect women. Unique perspectives on women's lifestyles and health are examined as they interrelate with family, the environment and society. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Nutritional Concepts for Nurses

NUR308

Examination of nutritional needs and medical nutrition therapy with discussion of biochemical markers of nutrition, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the USDA's online nutrition and health website. Life cycle nutrition and the relationship between health and illness for specific disease states are discussed. Emphasis on the relationship between age, gender, disease states, chronic and acute illness, and various forms of nutritional therapies. The course work requres a basic, working knowledge of anatomy and physiology and basic nutrition. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and BIO125.

The Philosophy of Professional Nursing

NUR311

RN-to-BSN transition course designed to facilitate development of a professional nursing philosophy and framework. Focus on nursing concepts from a professional perspective, values of nursing practice, and articulation of nursing care from theory and evidenced-based practice. Emphasis on improving communication skills through written and technical means. 8 week course that runs the first session of the semester. (Formerly NUR310) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): NUR001.

Community Health Nursing

NUR327

Examination of the theoretical bases of community nursing, community health issues and the role of nursing in providing care to individuals, families, and groups in the community. The role of preventive and promotive health teaching for individuals, families and the community is addressed. Application of theory takes place through several community-based projects and the opportunity for students to design portions of the clinical experience, under the direction of the instructor. Course assignments focus on development of environmental awareness and its relationship to health, group perspective and associated nursing interventions. Issues related to epidemiology, health policy, community resources, and the nursing process as related to community health issues (e.g., program planning, family health, public health, and home care) are addressed in classroom and/or clinical experiences. Clinical observations and preceptor guided clinical experiences are required. Written and oral communication skills receive intensive emphasis. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Corequisite(s): NUR303 and NUR330 and NUR340 and NUR352 or NUR311.

Community Health Nursing for the Practicing RN

NUR329

Examination of the theoretical bases of community nursing, community health issues, and the role of nursing in providing care to individuals, families, and aggregates in the community. The role of preventive and promotive health teaching for individuals, families and the community is addressed. Emphasis on the development of environmental awareness and its relationship to health, group perspective, and associated nursing interventions. Topics include epidemiology, health policy, community resources, and the nursing process as related to community health issues (e.g., program planning, family health, public health, and home care). Independent practice experiences include 30 hours of direct and/or indirect community-based learning activities. Written and oral communication skills receive intensive emphasis. 8 week course that runs the second session of the semester. 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): NUR311. (Cultural Diversity)

Obstetrical Nursing

NUR330

Exploration of the nursing care of clients experiencing a normal pregnancy or a pregnancy at risk is explored through lecture, discussion, and clinical experiences. Critical thinking skills are utilized while focusing on health promotion and management of risk factors in client care situations during the prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum and neonatal periods. Women's health issues are researched. Current nursing research and evidence-based nursing interventions provide the level of cognitive ability needed to function in the role of a baccalaureate prepared nurse. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): NUR211 and NUR212 and NUR352.

Pediatric Nursing

NUR340

Exploration of the nursing care of healthy children and adolescents as well as those exhibiting common health problems. Concepts include those related to growth and development as well as the physiology utilized to identify norms and deviations in the health status of children and adolescents. Age-appropriate communication skills, evidence-based nursing strategies, and critical thinking skills for professional interaction with children of different ages in a variety of clinical settings are integrated into the classroom and clinical components. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): NUR211 and NUR212 and NUR352 and PSY203.

Case Management in Nursing

NUR351

Introduction to the topics of case management in nursing. Nursing case management is an approach that focuses on the coordination, integration, and direct delivery of patient services and places internal controls on the resources used for care. Case management balances the cost and quality components of nursing service and patient care outcomes in the acute care hospital setting as well as outpatient and community-based environments including Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) arrangements. Topics include the historical perspective of health care delivery, the evolution of case management and contemporary models of case management. Emphasis on the roles of the case manager, collaboration between disciplines, and evaluative methods in case management. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies

NUR352

Introduction to a variety of teaching and learning concepts that applies to all learners. Special focus will be placed on the issues of teaching and learning in the patient centered environment. Techniques and strategies that will enhance the learning process for pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric clients will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on using critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop practical solutions within the client-centered environment. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

The Role of the Health Care Provider Related to Death and Dying

NUR360

Exploration of the role of the nurse and other health care professionals in the provision of care for the dying patient. Discussion allows for examination of personal feelings, as well as the professional, spiritual and ethical issues surrounding the care of the dying patient and his/her family. Palliative care choices are analyzed from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course provides insight into the implications for nursing and health care practice of how different cultures view and experience death and dying. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Critical Thinking in Health Care

NUR375

Study and analysis of thinking styles. Critical thinking is defined, and the skills necessary to achieve quality in decision making and problem solving are addressed. (Formerly NUR374) 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Pharmacology in Health Care

NUR380

Examination of all drug classifications as well as an in-depth study of prototypes specific to each drug category. Topics include discussions of the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutic effects, untoward reactions, and food/drug ineractions of these medication, as well as pertinent legal and ethical aspects of medication adminstration. Expectation exists to write a pharmacological profile based on a client's medication regime or on a predestinated group of drugs. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO125.

Health Promotion in Health Care

NUR381

Introduction to concepts related to the encouragement of positive health changes among individuals, families, and communities. Health promotion addresses current healthcare issues, such as cost, life expectancy, health maintenance, and health improvement. Topics include; population changes, health policy and health care delivery systems, ethical issues, individual, family, and community health assessment, and health education strategies. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Advanced Physical Assessment

NUR383

Advanced theory and application that provides the knowledge and beginning skills to perform an advanced physical examination on clients. This knowledge will be incorporated with related pathophysiological processes to common abnormalities. Interviewing techniques and basic head-to-toe physical assessment are reviewed. Later emphasis on the focused systems assessments necessary for providing care to clients across the lifespan. Students are expected to perform an advanced physical assessment upon a designated client and effectively communicate such findings. The integration of laboratory findings, pathophysiology, and physical exam findings are addressed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Evaluating Professional Nursing Practice

NUR414

Exploration of professional nursing practice to facilitate growth and development of the Registered Nurse. Varied learning activities engage students in providing nursing care for patients across the life span and the continuum of care. Independent practice experiences consisting of 15 hours provide opportunities to bridge the baccalaureate level professional nursing practice. Independent practices experiences, may include direct and/or indirect care, such as clinical projects, interventions, decisions, or actions on behalf of patients, as designed collaboratively with the course instructor. Reflection of the RN's current level of nursing practice and use of evidenced-based research to improve health outcomes are utilized to enhance the RNs professional practice. (Formerly NUR413) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): NUR329 and NUR352.

Mental Health Nursing

NUR420

Study of psychosocial health problems, providing for the development of skills in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care of clients who exhibit psychosocial needs. Communication skills are applied in establishing a therapeutic nurse-client relationship. Emphasis on identifying the client's coping responses and maximizing strengths to promote adaptation. Critical thinking skills are applied in the process of planning and providing care for clients and their support persons. Nursing research is examined as a basis for developing evidence-based nursing interventions utilizing current methodologies. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): NUR303 and NUR352 and NUR380. Corequisite(s): NUR327.

Adult Health Nursing II

NUR430

Exploration of nursing care of adult clients exhibiting the most complex health needs, delivered through lecture, discussion, and clinical experiences. Critical-thinking activities interspersed throughout the course as well as a focus on research and evidenced-based nursing interventions provide the level of cognitive ability needed to function in the role of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. 8 Credits (4 Lecture - 12 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO201 and NUR303 and NUR380. Corequisite(s): NUR461 and NUR495.

Transcultural Nursing

NUR465

Introduction to basic transcultural nursing concepts. Areas of focus include self assessment of cultural biases; differentiation between the terms, culture, ethnicity, cultural diversity, minority, and race; and specific transcultural concepts with regard to nursing practice. Components of a thorough cultural assessment are discussed. Emphasis on cultural issues including the differences in communication, use of personal space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biological variations. Special nursing issues include a comparison in pain response, gender differences, childbearing, and child-rearing practices between certain cultures. Nursing interventions are examined to enhance the nurse's ability to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate individualized nursing care. Intensive emphasis on written and oral communication skills. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Leadership and Management for the Practicing RN

NUR466

Examine concepts related to the role of leadership and management within the discipline of nursing. Fifteen hours of Independent practice experiences focus on leading and managing problem solving processes to improve the delivery of nursing care. Consideration given to current resource utilization and interprofessional collaboration within the context of nursing theory and evidenced-based practice. Standards of care, ethical and legal principles, delivery of culturally competent practices in consumer-centered care influence the development of the nurse leader. Various opportunities to collaborate and evaluate concepts using current standards of professional nursing practice exist throughout the course. (Formerly NUR461) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): NUR329 and NUR352.

Research and Theory in Clinical Practice

NUR495

End of program course examining the role of evidenced-based practice and research in nursing. Focuses on completion of a scholarly capstone project that provides the opportunity to synthesize knowledge of evidence-based practice and nursing research. Concepts facilitate analysis and integration of educational and professional knowledge and experiences. Emphasis on recognition of the interrelationship of practice, theory, and research, along with the process of accessing and critiquing scholarly literature to become an informed consumer of nursing research. 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH153 and NUR414 and NUR466 or MTH160 and NUR414 and NUR466 or MTH160 and NUR327 and NUR420. (Writing Enriched)