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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Nursing

College of Nursing

Web Page: http://nursing.fsu.edu/

Professors: Grubbs, Karioth, Lowe, McFetridge-Durdle; Associate Professors: Cormier, Hauber, Park, Whyte; Assistant Professors: Abbott, Dickey, Graven, Martorella, Park, Porterfield, Shelton; Teaching Faculty III: Kung, Little, Studenic-Lewis, Tucker; Teaching Faculty II: Craig-Rodriguez, Greenhalgh, McLarty, Pappas, Whitten, Whyte; Teaching Faculty I: Balbis, Bamber, Brewer, Cuchens, Kendall, Winton; Assistant in Research: Gordon

The College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for traditional, accelerated second-degree, and veteran students. The undergraduate program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). At the completion of the program the student will have met all major requirements for the BSN. The graduate of the undergraduate nursing program will have met the academic eligibility requirements for taking the registered nurse state licensing examination. The mission of the College of Nursing is to develop nursing leaders for professional practice and research in diverse settings.

The program is an upper-division limited access major, accepting students in the junior year, with required sequential course offerings and elective courses in nursing. The nursing courses are based on concepts and principles from liberal studies, the supporting biological and behavioral sciences, and nursing. This theoretical base is used with the nursing process in the systematic development of nursing care for individuals and groups in a variety of health care settings.

The College of Nursing offers honors in the major to encourage talented students to undertake independent research. For requirements and other information, see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" section of this General Bulletin.

For complete details of programs offered and admission requirements, plus a description of the college, its facilities, opportunities, and available financial assistance, refer to the "College of Nursing" chapter of this General Bulletin. For current course offerings, please refer to the FSU College of Nursing Web site, at http://nursing.fsu.edu/.

Computer Skills Competency

All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in nursing and accelerated nursing satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C" or higher in NUR 4169.

State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites

The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.

At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.

The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. BSC X085C or BSC X085/X085L or BSC X093C or BSC X093/X093L
  2. BSC X086C or BSC X086/X086L or BSC X094C or BSC X094/X094L
  3. CHM XXXX or BCH XXXX or BSC XXXX or PCB XXXX or PHY XXXX
  4. DEP X004 or DEP X054 or DEP X000 or DEP X414
  5. HUN X201 or NUR X192
  6. MCB X010C or MCB X010/X010L or MCB X013C or MCB X013/X013L or MCB X000/X000L or MCB X004/X004L
  7. PSY XXXX or SOP XXXX or SYG XXXX
  8. STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X122 or STA X022

Note: Epidemiology (three credit hours) is recommended but not required.

Definition of Prefixes

NGR—Nursing: Graduate

NSP—Nursing: Special

NUR—Nursing: Generic Undergraduate

Undergraduate Courses

Theory/Laboratory Courses Required

NUR 3033C. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice for Veterans (6). Prerequisite: Admission to the Undergraduate Nursing Program. This course establishes the skillset of students who served as Corpsman and Medics within the context of professional nursing and to facilitate their transition to the Registered Nurse role. The course uses a body systems based approach to introduce assessment and fundamental aspects of nursing care. Each week, a new body system is introduced, along with the elements of practice and clinical decision-making dictated by the nursing process. The course also serves to prepare the veteran student for future clinical experiences.

NUR 3056. Foundations of Nursing Practice (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Corequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. This course introduces the nursing student to the foundations of professional nursing practice which includes multidimensional aspects of clients/families, the relationship between quality of care and client outcomes, patient safety, communication, and use of evidence to support practice.

NUR 3056L. Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab (2). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Corequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 3056. Under the guidance of lab instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 3056 in practice sessions. Demonstration; low, medium, and high fidelity simulation scenarios; deliberate practice methods; debriefing; and reflective instructional approaches are used.

NUR 3065. Health Assessment, Wellness and Prevention Across the Lifespan (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Corequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. This course introduces the nursing student to concepts and models of wellness and health promotion for individuals, families, and communities. Included are communication and interview techniques in compiling a health history, technical skills in performing a physical exam, clinical reasoning skills in doing a health risk appraisal, formulating nursing diagnoses appropriate to identified problems, and understanding the role of the nurse in patient education. Client's cultural differences, development stage, family structure, economic situation, and health behaviors are considered when evaluating health status. In addition, the role of the nurse in patient education is emphasized.

NUR 3065L. Health Assessment, Wellness and Prevention Across the Lifespan Lab (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Corequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 3065. Under the guidance of lab instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 3065 in practice sessions using demonstration; low, medium, and high fidelity simulation scenarios; deliberate practice; debriefing; and reflective instructional approaches.

NUR 3125. Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing (4). Prerequisite: BSC 2085 and BSC 2086. This course introduces the undergraduate nursing student to general body responses and alterations in disease across the lifespan. Topics cover physiological concepts, alterations in body systems, and clinical manifestations.

NUR 3145. Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing (2). Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Corequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. This course introduces the nursing student to foundational concepts in pharmacology and their application in health care settings. Pharmacological concepts include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics, drug toxicity, and major drug classifications. Application concepts include drug therapy and patient safety, the role of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), dosage calculation, and the nursing role in drug therapy.

NUR 3225. Nursing Care of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Health Disorders (3). Prerequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. Corequisite: Semester II Nursing courses. This course focuses on nursing care of adults and their families with acute and chronic health disorders. Pathophysiologic, psychological, and sociocultural processes and environmental issues associated with acute and chronic health disorders in adults are presented. Critical reasoning and problem solving skills are used in designing care to promote positive health outcomes.

NUR 3225L. Nursing Care of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Health Disorders Lab (4). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. Corequisite: Semester II Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 3225. Under the guidance of clinical instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 3225 in both simulated and clinical sessions. Deliberate practice, debriefing, and reflective instructional approaches are used in both settings.

NUR 3678. Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations (4). Prerequisites: NUR 3056C, NUR 3065C, NUR 3125, and NUR 3822. Corequisite: NUR 3636L. This course examines the application of nursing and related theories to the care of vulnerable populations throughout the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of the elderly, clients with psychosocial disorders, and at-risk culturally diverse populations in the community. The impact of poverty, environment, support networks, health policy, and community resources on vulnerable populations and health outcomes is explored. The focus is on promoting client independence and maximizing quality of life of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

NUR 3678L. Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations Lab (3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. Corequisite: Semester II Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 3678. Under the guidance of clinical instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 3678 in clinical sessions. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of the elderly, clients with psychosocial disorders, and at risk culturally diverse populations in the community. The impact of poverty, environment, support networks, health policy, and community resources on vulnerable populations and health outcomes is explored. The focus is on promoting client's independence and maximizing quality of life of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.

NUR 3805. Nursing: Role and Scope (3). Prerequisite: Admission to RN to BSN Program. This course is designed for the returning registered nurse student. Current and emerging concerns of professional nursing are addressed within the context of nursing history, nursing practice, impact of global trends, and the influence of political and socioeconomic policies on nursing and health care. The roles of the baccalaureate nurse are examined in relation to individual, family, and community outcomes with emphasis on client advocacy, teaching, autonomy, accountability, change agent, research, critical thinking, and leadership. The legal and ethical framework for professional nursing and cultural diversity also are explored. Selected nursing practice models and health belief models are considered for applicability to nursing practice.

NUR 3816. Professional Perspectives in Nursing (2). Prerequisite: Semester I Nursing courses. Corequisite: Semester II Nursing courses. This course introduces the student to the historical and theoretical perspectives that have impacted the development of nursing. The progression of nursing toward professionalism is explored, including foundational concepts such as ethics, advocacy, and legal issues.

NUR 3895. Teaching Adults in Health-Related Areas (1). (S/U grade only.) This course explores the role of teaching and learning in health care settings. Utilizing the concepts of adult education and educational psychology, the student develops a teaching/learning episode and assimilates strategies for teaching clients along the health care continuum.

NUR 4069C. Advanced Health Assessment (3). Pre- or corequisite: NUR 3805. This course is designed to develop students' knowledge of skills for advanced health assessment, including health history and physical examination.

NUR 4080. Nursing Concepts I (4). Prerequisite: NUR 4069C. Corequisite: NUR 4080L. This course is designed for the returning registered nurse student. It emphasizes concepts related to health promotion, chronic illness, family, principles of group dynamics, domestic violence, addiction, grief and loss, and psychosocial needs. The planning for utilization of these concepts when caring for individuals, families, and communities also is highlighted.

NUR 4080L. Nursing Practicum I (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: NUR 4069C. Corequisite: NUR 4080. This clinical laboratory course provides the returning registered nurse student with the opportunity to apply professional nursing strategies while assisting clients and families in maintaining and/or regaining an optimal level of wellness. Emphasis is given to the professional nursing roles of care provider/coordinator, teacher, collaborator, and problem solver in clients/family health care across the life span.

NUR 4169. Evidence-Based Nursing (2). Prerequisites: Semesters I and II Nursing courses. Corequisites: Semester III Nursing courses. This course introduces students to major systematic approaches to the development and improvement of nursing practice including evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research. Inquiry through evidence-based approaches and research are discussed. Focus is placed on the processes of finding, reading, appraising, critiquing, and synthesizing evidence to improve practice.

NUR 4445. Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families (4). Prerequisites: Semester I and II Nursing courses. Corequisites: Semester III Nursing courses. This course focuses on individuals and their families during the childbearing and childrearing phases of family development. Physiologic, psychological, sociocultural, and pathophysiologic processes and environmental issues associated with childbearing and childrearing are presented. The nurse's role in health promotion is emphasized. Illness and complications are examined. Issues related to preserving, promoting, and restoring health status of family members are emphasized. The application of competencies and skills may occur in a simulated setting.

NUR 4555L. Nursing Care of Women, Children and Families Lab (2). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Semester I and II Nursing courses. Corequisites: Semester III Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 4445. Under the guidance of clinical instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 4445 in both simulated and clinical sessions. Deliberate practice, debriefing, and reflective instructional approaches are used in both settings.

NUR 4667. Population Health in Nursing (1). Prerequisites: NUR 4445, NUR 4555L, NUR 4766, and NUR 4766L. Corequisites: NUR 4828, NUR 4888, NUR 4888L, and NUR 4945. This course introduces students to global health, the U.S. healthcare system, the social determinants of health, environmental health, emerging infectious disease, disaster planning and population support during disasters, and other mass casualty situations. In addition, using Healthy People/WHO indicators in evidence based decision making and utilizing the process of community assessment including the tools of epidemiology and biostatistics are reinforced.

NUR 4766. Nursing Care of Adults and Populations with Complex Health Disorders (4). Prerequisites: NUR 3056C, NUR 3065C, NUR 3125, NUR 3225C, NUR 3636L, NUR 3678, NUR 3822, and NUR 4445C. This course focuses on the nursing management of adults and their families in acute care and appropriate community care settings. Critical reasoning and problem solving skills are used to address safe intervention and evaluation outcomes appropriate to the health care needs of adults and families experiencing complex health disorders. The course includes content on the triage of care of patients during events that result in widespread illness or mass casualties.

NUR 4766L. Nursing Care of Adults/Populations with Complex Health Disorders Lab (3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Semester I and II Nursing courses. Corequisite: NUR 4766. This laboratory course focuses on the application of the nursing process, concepts, principles, and technological competencies while providing nursing interventions to adults and their families experiencing complex and multi-system health disorders. Effectiveness of nursing interventions and expected outcomes are evaluated. The application of competencies and skills may occur in a simulated setting.

NUR 4828. Transition to Nursing Practice (1). Prerequisites: NUR 4445, NUR 4555L, NUR 4766, and NUR 4766L. Corequisites: NUR 4888, NUR 4888L, and NUR 4945. This course explores the multiple roles and opportunities for the professional registered nurse. Topics related to practice issues are addressed. Strategies for transition from academia to practice environments are analyzed and include the development of a personal career plan.

NUR 4888. Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care (3). Prerequisites: Semester I, II, and III Nursing courses. Corequisites: Semester IV Nursing courses. This course focuses on concepts, principles, and theories of leadership, management, role development and administration in a variety of culturally diverse health care delivery systems at local, regional, national, and global levels. Skills required by the professional nurse leader, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, case management, collaboration, budgeting, cost effectiveness and resource allocation, risk management, quality and performance indicators, teaching, and professional development are emphasized and applied in relevant settings.

NUR 4888L. Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care Lab (2). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: Semester I, II, III Nursing courses. Corequisites: Semester IV Nursing courses. This course provides the application component of NUR 4888. Under the guidance of clinical instructors, the student is given opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge from NUR 4888 in clinical sessions. Deliberate practice, debriefing, and reflective instruction approaches are used. Skills required by the professional nurse leader, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, case management, collaboration, budgeting, cost effectiveness and resource allocation, risk management, quality and performance indicators, teaching and professional development are emphasized and applied in relevant settings.

NUR 4945. Professional Nursing Internship (6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: NUR 3056, NUR 3056L, NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3125, NUR 3145, NUR 3225, NUR 3225L, NUR 3678, NUR 3678L, NUR 3816, NUR 4169, NUR 4445, NUR 4766, and NUR 4766L. Corequisites: NUR 4667, NUR 4828, NUR 4888, and NUR 4888L. This course occurs following the completion of all required nursing courses. This capstone clinical experience requires the student to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes. Synthesis of core values, core competencies, core knowledge, cultural humility, and role development is expected. The student collaborates with the faculty and the preceptor in choosing the care setting as well as planning and organizing the learning experience to facilitate a successful transition into the profession.

NUR 4946L. Nursing Care in Specialty Areas Laboratory (1-3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Completion of second semester in the Nursing Program. This course provides internships in specialized areas of clinical practice with a focus on managing patient care in selected areas such as surgery, special procedure areas, endoscopy, dialysis, or PACU.

Electives

NSP 3185. Multicultural Factors and Health (3). This course is a comparative analytical approach to the study of communication, current problems, issues, health care beliefs, values, and practices of different systems and cultural norms as they affect health care practices that conflict with ethnic or cultural communication related to standards and value systems.

NSP 3425. Women's Health Issues: Concerns Through the Life Cycle (3). This course focuses on issues related to women throughout the life cycle including sexuality, obesity, anorexia, cancer, etc. Emphasis is on prevention of illness and rights to health care access.

NSP 3685. Grief, Loss and Trauma: Ethnic and Individual Variations (3). This course explores similarities and differences among cultures when responding to grief and loss. Topics related to diverse populations and grief practices are examined, as well as personal response to grief, loss, and trauma; not exclusively utilizing death as the only example of loss, or trauma. The course allows students to expand their reactions to life and death, plan their own funeral, and at the same time focus on family, community, and worldwide populations.

NSP 4546. Substance Abuse and the Effects on Health, Family, and Profession (3). This course uses broad-based approach to substance abuse and the effects on health, family, and the profession; identifying groups at risk, prevention activities, and help approaches.

NUR 3076. Communication in Health Care (3). Prerequisite: ENC 1101. This course examines various communication patterns basic to individual and group relationships. Course emphasizes the development of interactive skills paramount to effective communication with individuals and groups involved with health care issues. It provides an opportunity for the validation of oral communication and a range of public speaking experiences especially related to health care.

NUR 3177. Holistic and Complementary Approaches to Health and Healing (3). This course is designed to explore knowledge of practices that promote health and well-being. Emphasis is on stress management and body-mind-spirit communication. A variety of holistic and complementary approaches to health and healing are explored.

NUR 4826. Contemporary Clinical Ethics in Health Care (3). Provides students with the opportunity to both explore the ethical dimensions of health care practices and develop skills in ethical decision making. Students will practice the clinical application of ethical theory in relation to current health care issues and concerns.

NUR 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–4). May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

NUR 4930r. Special Topics (1–3). This course consists of topics of interest relating to nursing and other health-related issues. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

NUR 4931Lr. Special Topics Lab (2–4). (S/U grade only.) This course focuses on perioperative nursing clinical practice with experiences in managing patients through multiple phases of perioperative nursing. These phases include: pre-operative intra-operative, and post-operative nursing care. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with caring for surgical patients. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours.

NUR 4975r. Honors Thesis (1–6). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Graduate Courses

NGR 5003. Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (2).

NGR 5003L. Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Practitioners (2).

NGR 5007L. Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Educators and Nurse Leaders (2).

NGR 5056C. Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostics (3).

NGR 5064C. Advanced Skills for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2).

NGR 5102. Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3).

NGR 5112C. Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators (4).

NGR 5140. Advanced Pathophysiology (4).

NGR 5143. Neuroscience Concepts in Rehabilitation Engineering (3).

NGR 5172. Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3).

NGR 5177. Pharmacology for Orthotics and Prosthetics (3).

NGR 5503. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy (3).

NGR 5503L. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy Clinical Lab (3).

NGR 5538. Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (3).

NGR 5638. Health Promotion and Program Planning (3).

NGR 5713. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (4).

NGR 5714C. Instruction in Nursing Education: Design and Strategies (4).

NGR 5718C. Evaluation in Nursing Education (4).

NGR 5722C. Financial and Human Resource Management for Nurse Leaders (5).

NGR 5766. Nursing Leadership within Complex Healthcare Environments (3).

NGR 5770. Nursing Leadership and Resource Management (3).

NGR 5772L. Clinical Leadership Practicum I (3). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 5773L. Clinical Leadership Practicum II (3). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 5800. Methods in Nursing Research (3).

NGR 5846. Biostatistics (3).

NGR 5871. Managing Information and Technology in Health Systems (3).

NGR 5887. Legal and Ethical Complexities in Healthcare (3).

NGR 5894. Global Health (1-2).

NGR 5905r. Directed Independent Study (1–3).

NGR 5910r. Supervised Research (1–3).

NGR 5930r. Special Topics in Nursing (1–3).

NGR 5933L. Special Topics Lab (2). (S/U grade only).

NGR 5941Lr. Supervised Teaching Laboratory (1–5).

NGR 6185. Genetics and Emerging Diseases (3).

NGR 6194. Orthopedics for Advance Practice Nursing (3).

NGR 6304. Issues in Pediatrics for Advance Practice Nursing (3).

NGR 6348. Women's Health Care for Family Advanced Practice Nurses (3).

NGR 6506. Mental Health Care Coordination in Primary Care (3).

NGR 6576. Mental Health Care in Primary Care Settings (3).

NGR 6601. Advanced Management of the Family I (3).

NGR 6601L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6602. Advanced Management of the Family II (3).

NGR 6602L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (4). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6619L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (5). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6641. Assessment and Collaboration with Communities and Systems (2).

NGR 6674. Population Health and Applied Epidemiology (3).

NGR 6702. Effecting Change in Healthcare Quality and Safety (3).

NGR 6768. DNP Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (3).

NGR 6853. Translation and Synthesis of Evidence (3).

NGR 6893. Healthcare, Finances, Economics, and Entrepreneurship (3).

NGR 6895. Healthcare Policy, Politics, and Power (3).

NGR 6896. Health Care and Organizational Change (3).

NGR 6897L. Health Systems Leadership Practicum III (5). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6899. Transforming Health Care Delivery (3).

NGR 6910C. DNP Project I (1). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6912C. DNP Project II (1). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6931. DNP Project Seminar I (1). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6935. DNP Project Seminar II (1). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6942Lr. DNP Residency I (1–5). (S/U grade only.)

NGR 6943Lr. DNP Residency II (1–5). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.