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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Course Descriptions

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The application for the Fall 2014 entering class will be available beginning July 1, 2013, and closing on October 15, 2013. The deadline for receipt of ALL application materials is October 15, 2013.

The KU Medical Center supplemental application, emailed to applicants 7-14 days after KU receives the NursingCAS application, must be submitted no later than December 15.

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Scroll down to see the different courses the KU School of Nursing offers in its bachelor's program or if you know the course you are interested in, click the appropriate course number:

317, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 362, 382, 383, 402, 420, 421, 430, 431, 440, 450, 455, 460,445, 461, 466, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 490

Electives are indicated with an asterisk (*).

NURS 327 Communicating and Managing Healthcare Information (3)
Basic theories of interpersonal communication and information technologies are explored. Use of these skills and technologies to develop therapeutic relationships with patients and the interdisciplinary healthcare team is emphasized. Legal and ethical issues related to health information technology and health information exchanges will be examined.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor.
CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.

NURS 328 Professional Development I:  Introduction to Professional Nursing (2)
Students are introduced to the evolution of the profession of nursing.  Focus is on professional and personal accountability. Students will have opportunities to establish personal and professional boundaries, examine their own beliefs and values, and develop their personal philosophy of nursing. Students will explore how their lived experience will impact their professional practice.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.

NURS 329 Alterations in Physiological Functioning I (2)
Basic mechanisms underlying illness and disease are stressed as a basis for the understanding of health promotion and disease prevention in this first of two sequential courses.  Pathophysiological changes that occur within the internal environment of individuals in the presence of dysfunction or disease of selected systems are presented as a rationale for nursing diagnoses and therapeutic interventions.  System variations across the life span (fetuses, children, pregnant women, adults, and older adults) are addressed.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.

NURS 330 Pharmacology I (2)
Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug therapy across the lifespan are discussed in order to provide a basic understanding of the patient's reaction to a drug both therapeutically and adversely, and to predict potential drug interactions. Personal, genetic, and environmental factors affecting drug therapy are assessed in order to provide a comprehensive data base for therapeutic nursing interventions. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, adverse effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drug effects, and patient education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS  331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.

NURS 331 Basic Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions (3)
Skills necessary to perform basic patient assessment and therapeutic interventions are discussed and demonstrated.  Opportunities are provided in a laboratory setting for students to demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competencies of therapeutic interventions and assessment of the individual patient across the life span. The emphasis is on interviewing techniques, physical examination, and psychomotor skills. Developmental factors and risk factors, including genetic and environmental, that affect the patient's health will be explored. Case studies and simulation are used to apply the concepts of safe quality care.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, or consent of instructor.

NURS 332 Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing (3)
Concepts basic to the art and science of nursing are introduced as a foundation for safe, quality patient care.  Emphasis is placed on the patient and/or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care. Evidence based principles of nursing and health promotion are integrated to prepare the student to meet the health-related needs of a patient. The nurse’s role as a member of the interdisciplinary team will be examined.  Principles of information management and communication are integrated into the care of the patient with health care needs.  Prerequisite(s): NURS 331, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.

NURS 333 Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum (1)
Evidenced based clinical reasoning is applied in the care of individual patients with acute and chronic illness to ensure safe and quality outcomes.  Emphasis is placed on the patient and/or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care.  Tools of communication and technology are utilized in the delivery and documentation of care. The role of the nurse within the interdisciplinary team is demonstrated. Prerequisite(s):  NURS 331, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, or consent of instructor.

NURS 334 Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics (3)
Ethical principles of patient care are applied. Team building and group process skills are explored to facilitate students working within healthcare teams.  The role of the nurse as a member of the interprofessional health care team is examined using concepts and theories of organizational design, quality, group process, and team building.  The professional responsibilities and roles of advocacy will be explored.  Regulatory agency influence on the microsystem will be investigated.  Prerequisite(s):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, of consent of instructor.

NURS 335 Quality Improvement (2)
Continuous quality improvement is introduced as a foundation for quality care and patient safety. Data to monitor the processes and outcomes of care are discussed.  Methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems are explored.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 334, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor.

NURS 336 Alterations in Physiological Functioning II (3)
Building on NURS 321, this course expands knowledge of pathophysiological changes that occur within the environments of the individual in the presence of dysfunction or disease. The most common alterations in selected physiological systems are presented as a framework for clinical reasoning.  Relevant risk factors, epidemiology, pathophysiologic mechanisms, and clinical manifestations across the life span (fetuses, children, pregnant women, adults, and older adults) are discussed.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):   NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 337, NURS 338, or consent of instructor.

NURS 337 Pharmacology II (2)
In this second sequential course, students continue their study of pharmacology across the lifespan. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, adverse effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drug effects, and patient education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered.  PREREQUISITES:  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 330

NURS 338 Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan (3)
A greater sophistication of clinical reasoning is developed to achieve safe and quality outcomes using multiple ways of knowing including nursing knowledge.  Emphasis is placed on managing the care of patients experiencing acute and chronic illnesses and promoting health across the lifespan.  Strategies to empower and engage patients/designees in all aspects of the health care process are examined.  Evidence-based therapeutic nursing interventions that meet a patient’s holistic health needs will be expanded. Perspectives of other health care members will be recognized in order to collaborate and work effectively as a team to provide interdisciplinary care. Technology and communication skills are integrated as methods to support safe processes of care.  Prerequisite(s):  NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 327, NURS 329, or consent of instructor.  Co-requisite(s):   NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 339.

NURS 339 Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum (3)
Students engage patients in active partnerships to manage acute and chronic illness and promote health across the lifespan. Multiple sources of evidence are incorporated into the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care including nurse sensitive quality indicators. Coordination, integration and continuity of care for multiple patients will be applied in the healthcare microenvironment. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure safe and quality outcomes. Technology and information management tools are utilized to support safe processes of care.  Prerequisite(s):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, or consent of instructor.

NURS 362:  Depression in Children and Adolescents:  Assessment and Treatment (2-3)*
For generic BSN students and RN-to-BSN students
This course will offer a detailed overview of the assessment and treatment of depression in children and adolescents and will present national depression management guidelines.  Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse in depression management, including collaboration across healthcare professionals/teams. Acute and chronic depression presentations across diverse children and adolescents will be examined. The course will explore current pharmacological and psychosocial treatments, with an emphasis on the outpatient setting. The course will address commonly occurring co-morbid health concerns and psychosocial issues.  The course will include analysis of the impact of environmental factors that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, symptom management, and behavior change related to depression in children and adolescents.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of the instructor for RN-to-BSN students.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 360, NURS 361

NURS 382:  Honors Seminar (1) *
This seminar provides the honors nursing student with the opportunity to explore topics of research interest and begin reviewing the current research literature on a given topic.  Emphasis is placed on interaction with active nurse researchers to enable the student to identify available research opportunities in ongoing studies.  Students are introduced to the application of various research methods used to address nursing questions.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to the Nursing Honors Program.

NURS 383:  At Risk Childbearing Family (2) *
Alterations in physiological and psychological functioning of the client system as it relates to at risk clients during antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods will be explored.  Theoretical concepts related to the dynamics of individual and family systems balance and the application of nursing process during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting will be examined.  Care of women and childbearing families will include interaction with clients and their families in hospital and community settings.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Completion of two Level II core courses (NURS 360/361, NURS 365,366, OR NURS 375/376) or senior status.

NURS 402:  Health Care for the Older Adult (2) *
Students will explore concepts and theories to increase their knowledge base of the complex challenges that face older adults and their families.  Emphasis will be on promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness, and the prevention of disease.  Internal and external environmental factors will be assessed including biophysical, psychological, behavioral, socicultural, economic and political.  Students will utilize case examples and discussion to practice integrating communication and clinical skills into the role of the nurse as a client advocate and professional health team member.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 430 or consent of instructor.

NURS 420 Nursing of the Client with Complex Acute Needs (3)
The nursing process in the care of clients with complex acute alterations in physiological and psychological functioning is emphasized. Advanced theoretical concepts are applied in the selection of therapeutic nursing interventions that successfully manipulate complex environmental factors to restore system balance and prevent further system imbalance. Collaborative relationships essential to providing holistic quality care for client systems with complex acute needs are discussed. Differences in the use of advanced technological support across the lifespan are presented. Legal, ethical, cultural, and economic considerations associated with complex acute health problems are addressed.

NURS 421 Nursing of the Client with Complex Acute Needs: Clinical Laboratory (1.5)
Theoretical concepts from NURS 420 are applied in a clinical laboratory setting. Critical thinking and the nursing process are used to provide therapeutic nursing interventions with client systems experiencing complex acute alterations in physiological and psychological functioning. Emphasis is on mastery of advanced assessment techniques and interdisciplinary communication. Opportunities are provided for application of the concepts for using technically advanced therapeutics which support physiological functioning and maintain hemodynamic stability.

NURS 430 Population Based Healthcare (2)
Concepts and theories related to providing healthcare to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state, nation, and world are explored. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease. Internal and external environmental components which include historical, political, social, cultural, and economic factors are presented. The role of the healthcare provider in identifying, prioritizing, and meeting the health needs of aggregates is discussed.

NURS 431 Population Based Healthcare: Clinical Laboratory (1.5)
Concepts and theories from NURS 430 are applied to the healthcare of aggregates in the community. Students are given opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of healthcare for culturally diverse populations.

NURS 440 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
Nursing practice in an evolving healthcare system is addressed as well as the implications of a managed care environment on healthcare delivery. The role of the nurse as leader and manager of a healthcare team is examined using concepts and theories of organization, management, leadership, change, decision making, and group process. Findings of current research related to nursing management and leadership are discussed. Historical, political, economic, social, and cultural factors that affect healthcare delivery within an organization are considered.

NURS 445:  International Health Care:  A Clinical Experience (2) *
Concepts and theories of international nursing and world health are discussed and applied to assessing the client’s internal and external environment that impact health care.  Various roles and responsibilities of nurses participating in international health are examined.  The ethical and legal issues as well as current research involving the practices of international nursing are explored.  A weeklong immersion experience in a less developed country provides an opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in clinic settings and to function as members of a health care team. 

NURS 450 Healthcare Issues and Professional Nursing Practice (2)
Selected theories, nursing history, and current issues and trends that influence professional nursing are critically explored. A professional practice model is used as a framework for analyses and integration of economic, political, social, and cultural issues as they relate to interdisciplinary healthcare.

NURS 455 Legal/Ethical Foundation for Professional Nursing Practice (3)
Legal and ethical issues related to nursing practice are discussed. Laws and ethical principles that guide professional nursing practice in the current healthcare delivery system are emphasized. Information on the law, legal system, malpractice, negligence, and standards of care is provided. Distinctions between legal and ethical bases for nursing actions are identified in order to provide guidance in the decision making process. Critical thinking is used to analyze the impact of personal, professional, societal, and client system values on ethical decision making.

NURS 460 Nursing Research (2)
The history of nursing research, terminology, and steps in the research process are explored. Research as a basis for evaluation of outcomes of health promotion and healthcare interventions including therapeutic nursing interventions is emphasized. Research questions relevant to clinical practice are identified. Interpretation of research for use in nursing practice is emphasized. The role of theory and ethical issues involved in the conduct of research is addressed.

NURS 461:  Honors Practicum (2-4) *
Under the mentorship of an active nurse researcher the student designs and conducts a research project and participates as a member of a research project team.  Students apply principles of research learned in NURS 460 to design and critique their own research project while providing feedback to peers.  Through seminar activities they critically analyze the issues, rewards, and challenges of conduction research.  This course requires two semesters of enrollment (2 cr. Hours each) during the senior year.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Completion of NURS 382, NURS 460.

NURS 466:  Serum Laboratory Data:  From Theory to Clinical Application (2) *
The usefulness of common serum laboratory tests in identifying potential or actual needs of individuals is the primary purpose of this course.  Alterations in serum laboratory data associated with imbalances in the internal environment due to common pathological states of individuals across the life span will be discussed.  The focus will be on utilizing this knowledge in the identification of nursing diagnoses and interventions.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Completion of two Level II courses or permission of instructor.

NURS 471 Development of a Microsystem Leader (4)
The microsystem is the structural unit responsible for delivering care to specific patient populations or the frontline places where patients, families, and care teams meet (2008 AACN Essentials, p. 38).   This environment is where the nurse participates in a broad mixture of direct and indirect care patient care delivery.  Students will be given the opportunity to apply principles of leadership and management to recognize how changing delivery patterns, organizational, regulatory, care, and association processes impact the care provided to specific patient populations.    Prerequisite(s):  NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 327, NURS 329, NURS 336, NURS 330,  NURS 337, NURS 335, NURS 334, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor.  Co-requisite(s):  NURS 473, NURS 472, NURS 474, or consent of instructor.

NURS 472 Evidence-Based Practice: Translating Research to Practice (2)
Concepts of evidence-based practice (EBP) and healthcare research are explored.  Methods to critically appraise healthcare research will be applied.  Critical appraisal of evidence will be employed to inform the delivery of safe and quality nursing care.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 471, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.

NURS 473 Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession (2)
Contemporary issues confronting the nursing profession are discussed and methods to advocate for patients and the profession are investigated.  The dynamic and ever present evolution of healthcare will be explored. Professional skills, such as job interviewing, portfolio development, and examination of advanced roles in nursing, will be emphasizedPrerequisite(s):  NURS 327, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334,  NURS 335, NURS 366, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor.  Co-requisite(s): NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.

NURS 474 Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations (4)
Comprehensive and focused evidenced based care of patients in diverse populations with complex health conditions will be examined.  The nurse’s role in assuring coordination, integration, and continuity of care is investigated.  Integration of the physical, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic and environmental factors that influence patient centered care is explored.  Collaboration with other health care team members to provide safe and quality care for diverse patients in a variety of complex settings is analyzed.  Information management tools to monitor outcomes of care are evaluated.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.

NURS 475 Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum (3)
Coordination, integration, and continuity of care for diverse patients with multiple/complex problems will be applied in the dynamic microenvironments such as: maternity, pediatrics, mental health, and critical care.  Patients/designees are engaged in active partnerships that promote health, safety, well-being, and self-care management.  Syntheses of evidence and collaboration with other members of the health care team are used to plan, implement, and evaluate safe and quality care for patients.  Technologies that support clinical decision-making, error prevention, and care coordination are emphasized.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328,NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 471, N URS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, or consent of instructor.

NURS 476 Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System (4)
Nursing practice in an evolving health care system is addressed with emphasis on the unique challenges presented to the nurse.   The role of the nurse as provider of direct and indirect patient care is expanded to include the external influences of the health care organization, the regulatory environment, and the professional association.  The development of the nurse as a member of a profession is expected. Inherent is a developing knowledge and appreciation for the diversity of opinions and organizations that exist to provide assistance in the delivery of direct patient care.  Prerequisite(s):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, N URS 338, NURS 471, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.  Co-requisite(s):   NURS 477, NURS 478, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor.

NURS 477 Capstone (3)
A preceptor model of learning professional nursing practice provides opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. Emphasis is placed on the roles of the nurse as provider of indirect and direct care; designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of the profession. The focus is on individual transition to the professional nursing role, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary health care is delivered in a selected clinical setting.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, consent of instructor, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 476, NURS 478, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor.

NURS 478 Integration Seminar (1)
The seminar provides students with an opportunity to apply concepts discussed in the classroom with observations from the clinical setting to enhance knowledge of how nurses meet multiple responsibilities.   Through the use of small group guided discussion, students begin building a skill set that shows knowledge of and appreciation for the roles of direct care provider; designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of profession.  Perequisite(s):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 476, NURS 477, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor.

NURS 479 Population Based Healthcare (3)
Concepts and theories related to improving health of entire populations are explored. Focus is placed on risk reduction, protective and predictive factors within the environments which influence the health of individuals, families, aggregates, and entire populations, including global communities.Considering the determinants of health, students will learn methods to facilitate collaboration to provide quality and safe health interventions for populations.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 476, NURS 477, NURS 478, NURS 480, or consent of instructor.

NURS 480 Population Based Healthcare Practicum (2)
Concepts and theories from Population Based Healthcare are applied to the health care of multiple patients: individuals, groups, communities and populations in the community. There is a concentrated focus on health promotion and disease prevention that provides safe, effective, and efficient care.  Students are provided opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in the planning of health care and promotion of quality outcomes for culturally diverse populations.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  NURS 476, NURS 478, NURS 479, or consent of instructor.

NURS 490 Professional Practicum (5)
A preceptor model of learning professional nursing practice provides opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. Concepts of leadership and management, change, and therapeutic nursing interventions are integrated into practice. The focus is on individualized transition to the professional nursing role as an employee, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary healthcare is delivered in a selected clinical setting.

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