Nursing - Pre-Licensure (NRS)

NRS-302A  Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice  2 Credits  

This course introduces the student to the history and theories of professional nursing practice. The roles of the nurse as provider of care; designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of the profession are explored. Basic nursing skills are introduced with an emphasis on patient activities of daily living, therapeutic communication, patient safety, and documentation. The associated lab (45 hours) allows the student to practice fundamental skills in a simulated patient care environment.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-302B  Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice  2 Credits  

This course builds upon evidence-based concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in NRS 302 A. Using the nursing process, the student will assess alterations in health and illness, and intervene with appropriate nursing care. The lab portion of the course (45 hours) provides the opportunity for the student to master fundamental nursing care and basic nursing skills in a simulated patient care environment.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-350  Nurs Care/Adult & Older Adult I  6 Credits  

This course focuses on evidence-based concepts, clinical experiences, and applying the nursing process in the provision of optimal care for the adult and older adult patient. An emphasis is placed on the care of the adult and older adult with acute and chronic health problems across a variety of practice settings. Students will have opportunity to learn and practice skills associated with moderately complex health needs. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-355  Physical Assessment  3 Credits  

This course provides the opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to perform a complete and age appropriate health assessment. Emphasis is placed on assessing physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of the patient. The nursing process will be used in prioritizing patient health care needs. The integration of disease prevention, health promotion, and risk assessment is introduced. Course format consists of 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week in a simulated patient care environment.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-360  Psyc & Mental Health Nursing  4 Credits  

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences related to providing care for the client with psychiatric and mental health disorders. Relevant nursing and interdisciplinary theories will be integrated into the nursing care of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities with mental illness. Holistic approaches to care and therapeutic communication will be explored. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care settings.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-365A  Integr Pathophys/Pharmacology  2 Credits  

This course presents pathophysiology, using a systems approach, as applied to current nursing practice. Pharmacological principles such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, contraindications, adverse effects and drug interactions, and nursing implications will be presented. Major drug classifications will be explored in conjunction with the pathophysiological process.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-365B  Integr Pathophys/Pharmacology  2 Credits  

This course builds upon content learned in NRS 365 A. Using a system's approach, a continuation of pathophysiological principles is provided and applied to current nursing practice. Pharmacological principles and the major drug classifications will be further explored in conjunction with the pathophysiological process.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-370  Nurs Care/Adult & Older Adult II  6 Credits  

This course provides classroom and clinical experiences in optimally caring for the adult and older adult patient, while building upon evidence-based concepts learned in NRS 350 Nursing Care of the Adult I. The nursing process will be applied to clients experiencing acute and chronic medical-surgical disease processes. Focuses on concepts related to the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of the patient and family. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-375  Maternity/Women's Health  4 Credits  

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in the care and management of women's health and illness across the lifespan. Focus is on family-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, patient safety, and quality improvement in caring for women and their newborns. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-380  Nursing Faithfully Elective  2 Credits  

This course offers an introduction to Christian nursing in the context of the mission of Vanguard University. Topics will include the history of Christian nursing, application of Christian values to healthcare, and the provision of spiritual care to patients and their families. Local field activities will facilitate the opportunity to minister to diverse populations.

NRS-385  Specialty Residency Elective  1-4 Credits  

This variable unit course provides additional clinical experience for the student in a nursing specialty area. The student will work under the supervision of a registered nurse preceptor in providing direct patient care. Clinical hours are determined by the number of selected units for the course. Course may be repeated once for a maximum of 8 units.

Terms Typically Offered: Summer.

NRS-400  Nursing Care/Crit Ill Adult/Older Adult  6 Credits  

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the critically and emergently ill adult and older adult. The nursing process will be applied in the care of patients with multi-system organ disease, complex disease states, and trauma. The student will examine the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team and aspects of caring for patients at end-of-life. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated and acute care settings.

Prerequisite: Must complete NRS-370

NRS-420  Nurs Care/Child/Adolescent  4 Credits  

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the infant, child, and adolescent experiencing acute and chronic illness. Issues of child abuse and neglect will be explored. The nursing process is integrated in providing age-appropriate care and advocating for infants, children, adolescents, and families. Focuses on collaboration with the child, family, and other members of the health care team in promoting health and adaptation to illness. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

Prerequisite: NRS-375

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-460  Leadership & Management  3 Credits  

This course explores theories of leadership/management. Emphasizes the importance of accountability, advocacy, communication, inter-professional collaboration in the leadership role, as well as the importance of promoting optimal patient care outcomes. Clinical experiences (45 hours) are with a nurse leader and assignments will be based on concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course.

Prerequisite: NRS-370

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NRS-465  Nursing Resrch/Evidence-Based Practice  3 Credits  

This course examines sources of evidence, scientific inquiry, and data collection processes related to nursing research, theory development, and evidence-based practice. Students will critically appraise quantitative and qualitative research and learn how these findings are relevant to ensuring optimal patient care outcomes. The course also includes an introduction to data entry and analysis and the role that informatics plays in nursing research.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-468  Comm Health Nurs/Clin Studies  5 Credits  

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in the provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and populations in the community setting. Issues such as child abuse and family violence will be explored. Ninety (90) hours of clinical practice in public/community health settings are required to successfully complete this course. The remainder of the required child abuse content for the Public Health Nurse certificate (PHN) is included (5 hours). Two additional hours of child abuse content are covered in NRS 455 Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent. This course qualifies the BSN graduate for Public Health Nursing certification.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-475  Clinical Nurs Preceptorship  4 Credits  

This capstone course focuses on the clinical application of evidence-based concepts of nursing and related coursework in the care of selected populations. A one-unit weekly seminar will provide the opportunity for guided discussions and debriefing with faculty and peers. This clinical experience (135 hours) will further expose students to the complexities of multiple nursing roles.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NRS-478  Nursing Faithfully  2 Credits  

This course offers an introduction to Christian nursing in the context of the mission of Vanguard University. Topics will include the history of Christian nursing, application of Christian values to healthcare, and the provision of spiritual care to patients and their families. Local field activities will facilitate the opportunity to minister to diverse populations.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.