University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Nursing (NURS) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing

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Nursing (NURS)

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing

NURS 203  General Pharmacology (3) Pharmaceuticals discussed with emphasis on methods and sites of administration, mechanisms of action, toxicity, rate and uses of major therapeutic agents. Intended for undergraduates in the health sciences and related fields. Pre: MATH 100, BIOL 243, 243L, 244, 244L or instructor's consent.

NURS 347  Health Assessment (3) Introduction to comprehensive health assessment of clients across the life span using critical thinking skills. Emphasis on the pathophysiologic influences on subjective and objective findings of selected systems. Detailed health assessment techniques will be introduced as well as methods of comprehensive history-taking. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 347L  Hlt Assessment Practicum (1) Application of the nursing process in the comprehensive health assessment of clients across the life span. Emphasize the pathophysiologic and/or pathopsychologic influences on subjective and objective findings of selected systems. Detailed health assessment techniques as well as comprehensive history-taking. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 348  Human Pathophysiology (3) This course explores concepts of the biological basis for disease in adults and children. Alterations in normal body functions leading to disease and discomfort of the individual will be presented with an organized framework. Note: Restricted to Nursing and Pre-Nursing students only.

NURS 350  Transcultural Care & Hlth Prom (3) The course introduces basic principles of teaching-learning, adult learning, group process and basic transcultural care and health promotion concepts. Note: Restricted to Nursing Students Only. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

NURS 351  Professnl Nsg Issues & Trends (3) Introduction of contemporary health reform issues and trends affecting the nursing profession. Overview of the history of nursing, significant national nursing studies, code of ethics, relationship of nursing theory to nursing practice and nursing research. Includes introduction to client care management. Pre: junior standing. Restricted to Nursing Students Only.

NURS 352L  Nursing Skills Laboratory (1) (lab) Practice of basic clinical skills in a campus laboratory setting to prepare student for clinical practice in community settings. Includes faculty demonstrations, student return-demonstrations, and performance testing. Course offered CR/NC only. Note: Restricted to Nursing Students Only.

NURS 353  Nursing Concepts & Skills (3) Introduction to the art and science of the professional role of transcultural nursing care. Fundamental nursing concepts, process, and practice will provide the novice nursing student with a firm foundation for advanced nursing study. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 353L  Nsg Concpts & Skills Practicum (3) Introduction to the application of the nursing process in the delivery of care to medical/surgical populations. Comprehensive, faculty-guided experiences in developing a beginning knowledge base for entry into the nursing profession. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 355  Adult Health Care I (3) Care of adult clients with acute medical/surgical problems. Integration of pathophysiology in the understanding of human responses to health deviations. Use of the nursing process to develop individualized, culturally congruent care plans. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 355L  Adult Hlt Care I Practicum (3) Application of the nursing process in providing individualized, culturally congruent care to adult clients with acute medical/surgical problems. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 356  Parent-Newborn Health Care (3) Emphasizes the nursing process in applying culturally congruent nursing care to child bearing families. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 356L  Parent-Newborn Hlt Care Pract (3) Application of the nursing process in providing culturally congruent nursing care interventions to child bearing families. Supervised clinical experiences in the labor and delivery room, newborn nursery, post-partum units, as well as community settings. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 357  Mental Health Care (3) Application of mental health concepts, transcultural caring and professional nursing skills in delivering mental health care. Includes study and application of treatment modalities appropriate to selected psychopathological conditions. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 357L  Mental Hlt Care Practicum (3) Application of nursing process in the delivery of mental health care to selected populations. Faulty guided clinical experience in acute and community settings. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 358  Nursing Research (3) Introduction to the research process and the application of scientific method in nursing. Note: Restricted Nursing students only.

NURS 359  Foundation of Health Promotion (3) Exploration of the relationship between health promotion, health policy, and the impact on health conditions in diverse populations. Examination of the importance of health behavior and social determinants of health as contributors to current health problems, and the role of health promotion and education programs in addressing them.

NURS 360  Health Care Policy (3) Analyses of local, national and global economic, legal and social factors impacting health care policies. Discussion of relationship between emerging social issues/trends and health care disparities and capacities. Discussion of social justice, cultural competence, and equity in access and delivery of health care services. Opportunities are provided to participate in political processes impacting nursing and health care policy.

NURS 361  BSN Nursing Preview (3) Preview of academic and clinical opportunities for baccalaureate level nurses with an emphasis on leadership roles and advanced practice. Exploration of strategies for success as a life-long learner. An experiential component is included in this course which will supplement didactic content. The course is restricted to licensed registered nurses who are in the RN to BSN option of the BSN Program, or by instructor's consent. Offered every spring.

NURS 362  Nursing Professional Writing (1) The professional writing course is tailored for students planning careers in nursing. This class assists the student in developing professional writing skills. Writing is an essential component of the communication skills that help define professional nursing practice. The APA style is included to guide clear and professional communication. It encompasses standards for the content and organization of a paper and ways to express ideas clearly while reducing bias in language.

NURS 370  Transcultural Health Care (3) Introduces theories of transcultural nursing and human caring with an emphasis on exploring the caring values, beliefs, client/family lifeways and health practices of different ethnic groups and self by using culturalogical care assessment skills. Note: Restricted to Pre-nursing and Nursing students only.

NURS 371  Health Information Technology (3) Overview of information technology. Topics cover concepts and methodologies to plan, analyze, design, implement and evaluate health information systems. Note: Restricted to Pre-nursing and Nursing students only.

NURS 372  Spirituality in Health Care (3) An examination of the role of spirituality in patient care for clients of multicultural backgrounds across the life span. Exploration of spirituality as an integral part of self.

NURS 373  Gerontological Health Care (3) Care of the aging adult with an emphasis on successful aging and health promotion. Integration of theory and evidence-based practice in providing culturally congruent care.

NURS 374  Skills Nursing Leadrshp & Mgmt (3) Development of effective leadership skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, presentation and technical writing skills necessary for nursing leadership and management. Emphasis on team management and conflict resolution skills are included.

NURS 375  Applied Human Nutrition (3) Applied nutrition in human health and disease, and the nurse's role in supporting nutritional care. Pre: one chemistry and one anatomy/physiology course, or instructor’s consent. Note: Restricted to Pre-nursing and Nursing students only.

NURS 376  Human Lactation (3) No prerequisites, corequisites, crosslisting, special grading options or repeatablility for credit. An Indepth focus on the anatomical and physiological basis of lactation and breastfeeding. This course includes the history of infant feeding in the US, the role of culture, benefits of human lactation including composition of human milk, evidence-based breastfeeding support for expectant and new mothers, and identification of barriers and common breastfeeding problems.

NURS 410  Community Health Care (2) Content will integrate nursing and community health theories. Emphasis on culturally sensitive care to families and other groups in a variety of community health delivery settings. Identification of community resources and processes for implementing change to promote community health. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 410L  Community Hlt Care Practicum (3) (lab) Application of the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Integration of community resources in collaborative relationships with community agencies to service populations with specific health care needs. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 455  Adult Health Care II (3) Prevention intervention and therapeutic modalities in caring for adult clients with acute medical and/or surgical problems. Emphasis on increasing medical-surgical nursing expertise with incorporation of client management skills and more advanced problem-solving. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 455L  Adult Hlt Care II Practicum (5) Continued care of adult clients with acute medical and/or surgical problems. Emphasis on increasing medical-surgical nursing expertise with incorporation of patient management skills and more advanced problem solving. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 456  Parent-Child Health Care (3) Emphasizes the nursing process in the provision of safe and culturally appropriate care to children in the context of the family. Preventative health care, anticipatory guidance and health promotion in a developmental context are explored. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 456L  Parent-Child Hlt Care Practicu (3) Application of the nursing process in delivery of nursing care to infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Focus on growth and development, health assessment and health promotion/disease prevention. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 457  Collaborative Hlt Care, Ldrshp (3) Management and leadership concepts in delivering comprehensive nursing care to clients with complex health care needs. Emphasize critical thinking and evaluation of clinical judgments in nursing practice. Organizational resources and delivery patterns are investigated for its effectiveness in addressing client needs in a variety of community settings. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only. (GenEd/IntReq: GCC)

NURS 457L  Collaborative Hlt Care Practic (2) Application of management and leadership concepts in delivering comprehensive nursing care to clients with complex health care needs. Emphasize critical thinking and evaluation of clinical judgments in nursing practice. Incorporation of organizational resources and delivery patterns into nursing care that is effective and addresses client needs in a variety of community settings. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 459  Nursing Review (1) Review of human body systems, nursing management, concepts, and skills in client health care. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 459L  Nursing Review Practicum (2) (lab) Application of nursing skills in concentrated clinical experience in the acute care setting. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 468  Nursing Mgt & Leadership (3) Overview of current health issues on the local, state, national and international levels. Emphasis on the concept of empowerment and active involvement in facilitating changes in health policies. Includes nursing management. Note: Restricted to Nursing students only.

NURS 471  Intro Rural-Home Health Care (3) Introduction to the theory and role of the nurse in providing culturally congruent care in rural and home settings for client/family systems. Will examine the establishment of cooperative relationships with appropriate rural agencies. Note: Restricted to Pre-nursing and Nursing students only.


NURS x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

NURS x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.

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