[RN to BSN] Nursing Completion Courses
NSG 324 Information Resources in Health Care (3 cr)
This course explores the opportunities and challenges inherent in the use of health care management information systems in clinical and non-clinical applications. Subsystems include pathology, nursing, clinical laboratory, radiology, physiology, clinics, education and financial management.
NSG 481/402 Community Health Nursing (4 cr)
This course examines the historic, contemporary and futuristic perspectives of the development of community health nursing as well as its principles and theories. Clinical practice will occur in a variety of community and multidisciplinary settings.
NSG 440A through NSG 440H/NSG 403A through NSG 403H (3 cr)
This three credit hour requirement offers an opportunity to investigate a variety of current issues and trends affecting health care, its delivery system, and the profession of nursing. Students will choose three one-credit seminars during the semester. NSG 403 must be taken as a three-credit course from the options
NSG 440/403A Pain/Palliative Care/End of Life Care (1 cr)
Students will explore best practices in pain management and apply principles of pain management across the lifespan in case study discussion. An overview of palliative care and end-of-life concepts and programs will be emphasized including acute, community, and hospice care settings.
NSG 440/403B Social Injustice/Global Health (1 cr)
This course includes social injustice issues related to health care around the world. Discussion will be related to health care access, poverty related to health care, and human rights. Social injustice increases the prevalence of risk factors, which leads to health inequities. The course will look at promoting access to justice, especially for the most vulnerable individuals and groups in society.
NSG 440/403C Gerontology (1 cr)
This course includes content specific to the dynamics of aging, theories of aging and nursing interventions for health promotion and improvement of quality of life for older adults. Social, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of aging will be explored.
NSG 440/403D Genomics (1 cr)
Genomics is an emerging field that assesses the impact of genes and their interaction with behavior, diet and the environment on population health. This course will review the basics of genetics, including the importance of family history, ethical concerns, the nurse’s role and the impact on future nursing practice.
NSG 440/403E Political Activism (1 cr)
This course is designed to raise students’ awareness and involvement in legislative issues and trends affecting health care, its delivery system and the profession of nursing. The role of the professional nurse in political advocacy for clients and vulnerable population groups across the lifespan, as well as the individual nurse’ s participation in professional organizations will be explored.
NSG 440/403F Spirituality (1 cr)
The course will include an overview of spiritual assessment and direct spiritual care for patients across the lifespan including spiritual development and distress. Students will explore their own issues in spirituality and faith through a spiritual retreat. Students will analyze the relationship between suffering, hope, and faith and the impact of spiritual care interventions to promote healing for patients. Nursing caregivers will explore the sacred dimensions of their caregiving and will discuss methods to support a healing culture for patients and caregivers in clinical work settings.
NSG 440/403G Health Literacy (1 cr)
The course will explore the prevalence of health care and functional literacy and its impact on patients’ compliance with healthcare education and plan of care. Students will analyze the best practices and strategies to assist patients with understanding of healthcare information. An in-depth critique of written and internet health care educational resources will be completed.
NSG 440/403H Neuroscience Trends (1 cr)
The course is designed to raise students’ awareness of current trends in neuroscience nursing care across the life span. The course will review current best practices for neurological and neurosurgical patient care through discussion and evaluation of recent journal articles and national care standards.
NSG 412/405 Health Assessment in Nursing (4 cr)
This course presents a systematic, holistic approach to in-depth health history taking and physical examination of clients of all ages. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills.
NSG 418/408 Introduction to Research (3 cr)
This course is designed to develop an appreciation of research as the foundation for evidence-based practice. It provides students with a conceptual basis to interpret and evaluate research for evidence-based practice . The student will identify the application of research to nursing knowledge and practice. The course will use critical thinking, critical reading, and clinical decision making skills to develop clinical questions, search the research literature, evaluate research evidence found in the literature, and make clinical decisions about applying the "best available evidence" to practice.
NSG 411 BSN Professional Role I (3 cr)
This course presents the history and roles and theories of professional nursing. The core values of Mercy are introduced, and students reflect on how these values impact their own practice through development of a professional philosophy. The course reviews the history of nursing and includes an analysis of its current impact on society. It presents nursing theories as the base for professional nursing practice. The course also provides an overview of the roles of the BSN nurse. Students will explore role socialization issues in structured and other settings within nursing practice. Introductory demonstration of computer technology is integrated for use in projects throughout the program. (Must be taken first semester of BSN curriculum.)
NSG 483/413 Theories of Leadership and Management in Nursing (4 cr)
This course presents theories of leadership management and change processes, with applications made in the classroom and clinical settings. Skills necessary to facilitate group dynamics and personnel management are addressed, and a variety of quality control models are examined. The clinical component encourages students to practice leadership/management skills while interacting with individuals and groups.
NSG 415 Health Care Financial Management (3 cr)
This course explores the organizational and operational aspects of fiscal analysis and internal control of health care organization costs. Topics will include planning, budgeting, and cost-finding including preparation and analysis of operating budget-trending, modeling, revenue, expenses, variance analysis and margins. Organizational and divisional performance will be measured against internal and external benchmarking tools, assessing capital equipment needs, building a capital budget and bids.
NSG 423/417 Principles of Teaching/Learning (3 cr)
This course explores selected theories of teaching and learning and examines how they relate to patient education. A comprehensive teaching project will be designed.
NSG 485/420 BSN Professional Role II (4 cr)
This course provides an opportunity for students collaborating with preceptors to design an independent study experience in a practice area of their choice. The experience will explore a clinical specialty or nursing role. Emphasis is placed on the student’s demonstration of accountability, judgment, clinical competence, caring behaviors, and effective interrelationships in a variety of nursing roles. Legal and ethical aspects of professional nursing are also components of this course. It is to be taken as the final capstone course in the curriculum.