NURS 201, Introduction to Professional Nursing, introduces concepts and roles of professional nursing and the UBSN conceptual framework, philosophy, values, and student learning outcomes for the nursing curriculum. Nursing process, introductory communication skills, and the elements of the health care system are explored. Tools for facilitating success as a nurse are presented.

NURS 202, Fundamentals of Professional Nursing, focuses on the fundamentals of nursing practice based on the biological, behavioral, social and nursing sciences. The course presents the professional nurse role as the provider of care and explores safety and environment of the healthcare system. The core competencies of patient-centeredness, spirit of nursing, communication, and nursing judgment are interwoven with basic nursing principles of oxygenation, perfusion, fluid/electrolytes, mobility, elimination, and pain. Clinical experiences provide opportunities to implement beginning psychomotor skills including medication administration and the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care.

NURS 204, Health Promotion I: Health Assessment, focuses on the concepts and skills of a holistic health assessment to identify an individual’s health care status along the health-illness continuum. Health promotion strategies are identified and used to guide the development of a plan for assisting a person to maximize health capacity.

NURS 206, Health Maintenance & Restoration I, focuses on the role of provider of holistic nursing care to adult patients experiencing changes in safety, elimination, digestion, sensory, mobility and immune status. Opportunities are provided for students to use critical thinking skills in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating nursing care in perioperative and other medical/surgical environments. Core values and competencies are examined throughout the roles and behaviors of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession.

NURS 208, Nutrition/Pharmacology, focuses on the basic principles of healthy nutrition and pharmacokinetics and their nursing implications. The nursing process is used to explore the therapeutic effects of good nutrition and pharmacological interventions. Patient education is emphasized for both nutrition and pharmacology strategies for patient care. An overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications. The course also explores the indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions for selected drug classifications. Specific nursing responsibilities related to dietary and drug administration care is emphasized.

NURS 314, The Research Process in Nursing, is designed to introduce the conceptual, philosophical, scientific and ethical basis for professional nursing practice. It examines theories of nursing and other theories relevant to nursing practice. The relationship of theory, research and evidence-based practice is explored and applied to real life practice situations. The structure and function of inter-professional relationships are examined as evidence based practice is discussed and applied.

NURS 316, Health Maintenance & Restoration II, emphasizes holistic nursing care for patient experiencing changes in metabolism, elimination, oxygenation and perfusion status. Students integrate theoretical knowledge into their clinical practice of the health-illness continuum in a variety of health care settings. Core values and competencies are examined throughout the roles and behaviors of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession.

NURS 318, Essentials of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, explores the application of concepts and principles of psychiatric/mental health care to individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote, restore and maintain optimal health for those experiencing psychopathology. Students examine the social and environmental impact upon patients and families abilities to meet the challenges of mental illness and refine their delivery of nursing care and therapeutic communication. Students are encouraged to examine their personal values and feelings in caring for patients in this setting and their interaction with the inter-professional mental health team.

NURS 323, Essentials of Family Nursing, focuses on holistic nursing care of the child-bearing and child-rearing family. The roles of the nurse as provider, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession are implemented across the health-illness continuum. Opportunities are provided in a variety of clinical settings for family centered nursing that is evidence-based and incorporates nursing informatics and patient care technology.

NURS 326, Health Maintenance & Restoration III, emphasizes nursing care of patients experiencing changes in immunity/cellular regulation, skin integrity, and perfusion. Nursing care of patients with complex, multi-system failure is introduced and the roles of the nurse as provider, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession are demonstrated in selected patient care environments. Students are expected to integrate and synthesize theoretical knowledge, core values, and competencies when providing safe, effective, quality nursing care.

NURS 328, Health Policy & Health Systems, examines health care policy, health systems, and political issues as they relate to nursing practice. Historical, ethical, legal, political and economic factors are discussed and the nurse’s responsibility and role in examining and contributing to the development of health care policy is identified.

NURS 344, Health Promotion II: The Community, explores the concepts and principles of caring for clients in the community setting and the community as clients. Diverse nursing roles and interventions are examined and in-depth community assessment employing epidemiological principles and data collection strategies is emphasized. Discussion of the determinants and operations of the health care system from a broad political, economic, social and legal perspective are integrated throughout.

NURS 345, Leadership and Management Roles in Nursing, introduces organizational theory and structure of nursing care delivery system and components of leadership behaviors within the nursing roles of provider or care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession. Focus is on the role of the nurse leader in the multiple expectations of organizing, teaching, decision making, evaluating, and managing conflict. The principles of delegation, priority setting and the management of patient care are emphasized throughout the course as they are applied in the classroom and clinical settings.

NURS 357, Current Issues and Trends in Nursing, is a seminar course focusing on timely issues pertinent to professional nursing practice and provides an opportunity for students to design and lead a seminar. Practice, economic, political, social, technology, legal, ethical, and spiritual needs are all examined in relation to the integrity and standards of professional nursing practice.

NURS 358, Transition to Professional Practice: Sr. Practicum, explores the students’ transition into professional nursing practice. Holistic care is emphasized as a student selects a specialty area of practice in a clinical arena in an area of choice. Students integrate core knowledge of nursing to provide care within the health-illness continuum in the roles of provider, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession.

NURS 393, Capstone II, facilitates an in-depth evidence based study of a student-selected area of interest related to nursing practice. Leadership and research concepts are integrated and the study results in a capstone ready for presentation. Synthesis of nursing knowledge, liberal arts and sciences are expected. The course requires application of the research process, project development, and critical thinking that demonstrates synthesis of knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of the BSN nurse.

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Bridgeport. 


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