Houston Baptist University Catalog

Nursing (NURS) Course Descriptions


NURS 2222 Perspectives on Health Care Delivery Systems
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 2323, 2404, 2309
Students analyze the trends that influence the health care system and methods of health care delivery in the United States. The class discusses agencies, initiatives, and roles for promoting quality improvement in the health outcomes. The practicum experiences provide opportunities to assess health service organizations and world health care delivery systems in order to determine their effectiveness in promoting health consistent with cultural beliefs. This is a two-semester hour course that includes 18 practicum hours. 3

NURS 2309, Pharmacology
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 2323, 2404, 2222
A course designed to assist students in preparing for clinical experiences by applying concepts of assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic and laboratory testing analysis, and therapeutic interventions to specific clinical situations. The course involves didactic and experiential teaching methods and active learning experiences. In addition to preparing for clinical experiences, the course is designed to promote the development of critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills.

NURS 2323 Health Assessment
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 2222, 2404, 2309
Assessment of the individuals across the lifespan is taught within the context of growth and development. The student should be able to differentiate between normal findings, normal variations and abnormal findings in individuals when performing assessments in a variety of settings. Assessment, as the first step of the nursing process, is the foundation for a systematic approach to care of the individual. The student will organize and analyze data to select appropriate NANDA Nursing Diagnoses for health promotion. This is a three-semester hour course, including 67.5 clinical hours.

NURS 2404 Art and Science of Nursing
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 2323, 2222, 2309
Students learn systematic approaches, basic skills, and professional attitudes for providing care and therapeutic interventions used to promote health in clients across the lifespan and assist these clients with activities of daily living. This course incorporates knowledge of humans in health and illness, aesthetic perception of human experiences, personal understanding of self and others, and the capacity to make legal and ethical choices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and legal and ethical decision-making. The course incorporates the principles learned in NURS 2323. This is a four-semester hour course, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 3110 Applied Clinical Reasoning
Prerequisites: NURS 3408, 3309, 3323; Corequisite: NURS 3404
The first of two courses designed to increase the nursing student's clinical reasoning skills to better prepare him/her for clinical practice, course examinations, the Evolve HESI RN-Exit Exam, and the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. This course assists the student to develop strategies for success related to personal circumstance, study habits and abilities, and test-taking skills. Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, nursing judgment, and methods for self-remediation of weaknesses are emphasized throughout.

NURS 3111 Applied Clinical Reasoning II
Prerequisites: NURS 3408, 3309, 3323, 3404; Corequisite: NURS 3424
The second of two courses designed to increase the nursing student's clinical reasoning skills to better prepare him/her for clinical practice, course examinations, the Evolve HESI RN-Exit Exam, and the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. This course builds on previously implemented strategies for success and continues to refine the student's ability to be successful with the NCLEX-style question in preparation for success with the Evolve RN Exit Exam at the end of the semester. Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, nursing judgment, and methods for self-remediation of weaknesses continue to be emphasized.

NURS 3222 Perspectives on Health Care Delivery Systems
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 3323 (2323), 3408 (2404), 3309 (2309)
Students analyze the trends that influence the health care system and methods of health care delivery in the United States. The class discusses agencies, initiatives, and roles for promoting quality improvement in the health outcomes. The practicum experiences provide opportunities to assess health service organizations and world health care delivery systems in order to determine their effectiveness in promoting health consistent with cultural beliefs. This is a two-semester hour course that includes 18 practicum hours.

NURS 3309, Pharmacology
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 3323 (2323), 3408 (2404), 3222 (2222)
A course designed to assist students in preparing for clinical experiences by applying concepts of assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic and laboratory testing analysis, and therapeutic interventions to specific clinical situations. The course involves didactic and experiential teaching methods and active learning experiences. In addition to preparing for clinical experiences, the course is designed to promote the development of critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills.

NURS 3323 Health Assessment
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 3222 (2222), 3408 (2404), 3309 (2309)
Assessment of the individuals across the lifespan is taught within the context of growth and development. The student should be able to differentiate between normal findings, normal variations and abnormal findings in individuals when performing assessments in a variety of settings. Assessment, as the first step of the nursing process, is the foundation for a systematic approach to care of the individual. The student will organize and analyze data to select appropriate NANDA Nursing Diagnoses for health promotion. This is a three-semester hour course, including 67.5 clinical hours.

NURS 3404 and 3424 Care of Individuals I and II
Prerequisites: NURS 2323, 2222, 2309, 2404; GPA of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of the Novice Level Curriculum Checkpoint. Co-requisites: BIOL 3433 may be taken concurrently with this course
This is a four-semester hour course, including 90 clinical hours. It is the first in a series of three courses that focuses on nursing care of individuals. These courses must be taken in order. The dimensions of health are assessed in individuals experiencing health problems. Students apply concepts of case management and continuity of care to individuals across the lifespan, including care during perioperative experiences. Students are expected to be able to provide care in a variety of acute care settings.

NURS 3408 Art and Science of Nursing
Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to the Nursing Program, and GPA of 3.0. Pre or Corequisites: NURS 3323 (2323), 3222 (2222), 3309 (2309)
Students learn systematic approaches, basic skills, and professional attitudes for providing care and therapeutic interventions used to promote health in clients across the lifespan and assist these clients with activities of daily living. This course incorporates knowledge of humans in health and illness, aesthetic perception of human experiences, personal understanding of self and others, and the capacity to make legal and ethical choices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and legal and ethical decision-making. The course incorporates the principles learned in NURS 3323. This is a four-semester hour course, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 3414 Pathophysiology for Health Care
Prerequisites: CHEM 1404, NURS 3212, 2323 and 2404, and GPA of 2.5 or higher
Students describe the pathology of health conditions and use concepts of pathophysiology for applying caring/healing practices to designing health care plans for promoting fullness in living across the lifespan. The manifestations of pathology form a basis for health assessment. Synthesis of pathophysiology with levels of health promotion and prevention provides rationale for case management priorities. Three semester hours, including 14 laboratory hours.

NURS 3404 and 3424 Care of Individuals I and II
Prerequisites: NURS 2222, 2309, 2323, 2404, 3404, BIOL 3433; GPA of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of the Novice Level Curriculum Checkpoint.
This is a four-semester hour course, including 90 clinical hours. It is the second in a series of three courses that focuses on nursing care of individuals. These courses must be taken in order. The dimensions of health are assessed in individuals experiencing health problems. Students apply concepts of case management and continuity of care to individuals across the lifespan, including care during perioperative experiences. Students are expected to be able to provide care in a variety of acute care settings.

NURS 3434 Care of Individuals III
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.5 or higher, and NURS 3424
This is the third in a series of three courses that focus on nursing care of individuals. The dimensions of health are assessed in individuals experiencing major and/or life-threatening health problems. Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to apply concepts of case management and continuity of care across the lifespan and use a systematic approach to provide care for individuals with major and/or life-threatening health problems. Students provide care in a variety of critical care units. The course is four semester hours, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 4312, Care of Vulnerable Populations
Co-Requisites: NURS 3404, BIOL 3444. A GPA of 2.5 is required to progress in the curriculum. Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed.
Students apply concepts of epidemiology to determine the factors that contribute to vulnerability in individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Students will examine (a) health norms for the elder population based on age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in order to determine the major health problems and surveillance issues and (b) research methodologies/approaches/models that are employed to improve health outcomes for vulnerable aging populations. Students will also be expected to use communication skills and education theory to plan and present health information to promote health of a population. Critical thinking and mathematical skills will be developed in using a statistical approach to assessing and evaluating health outcomes. Concepts of health promotion and disease prevention serve as a basis for analyzing recommendations for health programming.

NURS 4394, Senior Seminar: Applied Nursing Research and Externship
Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisite courses for entry into nursing, and it is recommended that students have completed: Computer competency or CISM 1321; College of Nursing prerequisites: NURS 2222; NURS 3202; NURS 2323; Math for Meds competency or NURS 2111; NURS 2309; NURS 2404; NURS 3404; NURS 3414 and NURS 4412; NURS 3434; a GPA of 2.5 is required to progress in the curriculum; Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed; Advanced Beginner Level Checkpoint: Required completion at the end of NURS 3434; NURS 3434; NURS 4434 and have passed the proficiency for any of these courses. Honors College students will take HNRS 4215 in lieu of NURS 4494. Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed; Advanced Beginner Level Checkpoint: Passed. See checkpoint policy and procedure for those not successful on the checkpoint.
This course focuses on professional issues in nursing and the research process and on the transition from student to professional role and applying the reserch process to clinical practice. Students practice nursing at the level of advanced beginner in specified environments and address clinical practice quality improvement issus via research methods appropriate for the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to address current issues in nursing and health care delivery; relate philosophical perspectives to nursing theories, research and practice; analyze nursing as a career and profession; and evaluate the professional role in developing health policy and regulation. In addition, students should be able to analyze and resolve ethical dilemmas in health care situations by applying critical thinking skills and ethical theories and principles. Students should also be able to apply research findings to Performance Improvement in health care delivery system.

NURS 4412, Care of Vulnerable Populations
Co-Requisites: NURS 3404, BIOL 3444. A GPA of 2.5 is required to progres in the curriculum. Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed.
This course is one of four courses for the Baccalaureate Nursing program that focuses on care of groups, populations, and communities. Students apply concepts of epidemiology to determine the factors that contribute to volnerability in groups, communities, and populations. Students examine research methodologies and approaches that are employed to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. The levels of prevention serve as a basis for analyzing recommendations for health programming for the vulnerable populations. The course is four semester hours, including 45 clinical hours.

NURS 4414 Care of Families with Mental Health Problems
Prerequisite: NURS 2404, GPA of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of the Advanced Beginner Curriculum Checkpoint. Pre or corequisite: NURS 3404, 4412
This is one of three courses that focus on specialty care of individuals and their families. In this course, the dimensions of health are assessed in families dealing with mental health problems. Students apply concepts of care to case management and continuity of care of families with mental health problem in the home, community, and specialized environments. Students are expected to be able to use a systematic approach to provide care for families with mental health problems. This course is four semester hours, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 4424 Nursing in the Community and Nursing the Community
Prerequisites: NURS 4412, and 4494; and a GPA of 2.5 or higher
This course is one of four courses for the Baccalaureate Nursing program that focus on care of groups, populations, and communities. Students analyze historical trends and characteristics and factors that have impacted community health nursing and contributed to community health issues. Students compare and contrast the professional nursing roles in the community and apply theories, models, and principles to community health nursing practice. Opportunities are provided to use systematic approaches to identify health needs to groups and populations and promote health in the community. This is a four-semester hour course, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 4434 Care of Childbearing Families
Corequisites: NURS 3434, GPA of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of the Advanced Beginner Level Curriculum Checkpoint
This is one of three courses that focus on specialty care of individuals and their families. The dimensions of health are assessed in childbearing families requiring specialized care. Students apply concepts of care to case management and continuity of care of childbearing families. Students use a systematic approach to providing care for childbearing families, in the community and in specialty care units such as labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care units, pre-natal and postpartum units. This is a four-semester hour, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 4444 Care of Families with Children
Prerequisites: NURS 3434, GPA of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of the Advanced Beginner Level Curriculum Checkpoint
This is one of three courses that focus on specialty care of individuals and their families. The dimensions of health are assessed in families with children and adolescents. Students are expected to be able to apply concepts of care to case management and continuity of care of families with children and adolescents in the community and in pediatric health care environments. Students use a systematic approach to provide care for families with children and adolescents. This course is four semester hours, including 90 clinical hours.

NURS 4494, Senior Seminar: Applied Nursing Research and Externship
Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisite courses for entry into nursing, and it is recommended that students have completed: Computer competency or CISM 1321; Humanities (15 hours); Fine Art (3 hours); CHRI (9 hours); KINE 2202. College of Nursing prerequisites: NURS 2222; NURS 3202; NURS 2323; Math for Meds competency or NURS 2111; NURS 2309; NURS 2404; NURS 3404; NURS 3414 and NURS 4412; NURS 3434; a GPA of 2.5 is required to progress in the curriculum; Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed; Advanced Beginner Level Checkpoint: Required completion at the end of NURS 3434; NURS 3434; NURS 4434 and have passed the proficiency for any of these courses. A GPA of 2.5 is required to progress in the curriculum. Honors College students will take HNRS 4215 in lieu of NURS 4494. Novice Level Checkpoint: Passed; Advanced Beginner Level Checkpoint: Passed. See checkpoint policy and procedure for those not successful on the checkpoint.
This course focuses on professional issues in nursing and the research process and on the transition from student to professional role and applying the reserch process to clinical practice. Students practice nursing at the level of advanced beginner in specified environments and address clinical practice quality improvement issus via research methods appropriate for the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to address current issues in nursing and health care delivery; relate philosophical perspectives to nursing theories, research and practice; analyze nursing as a career and profession; and evaluate the professional role in developing health policy and regulation. In addition, students should be able to analyze and resolve ethical dilemmas in health care situations by applying critical thinking skills and ethical theories and principles. Students should also be able to apply research findings to Performance Improvement in health care delivery system. The course is four semester hours (30 didactic hours and 90 practicum/externship hours).

NURS 4564, Professional Issues and Nurse Leadership
Prerequisite: 66 semester hours of the general studies requirements and prerequisites for nursing, including the following courses:ENGL 1313 and 1323; BIOL 1414, 2404, 2414, and CHEM 1404; PSYC 1313, 2301, and 3313; social science elective (SOCI 1313, POLS 2313, ECON 2311 or 2312); MATH 1305 or higher; CHRI 1313, 1323, and elective; 18 semester hours of Humanities; 3 semester hours of Fine Arts; and CISM 1321. School of Nursing and Allied Health Requirements: Completion of all prior nursing courses: NURS 2222; NURS 2323; NURS 2404; NURS 3303; NURS 3202; NURS 3212; NURS 3404; NURS 3424; NURS 3434; NURS 4392; NURS 3414 or BIOL 2433; NURS 4212; NURS 4294; NURS 4414; NURS 4424; NURS 4434; NURS 4444. A GPA of 2.5 is required to progress in the curriculum.
This course focuses on professional issues in nursing, nursing management and the use of research in clinical practice as well as the study of health administration and leadership from the nurse's perspective. Students apply leadership and management behaviors and skills to providing care for a group of patients and promoting positive consumer relationships; and analyze effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery systems promoting positive health outcomes. The course is five semester hours, including 108 clinical hours.