Courses

Nursing Courses

135. Lifespan Development (3 hours)
This class will provide a perspective on the changes that take place during an individual’s life from infancy to old age/death. Participants will study and describe the developing person at different periods in the lifespan. The processes of growth and change taking place in early, middle, and late adulthood will be considered as well as the more traditional concern with development in childhood.

190. Selected Topics (1, 2, or 3 hours)
A topical course designed to investigate any relevant subject matter not included in any of the standard courses. The title, content, and credit will be determined by the current mutual interests of students and faculty.

198. Adult: Early, Middle, Late Adulthood - Lifespan Development (1 hour)
This course will provide opportunities for varying perspectives on the changes that take place during an individual's adult life. Participants will study and describe the developing person in early, middle, and late adulthood.

201. Professional Communication in Nursing (1 hour)
This course includes experiences and instruction that promote professional communication. Content includes correct utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) style, construction of professional papers and emails, and using common presentation software. This course is designed to be taken either concurrently or before the first nursing course in which the student is enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

202. Nursing in Specialized Care Settings (1, 2, or 3 hours)
This course is designed to enable the student to study the role of the professional nurse in a specific health care setting. Clinical judgments, critical thinking, and the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills required to provide quality nursing care in the health setting will be emphasized.

204. Women’s Health: Global Perspective (3 hours)
This course introduces women’s health with an emphasis on global issues. Women's health will be examined using the influences of social, political, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Students will examine the basic health needs of all women and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): Gender Studies 90 or Sociology 3 or a beginning level anthropology course or permission of the instructor.

205. Issues of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)
This course examines the role of the nurse in a variety of health care organizations. Knowledge about the role of the nurse is developed through an understanding of the history of nursing, comparisons of different nursing education programs, and an examination of the U.S. health care system.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program.

231. Philosophical Foundations in Nursing (2 hours)
The philosophy of baccalaureate education in professional nursing is introduced. The concept of holistic health, the health-illness continuum, and health needs of the individual related to the practice of nursing are explored. The historical basis and development of nursing theories are examined. Various nursing theories and models are evaluated and applied within the context of the nursing process. Healthcare issues as related to the nursing profession are explored.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program. Corequisite(s): Nursing 231L. Pre or corequisite(s): Nursing 201.

231L. Philosophical Foundations in Nursing Clinical (1 hour)
Clinical component of Nursing 231. P/F only.
Corequisite(s): Nursing 231.

233. Health Assessment (3 hours [2 theory, 1 clinical])
An introduction to basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a detailed health assessment of individuals across the age continuum. The biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of human beings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a systematic health history and physical exam using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Supervised laboratory and clinical allow the student the opportunity to practice the assessment skills introduced in class.

234. Ethics in the Health Care System (3 hours)
This course serves as an introduction to the study of ethics and representative systems of ethics, along with the study of specific areas of ethical importance to nursing such as advocacy, informed consent, death and dying, and newborn infant care. Its purpose is to help the student confront the ethical problems in a reflective and analytical manner, and aid the student in reaching his or her own position.

236. Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 hours [3 theory, 1 laboratory])
Study of the research process. The course will provide an opportunity to identify researchable problems in nursing and to develop beginning skills in addressing them. The course is designed to help the student develop competence as a consumer of nursing research through critical evaluation of selected nursing research.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program.

240. Management and Leadership in Nursing (4 hours [3 theory, 1 clinical])
This course assumes the student possesses basic leadership and management skills, and further examines the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a manager in health care organizations. The roles of the nurse manager are analyzed for each of the management functions: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. External factors influencing the nurse manager are also examined. Students are able to select their clinical experience in management from a variety of health care organizations and settings.
Prerequisite or corequisite(s): Nursing 231.

245. Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community (3 hours)
This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 231, 233 and a lifespan development course.

245L. Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community Clinical (2 hours)
In the clinical setting students work with persons throughout the age span and in a variety of community settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 231, 233 and a lifespan development course.

250. Population Based Nursing Practice (4 hours [3 theory, 1 clinical])
This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with selected individuals, families, groups and communities. Health concerns of the group/community are identified and addressed using health program planning skills. Research is evaluated for its use in community health settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 205, 231, 233, 234, 236, 240, and 245.

296. Special Projects (1, 2, or 3 hours)
An opportunity for individual students to engage in a special project, research, clinical experience, writing, or guided readings. Conducted under the supervision of a member of the nursing program. Special Projects may not duplicate courses described in the catalog.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program and approval of the program director.

501. Professional Communication in Nursing (1 hour)
This course includes experiences and instruction that promote professional communication. Content includes correct utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) style, construction of professional papers and emails, and using common presentation software. This course is designed to be taken either concurrently or before the first nursing course in which the student is enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

502. Health Care Statistics (3 hours)
This course examines selected concepts needed to develop sound judgment about data analysis and appropriate use of statistics. The course prepares students to interpret and critically analyze the results of health care research.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate statistics course or permission of the program director.

505. Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care (3 hours)
This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative research areas and methods used in health care. Analysis of the research process and application of research findings to health care will be emphasized. Students will design a best practice proposal related to an identified problem in nursing, health outcomes of a specific population or nursing education. At the end of the course students will have completed a literature review and methods section for a research project.

510. Transcultural Health Care (3 hours)
Using Leininger’s Cultural Care Diversity and Universality Theory, this course analyzes the social, political, economic, and cultural factors related to transcultural health care. Students will examine the interactions of consumers, providers, and health care systems in the provision of quality health care with an emphasis on persons of color and persons who are immigrants to the United States.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate program.

515. Concepts and Theories in Nursing (3 hours)
This course examines selected concepts and theories that are derived from nursing and other disciplines for applicability to practice in a variety of health care settings. Strategies used in applying and evaluating nursing theories in relation to providing care will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s):Admission to the graduate program.

520. Critical Issues in Health Care (3 hours)
This course examines multiple factors affecting the provision of care in an ever-changing health care system. The U.S. health policy-making system; ethical, legal, and political aspects of health care; and health care delivery systems will be explored, particularly in relation to their impact on nursing practice and nurses’ ability to provide care. A historical perspective will facilitate a) identification of critical issues, b) understanding of how they developed to their current status, and c) examination of what options might exist for current and future resolution of these issues.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate program.

540. Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 hours)
This course examines the multiple roles of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals and larger integrated delivery systems. Students develop knowledge in the area of health care regulations and accreditation including the impact of technology in the health care environment.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 510.

541. Economic Policy in the Health Care System (3 hours)
This course provides basic knowledge of macro- and micro-economics and their relationship to the health care system in the United States. Concepts associated with supply and demand, normative and positive economics, utility, scarcity, choice, and marginality are explored in terms of the health care system. The concept of health as an investment opportunity and as a consumer good is also explored. In addition, the United States health care system is studied from an economic point of view. Economic decision making in light of professional ethics is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540.

542. Finance and Accounting in the Health Care System (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of the concepts of financial analysis, financial and managerial accounting, and budgetary practices as they relate to the health care industry. Accounting concepts are understood with the assistance of electronic spreadsheet applications. Financial concepts are understood through the analysis of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporate accounting and public reporting.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540 and 541.

546. Nursing Leadership and Management II (3 hours)
This course examines the leadership role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations. Content includes leadership theories, motivation, conflict resolution, workforce planning, implementing planned change and effective administration of culturally diverse health care systems.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540 and 541.

547. Practicum in Nursing Administration (3 hours)
This course provides the student with experience functioning within selected components of the role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals, and larger integrated delivery systems. Students are paired with a nurse executive or case manager with a mutually agreed upon agency.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540, 541, 542, and 546.

548. Case Management (3 hours)
This course prepares the student to develop the role of case manager in a variety of settings. The student will use the stages of managed care to determine current agency progress and project future organizational status and programs. Students will develop a set of indicators of effectiveness and quality of care as well as plan for their analyses.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 542 and 546, or permission of the program director.

549. Nurse as Entrepreneur (3 hours)
This course presents information needed by a nurse entrepreneur to develop innovative forms of nursing practice and care delivery. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to develop a nursing business plan, including financial and legal components. Implementation of risk management and total quality improvement plans within the role of the small business setting are also covered.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 541 and 542.

550. Principles of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
The focus of this course is on educational theories and issues, and their implications for the teaching process. Teaching and learning distinctions, the domains of learning, and assessment of student learning outcomes are components of this course.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 505, 510, and 515.

552. Curriculum Development and Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)
This course focuses on the analysis and application of curriculum theory in the development and evaluation of programs in nursing education.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 550.

553. Innovative Nursing Education Strategies (3 hours)
This course assists the nurse educator in the development of innovative nursing education strategies in an area of practice of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on research-based practice in education through the application of models and theories and the development of strategies for targeted populations. The majority of the course is web based; however, students meet face to face the first and last weeks of the term.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 552. Co-requisite(s): Nursing 556.

556. Teaching Strategies and Evaluation (3 hours
This course focuses on teaching strategies to enhance the organization and the delivery of educational content. Assessment of student outcomes and of educational programs is also emphasized.
Prerequiste: Nursing 552.

557. Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)
This course focuses on the analysis and application of program planning and on planning the development and evaluation of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 553 and 556, or permission of the program director.

558. Nursing Education Implementation and Evaluation (3 hours)
Emphasis of this course is the implementation of a nursing education experience. Students also evaluate existing online nursing education experiences ranging from continuing education credit to entire nursing education programs.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 557 or permission of the instructor.

560. Legal Medicine (6 hours)
This course will focus on the health care (specifically nursing) aspects of forensic science. The student will study: pathology, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, documentation, implementation, reporting, as well as policy and procedure composition. Highlighted topics include, but are not limited to: trauma, assault, child/elder abuse, domestic violence, natural death, accidents/accidental death, homicide, suicide, mass casualties, firearm injuries, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Munchausen’s Syndrome (and by Proxy), and bioterrorism.
Prerequisite(s): MSN from an accredited institution.

562. Forensic Psychological Assessment (3 hours)
This course will assist the student in proper and timely assessment/interviewing of victims, witnesses, and possible suspects in the forensic realm. The student will also concentrate on critical incident stress situations.
Prerequisite(s): MSN from an accredited institution.

564. Crime Scene and Death Investigation (4 hours)
Because not every death can be labeled “routine” or “due to natural causes,” nurses need to be trained to differentiate a routine death from a forensic death. This course will instruct the students on scene identification, scene protocol, working with law enforcement, chain of custody, documentation, and how to present/report the evidence to the proper authorities.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Nursing 560 and 562.

566. Health Care in Testimony, Law, and other Professional Roles (3 hours)
Explore the professional aspects of forensic science in health care. This course focuses on the nurse as an expert witness, health care and the law, and how to effectively move into the health care workforce with a Post-Master’s Certificate in Forensic Nursing. Curriculum Vitae building will also be undertaken.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Nursing 560 and 562.

597. Internship (3-6 hours)
This internship consists of a minimum of 45 contact hours, plus 15 hours of preparation/research (60 total); and is arranged to expand clinical application of theory and content. The student must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours. P/F only.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Nursing 560, 562, 564, and 566.

598. The Research Process (3 hours)
This course will allow for students to focus on the first steps of the research process: completing a literature map; presenting a conceptual picture of how articles collected interact; gaining valuable knowledge on the topic of their choosing; defining what they intend to present for their final project; and becoming more comfortable in conducting research.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 505.

599. Major Project in Nursing Education/Nursing Administration (1, 2, or 3 hours)
This course is a culmination of the graduate nursing courses in which the student will develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-faceted program related to the student’s M.S.N. specialty area. The program will be research-based and incorporate theories, skills, and methodologies from prior course work. Emphasis will be placed on targeted populations and the compatibility of the project with the mission and culture of the organization in which the project is being conducted. Nursing 599 may not be repeated.
Prerequisite(s): All other courses in the designated M.S.N. specialty area.