- <NURS 3101> Introduction into Clinical Practice.
An introduction to beginning nursing skills including such activities as safety, assessment of vital signs, comfort measures, assistance with daily living activities, environmental concerns, positioning and transporting. Students will become familiar with basic documentation and communication tools.1 Credit Hour. (3-hour lab) Pre requisites: admission to SHSU nursing program. Co requisites: NURS 3430, 3420, 3310.
<NURS 3310> Health Assessment.
Concepts and principles underlying assessment of the health status of individuals are presented. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills, health histories, and the physical and psychosocial findings in the well person, plus the development of communication in the nurse-client relationship and assessment skills. Students implement the nursing process by obtaining health histories, performing physical and psychosocial assessments, establishing a baseline database, and formulating initial nursing plans. This course is writing enhanced. 3 Credit Hours. (Class: 3 hours weekly) Pre requisites: admission to SHSU nursing program. Co requisites: NURS 3430, 3420, 3310.
- <NURS 3430> Nursing Fundamentals.
An introduction to the scope of human needs, utilization of the nursing process as a systematic approach to meeting those needs, and the role of the professional nurse in assisting individuals toward optimal health. Clinical settings are utilized in the application of fundamental concepts, principles of nursing, and communication skills that are employed in providing basic client care. 4 Credit Hours. (Semester totals: Class: 2 hours weekly and Clinical/Lab 6 hours weekly) Pre requisites: admission to SHSU nursing program. Co requisites: NURS 3310, 3420, 3101.
- <NURS 3420> Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing.
An introduction to pathophysiological and fundamental principles of pharmacological alterations in major regulatory mechanisms of the body. Special consideration of the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of pharmacologic concepts and principles to professional nursing practice. Provides a foundation for understanding general nursing practice, various diagnostic procedures, basic drug classifications, nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy and selected therapeutic regimens. This course is designed to enhance critical thinking and promote effective decision- making for safe and effective care. 4 Credit Hours.Pre requisites: admission to SHSU nursing program. Co requisites: NURS 3430, 3310, 3101.
- <NURS 3350> Concepts in Nursing Practice I.
A variety of formal and informal resources including evidence-based data will be used to orient students to the roles that nurses assume and the settings in which nursing practice meets the diverse health needs of clients. Standards of professional nursing practice and nursing theorists are introduced along with the philosophy of the School of Nursing. This course is writing enhanced. 3 Credit Hours. Pre requisites: NURS 3310, 3430, 3420, 3101. Co requisites: NURS 3360.
- <NURS 3360> Introduction to Research.
This course focuses on fundamental concepts and processes of nursing research and emphasizes nursing research as a basis for evidence-based practice. Students will examine major steps in the research process, formulate research questions relevant to clinical nursing practice, and critique nursing research reports. This course is writing enhanced. 3 Credit Hours. Pre requisites: NURS 3310, 3430, 3420, 3101. Co requisites: NURS 3350.
- <NURS 3440> Promoting Health & Managing Health Issues for Older Adults.
This course focuses on nursing interventions used to promote, maintain, and restore health in older adult clients. It provides students with opportunities to expand knowledge of the normal aging process; to identify variables that contribute to deviations in health; to discuss how formal and informal resources including evidence-based data contribute to older adults' health status; and to examine the implications of working collaboratively with individuals, families and communities to meet the health care needs of older adults. This course is writing enhanced. 4 Credit Hours. (Class: 2 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 6 hours weekly). Pre requisites: NURS 3310, 3430, 3420, 3101. Co requisites: NURS 3640, 3620.
- <NURS 3620> Adult Health I.
This course introduces the student to the use of the nursing process in the care of adults with chronic or non-complex illness. The course uses a systems approach to discuss the effects of illness on the individual and family and to examine the disruption of growth and development patterns across the lifespan from young adult to senior years, emphasizing the nursing process to assist adults in reaching their optimal level of wellness. The course includes a clinical laboratory to allow the student the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to clinical practice in diverse adult populations. 6 Credit Hours. (Class: 3 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 9 hours weekly) Pre requisites: NURS 3310, 3430, 3420, 3101. Co requisites: NURS 3440, 3640.
- <NURS 3640> Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.
This course demonstrates the relevance of psychosocial nursing concepts to all areas of professional practice. It provides a conceptual integration of the nursing process, theories, and research from psychosocial sciences and humanities as these relate to the care of persons with mental disorders. Clinical experience provides an opportunity for application of psychosocial concepts and methods in using the nursing process to promote optimal levels of wellness for individuals, families, and target groups. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop clinical decision-making abilities when providing appropriate and culturally relevant psychiatric/mental health nursing care. This course is writing enhanced. 6 Credit Hours. (Class: 3 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 9 hours weekly). Pre requisites: NURS 3310, 3430, 3420, 3101. Co requisites: NURS 3440, 3620.
- <NURS 4250> Concepts in Nursing Practice III.
This course provides the opportunity for students to synthesize issues such as career development, health policy, and workplace advocacy, into their working method. Other issues including information technology, ethics, and cultural awareness (which have been previously introduced) are explored more thoroughly to assist the graduate's entry into practice. This course is writing enhanced. 2 Credit Hours. Pre requisites: NURS 3350, 3360, 4440, 4420, 4630. Co requisites: NURS 4620, 4660.
- <NURS 4420> Nursing Care of Infants, Children & Adolescents.
This course uses the nursing process to promote, protect and maintain the health of infants, children and adolescents and it provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills necessary for therapeutic interventions of these populations. Students will examine the biological and psychosocial parameters, legal and ethical dimensions, resources, and cultural influences affecting nursing care strategies for infants, children and adolescents. 4 Credit Hours. (Class: 2 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 6 hours weekly) Pre requisites: NURS 3620, 3640, 3440, 3350, 3360. Co requisites: NURS 4440, 4630.
- <NURS 4440> Women’s Health and Maternal-Newborn Nursing.
This course examines childbearing families and women’s health in normal and high-risk situations and the role of the nurse in meeting health needs of women, families and their newborns. Supervised clinical experiences and/or simulation experiences in the application of the nursing process in meeting these health needs are offered and promotes the acquisition of skills in caring for women, families and newborns during uncomplicated and/or complicated health experiences in a variety of settings. 4 Credit Hours. (Class: 2 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 6 hours weekly). Pre requisites: NURS 3620, 3640, 3440, 3350, 3360. Co requisites: NURS 4420, 4630.
- <NURS 4620> Adult Heath Nursing II.
This course presents to the senior students critical thinking and problem-solving strategies for care of adults with acute or complex illness and injuries. The effects of acute illness are examined in relation to the injury, as well as in relation to the individual’s developmental stage, culture, and gender. Building on the Nursing Care of Adults Health I, a systems approach is used to analyze and intervene in alterations to the health of the individual and family, and to help them reach their optimal level of wellness. The course includes clinical laboratory to allow the student the opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts into clinical practice in diverse populations. 6 Credit Hours. (Class: 3 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 9 hours weekly) Pre requisites: NURS 3350, 3360, 4440, 4420, 4630. Co requisites: NURS 4660, 4250.
- <NURS 4630> Foundations of Nursing in the Community.
This course focuses on the synthesis of public health concepts within a preventive framework to promote and maintain the health of communities and includes an examination of the historical development, philosophy, health care systems, epidemiology, and nursing care of specific populations and groups in the community. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention are emphasized as they relate to the natural history of disease in individuals, families, and groups. A community health assessment is completed using census data, morbidity and mortality rates, epidemiologic and statistical methods, and community-based research. Progressively more independent behaviors are expected of students in community health practice. This course is writing enhanced. 6 Credit Hours. (Class: 3 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 9 hours weekly) Pre requisites: NURS 3620, 3640, 3440, 3350, 3360. Co requisites: NURS 4420, 4440.
- <NURS 4660> Nursing Leadership and Transition to Practice.
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills related to the delivery of health services from a nursing management knowledge-base. It presents theories, concepts, and models of health care delivery. Students explore creative roles for managing and leading in nursing. They will gain theoretical knowledge and skills to understand organizations, understand leadership theories, and utilize critical thinking in making nursing management decisions. This course is writing enhanced. 6 Credit Hours. (Class: 2 hours weekly Clinical/Lab: 12 hours weekly). Pre requisites: NURS 3350, 3360, 4440, 4420, 4630. Co requisites: NURS 4620, 4250.
NOTE: Sam Houston State University has adopted a four-digit course numbering system to become effective Summer 2011. Four-digit course numbers are indicated in the course descriptions in orange and within angle brackets < >.