Nursing


Department of Nursing
NSG 321. Health Assessment I. 3 credits.
Designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant health data. Emphasis is placed on systematic strategies, frameworks and skills used to conduct both comprehensive and need-specific health assessments for individuals in the context of their family and community. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program or permission of the instructor.
NSG 322. Health Assessment II. 2 credits.
Designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant health data to assess the health status of families. Tapping major theoretical perspectives, students select assessment questions and tools to describe family structure, functions, developmental stage, environment and coping abilities. Prerequisite: NSG 321
NSG 331. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I. 2 credits.
Students are introduced to physiological and clinical responses to pathological processes, and to the pharmacological agents used to treat these processes. Content is focused on health problems addressed in NSG 341, 371, and 372. Students learn major drug categories, legal and ethical issues of drug administration, and selected pharmacology. Prerequisite: BIO 270, 290.
NSG 332. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II. 2 credits.
Focuses on the pathophysiology related to the illness processes of increasing complexity encountered in NSG 342 and 373. Students learn the pharmacological management of these illness processes. The body's compensatory mechanisms and defenses are explored. Prerequisite: NSG 331.
NSG 341. Nursing Applications I. 4 credits.
Provides the foundational knowledge and theory base for nursing practice. Students are introduced to concepts and principles of nursing process, health promotion, illness risk reduction, and illness management. Focus is on the nurse's roles in planning, providing, and evaluating care for clients with alterations in health. Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 321 and 331.
NSG 342. Nursing Applications II. 4 credits.
Focuses on the integration of concepts and principles utilized in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of care for adults and children experiencing moderate to severe challenges in health maintenance. Emphasis is on nursing roles within the multidisciplinary health care team. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 321, 331, 341, 351, 371, 372. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 322, 332, 342, 352, and 362.
NSG 351. The Profession and the Professional I. 2 credits.
Provides an overview of the concepts, definitions and character of professional nursing practice within the context of the health care delivery system. It promotes socialization as a professional nurse, an understanding of the role, and processes for professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program or permission of the instructor.
NSG 352. The Profession and the Professional II. 2 credits.
Examines specific nursing theorists and their importance in nursing practice, explores decision making, research, care coordination and advocacy as critical processes and roles of the professional nurse; and discusses the development of nursing as a profession. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 351.
NSG 362. Nursing Skills Laboratory II. 2 credits.
Students learn additional psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills that are foundational to nursing practice. Focuses of the course include acute care skills, strategies to manage stress, alternative health techniques, and therapeutic group processes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 321, 331, 341, 351, 371, 372. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 322, 332, 342 and 352.
NSG 371. Nursing Practicum I. 3 credits.
This practicum course has two distinct components. In the nursing skills laboratory component, student learn the cognitive and affective processes and the psychomotor skills which are foundational to nursing practice. In the practice component, students apply concepts and skills in the delivery of health care to elderly home residents. Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 321, 331, 341 and 351.
NSG 372. Nursing Practicum II. 1 credit.
Through interactions with children and older adults, students develop health and developmental assessment skills and the nursing intervention skills of teaching and therapeutic communication. Emphasis is on holistic developmental assessment of individuals in a family and community context. Sites include day care centers, head start programs, schools, and retirement communities. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 321, 331, 341 and 351.
NSG 373. Nursing Practicum III. 2 credits.
Students apply concepts, principles, theories, and skills in the nursing care of adults or children experiencing moderate to severe challenges to health. In hospital settings, students are exposed to a wide variety of clinical skills gaining beginning practice in planning and facilitating nursing care for clients and their families. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 321, 331, 341, 351, 371, 372. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 322, 332, 342, 352, and 362.
NSG 374. Nursing Practicum IV. 1 credit.
Linked to NSG 322, this practicum emphasizes application of family assessment skills to evaluate structure, function, resources, needs, and coping abilities of families experiencing illness. Students apply interpersonal and group communication skills, teaching-learning skills, and problem-solving skills needed to address interrelated needs of the family network. Practicum seminars address family health issues. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 321, 331, 341, 351, 371, 372. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 322, 332, 342, 352 and 362.
NSG 423. Health Assessment III. 1 credit.
Students develop the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct and interpret client assessments that integrate physical, neuropsychiatric, psychosocial, and psychopharmacologic parameters. Systematic approaches to the assessment of persons at risk from disorders with both psychosocial and physical components are emphasized. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 433.
NSG 424. Health Assessment IV. 1 credit.
Designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant data on target populations and entire communities assessments. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all fall senior level nursing courses.
NSG 433. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology III. 1 credit.
Building on previous knowledge, the final course in this sequence focuses on the pathophysiology related to the complex physical and psychiatric disabilities addressed concurrently in NSG 423, 443, 444, 446, and related practicum experiences. The body's compensatory mechanisms and defenses, and the pharmacological management for these disabilities are explored. Prerequisite: NSG 332.
NSG 443. Nursing Applications III. 3 credits.
Focuses on the synthesis of concepts and principles utilized in the health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of care for adults and children experiencing life threatening alterations in health maintenance. Emphasis is on nursing intervention and coordination in the context of crisis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433.
NSG 444. Nursing Applications IV. 2 credits.
Emphasizes the analysis of health care issues and nursing needs for vulnerable populations, from an interdisciplinary perspective. At-risk groups are identified and proactive, creative strategies for effective services are explored within a community context. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433.
NSG 445. Nursing Applications V. 3 credits.
Focuses on synthesis of concepts and principles utilized in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision-making and management of women's health care. Focuses include women's health issues, perinatal care of mothers and infants, and gynecological health. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all senior level fall courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 424.
NSG 446. Nursing Applications VI. 2 credits
Integrates relevant factors affecting the patient-centered care delivery process called case management. Emphasis is on the delivery, management, and coordination of episodic care in a variety of settings and populations, which focuses on secondary and tertiary levels of prevention. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all fall senior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 424.
NSG 453. The Profession and the Professional III. 2 credits.
Explores the development of the educational system in nursing; current issues relevant for the professional practice of nursing; the history and role of professional organizations; professional control of the practice of nursing; and the utilization of research and theory in professional practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 352.
NSG 454. The Profession and the Professional IV. 3 credits.
Explores current factors having impact on the professional practice of nursing; management and leadership; the change process; collaboration; policy formation; career planning; and future directions, trends, and opportunities for nursing and the professional nurse. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NSG 453.
NSG 475. Nursing Practicum V. 2 credits.
Students synthesize and apply concepts, principles, theories, and skills in the nursing care of adults or children experiencing moderate to multisystem challenges in health. On acute and critical care nursing units, students will work in small groups to plan and facilitate care for multiple clients. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433, 444 and 453.
NSG 476. Nursing Practicum VI. 2 credits.
Students provide nursing care in the home for persons and families experiencing chronic illness. Using a case management theoretical framework, students coordinate and deliver services through visits with agency nurse case managers and direct caregiving responsibilities. Issues of chronic illness, coping, and extended care are explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433, 443, 444 and 453.
NSG 477. Nursing Practicum VII. 1 credit.
Linked closely with NSG 423 and 444, this practicum provides opportunities for development of assessment and intervention skills within the multidisciplinary health care team in community-based health care. The focus is on assessing and meeting health needs of vulnerable individuals and groups. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433, 443, 444 and 453.
NSG 478. Nursing Practicum VIII. 1 credit.
In this practicum students are provided an opportunity to learn and apply biopsychosocial concepts to the care of hospitalized individuals experiencing acute alterations in mental health. Experiences may be in a private or public psychiatric treatment setting. There is both an individual and group client care focus. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 423, 433, 443, 444, and 453.
NSG 479. Nursing Practicum IX. 2 credits.
Working in teams, students coordinate and provide nursing care for women and their families experiencing childbirth or gynecological treatment. Students observe and experience a variety of nursing roles, engage in peer performance appraisal, and promote staff and peer professional development. The application of research findings to practice is emphasized. Prerequisite: Successful completion of senior fall semester nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 424, 445, 446 and 454.
NSG 480. Nursing Practicum X. 2 credits.
In this practicum students are provided an opportunity to apply beginning case management in health and human services settings. The focus is coordination of care for clients, including those with high risk behaviors, inadequate coping, and alterations in functional or developmental status. Prerequisite: Successful completion of senior fall semester nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 424, 445, 446 and 454.
NSG 481. Nursing Practicum XI. 1 credit.
The concepts of community as client and population-focused practice are presented with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between individual, family, and community needs. Students perform community-focused assessment and interventions and apply concepts of health promotion, health maintenance, health education and coordination of care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of senior fall semester nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with or following NSG 424, 445, 446 and 454.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University