Nursing

Faculty/Staff

Kerrie Kimbrow, AdventHealth Endowed Chair; Jean Alway, Marcia Azevedo, Lakicia Foster, Terri Gibson,  Bonnie Gnadt, Curriculum Coordinator; Joyce Melius, Ronald Mitchell, Rima Seaman, Ann Smith, RN-BS Program Coordinator

Candy Harvey, Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator

Mission

The mission of the Southwestern Adventist University Department of Nursing is to prepare caring and competent generalists in the profession of nursing with a Christian perspective of a liberal arts foundation, a sense of mission grounded in applied Christian beliefs, and a professional practice built on natural, behavioral, and nursing sciences. The program fosters an environment that facilitates development of students who engage in civic and professional accountability, critical inquiry, and the pursuit of life-long learning.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Southwestern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Southwestern Adventist University is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas, 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, TX 87801, 512-305-7400.

NURS 112 : Medical Terminology

This course provides a foundation for understanding terminology used by health care providers. The course is designed so students can easily apply and process the language of medicine correctly in the health care setting. (Crosslisted with ALHE 112).

credits

1

NURS 210 : LVN to BS Nursing Bridge

This course is designed to introduce the LVN to the core concepts of the Nursing Program including philosophy, conceptual model, program mission and outcomes, nursing values, and professionalism. Students will have the opportunity to explore personal and professional values which have an impact on the process of transitioning into BS Nursing roles.

credits

1

NURS 212 : Physical Assessment

This course is designed to provide structured learning experiences to enable the student to perform focused health histories, basic general examinations, and focused assessments of body systems. Teaching/learning approaches include lecture, demonstration and practice of assessment skills, written examinations and competency testing. 3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the nursing program.

NURS 221 : Fundamentals of Nursing

This course is designed to introduce fundamental concepts of nursing with emphasis on patient safety and quality care. The student acquires basic nursing skills to implement nursing care for adult patients. Course content includes the implementation of effective communication skills with patients and nursing staff, recognition of professional role of the Christian nurse, and application of the nursing process to meet basic human needs. 4 Theory 2 Clinical/Lab

credits

6

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the nursing program

NURS 227 : Gerontological Nursing

This course is designed to examine the process of physical, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural aspects of aging. The focus is on the unique health and nursing needs of older adults in providing patient-centered care. Emphasis will be on supporting healthy aging and wellness, health promotion, and disease/disability prevention based on current evidence-based practices.

3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the Nursing Program

NURS 313 : Pathophysiology

This course is designed to provide basic concepts to gain understanding of the pathophysiology of common diseases. Physiological changes from pathophysiological processes are explored within the framework of body systems. Alterations resulting from normal aging and some diseases common to children are also integrated into this course. 3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

All 200 level nursing courses or permission of instructor

NURS 314 : Medical Surgical Nursing I for LVN

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the LVN to BS Nursing students to apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based interventions to individuals with common nursing care needs in acute care settings. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and intervention to patients with acute health problems. Concepts of nutrition, communication, diversity, spirituality, gerontology, and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course. 3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

Acceptance into LVN to BS Nursing program

NURS 315 : Medical Surgical Nursing I

The student will apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based interventions to individuals with common nursing care needs in acute care settings. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and intervention to patients with acute health problems. Concepts of nutrition, communication human diversity, spirituality, gerontology and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course. 3 Theory, 2 Clinical/ Lab

credits

5

Prerequisites

NURS 317 : Pharmacology

This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to the pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacotherapeutic aspects of nursing. The course will focus on the indications for, applications of, and identification of basic principles, of major drug classifications associated with the treatment of various illnesses. 3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

All 200 level nursing courses

NURS 318 : Child Health Nursing

This course applies the nursing process to the nursing of children and their families with continued emphasis on growth and development, prevention and treatment of illness in the hospital and community. Complex health problems of children are examined including congenital and acquired conditions. 3 Theory, 1 Clinical/Lab (taught in the first summer session after completion of theory)

credits

4

Prerequisites

All 200 nursing courses, NURS 313, NURS 314 or NURS315, and NURS 317

NURS 321 : Evidence Based Practice

This course has an emphasis on developing beginning competencies in appraising research for the purpose of constructing a scientific knowledge base for nursing practice. The process of developing clinical questions for evidence-based practice is examined and an evidence-based project is implemented.

3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

All 200 level nursing courses, or permission of the instructor.

NURS 335 : Medical Surgical Nursing II

The student will build on concepts introduced in Fundamentals, Medical/Surgical Nursing I, Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology. Application of the nursing process and standards of medical and surgical nursing will be integrated into theory and practice.  Emphasis is on care of patients with acute health care problems requiring individualized care and learning needs. The student will apply professional roles in the provision of care within progressively complex situations. 3 Theory 2 Clinical/Lab

credits

5

Prerequisites

All 200 level nursing courses, NURS 313, NURS 314 or NURS 315, and NURS 317

NURS 416 : Medical Surgical Nursing III

The student will build on concepts introduced in prior Medical/Surgical courses. Further application of the nursing process will be integrated into theory and practice. Content is selected to increase breadth and depth in advanced medical/surgical nursing. Technical skills will be developed focusing on acutely ill patients including critical care. Application of professional roles in the provision of care in progressively complex situations. Concepts of whole-person wellness, clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, safety, clinical reasoning, and team/ collaboration will be applied. 3 Theory, 1 Clinical/Lab

credits

4

Prerequisites

All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

NURS 417 : Mental Health Nursing

This course is designed for the student to learn and demonstrate evidence-based, patient-centered psychiatric care for adults and adolescents in a variety of mental health settings. Opportunities are provided for students to increase competencies in clinical reasoning, building therapeutic relationships, interprofessional collaborative communication, professional self-awareness, and legal-ethical issues patient care and patient safety in mental health nursing. 3 Theory 1 Clinical/Lab

credits

4

Prerequisites

All 200 and 300 nursing courses

NURS 418 : Maternal-Newborn Nursing

This course builds on the concepts of previous nursing courses with emphasis on utilizing the nursing process in dealing with women’s health, maternity and the newborn. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and alterations in health-related to women and the newborn. Emphasis is on whole-person care of childbearing families.

3 Theory  1 Clinical/Lab

credits

4

Prerequisites

All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

NURS 420 : Medical Surgical Nursing IV

The student will build on concepts introduced in previous nursing courses. The course will integrate standards of Medical-Surgical nursing, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Content is selected to increase breadth and depth in medical surgical nursing with integration of community and mental health concepts. Concepts of case management will be integrated into classroom exercises. 2 Theory

credits

2

Prerequisites

All 200 and 300 level courses;

NURS 424 : Population Health

This course is designed to provide an introduction to population health. Emphasis is placed on whole-person wellness and interprofessional collaboration. Content includes clinical reasoning as it relates to identification of client and population risk, risk reduction, disease prevention, and health promotion in a variety of settings across the lifespan. 3 Theory, 1 Clinical/Lab

credits

4

Prerequisites

all 300 level nursing courses, or permission of the instructor

NURS 426 : Nursing Leadership

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate professional nursing concepts and exemplars within the professional nursing roles. Current leadership, management, and change theories are examined as it related to the profession of nursing. Students will engage in activities that contribute to the development of leadership competencies.

3 Theory

credits

3

Prerequisites

All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

NURS 450 : Nursing Capstone

This course must be taken during the final semester of the BS Nursing program. Professional nursing concepts and care skills are integrated through an extended, precepted clinical experience in one healthcare facility. Additional learning experience will focus on the synthesis and reflection of knowledge through the completion of the e-portfolio, clinical journals, and post-clinical experience debriefing. Structured guidance is provided for completion of NCLEX preparation. 

2 Theory, 2 Clinical/Lab

credits

4

NURS 498 : Individual Study Topics in Professional Nursing

Subject of study is selected in conference between student and faculty member. Course requirements may consist of independent study, precepted clinical experiences and/or research. Content and behavioral objectives must be approved. Student must submit a signed Independent Class form, available on the SWAU website, to the Vice President for Academic Administration. Request must be approved and submitted to the Records Office by the last day to add a class. May be repeated.

credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Permission of Instructor and VP for Academic Administration

NURS 499 : Directed Group Study Topics

Provides academic departments an opportunity to offer courses in specialized or experimental areas, either lower or upper division, not listed in the undergraduate Bulletin. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Approval by department chair

NURS 302 : RN-BS Professional Development

This course explores professional values in the context of nursing practice. This exploration focuses on critical elements necessary for a culture of excellence in nursing care delivery. Emphasis is on use of evidence-based professional concepts in support of health promotion and wholistic nursing practice. Must be taken as a first course in the RN to BS program sequence.

1 Credit Theory.

Online only.

credits

1

Prerequisites

Must be taken as a first course in the RN to BS program.

NURS 312 : RN-BS Health Assessment

This course is designed to enhance the RN to BS student’s ability to perform comprehensive and focused health assessments relevant to the client’ healthcare needs. Emphasis is on the professional nurse’s role in assessment for health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and mitigation of acute and chronic healthcare concerns.

3 Credits Theory.

Online only.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

NURS 316 : RN-BS Gerontological Nursing

This course explores the process of aging from a whole-person perspective, including consideration of the older adults’ unique physical, mental, spiritual, and sociocultural needs. This exploration considers political, legal, social, economic, ethical, and end-of-life influences. Emphasis is on application of evidence-based practice concepts that support individualized healthy aging.

2 Credits Theory.

Online only.

credits

2

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

NURS 331 : RN-BS Evidence-Based Practice

This course emphasizes development of beginning competencies in appraising research for the purpose of constructing a scientific knowledge base for nursing practice. The process of developing clinically-based questions for evidence-based practice is examined and an evidence-based project is implemented.

3 Credits Theory.

Online only.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

NURS 332 : RN-BS Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

This course provides in-depth discussion of integration of the principles of pharmacology with pathophysiologic conditions. Emphasis is on the role of the professional nurse in administering, monitoring, and evaluating the therapeutic efficacy of pharmacologic agents in selected pathological processes.

4 Credits Theory.

Online Only

credits

4

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

NURS 406 : RN-BS Leadership & Management in Nursing

This course integrates leadership and management theories and concepts relevant to a Christian perspective on professional nursing, considering legal, ethical, moral and sociocultural factors influencing healthcare practice. Focus is on topics germane to professional responsibilities in unit, organization, community, and societal settings.

3 Credits Theory.

Online Only

credits

3

Prerequisites

For the RN to BS Nursing Student, or permission of the instructor.

NURS 436 : RN-BS Health Care Policies and Economics

This course provides an overview of the policy and economic factors affecting healthcare delivery. Emphasis is on awareness of healthcare disparities, and the role of professional nurses in influencing policy decisions at local, state, regional, and national levels.

3 Credits Theory.

Online Only

credits

3

Prerequisites

For the RN to BS Nursing Student, or permission of the instructor.

NURS 444 : RN-BS Population Health

This course introduces population health concepts. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention in the context of whole-person wellness. Interprofessional collaboration and focus on the social and environmental determinants of health provide the framework for addressing community-level assessment and intervention applications. Students will participate in a service-oriented community project with health care providers.

3 Credits (2 Theory, 1 Clinical).

Online Only

credits

3

Prerequisites

For the RN to BS Nursing Student, or permission of the instructor.

NURS 460 : RN-BS Baccalaureate Nurse Experience I

This course focuses the RN-BS student on integration of new knowledge gained in RN-BS courses with career-related clinical practice. A portfolio is developed demonstrating application of knowledge from at least three (3) RN-BS courses to professional nursing practice.

 

credits

3

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

NURS 461 : RN-BS Baccalaureate Nurse Experience II

This course focuses on the RN-BS student on the integration of new knowledge gained in RN-BS courses with career-related clinical practice. A portfolio is developed demonstrating continued growth beyond NURS 460 in the application of knowledge to professional nursing practice.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.