Nursing Course Descriptions - Indiana University South Bend
IU South BendCourse Descriptions
NURS-B 105 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (1 cr.) This course, taught via a unique audiovisual instruction and
interactive approach,teaches the student to easily remember, pronounce,and apply 350 prefixes,
roots,and suffixes that combine to form over 11,000 medical terms. This approach is used to teach
complex medical terms to ensure maximum retention. I, S
NURS-B 108 PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS (1-3 cr.) Students will learn and apply a holistic
approach to achieve an improved level of wellness. Physical, psychological,social, intellectual, and
environmental wellness will be explored. Both traditional western and alternative views of health
will be presented.This course will help students evaluate their personal level of health, examine
successfulstrategies for changing health behaviors,and develop a plan for improving health based
upon personal health risk.
NURS-B 216 PHARMACOLOGY (2-3 cr.) P: PHYS-P 262. The physiologic action of drugs and their
therapeutic use,the nurse’s role in administering drugs,and the need for continuous study ofdrug
therapy. I, II, S
NURS-B 230 DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES AND HEALTH (4 cr.) This course focuses on the theoretical
perspectives of growth and development, family theories and family adaptation at different stages,
and usualpatterns of aging. Students make assessments and observations ofindividuals in various
stages ofgrowth and development. I, II, S
NURS-B 232 INTRODUCTION TO THE DISCIPLINE OF NURSING: THEORY, PRACTICE,
RESEARCH (3 cr.) P: Admission to B.S.N. degree program. This course focuses on core
theoretical concepts ofnursing practice: health, wellness, illness, holism, caring, environment, self-
care, uniqueness ofpersons,interpersonalrelationships, and decision making. This course helps the
student understand nursing’s unique contribution to meeting societal needs through integrating
theory, research, and practice. I, II
NURS-B 244 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT (2 cr.) P: PHSL-P 261, PHSL-P 262, PSY-P
103, SOC-S 161, or ANTH-E 105. C: NURS-B 245. This course focuses on helping students
acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment,including the physical, psychological,
social, functional, and environmental aspects ofhealth. The process of data collection,
interpretation, documentation,and dissemination of assessment data is addressed.I, II (R.N. I only)
NURS-B 245 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT: PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-B 244.
Students have the opportunity to use interview, observation,percussion,palpation, inspection,and
auscultation in assessing clients across the lie span in simulated and actual environments.
NURS-B 248 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF NURSING (2 cr.) P: PHSL-P 261, PHSL-P 262, MICR-M
250, MICR-M 255. C: NURS-B 249. P or C: NURS-B 245. This course focuses on the
fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical research base. It provides an opportunity for basic care
nursing skills development. Students are challenged to use critical thinking and problem solving in
developing the ability to apply an integrated nursing therapeutics approach for clients experiencing
health alterations across the life span.I, II
IU South BendCourse Descriptions
NURS-B 249 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF NURSING: PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-B 248.
Students have the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental nursing skills in the application of
nursing care for clients across the life span.I, II
NURS-B 251 LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM (1 cr.) C: PSY-P 216, NURS-B 244, NURS-B
245. This course deals with theoretical perspectives of growth and development across the life span,
family theories, and family adaptation to common health problems, promoting health across the
lifespan, and usual patterns of aging. Students make assessments and observations ofindividuals
and families in various stages of growth and development. I, II
NURS-B 304 PROFESSIONAL NURSING SEMINAR I (3 cr.) This course focuses on core theoretical
concepts ofprofessional nursing practice, including health, wellness, illness, self-care and caring,
disease prevention, and health promotion. Students are expected to explore theoretical premises and
research related to the unique wellness perspectives and health beliefs of people across the life span
in developing care outcomes consistent with maximizing individual potentials for wellness. Students
complete a needs assessment as part of this course. I
NURS-B 403 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING (3 cr.) (Nursing Elective) P: sophomore-level courses.This
course is designed to promote a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life, focusing on the
continued development of older adults and the normal aging process.Within the nursing process
there is emphasis on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.The course includes special
assignments with older adults.
NURS-B 404 PROFESSIONAL NURSING SEMINAR II (3 cr.) P: NURS-B 304. This course focuses on the
application of nursing theory and research findings in restoring and maintaining individual and
family functioning for those dealing with multi-system alterations. Students explore the ethical,
legal, and moral implications of treatment options and identify tactics to maximize nursing’s
effectiveness in facilitating individuals and families through the health care system. Students
complete a scholarly analysis as part of their practicum experience. II
NURS-F 570 ASSESSMENT OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES (3 cr.) This course
enables students to develop advanced practice nursing skills in individual health assessment of
infants, children, adults, and aging people. In addition, students develop skills in family and
NURS-F 572 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN (3 cr.) Enables students to develop a knowledge
base for clinical decision making in assessment,and provision of primary health-care nursing for
children and families. Topics include health promotion/maintenance, disease prevention,diagnosis,
and treatment of common acute and stable chronic illnesses in children. Minimum of five (5)
NURS-F 574 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS (3 cr.) Enables students to develop a knowledge base
for clinical decision making in the assessment and management of primary healthcare for adults and
families. Topics include health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis,and
treatment of common and stable chronic illnesses in women. Minimum of 5 clinical hours /week.
NURS-F 576 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF WOMEN (3 cr.) Enables students to develop a knowledge base
for clinical decision making in the assessment and provision of primary health care for women and
families. Topics include health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis,and
treatment of common acute and stable chronic illnesses in women. Minimum of 5 clinical
NURS-F 578 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF FAMILIES-CLINICAL (5 cr.) Enables the F.N.P. student to
develop a practice base for clinical decision making in the assessment and management of health
care of families. The course includes identification of health needs, nursing interventions for the
prevention of illness, and health promotion. Minimum of 25 clinical hours/week.
NURS-H 351 ALTERATIONS IN NEURO-PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH (3 cr.) P: SPCH-S 121 and all
sophomore-level courses.C: NURS-H 352. This course focuses on individuals and small groups
experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychologicaldisorders.Content includes the effect of the
brain-body disturbances on health functioning. Other content areas are growth and development,
stress,mental status,nurse-client relationships, psychopharmacology,and nursing approaches for
clients experiencing DSM-IV neuropsychologicaldisorders. I, II
NURS-H 352 ALTERATIONS IN NEURO-PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH: THE PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C:
NURS-H 351. Students provide nursing care to individuals and small groups who are experiencing
acute and chronic neuropsychologicaldisturbances related to psychiatric disorders. Student
experiences are with individuals and small groups in supervised settings such as acute care,
community-based, transitional, and/orthe home. I, II
NURS-H 353 ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH I (3 cr.) P: SPCH-S 121 and all sophomore-level courses.C:
NURS-H 354. This course focuses on the pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of
clients experiencing acute and chronic problems. Students use critical thinking and problem-solving
skills to plan interventions appropriate to health care needs. I, II
NURS-H 354 ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH I: THE PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-H 353. Students apply
the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent,dependent,and interdependent
care functions.Students engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health
functioning, identify health care needs, and determine the effectiveness of interventions,given
expected care outcomes. I, II
NURS-H 355 DATA ANALYSIS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE AND HEALTH CARE RESEARCH (3 cr.) P:
MATH-M 107 or R.N. license. This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to
the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health care practice.
Principles of measurement, data summarization and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined.
Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted
are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real world
situations in health care. II, S
NURS-H 361 ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH II (3 cr.) P: NURS-H 353, NURS-H 354, all sophomore-level
courses.C: NURS-H 362. This course builds on NURS-H 353 Alterations in Health I and continues
to focus on pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of the as sociate needs ofclients
experiencing acute and chronic health problems. I, II
NURS-H 362 ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH II: THE PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-H 361. Students
continue to apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent,dependent, and
interdependent care functions.Students engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations
in health functioning. I, II
NURS-H 363 THE DEVELOPING FAMILY AND CHILD (4 cr.) P: NURS-H 351, NURS-H 352, NURS-H
353, NURS-H 354, all sophomore-level courses.C: NURS-H 364, NURS-H 361. This course
focuses on the needs of individuals and their families who are facing the phenomena of growth and
development during the childbearing and child raising phases of family development. Factors
dealing with preserving, promoting, and restoring health status offamily members are emphasized.
NURS-H 364 THE DEVELOPING FAMILY AND CHILD: THE PRACTICUM (2-3 cr.) C: NURS-H 363,
NURS-H 362. Students have the opportunity to work with child bearing and child raising families,
including those experiencing alterations in health. I, II
NURS-H365 NURSING RESEARCH (3 cr.) P: NURS-H 353, NURS-H 354, and statistics (MATH-K 300,
NURS-H 355, PSY-P 354, or SOC-S 351, or equivalent). This course focuses on development of
students’skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine
the usefulness ofresearch in clinical decisions related to practice. The critique of nursing and
nursing-related research studies is emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice. I, II, S
NURS-J 360 OPERATING ROOM NURSING (Nursing Elective) (1-6 cr.) P: Sophomore-year courses,or
consent of the instructor. The course is designed to provide further opportunities for students to
meet objectives of the Indiana University School of Nursing. Learning opportunities are available so
students can increase knowledge about,and add to their ability to, provide nursing care for patients
undergoing the stress ofsurgery.
NURS-K 192 TOPICS IN NURSING (0.5-3 CR.) Topics and seminars covering current nursing subjects
including pharmacology, informatics, leadership, clinical updates and skills. Topics and credit hours
vary. May be repeated for credit if topic differs. S/F graded. I, II
NURS-K 300 TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH CARE (3 cr.) This course allows students to explore how culture
affects health care decision making and how the health care systemintegrates culture in its delivery
NURS-K 301 THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH (3 cr.) This survey course is
designed to introduce the student to non-mainstream health care therapies. Students critically
examine and explore the origins and practice of each therapy.The course serves as an introduction
to a variety of therapies, including healing touch,guided imagery, hypnosis,acupuncture,aroma
therapy, reflexology, and massage, to name a few.
NURS-K 302 GERIATRIC PHARMACOLOGY (2 cr.) This course examines numerous factors (e.g., poly-
pharmacy, drug-to-drug interactions, developmental issues)that impact absorption,distribution,
metabolism, and elimination of pharmaco-therapeutic agents in elderly persons.Students are
challenged to develop primary and secondary strategies to detect and resolve problems associated
with use of these agents.
NURS-K 401 INTEGRATIVE HEALTH (3 cr.) Blending the traditional and nontraditional integrative health.
This course focuses on the integration of complementary health care with the traditional western
medicine approach to disease and illness. Complementary therapies are critically examined in light
of their ability to alleviate pain and suffering and improve quality of life in a variety of disease and
NURS-K 421 AMERICAN HEALTH CARE: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (2-3 cr.) P: Junior-level
courses completed. This course provides students fromthe United States with a change to live and
study in Northern Ireland and provides students from the United Kingdom with a similar experience.
This exchange enhances the students’awareness of the cultural, economic, and political factors in
determining the health/illness perspective of a nation. It aims to enable students to develop a wider,
more global perspective on the key concepts of personaland societal health issues.
NURS-K 486 TRANSFORMING NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTS (Nursing elective) (3 cr.) This upper-
division elective assists each student establish a connection between changes in social, political, and
economic conditions to their lived experience. Health care policies/practices founded on patriarchal
values and models are critiqued. Students are challenged to transform traditional health care
organization into systems characterized by power-sharing, consensus-building,self-governance, and
NURS-K 490 CLINICAL NURSING ELECTIVE (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor.S/F grading only. Planned
and supervised clinical experiences in an area of concentration.
NURS-K 492 NURSING ELECTIVE (0.5-6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor.Opportunity for the student to pursue
study in an area of interest.
NURS-N 502 THEORY I (3 cr.) Focus is on evaluating the factors and issues influencing the development of
theory in nursing. Theoretical terminology and criteria for the evaluation of theories are examined.
Linkages applied between theory,practice, and research are explored.
NURS-N 504 LEADERSHIP FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (3 cr.) Course addresses core
competencies as leadership, role, health care economics, policy, and the law and ethics that are
essentialto all advanced nursing practice roles and health care in complex systems.
NURS-N 500 NURSING RESEARCH METHODS I (3 cr.) This course provides a survey of research in
NURS-N 590 DIRECTED NURSING STUDY (3 cr.) P: NURS-R 500. A guided experience in identifying a
researchable nursing problem and in developing and implementing a research proposal.
NURS-S 470 RESTORATIVE HEALTH RELATED TO MULTI-SYSTEM FAILURES (3 cr.) P: All
junior-level courses.C: NURS-S 471. This course focuses on the pathophysiology and nursing care
management of clients experiencing multi-symptom alterations in health status. Correlations among
complex systemalterations and nursing interventions to maximize health potential are emphasized.
NURS-S 471 RESTORATIVE HEALTH RELATED TO MULTI-SYSTEM FAILURES: THE
PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-S 470. The students apply the nursing process to the care of clients
experiencing acute multi-system alterations in health. I, II
NURS-S472 A MULTI-SYSTEM APPROACH TO THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY (3 cr.) P: All
junior-level courses.C: NURS-S 473. This course focuses on the complexity and diversity of groups
for aggregates within communities and their corresponding health care needs.Through a community
assessment ofhealth trends,demographics, epidemiological data, and social/political issues in local
and global communities, the student can determine effective interventions for community-centered
care. I, II
NURS-S 473 A MULTI-SYSTEM APPROACH TO THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY: THE
PRACTICUM (2 cr.) C: NURS-S 472. Students have the opportunity to apply the concepts of
community assessment,program planning, prevention, and epidemiology to implement and evaluate
interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates.Professional nursing is practiced
in collaboration with diverse groups within a community. I, II
NURS-S 481 NURSING MANAGEMENT (2 cr.) P: All first semester senior-level courses including PHIL-P
393 and all general education requirements except for one 3 credit houropen elective. C: NURS-S
482. This course focuses on the development of management skills assumed by professional nurses,
including delegation of responsibilities, networking and facilitation of groups,conflict resolution,
leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational
structure,change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource
allocation, and delivery systems.I, II
NURS-S 482 NURSING MANAGEMENT: THE PRACTICUM (3 cr.) C: NURS-S 481. Students have the
opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles. I, II
NURS-S 483 CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE CAPSTONE (3 cr.) P: All first semester senior-level courses
including PHIL-P 393 and all general education requirements except for one 3 credit hour open
elective. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program
outcomes and to refine their nursing care practice skills. Students collaborate with faculty and a
preceptor in choosing a care setting,planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing
professional nursing in a safe and effective manner. I, II
NURS-S 484 RESEARCH UTILIZATION SEMINAR (1-2 cr.) C: NURS-S 483. This course focuses on
students’abilities to refine their critical/analytical skills in evaluating clinical research for
applicability to nursing practice. Students examine the role of evaluation, action research, and
research findings in assuring quality of nursing care and in solving relevant problems arising from
clinical practices. I, II, S
NURS-S 485 PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND EMPOWERMENT (3 cr.) P: All junior-level courses.This
course focuses on issues related to professionalpractice, career planning, personal goal setting,and
empowerment of self and others. Students discuss factors related to job performance, performance
expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to life-long learning. I, II
NURS-W 221 NATIVE USE OF HERBS (1 cr.) A field experience course on native uses of herbs with required
readings and hands-on work with plants.
NURS-W 402 SEMINAR: WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE (3 cr.) (Variable title.) This course focuses on
issues and controversies in the new scholarship on women. Recently taught as Women as Agents of
Change with an emphasis placed on theories of change and women’s role in creating change in
NURS-Y 515 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (4 cr.) Provides advanced knowledge of pathophysiology as the
foundation for nursing management in the health care of adults.
NURS-Y 535 DYNAMICS OF FAMILY HEALTH CARE (3 cr.) Provides students with opportunities to study
families within the community context. Consideration is given to theories of family functioning and
roles in family health care, nursing family assessment tools and other nursing intervention strategies.
NURS-Y 612 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS (3 cr.) This course provides a basis for
understanding the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents for clients across the life span.The course
builds upon the pharmacologic knowledge base acquired at the baccalaureate level in nursing.
NURS-Z 480 PORTFOLIO REVIEW COURSE SUBSTITUTION (1-6 cr.) The portfolio review process is
available to all students who believe that they can meet the learning objectives/competencies
required of a specific nursing course within their course of study.
NURS-Z 490 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN NURSING (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. S/F grading only.
Planned and supervised clinical experiences in the area of the student’s major interest.
NURS-Z 492 INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN NURSING (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor.Opportunity for the nurse
to pursue independent study oftopics in nursing under the guidance of a selected faculty member.