Nursing

Professor Paulette Thabault (Director);

Associate Professors Kate Healy and Llynne Kiernan; Assistant Professors Lyndsey Gates; Lecturers Sarah Manacek, Corey Bennett, Jamie Maxham-Robillard, and Elizabeth VanHorn. Assistant Director of Simulation and Assessment Kevin Scott; Clinical Placement Coordinator and Advisor for Special Programs Charity Cerminara.

The School of Nursing offers a program, accelerated, and RN-BS programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The traditional four-year and accelerated programs lead to eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Traditional Program

The first year of the Nursing program is dedicated to courses in the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences and two foundation courses in Nursing. The clinical experience begins in the Fall semester of the sophomore year and continues through the remainder of the program. By graduation, students will have practiced in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community/home health agencies, schools and clinics. Well equipped, modern, simulation laboratories provide on-campus learning labs for skill acquisition and health assessment practice. Morning, evening, and weekend hours are utilized for the clinical experience.

Accelerated Program

The School of Nursing also offers an accelerated program for students with a previous degree and who have met the accelerated track pre-requisites. Students in this track begin in the summer prior to the junior level courses and join the junior cohort in the fall.  Students in this track begin in the summer and complete the Nursing Program in five consecutive semesters, including summer ending the following December.

Traditional and Accelerated Programs

Students will take a pre-NCLEX exam during senior-level Nursing courses to determine readiness for NCLEX exams. Students are required to purchase student uniforms. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical agencies. Nursing majors must have current “American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals” certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) upon entering the sophomore year and through all subsequent nursing courses. All immunizations must be up to date including an annual Flu immunization and a tuberculosis skin test done annually.

RN-BS

The Register Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN-BS) is for students with an associate degree in nursing. This program is entirely online and allows the students flexibility to complete courses at their own pace.

The RN-BS program is for currently licensed nurses, so they do not take any pre-license exams. Also, the curriculum is different for the purpose of enhancing the nurse’s current skill set. This program is entirely online, and does not involve in person clinical experiences, meaning the students do not need to complete the above clinical requirements.

Goals
  • Integrate knowledge derived from nursing science, health-related sciences, and humanities when designing and providing patient-centered care.
  • Provide patient-centered care in which the dignity, spirituality, and rights of the individual family and community are respected.
  • Promote the profession’s obligation to legal, ethical and moral standards.
  • Lead, based on the values of commitment, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Employ informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Communicate effectively in a manner that fosters respectful and collaborative decision making, thus enhancing patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  • Integrate political awareness, critical thinking, social justice and participation in the policy process with professional role behavior.
  • Use the best current evidence coupled with clinical reasoning to minimize risk and improve the quality and safety of patient care.
  • Value the pursuit of practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.

Outcomes
  • Ethical behavior and clinical reasoning, promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership in the patient care setting
  • Professional accountability for nursing practice with an emphasis on patient safety
  • Evidence-Based Practice skills with the ability to conduct basic research
  • Patient centeredness with emphasis on families and communities.
  • Connectedness, with strong peer advocacy in the workplace environment

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202)-887-6791. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is and approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing, Office of Professional Regulations, 89 Main Street 3rd Floor, Montpelier, VT 05520-2482, (802) 828-2396.

Philosophy

Nursing at Norwich University is grounded in the core essentials of baccalaureate education and predicated on the profession’s ideals to meet the needs of a complex, dynamic healthcare environment. Inherent in professional practice are the emerging trends in population health, patient care technology, and cultural diversity. The Faculty believes that through direct patient care and simulated clinical experience students will acquire the knowledge base to ensure optimum health outcomes for our patients, families and communities.

The Faculty further believes that teaching and learning evolves, through a seamless progression, in competency-based nursing practice. Graduates become proficient in patient-centered care with an emphasis on quality improvement methods and patient safety. The responsibility of the professional nurse is complex, requiring expertise in leadership, communication and teamwork.

Traditional Program Admission standards

In addition to the university General Admission Requirements, nursing applicants must:

  • Meet or exceed the SAT requirement of 1050 for Math and Reading combined
  • Complete 4 years of high school (HS) math including a minimum of two of the following: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry or Pre-calculus or Calculus.
  • Complete 3 years of HS science including Biology and Chemistry
  • College-level GPA must be at a minimum of 3.0
  • An applicant transferring from another nursing program must submit a letter of reference from the Chairperson/Dean of the transferring school prior to acceptance.  
  • Background screening is a requirement for admission and condition of both acceptance and progression in nursing
  • Students must also submit to an intermittent background screening as required by clinical agencies. A criminal record deemed to be of consequence or the habitual intemperate use or addiction to habit-forming substances precludes enrollment in the Program.

Accelerated Program Admission Standards

In addition to the university General Admission Requirements, nursing applicants must:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree or Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts & Sciences.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Courses in math, science, or psychology must be above a C+
  • It is preferred that all, or most, of the prerequisites are complete at the time of admission
RN-BS in Nursing Program Admission Standards:
  • An Associate degree in nursing from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • 46 credits of nursing equivalent courses (satisfied with an active, unencumbered RN license in the United States).
  • An active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in your U.S. state of practice.
  • Associate's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher

There is no SAT or ACT requirement due to an earned Associate’s degree. Up to 46 credits in Nursing are satisfied by the Nursing License. Additional credits may transfer to meet degree requirements.

Progression and Graduation

First Requirement:

  • Nursing students must earn a minimum grade of C+ in all nursing (NR) courses including theory and practicum courses. A nursing student who does not earn the required minimum C+ in a nursing course may repeat the course only once. A student must receive a grade of C+ or higher in the repeated nursing course to progress in the nursing program. If a student receives less than a C+ when repeating a nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. Failure to achieve the minimum required C+ in two nursing courses will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
  • Both the theory and clinical components of linked nursing courses must meet the grade requirement to progress in the nursing program. If the student does not achieve the minimum required C+ in one component, the student must retake both components for progression in the program.
  • Each grade in a linked course will be recorded individually as achieved. If a student does not achieve the minimum required C+ in both components of a linked course, this is considered two nursing course failures and the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.

** Linked nursing courses: NR 215/NR 215L; NR 316/NR 316L; NR 331/NR331L; NR 341/NR 341L; NR 416/416L; NR 421/NR 421L; and NR 431/NR 431L.

Second Requirement:

  • Nursing students must earn a minimum grade of C+ in all math and science courses: BI 215, BI 216, CH 101, CH 102, MA 232, Math 100 level or higher, BI 220.
  • Nursing and science courses must be taken in the order presented on the curriculum map in the appropriate catalog. Deviation requires approval from the School of Nursing.Students who earn below a C+ in science or math courses may choose to repeat a course at an institution other than Norwich. The student must have the course approved by the advisor in advance. When the transfer transcript arrives, the new grade will be used only for progression purposes.
  • Failure to achieve a grade of C+ on the second attempt of BI 215, BI 216, BI 220, CH 101, CH 102, MA 232, or Math 100 level or higher will result in dismissal from the program. These requirements apply to non-nursing major students seeking a transfer to the nursing program.
  • The C+ minimum requirement for math and science courses is effective for students admitted to the nursing program for University catalog year 2016-17 and thereafter.

Dismissal from School of Nursing

Criteria for dismissal from NUSON:

  • Failure to receive the required minimum of C+ in two nursing courses during enrollment in the nursing program.
  • Failure to achieve a minimum grade of C+ in any repeated nursing course.Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.Unsafe laboratory/clinical practice as determined by NUSON.
  • Violation of Professional Behavior Expectations.Violation of the ANA Code of Ethics and/or ANA Standards of Practice.Failure to achieve a C+ on the second attempt of BI 215, BI 216, BI 220, CH 101, CH 102, MA 232, or Math 100 level or higher.
  • A student who has not been active in nursing major courses for one semester without prior approval of advisor and Director of Nursing.

Dismissal from the nursing program DOES NOT mean the student is dismissed from Norwich University. Upon dismissal from the nursing program, the student will receive a letter from the Director stating the reason for the dismissal. After receipt of the letter, if the student wishes to remain at Norwich they must meet with their advisor and select a new major.

If a student wishes to challenge a progression issue or dismissal, they should follow the NU grievance procedure outlined in the catalog.

Clinical Warning/Suspension

When a student has acted or performed in an unsafe or inappropriate manner, at the discretion and judgment of the clinical instructor, they will be removed from the clinical setting. These situations include, but are not limited to, evidence of recent alcohol or substance use that could impair judgment, patient or agency request, inadequate preparation for assignment, inability to demonstrate technical competence in a skill (previously certified in the laboratory setting), inappropriate dress, illness that may be considered contagious or could impair student’s judgment, client endangerment, or violation of the ANA Nurses Code of Ethics.

See the School of Nursing B.S. in Nursing Student Handbook for further information.

Nursing (B.S.) – Curriculum Map 2020-2021 Catalog

New PlanGrids
Freshman
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
BI 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (General Education Lab Science) C+*4BI 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II C+*4
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3CH 101 Introduction to General Chemistry C+*4
NR 104 Focus on Nursing C+*3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
PY 211 Introduction to Psychology (General Education: Goal 5)3MA 232 Elementary Statistics (General Education Math) C+*3
General Education History3 NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion C+*3
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Sophomore
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
CH 102 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (General Education Lab Science) C+*4BI 220 Introductory Microbiology C+*4
NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan C+*3NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+*3
NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare C+*3NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+ *2
PY 220 Developmental Psychology3NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice C+*4
MA Elective C+*3 NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses C+*4
SO Elective3    
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 19Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Junior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice C+*3NR 321 Nursing Leadership (General Education Leadership) C+*3
NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 C+*3NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family C+*3
NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum C+ *3NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac C+ *2
General Education Ethics3 NR 341 Care of Children/Child Rearing C+*3
SO Elective3 NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing C+ *2
   General Education Literature3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Senior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
MG Elective3 NR 421 Coordinator of Care C+*3
NR 416 Care of the Adult II C+*4NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum C+ *4
NR 416L Care of Adult II C+ *4NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities C+*3
NR 420 Care at End of Life C+*2NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum C+ *2
General Education Arts & Humanities3 NR 441 Nursing Capstone (General Education: Goal 7) C+*4
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
TOTAL CREDITS FOR THIS MAJOR: 132

Nursing Accelerated (B.S.) – Curriculum Map 2020-2021 Catalog

Prerequisites required for the Accelerated Nursing BSN are listed below. 

  • Earned Bachelor's degree or Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts & Sciences (AA&S) are required.
  • The 21 Elective credits are accepted in transfer from one of the transfer degrees listed above. These 21 credits equate to all remaining General Education requirements not listed below. 
  • Biology, Chemistry and Math courses must have been completed within five years from the year admitted to the major
BI 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I C+4
BI 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II C+4
BI 220Introductory Microbiology C+4
CH 101Introduction to General Chemistry (General Education Lab Science) C+4
CH 102Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (General Education Lab Science) C+4
MA 232Elementary Statistics (General Education Math) C+3
PY 220Developmental Psychology C+3
SO Elective C+3
Electives21
Total Credits (includes 82 cr. below)
Total Cr.132

Accelerated Nursing Major Requirements

New PlanGrids
First Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 104 Focus on Nursing C+*3   
NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion C+*3   
NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan C+*3   
NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice C+*4   
NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses C+*4   
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 17Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.:
Second Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice C+*3NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+*3
NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare C+*3NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+*2
NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 C+*3NR 321 Nursing Leadership (General Education Leadership) C+*3
NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum C+*3NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family C+*3
General Education Ethics3 NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac C+*2
   NR 341 Care of Children/Child Rearing C+*3
   NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing C+*2
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 15Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.: 18
Third Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 416 Care of the Adult II C+*4NR 421 Coordinator of Care C+*3
NR 416L Care of Adult II C+*4NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum C+*4
NR 420 Care at End of Life C+*2NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities C+*3
MG Elective3 NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum C+*2
SO Elective3 NR 441 Nursing Capstone (General Education Capstone) C+*4
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 16Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.: 16
TOTAL CREDITS FOR THIS MAJOR: 82

RN-BS Curriculum Requirements

Foundational Courses, 26 credits

 BI 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology IBI 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology IIBI 220 Introductory MicrobiologyCH 101 Introduction to General ChemistryCH 102 Introduction to Organic and BiochemistryMA 232 Elementary StatisticsPY 220 Developmental Psychology

RN-BS Curriculum, 33 credits

 COMM 301 Business & ProfessionalWritingNR 105 Nutrition and Health PromotionNR 232 Technology and Informatics in HealthcareNR 225 Research For Evidence-Based PracticeNR 321 Nursing LeadershipNR 365 Pathopharmacology for NursesNR 431 Promoting Health in CommunitiesNR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical PracticumNR 441 Nursing CapstoneNR 420 Care at End of LifePHLS 210 Ethics in the Modern World

An additional 46 credits in Nursing, of which can be transferred from previous Nursing coursework.

Courses

NR 104 Focus on Nursing 3 Cr.

This survey course introduces the profession of nursing and offers insight into career options, roles and opportunities open to the baccalaureate nurse. This course encourages the student to think broadly about nursing while it provides an introduction to the foundations of the profession. Prerequisite: Nursing major.

NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion 3 Cr.

This course focuses on the use of basic concepts from nursing, nutrition, integrative therapies and biophysical sciences, as well as Healthy People 2020 to explore the determinates of health, wellness, and illness of individuals. Environmental, and sociocultural economic and lifestyle factors that influence health will be discussed. This course provides the beginning foundation for an understanding of the relationship of nutrition to physiological and pathophysiological functions. Evaluation of health information as relevant and reliable will be incorporated as a foundation for health promotion. Prerequisite: Grade of C+ or higher NR 104, BI 215; Nursing Major.

NR 188 No Norwich Equivalent 1-6 Cr.

NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Cr.

Students study age specific approaches to assessment of human health. Focusing on evaluation of health and function of individuals, students acquire knowledge of health assessment and promotion in relation to comprehensive nursing care. The concepts are presented within the context of human growth and development, culture, and environment. Students learn to perform a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the patient including: systematic collection, analysis, and synthesis of health data from patients and secondary sources. Successful students will demonstrate a physical examination on a laboratory partner at the end of the course. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in BI 215, BI 216, NR 105, CH 101, MA 232; Nursing major.

NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems 3 Cr.

In this course students are introduced to current theory and research about contemporary practices in mental health nursing. Students develop their use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holistic approach to assessment and care of persons with psychological issues and selected psychiatric disorders and conditions. Students will provide care to patients with mental health and social health problems and their families as part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in CH 102, NR 206, NR 232; PY 220; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 215L.

NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems 2 Cr.

This immersion course teaches students how to apply current theory and research about contemporary practices in care of patients with mental health and social health problems. Students demonstrate the use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holistic approach to assessment and care of persons with psychological issues and selected psychiatric disorders and conditions. Students will provide care to patients with mental health and social health problems and their families as part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisites: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 215.

NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice 4 Cr.

Simulation for Nursing Practice 4 Cr. Students learn fundamental cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral practices of professional nursing. Essential nursing skills, process, and diagnoses are addressed through concept based learning. Simulations foster critical thinking about patients, families, and related nursing interventions that promote beginning competence prior to entering acute care facilities. 3 lecture hours and 2 hours of lab. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in MA 232, NR 206, NR 232, CH 102; PY 220: Nursing major.

NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice 3 Cr.

This course introduces the student to the principles, methods, and process of research for evidence-based practice. Content includes how research contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves nursing practice, supports design of nursing systems, and enhances education and professional accountability. Students will participate in appropriate data collection and other research activities while evaluating the ethical legal issues applied to research. The successful student will learn to integrate reliable evidence from multiple ways of knowing to better inform their practice and make clinical judgments. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 215, NR 215L, NR 217, NR 365; Nursing major.

NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare 3 Cr.

This course stresses the ethical and legal issues, including privacy and security, related to electronic systems in healthcare. It is designed to provide students with an introduction to and an initial experience of accessing information from a variety of sources, including information systems and technologies as the foundation for evidence-based practice, clinical-decision support tools, the electronic health record (EHR) and quality improvement systems. While Nursing Informatics is a highly specialized field, this course provides foundational informatics competencies that all practicing nurses and graduating nursing students should possess to meet the standards of providing safe, quality, and competent care. Prerequisite: Grade of C+ of higher in NR 105; Nursing Major.

NR 288 No Norwich Equivalent 1-6 Cr.

NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 3 Cr.

In this course students integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Focus is on the musculoskeletal, endocrine, immune, integumentary, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 215, NR 215L, NR 217; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 316L.

NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum 3 Cr.

This course asks students to apply knowledge of the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client through clinical experiences at external agencies. Acquisition of communication and psychomotor skills is critical to providing nursing care. Prerequisites: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 316.

NR 321 Nursing Leadership 3 Cr.

In this course students focus on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in healthcare environments. The course is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion personal perspectives on how to lead professionally. Analyzing trends and issues in the current healthcare system has implications for exercising leadership and will help students determine the way they can make a difference. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 316, NR 316L, NR 225; Nursing major.

NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family 3 Cr.

In this course students are introduced to current evidence based knowledge, theory and skills of the practice of maternal/newborn and women’s health nursing building on knowledge from preceding courses in the social and physical sciences, and nursing courses, to help the student further develop the professional role behavior. Covered topics may include health promotion, disease prevention, genetics, social justice, issues of access and gender in healthcare. The continuity of care delivery from practitioner’s office to hospital to home is stressed enabling the emerging clinician to see the interdisciplinary team at work in the care of women and childbearing families. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 316, NR 316L, NR 225; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 331L.

NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac 2 Cr.

In the clinical practicum of Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families students apply current knowledge, research and skills in contemporary practice of maternal/newborn and women’s health nursing to the care of selected clients. Client selection will be based on availability and will include newborns, postpartal mothers, antepartal mothers and families, and intrapartal mothers and families. The emphasis will be on safe, evidence based care for this vulnerable patient population. Prerequisites: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 331.

NR 341 Care of Children/Child Rearing 3 Cr.

In this course students focus on the nursing care of children, adolescents and families dealing with health and developmental challenges of childhood and explore health promotion needs of childrearing families. This course employs a developmental perspective through which major causes of morbidity and mortality are examined while it challenges students to develop critical and creative reasoning skills and utilize empathetically appropriate communication skills as the basis for care. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 316, NR 316L, NR 225; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 341L.

NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing 2 Cr.

In this course students apply knowledge of the causes of childhood and adolescent illness in context with the relevant developmental challenges specific to the patient. Health promotion needs of the child and family in illness are stressed. Critical thinking and empathetically appropriate communication serve as the context for care. Prerequisites: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 341.

NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses 4 Cr.

This course builds upon the student’s prerequisite biological/chemical science courses. Students begin a comprehensive study of human pathophysiology and the application of pharmacotherapies commonly encountered with each of these disease processes. Epidemiology, disease state presentation with common clinical evaluations, mortality and morbidity will be addressed. At the conclusion, students demonstrate cumulative knowledge of the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic processes utilized in the care of and promotion of health and wellness across the lifespan. Evidence based practice for use, cost, ease of administration, compliance and efficacy will be discussed. Prerequisites: grade of C+ or higher in CH 102, NR 206, BI 216, MA 232; Nursing Major.

NR 388 No Norwich Equivalent 1-6 Cr.

NR 416 Care of the Adult II 4 Cr.

In this course students are required to integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Focus is on the neurological system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, hematology and oncology. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client. 4 lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 321, NR 331, NR 331L, NR 341, NR 341L; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 416L.

NR 416L Care of Adult II 4 Cr.

In this course students apply knowledge of the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client through clinical experiences at external agencies. Acquisition of communication and psychomotor skills is critical to providing nursing care. Prerequisite: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 416.

NR 420 Care at End of Life 2 Cr.

In this course students will study current theory and research about contemporary practices caring for clients and their families at the end of life. It teaches students effective interaction skills with clients, families and health care providers. Throughout the course, students develop their use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holistic approach to assessment and care of persons with a variety of life-limiting illnesses/diseases. Interventions will be discussed regarding the physical care as well as psychological, social, cultural and spiritual care of clients and their families as they face life’s final journey. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 321, NR 331, NR 331L, NR 341, NR 341L; Nursing major.

NR 421 Coordinator of Care 3 Cr.

In this course students integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing in the context of uncertain and complex clinical environments. Students will use previous medical surgical nursing knowledge and builds skill sets as they prepare to enter the nursing professions as a new graduate nurse. Students will work one on one with an agency preceptor in a specialty of interest. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in NR 416, NR 416L, NR 420; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 421L.

NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum 4 Cr.

In this final undergraduate clinical practicum, students demonstrate achievement of knowledge and skills in nursing practice as they enter into professional practice. Clinical experience includes practice under the guidance of an agency preceptor. Students integrate knowledge and skills from the humanities and basic, behavioral, social leadership and nursing sciences in developing the professional role in selected adult and pediatric health environments. Learning experiences allow students to gain confidence; practice critical thinking, leadership and ethical decision making in clinical situations. 168 hours clinical. Prerequisite: Nursing major. Corequisite NR 421.

NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities 3 Cr.

In this course students learn current theory and research about contemporary practices in community/public health nursing. In population-focused nursing, the group, aggregate, community, or population is the unit of care. Epidemiologic studies have shown that lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors are major determinants of population health. Students will work collaboratively with community agencies to address population-focused health issues. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 416, NR 416L, NR 420; Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 431L.

NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum 2 Cr.

In this course, students will apply concepts of community/public health in providing population-focused care to groups, aggregates, and communities. Clinical experiences are coordinated in a variety of settings and require students to engage with individual agencies and in collaboration with community partners in addressing community/public health issues. Students are encouraged to clarify their own beliefs and values in order to provide nonjudgmental nursing care. Prerequisites: Nursing major. Corequisite: NR 431.

NR 441 Nursing Capstone 4 Cr.

In this course the student begins to transition to the role of graduate nurse and explores issues relevant to contemporary nursing practice including the ethics and regulation of practice. Local, state, national and international policies and initiatives and their influence on health of populations are examined. Students create and implement an approved capstone leadership project which is undertaken with guidance of faculty and clinical partners and reflects integration of all elements of the BSN curriculum. Classroom 2 hours; seminar leadership project 2 hours. Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or higher in NR 416, NR 416L, NR 420; Nursing major.

NR 488 No Norwich Equivalent 1-6 Cr.