Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

NURS 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 311 -  Introduction to Health Care Informatics  

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from information science and computer science to the health care field. Emphasis will be on developing a basic understanding of how automation is used to manage information in healthcare. Topics covered include types of information systems used in healthcare, how to select and implement information systems, current developments in healthcare information systems, issues surrounding computers in health care. In this course the focus is on the computer as a tool for helping healthcare providers do their work.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Nursing.

NURS 312 -  Nursing in Transition  

Nursing 312 examines professional role socialization from a historic, contemporary, and futuristic view. It enables the student to develop communication and technology skills necessary for success in a collegiate nursing program.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 322 -  The Teaching-Learning Process in Nursing  

This course is designed for the registered nurse who desires greater knowledge and skill in assisting individuals, families, and groups to acquire health-related knowledge, skills, and values. The course provides opportunities from a conceptual and practical perspective to explore the dynamics that contribute to effective health education. Emphasis will be placed upon developing the nurses' abilities, confidence, and self-image as teachers.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 327 -  Group Process for Nursing  

Provides opportunities to develop leadership skills with groups for the purposes of maintaining, regaining or improving their levels of wellness. The focus is on the group as a system. Combined conceptual knowledge and practical skills needed to work effectively with health-related groups will be taught (3 credits theory)

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 331 -  Evidence Based Health Assessment and Promotion  

This course emphasizes the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease in clients across the life span. This course reinforces the processes of health assessment: interviewing, history-taking, and physical assessment. Dominant models, theories and perspectives are used to explain health behaviors in relation to evidence-based health promotion and health education strategies. Students are expected to correlate health assessment and promotion with current evidence. This course includes assignments with computer simulated standardized patients. Incorporated throughout the course is the importance of communication and collaboration across culturally diverse populations.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 395 -  Workshop  

All academic departments list this workshop course.  Please contact the individual department for more information. A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 406 -  Politics and Policy Nursing  

This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of health policy as it relates to professional nursing practice. Students will explore health care policy and the policy-making process at various levels of government, research the impact of special interest groups on policy, and learn effective strategies to interact with legislators as citizen lobbyists and/or members of professional nursing organizations.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring & Summer Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Nursing.

NURS 408 -  Delivery of Nursing Care in a Managed Care Environment/Clinical  

This course prepares students to understand managed health care delivery systems and their impact of delivery and practice patterns with emphasis on the delivery of nursing care.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 422 -  Nursing Research  

This course examines in-depth the role of research in the development and refinement of the nursing process and its relationship and contribution to the development of nursing science. The student becomes a more critical consumer of nursing research by developing beginning understanding of the principles associated with each major step of the research process and applying these to a group research exercise. Students conduct a computer-assisted search of the literature as well as to apply the concepts derived from beginning statistics.

Prerequisites: NURS 311D and NURS 312D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 426 -  Community and Public Health Nursing  

In this course the focus is on the community as the client. Theories, models, and concepts from community and public health nursing are examined. A course project, the Community Assessment, provides students the opportunity to complete and analyze a community assessment.

Prerequisites: NURS 311D and NURS 312D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 429 -  Financial Management for Nursing Case Managers  

This course provides students with content related to current issues, tools (i.e. Excel spreadsheet), and regulation necessary to function as a nursing case manager.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 430 -  Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems  

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of concepts and processes of leadership theory and practice in nursing and healthcare systems. Students successfully completing this course will be able to identify the personal and situational factors affecting leadership performance and adapt their behavior to become more effective leaders.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Summer Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 432 -  Practice Experience for Leadership and Management in Nursing  

As a practice experience, the student will apply concepts gleaned from previous courses and NURS 431 to enhance professional nursing practice. Nursing leadership and management theories will be applied within the practice environment by emphasizing planning, delivering, managing, and evaluating cost-effective quality care. This is a practice experience that requires completion of all 300 core nursing courses (NURS 311, 312, 327, 331) as prerequisites and NURS 431 as a co-requisite course.

Prerequisites: NURS 311C and NURS 312C and NURS 327C and NURS 331C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Corequisite(s): NURS 431

Credits: 1

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Senior 1 or Senior 2.
Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Nursing.

NURS 433 -  Innovative Technology for Healthy Communities  

This course focuses on consumer health informatics and technology which explores how innovative technology can be used to improve individuals' health within various community settings. Topics include the mode of delivery of consumer health information such as Internet-based technology; shared access to individuals' private health information; quality of consumer health information via social media; and health and information literacy seeking behavior. Finally, various types of innovative technology used within the home environment or within a healthcare setting to support consumers within a home environment will be explored.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 434 -  Leadership and Management in Nursing with Practice Experience  

This course focuses on the theory for leadership and management roles, leadership theories, and the ethical decision-making process in the delivery of health care to diverse populations. The student will apply concepts from this course and gleaned from previous courses to enhance professional nursing practice in both the theoretical realm and the practice environment. Nursing leadership and management practices will be analyzed with an emphasis on planning, delivering, and evaluating cost-effective quality care. This is a course that requires completion of all 300 level core nursing courses (NURS 311, 312, 327, 331) as prerequisites.

Prerequisites: NURS 311C and NURS 312C and NURS 327C and NURS 331C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Senior 1 or Senior 2.
Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Nursing.

NURS 440 -  Nursing Case Management in Today's Healthcare Environment  

This course is designed to prepare students to understand the case management responsibilities which include planning, coordinating, and managing care of consumers within a health care system. Students will learn to use evidence-based pathways in making decisions, planning care and finding the best ways to deliver safe, quality and culturally appropriate care and controlling increasing health care costs. Identify innovative technologies to measure case management effectiveness and outcomes.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing.

NURS 450 -  Health Care Informatics Internship  

Provides opportunity to apply theory and develop competencies in health care informatics through a work-related experience in an appropriate health related enterprise.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 451 -  Internship in Correctional Nursing  

Provides opportunity to apply theory and develop competencies in correctional nursing through a work-related experience in an appropriate correctional institution.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 490 -  Independent Study  

Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings.Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.

NURS 498 -  Selected Topics  

Elective nursing courses whose purpose is to deepen or broaden the student's perspective on aspects of professional nursing practice. Each course includes an exploration of nursing roles and nursing research related to such topics as: Trends in Nursing Care of Children, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, Nursing and Contemporary Women's Health Issues. A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Nursing or Program PA School Nurse Certif.