Nursing Courses

Health Science

HSC 112: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. This course focuses on the promotion of health and wellness across the lifespan from the perspective of both the individual and the family. Contextual factors will be examined through the lenses of self, family, provider, governmental and societal responsibility to explore the relationship between individual, community and global health. Students will assess their own health-promoting behaviors and identify their own health risks. Current evidence will be explored and critically examined to identify influences on health and well being. (UG)

HSC 221: Issues in Women's Health (3)

Cross-listed as NUR 221. This elective course is designed to provide students with an overview of topics impacting women's health in contemporary society. The course focuses on controversial issues related to women's health and investigates the roles that women play as health care consumers and as health care providers. The course is designed for students from multiple areas of study. These students will explore specific health care problems impacting upon women and will analyze contextual factors that affect the delivery of health care to women. Prerequisite: CMP 101; Lecture, 3 hours. Offered as Needed (UG)

HSC 232: Learning Through Service (3)

Fulfills core competency: Civic Responsibility. Fulfills Service Learning requirement. Cross-listed as PHI/REL 232 (HSC listing limited to majors in the Health Professions). Learning experience through participation as a volunteer for approximately four hours per week in a community-based agency within the area. Students will also be expected to keep a journal account of their experiences and attend class every other week for about an hour to process with others what is being learned. The focus of the course is to help students gain an appreciation that being of service to others is a way of learning and a way of growing as a person. Offered As Needed. (UG)

HSC 233: Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3)

Cross-listed as NUR 233. Grounded in a holistic framework, this course focuses on general concepts of herbs, drugs, supplements and nutrition in relation to the well being of self and the client. This course develops a basic comprehension of nutrition emphasizing the role of phyto-nutrients as well as toxic ingredients in our food. The impact of culture, spirituality, and biological factors, as well as psychosocial, economic, and ethical considerations, is discussed in relation to improving and maintaining health in self and client. Relevant and current evidence-based research is included. The notion of food, herbs, and supplements as pharmacy is explored throughout. The newest information on drug/herb interactions, Joint Commission requirements for herbal products, new FDA labeling guidelines, and how to select a quality herbal or supplemental product are addressed. This course fosters understanding and strategies for promoting specific herbs and supplements for individuals attempting to maintain health and coping with pathology. Health promotion (learning to make healthy choices in our toxic environment, healthy sleep habits) and maintenance are stressed. Concepts related to family therapy, consumerism, and advocacy are addressed. Students learn such strategies for improving self and client health as risk assessment, stress management, nutritional counseling, and health teaching. Offered as Needed. Lecture: 3 hours (UG)

HSC 340: Foundations of Palliative Care for the Health Care Professional (1)

This course is designed to introduce the health care profession student to concepts relating to palliative care. Contextual factors impacting views of death, the history of the palliative care movement, policy factors relating to palliative care, and future directions for palliative care will be addressed. This course is meant to serve as an introduction to the field of palliative care and to sensitize the health care student to macro and micro factors impacting upon end of life care. Open to students in the following majors who have earned a minimum grade of C in a 300 level course in the major: Health Care Studies; Nursing; Physical Therapy; Physician Assistant; Social Work. Offered Summers. (UG)

HSC 400: Current Issues in Health Systems Management (3)

Cross-listed as HSM 400. This course reviews social, demographic, and sociopsychological factors in the initiation, maintenance and adaptation of health related behaviors. Studies behavioral change strategies for primary and secondary prevention of disease from a health policy perspective. Also focuses on issues of compliance with health regimens. Prerequisite: Senior status. Offered As Needed. (UG)

Nursing

NUR 221: Issues in Women's Health (3)

Cross-listed as HSC 221. This elective course is designed to provide students with an overview of topics impacting women's health in contemporary society. The course focuses on controversial issues related to women's health and investigates the roles that women play as health care consumers and as health care providers. The course is designed for students from multiple areas of study. These students will explore specific health care problems impacting upon women and will analyze contextual factors that affect the delivery of health care to women. Prerequisite: CMP 101; Lecture, 3 hours. Offered as Needed (UG)

NUR 222: Healing, Holism and Spirituality in Health Care (3)

Fulfills core competency: Affective Awareness. Cross-listed as PHI 222. This three (3) credit course is a truly inter-disciplinary, inter-divisional course team-taught by a faculty member of the nursing department and a faculty member of the humanities. The course is designed to explore the meaning and mutual inter-connectedness of healing, holism, spirituality and care. Students will investigate the role of spirituality in their own personal lives, the power of healing and care both in medicine and everyday experience. Complementary therapeutic modalities such as prayer, therapeutic touch, meditation, friendship, etc. will be explored. There will be special focus on matters relating to the living-dying continuum exploring end-of-life matters), the inter-relatedness of the universe, and the implications of certain cultural differences, especially those in eastern cultures. Assignments for the course, including journal assignments and a hospice experience, are designed to stimulate personal as well as professional growth. Assigned readings, faculty presentations, and class discussions are intended to encourage student self-reflection, as well as a shared learning experience. Lecture/seminar, 3 hours. Offered each year (Fall) (UG)

NUR 232: Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3)

Cross-listed as HSC 232. Grounded in a holistic framework, this course focuses on general concepts of herbs, drugs, supplements and nutrition in relation to the well being of self and the client. This course develops a basic comprehension of nutrition emphasizing the role of phyto-nutrients as well as toxic ingredients in our food. The impact of culture, spirituality, and biological factors, as well as psychosocial, economic, and ethical considerations, is discussed in relation to improving and maintaining health in self and client. Relevant and current evidence-based research is included. The notion of food, herbs, and supplements as pharmacy is explored throughout. The newest information on drug/herb interactions, Joint Commission requirements for herbal products, new FDA labeling guidelines, and how to select a quality herbal or supplemental product are addressed. This course fosters understanding and strategies for promoting specific herbs and supplements for individuals attempting to maintain health and coping with pathology. Health promotion (learning to make healthy choices in our toxic environment, healthy sleep habits) and maintenance are stressed. Concepts related to family therapy, consumerism, and advocacy are addressed. Students learn such strategies for improving self and client health as risk assessment, stress management, nutritional counseling, and health teaching. Offered as Needed. Lecture: 3 hours (UG)

NUR 233: Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3)

Cross-listed as HSC 233. Grounded in a holistic framework, this course focuses on general concepts of herbs, drugs, supplements and nutrition in relation to the well being of self and the client. This course develops a basic comprehension of nutrition emphasizing the role of phyto-nutrients as well as toxic ingredients in our food. The impact of culture, spirituality, and biological factors, as well as psychosocial, economic, and ethical considerations, is discussed in relation to improving and maintaining health in self and client. Relevant and current evidence-based research is included. The notion of food, herbs, and supplements as pharmacy is explored throughout. The newest information on drug/herb interactions, Joint Commission requirements for herbal products, new FDA labeling guidelines, and how to select a quality herbal or supplemental product are addressed. This course fosters understanding and strategies for promoting specific herbs and supplements for individuals attempting to maintain health and coping with pathology. Health promotion (learning to make healthy choices in our toxic environment, healthy sleep habits) and maintenance are stressed. Concepts related to family therapy, consumerism, and advocacy are addressed. Students learn such strategies for improving self and client health as risk assessment, stress management, nutritional counseling, and health teaching. Offered as Needed. Lecture: 3 hours (UG)

NUR 251: Special Topics: Oncology Nursing I (3)

This is the first of two courses designed to give the international registered nurse student a core knowledge base in oncology nursing. This course serves as an introduction to the student to nursing theory, nursing research, and evidence-based nursing to patient and family centered oncology nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to acquaint registered nurse students with the fundamentals of cellular basics of cancer, biology of cancer, health promotion, epidemiology, prevention and detection, treatment modalities, oncologic emergencies, psychosocial issues, supportive care, palliative care, survivorship, and research. (UG)

NUR 251L: Special Topics: Oncology Nursing I Lab (6)

This practicum is designed to introduce Registered Nurse students to the role of the professional nurse in the oncology care setting. Emphasis is on further development of professional nursing skills and the use of the nursing process, particularly assessment, decision making, and evaluation. Clinical experiences in a variety of inpatient and ambulatory care settings enable students to develop essential skills for providing accessible, continuous, collaborative, affordable, and patient centered oncology care. Students gain experience in independent and interdisciplinary decision making with nurse preceptors and other health team members. Students have the opportunity to participate in off-unit/clinic experiences such as with the Ostomy & Skin Care team, Diagnostic Radiology, Infusion and Chemotherapy Amherst Satellite, and surgery. Clinical rotations will include opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient settings within Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The rotation includes a quality improvement Capstone project. The lab will include 18 hours of clinical practice per week (3/1 ratio). (UG)

NUR 252: Special Topics: Oncology Nursing II (3)

This is the second of two courses designed to give the international registered nurse student an advanced knowledge base in oncology nursing. This course serves as an introduction to the student to advancing nursing theory, nursing research, and evidence-based nursing to patient and family centered oncology nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to acquaint registered nurse students with advanced concepts of cancer symptom management. Prequisite: NUR 251/L. (UG)

NUR 252L: Special Topics: Oncology Nursing II Lab (6)

Continuation of NUR251Lab. The rotation includes a research Capstone project. The lab will include 18 hours of clinical practice per week (3/1 ratio). (UG)

NUR 305: Health Assessment (3)

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a health assessment on an adult and child. The impact of genetics and genomics are explored in relation to disease prevention, health promotion, and health screening. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning are utilized to inform assessment and evidence-based nursing diagnoses. Emphasis is place on normal findings of the physical assessment. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisites: BIO 207 and BIO 208. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

NUR 307: Pharmacotherapeutics (3)

Cross-listed as NSC 307. (Not open to Biology, Biochemistry or Natural Science majors). This elective course presents the latest information about the newest medications and up-to-the minute information about traditional drugs in a manner that is relevant to the needs of the professional nurse caring for patients in a variety of clinical settings. Through a nursing process approach, the course stresses pharmacological principles that will aid the nurse in the administration of medications. The course is designed for the nurse who already has a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Problem-solving sessions throughout the course focus on therapeutic usages and monitoring of each of the classes of agents. Prerequisites: BIO 207 and BIO 208 or BIO 330 and BIO 340. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

NUR 315: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3)

This course provides an introduction to the nature of professional nursing with a dual emphasis on self as learner and self as nurse. The course is designed to introduce the student to the application of nursing theory to contemporary nursing practice. Nursing theory will be explored as the foundation for the development of professional nursing. This course also broadens the Registered Nurse's perspective of professionalism, the role of research, and value-based behavior at the baccalaureate level. Web-enhanced. Offered Each Semester (and Summer); majors only. Also available in a web-based format. (UG)

NUR 316: Holistic Perspectives (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. This course focuses on the relationship between values and attitudes of the nurse, individuals, and families in the health care system based on a holistic approach. Various macro and micro-cultures are explored in terms of specific cultural influences affecting the adaptation response of individuals, families, and communities. The rendering of health care to meet health needs as well as culture specific values, communication, religion, customs, and health beliefs and practices is emphasized. Future implications for the health care delivery system based on concepts of caring and humanistic nursing are explored. Web-enhanced. Offered Each Semester (and Summer). Also available in a web-based format. (UG)

NUR 317: Professional Nursing Practice I (6)

This course is designed to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning abilities by introducing the student to the application of nursing research and evidence based practice to contemporary nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to acquaint nursing students with the fundamentals of research methods and to understand the importance of research in practice. Evidence based practice will be explored as a basis for further development of professional practice. Application of research and the formation of evidence based practice will be explored in classroom and external learning experiences. Lecture, 4 hours; External Learning Experiences, 4 hours. Offered in a web-enhanced format. Prerequisite: NUR 315. Corequisite NUR 317L. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

NUR 317L: Professional Nursing Practice I Lab (0)

This course satisfies the external learning experiences requirement for NUR 317. 60 hours per semester. (UG)

NUR 324: Leadership Development in Clinical Nursing (3)

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills in leadership, communication, interprofessional teamwork and quality improvement systems that are necessary to provide quality health care. Group dynamics and group processes are examined. The course emphasizes ethical and critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills used to initiate and maintain effective working relationships, and develop conflict resolution strategies in professional nursing practice. Leadership theory and management functions in contemporary nursing practice will be explored. Various models of nursing practice will be examined and related to the leadership function of nurses. Offered as Needed. (UG)

NUR 417: Professional Nursing Practice II (6)

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills in leadership, communication, interprofessional teamwork and quality improvement systems that are necessary to provide quality health care. Group dynamics and group processes are examined. The course emphasizes ethical and critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills used to initiate and maintain effective working relationships, and develop conflict resolution strategies in professional practice. Leadership theory and management functions in contemporary nursing practice will be explored. This course enhances the nurse's ability to manage him or herself and others effectively within the context of change occurring within the health care system. Offered in a web-enhanced format. Lecture, 4 hours; Prerequisites: RN Licensure, majors only, NUR 315. Corequisite: NUR 417L. Offered Each Semester (and Summer). (UG)

NUR 417L: Professional Nursing Practice II Lab (0)

This course satisfies the external learning experiences requirement for NUR 417. 60 hours per semester. (UG)

NUR 432: Professional Issues (3)

Together with NUR 453, fulfills Research and Presentation requirement for Nursing majors. This capstone course continues the process of professional nursing socialization. It is designed so that students may lead seminars to discuss issuses affecting the nursing profession. The course includes a student led debate and written articulation of each student's philosophy of nursing. The major goals of this course are to increase student involvement in policy/politics and to enhance student awareness of the importance of life long learning. Lecture, 3 hours. Majors only. Prerequisites: NUR 317 and 417. Corequisite: NUR 453. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

NUR 453: Professional Nursing Practice III (6)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Together with NUR 432, meets Research and Presentation requirement. In this course, the student applies the nursing process to population-focused nursing of the community. Population-focused nursing care in this course incorporates working with the community as partner, assessing determinants of health, examining available resources within the community, and identifying needs to improve health outcomes of the community. In addition, students collaborate with healthcare professionals and utilize informatics to promote conditions and healthy behaviors to improve population health. Offered in a web- enhanced format. Lecture, 3 hours; External Learning Experiences, 6 hours. Prerequisite: NUR 317, RN licensure, majors only. Co-requisite: NUR 453L. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

NUR 453L: Professional Nursing Practice III Lab (0)

This course satisfies the external learning experiences requirement for NUR 453. 90 hours per semester. (UG)