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NURS 130 Nursing Assistant (6 credits)
Provides students with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. Successful completion fulfills requirements for eligibility to take the Nevada State Certified Nursing Assistant examination. Contact the Department of Health Sciences and Human Services at 775.753.2301. Completed background check and drug screening wil be required prior to class start. Prerequisite: Proof of a current two-step TB test and Professional CPR certification is required.

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NURS 135 Fundamental Concepts in Nursing (8 credits)
Introduction to basic concepts and competencies for the application of the nursing process in the care of diverse patients with common health alterations and to promote the health of individuals. Introduction of basic concepts of safe, patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Also introduces caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork when interacting with patients and members of the interprofessional team. Emphasis on essential psychomotor skills and obtaining patient information relevant to care planning. Five credits theory, three credits clinical. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 140 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
A study of word derivations and formations with emphasis on understanding of common usage in the health-care setting. Offered as a self-paced class and is open to anyone.

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NURS 154 Introduction to Pharmacology (1 credits)
Basic principles of safe and effective medication administration and pharmacology of major drug classifications. Principles of medication administration including aspects of best practice for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Includes the use of informatics and media to obtain evidenced-based drug information. One theory credit. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 155 Clinical Decision Making in Drug Therapy (1 credits)
Common drug therapy regimen and application of clinical reasoning in management and monitoring of drug effects in acutely ill patients for safe, quality, evidence-based nursing care. Focuses on patient teaching and the nurse as a member of the interprofessional team when providing pharmacological interventions. One credit theory. Offered spring semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 158 Nursing Care of Adults in Health and Illness (5 credits)
Building on fundamentals of nursing, this course provides for the acquisition and application of basic adult health nursing theory by applying clinical reasoning and safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic nursing care to diverse patients with common acute health problems. Incorporates a focus on health promotion. Includes the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse when caring for adults. Two credits theory, three credits clinical. Offered spring semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 159 Nursing Care of Individuals with Mental Health Problems (3 credits)
Provides for the acquisition and application of mental health nursing theory for safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic nursing care for diverse patients experiencing common acute and chronic mental health disorders and treatment modalities. Includes the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse when working with patients with mental health disorders. Two credits theory, one credit clinical. Offered spring semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 252 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)
Provides for the acquisition and application of maternal/child nursing theory for safe, evidence-based, family-centered nursing care for diverse patients. Includes a focus on health promotion and the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse when working with the childbearing family. Two credits theory and one credit clinical. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 253 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
Provides for the acquisition and application of pediatric nursing theory by applying clinical reasoning and safe, evidence-based, family-centered, holistic nursing care to diverse children and adolescents with acute and chronic health problems. Includes a focus on health promotion, and the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse when caring for children and adolescents. Two credits theory and one credit clinical. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 257 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness (5 credits)
Provides for the acquisition and application of adult health nursing theory by applying clinical reasoning and safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic nursing care to diverse adults with acute illnesses and long-term management of chronic illnesses. Includes a focus on health promotion and the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse when working with adults. Three credits theory and two credits clinical. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 258 Patients with Complex Health Problems (4 credits)
Provides for the acquisition and application of nursing theory for patients experiencing physiological crisis and end of life. Applies clinical reasoning and safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic nursing care to diverse patients with complex health problems. Includes a focus on collaboration and care management, and the application of the concepts of caring, clinical reasoning, quality improvement, communication, and teamwork, considering legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse in the management of patients in crisis and at the end of life. Two credits theory, two credits clinical. Offered spring semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 273 Professional Development and Transition to Practice (2 credits)
Provides for an examination of the impact of clinical microsystems and organizational culture on patient care delivery and nursing practice. Incorporates an analysis of professional development resources for nurses upon entry into practice to facilitate progress form novice to expert. Two credits theory. Offered spring semester only.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 280 Evidence Based Practice for Quality Improvement Seminar (2 credits)
This seminar course focuses on the study of collecting and using evidence as a tool for microsystem change and promotion of quality and safety in a variety of healthcare environments. Takes a project-focused approach to collaboration and problem-solving for quality improvement. One credit theory and one credit clinical. Offered spring semester only. [S/U]

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Nursing Program.

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NURS 285 Selected Topics in Nursing (0.5-6 credits)
Selected nursing topics offered for general interest and nursing continuing education. Not a required course. No prerequisite. Unlimited repeatability. Formerly NURS 285B, Selected Topics in Nursing)

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NURS 303 Health and Physical Assessment (3 credits)
Application of strategies and skills associated with history taking, physical examination, and psychosocial evaluation to assess the health-care needs of individuals across the lifespan.

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NURS 312 Health Assessment and Health Promotion (3 credits)
Explores assessment of the healthcare needs of diverse and underserved populations. The importance of the nurse in identifying health promotion and disease prevention issues for individuals and communities is explored. Refines and expands the nurse's perspective on health assessment through integration of an expanded knowledge base in ethnic and cultural variations, risk behaviors, and common health deviations of populations.

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NURS 315 Self-Leadership and Professional Role Transition (4 credits)
Focus is on strategies and reflective analysis related to establishing goals, managing time, setting priorities, dealing with stress, and utilizing human and material resources that support successful and timely completion of all BSN coursework requirements. Will assist the learner to integrate self-leadership strategies into their professional nursing practice.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 326 Transition to Professional Nursing (5 credits)
This course serves as a bridge between the student's current views and those that are presented throughout the program related to the major program concepts and differentiates the baccalaureate program from the AD program at Great Basin College. The course provides an overview of the major areas of nursing studied in more depth throughout the RN and BSN program including: current healthcare systems including rural health and agencies serving undeserved populations; quality improvement; nursing research and evidence-based practice; collaborative relationships with the inerprofessional team; leadership principles and theories; and information management.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 335 Concepts in Professional Nursing Practice (4 credits)
Examination of the historical, theoretical, economic, legal/ethical, cultural, and technological issues related to clinical nursing practice, professionalism, nursing education, and nursing research.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 336 Acute Health Nursing (Pathophysiology) (4 credits)
Systematic exploration of normal and pathophysiological responses to states of health and illness. Examines internal and external defense systems, balance and regulation of body systems, and integration of these concepts in the assessment and management of patient problems. Four credits theory, zero credits clinical.

Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 337 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Explores the pathophysiologic processes associated with common chronic and acute health problems across the lifespan. Incorporates the influence of age, ethnicity, and cultural patterns on illness development and resolution. The evidence base supporting current knowledge of disease processes and common health problems is explored.

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NURS 338 Acute Health Nursing (Pathophysiology) Practicum (6 credits)
An application of theory, knowledge, and skills in assessing human functioning, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychosocial, cultural variation, health-care resources, and person-environment relationships with respect to select nursing strategies for acutely ill individuals of all ages in variety of rural acute care settings.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be taking NURS 315 and NURS 335 and NURS 336 and have been accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 416 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4 credits)
An introduction to the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for effective delivery of patient care through application of clinical information systems. Emerging trends in information technology will be explored. Four credits theory, zero credits clinical.

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NURS 417 Information Systems and Quality Management (4 credits)
This course examines the role of information systems and quality improvement processes used to monitor and improve healthcare outcomes. Covers the use of information management to impact cost, safety, and coordination of care. Includes adaptations of information access and management in rural environments.

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NURS 420 Evidence Based Pratice and Research in Nursing (3 credits)
Introduces students to the nurse as an evolving scholar using the research process, including skills in interpreting published research findings, the science of nursing as the basis for best practices, and evidence based quality improvement measures in healthcare environments. Application of ethics, legal principles, and professional standards are considered when carrying out the research process.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be taking NURS 326 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 429 Population Focused Community Health Theory (4 credits)
Synthesis of community and public health nursing concepts and theories for health promotion and disease prevention of rural communities and underserved populations. Application of nursing concepts to plan for health promotion and disease prevention of these populations.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 326 and NURS 420 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 436 Population Focused Community Health Practicum (4 credits)
Students engage in experiential learning activities that focus on application of public/community health nursing concepts to promote optimum health and wellness for rural communities and underserved populations. Incorporates project-focused group work and interprofessional planning and intervention.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 326 and NURS 420 and NURS 429 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 437 Diversity and Healthcare Policy in Rural Environments (3 credits)
Students explore the influence of diversity and healthcare policy on local, national and global issues of healthcare equity, access, affordability, and social justice. Incorporates an analysis of nursing practices that increase cultural competence, affect health policy resulting in improved healthcare access, and reduced health disparities.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 326 and NURS 420 and NURS 429 and NURS 436 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 440 Nursing Leadership in the 21st Century (4 credits)
A writing intensive course which requires the integration and synthesis of previously learned theory, knowledge, and skills with contemporary leadership and management principles and theories, enabling learners to critically analyze a variety of societal, economic, political, and professional issues that influence nurses and nursing.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be taking NURS 303 and NURS 315 and NURS 335 and NURS 336 and NURS 429 and NURS 436 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 443 Nursing Leadership and Management Theory (4 credits)
The course explores leadership and management concepts essential for professional nursing practice in current, diverse healthcare environments. Examines the responsibilities of the professional nurse as a leader within structured and unstructured healthcare systems working with the interprofessional healthcare team. Explores the cost of care, safety, legal guidelines, regulatory factors, and measurement of patient satisfaction.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 326 and NURS 420 and NURS 429 and NURS 436 and NURS 437 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 449 Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum (4 credits)
Students engage in experiential learning activities that focus on application of leadership and management concepts, theories, roles, and evidence related to a leadership or management issue in a selected organization or clinical area. Involves collaboration with a preceptor and faculty member for project development and implementation.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 443 and be accepted to the RN-BSN program.

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NURS 456 Senior Synthesis Seminar (5 credits)
This major senior project course engages students in an in-depth exploration of practice area/issue, integrating the knowledge acquired in the liberal arts, science, and baccalaureate nursing courses. Students also identify areas of professional opportunities and continuing education as methods for engaging in life-long learning.

Prerequisite: Must have completed NURS 326 and NURS 420 and NURS 429 and NURS 437 and NURS 443 and NURS 417 and NURS 449 and an elective nursing course (NURS 312 or NURS 337 or NURS 490).

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NURS 490 Special Topics in Nursing (0-6 credits)
Exploration of health issues of specific populations, or aspects of health care and nursing practice including disease prevention and health promotion.

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