Carroll College, Helena Montana

Course Descriptions

NU: Courses in Nursing

Department of Nursing

NU 201 Fundamentals and Health Promotion 4 Cr
3 lecture, 1 lab/clinical
The purpose of this course is to apply the nursing process while learning fundamental nursing skills. Emphasis is given to health promotion and the aging adult who is otherwise healthy. Nursing procedures are practiced in the laboratory and in the community with emphasis given to health promotion and the aging adult.Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing major. Fall semester.

NU 202 Assessment and Health Promotion 4 Cr
3 lecture, 1 lab
The purpose of this course is the acquisition of health assessment principles and techniques for the professional nurse. Focus is on the development of the therapeutic relationships and the use of general and specialized assessment skills as a basis for clinical decision-making. This course includes three hours of theory, and a two hour and 50 minute clinical lab weekly. It is expected students will spend extra lab time on their own practicing their newly taught skills to become proficient. There is a clinical outrotation requiring student pairs to make guided home visits with an older adult community member throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing major. Fall semester.

NU 208 Applied Nutrition for Health and Healthcare 3 Cr
This course is designed for students of the health care professions and covers the major classes of nutrients and their main functions, the role nutrition plays across the lifespan, the relationship between nutrition and disease, and nutritional therapies for diseases. The focus of this course is critically applying nutritional knowledge to personal, individual, and population health, including diverse and vulnerable people within various health care settings and the community. Students will examine community, national, and global nutritional issues with an emphasis on social, political, economic, and environmental factors. Prerequisites: CH 101 or CH 111 or concurrent CH 102 or CH 112. Fall and spring semesters.

NU 301 Care of the Childbearing Family 4.5Cr
3 lecture, 1.5 clinical
This course introduces the student to family health nursing theory and nursing practice with emphasis on the childbearing family and well-child. Nursing care of the childbearing family from conception, to pregnancy, through childbirth and the postpartum period, including care of the newborn and pediatric client is presented within the context of a family-centered, developmental approach. The concepts of family structure, functions, values, culture, and spirituality are explored and applied to health promotion interventions for the childbearing family. Prerequisites: NU 201, NU 202. Fall and spring semesters.

NU 302 Psychosocial Health 4.5Cr
3 lecture, 1.5 clinical
This course explores selected psychosocial concepts and theories basic to nursing practice. The use of self as a therapeutic agent is emphasized in the promotion of psychosocial health. Students develop strategies of intervention based on the nursing process, nursing theories and research. Clinical experience is provided within an inpatient psychiatric treatment facility. Prerequisites: NU 201, NU 202. Fall and spring semesters.

NU 304 Illness Across the Lifespan I 4 Cr
3 lecture, 1 lab
Utilizes applications of the nursing process and human response to illness, diseases, and disorders in providing nursing care throughout the lifespan. Assessment of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual factors influencing existing or potential health problems provide direction for nursing care. This course includes a weekly two hour and 50 minute laboratory experience in applying the nursing process and teaching/learning process in providing the theory, application and practice in performing nursing procedures that student nurses will be required to do at the junior level of nursing. Student learning focuses on the mastery of core scientific principles that underlie all skills, thus preparing the student nurse to incorporate current and future technological skills into other nursing responsibilities, and apply skills in diverse context of health care delivery. Prerequisite: NU 301, NU 302, NU 308. Spring semester.

NU 305 Clinical Nursing Care I 4 Cr
Utilizes the nursing process as students apply their knowledge to adult patients in the clinical settings. It is the study and care of patients with adaptive and maladaptive responses to internal and external stimuli/stressors that interfere with optimal wellness. Prerequisites: NU 301, NU 302, NU 308. Spring semester.

NU 307 Evidence-Based Practice Research Methods 3 Cr
1 lecture, 2 workshop
NU 307 is an introduction and exploration into the basic understanding of the processes of theory, research, database evaluation and evidence-based practice in nursing. The focus is on the use of evidence-based practice within a context of caring to provide the highest quality patient care. Prerequisites: Concurrent NU 301 or NU 302, MA 207. Fall semester. Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement.

NU 308 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 Cr
The study of underlying structural and functional changes in body physiology that result from disease or injury and result in alteration in total body function in adults and children. The mechanisms and clinical manifestations associated with various diseases are explained according to body systems. The interrelationships of factors that contribute to increased morbidity and disease are discussed. Objective and subjective perspectives are studied that take into account the complex interactions among body, mind, and spirit. Basic pharmacological principles are studied to create an understanding of how drugs affect human beings across the lifespan. Application of the nursing process to drug therapy is identified. Specific categories of drugs and their therapeutic effects and potential toxicities are examined in conjunction with disease processes. Prerequisites: BI 201, BI 202, BI 214; concurrent: NU 301, NU 302. Fall semester.

NU 404 Illness Across the Lifespan II 4 Cr
3 lecture, 1 lab
Utilizes the nursing process and management of pathophysiological problems for providing care to ill persons across the lifespan with acute and chronic conditions. Assessment of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual factors that influence existing or potential health problems is considered including palliative care. Prerequisites: Completion of 300-level nursing courses. Fall semester.

NU 406 Nursing Leadership and Management 3 Cr
This course explores the relationship between management and leadership processes and practice as well as the issues which impact the delivery of health care. The student will consider and practice the skills needed by nurse managers and leaders to effectively assess, design, coordinate, direct and evaluate the delivery of quality health care. Prerequisites: Completion of 300-level nursing courses. Fall semester.

NU 413 Clinical Nursing Care II 4 Cr
NU 413 is the clinical experience accompanying NU 404 Illness Across the Life Span II and NU 406 Nursing Leadership and Management. Utilizing the nursing process, the student cares for clients in a variety of settings. The emphasis is to maximize quality of life and maintain optimal level of functioning. The concepts of critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and priority setting are emphasized utilizing the nursing process as the foundation. Collaboration, communication, delegation, and patient teaching are incorporated into the total care of the client/family. Students will also observe and participate in a critical access hospital/clinic/LTC in the lab to explore the unique role of rural nursing. Students will also participate in a series of instructor guided modules related to the professional nursing skills necessary to become a professional practicing nurse. Prerequisite: Completion of 300-level nursing courses. Fall semester.

NU 414 Community Health Nursing 4 Cr
3 lecture, 1 clinical
The student will apply all previously gained knowledge from course work toward the baccalaureate in nursing to working with individuals, families, and communities and other aggregates. The concept of community health nursing being a blend of nursing and public health science is central to the course. The epidemiological process is introduced as the unifying concept for the wide range of programs and services found in community health. The nursing process is applied in providing services to the community as client. Beginning skills in assessing health needs of communities in order to identify high-risk groups are practiced. Coordination with other disciplines to provide disease prevention, health promotion, and protection interventions is stressed. The impact of the external environment on the health of individuals, families, and aggregates is emphasized. The student examines the role of the nurse as an advocate for health care policy to ensure the health of populations. Prerequisites: completion of 300-level nursing courses, NU 404, NU 413. Spring semester. Fulfills National Diversity requirement.

NU 417 Capstone Clinical 3.5Cr
The Capstone Clinical is designed to assist students in the integration of the competencies essential for the practice of professional nursing. During the semester, the student will progress from a structured supervised framework of practice to a framework where the student becomes able to have general supervision from the faculty and agency preceptors. The clinical site will be dependent upon the student’s needs based upon the joint analysis of the student and faculty prior to the placement and availability of clinical sites. Prerequisites: Completion of 300-level nursing courses. Spring semester (offered in the fall at the discretion of the department).

NU 427 Comprehensive Nursing Review 3 Cr
This course is intended to assist the student’s own preparation for their NCLEX examination and is a comprehensive review of the nursing content. Students will be expected to retain accountability and responsibility for their personal NCLEX preparation plan and for the completion of their preparation plan. The course will utilize on-line computerized resources, information from multiple published written NCLEX review resources, as well as NCLEX review DVD resources. Prerequisites: completion of 300-level nursing courses, NU 413, or concurrent NU 414, NU 417. Spring semester. There is an additional fee for this course