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RN Program Course Descriptions 

BIO201 Microbiology: Impact of Microorganisms on the Environment

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This course focuses on the study of microorganisms and explores how microorganisms impact daily lives, including their influences on agriculture, ecology, industrial processes, immunology, and other fields. Fundamental topics that are reviewed in this course include the development, evolution and classification of microorganisms and how microorganisms maintain and affect living organisms in the global environment. Specifically, the course will explore microorganisms contributions and influences on climate changes, the global food chain and populations.

ENG201 Composition I

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This course develops students’ grammar, punctuation, critical thinking, organizational and research skills associated with writing. Students will complete a variety of written assignments. To promote the writing process, students will participate in writers’ workshops, wherein they will brainstorm, gather and synthesize facts, discuss audience considerations, draft, revise, edit, proofread, and critique their own and others’ work in written and oral formats. In this course students will also sharpen their ability to conduct research, and compose and communicate in written, oral, and visual modalities.

HSC203 Pathophysiology

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This course provides an overview of the structural and physiologic changes in disease. The course uses an evidence base to support nursing care for patients with health deviations. This course expands the knowledge acquired from previous coursework in basic human anatomy and physiology. In addition, this course explores the environmental, genetic, cellular, and organ changes and the effects on patients viewed systematically from Roy’s Adaptation Model. The course also includes case studies to enhance learning regarding pathological processes as relative to nursing implications throughout the lifespan.

HUN201 Nutrition

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This course is designed to provide students with information relative to the nutritional needs throughout the lifespan and diet therapy for various disease states. The course reviews how the energy producing nutrients (vitamins, minerals and water) are metabolized and utilized by the body and focuses on the expanded role of nutrition in health promotion, disease prevention and as part of the therapeutic regime in the treatment of disease processes. Major concepts in this course include guidelines
for nutrition, the food pyramid, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and diet therapy. Appropriate assessments relative to nutrition will be determined utilizing Roy’s Adaptation Model. Students in this course will also be presented with case studies and teaching plans focusing on the scientifically based nutritional needs of various client scenarios including pregnancy,
obesity, diabetes, gout, celiac disease, cardiovascular and kidney disease.

MAT201 Math for Problem Solving and Research

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This course focuses on arithmetical accuracy and problem solving. Mathematical concepts including ratios, proportions, and basic algebraic equations will be presented. Basic dosage calculations and IV rates will also be explored. In addition, an overview of statistics will be provided in this course to assist with review of research relative to evidence-based practice.

MAT202 College Algebra

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This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of algebra. The course explores the concepts of real numbers,
polynomials, algebraic functions, linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, integer exponents, factoring, quadratic equations and simple rational expressions.

NUR201 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Perspectives and Assessment of Care

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The emphasis of this course is disease processes and nursing care by the RN in the sub-acute, long-term care and community settings. The course includes a discussion of the transition from healthcare facility to the home environment for the medical-surgical patient and the discharge planning and community resources available for these patients. Principles of nutrition,
patient care, application of the nursing process, and problem-solving are integrated through theory and practicum. The course also reviews the following topics as they relate to the medical-surgical patient and the RN role at sub-acute and long-term care facilities and in community settings: drug administration/pharmacology, nursing care plans with evidence-based
interventions, patient and family teaching, cultural and religious diversity, leadership and delegation, and legal/ethical issues. Students in the course will use Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) to systematically and holistically assess patient status.

Practicum experiences in this course may be provided in sub-acute, long-term care and/or community-based settings. To reinforce active and independent learning and nursing skills this course may incorporate interactive computer-based programs and simulation exercises throughout the practicum experience.

NUR202 Geriatric Nursing: Management Concepts for Elder Care

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This course focuses on the major theories and practice component for the care of geriatric patients utilizing the Roy Adaptation Model (RAM) as a basis for holistic assessment of the elderly to identify nursing interventions to promote adaptation. The emphasis is on learning of key concepts and theories of aging and the development of interventions for health promotion of the geriatric patient population. Management functions of the registered nurse are addressed in this course. This comprehensive course also focuses on major issues such as pain management, end of life issues, legal and ethical issues in geriatric nursing, issues with pharmacology and medications, public policy, standards of care, health teaching, and family dynamics.

The practicum portions of this course can include hands-on instruction at long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, as well as simulation exercises.

NUR203 Psychiatric Nursing: Assessment and Management of Mental Health

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This course provides the student with the knowledge base to apply selected theories and concepts to the management of mental disorders. Continuing themes of growth and development across the life span, therapeutic communications, socio-cultural dimensions, pharmacology, teaching, client advocacy, and ethical standards are explored throughout the course. The course focuses on nursing implications, evidence-based research and Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) to holistically evaluate
and treat psychiatric clients. Core nursing concepts incorporated into the course include: communication skills, participation in different treatment interventions (i.e. group therapy, and art therapy), collaborative participation with mental health professionals, and development of specific treatment plans. To enhance student learning, the course incorporates process recordings and case studies. The course also addresses other related mental health nursing topics, including, substance abuse, domestic violence, and community resources for psychiatric care.

The practicum portions of this course may include experiences at psychiatric medical facilities, acute care settings, long term care facilities, community health care experiences and/or simulation activities.

NUR204 Maternal-Newborn Nursing: A Family and Community-Based Approach

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This course covers the provision of maternal-newborn care with a focus on high-risk patients. Utilizing Roy’s Adaptation Model students will learn about the emotional psychological changes women and their families experience during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. They will study the impact of the childbearing cycle on functional health patterns and related evidenced-based nursing care. Postpartum depression assessment will be discussed. Refinement of critical thinking skills, clinical decision-making, communication, teaching/learning and a focus on growth and development are emphasized. Concepts relevant to medication administration/pharmacology, diet and nutrition, cultural and religious diversity, documentation, self-care, family and community health, and legal/ethical issues are also incorporated into the course.

The practicum portions of this course may include acute care, community health and/or simulation experiences.

NUR205 Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children and Their Families

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This course covers concepts in pediatric nursing. Specifically, the course addresses the RN nursing management of children with dysfunctional health patterns and reviews the environmental factors such as physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural elements that impact the hospitalized pediatric patient. Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM), nursing process and
best-evidence are the frameworks for care in the course and will be utilized to determine the unique needs of each pediatric client and their family. As part of the course, students will complete detailed assessments of growth and development of pediatric clients, including examining genetic and environmental influences on their health. The didactic content and practicum experiences in this course will also integrate relevant concepts of caring, pain management, communication, cultural awareness, documentation, self-care, and teaching/learning for pediatric clients. Moreover, concepts relevant to medication administration/pharmacology, diet and nutrition, and legal/ethical issues related to pediatric clients and their families and communities are discussed.

Practicum experiences in this course may occur at early childhood care facilities, acute and ambulatory care settings and/or through simulation activities in Jersey College’s learning laboratory.

NUR206 Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Persectives and Assessment of Care

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This course examines intensive and critical disease processes affecting clients across the life span. The concepts of the nursing process, pathophysiology, health assessment, nursing interventions, pharmacology, pain management and nutrition will continue to be incorporated. In addition, the course will discuss organ and tissue donation and recovery and the clinical aspects of these processes. Students are expected within the framework of the nursing process and decision making to use best-evidence and Roy’s Adaptation Model, and apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate current and previously learned information to provide care for patients with complex health care needs. This course also focuses on leadership concepts, including leadership styles, delegation, and conflict management.

Practicum experiences in this course may occur at acute settings, ambulatory care facilities, rehabilitative centers and/or through simulation activities in Jersey College’s learning laboratory. In addition, the practicum experience may occur in long-term care setting to allow students to demonstrate their leadership/management abilities and other skills learned throughout their program.

NUR209 Nursing Leadership and NCLEX Seminar

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This course focuses on preparing for licensure and transitioning into RN practice. Transition discussion topics include surviving the first year as a new RN, maintaining competence, moral dilemmas, medication error prevention, career employment and advancement. The course also includes a review of nursing licensure requirements and the NCLEX-RN examination. Emphasis in this course is on written and computerized testing, nursing management and leadership, and critical thinking and reasoning.

NUS201 LPN to RN Transition

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This course is designed to assist the student to transition from LPN to RN education. Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) is presented as the framework for holistic nursing care. Students will determine the differences between the LPN and the RN roles in healthcare to assist with successful transition to the new role. The differences explored will include leadership and delegation roles and skills of the LPN and RN. The course also explores the socialization to the role of the professional nurse, legal and ethical issues, professional behavior, communication, interpersonal relationships, advocacy, lifelong learning in nursing and evidence-based practice and critical thinking frameworks/ tools. Study and test taking strategies are included in the course. Upon earning a grade of 75% or higher in this course 20 quarter credits will be awarded for prior learning associated with obtaining a student’s Practical Nursing license.

NUS213 Health Assessment and Skills

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This course reinforces and fortifies critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills by refining the assessment, documentation, and diagnostic reasoning skills of students. The course utilizes focused assessments to explore normal and abnormal medical conditions of clients and develop appropriate interventions.

Through the practicum in this course, students will apply health assessment concepts, skills and techniques to deliver patient care to the adult clients in the lab.

PSY201 Life Span Development

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This course studies cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of individuals and families throughout the lifespan. The course explores the seven major periods of life-span development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood) and the cultural, social and religious influences in each phase of development. The course also provides an overview of the significant biosocial, cognitive, and psychological events for each major period of development, as well as, how they impact human development. Students will be introduced to a variety of developmental theories, including Freud, Erickson, Piaget, Maslow, Kolhberg, Havighurst, and others.

SOC201 Sociology

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This course introduces the study of culture in today’s society. Specifically, the course reviews basic sociological concepts,
social processes and structural and functional aspects of social groups, including religious, cultural and societal values and beliefs. The course also explores the social and cultural meanings of death, funeral customs, mortality and morbidity statistics, contemporary issues and modern treatment of dying persons (including hospice), and processes of grief and bereavement.

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