Georgia Highlands College

Course Descriptions

Nursing 1101. Foundations of Nursing Practice

5-12-9. Prerequisite: Admission to professional nursing sequence, Co-requisite: BIOL 2121K

This is a fundamental course designed to provide a foundation for nursing practice. It is designed to help the student applyscientific principles from general education courses and nursing knowledge. This course serves as a basis for planning and implementation of all nursing care. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental skills, the role of the nurse, recognition of health care needs, prevention, and care of the patient in various stages of the life cycle. Critical thinking, communication, and clinical competency are key components in the course used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Auto-tutorial methods and supervised practice in campus and community facilities are utilized to develop skills in individualized care as a beginning member of the nursing team, with awareness of legal and professional responsibilities. Fee Required.

Nursing 1102. Care of Children and the Child Bearing Family

5-12-9. Prerequisite: NURS 1101, Co-requisite: BIOL 2122K and PSYC 2103

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the maternity experience and nursing care of the child. This course contains two modules: 1) Maternity Nursing and 2) Pediatric Nursing. The family centered approach is used with emphasis on health supervision, anticipatory guidance, health promotion practices, and family relationships. Critical thinking, communication, and clinical competency are key components in the curse used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Auto-tutorial methods and supervised practice in campus and community facilities are utilized to develop skills in family centered care.Fee required.

Nursing 1103.Transition to Professional Nursing

4-3-5. Prerequisite: Admission to the LPN-RN Bridge; may be taken concurrently with BIOL 2122K and BIOL 2161K; Co-requsite: PSYC 2103

This course is designed to assist the Licensed Practical Nurse who is entering the nursing program to exempt the first two semesters of the nursing sequence. This course contains content from the Foundations of Nursing Practice and Care of Children and Child Bearing Family that specifically apply to RN students. This course will supplement the LPN's existing knowledge base and is designed to aid in the transition into the nursing sequence. Critical thinking, communication, and clinical competency are key components in the course used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Supervised practice in campus and community facilities are utilized to develop professional nursing skills.† Note: NURS 1103 is required only of LPNs who are entering the LPN-RN Career Mobility Track. Fee required.

Nursing 1104. Transition to Professional Nursing for Paramedics

7-6-9. Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic-RN Bridge; may be taken concurrently with BIOL 2122K and BIOL 2161K; Co-requisite: PSYC 2103

This course is designed to assist th paramedic who is entering the nursing program to exempt the first two semesters of the nursing sequence. This course contains content from NURS 1101 and NURS 1102 that will supplement the Paramedic's existing knowledge base and is designed to aid in the transition into the nursing sequence. Critical thinking, communications, and clinical competency are key components in the course used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Supervised practice in campus and community facilities is utilized to develop professional nursing skills. Note; NURS 1104 is required only of Paramedics who are entering the Paramedic-RN Career Mobility Track. Taught Summer Semester only. Fee required.

Nursing 1152.Clinical Calculation

2-0-2. Prerequisite: NONE

This course is an introduction to the three systems of measurements: metric, apothecaries, and household systems, that are commonly used in the preparation and administration of drugs and solutions. Conversions of equivalents within and between the systems will be emphasized. Students should be familiar with basic mathematical concepts. This course is designed to help nursing students and practicing nurses apply mathematical concepts to the area of drugs and solutions. Laboratory fee.

Nursing 1154.Basic EKG Interpretation

1-0-1. Prerequisite: BIOL 2122K.

This course is designed primarily for nurses who work in settings with cardiac monitoring. Participants will learn basic interpretation skills for sinus, atrial, junctional, blocks, and ventricular dysrhythmias. Identification of life threatening cardiac rhythms along with treatment modalities will be emphasized. It will also address normal cardiac anatomy, physiology and electrophysiology.

Nursing 2204. Adult Health Nursing

5-12-9. Prerequisite: NURS 1102; May be taken concurrently with BIOL 2161K

This course is designed to prepare the student to care for clients with common uncomplicated medical/surgical and mental health conditions. Emphasis is placed on identification of potential and actual client problems and the utilization of critical thinking in planning and implementation of care in collaboration with other health team members. Critical thinking, communication, and clinical competency are key components in the course used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Utilization of technology and supervised nursing practice in campus and clinical facilities are measures for teaching beginning skills for nursing management of client care. Fee required.

Nursing 2205. Comprehensive Nursing

5-12-9. Prerequisites: NURS 2204. May be taken concurrently with BIOL 2161K

This course is designed to prepare the student to care for groups of clients with common complicated medical/surgical and mental health conditions. Identification of potential and actual client problems and the utilization of critical thinking in planning and implementation of care in collaboration with other health team members will be the primary foci. Emphasis will be placed on concepts of comprehensive health care, pharmacology, and health trends and issues. Critical thinking, communication, and clinical competency are key components in the course used to help the student assume the roles of the associate degree nurse. Utilization of technology and supervised nursing practice in campus and clinical facilities are measures for skills for nursing management of client care. Fee required.

RN-BSN Course Descriptions (online)

NURS 3000: Ethical Issues in Nursing (3-0-3) Elective

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program

This course explores and applies current models for ethical decision-making in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. The student is encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values. The relationships between nursing and health care issues are explored from both an ethical and legal perspective.

NURS 3301: Concepts of Professional Nursing (3-0-3) Required

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program

This course provides an introduction to professional nursing and an overview of the roles and concepts essential to make the transition from RN to BSN practice. This course will build on the RNs knowledge base and is designed to help the nurse identify his/her role in contemporary healthcare.

NURS 3302: Health Assessment (4-0-4) Required

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program

This course emphasizes skills that will enable the registered nurse student to validate the ability to assess the health status of an individual, recognize normal findings and common deviations associated with specific disease presentations. This course is delivered in the online format. The successful video presentation of a health assessment examination of a consented client is an essential component in this course.

NURS 3303: Issues and Nursing Perspectives (3-0-3) Required

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program

This course is designed to explore the historical, current and future trends in nursing and healthcare. The impact of world events, societal and political issues on healthcare will be discussed.

NURS 3304: Foundations of Nursing Research (3-0-3) Required

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program & Math 2200 Statistics (pre or co-requisite

This course provides an introduction to the research process and its application to scholarship and clinical practice. Students learn to be consumers of research through a reviewing the literature, critiquing research, and identifying methods appropriate to develop a proposal to study nursing practice problems. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement.

NURS 3305: Nursing Informatics (3-03) Elective

Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program

This course provides an overview of nursing and healthcare informatics with the intent to familiarize the student with informatics as applied in nursing clinical practice, administration, research, and education.

NURS 4401: Community Health Syllabus (4-3-5)

Pre or co-requisites: NURS 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304

This course explores commonly encountered health problems and their impact on individuals, families, communities and populations. Field experience opportunities will occur in a variety of community- based settings. Global health issues will be explored from an epidemiological perspective. Emergency /disaster preparedness will be explored from an individual, family and community perspective. Students investigate community resources available to provide holistic care to patients who are in transition from acute care settings into the community in need of continued health care and support.

NURS 4402: Leadership and Management (3-0-3)

Pre or co-requisites: NURS 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304

This course provides an overview of concepts of professional leadership and management and their use in the practice setting. Emphasis is placed on organizational structure, management, and the roles of healthcare providers and coordinators.

NURS 4403: Capstone Project (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: (senior standing) NURS 3304

This course focuses on the application of the research process within a project addressing quality improvement and/or evidence-based practice in nursing. It builds upon the proposal developed in NURS 3304, and completes the approval, implementation of data collection, the analysis of data, evaluation and dissemination of the project. Emphasis is on the implementation, analysis and dissemination on of a project based in the clinical practice setting and the impact of nursing participation in research, EBP, and quality improvement in attainment of the American

Nurses Credentialing Centerís (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

NURS 4404: Clinical Leadership Practicum (4-3-5)

Prerequisite: 4402 (senior standing)

This practicum experience will focus on application of skills related to health care organizations, and leadership roles within healthcare settings or community organizations. A leadership or management preceptorship will be used to help students apply course content. This 45 hour practicum is mutually negotiated between the student, preceptor, and nursing faculty.



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