Courses

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HCS NUR 1067 2 Enhanced Communication in Professional Nursing

Course is designed to provide information about basic principles of effective communication in the practice of professional nursing. Units of content and learning activities focus on writing skills, presentation skills, communication as an image builder, barriers to effective communication in the workplace, and strategies for enhancing communication in the healthcare environment. Frequent opportunities for skill development and practice are provided. The goal is to enhance the proficiency of the professional nurse in a variety of situations that require effective communication.

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HCS NUR 1072 3 Health Promotion/Health Assessment

This course presents the knowledge base for using health promotion strategies and the techniques for health assessment of individuals across the life span. The role of the nurse in promoting patterns of positive health behaviors is emphasized. The student is also provided with and opportunity to practice physical assessment skills in the laboratory and in a precepted clinical setting. In addition, the course facilitates the RN learner's adjustment to the expectations of the multiple role learner.

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HCS NUR 1074 3 Advanced Clinical Practicum

This course enables the registered nurse student to further develop critical thinking, leadership abilities, communication and decision-making skills in the development and implementation of an evidence-based clinical capstone project to enhance patient care quality. A systematic approach is used to identify a clinical topic for evidence-based literature review, presentation, and evaluation. Each student identifies specific learning activities for the practicum, which relate directly to a selected culturally diverse environment. Under the guidance of faculty and a clinical preceptor, didactic seminars, assignments, and mentored clinical practicum are used to foster independence and self-direction for all students.

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HCS NUR 1077 3 School Nurse Role

This course is designed to prepare the professional nurse for certification as a school nurse in pennsylvania; both the theory component (NUR 1077) and the practicum (NUR 1078) are required for eligibility. The role of the school nurse is explored through the historical, legal, ethical, research and practice perspectives. The biological, physical, developmental, behavioral, cultural and psychosocial needs of children of all ages in the school setting are examined. Throughout the course, current evidence related to school nursing and pennsylvania educational requirements is applied to the health needs of school age children, including those with special health and learning needs, the culturally diverse and english language learners (ELLS). The independent and collaborative aspects of the school nurse role are explored.

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HCS NUR 1077D 3 School Nurse Seminar

This course is designed to prepare the professional nurse for certification as a school nurse in Pennsylvania; both the theory component (NUR 1077) and the practicum (NUR 1078) are required for eligibility. The role of the school nurse is explored through the historical, legal, ethical, research and practice perspectives. The biological, physical, developmental, behavioral, cultural and psychosocial needs of children of all ages in the school setting are examined. Throughout the course, current evidence related to school nursing and pennsylvania educational requirements is applied to the health needs of school age children, including those with special health and learning needs, the culturally diverse and english language learners (ELL's). The independent and collaborative aspects of the school nurse role are explored.

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HCS NUR 1078 3 School Nurse Practicum

This course is designed to prepare the professional nurse for certification as a school nurse in Pennsylvania; both the theory component (NUR 1077) and this practicum (NUR 1078) are required for eligibility. This course provides the required 100 hours of clinical practicum experience in elementary, middle and high school settings. The nursing care of children requiring acute, chronic and episodic care is performed under the guidance of an experienced school nurse. Throughout the course, the application of the nursing process and evidence-based approaches are employed when providing nursing services to school age children. Interdisciplinary care and management for school age children with special health and learning needs, including the culturally diverse and english language learners (ELLS) is emphasized. The independent and collaborative aspects of the school nurse role are explored within the school setting.

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HCS NUR 1079 3 Professional Development And Practicum 2

This course enables the registered nurse student to further develop oral and written communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills through the presentation, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based clinical practice process during the clinical practicum. Under the guidance of faculty and a clinical preceptor, didactic seminars, assignments, and mentored clinical practicum are used to foster leadership skills, independence and self-direction with a clinical project for all students.

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HCS NUR 1080 3 Intro To Basic Stats For EBP

This course introduces students to descriptive statistics and parametric and nonparametric statistical tests that are commonly used by researchers in the health sciences and appear in published research reports. Emphasis is placed on student mastery of concepts and principles that are fundamental to descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as interpretation and critical appraisal of their use in research studies. Opportunities are provided to manipulate data, perform basic statistical tests, and summarize findings in tabular, graphical, and narrative form.

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ATC NUR 1085 3 Ethics in Nursing and Health

This course introduces students to the domain of clinical ethics as a foundation for developing ethical expertise in nursing practice. The course focuses on contemporary nursing and health care issues that raise personal and professional ethical concerns. Emphasis is placed on cultural differences, current legislation, political and religious controversy, economic constraints, and professional commitment related to the resolution of the identified ethical dilemmas. The process of ethical analysis and reasoning is used to resolve representative patient and health care situations.

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ATC NUR 1095 2 Community Connector Course

This seminar focuses on the patient population which is a high risk population who are vulnerable to frequent readmissions to the hospital.  Emphasis will be placed equally on 1) understanding this patient population, the health system and health behavior challenges associated with this population, and systematic needs associated with reducing their health care needs and 2) exposing students to the patient population through visits at the hospital, home, and community including providing in-home assessments, patient education, and behavior change techniques.  The course will include presentations by researchers, clinicians, and industry experts involved in these areas associated with this patient population. Students will be paired with a patient and follow them from the hospital to their home.

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ATC NUR 1120 2.5 Advanced Nursing Management of Adults With Acute/Complex Health Problems

This course focuses on the patient centered nursing care of adults experiencing acute and complex illnesses. Emphasis is placed on the prioritization and decision making processes of nursing care and the nursing responsibilities associated with translating, integrating and applying medical/surgical management, evaluation of outcomes, health promotion, and support for individuals and families experiencing acute and complex health problems. This course will also discuss the increasing diversity of this nations population as expressed through age, racial, ethnic, gender, cultural, spiritual and sexual orientation. Discussions will occur with the effect of socio-economic differences and how it may affect the patients overall health care. Discussion of interdisciplinary collaboration healthcare professional is emphasized.

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ATC NUR 1120C 2.5 Advanced Nursing Management of The Adult with Acute/Complex Health Problems Clinical

This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adults with acute and complex illnesses in a hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process to assist students with the development of priority nursing goals and in applying critical thinking skills to patient care. The clinical nursing responsibilities include interpretation of diagnostic studies, medical/surgical patient management, evaluation of outcomes, health promotion, and support for individuals and families experiencing acute and complex health problems. This course includes application of cultural diversity awareness training to the nursing process. Clinical learning is focused on developing and refining the knowledge and skills to manage patient care as part of inter-professional teams. Clinical experiences are offered in acute care, critical care, and monitored units.

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ATC NUR 1121 3 Advanced Clinical Problem Solving

This course focuses on the nursing management of the adult who experiences an acute or complex illness with an alteration in multiple body systems. The students ability to apply the nursing process, using critical thinking skills, is expanded through classroom and case study activities. Professional competence is enhanced through the utilization of high fidelity human simulation technology.

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ATC NUR 1121C 2 Advanced Clinical Problem Solving Clinical

This course focuses on the nursing management of the adult who experiences an acute or complex illness with an alteration in multiple body systems. The students ability to apply the nursing process, using critical thinking skills, is expanded through clinical activities. Collaboration with interdisciplinary health professionals in health promotion and restoration is fostered.

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HCS NUR 1127C 0.5 Community Health Nursing Clinical

The overall objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad introduction to community health and the role of nursing within this context. Students will experience independence and collaboration with community-based clinicians in a variety of settings. Students will have opportunities to apply epidemiology; health promotion and disease prevention within groups; individual and family case management; community assessment and intervention; environmental hazards; and factors influencing the delivery of and access to community health services at the individual, family, and aggregate levels.

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