Course descriptions

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NURSING (NSG)

NOTE: Students must be advised by a nursing faculty adviser for progression through the nursing program

101. Introduction to Nursing Studies. 2 hrs. Course is designed to help students explore professional nursing as a career option and to develop specific strategies and skills necessary for success in the nursing major.

+307. Commonalities in Nursing Practice. 4 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester in RN-BSN program. Understanding of common factors permeating all areas of nursing practice (RNs only).

311. Pathophysiology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Exploration of selected pathophysiological processes that occur in the body when a homeostatic imbalance is brought about by internal or external forces.

316. Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. This course introduces students to professional role responsibilities.

317. Introduction to Research and Theory in Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Introduction to theoretical frameworks and the research process (RNs only).

319. Professional Communication and Role Development. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Study and application of a broad group of communication skills pertinent to professional nursing settings (RNs only).

320. Health Assessment and Health Promotion. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 320L. Health assessment and health promotion across the life cycle (RNs only).

320L. Health Assessment and Health Promotion Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 320. Health assessment and health promotion lab (RNs only).

321. Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 321L. Foundational nursing concepts, skills, and assessment across the lifespan.

321L. Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice Lab. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 321. Foundational nursing concepts, skills, and assessment across the lifespan.

+322. Nursing Health Assessment. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: admission to nursing major and BSC 250, 250L and BSC 251, 251L. Corequisite: NSG 322L and NSG 325. Health assessment across the life cycle.

+322L. Nursing Health Assessment Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: NSG 322. Health assessment across the life cycle lab.

+325. Adult Health I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 322 and NSG 325L. This course serves as a foundation for professional nursing care of adults.

+325L. Adult Health I Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 325. This clinical course serves as a foundation for professional nursing care of adults.

+329. Pharmacology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 335. This course provides an introduction to pharmacological agents in relation to their pharmacotherapeutic effects.

+331. Health Care of Older Adults. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course examines the science of gerontological nursing with an emphasis on misconceptions and current issues.

333. Health Promotion and Assessment. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 335. This course provides an introduction to pharmacological agents in relation to their pharmacotherapeutic effects.

333L. Health Promotion and Assessment Lab. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 333. Comprehensive nursing health assessment across the life cycle and health promotion.

+335. Adult Health II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 329 and NSG 335L. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to provide nursing care to adults.

+335L. Adult Health II Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 335. This clinical course focuses on applied knowledge and skills for the care of adults.

337. Professional Nursing Concepts I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Introduction to core concepts and issues that are foundational to nursing as an evolving profession.

338. Chronic Conditions Across the Lifespan. 5 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 338L. Planning & analysis for chronic conditions across the lifespan.

338L. Chronic Conditions Across the Lifespan Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 338. Planning & analysis for chronic conditions across the lifespan.

+340. Pathophysiology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. This course offers an exploration of selected pathophysiological processes that occur in the body when homeostatic imbalance is brought about by internal or external factors.

341. Nursing Pharmacology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Introduction to the pharmacological agents in relation to their pharmaco-therapeutic effects on the body systems will be provided.

+353. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Junior-level nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 353L. This course builds a knowledge base for psychiatric mental health nursing practices.

+353L. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Lab. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Junior-level nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 353. This clinical course focuses on care of patients with psychiatric mental health problems.

355. Public Health Nursing RN. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 355L. Health determinants and epidemiology in community groups (RNs only).

+355L. Public Health Nursing RN Lab. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 355. Determinants and epidemology in community groups lab (RNs only).

357. Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses. 3 hrs. An exploration of selected pathophysiological processes that occur in the body when a homeostatic imbalance is brought about by internal or external factors. (RNs only).

+361. Medical-Surgical Nursing. 10 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester in RN-BSN program. The focus is on the nursing care of clients in a variety of settings and various stages of the wellness-illness continuum (RNs only).

+362. Psychiatric Nursing. 6 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester in RN-BSN program. This course reflects the broad spectrum of psychological wellness-illness. (RNs only).

+363. Maternal-Child Nursing. 10 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester in RN-BSN program. The course is in two parts; nursing care of the childbearing woman and nursing care of children at various stages of health and wellness. (RNs only).

371. Mental Health Maintenance and Restoration Across the Lifespan. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 371L. This course focuses on the mental health maintenance and restoration of individuals and families across the life span.

371L. Mental Health Maintenance and Restoration Across the Lifespan Lab. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 371. Mental health maintenance and restoration of individuals and families across the life span.

+400. Introduction to Research and Theory in Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 360. This course presents an introduction to the research process and theoretical foundations in nursing.

406. Death and Bereavement. 3 hrs. An examination of research and theory related to death and bereavement.

407. Population-Focused Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 407L. Prepares students to identify determinants of health and use primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to assure the best overall health of populations.

407L. Population-Focused Nursing Lab. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 407. In this course, students will engage in activites and/or projects focused on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to assure the best overall health of populations.

+409. Health Policy, Economics and Leadership. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. This course is designed to teach the basic concepts of health policy, economics and leadership and to apply that knowledge to health care.

410. Holistic Nursing Practice. 3 hrs. Seminar discussion of holistic practice and interventions, demonstration and experiential sessions to facilitate understanding of a holistic perspective in nursing and daily living.

+416. Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 416L. This course focuses on care of childbearing women and families.

+416L. Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families Lab. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 416. This clinical course focuses on the care of childbearing women and families.

417. Health Care Systems. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. This course is designed to prepare students to engage in professional roles focused on patient advocacy, political action, and social reform.

418. Evidence-Based Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of BSN program. Prepares students to be knowledgeable consumers of scholarly information and to base their practice on empirical evidence, proficient professional judgment, and patient-centered care.

419. The Computer as a Nursing Tool. 3 hrs. Exposure to the computer and examination of nursing applications.

+425. Adult Health III. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of junior level nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 425L. This course builds on knowledge and skills needed to provide nursing care to seriously ill adults.

+425L. Adult Health III Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of junior level nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 425. This clinical course focuses on care of critically ill adults.

+426. Child/Family Health Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 426L. This course provides core knowledge for care of children/families of diverse populations.

+426L. Child/Family Health Nursing Lab. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd semester nursing courses. Corequisite: NSG 426. This clinical course applies knowledge for care of children/families of diverse populations.

432. Acute Conditions Across the Lifespan. 5 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, and third semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 432L. This course focuses on planning & analysis for acute conditions across the lifespan.

432L. Acute Conditions Across the Lifespan Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, and third semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 432. This clinical course focuses on the application of concepts intrinsic in the delivery of nursing care in individuals and families with acute conditions across the lifespan.

434. Professional Nursing Concepts II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, and third semesters of the BSN program. This course is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession with a strong ethical and legal framework to guide their practice.

438. Health Policy and Economics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Course designed to build on basic concepts of economics and to apply that knowledge to the economics of health care. Health policy development and the health care professional's role in health policy are also introduced (RNs only).

439. Legal-Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice. 3 hrs. Provides basic knowledge of legal and ethical issues confronting nurses.

441. Senior Seminar in Leadership in Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first semester senior year nursing courses. This capstone course introduces the student to professional role responsibilities of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse focusing on the nurse as a member of the health care team and facilitating integration of clinical practice, theory and research with competencies, values and role development.

442. Basic EKG Interpretation. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: NSG 335 or permission of the instructor. Basic principles of electrocardiographic interpretation.

+445. Public Health Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Completion of 3rd semester nursing courses. Designed to prepare baccalaureate students for entry-level public health nursing practice in the care of communities and populations.

+445L. Public Health Nursing Lab. 2 hrs. Corequisite: NSG 445. Laboratory experiences to prepare baccalaureate students for entry-level public health nursing practice in the care of communities and populations.

446. Childbearing Families. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, and third semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 446L. Focuses on childbearing women and families with emphasis given to health promotion and maintenance.

446L. Childbearing Families Clinical. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, and third semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 446. Provides students with the opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills to provide nursing care for childbearing women and families with emphasis given to health promotion and maintenance.

451. Professional Nursing Practice and Standards. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 451L. Theoretical and clinical knowledge in select client populations (RNs only).

+451L. Professional Nursing Practice and Standards Practicum. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Corequisite: NSG 451. Application of theoretical and clinical knowledge to care for select client populations (RNs only).

+458L. Role Transition Preceptorship. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of NSG 425/L, NSG 445/L. Laboratory for students to develop knowledge and skills required to apply the nursing process and management process in caring for groups of patients with complex health problems.

463. Contemporary Issues and Trends in Nursing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. An exploration of contemporary issues and trends in health care (RNs only).

464. Leadership and Management. 4 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. Exploration of the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager (RNs only).

467. Pharmacotherapeutics. 3 hrs. Investigates the pharmacotherapeutics of selected classifications of drugs. Focuses on implications for health care.

470. Ethics and Critical Thinking. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major. An overview of ethical principles, frameworks for critical thinking and decision making pertinent to nursing situations (RNs only).

472. Complex Conditions Across the Lifespan. 5 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, third and fourth semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 472L. This course focuses on planning & analysis for complex conditions across the lifespan with evaluation and synthesis for transition to professional nursing practice.

472L. Complex Conditions Across the Lifespan Lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, third and fourth semesters of the BSN program. Corequisite: NSG 472. This course focuses on concepts intrinsic in the delivery of nursing care for individuals and families with complex conditions across the lifespan.

477. Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood. 3 hrs. Overview of contributing factors to atypical early development, identification and management of at-risk conditions, legal/ethical issues and legislation/litigation.

478. Specialized Studies in Developmental Disabilities. 1-6 hrs. Specialized study and skill acquisition in the area of developmental disabilities; topics vary.

480. Critical Care Elective. 3 hrs. Introduction to concepts encountered in critical care nursing using reality-based learning strategies through clinical simulations, case studies, and clinical problem solving.

481L. Summer Student Nurse Externship. 3 hrs. This course focuses on application of the nursing process and competencies necessary to provide nursing care to individuals and families.

486. Knowledge for Transition into Nursing Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, third and fourth semesters of the BSN program. Process of integrating strategic decision making and problem solving and arriving at diagnostic and therapeutic conclusions to guide clinicial management for patients across the lifespan.

488. Leadership. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of first, second, third and fourth semesters of the BSN program. Capstone course prepares students to function as innovative and influential members of the nursing profession and to serve as competent leaders in health care organizations.

489. Caribbean Studies: Health Care Delivery System. 3 hrs. Various topics.

491. Austrian Studies. 3 hrs. Variable topics.

492. Directed Study of Nursing. 1-6 hrs. Permission of instructor required. (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in NSG H492 for 3 hours).

493. Health Care of the Elderly in England. 3 hrs. This course is designed to explore the effects on the family of providing care for the dependent elderly.

494. Health Care in England. 3 hrs. Comparison of health care system in the U.S. and England; philosophies of health and nursing in a community are explored.

495. Management and Economics of Health Care. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Senior level. U.S. and British health system, financing, administration and nursing management.

496. Nursing: The British Heritage. 3-6 hrs. The evolvement of modern nursing in England within the context of international, social, economic and political events.

497. Emergency Nursing: A British View. 3 or 6 hrs. Prerequisite: Senior level. Introduction to the British health system and roles assumed by British emergency nurses.

498. Families of the Developmentally Disabled. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Senior standing or Permission of instructor. Interdisciplinary approach to the study of families of the developmentally disabled.

499. British Studies: Hospice Study and Experience. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Introduction to hospice concept and symptom control in special units, hospitals and homes; British caregivers will present origin and current application of hospice concept.


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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