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School of Health Sciences

Course Description

Bachelor Degree of Sciences in Nursing (BSN)

Core Courses

 

FSHS 105 – Freshman Seminar in Health Sciences (3 credits)
The focus of this course is to strengthen basic knowledge and skills at a personal, intellectual and technological level necessary to succeed in the activities of academic performance and adjustment to university life. Each student will participate in mentorship activities that will continually build upon skills and knowledge base in the advancement of student development. Important emphasis is given to the integral development of humanistic fulfillment and academic success. The student is guided through a series of activities on the university campus exposing them to the services offered by the institution, and the School of Health Sciences. The goal will translate into the student feeling secure and confident in managing and solving personal and academic situations.

HESC 360 – Statistic Applied to Health Sciences
This is the third core course required to be completed by all students completing BS studies at the School of Health Sciences except students from Speech Language Therapy and Dietetic and Nutrition, who are encouraged to take it as an elective. This course provides a discussion of statistical methods applied to the health professions. Emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative statistical analyses applied to clinical research according to different research designs.
Pre-requisites: MATH 120

HESC 365 – Health Sciences Research (3 credits)
This core course is required from undergraduate students at the School of Health Sciences. Specific attention is given to the relationship between research outcomes and clinical practice. This course prepares students to critically analyze research literature in the health sciences. Students also have the opportunity to apply the scientific method to clinical research. Funding opportunities available to develop research studies in health sciences are presented and discussed.
Pre-requisites: HESC 360

Specialty Courses

NURS 200 - Introduction to Nursing: A New Community (3 credits)
The focus of this course is to increase awareness of the nurses role as a professional in the community at large, the realities of the profession and opportunities it represents. This course emphasizes the basic concepts of nursing, health, illness, as well as the emotional, spiritual, psychosocial and physiological components of the human being. The students will participate in two nursing workshops related to basic procedures in addition to familiarizing them with instrument and equipment from the skills laboratory. Through a series of activities the student is exposed to university life including aspects of cultural and nursing professional life.

NURS 201 – Fundamentals of Nursing (5 credits)
This theoretical and clinical course provides an introduction to the historical, sociopolitical, and legal concepts of the nursing profession in US, Puerto Rico and other Hispanic communities. Emphasis is given to the development of nursing basic skills which are needed for the health promotion and maintenance of individuals, families and communities. The student is guided to consider the individuals motivation in seeking health care and how their problems interfere with daily activities. Clinical practice provides opportunities for the development of the necessary skills used in hospital and community settings to carry out the nursing role. Emphasis is placed on the client as a holistic being and the use of critical thinking when intervening in health and illness with a variety of individual's from different cultural/social backgrounds, and different age groups.
Pre-requisites: BIOL 300, BIOL 304, CHEM 224, MATH 120, NURS 200

NURS 202 – Health and Physical Assessment (4 credits) 
This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention concepts for conducting physical examinations and health assessments. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, cultural competence and professional interpersonal skills are modeled in order to achieve the goals of Healthy People 2010. Practice in the skills laboratory provides an opportunity for the students to examine and implement the nursing process with individuals, families and communities throughout the life span as consumers and resources of health care. The nursing diagnosis process, health screening, referrals process, and physical examination techniques are discussed, applied, and practiced in laboratory experiences.
Pre-requisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 203, NURS 205

NURS 203 – Pharmacology 4 credits)
This course presents students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking related to pharmacology concepts applied to the nursing process. The content focuses on principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, administration routes, dosage calculations, therapeutic use, disinfection procedures, basic concepts of nontraditional medicine and drug interactions. Discussion of advantages and disadvantages of pharmacotherapy and the patient's well-being. In addition, includes content on bioterrorism agents, drugs for HIV/AIDS, medication errors and gene therapy. Includes also the development of laboratory skills in pharmacology (Posology) has the purpose to train nursing students with the stools necessary for the implementation of essential procedures for both the calculation and dosing of drugs by various routes of administration, as well as through the life cycle. These skills require theoretical knowledge, judgment, problem solving and critical thinking and a careful application using evidence based practice to ensure both the quality and the safety aspects as well as the understanding of cultural diversity of the patient.
Pre-requisites: BIOL 300, BIOL 304, CHEM 224, MATH 120, NURS 200

NURS 205 – Pathophysiology (3 credits)
This course presents the basic concepts of human pathophysiology and explains the processes of specific diseases. The course is divided in two parts: the micro and macro systems. Part one reviews cellular responses to infection, environmental factors, genetics, diet, cancer and stress. Part two is organized by body systems. Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Relevant case studies are discussed in class, and aspects such as risk factors pertinent to pediatric, aging and women's health are presented.
Pre-requisites: BIOL 300, BIOL 304, CHEM 224, MATH 120, NURS 200

NURS 210 - Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to computers and nursing informatics focusing on application to the nursing profession. The emphasis is on integrating nursing practice systems and informatics technology. Students explore the use of informatics in the nursing practice and its role in enhancing patient care. Students also examine issues related the protection of the privacy, confidentiality, and security of health information in health care environments and the potential utility of a wide array of social networking tools in communicating health-related information.
Pre-requisites: NURS 201, NURS 203, NURS 205, PSYC 123

NURS 303 – Medical Surgical Nursing (5 credits)
This theoretical and clinical course prepares the students to intervene with individuals in the adult and elderly stages, who present physiological alterations that affect their homeostasis. The focus is directed towards the development of knowledge based on application of the nursing process, communication skills, critical thinking and therapeutic interventions as essential to ensure an optimal care. The course includes theory, nursing skills laboratory, clinical experiences (hospitals & communities) and seminars. The hospitals used for clinical practice are at secondary and tertiary levels of care. This course clinical component requires the student to complete 40 hours at Skills Laboratory for the development of clinical nursing skills prior to clinical practice in selected clinical sites. Also clinical practice provides opportunities for the development of the necessary skills used in hospital and community settings to carry out the nursing role.
Pre-requisites: NURS 201, NURS 203, NURS 205, PSYC 123

NURS 304 – Maternal & Child Nursing (5 credits)
This theoretical and clinical course focuses on concepts of the childbearing patient, her infant and the impact in her family. The nursing process is presented as a guide for intervention with families during the normal human development process including: pregnancy, delivery, post-partum and care of the newborn. Health promotion is emphasized. Epidemiology, infectious, acute and chronic diseases are discussed taking into consideration maternal and newborn's needs in community and hospital care settings from a biopsychosocial perspective. This course clinical component requires the student to complete 40 hours at Skills Laboratory for the development of clinical nursing skills prior to clinical practice in selected clinical sites. Also clinical practice provides opportunities for the development of specific maternal and child skills used in hospital and community settings necessary to carry out the nursing role. After this practice, students participate of different experiences in the clinical setting.
Pre-requisites: NURS 202, NURS 303

NURS 305 – Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents (5 credits)
This theoretical and clinical course focuses on the care of children and adolescents. The student is introduced to the concepts of nursing care from the first year of life to the adolescence. Nursing basic skills are developed for the prevention of illness, health promotion and health maintenance in this age group. Emphasis is placed on the client as a holistic being, applying critical thinking and promoting the use of nursing diagnosis according to North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) with nursing interventions (NIC) and outcomes (NOC) adequate to this age group.
Pre-requisites: NURS 202, NURS 210, NURS 303

NURS 403 – Community Health Nursing (5 credits)
This theoretical and clinical course focuses on the study of principles and practices involved in community health nursing and the development of skills for health education in community settings. Students are familiarized with models, theories, concepts and skills related to community interventions. Public Health concepts are discussed and applied to the health improvement of different communities. Community physical and social environments are analyzed, including the role of the different organizations. Emphasis is given to priorities for health promotion and maintenance according to Healthy People 2020, including health disparities and the essential role of the nursing professional. The course clinical component requires the student to complete 40 hours at Laboratory for the development of nursing skills prior to the clinical practice in selected clinical sites. Clinical practice provides opportunities for the development of the necessary skills used in community settings to carry out the community nursing role. Emphasis is placed on the client as a holistic being and the use of critical thinking when intervening in health and illness with a variety of individual's from different cultural/social backgrounds, and different age groups.
Pre-requisites: NURS 304 & NURS 305

NURS 404 – Mental Health Nursing (5 credits)
The focus of this theoretical and clinical course is the promotion of health and provision of opportunities for clients to maximize their ability to live, work, socialize, and learn in the communities of their choice. The practice of mental health nursing is presented from the perspective of helping people manage difficulties, solve problems, decrease emotional pain, and promote growth, while respecting their rights to their own values, beliefs and decisions. Nursing students are encouraged to engage in self-analysis in order to increase their understanding and self-acceptance. This is important because nurses who are able to clarify their own beliefs and values are less likely to be judgmental or to impose their own values and beliefs on clients. Neurobiological, psychosocial, sociological and spiritual theories are discussed to help students understand clients and their experiences and to help them engage in the healing process. This course clinical component requires the student to complete 40 hours at Skills Laboratory for the development of clinical nursing skills prior to clinical practice in selected clinical sites. Also clinical practice provides opportunities for the development of the necessary skills used in hospital and community settings to carry out the nursing role. Emphasis is given to development of effective communication skills, application of the nursing process, community mental health, critical thinking and cultural diversity.
Pre-requisites: NURS 304, NURS 305

NURS 405 – Nursing Leadership (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the basic concepts of effective nursing leadership and management within the dynamic health care system of today where nursing roles are evolving. The impact of economics, information, technology, and politics on the health care system is discussed and analyzed. Problems and challenges are viewed as opportunities for growth and improvement for the health care team where nursing plays a key role. The student has the opportunity to critically analyze case studies in various health care settings. A variety of concepts and theories from research and literature are analyzed and applied to practice. Participation in local, national, and international nursing and non-nursing organizations is encouraged.
Pre-requisites: NURS 403, NURS 404

NURS 406 – Practicum (4 credits) 
In this course the student has the opportunity to integrate the knowledge from previous courses with the purpose of promoting professional attitudes, internal motivation and development of responsibility and accountability for practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills in the clinical area selected by the student in agreement with the professor. The goal is to increase clinical skills and apply critical thinking, using nursing diagnosis according to North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA, NIC and NOC). In addition, students have the opportunity to practice the employer-employee relationship and leadership skills. In addition to the clinical experiences the group meets once a week for two hours to discuss issues relevant to this stage of their professional development.
Pre-requisites: NURS 403, NURS 404

NURS 407 – Knowledge Integration in Nursing (3 credits)
The focus of this course is integration of knowledge in preparation for local and/or national professional examination tests. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the requirements to practice the nursing profession in Puerto Rico and the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition the students will review and practice the basic components included in the examination test required by the Department of Health to practice the profession of Nursing and the NCLEX.
Pre-requisites: NURS 403, NURS 404

Elective Courses

HESC 350 – Reconceptualizing Aging (3 credits)
This course is directed to undergraduate students who are interested on developing, strengthening and expanding their knowledge, attitudes and skills in the care of the older adult and also need to develop interdisciplinary work skills. The course is intended to serve as an elective for undergraduate programs in the health and behavioral sciences, disciplines which focus in the care and services to the older adults, regardless of their clinical setting. These disciplines also, have direct contact with these clients as a response to the nature of their professional services. Students will have the opportunity to clarify myths and stereotypes about aging, gain a new vision of the aging concept and become familiar with sociodemographic profile of the elderly. The course also discusses social, biological and psychological changes in aging, their impact into services to the elderly and the uniqueness of older persons. The most prevalent conditions and problems that affect the functional status and fundamental concepts of interdisciplinary team work will be also addressed. Students will have the opportunity to interview older adults in the home setting to estimate their functional status and perform comprehensive assessment.

HESC 370 – Transcultural Nursing (3 credits) 
This course is offered at the undergraduate level to apply a transcultural nursing framework to guide nursing practice in diverse health care settings across the lifespan. Considering that nursing care requires effective communication skills, a clear understanding of the cultural beliefs and preferences of clients, students are introduced to the development of cultural assessment skills. These combined with critical thinking and decision-making abilities based on cultural knowledge, will provide the necessary competence on which to base transcultural nursing care. Using this approach, nurses will be able to provide culturally competent and contextually relevant care for clients-individuals, families, groups, communities, and institutions.
Pre-requisites: NURS 201, NURS 203, NURS 205, PSYC 123

NURS 209 - Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice (3 credits)
This is a course offered to undergraduate nursing students (BSN) as an elective option. The course is designed to fill the need for clinical nutrition education for nursing students. Discussion of the fundamentals of nutritional care including nutritional assessment, identifying risk factors, determining nutrient requirements, and selecting appropriate interventions. Life cycle nutrition, functional elements of nutrition support, trends in nutritional care, and nutritional considerations in specific disease states are also covered.
Pre-requisites: NURS 201, NURS 203, NURS 205

NURS 212 - Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3 credits)
This course focuses on the care of the older adult. Prepare undergraduate students to provide holistic, professional nursing care. It also presents common problems and geriatric syndromes and their impact on functional status of the older adult and the interdisciplinary team look as effective strategy in their care. It’s focus primarily on functional assessment, effective communication and nursing interventions to foster functionally even through the risk factors and the aging process.
Pre-requisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 205