NURS - Nursing

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This elective course is designed to familiarize entering nursing students with the kind of academic, social, and personal experiences that all students preparing for nursing are likely to encounter. The purpose of the course is to assess the student's knowledge and expectations regarding nursing practice, identify the significance of supportive liberal arts courses, and provide strategies to assist the student to meet the academic requirements essential for the nursing curriculum.
  • Nursing I is the foundation course in the nursing curriculum. Its content represents commonalities of knowledge and skills considered fundamental to subsequent nursing courses. Emphasis is placed on basic needs of an individual and how these vary, depending on their physical and emotional state and level of development. The student is introduced to the nursing process with an emphasis on assessment and planning. The student develops beginning skills in assisting patients with major health concerns to meet their basic needs.

  • This course is designed to familiarize students with the expectations of the nursing program. It is an elective course to be taken by interested students the semester before their first nursing course. The objectives focus on an overview of the philosophy of nursing, theoretical and practical applications of nursing process concepts, and roles of the nurse. Classroom discussions, observations of actual nursing classes and field trips are planned to enhance the student's awareness of the expectations of the nursing program.
  • This course orients the student to the philosophy, objectives and curriculum design of the nursing program and focuses on the nursing process, therapeutic communication, documentation, skills and computation competency. This course is required for the transfer student who successfully challenges or receives transfer credit for Nursing I and/or Nursing II and seeks advanced placement in the Nursing program.

    Clinical Liability - $15 per semester

  • In Nursing II, the student uses the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care to meet basic needs of clients with major health concerns. Health problems are studied in depth with emphasis on therapeutic communication, client education and prevention. Areas of concentration include: crisis, maternal-child health, the surgical experience, diabetes, and caring for individuals with respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal problems. The campus lab continues to be used for the acquisition, practice and evaluation of technical skills.

  • The focus of this elective course is to increase efficiency and self-confidence. The student works as a member of a nursing team in association with a faculty member and RN preceptor. The exposure to entire shifts under the direction and guidance of a preceptor is expected to increase students' abilities to identify factors influencing client needs. The nursing process is used to determine appropriate nursing interventions with emphasis on organization and priority setting.

  • In Nursing III, the student applies the nursing process in assessing/analyzing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for one or more patients with chronic and/or critical health concerns. The student further develops his/her role as teacher by formulating and implementing teaching plans based upon a client's individual needs.

  • This one credit elective course focuses on decision making in nursing and application of a problem-solving approach. The course is designed to assist the student to identify nursing behaviors as steps of the nursing process and define client needs and scope of nursing care to be provided. The emphasis is on applying the nursing process to selected health problems. Stress-reduction techniques and test-taking strategies are also included.

  • The focus of this senior level elective course is to increase clinical efficiency and self-confidence. The student works as a member of a nursing team in association with a faculty member and RN preceptor. The nursing process is used to determine appropriate nursing interventions with emphasis on organization and priority setting among patients. Increased skill in using the nursing process, particularly the assessment and implementation phases, as well as increased ability to evaluate self-performance and increased levels of self-confidence are expected.

  • The focus of this senior level elective course is to increase clinical efficiency and self-confidence. The student is able to work as a member of the nursing team in association with a faculty member and RN preceptor. The nursing process is used to determine appropriate nursing interventions with emphasis on organization and priority setting among patients. Increased skill in using the nursing process, particularly the assessment and implementation phases, as well as increased ability to evaluate self-performance and increased levels of self-confidence are expected.

  • In Nursing IV, the student increases skills in applying the nursing process to a group of clients with chronic and/or critical health problems. The student develops his/her professional role as a leader and manager and is prepared for the transition from student to graduate. Nursing IV involves the student in specialty areas such as the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and community agencies. Major health areas which are investigated include: Endocrine, Neurology, Cardiac, Respiratory, Obstetrical and Trauma Emergencies.

  • Directed study may be arranged for students interested in study in the field of nursing relative to areas of special interest.
  • This hybrid course examines ethical positions arising from the advancement of modern medicine. Emphasis is placed on ethical theories and principles that guide decision-making in healthcare. Critical reasoning skills are used to analyze ethical issues and to help students understand how to make action oriented decisions for controversial healthcare questions. Aspects of inquiry and ways of knowing are explored, relative to selected ethical dilemmas or issues. Students will research and present a case study on an ethical health care issue.

  • This hybrid course focuses on issues and trends in nursing and healthcare delivery to achieve a broad professional perspective for the expanded role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Selected issues and concepts will also be analyzed with depth to determine the impact on rural healthcare delivery. The course also focuses on principles related to critical reasoning and decision-making processes to help the student to better understand the challenges and opportunities in the political, social, and healthcare environment.

  • This nursing course focuses on the development of decision-making knowledge and skills for the nurse leader. The principles of management and leadership are addressed in the course. Course content includes role concepts, change theory, fiscal management, organizational structure, conflict resolution, impact of unionization, quality control, and performance appraisal. In addition, evidence-based leadership and decision-making for public policy are explored in the course.

  • This advanced course involves the study of drug preparations relative to their mechanism of action, physiological effects, methods of administration, therapeutic dosages, healthcare practitioner responsibilities, interactions, untoward effects, and legal implications. The course also explores the use of common herbal therapies, over the counter medications, and nutritional supplements. In addition, the course addresses off-label use of drugs and bioidentical preparations and their therapeutic use. Students will present a patient teaching plan.

  • This course focuses on a wholistic approach to health assessment and promotion across the life span. The course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills to allow a student to complete a comprehensive health assessment. Technological aspects for health assessment and promotion are addressed with the use of simulation where appropriate. Socio-cultural influences, growth and development, and gender are concepts integrated in the course. Students will be required to produce and present a health promotion plan.

  • This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine the role of the nurse in the generation and application of research in the healthcare domain. The course focuses on the study and analysis of research in nursing practice to optimize client outcomes. Course content includes problem formulation; identification of variables; research design and methodology; data collection and analysis; and interpretation of findings. In addition, the course will focus on how theory and research relate to evidence-based practice.

  • This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the evaluation of current public health issues and population-focused health care delivery. Key public health concepts and frameworks will be examined from an evidenced based perspective. Principles of social justice and public health policy will be discussed as they interrelate with a variety of populations, with an emphasis on specific needs of rural communities.

  • This course is designed to provide an overview of the history of nursing and nursing images as they relate to the American health care system and society. The course also includes an overview of historiography or historical research as well as fundamental principles for critiquing historical studies or narratives. The course also addresses issues of class, race, gender, and societal values as possible influences on the development of the nursing profession. Lastly, the course includes a review of selected past nursing leaders within his/her context and influence upon modern nursing.

  • This course focuses on the health care of elders including the unique aspects of aging across the adult lifespan. Elders and their needs are framed from a physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual perspective and within a family and community environment. Emphasis in the course is on health maintenance, prevention, and promotion as well as maintaining function and preventing disability in the elderly. The student will offer a presentation addressing contemporary nursing and health care issues affecting elders in rural areas.

  • This course will focus on informatics and technology applications in the healthcare setting. The course covers the use of information systems and technologies such as telehealth, electronic health record (EHR), distance and e-learning, digital personal record, and databases. In addition, the course will explore the use of portable and personal devices such as personal digital assistant (PDA), IPOD Touch portable media player, portable computer, and other mobile platforms in the healthcare setting.

  • This capstone course continues to expand and explore content to prepare the student for an autonomous role as a baccalaureate-prepared practitioner in health care. Course activities help the student identify a health care need in a rural setting in order to design and implement a project to address the selected concern. In addition, the course content allows the student to further develop a personal philosophy through the culminating socialization process to the expanded and autonomous role. Students will offer both written and oral capstone presentations.

  • This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge base and develop skills for implementation of political activism for the nursing profession within the United States of America or U. S. health care system. The course focuses on the politics of health policy in terms of legislative and executive processes at the local, state, and federal level. The course also explores economic, social, ethical and political factors related to activism and health care delivery.