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Aurora University (School of Nursing)




The practice of nursing is both an art and a science. Nursing requires knowledge and skill that demand a strong background in the humanities and social, behavioral, and biological sciences. Nursing is understood to mean a therapeutic helping relationship devoted to promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities within the context of human responses to health experiences.

The mission of the School of Nursing is to support the mission of the University in providing an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. Graduates are prepared to practice the profession of nursing as contributing members of the profession to promote, maintain, and restore the health of clients in a variety of settings.



School name:Aurora UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address: 347 S. Gladstone
Zip & city:IL 60506-4892 Illinois
Phone:630-892-6431
Web:http://www.aurora.edu/nursing/
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BIOLOGY OF CELLS
This course studies the cell as the basic unit of biology. Topics include classification of living organisms, acellular and cellular organisms; structure and roles of biologically important molecules; prokaryote and eucaryote cell structure; concepts of metabolism and energy flow; enzymes; photosynthesis; ATP production; cell reproduction; molecular genetics; and the principles of Mendelian genetics. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Detailed study of the relationship between structure and function of an organism with an emphasis on the human system. Physical-chemical principles related to the major organ systems, including integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and the senses. A partial course in anatomy and physiology. Lab exercises are coordinated with lecture material.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Adds to the topics of Anatomy and Physiology I the aspects of endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and urogenital systems, immunity and reproduction. Anatomy and Physiology I and II make a complete course in anatomy and physiology. Lab exercises emphasize and expand lecture principles.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Integrates the pathological processes of disease with those of the “normal” functioning body. Cellular and organismal disease mechanisms are studied with reference to specifi c diseases, with opportunity to apply this learning to actual case studies.

MICROBIOLOGY
Integrates the pathological processes of disease with those of the “normal” functioning body. Cellular and organismal disease mechanisms are studied with reference to specifi c diseases, with opportunity to apply this learning to actual case studies.

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY
One-term course for non-majors covering the basics of general, inorganic and organic chemistry as they relate to health sciences. Topics covered include atomic structure, chemical bonding, radioactivity, behavior of gases and solutions, acid and bases, hydrocarbons, functional groups and important biological molecules. Includes laboratory activities.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA
The fundamentals of algebra for students of all majors. Real numbers, polynomials, linear equations and inequalities, functions, rational expressions, exponents, quadratic equations, and systems of linear equations.

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course explores the development of the professional nursing role. Historical perspectives, selected nursing theories, and standards of nursing practice are presented. The concepts of health and illness as influenced by psychological, social, cultural, ethical, and legal issues are examined. The development of nursing knowledge, diagnosis, interventions, and outcomes are emphasized.

PRINCIPLES OF NURSING I
This course applies major concepts from the liberal arts and sciences to nursing interventions (physiologic, communicative, behavioral, environmental). The course introduces the nursing student to the professional nurse role and its influence on health and illness within the context of social, cultural, ethical and legal issues. The course is designed to achieve selected patient outcomes. Clinical: An integration of laboratory and clinical experiences will focus on the development of the nursing student to systematically analyze information and recognize patterns of patient needs.

PRINCIPLES OF NURSING II
This course builds on the conceptual framework developed in Principles of Nursing I. The course is designed to achieve patient outcomes through selected nursing interventions. Clinical: The integration of laboratory and clinical experiences will focus on the ability of the nursing student to systematically synthesize data and perform individualized nursing interventions to achieve patient outcomes.

PHARMACOLOGICAL CONCEPTS
This course encompasses the study of drugs and their interactions with living systems. The focus of the course is based on the premise that scientific information is needed to understand the use of drugs as therapeutic agents. Pharmacological concepts is the study of the physical and chemical properties of drugs as well as their biochemical and physiologic effects on the client. In addition, this course includes knowledge of the history, sources, application and understanding of drugs as essential for nursing practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT, PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
The course provides the framework for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration, and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals across the life cycle. This includes assessment of mental status, basic psychosocial status, functional health patterns, and physical assessment skills. National health objectives for the nation provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Students identify, explore, plan, and implement wellness teaching through service learning projects that educate populations and promote healthy behaviors. Integration of clinical laboratory provides a setting for practicing and developing critical thinking skills.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES
This course explores the continuum of mental health and illness across the lifespan. The connection between physical illnesses and behavioral health is discussed. An emphasis is placed on wellness achieved through enhanced stress management and coping skills. In addition, concepts of psychobiology and neuronendocrinology are examined as they relate to disorders of mood, thought, emotional modulation and addiction. Clinical: Clinical opportunities for interpersonal skill development with individuals, families, groups and communities are an integral part of the course.

NURSING RESEARCH
The significance of research in nursing is considered with emphasis on the scientifi c approach and its application in evidenced based nursing practice. The major components of the research process are addressed with a focus on the professional nurse as a consumer of research. Critical thinking skills are emphasized in the analysis of current nursing research.

NURSING: A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OUTLOOK
This course incorporates concepts from nursing and applies them to public health functions in the community. The focus shifts from individual health to community health. The dynamic influence of social justice, political agendas, and culture on the collective values of prevention of illness or disease, health protection and promotion, and quality and accessibility of health service are emphasized. Current and culture challenges to global health are explored. Clinical: The clinical component for this course will apply nursing concepts and public health practices to selected populations to facilitate the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health across the life cycle.

MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING I: COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
This medical surgical course builds on the conceptual foundation learned in principles of nursing practice, physical assessment, pharmacology, and behavioral health nursing across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the acute care setting, and application of the nursing process in prevention, promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and illness through collaborative practice. Integral to the course are expanding concepts of health and illness including: health teaching, home care management and health care resources challenges transitioning from acute care to the home or rehabilitation settings. Clinical: The clinical practicum focus is on intermediate clinical decision making skills within a collaborative practice setting using critical thinking skills to integrate multidimensional aspects of therapeutic responsiveness in meeting the health and illness needs of clients.

NURSING CARE OF THE FAMILY
This course focuses on the emerging family in situational, maturational or physiological crisis. The student applies critical thinking skills in meeting the health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration needs of families. Nursing interventions to support family development and dynamics from childbearing to child-rearing are considered and placed within a social, cultural and ethical context. Clinical: The clinical practicum focus is on the ability of the student to utilize nursing interventions and clinical decision making in the care and support of the family.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
This course is the capstone course for the pre-RN student. The course facilitates the transition from the role of student to professional nurse. The course examines the roles, traits, and contribution of the nurse in leadership and managerial positions. Conceptual aspects of power, problem solving/decision making, effective communication, confl ict resolution, delegation and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts. The course is designed to facilitate student self- assessment of their leadership and management abilities as they develop the necessary skills.

MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING II: COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
This medical surgical course will build on the student’s previous knowledge gained through collaborative practice experience in the medical surgical acute care setting. The student will become increasingly sophisticated in the use of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to facilitate adaptation to seriously complex physiological insults across the lifespan. Students will have an opportunity to increase organizational skills, through the expanding complexity of patient acuity levels and workloads in advanced medical surgical settings. Emphasis is on complex decision making through collaborative practice in critical care settings. The student will conceptualize care of the medical surgical client from admission to discharge and beyond as a means of holistic practice that demonstrates prevention, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of the client with complex health problems. Clinical: The clinical will focus on complex decision making and facilitate the student’s socialization to nursing as a profession by providing opportunities to participate in discussions and decisions related to patient education, issues and problems of health care and nursing practice, social, cultural, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. The student will transition to a novice in preparation for employment after completing a clinical preceptor experience.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Integrates the pathological processes of disease with those of the “normal” functioning body. Cellular and organismal disease mechanisms are studied with reference to specific diseases, with opportunity to apply this learning to actual case studies.

DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This course is a bridge course for RN students that introduces the nursing program themes of caring, health, learning, commitment to human dignity, and nursing. Examines the key dimensions of professional nursing, health care delivery, the development of nursing knowledge and theory, and legal and ethical issues in nursing and health care.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
This course examines the cultural influences on beliefs, values, and practices in relation to health, illness, and health-seeking behaviors. Applies the nursing process to clients with respect for diversity and individual differences. Transcultural nursing research, critical analysis of issues, and trends in international health are discussed. Required of RN students and an elective for basic nursing students.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT, EDUCATION AND PROMOTION
The course provides the framework for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration, and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals across the life cycle. This includes assessment of mental status, basic psychosocial status, functional health patterns, and physical assessment skills. National health objectives for the nation provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Students identify, explore, plan, and implement wellness teaching through service learning projects that educate populations and promote healthy behaviors. Integration of clinical laboratory provides a setting for practicing and developing critical thinking skills.

NURSING RESEARCH/RN
The significance of research in nursing is considered with emphasis on the scientific approach and its application in evidenced based nursing practice. The major components of the research process are addressed with a focus on the professional nurse as a consumer of research. Critical thinking skills are emphasized in the analysis of current nursing research.

NURSING: A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OUTLOOK/RN
This course focuses on concepts from nursing, public health, the liberal arts and sciences as a basis for nursing interventions. Emphasis is placed on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal psychosocial adaptation for individuals, families, and groups in community settings.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT / RN
A capstone course for RN / BSN completion students which operationalizes the nursing program themes of caring, health, learning, commitment to human dignity, and nursing. The student identifies a health problem of a self-selected client population and studies, in an appropriate setting, a nursing intervention strategy using the nursing process to assist clients to promote, maintain, and restore health. The student may or may not have an assigned preceptor.

ETHICAL DECISION MAKING / RN
This course explores trends and issues in ethics and public policy. Values, ethical theory and decision making and the process of policy making in relation to the standards of nursing practice are examined.

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored.

GENERAL STATISTICS
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will include: measures of central tendency, variability, probability, standard scores, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression analysis. This course is open to any student interested in general statistics and it will include applications pertaining to students majoring in athletic training, pre-nursing and business.

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