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New Mexico State University (School of Nursing)




New Mexico State University’s School of Nursing, one of the schools comprising the College of Health and Social Services, offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.).

The B.S.N. degree program includes three options. One is to accommodate the beginning nursing student (four-year B.S.N. student) who, upon graduation is eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of NMSU’s School of Nursing is to serve the people of New Mexico through nursing education, research, and public service recognizing the state’s multicultural heritage, the ever-changing environment, and an interdependent world. The mission of the nursing school is consistent with that of the governing organization. It reflects a commitment to a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse community and to socially responsible standards of professional nursing.




School name:New Mexico State UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:MSC 3185
Zip & city:NM 88003-8001 New Mexico
Phone:(505) 646-3812
Web:http://www.nmsu.edu/~nursing/
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ORIENTATION TO NURSING
Introduction to the profession of nursing including history, educational requirements, roles, and career opportunities.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual studies with prior approval of department coordinator.

DRUG CALCULATIONS
Covers techniques for accurate measurement, calculation, and administration of medications and fluids for children and adults.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY
General principles of pharmacology including methods of administration, effect on the body, interactions with other drugs, and classifications of drugs. Focus on the nurse's role in the pharmacologic intervention process.

NURSING PROCESS: BASIC CONCEPTS
Introduction to the principles and techniques of nursing process, communication dynamics, and the helping relationship. Grade of C or better required. Prerequisite: admission to nursing program.

SKILLS LABORATORY I
Fundamental nursing skills and relevant scientific principles required for basic clinical practice taught in the laboratory setting.

CLINICAL PRACTICE I
Introductory clinical using basic nursing skills, knowledge base, and nursing process in a clinical setting.

NURSING PROCESS: COMMON HEALTH DEVIATIONS
Use of the nursing process in teaching, supporting, planning, and providing care for clients of any age who are experiencing common health deviations. Grade of C or better required.

SKILLS LABORATORY II
Learn and practice scientific principles of nursing skills to plan and provide nursing care for clients with common health deviations across the life span.

CLINICAL PRACTICE II
Use of nursing skills and principles to plan and give care based on the nursing process to clients across the life span experiencing common health deviations.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVIATIONS
Factors that influence the emotional health of the patient. The more common psycho-social health deviations are also considered.

COMMON HEALTH DEVIATIONS
Common health deviations and the manner by which they alter various body functions; both medical and nursing interventions are included. The nursing process is presented as a guide for coordinating patient care. Ethical and legal implications and the role of the practical nurse are also considered.

COMMON HEALTH DEVIATIONS LAB
The application of knowledge gained in theoretical instruction to the patient care situation. Through clinical experiences in local acute health care settings, students provide care for patients with common health deviations. Within a chosen nursing system, each phase of the nursing process is utilized as a method of coordinating patient care. Branch campuses only.

MEDICATION AND DOSAGE CALCULATION
Techniques of dosage calculation for medication and fluid administration.

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Beginning techniques of physical assessment by systems will be presented by using the nursing process as a guide for identifying self-care requisites throughout the life span.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

BASIC NURSING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Introduction to the nursing profession and the beginning skills of nursing practice as it relates to normalcy. Embracing the theory of Dorothea Orem, the nursing process is presented as a means of guiding the student in promoting self-care. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are also included. Grade of C or better required.

BASIC NURSING THEORY AND PRACTICE LAB
Basic clinical nursing skills will be presented and practiced in the nursing lab. The student will perform these skills with clients in an actual health care setting.

MATERNAL/CHILD HEALTH DEVIATIONS
The concepts and principles of nursing care of the family from conception to adolescence. Utilizing the nursing process, the student focuses on the supportive-educative nursing system to assist members of the family in meeting self-care requisites.

MATERNAL/CHILD HEALTH DEVIATIONS LAB
Theoretical instruction applied to client care situation. Students assist clients in meeting universal and developmental self-care requisites. Experiences may occur in any of the regional health care facilities.

THE MENTAL HEALTH CLIENT
Introduction to the care of the client experiencing various levels of mental health. Emphasis on communication, psychosocial, and coping skills. Includes practicum.

PRACTICUM: NURSING PROCESS
Introduction to and application of the nursing process as utilized in the delivery of care to client through the holistic approach to wellness.

NURSING ROLES IN WELLNESS CARE DELIVERY SETTINGS
Introduction to concepts of nursing roles, values, and philosophy and including wellness, caring, holism, in the various settings that nursing utilizes and to which clients are referred. Restricted to majors. Branch campuses only.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS I
Holistic approach to study of basic pharmacology concepts. Includes pharmaceutic, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic phases of drug action. Nursing process and basic drug calculations discussed and demonstrated.

HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PHARMACOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS II
Holistic approach to application of drug therapy utilizing nursing process. Special emphasis on role of nurse and basic concepts related to specific drug categories included.

PRACTICUM: CRITICAL THINKING FOR NURSES
Enhancement of student learning of critical thinking through case scenarios, role playing, and variation of nursing skill techniques.

THE ADULT CLIENT I
Care of adult clients experiencing less than optimal wellness based on relevant scientific principles, interpersonal skills, health delivery systems, health promotion and education. Includes practicum.

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE
Introduction to legal and ethical implications of nursing practice (through the holistic approach to wellness) as a registered nurse.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Branch campuses only.

NURSING PRACTICE UPDATE
Transition from practical/vocational to technical nursing practice.

PHARMACOLOGICAL REQUISITES OF NURSING CARE
Basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics and the relationship to nursing care.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual studies to meet identified student needs. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.

ADVANCED ENTRY PREPARATION
Transition from practical/vocational nursing practice. Theory and clinical to prepare LPN/LVN for entry into second year of ADN program. Also used to refresh students who have exited the ADN program and wish to return.

NURSING PROCESS UPDATE
Introduction to the nursing process for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

NURSING PROCESS: MULTIPLE HEALTH DEVIATIONS
Use of nursing process in teaching, supporting, planning, and providing care for acutely ill clients of any age experiencing multiple health deviations. C or better required.

SKILLS LABORATORY III
Learn and practice skills based on scientific principles required to plan and provide care for clients experiencing multiple health deviations.

CLINICAL PRACTICE III
Use nursing skills and principles to plan and give care based on the nursing process to clients across the life span with multiple health deviations.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduction to the nursing process as a framework for providing care. Focus on the principles, concepts, and theories basic to the study of nursing and in the evolution of nursing and nursing education.

INTRODUCTION TO SKILLS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: LABORATORY
Introduction to the art of performing research-based patient care skills for promoting safety and comfort and for meeting physiological and psychosocial needs.

SKILLS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
Introduction to theoretical concepts of research-based patient care skills for promoting safety and comfort and for meeting physiological and psychosocial needs.

BASIC TERMINOLOGY FOR NURSING
Basic vocabulary and fundamental constructs of nursing and medical terminology.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ISSUES
Analysis of the responsibilities and concerns of professional nursing. Grade of C or better required.

NURSING PROCESS: COMPLEX HEALTH DEVIATIONS
Nursing process in teaching, supporting, planning, and providing care based on principles from the natural and behavioral sciences for clients of any age experiencing complex health deviations. Grade of C or better required.

SKILLS LABORATORY IV
Learn and practice nursing skills based on scientific principles to plan and provide nursing care for clients with complex health deviations.

CLINICAL PRACTICE IV
Use of nursing skills and principles to plan and give care based on the nursing process to clients of any age with complex health deviations.

HEALTH DEVIATIONS I
Introduction to medical/surgical clients whose self-care needs are routine and predictable. Focus is on simple health deviations, including concepts relative to health promotion and maintenance. Pharmacological therapies are included.

HEALTH DEVIATIONS I LAB
Focus on the care of individuals with simple health deviations. Nursing process utilized to assist patients with meeting self-care needs. Student expected to apply all nursing systems while providing care for a group of two or three clients.

HEALTH DEVIATIONS II
Concepts and principles applied to clients with complex health deviations. Focus will be on acutely ill clients that require the nurse to function in all three nursing systems. Grade of C or better required.

HEALTH DEVIATIONS II LAB
Building upon knowledge gained in NURS 246L, the student focuses on individuals with complex health deviations. The nursing process continues to serve as a guide in assisting clients to meet self-care needs. The student assists the health care team in all aspects of client care.

PSYCHOSOCIAL REQUISITES: A DEFICIT APPROACH
Nursing theory and practice as it relates to the care of the client experiencing psychosocial health deviations. The role of the nurse is discussed along with the ethical and legal aspects of caring for the client with psychosocial disorders.

PSYCHOSOCIAL REQUISITES: A DEFICIT APPROACH LAB
Building upon the communication skills of listening and responding, the student develops the therapeutic skills of interpersonal relationships. All nursing systems will be utilized as the student makes application to the care of clients experiencing psychosocial deviations.

MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH HEALTH DEVIATIONS
Principles in providing guidance to less prepared personnel; development of leadership in directing client activities in a work setting.

MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH HEALTH DEVIATIONS LAB
Preceptorship experience in which the student applies all knowledge gained throughout their nursing program. Student experiences the role of the staff nurse under the guidance and direction of their preceptor and nursing instructor.

THE ADULT CLIENT II
Care of adult clients experiencing acute, chronic and life-threatening health problems. Nursing process, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and diet therapy integrated through the holistic approach to wellness. Includes practicum.

THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Consists of lecture and associated clinical/laboratory experiences that focus on the holistic care of families expecting birth. Emphasis on wellness of normal and high-risk maternal and newborn care. Nursing process utilized to develop caring interventions and effective community communication through teaching healthy strategies.

MANAGEMENT OF CLIENT CARE
Organization and delivery of wellness care services for groups of clients based on the nursing process.

CHILDREN
Consists of lecture and associated clinical and laboratory experiences which focus on the care of children from infancy through adolescence including acute and chronic health care problems. Employs nursing process, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and diet therapy through the holistic approach to wellness.

PRACTICUM: PRECEPTORSHIP
Clinical experience in a leadership role in specific practice areas enhancing the transition from student to practitioner utilizing the holistic approach to wellness.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY I
An introduction to pathophysiologic concepts using a body systems approach.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY II
A continuation of materials presented in NURS 290, Pathophysiology I, covering the remaining body systems.

PRECEPTORSHIP
Clinical experiences in medical/surgical, obstetrics, or pediatrics utilizing the holistic nursing approach to practice and application of nursing process. Transition from student role to practitioner is emphasized.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING FOR THE R.N.
Transition course for the R.N. providing an overview of theories and concepts that are the bases for professional nursing practice. Restricted to majors.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Covers concepts of mental health and illness and the nursing implications for persons experiencing psychosocial dysfunction.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: CLINICAL
Nursing process applied to the care of patients experiencing psycho-social dysfunction.

NURSING HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Theoretical basis for the biopsychosocial assessment of individual patients across the life span.

NURSING HEALTH ASSESSMENT: CLINICAL
Covers skills and techniques for nursing health assessment.

NURSING CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT
Introduction to aging, health problems and issues associated with aging. Implications for nursing care of the elderly. Restricted to majors.

HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSING
Concepts of alteration and adaptation in structure and function of the human body across the life span. Restricted to majors.

PHARMACOLOGY IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE
Pharmacological concepts and principles and their implications for nursing practice.

DRUG DOSAGE CALCULATIONS FOR NURSING
Techniques of dosage calculation for medication and fluid administration.

ADVANCED NURSING PROCESS FOR THE R.N.
Theoretical basis for application of the nursing process to the nursing care of patients across the life span. Focus on health assessment, patient education and discharge planning.

ADVANCED NURSING PROCESS FOR THE R.N.: CLINICAL
Professional application of the nursing process to the nursing care of patients across the life span, utilizing health assessment, patient education, and discharge planning.

FOUNDATIONS OF SCHOOL NURSING
Orientation to school nursing. Overview of health care in the schools. Qualifications, roles and functions of school nurses. Health needs of diverse school populations, legal mandates for school health, and components of school nursing.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING
A nursing process approach to the care of adults with medical/surgical nursing problems.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING: CLINICAL
Nursing process applied to the care of adults experiencing medical/surgical problems.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
Introduction to scientific inquiry. Evaluation and utilization of nursing research for clinical practice.

INTRODUCTION TO HOLISTIC HEALING
An experiential seminar; discussion, analyzation, and demonstration of a variety of holistic healing techniques. Open to nonnursing students.

COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Focus on students' contribution to the community through volunteerism, service, and civic responsibility. Emphasis on social problems using a problem-solving approach and a service-learning theoretical model.

MEETING SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF CLIENTS
Examination of the nature of spirituality and the impact on themselves and others.

VIOLENCE IN A HEALTHY COMMUNITY
The relationship between anger and aggression as they impact the behavior and health in the community. Community problems and nursing-related concerns addressed using a problem-solving approach.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE
Historical interpretations of health, illness, disease, diagnosis, and treatment. Surveys social history, methods, and studies related to medical science and nursing.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Concepts basic to the nursing care of families, groups, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and health maintenance.

FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING: CLINICAL
Nursing process applied to the care of children, childbearing women, families, groups, and communities in varied settings.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Concepts and issues basic to the nursing care of childbearing women and families.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Concepts basic to the nursing care of healthy and ill children from birth through adolescence within the context of the family.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING FOR THE R.N.: CLINICAL
Nursing process applied to the care of families, groups, and communities.

NURSING ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
Concepts of organization and delivery of care to groups of patients based on the nursing process. Emphasis on the roles of the nurse as manager, leader, and change agent within health-care organizations.

NURSING ORGANIZATION, MANAGEMENT, AND DELIVERY: CLINICAL PRECEPTORSHIP
Nursing process applied to organization, management, and delivery of health care. An integrating experience designed to facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. Students work with clinical preceptors utilizing the nursing process to provide care for groups of patients/clients.

PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Provides preparation for leadership roles and examines current factors that impact the profession of nursing.

ISSUES AND TRENDS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Explores the challenges associated with issues and trends in health care and the legal and ethical implications of professional nursing practice. Restricted to majors.

NURSING ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE R.N.: CLINICAL
Nursing process applied to organization, management, and delivery of health care. An integrating experience for the R.N. student designed to facilitate the transition to professional practice. Students work with mentors in a clinical setting to develop professional nursing roles related to leadership and management.

NURSING CARE FOR CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS
Principles and priorities of nursing care for patients across the life span experiencing life-threatening health problems. Principles of pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, diagnostics, nutrition and therapeutic nursing intervention are integrated.

ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND THE NURSING PROCESS
Advanced concepts and principles of pharmacology and related physiology presented within the context of the nursing process.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual studies with prior approval of department head. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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