University of Southern Indiana

Course Descriptions

Nursing 267: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (3 Credits)

This course focuses on developing the practicing nurse’s skill in psychosocial and physical assessment. Emphasis on the collection of subjective and objective data, physical examinations, documentation, and clinical implications of findings. The importance of culturally sensitive care and evidence-based practice are integrated into all aspects of patient assessment.

Nursing 367: Application of Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)

This course provides Registered Nurses with knowledge and skills to translate current evidence into practice. Students learn the interrelationships among theory, practice, and research, the research process, and the protection of human subjects in the conduct of research. Students learn how to integrate clinical expertise with evidence to provide high quality patient centered care. Skill development to facilitate retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence will support student use of high quality evidence to guide nursing practice. Development of writing and presentation skills will enable the student to better collaborate with the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient outcomes. Prerequisites: English 201, NURS 451 and HP302 or MATH 241

Nursing 451: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Credits)

Preparation of associate or diploma nurse graduates for professional practice in diverse health care settings. Students explore theories, concepts, and assumptions foundational to contemporary nursing practice, patient centered care, and baccalaureate nursing education. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in distance education and scholarly work including an understanding of the BSN program, the ability to identify and locate scholarly resources, and professional communication and writing skills. Prerequisites: English 201 and consent of instructor or advisor required.

Nursing 457: Population-Focused Care for Registered Nurses (4 credits – Clinical requirements)

This course emphasizes population-focused nursing practice which promotes healthy environmental conditions, lifestyle, and behaviors that improve the health of a community or population.   Registered nurses build on previous clinical experience with a focus on community assessment, including use of epidemiologic data, to determine lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that are major determinants of population health.  Emphasis is placed on  primary prevention, health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan.  Students collaborate with other professionals and stakeholders to identify and reach out to populations who might benefit from service, and apply evidence-based practice,  including immunization, screening, and counseling to prevent and manage health conditions, prevent  disability, and  mortality. Prerequisite: NURS 451.

Nursing 487: Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Organizations (6 credits – Clinical requirements)

The course provides registered nurses the knowledge and skills for the application and synthesis of leadership theories, principles, and practices within the context of the role of the Baccalaureate prepared nurse. Introduction to the role of nurse manager and leader is emphasized and integrated within the clinical experience. Students will analyze and apply quality improvement and safety principles and practices to discern the impact on error reduction, patient outcomes, and quality of care. Prerequisite(s): NURS 451.

Nursing 492: Clinical Synthesis (4 credits – Clinical requirements)

This course provides the RN-BSN student with a concentrated clinical experience designed to expand and synthesize nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Students will refine their clinical skills as a critical thinker possessing knowledge and communication skills to problem solve. Students will enhance their clinical skills while effectively using resources and integrating evidence-based practice to provide quality and cost-effective healthcare in varying environments. Prerequisite: Nursing 367.

IPH 401: Interprofessional Perspectives on Global Health (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to interprofessional perspectives on global health in four broad modules: Globalization, Health, Systems, and Policy. The course will draw from a range of academic disciplines at USI and from the Office of International Programs and International Partner universities. The applications from each module will situate the concept and practice of global health as a statement that health is a fundamental quality of liberty and equity. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits.

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