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Nursing (NURS)

Nursing (NURS)
School of Health Sciences


Nursing 1020

Concepts of Health I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of health and wellness for individuals and families, the role of the nurse, and the use of group process strategies to support self-directed learning.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Nursing 1220 (Nursing 163 at Lethbridge College)
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 150 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 1120

Concepts of Health II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of community and population health, adult learning principles and strategies, the relationship of evidence to nursing practice, and strategies for individual contributions to effective group process. This course continues to explore concepts of health and wellness for individuals and families.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 1020 (Nursing 150 at Lethbridge College)
Corequisite(s): Nursing 1320 (Nursing 173 at Lethbridge College)
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 155 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 1220

Nursing Practice I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-9
This first nursing practice course provides the foundation for developing therapeutic and caring relationships with clients and introduces concepts of health assessment and basic nursing skills. Practice occurs in the context of healthy or stable individuals and families across the lifespan in different cultural contexts and settings.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Nursing 1020 (Nursing 150 at Lethbridge College)
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 163 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 1320

Nursing Practice II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-9
This course includes physical health assessment techniques and the practice of basic nursing skills. Practice occurs in the context of healthy or stable individuals and families across the lifespan in different cultural contexts and settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 1220 (Nursing 163 at Lethbridge College);
Biology 160 (Lethbridge College)/Biology 1xxx
Corequisite(s): Nursing 1120 (Nursing 155 at Lethbridge College)
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 173 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2020

Health, Illness and Healing I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course provides an introduction to acute and chronic health challenges for adults with varied cultural backgrounds in diverse geographical settings. It integrates concepts of gerontology, health promotion, illness prevention, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutics.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year One requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 250 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2125

Health, Illness and Healing II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course focuses on the experiences of child-bearing and child-rearing families with varied cultural backgrounds in diverse geographical settings. It integrates concepts of health promotion, illness prevention, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutics.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year One requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 255 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2135

Professional Seminar I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course is an exploration and examination of professional nursing practice concepts and issues. The focus will be on historical and contemporary roles as well as ethical and legal responsibilities of the Registered Nurse within the context of the nursing profession and the heath care system. Topics include the application of theory to practice, multidisciplinary health care team issues, and professional association and union roles.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year One requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Nursing 2020 (Nursing 250 at Lethbridge College);
Nursing 2150 (Nursing 263 at Lethbridge College)
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 279 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2150

Nursing Practice III
Credit hours: 5.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-15
This course teaches increasingly complex nursing skills and provision of basic nursing care for clients with acute and chronic health challenges across the lifespan, including child-bearing and child-rearing families.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year One requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 2020 (Nursing 250 at Lethbridge College) or Nursing 2125 (Nursing 255 at Lethbridge College)
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 263 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2255

Nursing Practice IV
Credit hours: 5.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-15
In this course students provide nursing care for clients with acute and chronic health challenges across the lifespan, including child-bearing and child-rearing families.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 2150 (Nursing 263 at Lethbridge College)
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 2020 (Nursing 250 at Lethbridge College) or Nursing 2125 (Nursing 255 at Lethbridge College)
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 293 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 2260

Applied Therapeutics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course provides an introduction to integrative therapeutic modalities including conventional (i.e., allopathic), alternative, and complementary therapies used in health care and the pathophysiologic, psychologic, energetic, and spiritual basis for these therapies. The nurse's role in promoting quality of life through appropriate use of various treatment modalities and dealing with implications and effects is explored.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year One requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Note: This course is offered as Nursing 290 at Lethbridge College.

Nursing 3008

Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Concepts of self-directed learning, problem based learning, group learning, scholarly writing and evidence-based practice.
Prerequisite(s): Application to the Post-Diploma B.N. program

Nursing 3009

Post-Diploma Clinical Practice I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-9
Students explore advanced concepts in acute and chronic health problems with clients in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Proof of current registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses;
Nursing 3008
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 3011

Post-Diploma Clinical Practice II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-9
A continuation of Nursing 3009 with a focus on advanced concepts in increasingly complex acute and chronic health problems of clients in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 3009;
Proof of current registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses
OR
Nursing 3008;
Admission to the Post-Diploma B.N. for Registered Nurses with Specialty Certification program;
Proof of current registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 3015

Post-RN Clinical Practice I
Credit hours: 6.0
Other hours: 0-0-117
Students will explore a new avenue of clinical practice. Students will gain an advanced level nursing practice experience in the health-care field (Experience # 1).
Prerequisite(s): Proof of current registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses
Corequisite(s): Nursing 3008
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 3020

Health, Illness and Healing III
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course focuses on the experiences of individuals, families, and populations with increasingly complex health and health promotion challenges across the lifespan in community settings.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Two requirements in the NESA B.N. program
OR
Nursing 3008 for Post-Diploma B.N. students
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3255 (Community Health Nursing section), Nursing 3600 (Community Health Nursing section), or Nursing 4550 (Community Health Nursing section) (for NESA students only)

Nursing 3125

Health, Illness and Healing IV
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course focuses on the experiences of individuals, families, and communities with increasingly complex mental health challenges across the lifespan.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Two requirements in the NESA B.N. program
OR
Nursing 3008 for Post-Diploma B.N. students
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3255 (Mental Health Nursing section), Nursing 3600 (Mental Health Nursing section), or Nursing 4550 (Mental Health Nursing section) (for NESA students only)

Nursing 3135

Professional Seminar II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course is an examination of the social, economic, ethical, and political issues and policies influencing the nursing profession and the health care system. Topics include scope of practice, legal liability, nursing work life, change strategies, leadership/management concepts, and individual responsibility for promoting effective change.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first five semesters in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3020, Nursing 3125, or Nursing 3230

Nursing 3230

Health, Illness and Healing V
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course focuses on the experiences of individuals and families with increasingly complex acute and chronic health challenges across the lifespan.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Two requirements in the NESA B.N. program
OR
Admission to the Post-Diploma B.N. program
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3255 (Acute/Chronic Nursing section), Nursing 3600 (Acute/Chronic Nursing section), or Nursing 4550 (Acute/Chronic Nursing section) (for NESA students only)

Nursing 3255

Nursing Practice V
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-18
In this course students initiate, deliver, and evaluate care for individuals, families, and populations with acute and chronic health challenges in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Two requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3020, Nursing 3125, or Nursing 3230
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 3360

Research Methodology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course is designed to enhance the student's abilities to comprehend, critique and use research in professional practice.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the NESA B.N. program
OR
Admission to the Post-Diploma B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Health Sciences 3450/Psychology 3450 (for NESA students only)

Nursing 3600

Nursing Practice VI
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-18
In this course students advocate and assume responsibility for holistic care of individuals, families, and populations with acute and chronic health challenges in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 3255
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3020, Nursing 3125, or Nursing 3230
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4005

Post-Diploma Clinical Practice III
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-9
A continuation of Nursing 3011 with a focus on advanced concepts in increasingly complex acute and chronic health problems of clients in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 3011
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4015

Post-RN Clinical Practice II
Credit hours: 6.0
Other hours: 0-0-117
Students will explore a second new avenue of clinical practice. Students will gain an advanced level nursing practice experience in the health-care field (Experience # 2).
Prerequisite(s): One of Nursing 3015 or admission to the Post-Diploma B.N. for Registered Nurses with Specialty Certification program;
Proof of current registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses
Corequisite(s): Nursing 3008
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4135

Professional Seminar III
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Students will be offered an opportunity to examine psycho-social-spiritual, economic, ethical, and political issues influencing health, illness, and healing within both Canadian and global health care arenas. Evidence-based change strategies (e.g., political, marketing, leadership) that address these issues will be explored. Students will identify possible solutions to promote effective and efficient nursing care delivery to clients, families, and communities.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Three requirements in the NESA B.N. program
OR
Nursing 3008 for Post-Diploma B.N. students
Corequisite(s): Nursing 4550 (for NESA students only)

Nursing 4136

Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 15-0-0
This course guides students in identifying and analyzing the best evidence from the literature regarding nursing practice that supports safe, competent, and ethical care in all settings.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Three and all Year Four, Fall requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Nursing 4235

Nursing 4235

Professional Seminar IV
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 15-0-0
A continuation of Nursing 4135 with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of beginning practitioners.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 4135
Corequisite(s): Nursing 4700 (for NESA students only)

Nursing 4400

Nursing Practice VII
Credit hours: 8.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-24
This senior-level practicum is designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate learning from previous semesters and to advance their professional nursing practice in a variety of settings, including the option of developing skills in the care of the elderly, Aboriginal populations and rural populations.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Year Three requirements in the NESA B.N. program
Corequisite(s): Nursing 4135
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4550

Nursing Practice VII
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-18
This practice course offers students more independent and advanced nursing experience in increasingly complex clinical learning situations. Students work collaboratively with individuals, families, and populations who have acute and chronic health challenges in community and institutional settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 3600
Corequisite(s): One of Nursing 3020, Nursing 3125, or Nursing 3230
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4700

Nursing Practice VIII
Credit hours: 9.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-350
This final practicum course focuses on the transition from student to beginning practitioner. Students can select individualized practicum experiences from a wide range of clinical settings.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 4400
Corequisite(s): Nursing 4235
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4729

Nursing Issues in Specific Populations (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of the issues relevant to particular population groups, for example: Aboriginal peoples, multicultural groups, rural populations, elderly populations, women.
Prerequisite(s): Admissibility to the Post-Diploma B.N. program
OR
Completion of all required second-year Nursing courses in the NESA B.N. program

Nursing 4739

Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of the issues relevant to the profession of nursing and to health care, for example: history of nursing and health care, legal issues, labour relations, health economics.
Prerequisite(s): Admissibility to the Post-Diploma B.N. program
OR
Completion of all required second-year Nursing courses in the NESA B.N. program

Nursing 4750

Senior Clinical Consolidation
Credit hours: 15.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-382
A 10-week consolidated, pre-professional, clinical nursing course in a wide variety of community, institutional, and cultural settings. The student's practicum schedule is organized according to the assigned schedule of the clinical preceptor. By the end of the course, the student is expected to demonstrate independent clinical decision making and carry a clinical work assignment appropriate for a beginning practitioner with minimal guidance.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all course work in the first seven semesters of the NESA B.N. program
Grading: Pass/Fail

Nursing 4850

Selected Topics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Recommended background and prerequisites will be specified for each topic area.

Nursing 4990

Independent Study
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Please contact the School of Health Sciences Academic Advisor for information regarding registration procedures for Independent Studies.

Nursing 9999

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This is a placeholder registration for students admitted to the NESA B.N. program who are studying at an associated college.
Note: No fees are assessed for this registration