Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Nursing

    • NURS 111 Health and Lifestyles (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course is intended to facilitate the assessment and development of healthful personal lifestyle behaviours, acknowledging the importance of nurses to be healthy role models. Definitions and determinants of health are examined in the contexts of life cycle stages, cultural diversity, and selected environmental and social considerations. Healthy behaviour development is promoted for biological, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being, emphasizing health promotion for the whole person.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing program. (3-3; 0-0)


    • NURS 116 Health Assessment and Nursing Care (2 sem. hrs.)

      This course presents the background and skills essential for the health assessment of individuals related to the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of techniques for the gathering health related data by taking a health history and performing a physical examination with the purpose of identifying patient care needs and formulating a plan of care.

      Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of first semester nursing classes (NURS 111 and NURS 121). (0-0; 2-8)


    • NURS 118 Nursing Care of Older Adults (4 sem. hrs.)

      This course presents content and skills essential for the care of older adults, including physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of health and well-being. The class provides an overview of chronic disease challenges from a positive aging perspective and explores gerontological nursing in light of gender, socio-economic, cultural, and developmental determinants. Clinical reasoning is emphasized by analyzing health related subjective and objective data, identifying patient care needs and planning health promoting care for older adults. The clinical portion of the course provides experience with a gerontological population in residential care.

      Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of first semester nursing classes (NURS 111 and NURS 121). (0-0, 4-0)

      Co-requisites: NURS 116, NURS 124


    • NURS 121 Nursing Concepts (3 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts foundational to nursing care including biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual are introduced with laboratory practice of related nursing skills.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing program. (2-4; 0-0) )


    • NURS 124 Communication and Health Teaching (2 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of communication are explored using Christian beliefs and values to understand the necessary skills and competencies needed by nurses to build strong interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Nurse-patient relationships, inter-personal communication in the patient care areas, and communication skills with inter-professional patient care teams are examined. The focus of this course is patient safe communication.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 111, 121. (0-0; 2-0)


    • NURS 222 Pharmacology (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines classifications, therapeutic actions, uses, interactions, and interrelationships of selected major drug groups used to treat well and ill clients/patients. Drug education needs of clients/patients are emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): 100 level Nursing courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (3-0; 0-0)


    • NURS 230 History of Nursing (3 sem. hrs)

      This course examines the development of Canadian nursing over the past four centuries, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Based on an understanding of nursing as rooted in a Christian ethos of caring for strangers, this course critically explores the ways in which religion, politics, gender, race, economics, technology, culture, war, and epidemics have influenced the development of nursing both nationally and globally.

      NB: This course is an elective.

      Cross-listed: HIST 230

      Prerequisite(s): None (3-0; 3-0)


    • NURS 245 Nursing Care of Adults (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of nursing care are applied to the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic, and palliative conditions. Human physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual responses to illness and health are emphasized together with concepts of adult health promotion. Students apply the nursing process in planning and providing care in acute care and community-based settings.

      Prerequisite(s): 100 level Nursing courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (3-12; 0-0)


    • NURS 252 Nursing Care of Childbearing Family (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of caring and transcultural nursing are related to the health care of women, newborns, children, and families during the childbearing years. Wellness and illness aspects are included in selected environments.

      Prerequisite(s): 100 level Nursing courses; NURS 222, 245; and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 3-12)


    • NURS 321 Nutrition (3 sem. hrs.)

      Introduction to basic principles of nutrition for optimal health throughout the life-span. Dietary management of clients with selected illness problems is emphasized. The focus is on analysis of dietary needs in light of presenting illness and/or prevention of potential illness.

      Prerequisite(s): 100 and 200 level Nursing courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (3-0; 0-0)


    • NURS 332 Nursing Research (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of research concepts and techniques that enables the student to analyze nursing studies and apply pertinent findings to nursing care.

      Prerequisite(s): Math 108; 100 and 200 level Nursing courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 3-0)


    • NURS 351 Nursing Care and Mental Health (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of nursing care are related to mental health throughout the life cycle. Physiological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual responses to mental illness and the promotion and restoration of mental health are the emphasis of this course. Students apply the nursing process in planning and providing care in institutional and community-based settings.

      Prerequisite(s): 100 and 200 level Nursing courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (3-12; 0-0)


    • NURS 362 Nursing Care of Children and Families (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of nursing care are related to families managing acute and chronic illnesses in home and hospital settings. Nursing process, family theory, child health, family health, and family-centred care principles are related to care to emphasize health promotion and health maintenance activities within families.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100 and 200 level courses, NURS 321, 351, and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 3-12)


    • NURS 400, 401 Directed Studies in Nursing (1-3 sem. hrs.)

      Admission to a directed studies course is at the sole discretion of the Department chair. These courses may be used for remediation or to develop a specific area of student interest.


    • NURS 402 Transcultural Health Care (3 sem. hrs .)

      Concepts of cultural context, sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, competence, and safety are explored in an international clinical setting. Health promotion and restoration are based on cultural assessment of health care systems, people groups and individuals within the context of the country’s historical, economic, political, religious, and geographical influences. Specific health care challenges of host country and existing health care projects are discussed.

      NB: Optional elective. Offered during Summer session only. Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100, 200 level courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. Permission to participate in this course may be granted on an individual basis for students from other health care disciplines or educational institutions.


    • NURS 437 Nursing Theories and Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

      Key elements of professional nursing practice are explored through readings and discussions and applied in the development of a personal professional practice model. These key elements include theoretical and theological foundations of nursing, application of relevant theory to practice, critical analysis of pertinent nursing issues, ethical thinking and decision making, therapeutic relational aspects of client care, and responsible communication with clients, colleagues, and the public.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100, 200, 300 level courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 3-0)


    • NURS 463 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Illness (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of caring related to the complex care needs of adults and their families. Complex care refers to consideration of factors that influence wellness in the midst of illness, facilitate an understanding of the clinical picture when pathophysiologies collide, and promote an awareness of cultural influence in health care. Theoretical foundation is partnered with practical application on inpatient surgical units in tertiary level hospitals.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100, 200, 300 level courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (3-12; 0-0)


    • NURS 465 Nursing Care of Adults in Community (3 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of community as partner, social cultural diversity, and social justice are applied to nursing care in communities. Health promotion and restoration of health are foci of nursing care for communities and vulnerable populations. Ethical decisions and global health issues are discussed.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100, 200, 300 level courses and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (2-4; 0-0)


    • NURS 482 Consolidation in Nursing Practice (6 sem. hrs.)

      Concepts of nursing care are applied to the provision of acute, rehabilitative, or palliative nursing care and health promotion in acute or community placements.

      NB: Pass/Fail course.

      Prerequisite(s): NURS 100, 200, 300 level courses, NURS 463, 465, and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 0-24)


    • NURS 484 Leadership in Nursing Care (3 sem. hrs.)

      Key concepts and processes of leadership are explored as they apply to nursing and health care. Students have the opportunity to examine and develop leadership skills required in contemporary nursing practice. Exercises promote the development and application of values and philosophies of nursing leaders within a Christian worldview.

      Prerequisite(s): 100, 200, 300 level Nursing courses, NURS 463, 465, and other non-Nursing prerequisites designated on curriculum plan. (0-0; 3-0)

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