Montana State University-Northern
Department of Nursing

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Department of Nursing
MSU-Northern
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
406.265.4196

Lewistown
MSU-Northern
P.O. Box 1144
Lewistown, MT 59457
406.535.5575 x13

Course Descriptions: 300-400 Level

NRSG 303 Community Nursing
5 semester credits (online)
Concepts of public health nursing are applied to the health of communities. Health promotion, maintenance, education, disease prevention and coordination of care are investigated. Application is on the individual, family and community as a client.
Prerequisites: RN license, NRSG 321 and NRSG 325. Course should be taken at the same time as NRSG 304.

NRSG 304 Community Nursing Clinical
1 semester credit (6 hours clinical)
This practicum provides an opportunity to apply the community health nursing concepts.
Prerequisite: RN license. Course should be taken at the same time as NRSG 303.

NRSG 305 Nursing Ethics
3 semester credits (online)
The field of medical/nursing ethics has become more important as healthcare decisions have emerged into the public arena. Theories and principles used to address biomedical problems are drawn from the discipline of moral philosophy. The abortion debate, questions related to discontinuing feedings for clients and brain death are examples of legislative issues from the healthcare arena that have spurred public interest in ethical decision making. To operate as an advocate, nurses need to understand both the clinical and moral dimensions of the issues of patients and nurses caring for them.

NRSG 321 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
3 semester credits (online)
Characteristics of nursing practice as a profession are discussed. Interrelationships of the healthcare delivery system and nursing roles, functions and clinical decision-making are analyzed. Theoretical bases/concepts of nursing practice are examined.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NRSG 325 Health Assessment
3 semester credits (online)
Student's knowledge and skills in obtaining a comprehensive assessment of individuals across the lifespan are enhanced. Emphasis is on data collection through history-taking and physical examination in the context of family and environment.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

NRSG 331 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare
3 semester credits (online)
This course presents cultural concepts and the relationship to health/ illness of individuals and families. The focus is on how culture influences decision-making of the healthcare professional. This online course meets the Category V general education requirement.

NRSG 338 Gerontological Nursing
3 semester credits (online)
Biopsychosocial aspects of aging are explored in this elective course. Health/illness needs of the older adult and the impact of aging on the family and community are evaluated. Focus is on promoting functional ability and quality of life of the older adult.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

 

NRSG 343 High Acuity Nursing
3 semester credits (online)
Focus is on client centered nursing care of individuals with high-acuity health illness needs. The application of evidence based practice concepts from pathophysiological, pharmacological and psychosocial nursing is discussed. The impact of life-threatening illness and injury of individuals and their families is explored.
Prerequisite: Completion of ASN.

NRSG 350 End of Life Care
3 semester credits (online)
This elective course is designed to explore the role of nurses in all aspects of end of life care. Focus will be on pain management, symptom management, cultural issues, ethical/legal issues, communication, grief and bereavement as the nurse provides holistic care to the patient and family.

NRSG 362 Health Education
3 semester credits (online)
Principles of teaching/learning and the nurse's role as health educator are analyzed in this required course.

NRSG 420 Nursing Research
3 semester credits (online)
Research methods and application to professional nursing practice are investigated. A research paper is developed and presented.
Prerequisites: WRIT 101, statistics and/or permission of instructor.

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management
5 semester credits (online)
Principles of leadership, management and organizational concepts are discussed. The nurse's role and functions as coordinator of care for individuals and groups within the healthcare system are explored.
Prerequisites: NRSG 321 and NRSG 325. Course should be taken at the same time as NRSG 486

NRSG 486 Nursing Leadership and Management Clinical
1 semester credit (6 hours clinical)
This practicum provides opportunity to apply leadership and management concepts in a healthcare system.
Prerequisite: RN license. Course should be taken at the same time as NRSG 485.

NRSG 491 Case Management
3 semester credits (online)
This course will introduce the process of case management to coordinate nursing and healthcare services and reimbursement for clients. The case management process is followed from the intake interview to termination of client services. In-depth attention will be given to the three phases of case management: assessment, planning, and implementation. Evidence-based practice methods to promote service coordination and collaboration in case management will be explored. Organizational, legal, and ethical issues impacting the case management process will be addresses.
Prerequisite: Completion of ASN.

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