Course Description- School of Nursing

///Course Description- School of Nursing
Course Description- School of Nursing 2017-01-27T16:02:24+00:00

Course Description 


English Composition and Professional Writing                                              3 Credits

This course exposes students to review and practice various modes of reading, writing, and comprehension with the intention of gaining mastery in basic elements of English grammar. Students will build on successful university reading skills of comprehension, retention and interpretation, with application of principles of Standard English. The course includes review of grammatical and stylistic use of English. Topics include exposition, argumentation and persuasion. Using library resources students will be afforded the opportunity to write a professional document with appropriate style and formatting to satisfy purpose and audience.

Introduction to Psychology                                                                               3 Credits

This course is an introduction to psychology, providing an understanding of the basic concepts, terminologies, principles and trends in psychology. Students will explore the history of psychology, scientific methods, physchological basis of behaviour, personality, memory, intelligence, reasoning, and principles of learning. Students will gain an understanding of developmental psychology throughout the life span and the inter-relatedness of mind and body as a factor influencing human behaviour, health and other facets of the holistic being. An overview of abnormal behaviour and psychotherapy is incorporated.

College Algebra                                                                                                 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge on basic algebra. It includes graphing parabolas, circles, ellipses and hyperbolas; relations and functions; graphing functions; combining functions; inverse functions; direct and inverse variations; solving problems whose mathematical models are polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; finding zeros of polynomial and rational functions; solving systems of linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities; binomial expansions; arithmetic and geometric sequence and series and counting techniques and probability

Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                     3 Theory credits, 1 Practical Credit

This course, is divided into two parts. Human Anatomy and Physiology I introduces the students to the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of body organization, anatomical structure and functions of organ systems in the human body.  It explores specifically cytology of the various organ systems, and their ability to maintain a homeostasis (a stable internal environment). It also provides the students with an understanding the structure and functions of the Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular and Reproductive, and systems in the human body. Human Anatomy and Physiology II is taught in Semester II and provides the students with an understanding of the remaining systems of the body. It is the foundation for application of knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology, disease conditions and alteration in body functions.

Introduction to Sociology                                                                      3 Credits

This course presents the study of the relationship between people and society and examines the basic

sociological principles, concepts and theories in relation to culture, societies, the socialization process, and various types of social stratification. It assists students in analyzing the diversity of population in society, to include the concepts of race/ethnicity, minority groups, gender, disability and age, deviance and crime. Students explore and compare the theoretical perspectives in an effort to understand various social institutions.

Foundations for College Chemistry                                                      3 Credits

This course focuses on the study of the molecular composition of living cells, the organization, structure and function of biological molecules, including nucleic acids, enzymes and other proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins. Students will also examine biological transport in membranes.

Basic Life Support and First Aid                              2 Credits (Theory) 1 (Credit Practical)

This course is designed to provide the students with knowledge and skill in applying principles of basic life support, first aid and CPR in emergency situations. Students will use these kills in emergency situations in the home, community, and healthcare setting.

Biochemistry                                                                                            3 Credits

The course focuses on the study of the molecular composition of living cells, the organization, structure and function of biological molecules, including nucleic acids, enzymes and other proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins. Students will also examine biological transport in membranes.

Microbiology                                                                                            3 Credits

This course is designed to cover the importance of microorganisms and parasites. The biology, physiology and pathogenic properties of bacteria, fungi and viruses are introduced as disease causation. It allows students to explore causes of infection, host response to these infections, their mode of transmission, prevention, treatment and nursing responsibilities in the process.    The prevention of nosocomial infections and the improvement of the human defences against infectious diseases are also explored.  The laboratory experiences provide students with sith skills in specimen collection, handling and processing of specimens for isolation and identification of microorganisms and parasites involved in the infectious processes.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II                          3 Credits (Theory) 1 (Credit Practical)

This course focuses on the anatomy and physiological of the nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and urinary systems of the human body. Students will be able to integrate critical thinking and evidenced based knowledge of content to manage care for individuals.

Introduction to Nursing Profession                                                       3 Credits

The course provides the students of nursing with an introduction to the theoretical basis of the nursing professional.  Historical through to contemporary influences on nursing as a science are explored. Specific theories, philosophy and concepts applied to nursing, along with research findings, as a basis for nursing practice, are analyzed.  The roles of the professional nurse as advocate, educator, researcher and change agent are examined within the context of the changing health care system.

Human Nutrition                                                                                       3 Credits

This course introduces basic principles of human nutrition and highlights the importance of nutrition for the maintenance of health and wellbeing of the individual and family throughout life cycle.    It is a foundation for the course diet therapy. Students will observe the practice of nutrition and diet therapy in a clinical setting.

Introduction to Clinical Nursing And Laboratory Skills                     3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the application of theoretical concepts and the practice of nursing skills in assessing and also meeting oxygen, hygiene and comfort needs of the client. Students will learn to practice basic safety and infection control measures. These skill will be developed in the laboratory before entering into clinical placement. Students will be introduced to protocols of admission of patients, transfer and discharge planning, and will document and report finding and nursing care accurately.

Human Pathophysiology                                                                      3 Credits

This course focuses on the study of the structural and physiological changes occurring in the body as a result of disease processes.  Students will gain an understanding of the concepts of abnormality and a thorough understanding of the sequel of diseases, alterations in the body structure, alterations in body function and the resulting clinical manifestations. Students will be able to apply knowledge of this course in selecting appropriate interventions to respond to the health needs of patients, families and communities.

Health Assessment                                                       2 Credits (Theory) 1 Credit (Clinical)

This course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to carry out comprehensive health assessment of individuals across the life span. Students will further develop skills of history taking and physical examination with the primary focus on normal assessment findings.  Objective and subjective data will be obtained from psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, developmental, and biological context, and documented accurately. Students will apply critical thinking, interviewing and communication, and problem solving skills in compiling data to provide nursing care in health promotion for the individual of all ages within the family.

Epidemiology                                                                                             3 Credits

This course focuses on major concepts of epidemiology. It examines the modes of transmission and prevention of infectious diseases, through application of infection control methods. Emphasis is placed on sources of epidemiological information and ways of measuring health condition such as, the use of appropriate measures of calculations, analysis, interpretation and application of data. Learners will acquire and incorporate the epidemiological approach in disease surveillance, infection prevention and control at community level

Health Promotion And Maintenance of Wellness                                 3 Credits

This course focuses on principles of health promotion, prevention and maintenance for the individual, family and community. Learners will be exposed to the major concepts, issues, models and strategies of health promotion from international, regional and national policies, charters, and declarations. It explores health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention of the individual throughout the life span, and the factors that influence health promotion and the determinants of health.

Pharmacology for Nurses                                                                       3 Credits

This course provides the students with an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and laws and regulations that controls the use of drugs in St. Lucia and specific countries. It focuses on a brief history of pharmacology, and information on the sources, preparation and administration of drugs.  It also comprises the classification, effects and side effects of drugs and their therapeutic uses. Student will use formulae in dosage calculation of various forms of drug for administration.

Disaster Nursing                                                                                    2 Credits

This course explores the role of the nurse in emergency and disaster management.   It empowers the student with knowledge of types of disasters, the principles and phases of disaster management and the care of the clients in the midst of disaster. The course focuses on international, national and personal responsibilities in response to a disaster.

Community Health Nursing                                                                 3 Credits

This course assists the students in understanding the roles and functions of the community nurse. The theories and concepts of community health nursing are integrated.   There is focus on health promotion of families, groups, aggregates, and the community.  The course is designed to encourage the critical thinking skills necessary to perform competently in community health nursing. The students will explore the environmental, epidemiological, socioeconomic, community resources, cultural and lifestyle influences in health promotion and illness prevention for individuals, families and communities.

Community Health Nursing Practicum                                            3 Credits (Clinical)

This is the clinical component of community nursing provides students with the opportunity to practice community nursing skills learned in the classroom and clinical laboratory. Students will engage in assessment of the family, the community and utilize health teaching and counselling skills in the promotion of health. They will use critical thinking skills, and the nursing process in formulating nursing diagnoses, and planning interventions to needs the needs of selected families and community groups.

Diet Therapy                                                                                         3 Credits

This course focuses on the management of dietary problems and also problems of a dietary nature that arise from common health problems in individuals, families and communities.     It provides the opportunity for students to apply principles of nutrition in diet therapy in the management of individual with cardiovascular, renal and other systems in the body to include metabolic disorders. The contents of the course is integrated through all nursing courses and across the life span.

Clinical Skills Laboratory                                                                    3 Credits

This course is designed to equip students with nursing skills that will be used in the management of client care.  Skills are categorized under need for oxygen and ventilation, nutrition and hydration, elimination, basic care and comfort, and wound care, pharmacological and parenteral therapies, total parenteral nutrition, pain management, mobility/immobility and pre-operative nursing care.  Other categorizes include mobility and assistive devices. Students will document and report of findings.

Adult Care Nursing 19 to 64 Years

This course is designed for the student to acquire knowledge and skills to care for the individual and families, with alteration in body functions in age group 19 – 64. It focuses on the alteration in physical and physiological integrity of the body systems as well as the effects on the psychosocial behaviors. It provides the opportunity for the student to integrate the major concepts of caring, critical thinking, health teaching and counselling, communication and interpersonal relationship, and the nursing process as a problem solving approach to nursing practice. The course stresses the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and developmental concepts in understanding clinical manifestations and treatment of disease.   It explores medical and surgical interventions, diagnostic and laboratory tests, and also therapeutic procedures in assisting the patient/client back to optimum functioning. The course is divided into Parts I and II.  Part I Covers concepts related to care, cure and rehabilitation, disorders of the cardiovascular and lymphatic, respiratory and digestive systems. Part II encompasses disorders of the nervous, sensory, integumentary, endocrine, reproductive and renal systems. Students are expected to integrate Ethical principles and Legal Issues related to the care of the adult.

Adult Care Nursing Practicum 19 to 64 Years                                     5 Credits

This course is structured to provide the students with the skills to manage patients/clients age 19 to 64 years with alterations in body systems. It provides the opportunity for the student to integrate knowledge of psychosocial sciences, pathophysiology, nutrition, pharmacology, developmental concepts, critical thinking skills, the nursing process and ethical and legal principles in the provision of nursing care of the adult clients/patients. Students will identify signs and symptoms of alteration in body systems as well as fluid and electrolyte and acid-base balance. The course provides the opportunity for students practice psychomotor and affective skills in the care of the adult.

Mental Health Nursing                                                                         3 Credits

This course introduces the students to principles, concepts and selected theoretical frameworks used to understand adaptive and maladaptive behaviors in metal health. Students will apply principles of communication as an intervention measure in developing therapeutic relationships with clients from varying age groups in the mental healthcare settings is included in the course. It provides the student with knowledge of the patient/client coping behaviours in response to alterations in psychological functioning. The student will use critical thinking skills, the nursing process and evidence-based practice in assisting the patient/client to each optimum mental health. while undergoing various psychotherapies.

Mental health Nursing Practicum                                                    3 Credits

This course allows the students to provide nursing care for clients/patients with common mental health disorders.  The clinical experiences outlined in the course embraces the principles of caring, effective communication and therapeutic relationship. The students will use the nursing process to meet the needs of the individual, family and community groups in the various healthcare settings undergoing various psychotherapies.

Communication and Therapeutic Relationship                               2 Credits

This course explores the importance of communication in professional and therapeutic relationships. The gaol is to assist the students to become more successful at communicating with the health team and also with individuals, families and community groups of all ages on the health-illness continuum. Attention is given to appropriate communication skills applicable to multicultural, multinational and diversity awareness and teamwork.

Older Adult 65 years and Over                                                          3 Credits

This course provides an understanding of the health-related needs of the older adult 65 years and over. The students will apply knowledge of psychosocial and biological theories and developmental models in the care of the older adult in the hospital, community, acute and long-term care environment. Student will be exposed to the international and national declarations and standards that apply to the care of the older adult.

Childcare Nursing 1 Month to 18 Years                                           4 Credits

This course focuses on the basic aspects of growth and development of the individual and family, from infancy to adolescence.  Students will utilize the nursing process to develop skills in providing care for infants, children and adolescence along the health/illness continuum, including assessment of psychosocial, developmental milestones. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of the healthy child and the child with acute, chronic and/or life-threatening conditions.

Childcare Nursing 1 Month to 18 Years Clinical Practicum              3 Credits

This clinical component of child care nursing will enable students to develop competencies in the clinical setting, while providing care for the child and family, age 29 days to 18 years.  Students will be able to utilize the nursing process to provide individualized holistic care for infants, children, adolescence and their families.

Care of The Older Adult 65 Years and Over Clinical Practicum      2 Credits

This clinical component of the course will equip nursing students with the skills necessary to provide care for the older adult. Students will use multidisciplinary approach in preventing illness, disability and disease in the older patient/client. The course provides the opportunity for students to use the nursing process in caring for the older adult with common and chronic health problems while integrating knowledge from the sciences.

Maternal and Childcare                                                                       3 Credits

This course is designed to assist the student in the management of care for the child bearing family, from conception through delivery and the neonate.   It examines the normal changes in pregnancy and the delivery process. The students will develop an understanding of the physiological, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of the child bearing family. This course will introduce the student to various conditions and interventions in the care of the mother and neonate. Students will obtain experiences in the maternal and child care setting, in observing and providing care within their ethical and legal boundaries.

Maternal and Child Care clinical Practicum                                         3 Credits

This course is designed to assist students to care for clients during pregnancy, delivery puerperium within their scope of practice. Students will be able to conduct assessments of the child bearing family during pre, intra and postnatal periods. The course will also prepare students to apply the nursing process, plan and implement health teaching strategies in managing care of the childbearing family.

Emergency and Critical Care                                                                   3 Credits

This course is designed to give the students an in understanding of emergency and critical care nursing and the role of the nurse in meeting the needs of the client/patient in the emergency /critical condition. The students will apply principles of emergency/critical care in primary and hospital setting.

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing Clinical Practicum                  3 Credits

This course is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, technique and actions to be taken when caring for individuals who experienced sudden illness or trauma. It prepares the student to demonstrate skills in emergency, critical care and operating room nursing.

Elementary Statistics                                                                               3 Credits

This course includes concepts taken from topics which include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, probability distributions, relative frequency distributions, sampling distributions, binomial distribution, normal distribution, the student’s t distribution, the Chi-square distribution, estimation using confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, and nonparametric statistics. At end of this course students will be able to understand and apply the concepts of statistics in the research process.

Research Methods                                    3 Credits Theory, 2 credits Research Project

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of research and the relationship to nursing theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding the research process and on critiquing nursing research articles for the purpose of evaluating applicability to nursing practice. Students will develop competencies in carrying out a research project, interpretation and transferring research findings into evidenced practice in nursing. The course exposes the students to the issues of ethical responsibility and accountability in the conduct and use of research.

Caribbean Cultures                                                                                 2 Credits

This course focuses on the growing importance of culture as it relates to so many disciplines, and the sociocultural understanding of Caribbean historical past. This course is integral to an understanding of Caribbean society, people and culture. Students will be exposed to the discourses related to, the diversity in Caribbean people, Rastafari, Caribbean family and kinship, gender in the Caribbean, Caribbean religions and Caribbean aesthetics. The format of the course provides students with the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of Caribbean culture and its relevance to the nursing profession.

Health Informatics                                                                                    3 Credits

This course examines the meaning of health informatics and health information systems as they relate to health care and nursing. It focuses on knowledge and skills in information technology used in clinical nursing, management of patient care, nursing administration, nursing education and research. Emphasis is placed on issues surrounding information systems and hands-on experience with selected health care information management exercises.

Spanish for Beginners                                                                        2 Credits

This course will equip the learner with the knowledge to comprehend and communicate basic Spanish. Students learn basic Spanish grammar such as verb conjugation and adjective agreement and practice the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the present tense with an emphasis upon correct oral and written expression and aural comprehension. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Hispanic culture in Latin American countries and in Spain as illustrated in the text and through videos and presentations, which may include historical, social and cultural topics.

Management and Leadership                                                             3 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to learn how to manage a healthcare unit effectively. It explores the concepts and theories of nursing leadership and management, and clinical governance. The course equips nursing students to apply critical thinking skills in managing various challenges within the various levels of health care. This course allows the student to examine the role of nurse as a leader, supervisor, change agent and manager of human resources.  It provides the students with knowledge and skills to transit the role of student to that of the profession nurse.

Management and Leadership Clinical Practicum                           3 Credits

This course allows students to apply basic management and leadership process in the management of patient care unit. Students will have the opportunity to perform the functions of management under the guidance of clinical mentors in a healthcare unit.

Senior Nursing Review                                                                        2 Credits

The purpose of this review is to assist the students in preparing for the Regional Nursing Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR), and National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and subsequently to become a Registered Professional Nurse. Students consolidate knowledge of the sciences and nursing while reviewing the testing process and applying test taking strategies and practice sample items.

Clinical Internship                                                                              10 Credits

This course is designed to allow the students to apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in clinical nursing, to assist in transition from student of nursing to professional nurse.  The student will provide care for clients and families and community groups with the supervision of a preceptor.  The course is a means for the student to consolidate knowledge from the sciences and nursing taught in this BscN Programme.