Catalog: 2017–2018 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Natural Resources (NRES)

Liberal Arts Division

NRES 210: Environmental Pollution

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces pollution control methods that begin with the chemistry of the biosphere with water and air pollution as the focus. Covers the development of pollution control and ways to minimize exposure to the environment and humans. Covers water, air, and soil pollution issues locally and globally.

NRES 211: Conservation, Humans and Diversity

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Examines the origins, processes, and dynamics that shape biodiversity. Topics include evolution, ecology, and climate dynamics. Human relationships with the environment and biodiversity will be examined by covering topics such as conservation science, climate change, invasion species and restoration ecology.

Nursing (NURS)

Nursing and Allied Health Division

NURS 129: Level I Basic Nursing Skills

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: Submission of required health information

Prepares students to provide holistic basic nursing care to residents in a long-term care facility. Students will provide total patient care and comfort measures at the level of a nursing assistant while incorporating basic principles of safety and infection control for self and others.

NURS 130: Nursing Assistant

Units (Credits): 6; Prerequisites: Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider CPR certification. See Nursing and Allied Health website for additional information.

Prepares students to function as nursing assistant trainees who assist licensed nurses in providing direct care to health care consumers across the lifespan in a variety of heath care settings. The 150-hour competency based course is designed to prepare students to achieve certification as a nurse assistant in Nevada. The course is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and is in accordance with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) regulations.

NURS 136: Foundations of Nursing Theory

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 137, NURS 141

Introduces students to the role of the associate degree nurse in contemporary practice. Students are guided to utilize knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing, to understand man as a bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual being. Students are introduced to the nursing program organizing concepts and outcomes which include professional behaviors, communication, collaboration, nursing process, clinical decision making, management of care and teaching learning.

NURS 137: Foundations of Nursing Laboratory

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 136 & NURS138

Provides students with knowledge and practical application of basic nursing skills while incorporating concepts learned in NURS 136. Students learn and practice basic bedside nursing skills in personal care, sterile technique, patient safety, and medication administration. Emphasizes the critical elements of nursing procedures and the scientific rationale for performing the procedures correctly.

NURS 140: Medical Terminology

Units (Credits): 2–3; Prerequisites: none

Provides a basic foundation for students interested in the nursing and allied health field. Emphasis is on analyzing word parts and learning basic prefixes, suffixes and word roots. The course also highlights the body systems: basic anatomy and physiology, including basic terms used in disease and surgical procedures. Appropriate for medical secretaries, medical transcriptionists and for beginning nursing students. (Not equivalent to COT 124)

NURS 141: Foundations of Nursing Clinical

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 136 & NURS 137

Provides opportunities for students to utilize knowledge, concepts and skills learned in first semester nursing courses to meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients in a long term health care facility. Students use the nursing process and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs at a beginning level to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.

NURS 147: Health Assessment Theory

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program or consent of the Nursing and Allied Health director; Corequisites: NURS 148

Provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge necessary to holistically assess adult and elder patients. Students utilize concepts of previously learned content from prerequisite and corequisite nursing courses including the nursing process and methods of prioritizing to perform nursing assessment and nursing diagnosis. Students learn the difference between a comprehensive assessment, an ongoing/partial assessment, a focused, problem-oriented assessment and an emergency assessment of a resident in a long term care facility. Formerly NURS 200.

NURS 148: Health Assessment Laboratory

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program or consent of the Nursing and Allied Health director; Corequisites: NURS 147

Incorporates knowledge from NURS 147 to provide students with learning opportunities to collect, organize, analyze and synthesize health assessment data for adult and elder patients in a laboratory setting using simulation and live patients. Formerly NURS 201.

NURS 149: Mental Health and Illness Theory

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 150, NURS 151

Assists students gain knowledge of nursing care for the patient experiencing primary threats to psychosocial integrity. Examines the principles and practice of psychiatric nursing through a variety of theoretical frameworks and legal and ethical values that guide its practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of culturally relevant therapeutic communication skills, development of therapeutic nurse/patient relationships, and interventions that are grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes. Formerly NURS 236.

NURS 151: Mental Health and Illness Clinical

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 149, NURS 150

Requires students to utilize the nursing process to apply knowledge of the principles and practice of psychiatric nursing to the care of patients experiencing disruptions in psycho/social functioning. Collaborative experiences involving students, members of the psychiatric health care team, patients and their families occur at acute care and outpatient settings. Relevant legal and ethical issues are explored within the context of care of patients with disruptions in psychosocial integrity. Formerly NURS 238.

NURS 152: Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing I

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program.

Provides students with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs; special consideration is given to the physiological, psycho/social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. Explores indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions for selected drugs. Specific nursing responsibilities related to drug administration are emphasized. Formerly NURS 141.

NURS 153: Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing II

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: NURS 152 and admission to the nursing program

Provides a continuation of study of pharmacological principles and practices to achieve safe administration of medications. Selected drug classifications are presented, with an emphasis on understanding intended and unintended effects of drugs on body systems. Provides an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs.

NURS 156: Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing III

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: NURS 153 Admission to the Nursing program required

Provides a continuation of study of pharmacological principles and practices through in-depth application of principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Designed to expand the nursing student's knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, which includes the cellular response level, for the clinical application within the cotnext of the nursing process and prioritization of needs for patients across the lifespan. Selected drug classifications of pharmacological agents are examined and applied through case study application and analysis providing opportunity for development of the nursing competencies of clinical judgement, professional identity, use of evidence-based practice, and the facilitation of a spirit of inquiry.

NURS 165: Medical Surgical Nursing I Theory

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 166 & NURS 167

Helps students to integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, nursing and current literature to achieve safe, competent care of adult patients experiencing common alterations in body systems. Organized by the nursing process to achieve best practice outcomes in an acute care medical/surgical setting. Particular emphasis is placed on the concepts of holistic care, patient education, and discharge planning.

NURS 166: Medical Surgical Nursing I Laboratory

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 165 & NURS 167

Teaches students to safely perform intermediate nursing skills (therapeutic procedures) that are encountered in the care of hospitalized adult patients with common alterations in body systems. Emphasizes the critical elements of nursing procedures and the scientific rationale for performing the procedures safely.

NURS 167: Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 165 & NURS 166

Provides opportunities for students to utilize knowledge from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, nursing and current literature to provide safe, competent care of adult patients experiencing common alterations in body systems. Organized by the nursing process to achieve best practice outcomes in a medical/surgical setting. Particular emphasis is placed on concepts of holistic care, holistic care and patient education.

NURS 197: Apprentice Nurse Work Study

Units (Credits): 1–3; Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first semester of the nursing program and consent of instructor

Provides nursing students with an opportunity to earn college credit through involvement in the Apprentice Nurse program at participating regional health care facilities in Nevada. Offers students the opportunity to practice clinical skills and acclimate to the role of the professional nurse under the direction of a preceptor/s. The skills practiced will be in compliance with the accepted skill list identified by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. May be repeated one time up to six units. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA,AB or AS Degree.

NURS 261: Nursing Care of the Family from Conception through Adolescence (Theory)

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing program required; Corequisites: NURS 262

Focuses on basic concepts of nursing associated with care of the family experiencing pregnancy, birth, and the care of children. Incorporates knowledge of normal patterns of growth and development, health promotion, and disease prevention strategies. Students analyze care of patients with common health disruptions while continuing to develop the competencies of nursing judgement, use of evidenced-based practice, application of principles associated with professional identify, and the nurturing of a spirit of inquiry within the organizing framework of the nursing process.

NURS 262: Nursing Care of Family from Conception to Adolescence (Lab/Clinical)

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing program required; Corequisites: NURS 261

Focuses on the application of concepts addressed NURS 261. Students provide basic care to families experiencing pregnancy, birth, and the care of children from the neonatal stage through adolescence. Provides active, hands-on learning in the laboratory and clinical setting, under the direct supervision of nursing faculty and competent clinical preceptors,to students caring for maternal, newborn, and pediatric patients. The nursing process, QSEN Safety Standards, and the principles of human flourishing, nursing judgement, professional identity, and the spirit of inquiry, will provide the framework for student activities.

NURS 270: Advanced Clinical Nursing I Theory

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 271

Offers clinical theory organized around the nursing process and its application to patient needs. Requires students to apply the principles of providing a safe care environment, while addressing health promotion and health maintenance needs for persons experiencing complex/acute alterations in health. Students will also apply concepts of community care, case management, health teaching and discharge planning.

NURS 271: Advanced Clinical Nursing I Clinical

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 270

Requires students to use the nursing process to identify and prioritize health care needs in the provision of care for patients experiencing complex/acute alterations in health. Expands upon previous clinical learning to include the teaching/learning process and administration of intravenous fluids and medications in the acute care setting.

NURS 276: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 277

Assists students in gaining knowledge of nursing care for the patient experiencing primary threats to physiological integrity due to complex multisystem disruption in cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, integumentary, elimination, and digestive systems. Students apply the nursing process to address needs in the psycho/social/cultural and spiritual domains which emerge when there are primary threats to physiological integrity. Related legal, ethical, teaching/learning and communication/documentation issues are also explored.

NURS 277: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical

Units (Credits): 2.5; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program; Corequisites: NURS 276

Requires students to apply knowledge and skills to the care of adult patients in a simulated laboratory and acute care environments, experiencing needs resulting from complex multisystem disruptions. Students apply the nursing process and utilize information literacy skills to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on prioritization of care through collaboration with other members of the health care team, patients and their families.

NURS 284: Role of the ADN Manager of Care

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program

Utilizes a capstone laboratory/clinical to facilitate the role transition from student to graduate nurse. Students integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities and nursing to achieve best practice outcomes for multiple patients and their significant others in the acute care setting. Students apply advanced concepts of leadership and management while functioning in the legal, ethical and regulatory structures of the profession of nursing. In the clinical setting, students will establish a therapeutic environment to meet the needs of multiple patients and their significant others by demonstrating the ability to meet the nursing program educational outcomes.

NURS 285: Special Topics: Nursing

Units (Credits): 1–6; Prerequisites: none

NURS 285: Special Topics: Nursing

Units (Credits): 1–6; Prerequisites: none

NURS 40: Infacility Nursing Assistance Program

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Nutrition (NUTR)

Liberal Arts Division

NUTR 121: Human Nutrition

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Offers a beginning course in the principles of human nutrition including a study of each of the major nutrients and how they relate to good health and a well balanced diet. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of NUTR 121 Human Nutrition, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:
  • Describe and/or define terms such as calories, nutrients, essential nutrients, Recommended Dietary Allowances and malnutrition (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain safe food handling, diet and disease relationships, food additives and regulations, nutritional assessment and nutrient deficiencies among various age groups (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role that nutritional science and technology plays in the modern world (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role that nutrients play in human health, with a focus on the major nutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, water, vitamins, minerals. (GE #1);
  • Present accurate calculation and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in either introductory nutrition or in interpreting information in related fields. (GE #1, #3).

III. Topics

All students will have a basic (one semester of a non-traditionally-lab-experienced one-semester course) knowledge of nutrients, nutritional status, recommended dietary allowances, dietary reference intakes, and essential nutrients; problem solving, creative, and critical thinking skills, including distinguishing nutrition fact from fallacy; the principles of nutritional assessment; data collection and interpretation; nutrient percentages on nutrition labels and in planning a well-balanced diet.

NUTR 205: Sports Nutrition: Exercise and Performance

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: NUTR 121

Introduces the basic elements of sports nutrition. Presents the scientific basis of the roles played by carbohydrates, fat, protein, water, and key vitamins and minerals as they relate to physical exercise. Presents information on diets during training, timing and composition of pre- and post-competition meals, and the use of supplement ergogenic aids. Provides practical evidence based information for the athlete and individuals wishing to emphasize the role of diet and exercise in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

NUTR 223: Principles of Nutrition

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and 190L with a grade of C or better or CHEM 121 with a grade of C or better

Studies nutrient functions and basis for nutrient requirements at the cellular level. Three hours lecture.



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