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RNRS 110: NURSING I

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing curriculum and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 210, BIOL 205 and RNRS 150 or completion with a grade of "C" or better

This course is the study of nursing concepts to meet patient's basic needs. The emphasis is on human adaptation and the acquisition of skills and knowledge fundamental to the care of all patients. Clinical experiences assist the student to begin assessing the patients, utilizing nursing diagnosis, identifying measurable patient outcomes, developing nursing interventions with focus on the physiological mode.

RNRS 111: PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 110 or RNRS 120 or department approval

This course is a study of current pharmacological concepts using a clinical approach. Principles of drug action in relation to the nurse's responsibilities in patient care are emphasized.

RNRS 120: NURSING II

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RNRS 110, 210, and RNRS 150 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 111

This course builds upon the concepts introduced in Nursing I and expands these concepts through the use of the nursing process in providing care to patients with medical health problems and to the expectant family.

RNRS 125: NURSING: LPN to RN TRANSITION

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Graduate from a state-approved Practical Nursing Program within the last five years or achieve minimal competency on the HESI PN to ADN Mobility Exam; valid Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license; currently employed or has practiced nursing for a minimum of 12 months within the last 3 years or department approval; CPR certified; one year of high school chemistry, or equivalent, or completion of CHEM 115 with grade "C" or better, within the last five years; must have completed required program and general education courses of BIOL 205, BIOL 206, BIOL 210, RNRS 150, RNRS 111, and RNRS 210 with a grade of "C" or better, within the last five years; must have completed required program and general education courses of PSY 110, SOC 110, FCS 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 111 or COMM 110, HLTH 121, Humanities: 3 sem hours with a grade of "C" or better; GPA 2.5.

This course is designed to orient the licensed practical nurse for admission into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on role changes from practical nurse to professional registered nurse, nursing process, and nursing care planning. Critical thinking skills and effective communication will also be discussed. Students will receive clinical experience working with medical-surgical patients.

RNRS 150: PRINCIPLES OF SAFE MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Enrollment in nursing program or department approval. One year of high school algebra or MAT 094 with a grade of "C" or better or math placement into MAT 098.

This course will study problem solving related to preparation of and safe administration of oral and parenteral medications for all patient populations. Emphasis will be placed on calculating correct medication dosages, using conversions with units of measure, determining correct quantities, reconstituting and diluting preparations. A lab component will provide practice with medication calculations, conversions, various preparations, and use of syringes to administer medications safely.

RNRS 180: INTRAVENOUS THERAPY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or department approval

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skill to perform selected tasks in intravenous therapy in stabilized patients under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist as advised by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.

RNRS 200: NURSING INTERNSHIP

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RNRS 120 with a grade of "C" or better

The Nursing Internship is an optional, elective course which will provide nursing students with the opportunity to continue to explore the scope of nursing practice. The course will provide the student with theory and clinical experiences to strengthen nursing knowledge and skills gained within the first year of the nursing program.

RNRS 210: HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF THE ADULT PATIENT

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrently enrolled in RNRS 110 or department approval

This course is designed to assist the student to develop or improve his or her assessment skills. Using the techniques of history taking, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation, the student will be able to complete a head-to-toe physical assessment of the adult patient. Emphasis is also placed on proper recording of assessed findings.

RNRS 220: NURSING III

10 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RNRS 111 and 120 with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrently enrolled in BIOL 146 or completion with a grade of "C" or better

This course focuses on the study of utilizing the nursing process as a framework to provide nursing care to patients with behavioral health problems and complex health problems.

RNRS 221: NURSING IV

10 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RNRS 220 and BIOL 210 with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 222

This course focuses on the study of utilizing the nursing process as a framework to provide nursing care to surgical, oncology, orthopedic, and pediatric patients. Managing the holistic needs of patients is emphasized.

RNRS 222: NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RNRS 220 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrently enrolled in RNRS 221

This course is designed to facilitate the transition from the role of student to the role of graduate through knowledge of current trends and issues in nursing and the forces which continue to shape the profession.

RNRS 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Courses not currently being taught

RNRS 163 INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 (OC)
RNRS 164 INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 (OC)
RNRS 165 INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 (OC)