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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 1000 - Introduction to Nursing, Health, and Language of Healthcare

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to personal health, the language of healthcare, and the role of the professional nurse. Students study health from the perspective of the individual, discuss factors that promote and maintain healthy lifestyles, and apply them in the development of a behavioral change project to promote their own health. This course establishes student’s knowledge base of healthcare terminology and develops their ability to communicate using the language of healthcare. Students explore the role of the nurse and various career paths in professional nursing. Students gain skills in personal productivity, develop proficiency in communication applications, and develop the ability to use electronic databases to search healthcare literature. Students receive orientation to the American Psychological Association (APA) formatting and style guide. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Discuss factors that promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness for individuals (Level 1, Nursing Care)
  • Analyze one’s personal health and apply a health model to guide a personal behavior change (Level 1, Nursing Care)
  • Define, deconstruct, and analyze healthcare terminology (Level 1, Critical Thinking)
  • Communicate using the language in healthcare employing proper pronunciation and precise and accurate meaning of healthcare terminology. (Level 1, Communication)
  • Establish methods to manage college pressures, develop effective time management and study skills, and establish plans for academic success (Level 1, Professional Role)
  • Describe criteria that define a profession (Level 1, Professional Role)
  • Describe the role of the nurse as a member of the health care team and provider of care. (Level 1, Professional Role)
  • Distinguish various career paths in nursing (Level 1, Professional Role)
  • Utilize electronic databases to conduct systematic searches of healthcare and nursing literature (Level 1, Technology)
  • Demonstrate correct use of American Psychological Association (APA) formatting and writing style (Level 1, Communication)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Benefits and goals of a college education
  • Student support services, study skills, test taking strategies for academic success
  • Personal productivity and communication applications
  • Academic policies - MSOE and School of Nursing Handbooks, Nursing labs
  • School of Nursing vision and mission statements
  • Personal Health topics - wellness, health promotion, anxiety/depression, harassment, stress management
  • Personal health assessment and Change Project
  • Healthy People 2020
  • Library Resources, electronic databases, tour of library
  • APA formatting and style guide
  • Nursing degrees, licensure, and professional career paths
  • Professional development transcript
  • Professionalism, social media, confidentiality
  • Healthcare terminology (health and disease, skin, skeletal and muscular system; cardiovascular system; respiratory system; lymphatic and immune systems; nervous system senses; diagnostic procedures and pharmacology; digestive system; urinary system; endocrine and reproductive systems)

Dr. Jane Paige

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