Nursing (NURS)

NURS 102 - Professional Behaviors Units: 2

This introductory course provides the student with an understanding of the professional nurse's role within the health care system. Emphasis is placed on ethics, professional obligations, values, expectations of the profession and accountability for lifelong learning. Students will learn the methods of communicating professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support persons, and as members of the interdisciplinary heath care team. The impact of family will be included.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Open to students with declared Nursing major and accepted into the Nursing program.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 129 - Level 1 - Basic Nursing Skills Units: 2

The course will prepare the future nursing student to provide holistic basic nursing care to residents in long-term care facilities. Students will provide total patient care and comfort measures at the level of a nursing assistant while incorporating basic principles of safety and infection for self and others. This is an alternate prerequisite (in lieu of the Certified Nursing Assistant class) for the nursing program.Note: This class does NOT prepare students to sit for the Nevada State Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant Examination.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: MANDATORY STEPS OF ENROLLMENT: Background check, Drug Test, HCP CPR card, Major Medical Insurance and Immunizations.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

NURS 130 - Nursing Assistant Units: 6

This course provides knowledge and skills necessary to assist the professional nurse in direct patient care, undertaking those tasks which are supportive to the care of the patient in various health-care settings. Students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities of a Certified Nursing Assistant. Emphasis is placed on acquiring proficiency in direct and indirect care to patients, as defined by the Nevada State Board of Nursing's Scope of Practice. The lab/clinical portion of this course includes selected skills that students have to perform. After satisfactory completion of this course, students are eligible to take the State exam and after passing that exam can become "Certified" Nursing Assistants.

Enrollment Requirements: MANDATORY STEPS OF ENROLLMENT: Background check, Drug Test, HCP CPR card, Major Medical Insurance and Immunizations.

Term Offered: All Semesters

NURS 138 - Nursing Care I Units: 7

This introductory course provides the students with the foundations of the arts and science of nursing. Students are exposed to the core competencies that define the roles and responsibilities of an associate degree nurse. Focus is placed on acquiring proficiency to carry out basic independent and interdependent nursing actions that assist clients across the lifespan in meeting their health-care needs. Each student identifies care planning activities and develops an individualized care plan and assessment focusing on unique client/patient needs. Emphasis is on assessment, teaching and learning, and communication in health and wellness. This course may not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Nursing program.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 140 - Medical Terminology Units: 3

The development of a basic medical vocabulary used to describe the body's anatomical systems with emphasis on the definition, use, spelling and pronunciation of terms. Attention will be focused on disease, normal body structure and function and pharmacology terminology.

Term Offered: All Semesters

NURS 142 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology Units: 2

This course provides an introduction to common pharmacotherapies encountered by nurses with emphasis on safe, quality, patient-centered, socio-culturally appropriate, evidence-based nursing care. Various groups of drugs will be studied in relation to their actions on selected body systems focusing on safe administration of medications to clients across the lifespan. This course may not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: BIOL 223, BIOL 224, BIOL 251, and acceptance to the Nursing program.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 152 - Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing I Units: 1

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

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Nursing program.

NURS 153 - Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing II Units: 1

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.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: NURS 102, NURS 138, NURS 152, and NURS 212 and admitted to the nursing program.

NURS 170 - Nursing Care 2 Units: 7

The focus of this course is on nursing care and management of the individual across the health wellness illness continuum using the nursing process. Student will integrate knowledge of the diverse and holistic needs of the individual. Students will apply and implement communication strategies through collaboration, and teaching and learning; topics include stress and coping and grief and loss. The childbearing and child rearing family are also included as a population.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. NURS 138 and NURS 212.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 202 - Nursing Care 3 Units: 7

The focus of this course is a continuation of the nursing care and management of patients/clients with an altered health status that affects both individuals and families across the lifespan. The child-bearing and child rearing family are also included as a population. The course applies the concepts of clinical pharmacology, psychopathology, pathophysiology, health maintenance, promotion and restoration to the care of patients/clients. The lab/clinical portion of this course include selected observation, clinical assignments and the use of computer simulation and skills laboratory.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: BIOL 223, BIOL 224, BIOL 251, NURS 102, NURS 138, NURS 170 and NURS 212.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 209 - Principles of Pathophysiology Units: 3

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore and apply the principles of Pathophysiology gained in this course to future nursing courses. The concepts of physiology and pathophysiology, dealing with disease caused by alteration of function, across the life span will be the focus of the course. This theory course will utilize the body systems approach in the presentation of the principles of pathophysiology. Emphasis is placed on the integration of physiological and developmental variables as they relate to client scenarios with altered body systems across the life span.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: BIOL 190, BIOL 223, BIOL 224 and BIOL 251.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 212 - Cultural Aspects of Nursing Care Units: 3

Nurse-client encounters involve the interaction of three cultural subsystems: the culture of the nurse, the culture of the client and the culture of the setting. This course explores the influence of culturally diverse backgrounds within the health care system of the United States. The weaving of gender, age, race, ethnic and religious diversities of the nurse and client will be emphasized. This course fulfills the diversity requirement at TMCC. This course is offered online only and is open only to students admitted to the nursing program.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Restricted to enrolled Nursing students only.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 240 - RN Refresher-Theory Units: 2

The RN Refresher Course is designed to assist inactive professional nurses to update their knowledge and skills in order to renew their licenses and return to active nursing practice. This theory portion is an on-line program that spans one semester. Students who successfully complete this course can then take NURS 242 which includes 135 hours of clinical practice with an RN preceptor.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

NURS 242 - RN Refresher - Clinical Units: 3

This RN Refresher Course is designed to assist inactive professional nurses to update their knowledge and skills in order to renew their nursing licenses and return to active nursing practice. NURS 240 must be taken prior to this course. This program includes 135 hours of clinical with an RN preceptor. This is a Pass/Withdraw class. Students must have a temporary nursing license from the Nevada State Board of Nursing and have taken NURS 240 (RN Refresher Course-Theory).

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

NURS 274 - Nursing Care 4 Units: 7

The focus of this course is the culmination of the care and management of the holistic, diverse, acutely-ill adult client. Emphasis is on the refinement of clinical decision making skills, achievement of clinical competence, and demonstration of professional nursing practice. The capstone experience of this course provides opportunities to incorporate informatics, to explore quality improvement opportunities using the National Patient Safety Goals.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: BIOL 223, BIOL 224, BIOL 251; NURS 102, NURS 138, NURS 170, NURS 202, NURS 209 and NURS 212.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

NURS 285 - Selected Topics in Nursing Units: 0.5-6

This course is restricted to students who have approval from the Director of Nursing. The course will present an individually selected variety of topics intended to bring the student to current knowledge in the subject area assigned. Students who are returning to the nursing program after an absence, or who may need to repeat certain content for either theory or clinical nursing courses will be assigned the appropriate number of credits. Other students referred by the Nevada State Board of Nursing for refreshing in certain topics may also take this variable credit course. The course may be repeated for up to six credits.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED