NURS 111. Personal Health
Emphasizes current health issues most applicable to college-age population. Students exposed to information and strategies used to deal effectively with life adjustment problems and to promote healthful living habits. Environmental threats to personal health are analyzed.


NURS 321. Pathophysiology
Major pathophysiologic concepts are explored. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy and physiology provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. Concepts learned in this course are basic to the health professions. This course is open to all students. As we discuss the different diseases processes in pathophysiology included are environmental issues that relate to causes of diseases/or risk factors for that disease.  We discuss prevention measures and general well-being that assists individuals in preventing disease. I use lecture, power point, class discussion, class presentations and a written paper.


NURS 352. Mental Health Nursing
Development of nursing knowledge and skill for mental health promotion, protection, and restoration. How the environment can affect cognitive processing, mental status, and pschopharmacology is addressed.


NURS 451. Community Health Nursing
Focuses on client/environment interactions incorporating clinical experiences with diverse populations in a variety of community settings and with individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Issues discussed to provide a safe and healthy environment include health policy, regulatory processes (OSHA, CDC), methods/tools for data collection/analysis, injury registries/ergonomics, and program planning. Additionally, content to support community-level change, such as impacting environmental change, includes comprehensive health planning/Healthy People, identify assets and gaps in service structure, health status indicators, effectiveness of interventions, and accessibility and quality of individual and population-wide health services, effective use of the media, public awareness/marketing campaigns, mobilizing the community for action, and ethical issues of social justice and individual versus aggregate rights.



NURS 453. Leadership in Nursing
Focuses on the major leadership and professional development skills necessary for professional practice including leadership style, management and leadership theories, change, quality management, fiscal and economic issues, personnel management, legal and ethical issues, healthcare organizations and policy, professionalism, personal nursing philosophy, political action, career development, and historical influences on nursing today. An example of an environmental impact issue is one of proper disposal of hazardous hospital and health care materials.


NURS 628. Advanced Pathophysiology
This course is designed for the study of physiological alterations underlying disease entities and relating knowledge to interpret changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness. Students will examine current research in pathophysiology. The course provides the student with an essential theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Each system covered, particularly respiratory, cardiac, GI, endocrine, neoplasia, and neuro, the issue of environmental exposures is addressed as possibly impacting the pathological changes in the system.


NURS 633. Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Families and Communities
This course will focus on the advanced practice nurse€™s role in health promotion and illness prevention through understanding family dynamics (in the community), applying principles of epidemiology and community assessment for families and aggregates in rural communities. An epidemiological approach is employed to examine the effects of the environment on the health status and outcomes of rural residents. Issues such as Mountaintop Removal are analyzed.

NURS637. Advanced Family Nursing IV: Chronic Illness Across the Lifespan
This course is designed to prepare the student to practice advanced nursing skills with rural and urban community based clients and families experiencing chronic conditions. Emphasis is on analyzing, synthesizing, and applying current family and health care theories, research, and practice related to individuals and families across the lifespan. The focus includes wellness promotion, health protection, management and maintenance of chronic conditions, restoration and rehabilitation, coordination of services, collaborative care with other providers, and appropriate referral. In discussing the management of illness, management/elimination of environmental exposures is discussed.  In particularly with respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma and lung CA.  These are also incorporated into discussions of migraine and other neuro disorders, and integumentary disorders.

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