Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are listed numerically by course number.

NSG 101 – Explore the Profession of Nursing (1 cr)

NSG 101 is a one-credit hour seminar course which provides opportunities for intended nursing majors to explore concepts of the profession of nursing.   Film media will be viewed and analyzed for representation of professional nursing values and concepts.  Interviews with professional nurses will be used to explore roles, stressors, and comportment.  The interactive classroom environment will engage the students in reflection and beginning assimilation into nursing. Together, these activities will provide a framework for success in the nursing major.

NSG 250 – Human Growth and Development (3 cr)

Examines selected physiological and psychosocial factors that influence and characterize human growth and development throughout the life span. Includes lecture/discussion and class participation activities.

NSG 295 – Statistics for Health Care (3 cr)                    

This course provides a foundation in elementary statistics essential to read, understand, and apply evidence-based health care literature.  Concepts of measurement, measurement reliability, sampling methods, and common statistical analysis will be examined. An understanding of course concepts will be developed through an examination of selected evidence-based health care literature.

NSG 309 – Health Assessment (4 cr)

Prepares students to perform a health assessment on an adult and child. Emphasizes a systematic and comprehensive health assessment as a database for identifying nursing diagnoses. Highlights developmental aspects, sociocultural influences, health-illness perceptions, normal variations of health-status findings, and documentation throughout the course. Students become familiar with the use of assessment instruments through practice in a supervised on-campus laboratory. 

NSG 311 – Family Nursing (2 cr)

This course focuses on family and group dynamics. The application of the nursing process to promote holistic family health across the lifespan is addressed. Situational and contextual issues that impact family and group functioning are explored. Key issues related to crisis intervention with families and groups and the family’s presence during critical experiences of health care are explored. The imperative need for ongoing research on caring for families and groups by nurses is identified.

NSG 348 – Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research (3 cr)

Foundations for evidence-based practice in nursing. Specific elements of evidence-based practice include formulating the clinical question, conducting a search strategy, critically appraising the evidence, and implementation of evidence in the clinical environment.  Basic concepts of the research process will form the foundation for assessing the quality of evidence. Explores the relationship between evidence-based findings and nursing practice to achieve favorable and cost-containing client outcomes.

NBC 353 – Clinical Reasoning and Judgment for Quality Safe Outcomes (3 cr)

The purpose of this course is to assist the RN student to further refine and develop comprehensive and focused nursing assessment skills, clinical reasoning and judgment in clinical nursing practice. The collaborative role of the nurse to use critical thinking to assess, analyze, and recognize patients at risk for adverse health outcomes is examined. The nursing process will be used as framework to guide assessments, analysis, evidence-based interventions and to maximize safe outcomes for patients. Evidence-based early intervention strategies to promote safety and prevent critical incidents are discussed. A legal-ethical framework is used to examine a nurse's failure to intervene early with at risk patients.

NBC 354 – Patient and Family Centered Care (3 cr)

This course explores essential concepts inherent in providing patient centered care. The meaning and essence of therapeutic caring as a foundational construct of the nurse-patient relationship is explored. Theories of caring will be examined within the professional nursing role and the value of relationship based patient centered care will be examined from an individual, unit, and organizational perspective. Evidence-based strategies to enhance relationship based patient centered care will be explored. The relationship among patients, families, colleagues, administrators, health care providers, and others will be analyzed in terms of providing patient-centered care and achieving quality health outcomes. Legal and ethical issues will be examined.

NSG 368 – Human Sexuality Research (3 cr)

Elective open to non-nursing students. Focuses on current research on human sexual behavior, including physiological response during sexual activity, early development of sexual attitudes, varieties of sexual relationships, and social/moral issues related to sexual attitudes.

NSG 370 – Nursing as a Profession (3 cr)

The purpose of this course is to explore and describe the evolution of nursing as a profession and how historical, cultural, and contemporary issues in nursing have impacted current nursing practice. Students will be introduced to critical thinking skills and the role critical thinking and creativity play in professional and nursing practice. Professional nursing conduct, appearance, image, and communication skills will be discussed. Professional standards of nursing practice, the Nursing Code of Ethics, holistic nursing practice, and nursing theory will be introduced. Information seeking strategies in the health sciences will be discussed with emphasis placed on use of current evidence based resources and use of APA formatting for required coursework and assignments.  

NSG 371 – Basic Nursing Therapeutics (4 cr)

This foundational nursing course enables students to begin developing an understanding of the professional nursing role. Core nursing concepts (caring, compassion, wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic use of self) are integrated as the student learns about the complex nature of providing nursing care of individuals and their families.

NBS 372 – Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (1 cr)

The course introduces the concepts of health promotion as a framework for nursing practice within the healthcare delivery system. It provides the opportunity to examine and implement health promotion programs on the individual and community level.

NSG 373 – Basic Nursing Therapeutics Practicum (2 cr)

This is a basic nursing therapeutics practicum course which provides laboratory, simulation and clinical practicum opportunities to provide holistic, patient centered care using the nursing process and evidenced based practice concepts. The students will begin to develop and acquire clinical reasoning skills as they learn to provide nursing care to assist individuals and families in achieving optimal health. Students begin to organize and manage nursing care to achieve safe and quality health outcomes.

NSG 374 – Nursing Care of Women and Children (5 cr)

The concepts of health, health promotion, injury and disease prevention will be examined within the context of nursing care of women and children. Students will utilize the nursing process to formulate a plan of care to provide quality, safe, evidence-based care to this population. The student will analyze the impact of genetics, culture, and family as women and children transition through a spectrum of developmental, physiologic, and psychosocial processes and alterations.

NSG 375 – Nursing Care of Women and Children Practicum (4 cr)            

The course provides opportunities for clinical nursing practice in the care of women and children as they transition through a spectrum of developmental, physiologic, and psychosocial processes and alterations. The student will apply concepts of health, health promotion, injury and disease prevention when using the nursing process to provide evidence-based, holistic, safe, and quality nursing care in a variety of ambulatory and tertiary care settings. An analysis of the impact of genetics, culture, socioeconomics, and family on health alterations will be utilized in the application of the nursing process. The student will work within an interprofessional health care team to achieve quality health outcomes for the woman and/or child.

NSG 378 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention within Populations (2 cr)

The course addresses health promotion and disease prevention within populations and reflects political, social, economic and ethical issues. Health indicators such as the U.S. Government’s Healthy People’s national objectives, serve as a basis for identifying the needs and disparities of populations across the lifespan.

NSG 393 – Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3 cr)

This course introduces students to the principles and application of healthcare informatics and technologies used in traditional and newly evolving healthcare environments. The interface between the health care delivery system and informatics to provide quality evidence-based client care will be examined. Informatics use in administration, education, research, and clinical practice will be explored.

NSG 410 – Public Health Nursing for Population Health (2 cr)

This course explores concepts of public health and principles of population health within the context of the interdisciplinary public health system domestically and globally. Core functions of public health, principles of epidemiology, and public health nursing interventions will be used to examine population health problems and concerns.  The use of evidence-based interventions and theories of behavior change will be analyzed as strategies to improve cost, access and quality of population health.  Within the public health nurse’s role, the use of risk communication, informatics, and social interventions to implement public health laws, policies to effect change in population health will be explored. Public health disaster preparedness and response to natural disasters and terrorist threats will be emphasized.

NSG 436, 437, 438 – Selected Topics (1-6 cr)

NSG 447 – Advanced Clinical Nursing (3 cr)

Clinical course that provides students opportunities to pursue, independently and in depth, a specific nursing area of particular interest. Expects ongoing student, faculty, and preceptor collaboration. Students participate in selecting the site for clinical experience. 

NSG 470 – Concepts of Health Maintenance and Restoration (4 cr)

Modeling and Role-Modeling theory is used to address holistic, evidence-based disease prevention and nursing management of biopsychosocial acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. The importance of collaboration with the patient, family, and members of the health care team to achieve safe, effective, culturally relevant, patient centered care is emphasized.  Strategies to achieve quality outcomes which promote the client’s health maintenance and/or restoration are examined.  Concepts which focus on care that supports functional health, homeostatic regulation, protection against harm, psychological and social functioning and facilitation of lifestyle changes are emphasized. The use of population based health resources to support lifestyle changes will be discussed. Associated legal and ethical issues influenced by legislative, economic and environmental regulatory processes will be analyzed.

NSG 472 – Promoting Quality Health Outcomes and Culture of Safety (2 cr)

The purpose of this course is to examine concepts of quality health outcomes and safety within the context of professional nursing practice.  The numerous roles of the nurse within health care organizations are explored.  The healthy work environment and its influence on nurses, nursing practice and outcomes are analyzed.   Systems and processes to achieve and sustain quality health outcomes, and safe, effective, patient-centered holistic nursing care are examined in depth. Legal and ethical issues related to these topics are addressed.

NSG 474 – Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration (4 cr)

The purpose of this course is to examine concepts of quality health outcomes and safety within the context of professional nursing practice.  The numerous roles of the nurse within health care organizations are explored.  The healthy work environment and its influence on nurses, nursing practice and outcomes are analyzed.   Systems and processes to achieve and sustain quality health outcomes, and safe, effective, patient-centered holistic nursing care are examined in depth. Legal and ethical issues related to these topics are addressed.

NSG 475 – Transitioning to Professional Nursing Practice as a Leader/Manager (2 cr)

The purpose of this course is to prepare the baccalaureate nursing student for transition to professional nursing practice as a leader/manager.  Organizational structures and processes of health care organizations as context for professional nursing practice are discussed.  The collaborative roles of the nurse as leader and manager within the framework of legislative, economic, and regulated health care environments are analyzed.  The legal and ethical parameters which influence the role of the nurse as leader/manager are explored.  Incorporating strategies and processes for successful transition and practice, a personal career plan is developed.

NBC 476 – Transitioning to Practice as a Baccalaureate Prepared Nurse Leader/Manager (2 cr)

The purpose of this course is to prepare the RN student for transition to practice as a baccalaureate prepared leader/manager. Organizational structures and processes of health care organizations as context for professional nursing practice are discussed. The collaborative roles of the nurse as leader and manager within the framework of legislative, economic, and regulated health care environments are analyzed. The legal and ethical parameters which influence the role of the nurse as leader/manager are explored. Strategies and processes for successful RN transition as baccalaureate prepared nursing practice are discussed. A personal career plan for ongoing professional development and life-long learning is developed.

NSG 478 – Concepts of Complex Acute Care (4 cr)

This course focuses on nursing care of patients who have acute, complex, health problems characterized by physiological and/or psychosocial instability.  The need to collaborate with the interprofessional team to provide safe, compassionate, holistic, culturally relevant, evidence-based, and patient centered care will be analyzed.  The emerging development and use of patient-care technology when managing the care of patients will be explored.  The role of the nurse to advocate for quality care will be examined.  Associated legal and ethical issues as influenced by legislative, economic and environmental regulatory processes will be analyzed.

NSG 479 – Clinical Seminar: Complex Acute Care (1 cr)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to explore, with a community of learners, relevant clinical issues related to the practice of professional nursing. The seminar provides each student the opportunity to lead discussions, examine sensitive practice issues through critical discussion and inquiry, and develop communication skills when engaged in dialogue with others who may hold contrary opinions. The student will further develop nursing leadership and management skills through active participation in the seminar format and collaborative learning experiences.

NSG 481 – Nursing Management of Patients with Acute Complex Health Problems (4 cr)

This course provides opportunities for clinical nursing practice in the care of patients with acute, complex health problems.  The student will provide safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic and culturally relevant, patient-centered care.  The student will use patient-care technology and information management systems to support health outcomes for patients.  An analysis of the nurse’s role to coordinate and collaborate with an interprofessional team will be utilized.  Students will consider ethical, legal, economic, and environmental factors associated with the nursing management of patients.

NBC 494 – Baccalaureate RN Leadership Synthesis Project (4 cr)

This course is designed specifically for the registered nurse student completing the baccalaureate nursing program and focuses on nursing leadership in professional nursing practice. The student will integrate concepts of collaboration, safety, quality, leadership and management, patient-centered care, advocacy, ethics, legal implications, environmental and regulatory processes in the design and implementation of a nursing unit based synthesis project.

NSG 495 – Supervised Teaching (1-3 cr)

Outstanding undergraduate students can enrich their education and gain personal recognition through participation in a supervised teaching experience with a Nursing faculty member.  In concert with the faculty member, student teachers will have an opportunity to develop their leadership, management, teaching, technology, and presentation skills in a course previously completed.

NSG 496 – Issues in Clinical Practice (1 cr)

Accompanies a summer clinical experience in which students provide patient care at a health-care agency in the Buffalo area. Focus of discussions is on issues that arise out of patient care and the clinical setting such as communication, clinical skills, interactions with colleagues, and documentation of care that is provided.

NSG 497 – Nursing Honors Research (3 cr)

Students accepted into the School of Nursing Honors Research program must complete this course twice, during both semesters of the senior year.  It will provide an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate nursing students to enrich their education and gain personal recognition through participation in the scholarly work of a research faculty member.  In concert with a faculty member, the student will conduct a research project that culminates into a senior thesis of publication quality.

NSG 499 – Independent Study (1-4)

Supplements regular offerings of the department. Students must secure the instructor's permission before registering for an independent study.

NGC 518 – Health Promotion (3 cr)

This course examines the health behaviors and health promotion needs of individuals, families, and populations. Strategies to promote positive health behaviors and to reduce health risks are discussed. Theoretical, developmental, sociocultural, and demographic factors for selected health promotion strategies are analyzed for use in formulating appropriate interventions to maximize health.