RN-BSN Course Electives

Independent Studies

Independent Studies are available. Please see a faculty member of information.

For RN-BSN students ONLY

NSG 305 – Cultural Perspectives in Health Care (3 credits)

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the culture of two tribal communities in northeast Oklahoma and their historical and contemporary practices related to health. Through immersion in these communities, students will collaborate with tribal representatives to provide care that is holistic in nature, culturally congruent, and based upon the evidence. Students will work with tribal representatives to assess the health needs of the members and develop, implement, and evaluate interventions specific to the cultural health needs of this diverse population.

NSG 341 – Caring and Terminal Illness (3 credits)

An elective course that explores concepts of professional nursing care in relation to terminal illness. Foci include symptom control, family support, attitudes towards death and dying, and concepts of biomedical ethics.

NSG 343 – Health Care Informatics (3 credits)

Health Care Informatics is designed to give the undergraduate student experience with issues and use of health care information management systems. It progresses from history and description of hospital and computer-based systems to clinical bedside practice, research, education, and administrative applications. Community and institution based systems are discussed as well as ergonomics and software/hardware selection.
Prerequisites: Basic computer science course and Junior standing in health, systems or related field, or by permission of instructor.

NSG 380/380S – Grief and Mourning: A Global Perspective (3 credits)

This elective course focuses on the religious and cultural intersects of mourning losses. The use of healing rituals and symbols within the context of grief and mourning will be explored. The course proposes to challenge the student to explore their own values and beliefs regarding death and to analyze the global rituals within the context of culture.

NSG 382 – Creativity, Creative Arts, Health & Aging (3 credits)

This elective course examines multiple perspectives on creativity, creative arts, and health and aging including personal, cultural, and theoretical and research perspectives. Students will explore the benefits of creativity for older adults, caregivers and communities, the health effects of engagement in creative arts programs, and the therapeutic elements common to existing creating arts programs for well, frail, and cognitively impaired older adults and caregivers. Students will engage in service-learning experiences involving local creative arts programs for older adults.

NSG 441/541 – Health and Aging: Current Perspectives and Issues (3 credits)

This elective course examines issues of health status and health care delivery for the older population. Topics include perceptions of health, major health problems in later life, strategies for working with older persons experiencing functional and sensory changes of aging, patterns of health services utilization, projected health needs and ethical issues related to health care for the elderly.

NSG 492 – Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Children and Adolescents (3 credits)

This elective course's emphasis is on current research, historical background, etiologies, and characteristics of individuals with severe behavioral disorders/emotional disturbance. Models of physiological, sociological, ecological, and behavioral approaches to understanding and addressing the needs of these individuals and the contexts influencing policies and practices are critically examined.

NSG 399 - Global Health Perspectives and Challenges in Central America

The primary purpose is to gain international health care experience that will enhance ability to understand the basis of and need for culturally competent care to populations everywhere. Learners will explore a variety of cultural and contextual factors that impact life, health care, and health care systems in Central America, and compare and contrast these factors with those operating in the United States. This is a study abroad course offered in summer and/or winter term.