Nursing Elective - NUEL


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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NOTE:  All courses in the College of Nursing were recently converted from the course subjects NUAS, NUMC, NUMS, NUPH, NUPS, NUSC, and NUWH to the new course subjects NUEL, NUPR, NUSP, and NURS. To see a listing of the previous and new subjects and numbers for each course, visit http://www.uic.edu/nursing/students/registration.shtml

250 Human Development Across the Life Span
3 hours. Survey of biological, psychological and social influences on human development from conception to death. Emphasis is on current research and its application to societal issues. Designed for Prenursing students.

310 Exploring Complementary/Alternative Practices
2 hours. Explores philosophical, historical, cultural and clinical aspects of complementary/alternative practices. Providing holistic nursing care by incorporating complementary/alternative practices will be emphasized. Prerequisite(s): NURS 217 and NURS 225; or consent of the instructor.

312 Ethical-Legal Issues in Nursing
2 hours. Analysis of ethical-legal issues in nursing practice across the lifespan. Examines legal concerns and ethical decision making for nurses in diverse roles and practice settings.

313 Nursing Perspectives on Health Policy and Politics
2 hours. Health policy issues are analyzed from political, socioeconomic, and ethical perspectives and their relation to policy process and health care delivery.

315 Fluid and Electrolyte Alterations
2 hours. Exploration of fluid and electrolyte alterations across the lifespan. Comprehensive analysis of fluid and electrolyte balance regulatory processes and nursing care in clients with a variety of conditions. Prerequisite(s): NURS 217 and NURS 225 ; or consent of the instructor.

316 Nursing Informatics
2 TO 3 hours. Exploration of information system concepts in health care delivery and nursing practice. Emphasis on application of systems concepts in addressing health care delivery issues. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 or equivalent; or consent of the instructor.

317 Introduction to Critical Care Nursing
2 hours. An introduction to critical care nursing, focusing primarily on cardiac and respiratory conditions, hemodynamic monitoring, EKG interpretation, and mechanical ventilation. Observational clinical experience in intensive care settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 335 or consent of the instructor.

320 Death and Dying
2 hours. Focuses on biopsychosocial and spiritual issues that arise for the patient, significant others, and the nurse clinician during the process of dying and death itself.

343 Patient/Client Education and Health Literacy
2 hours. Explores barriers/strategies for health education and health promotion of clients in healthcare settings; accessibility to services, and development of resources to improve health literacy. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225.

350 History of Nursing
2 hours. Trends in nursing education and practice in terms of historical development of nursing. Focus on social, cultural, religious, political and education forces influencing the evolution of nursing. Prerequisite(s): NURS 202; or consent of the instructor.

353 Nursing Dimensions of Human Sexuality
2 hours. Human sexuality across life cycle; exploration of physiological, psychological and socialcultural factors influencing sexuality; and health/illness behaviors. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 or NURS 242; or consent of the instructor.

393 Readings in Evidence-Based Practice
3 hours. Application of basic research concepts to the building of evidence-based practice in nursing. Emphasis will be on the critique of published research and utilization of research in clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): NURS 322; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

394 Special Topics: Undergraduate
1 TO 4 hours. Discusses selected topics of current interest. Offered according to sufficient student demand and instructor availability. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

399 Independent Study: Undergraduate
1 TO 4 hours. Individually arranged study of a topic selected by the student under the guidance of an individual instructor. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

438 Infant Feeding: Historical, Societal, and Health Policy Issues
3 hours. Examines infant feeding practices from historical, contemporary, societal, and political dimensions. The importance of infant feeding in developing countries as well as legislation regarding infant feeding is also examined. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

440 Wholistic Health: Use of Self
2 hours. Comprehensive mind, body and spiritual health care. Spiritual assessment of self, individuals and families. Self as a therapeutic agent/health provider for wholistic health care. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

441 Wholistic Health: Community Focus
2 hours. Community and congregational assessment. Health beliefs and practices of faith communities and their impact on health care services, communities, and systems to foster planned change. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

450 Women and Mental Health Nursing
3 hours. Theories of female psychology; women's daily lives and mental health; gender differences in mental illness; strategies for improving women's mental health. Same as GWS 450. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must have credit in PSCH 100 and either PSCH 270 or PSCH 315 or GWS 315.

456 Women's Health: A Primary Health Care Approach
3 hours. Health promotion and disease prevention in women's health. Includes community experience with community women. Primary health care approaches examined. Same as CHSC 456. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

460 Individualized Internship
1 TO 5 hours. Intensive internship experience will consist of a practicum that will develop skills, competencies and knowledge in a focused health care delivery setting. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

510 Instructional Design and Delivery in Nursing and Health Sciences
3 hours. Comprehensive introduction to teaching/learning theory, methods, and strategies for instruction and enhancement of learning in the classroom, clinical, and online.

511 Curriculum Processes in Nursing and Health Sciences
3 hours. Comprehensive introduction to processes relevant to the design and implementation of a curriculum from foundational concepts through outcomes monitoring.

512 Evaluation and Assessment in Nursing and Health Sciences
3 hours. Evaluation theory and strategies for evaluating student learning, courses, and programs in multiple settings and contexts.

513 Teaching/Learning Synthesis in Nursing and Health Sciences
3 hours. Synthesis and application of teaching/learning theories, methods, and strategies for instructional design and delivery, learner/course/program evaluation and assessment, curricular processes in individualized settings and contexts. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 510 and Credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 511 and Credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 512; and consent of the instructor.

516 Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Disease Development
3 hours. Prepares the student to assess and manage cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases that include dyslipidemia, overweight and obesity, hypertension and cardiometabolic syndrome.

517 Metabolic Disturbances in the Older Adult
3 hours. Prepares the student to assess and manage metabolic disturbances that result in common and complex geriatric syndromes.

518 Advanced Diabetes Management
3 hours. Provides the student with in-depth knowledge regarding the management of diabetes mellitus and complications.

520 Dying, Loss and Grief
3 hours. Analysis of social, cultural, and psychological aspects of human grief, loss/death within families and professional caregivers surrounding palliative and end-of-life care.

522 Palliative Management of Pain and Common Symptoms
3 hours. Evidence-base of biobehavioral strategies for palliative management of pain and common symptoms in life-limiting and chronic illness across the lifespan.

524 Socio-cultural and Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
3 hours. Using an ethics theoretical framework, this course explores social, cultural, and political factors that influence palliative care for clients and families across the life span.

536 Forensic Nursing Science
3 hours. Focuses on the background, development, and theoretical foundations of forensic nursing.

537 Forensic Health Care Documentation and Evidence Collection
3 hours. Focuses on the integration of the criminal justice, social service, and legal systems into the nursing care of people affected by violence. Prerequisite(s): NUEL 536.

538 Forensic Health Care for Vulnerable Populations
3 hours. Focuses on the specific needs of vulnerable populations as victims of violence. Prerequisite(s): NUEL 537.

539 Forensic Practicum
3 hours. Completion of a practicum in a specialty practice area focusing on victims, families, and alleged perpetrators. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): NUEL 537 and consent of the instructor.

541 Substance Misuse and Dependence
2 hours. Theories, research trends, treatment perspectives, ethical and social issues related to alcohol and other drug misuse and dependence. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

544 Qualitative Research in Nursing
4 hours. Major approaches to qualitative research including design, conduct, reporting, and firsthand experience in data collection and analysis. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

546 Biometrics and Applied Statistics
4 hours. Application of recent procedures in statistical analysis. Emphasis is on design of experiments and regression analysis; use of BMDP software on Mainframe/VAX computers. Prerequisite(s): NURS 525 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor.

547 Multivariate Analysis for Health Sciences
3 hours. Practical applications of multivariate techniques in health sciences. Minimal involvement in mathematics provided one has basic understanding of multivariate analysis. Prerequisite(s): NUEL 546.

548 Methodological Issues for Cross-Cultural Research
3 hours. Conceptual, methodological and ethical issues for research with varied racial/ethnic backgrounds. Applies acculturation, translation, immigration, and health behavior issues to clinical, community, and international settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572; and consent of the instructor.

549 Laboratory Techniques for Nursing Research
3 hours. Techniques in laboratory research for nursing science. Basic physiological and biochemical methods and equipment, animal models, human subjects, safe laboratory practice, development from conceptualization through execution. Prerequisite(s): NURS 536.

552 Responsible Conduct of Research
1 hours. Overview of the major ethical issues in the conduct of research with human or animal subjects with strategies for resolving these issues. Course is required by National Institutes of Health for all students supported by a National Research Service Award. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

555 Theories and Methods in Women's Health Nursing Research
3 hours. Critical analysis of theoretical and methodological approaches in women's health nursing research. Emphasis on evaluation schema useful to researchers.

556 Developing Literature Reviews
3 hours. Prepares the student to conduct literature reviews in an area of interest and write a literature synthesis. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s); Open only to Ph.D. degree students; or consent of the instructor.

558 Grant Writing for the Nurse Scientist
3 hours. Prepares students to submit their first competitive grant application for National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for predoctoral (F31) and postdoctoral (F32) fellowships. This course emphasizes the practical aspects of writing the grant proposal. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 572 or consent of the instructor. Students will be expected to work closely with their advisor during this course and are encouraged to register for at least 1 credit hour of NUEL 596 with their advisor.

560 Theoretical Basis for Primary Health Care
3 hours. Students analyze the conceptual basis of primary health care applicable to diverse communities and develop a primary health care model specific to a community of interest.

561 Ethical Issues in Primary Health Care
3 hours. Examination of the ethical components of primary health care as a philosophy, strategy, and level of care; and explication of personal framework for analysis of a specific health issue. Prerequisite(s): NUEL 560 or consent of the instructor.

562 Primary Health Care Research Methods
3 hours. Conceptual issues, advanced methodologies and dissemination strategies for scientifically sound and policy relevant global primary health care research. Building community relationships for primary health care research. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572 and NUEL 560 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor.

563 Neighborhoods and Health
3 hours. This interdisciplinary seminar explores theories and empirical evidence regarding the mechanisms by which neighborhoods affect health and contribute to health disparities. Same as CHSC 563. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing and an introductory graduate-level statistics course.

564 Quality of Life Issues in Research and Clinical Practice
3 hours. Quality of life: construct definition, ethical issues in clinical practice of nurses and other health professionals, measurement and research regarding various illness and age groups. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

565 Advanced Research in Women's Health
1 TO 2 hours. Advanced seminar for doctoral students in graduate nursing concentration in women's health. Faculty and students present and critique on-going and developing research. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

570 International Dimensions in Women's Health
3 hours. Critical examination of the health of women from a global perspective. Emphasizes resources and strategies nurse researchers use to monitor women's health across cultures and countries. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

571 Leadership in International Health
2 hours. Examines the trends and issues involved in leadership development of health professionals for global health and discusses strategies to make impact on health care outcomes in the global village.

575 Minority Women's Health Nursing
3 hours. Theoretic and descriptive overview of the health concerns and health conditions of women from ethnic/racial minority backgrounds with implications for nursing research and practice. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

580 Health Services and Health Behavior Research: Models and Frameworks
3 hours. Examines and critiques individual, systems, and community-level models and frameworks which guide health services delivery and health promotion behavior research. Prerequisite(s): NURS 570 and NURS 571; or consent of the instructor.

581 Health Services and Health Behavior Research: Methods and Measurement
3 hours. Critically analyzes methodological and measurement issues which are important to advanced research in health services delivery and health promotion behavior. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572 and NURS 573 and NUEL 580; or consent of the instructor.

584 Conducting Human Subjects Research
1 TO 2 hours. Topics include ethical principles that guide research, federal regulations, IRB guidelines, issues of informed consent and vulnerable populations, and other topics based on student interest. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572.

594 Special Topics: Advanced
1 TO 3 hours. Discusses selected topics of current interest. Offered according to sufficient student demand and instructor availability. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Nursing
1 TO 3 hours. Identifies and analyzes a broad range of issues related to modern nursing and nursing research. Topics vary according to student interests and instructor availability. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

596 Independent Study: Graduate
1 TO 4 hours. Selected problems in nursing are investigated under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Modes of investigation are determined by the nature of the nursing problem selected. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.