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Studying the Nursing Courses (Part 2)

After learning the basics, you are now ready to embark on another difficult journey towards earning that nursing diploma. By this time, the courses are more focused on several specialties and fields of nursing practice.

However, you will only get to know the general knowledge of every course since the type of your education preparation is geared towards general practice upon finishing the degree. Should you wish to pursue a career in any of the nursing specialties, then you can enter the graduate school and study more about it.

The following discussion will cover the nursing courses that are offered during the third and fourth years of the nursing program.

Maternal and Child Nursing

This course deals with pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and newborn care from a family centered approach. Covers complications related to childbearing. Emphasizes growth and development and exploration of common childhood disorders at various stages.

This course prepares student nurses to take care of patients with obstetrical and gynaecological problems and pediatric concerns. Together with the designated laboratory and clinical hours, you will be conducting prenatal assessments to mothers, assisting and handling deliveries, immediate newborn care, and management of common childhood disorders.

Medical-Surgical Nursing

This course deals with the principles and techniques of nursing care management of sick clients across lifespan with emphasis on the adult and the older person, population group in any setting with alterations/problems in oxygenation, fluid and electrolyte balance, nutrition and metabolism and endocrine function, perception and coordination, and infection and immunologic problems.

Also called Adult Health Nursing, this course covers a very broad discussion on the different disease states of the body. You will be studying the numerous medical conditions by systems incorporating pathophysiology, medical and surgical management, diagnostic and laboratory procedures, pharmacology, nursing management, rehabilitation, and health promotion and risk reduction.

Because of the scope of the subject, colleges and universities will have to break down the concepts and place the courses in separate semesters. This also entails more clinical hours in the hospital and other health facility that your school requires you to finish.

Psychiatric Nursing

This course deals with the concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and the care of individuals, population group experiencing maladaptive behaviors in varied settings.

This course provides the knowledge, skills and experiences related to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, as well as an opportunity to apply previously learned behavioral and scientific concepts. Discussion covers theoretical approaches to mental health/illness, the patterns of behavior of the child, adolescent and adult, and the corresponding nursing care.

Concepts related to ethical/legal, professional accountability, community, and teaching are applied. Past, present and future trends in mental health are explored. Discussion of the roles of the Psychiatric-Mental Health team, with emphasis on the nursing role, occurs throughout the course.

As for the clinicals, you will have the chance to be assigned in a psychiatric facility and care for a client that is diagnosed with a psychiatric condition. Nurse Preceptors or Clinical Instructors will be with you as you do this since student safety is a great concern during this kind of exposure.

Nursing Research

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the scientific process with emphasis on its application in nursing. The steps of the research process will be presented as well as the major research designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental studies, surveys, descriptive and qualitative designs. Students will review and critique selected nursing research studies. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the logical process of research, on the scientific rigor necessary for carrying out studies of nursing interest, and on critically reading and using nursing research in nursing practice.

If you are taking a BSN program, you are required to write a research paper on nursing issues that matters the present situation. This course will prepare you for this endeavour and will equip and/or enhance your research skills in making that thesis.

Nursing Informatics

This course integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis on technology system and data standards based on nursing informatics principles/theories. It further deals with the utilization of clinical information systems in management and decision-making of patient care.

Nursing cannot evade the role of information technology in healthcare. You will be formally introduced to information technology in nursing, health, and healthcare. As you go along the course, you will develop an understanding of the foundations of applied informatics and the basic concepts of informatics science.

Focused upon gaining foundational informatics literacy, this course is not designed to teach how to use information technology. Instead, this course is designed to prepare students to critically analyze and synthesize the application of healthcare information technology in professional nursing practice.

Other Important Nursing Courses

Some colleges and universities may add other nursing courses to their nursing program as an additional requirement or electives. The most important ones are mentioned in the following:

Integration of Nursing Practice

Nursing integration is the capstone immersion experience designed to provide the student with an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during previous coursework.

The student will build clinical reasoning and develop beginning proficiency in patient management and evaluation through assignments in increasingly complex patient care settings.

Working closely with staff and faculty, the student will gain the confidence and skill needed to function as a novice nurse who is a designer, manager and coordinator of care.

Integration Seminar

Integration Seminar is designed to provide baccalaureate students an academic environment to share their integration immersion experience and present case studies for discussion with their peers.

In this scholarly forum, students are required to present selected cases from integration in an organized, professional format. Students are expected to facilitate a class dialogue and offer appropriate references of evidence-based knowledge.

Topics in Nursing

This course is designed to introduce baccalaureate students to relevant and emergent topics which affect the practice of nursing in the national and international healthcare system. The focus will be on issues confronting professional nurses including global health, cultural awareness, gender identity, and evidence-based wellness. State mandated topics for licensure will be covered.


In choosing the nursing course for enrollment, remember that each course affects the other. You need to finish and pass a certain course first before you are allowed to take the next course. Try to check with the curriculum which courses needs pre-requisites and the ones that are independent on their own.

It is also ideal to give more focus and in-depth concentration in studying the major nursing courses, especially those placed in the third and fourth years. These are considered critical and crucial courses in the nursing program, therefore your seriousness to pass the course is very important.