Sara Hallowell

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
NUCO 2330: Health Assessment
Credits: 3
Patient Centered Health Assessment focuses on obtaining a holistic health history and physical examination of the individual patient. The patient's developmental level and cultural, spiritual, and social dimensions provide the basis for developing a patient centered health assessment. Best practices are emphasized through the correct demonstration of physical examination techniques and the use of appropriate screening tools for clinical risks.
NUCO 4420: Foundations of Professional Nursing
Credits: 3
This course is the first course for students enrolled in the RN to BSN program. Course content includes standardized taxonomies, interprofessional collaboration, career exploration, and development of skills in information technology, professional writing and presentation. Emphasis is on identifying and analyzing scholarly literature, critical thinking and analysis, and refining communication skills through written and oral presentations.
NUCO 4450: Population and Public Health Nursing
Credits: 3
This course enhances the student's application of concepts used in population-focused nursing practice to promote and protect health in communities and populations and respond to public health threats. Students analyze relationships between determinants of health as they relate to the health of populations local to global, especially vulnerable populations. Students complete an experiential learning project focused on one community/population.
NUCO 4730: Professional Nursing Practice Synthesis
Credits: 3
Analyze & synthesize content & experience from previous nursing courses. Students will prepare for professional nursing practice through comprehensive national pre-licensure examination testing as well as engage in the initial process for RN licensure. As a culminant experience, students will complete their professional portfolio & undertake a clinical initiative that will deepen their understanding of a patient-centered clinical issue.
GNUR 6025: Advanced Health Assessment
Credits: 3
Designed to provide the nurse practitioner student with advanced knowledge and health assessment skills in the primary care setting. Focus is on acquiring, analyzing, and refining assessment data as a basis for an accurate nursing and medical problem list. Variations and abnormalities in different developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups are considered. The lab portion of the course allows the student to practice advanced assessment skills. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010, one year of relevant clinical experience, and admission to NP or CNS program.
GNUR 6026: Advanced Neonatal & Pediatric Assessment and Reasoning
Credits: 4
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history-taking and advanced neonatal and pediatric physical assessment. A clinical decision-making framework will be applied to help the advance practice student acquire, analyze, and synthesize assessment findings and symptomatology as a basis for the development of differential diagnoses. Prerequisite or corequisite: GNUR 6010.