Course Descriptions

Semester 1

Anatomy and Physiology

Course Description:

Introduction to anatomy and physiology has three unifying themes: the relationship between physiology and anatomy, the interrelationship among organs and systems and the relationship of each organ system and homeostasis. This course is organized by body systems in a sequence to facilitate understanding as well as to correlate with other courses. Theory is presented to promote a sound foundation for application to nursing courses and serves as the basis for further study in nursing.

Practical Nursing 1

Fundamentals

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to nursing and roles of the nurse. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. The theoretical foundation for basic assessment and nursing skills is presented, and the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a laboratory setting. An introduction to the nursing process provides the student with a beginning framework for decision making.

Interpersonal Relationships

Course Description:

This course presents principles related to the communication process to enhance effective communication and to recognize the barriers to communication. Students will develop the therapeutic use of self as they learn the essential qualities, principles and phases of establishing the nurse-patient relationship. Students will also learn how to deliver culturally competent care

Nursing Process

Course Description:

This course examines factors influencing health and health care by exploring the nursing process and its five interwoven phases and how the process relates to setting priorities for nursing care across the lifespan. This course examines the nursing process as a systematic, patient-centered, goal-oriented method of caring that provides a framework for nursing practice. This unit will touch upon the five steps of the nursing process:

  1. Assessing
  2. Diagnosing
  3. Planning and outcome identification 4. implementing
  4. Evaluating

The steps of the nursing process are not actually separate items but, rather, parts of a whole, used to identify needs, establish priorities of care, maximize strengths, and resolve actual or potential alterations in human responses to health and illness, thereby providing health to the highest level possible for each patient. This course provides the information necessary to begin to apply the nursing process.

Documentation

Course Description:

This course will examine the professional and legal regulations of nursing practice and show how to utilize critical thinking when making clinical judgments and decisions in communicating with other health care personnel in delivery of care. It will also examine the different formats of documentation and how to utilize them.

Semester 2

Practical Nursing 2

Medical –Surgical Nursing

Course Description:

This course focuses on the care of adult and older adult clients with common medical/surgical health problems. Emphasis is placed on physiological disorders that require management in an acute care facility. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care in selected acute care settings.

Mental Health Nursing

Course Description:

This course focuses on the care of clients across the lifespan facing psychological and emotional stressors. Emphasis is placed on common mental health disorders as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to clients in selected mental health settings.

Care of the Older Adult

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the care of older adults with a focus on health promotion and safety. Emphasis is placed on common health problems of the older adult in restorative and residential facilities as well as safety and end-of-life care. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to older adults in selected settings.

Community Health Nursing

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the concepts of public health and healthcare financing. The focus is on community health agencies and their roles in meeting the needs of the public and to explore the role of the nurse in community settings.

Pediatric Nursing

Course Description:

This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of children. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development and common pediatric disorders. Clinical observation experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and learn methods to implement safe client care to children in selected settings.

Practical Nursing 3

PN III represents the student’s acquisition of knowledge and skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and professional nursing skills. This course is designed to prepare the student for the graduate role. Trends in nursing, leadership skills, graduate employment opportunities, ethical legal issues, and advanced medical-surgical skills are presented. Students work and study collaboratively as group presentations are prepared and presented to faculty and peers. The use of advanced theory and skills is incorporated.

Maternity

Course Description:

This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of childbearing women and newborns. Emphasis is placed on normal and high-risk pregnancies, normal growth and development. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to childbearing women and newborns in selected settings.