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Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing

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Course Descriptions

Semester I: Practical Nursing I

Practical Nursing I provides a foundation for nursing practice that the student will continue to build upon throughout the program by utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking and clinical judgments when providing care.

Anatomy and Physiology

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. The course also introduces the student to the concepts of pathophysiology and 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.

Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

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.


Semester II: Practical Nursing II

Practical Nursing II focuses on building essential knowledge of concepts, theories and clinical practice necessary to make sound clinical judgments when providing nursing care to persons across the lifespan with chronic conditions, their families, and caregivers and in a variety of settings.

Medical Surgical Nursing Care

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.

Geriatrics

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.

Pediatrics

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 experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to children in selected settings.

Community Health Nursing

Overview of the concepts of public health and healthcare financing Focus on community health agencies and their roles in meeting the needs of the public. Explore the role of the nurse in community settings.

Nursing Care of Clients with Mental/Behavioral Disorders

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.

Maternity

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.


Semester II: Practical Nursing III

Practical Nursing 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.

Employment

This course is designed to prepare the student for the graduate role. Employment opportunities and workforce projections will be explored. Effective strategies for job searching, resume writing and interviewing are included.

Leadership and Management

This course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of an LPN/LVN. Emphasis is placed on issues related to nursing and health care as well as skills necessary to provide care to multiple clients and assign tasks to other LPNs/LVNs and unlicensed personnel. Concepts related to leadership and management are presented as well as career development options that enhance career mobility. Standards of practice and the importance of practicing according to state regulations and statutes are examined. Clinical experiences provide the student the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts while functioning in a leadership role.

Legal and Ethical

This course introduces the student to the many ethical and legal issues directly related to nursing practice. The student will discover the ethical dilemma and the how to make a decision in several situations in contemporary nursing. Legal concepts will be introduced and the student will learn what is meant by “safe practice” and “scope of practice”.