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NURS1320L: Nursing I

This course provides an introduction to nursing and roles of the nurse in a variety of healthcare systems as well as profession-related and patient care concepts. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. The theoretical foundation for basic health assessment is integrated with nursing skills. The student is given an opportunity to learn and demonstrate health assessment skills using a variety of resources to support material presented using various resources to support material presented in the classroom. An introduction to the nursing process provides a decision-making framework to assist students in developing effective clinical judgement skills. (Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN Nursing program. Co-requisite: SCI1450L)

NURS1420L: Nursing II 

This course focuses on the nursing care of the adult patient with health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on health assessment and care of patients with practice, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to adults in a variety of medical surgical settings. (Prerequisites: Nursing I with a B- or better, SCI1450L with a C or better: Co-requisite: SCI1460L)

NURS2220L: Nursing III

Nursing III has a dual focus:
Focus 1: The Medical/Surgical portion of the course focuses on the care of adult patients with complex medical and surgical health problems. Emphasis is placed on helping patients and their families cope with alterations in interdisciplinary collaboration will be integrated throughout the course. Clinical learning experiences provide an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to patients in a variety of medical surgical settings.
Focus 2: The Mental Health portion of the course provides a concentrated experience in the specialty area of mental health nursing by addressing the nursing care of pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients with a variety of psychiatric disorders and mental health alterations to include those related to crisis, addiction, and suicide. Emphasis is placed on using effective therapeutic communication techniques, completing a psychiatric nursing assessment, discussion of psychotropic medications and maintaining patient safety as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the care in individuals with mental health needs. Clinical learning experiences include the classroom, simulated learning environment, and patient care settings. (Prerequisite; Nursing I, II with a grade of B- or better, co-requisite SCI2410L)

NURS2320L: Nursing IV

Comprised of 3 focuses:
Focus 1: Leadership & Management: Emphasis is place on contemporary issues and management concepts, as well as developing the skills of delegation, conflict management  and leadership. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Students will use health literacy strategies to identify education needs of a patient in the community. They will use data from a comprehensive assessment to develop an education plan that addresses knowledge deficits related to management of chronic disease including medications, nutrition, health promotion and community resources. Using technology, students will present their project to their peers for feedback.
Focus 2: Medical Surgical Multisystem: This course focuses on advanced concepts of nursing care as they relate to patients across the lifespan with complex, multisystem alterations in health. Emphasis is placed on implementing time management and organizational skills while managing the care of patients with multiple needs and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team. Complex clinical skills, as well as priority setting, clinical judgement, and tenets of legal and ethical practice are integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to patients and selected groups in a variety of settings.
Focus 3: Maternal Newborn & Pediatrics & Reproductive Health: This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of mothers, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on normal and high-risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, family dynamics, common pediatric disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors in families. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to families (this includes childbearing women, newborns, children and adults with reproductive health alterations) in selective settings. (Prerequisite: Nursing I, II, III with a grade of B- or better, SCI1450L, SCI1460L, SCI2041L with a grade of C or better)

 

 

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