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 Course Title:   Nursing Care Medical-Surgical-Obstet Patients I

 Title Abbreviation:   NURS CARE M/S & OB PT I

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    511613

 EPC:    326

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Introduction to nursing care of patients with medical-surgical conditions, patients requiring obstetrical care and care of the newborn. Focuses on principles and skills necessary to meet the basic physical and psychosocial needs of patients throughout the lifespan. Adaptations to normal pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn are examined as well as common alterations. The female reproductive system, sexually transmitted infections, and pain are examined. Concepts of lifespan, communication, culture, pharmacology, nutrition, safety, and health promotion are integrated throughout the course. Practical nursing students only.


Prerequisite: NURS 101 and 102. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 109 required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify concepts and information from previous nursing courses.
  2. Identify age and gender appropriate nursing care for individuals experiencing normal pregnancy and childbirth, or alterations in pregnancy and childbirth.
  3. Discuss nursing care of the newborn including normal or common alterations in the newborn.
  4. Discuss nursing care of patients with medical-surgical conditions including alterations originating from surgery.
  5. Identify patient growth and developmental needs across the lifespan and factors that may impact developmental task accomplishment of patients throughout the lifespan.
  6. Explain measures of infection prevention and control.
  7. Describe alterations in the female reproductive system, and sexually transmitted infections.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.

Course Contents

  1. Basic nursing care skills.
  2. Maternal nursing (antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum) care, and common alterations.
  3. Preterm, term, and post-term care of the newborn, and common alterations in the newborn.
  4. Introduction to medical-surgical nursing care.
  5. Growth and development across the lifespan.
  6. Inflammation and Infection.
  7. Female reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections.