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 Course Title:   Nursing Fundamentals I (Lecture)

 Title Abbreviation:   NURS FUND I LECTURE

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    1011

 Credits:    7

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    7

 CIP:    511613

 EPC:    326

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Principles and skills necessary to meet the basic physical and psychological needs of clients. Practical nursing students only. (Lecture portion of NURS 101).


Prerequisite: NURS 132, 136, and ENGL 101.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 77

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the first two steps in the nursing process and demonstrate beginning critical skills.
  2. Identify ethical and legal practice standards for the licensed practical nurse.
  3. Describe basic nursing skills and identify rationale for skills.
  4. Explain principles of basic physical and psychological needs of clients.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

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 . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

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.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Transition to the role of a practical nursing student.
  2. Legal and ethical practical nursing practice.
  3. Concepts of therapeutic communication.
  4. Nursing process and Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
  5. Basic assessment and anatomy and physiology review of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.
  6. Basic nutrition.
  7. Elementary concepts of fluid and electrolyte balance.
  8. Principles of infection control, standard precautions and isolation.
  9. Nursing management of tuberculosis.
  10. Cultural diversity and nursing.
  11. Introduction to pharmacology.