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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:    2014

 Course Description  

Introduction to nursing as a profession, role of the licensed practical nurse, nursing process, pharmacology concepts, and fundamental skills of basic nursing care. Focuses on principles and skills necessary to meet the basic physical and psychosocial needs of patients. Practical nursing students only. (Lecture portion of NURS 101).


NURS 136, ENGL 101, HMATH 100, and current CNA certification.

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 steps of assessment and diagnosis as they relate to the Nursing Process and apply to the licensed practical nurse (LPN).
  2. Describe introductory concepts related to nursing as a profession and roles of the LPN.
  3. Identify various health care delivery systems. Identify legal and ethical practice standards for the LPN.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental nursing skills: Vital Signs, Health History, and physical assessment.
  5. Describe basic concepts of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and musculoskeletal system.
  6. Describe introductory concepts of nutrition and fluid, Electrolyte and acid-base balance.
  7. Identify basic human needs related to physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural diversity.
  8. Explain basic concepts of pharmacology.

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. The Nursing Process: Assessment & Diagnosis. Nursing history, roles of the LPN.
  2. Nursing and the health care system. Scope of nursing practice.
  3. Vital signs, health history physical assessment.
  4. Fundamentals of oxygen delivery and assisting with respirations, and musculoskeletal function.
  5. Basic nutrition and diet therapy, introduction to fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.
  6. Basic human needs: physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural. Pharmacology and the nursing process.