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 Course Title:   Fundamentals of Nursing w/Practicum (Lecture MV RN): D

 Title Abbreviation:   FUND/NSG W/PRACTICUM: D

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    1611

 Credits:    8

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    8

 CIP:    511601

 EPC:    323

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Introduction to the concepts of person, health, environment, and nursing which includes the foundation needed for basic nursing practice and more advanced study in nursing. Focuses on the well individual and normal physiologic functioning including an introductory review of basic alterations in health. Additional concepts basic to nursing practice include: the Art of Nursing, safety, nutrition, lifespan, health teaching, culture, caring,leadership, and ethical/legal aspects of practice. Therapeutic communication techniques are studied as well as basic knowledge in pharmacology. Also presented are the components of a complete multi-dimensional health assessment. *(Lecture component of NURS 161)


Prerequisites: CHEM& 121, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL 260, ENGL& 101, HMATH 100 or above, PSYC& 100 and 200. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) required for all NURS 161 pre-requisite courses; AHA Healthcare Provider card, CNA certificate, and current immunization status required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 88

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describes introductory concepts related to nursing as a profession; compares the roles of RNs and LPNs on the health care team; takes responsibility for own performance as a student nurse; and follows professional standards in providing care to geriatric patients
  2. Applies professional communication techniques: verbal, nonverbal and written, to interactions between nurse/patient, nurse/patient support persons, and nurse/health care team members.
  3. Performs health histories and basic physical assessments of elders in various settings to determine health status and nursing care needs.
  4. Collects and interprets data including diverse background characteristics and plans for basic nursing care.
  5. Performs basic, safe, nursing care for an elder; and evaluates outcomes of student plan of care
  6. Identifies the teaching-learning needs and cognitive status of elders.
  7. Identifies the health care team member collaborative role and cooperates with colleagues in all educational settings.
  8. Manages assigned care for geriatric patients requiring skilled nursing care.

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.

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 . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.
4.6 Utilize ethical practice in relation to diverse communities and cultures for the promotion of equity and social justice.

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 . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

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. Scope of nursing practice.
  2. Safety and a safe environment, and nursing skills related to infection control.
  3. The nursing process, nursing diagnosis and nursing care planning.
  4. Communication, documentation, teaching/learning process and related nursing skills.
  5. Therapeutic relationships, stress, loss and grief, affiliation.
  6. The health-illness continuum.
  7. Basic human needs; safety, hygiene, nutrition, sleep/rest, and elimination.
  8. Therapeutic medication dosage calculation and administration and related nursing skills.
  9. Body mechanics and related nursing skills.
  10. Fluid balance.
  11. Sensory needs and assessment.
  12. Mental status and assessment.
  13. Nutritional status and assessment.
  14. Aging and normal changes of aging.
  15. Skin assessment and nursing skills related to hygiene.
  16. Nursing skills related to assessment of vital signs.
  17. Nursing skills related to assessing nutritional status and feeding.
  18. Nursing skills related to urinary and bowel elimination.