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NURS 0190

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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Clinical Nursing: For Learning Support
Prerequisite(s) See the Course Description
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Prerequisites: NURS 1921 or a basic medical-surgical nursing course with a "C" or better and eligibility to return to a nursing program or eligibility to take a nursing clinical performance exam for an external degree nursing program. Permission of the department chair is required.

This course provides nursing educational activities and clinical laboratory practice for students currently enrolled in a nursing program or students who are eligible to return to a nursing program. This course is designed for students who need academic and clinical support and/or socialization into the nursing profession. This course is not a part of the nursing curriculum. It will not substitute for a required nursing course and will not lead to a degree in nursing.

Expected Educational Results
To successfully complete this course the student must be able to meet the following objectives which are organized according to the NCLEX blueprint.
  1. Safe Effective Care Environment
    1. Management of Care
      1. Use the nursing process to provide holistic care for patients.
      2. Provide competent, organized nursing care.
      3. Recognize limitations of clinical competence and assume responsibility for improvement.
      4. Function within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    2. Safety and Infection Control
      1. Demonstrate the principles of infection control when providing patient care.
      2. Plan care to reduce actual or potential risk of injury.
  2. Psychosocial Integrity
    1. Use therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients, instructors and peers.
    2. Provide care that meets the holistic needs of the client.
  3. Physiological Integrity
    1. Use critical thinking skills to provide safe, effective nursing care.
    2. Interpret assessment findings to plan appropriate care.
    3. Perform designated skills safely.
    4. Apply pharmacological principles in the delivery of care to patients.
General Education Outcomes
Learning Goal A1 (Communications)
Students develop reading skills by completing reading assignments in the textbook, class handouts and web based materials. Communication skills, both verbal and written, are developed and enhanced by participation during class and completing required written assignments.

Learning Goal III (Critical Thinking)
Students develop individual problem solving and critical thinking skills by completing case study assignments and active participation in simulated patient care activities in the classroom and clinical practice lab.

Learning Goal A2 (Quantitative)
Students learn to recognize and apply scientific inquiry by working on case studies and simulated patient care assignments in the classroom and clinical practice lab.

Course Content
  1. Safe Effective Care Environment
    1. Management of Care
      1. Evaluation of learning needs
      2. Simulation protocols
      3. Weekly discussions related to content topics
      4. Documenting in the medical record
      5. Giving shift report
  2. Health Promotion and Maintenance
    1. Providing patient and family education
  3. Psychological Integrity
    1. Applying therapeutic communication skills
    2. Providing case for adults across the lifespan
    3. Providing culturally appropriate care
  4. Physiological Integrity
    1. Providing basic care and comfort
      1. Administering fluids
      2. Providing nutritional support
    2. Applying principles of pharmacology (safely administering medications via all routes).
    3. Addressing needs for
      1. Oxygenation
      2. Circulation
      3. Fluid and electrolytes
    4. Interpreting lab values and intervening appropriately
    5. Preventing complications of illness
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Grades are determined as follows:
Quiz 1 = 6%
Quiz 2 = 6%
Quiz 3 = 6%
Quiz 4 = 6%
Preparation = 20%
Attendance = 5%
Skills performance = 44%
Participation = 7%
Total = 100%
Students are required to participate in all planned course activities.
The course grade will be based on active participation in the simulated clinical practice setting, performance on quizzes and assignments. The student will receive a grade of A, B, C, D or F. In order to successfully complete the course, the student must earn a grade of C or better and complete all required skills with 100% accuracy.

This course will be assessed at the end of each semester that it is offered, and as needed throughout the year. Students will complete course, facility, and instructor evaluations, and results will be considered in making course revisions. All learning activities will be evaluated to assess their adequacy in helping students to meet course objectives. Recommendations for changes will be proposed to the Program Council (Nursing Curriculum Committee). Proposed recommendations will be implemented the next time the course is offered.

Last Revised: Sep. 09, 2011
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