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Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This course is designed to provide an overview of the nursing profession and the role of the registered nurse as a provider and manager of care. Maslow's hierarchy of basic human needs, Watson's Philosophy of Caring, and Benner's Novice to Expert Theory are introduced along with the nursing process. Nursing care of patients with musculoskeletal alterations and care of the elderly is discussed. Operative stages of nursing care are discussed. (Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing program and follow the ADN program sequence). (6 C/3 hrs classroom and 7.5 hours lab).
This course focuses on the nursing care of adults with alterations in the following systems: cardiac, vascular, hematology, and respiratory. The course also discusses nursing care of adults with cancer, diabetes mellitus and the promotion of wellness. The students have the opportunity to apply classroom learning during learning during lab and clinical. (Prerequisites: NURS 1117). (6 C/3 hours classroom, 7.5 hours lab).
This elective course will assess and develop the student's current level in performing basic nursing skills essential for professional nursing practice. The course builds on the Nursing 1117 or Nursing 1120 students' knowledge and experience and allows the student to further develop previously learned skills. The assignments and lab interactions will facilitate the student in review of theoretical principles with application to skills and demonstration of skill proficiency. This course is designed to increase confidence and proficiency in nursing skill techniques. (Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 1117 or NURS 1120). (2 C/1 lect, 1 lab).
This course is designed to assist students in developing a comprehensive knowledge of the nursing care related to reproductive health in childbearing families. The course reflects the concept that childbearing is a normal event which affects each family and its individual members in a unique way. Concepts such as health promotion, caring and prioritization are emphasized. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Semester II requirements in the ADN program sequence). (3 C/1.6 credit lecture (3.2 contact hours) and 1.4 credit lab (8.4 contact hours). Course delivered in 1/2 semester).
This course is designed to assist students in developing a comprehensive knowledge of the nursing care of the psychiatric-mental health patient. Students will focus on increasing awareness of the continuum of human behavior and utilization of therapeutic communication. Emphasis is placed on patient education, caring behaviors and prioritization of needs. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Semester II requirements as identified in the ADN program sequence). (3 C/1.6 credit lecture (3.2 contact hours) and 1.4 credit lab (8.4 contact hours). Course delivered in 1/2 semester).
This course is designed to help the student develop a comprehensive knowledge of the growth and development of all children. Pediatrics includes care of the well child and children with disabilities with emphasis on assessing the effects of illness and/or hospitalization on growth and development of the child and family. The concept throughout this course is that child and family health or disability relates to growth and development from infancy through adolescence. The course prepares the student to provide care to children with both acute and chronic illness, communicable diseases, and congenital birth defects. Clinical experience is designed for application of theory to patient care. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of semester III requirements as identified in the ADN program sequence). (3 C/1.6 credit lecture (3.2 contact hours) and 1.4 credit lab (8.4 contact hours). Course delivered in one-half semester).
This course is a medical-surgical nursing course designed to provide an overview of genrontological nursing, including RN roles in acute, long term, and community based settings. Standards of nursing care are defined for adults with chronic and terminal illness as well as health problems related to gastrointestinal, biliary, hepatic, neurological, renal and reproductive systems. (Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 1117, NURS 1118. Previous or concurrent registration in SOC 1614. Concurrent registration in NURS 2207 and NURS 2208. A grade of C is required). (6 C/2.3 hours lecture and 9.75 hours lab).
This course provides an overview of the nursing care for critically ill patients. Principles of nursing management of patients with endocrine disorders, multisystem organ dysfunction, and common emergencies including trauma and burns are examined. Organ donation/transplant issues and nursing implications are discussed. Ethical considerations and priority nursing interventions discussed. Each student has one acute care clinical laboratory period a week. Students will have an opportunity to observe in a critical care and/or emergency care setting to correlate RN roles and health team collaboration in meeting priority patient health needs). (Prerequisites: Successful completion of Semester III requirements as identified in the ADN program course sequence). (3 C/1.6 credit lecture (3.2 contact hours) and 1.4 credit lab (8.4 contact hours). Course delivered in half semester).
This course is a study of nursing leadership and management. Students learn to assign, supervise, and evaluate nursing care for a group of patients by leading a group of nursing peers. Students provide comprehensive care to multiple patients including discharge planning to assist in the role transition to a beginning staff nurse. Course content also includes current trends in health care delivery systems and the implications for nursing. The student will have outside observation experiences. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Semester III requirements in the ADN program and course sequence). (4 C/1 credit lecture (2 contact hours) and 3 credits lab (18 contact hours). Course delivered in half semester).
This course is designed to assist the student make an effective role transition from the nursing student to the graduate nurse. Students formulate a beginning personal philosophy of nursing that will guide their nursing practice and provide direction in setting career goals. A career planning unit introduces students to the employment seeking process in nursing. Additional course content includes defining nursing roles and responsibilities, levels of educational preparation, and legal and ethical issues pertaining to the discipline of nursing. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Semester III requirements as identified in the ADN program sequence). (1 C/2 hours lect: semester).
This course is designed to provide nursing students the opportunity to work with culturally diverse individuals/groups either locally or globally. Students will choose either Option A: local clinical experience or Option B: travel abroad clinical experience. Students will choose a clinical practicum (Option A or Option B) where they will observe care and individual/groups from diverse cultures. The nurses role and responsibilities to marginalized groups will be explored. The student will move beyond cultural sensitivity and awareness to the development of providing culturally competent care. (Prerequisites: Currently registered in the AD Nursing Program. Nursing graduates or students from other nursing programs besides RCTC will be considered as space allows. Current CPR certification). (2 C).