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Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This pharmacology course provides concepts of basic pharmacology and methods of calculating drug dosages. Principles and skills related to medication preparation and administration of non-parenteral and parenteral medications will be emphasized. Medication classification, action and effects are discussed. Laboratory performance of non-parenteral and parenteral medications will be demonstrated prior to clinical administration of medications to patients. (Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in PNM 1210, PNM 1220 & PNM 1240. Previous or concurrent registration in BIOL 1107, ENGL 1117). (3 C/2 lect, 3 lab).
This course is designed to assist the student to develop life management skills that support success in nursing school and future career positions. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of topics such as stress, time management, motivation, goal setting, and learning style. The variety of educational and career opportunities and survival tips for a successful nursing education experience will be discussed. (Prerequisites: Admission into Practical Nursing Program). (1 C).
This course introduces the student to basic skills, concepts and principles, and expectations for providing holistic patient care to the older adult. Topics will include basic nursing procedures, communication skills, ethical/legal responsibilities, medical/surgical asepsis, holistic geriatric care, and nursing documentation. Special topics in the care of the older adult including: physical/psychological changes, social, psychosexual and cognitive needs and changing demographics and diversity of the aging population. Nursing procedures related to basic patient needs will be taught through clinical simulation in the nursing laboratory. The student will have the opportunity to integrate nursing theory in both the acute and a long-term care setting. The student will implement basic communication skills, organization and implementing routine personal care to one patient; make observations of patient needs and perform specified nursing abilities with instructor guidance and supervision. (Prerequisites: Admission to Practical Nursing Program). Co-requisites: BIOL 1107, ENGL 1117, PNM 1200, PNM 1210). (7 C/4 lect, 9 lab/clincial per week).
This course introduces nursing concepts related to pregnancy, postpartum care and common disorders that affect infants and children. The obstetrical portion presents the fundamental principles of labor, delivery and nursing care of the family. The pediatrics portion presents the physiological response of children to illness. Special topics will also include the needs of children with mental and physical delay and cultural diversity. Basic principles of mental health and illness will assist the student to develop the skills necessary to care for patients exhibiting maladaptive behaviors and those with stabilized psychiatric, emotional, and mental disorders. This course also includes clinical experience in the care of obstetrical, pediatric and adults with medical/surgical disorders. The student will implement basic nursing abilities and utilize communication and planning skills in the total care of clients. This clinical will include the administration of oral, topical and parenteral medications. (Prerequisites: Current CPR certification; Satisfactory completion of Semester I PNM requirements). (Co-requisites: PSYC 2618, PNM 1340). (6 C/4 lect, 2 lab).
This course provides an introduction and exploration of adult health disorders. Principles and concepts of health and illness, pain management, and psychosocial aspects of nursing care are discussed. The importance of nursing observations and the implementation of safe and effective nursing actions are emphasized. Selected topics of system disorders include: cancer, integument, immune, musculo-skeletal, nervous, sensory gastrointestinal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, blood, peripheral vascular, genitourinary, reproductive and renal disorders. This course includes clinical experiences to enhance practical understanding and treatment of disorders in the adult within the LPN scope of practice. (Prerequisites: Current CPR certification; Satisfactory completion of Semester I PNM requirements. Co-requisites: PSYC 2618, PNM 1320). (6 C/4 lect, 2 lab).
This course will assist the student in his/her transition role as a graduate practical nurse. Special topics include: nursing career opportunities, employee/employer expectations, interdisciplinary nursing practice, organizational communication, group process/team building, organizational leadership styles, licensure, professional/ethical decision-making and problem solving. This course will include an introduction to healthcare in the community, including the different roles of caregivers. Discussions will include health promotion and prevention as it relates to the individual, family and community. The clinical experience is organized using typical work hours to integrate experience with licensed team members. The student will be expected to exhibit higher levels of problem solving and critical thinking as they apply nursing actions in multiple patient assignments. Effective team membership and ethical/professional decision-making skills will be evaluated. (Prerequisites: PNM 1320, 1340; PSYC 2618). (4 C/1.5 lect, 2.5 lab).