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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 210
Course Title: Fundamentals of Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of nursing across the lifespan and the role of the registered nurse. The nursing process will be utilized to identify and provide the building blocks of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills needed to assess, implement and monitor selected nursing interventions and technologies. Concepts presented include beginning professionalism, therapeutic communication, documentation, life-span considerations, basic introduction to skills for supporting patient care, physical assessment, infection control, patient education, safety and nursing interventions. These concepts are presented and practiced in the skills lab and in the clinical area.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the ASN Level Nursing program; NURS 209 if applicable.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

For the ASN and BSN course rotations, see the Day course schedule.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:




Fundamentals of Nursing Virtual Clinical Excursions
By Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P. & Hall, A. (Elsevier)
Fundamentals of Nursing
By Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P. & Hall, A. (Elsevier)
Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing
By Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P. & Hall, A. (Elsevier)
Adaptive Quizzing for Fundamentals of Nursing
By Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P. & Hall, A. (Elsevier)
Bates' Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
By Hogan-Quigley, B., Palm, M.L. & Bickley, L. S. (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins)
HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination
Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students
By Nugent and Vitale
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis
By Carpenito
Fundamentals Success: Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking
By Nugent and Vitale
The following textbooks are recommended references for the nursing program; however, an equivalent textbook or computerized software application on the subject is acceptable:

By Pagana, K.D. and Pagana, T.J. Mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests. St. Louis: Mosby. (Or other diagnostic test reference)
By Venes, D. (Ed.) Taber cyclopedia medical dictionary. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. (Or other medical/health care dictionary)
By Davis’s drug guide. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. (Or other current drug reference)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Classify the collection of data pertinent to the person’s health situation
  2. Discuss cultural sensitivity related to patient care interactions
  3. Define the nursing process in planning for basic nursing care
  4. Discuss nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team
  5. Discuss teaching and learning to improve health care outcomes for patients
  6. Demonstrate the nursing process through the use of a care plan
  7. Discuss professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice in education
  8. Demonstrate evidenced- based nursing knowledge to guide beginning practice
  9. Demonstrate the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner
  10. Recognize principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in multiple health care environments.
  • Exhibit awareness of the ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse through appropriate behavior and actions.
  • Discuss benefits of patient education and its role in nursing.
  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the role and relationship of the nurse with the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in the use of professional communication and therapeutic communication in nursing.
  • Explain emotional, situational, cultural, religious and spiritual influences on the patient's health.
  • Consider the patient's values, customs, culture and/or habits in providing patient care.
  • Perform health history and interviews and analyze findings.
  • Perform health assessment skills in practice situations and analyze findings.
  • Analyze and select the appropriate supportive developmental environment for patients in a clinical setting.
  • Utilize basic safety principles related to medical asepsis, body mechanics, ambulation and transfers in the delivery of patient care in the clinical setting.
  • Practice respect for human dignity in the selection and use of appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Maintain organizational and patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision-making and the nursing process in planning for nursing care.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tina Dalrymple Date: December 11, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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