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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 is 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. $100 lab fee. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program; NURS 209 if applicable.  This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend.  The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology.*

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the nursing program; NURS 209 if applicable.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall (2nd 8 weeks) and Spring (2nd 8 weeks).

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

Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice
By Carpenito-Moyer, L. (Lippincott)
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis
By Carpenito-Moyer, L. (Lippincott)
Fundamentals of Nursing with CD Package
By Potter, P. and Perry, A. (Mosby Elsevier)
Fundamentals of Nursing: Virtual Clinical Excursions
By Potter, P. and Perry, A. (Mosby)
Fundamentals of Nursing: Study Guide and Skills Performance Checklists (7th Edition)
By Ochs, G. (Mosby Elsevier)
Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (5th Edition)
By Nugent, P. and Vitale, B. (F.A. Davis.)
Medical Dictionary of Choice

Course Objectives
  • To classify the collection of data pertinent to the person's health situation.
  • To discuss cultural sensitivity related to patient care interactions.
  • To define the nursing process in planning for basic nursing care.
  • To discuss nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • To discuss teaching and learning to improve health care outcomes for patients.
  • To demonstrate the nursing process through the use of a care plan.
  • To discuss professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice in education.
  • To demonstrate evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide beginning practice.
  • To demonstrate the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner.
  • To recognize principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the nurse.
  • 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 therapeutic communication and describe factors or conditions that create barriers to effective communication.
  • Identify emotional, 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 clincal setting.
  • Practice respect for human dignity in the selection and use of appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Maintain organizational and patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate the nursing process in planning for nursing care.


Topical Outline:

• History of nursing • Roles of the nurse • Therapeutic communication • Physical assessment • Asepsis • Introduction to principles of teaching and learning to improve health care outcomes • Introduction to critical thinking and evidence-based practice

Methods of instruction: Lecture, interactive video classroom technology, clinical rotation, post-conference discussions, small group activities, skills lab/simulation, case situations, video tapes, demonstration.

Testing: HESI Evolve Total Testing

*Columbia College Nursing Network (CCNN)


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Date: July 1, 2011
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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