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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 213
Course Title: Foundations of Professional Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to provide the foundation for the role of the registered professional nurse. Nursing as a profession, nursing standards and legal-ethical issues in nursing are explored. Communication principles, nutrition and patient teaching continues to be discussed. Principles of medication administration, math as applied to medication administration, intravenous therapy and physical assessment skills are also covered. Critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice concepts are applied to multiple nursing situations. General principles of caring for patients across the lifespan with common medical surgical health deviations are the clinical focus. Accompanying skills lab and clinical experiences are designed to increase the knowledge, judgement, skills level and professional behaviors in the nursing student. $75 lab fee. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program; NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 212. This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus 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 210, NURS 211, NURS 212.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall (1st 8 weeks) and Spring (2nd 8 weeks).
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice (13th Edition)
By Carpenito-Moyer, L. (Lippincott)
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis (13th Edition)
By Carpenito-Moyer, L. (Lippincott)
Fundamentals of Nursing: Virtual Clinical Excursions (7th Edition)
By Potter, P. and Perry, A. (Mosby Elsevier)
Fundamentals of Nursing: Study Guide and Skills Performance Checklists
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.)
Fundamentals of Nursing with CD Package
By Potter, P., and Perry, A. (Mosby Elsevier)
Medical dictionary

Course Objectives
  • To interpret the collection of biopsychosocial data pertinent to the person's health situation.
  • To interpret cultural sensitivity in patient care interactions.
  • To employ the nursing process in planning for nursing care.
  • To demonstrate beginning collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • To examine teaching and learning of patients to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • To examine the nursing process through the use of the care plan.
  • To disinquish professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice and education.
  • To examine evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide paractice.
  • To appraise the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner.
  • To discriminate principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe the role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment.
  • Relate accountability in nursing practice within an ethical and legal framework.
  • Explain the impact of the Nurse Practice Act on scope of practice.
  • Describe teaching and learning concepts that influence healthcare compliance and health promotion.
  • Review  principles of medication administration, both enteral and parenteral, for use in the clinical setting.
  • Calculate medication administration problems used in patient care.
  • Discuss the principles of communication as they relate to collaborative practice in the healthcare setting.
  • Explain the relationship of sound nutrition to health promotion and maintenance.
  • Describe nutrition therapy in disease management.
  • Demonstrate assessment techniques to improve patient evaluation.
  • Utilize the nursing process to develop relevant patient care plans (clinical).
  • Apply physical assessment skills to appraise the health status of a patient (clinical).
  • Design a patient education project on a common healthcare topic (clinical).
  • Demonstrate competency in administering medications both enteral and parenteral in the skills lab and in the clinical environment.
  • Demonstrate steril technique in nursing care and skills.
  • Demonstrate basic peripheral IV therapy skills in the skills lab and in the clinical environment.
Topical Outline:
  • Nursing as a profession
  • Legal-ethical issues in nursing
  • Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Patient teaching
  • Sterile technique
  • Medication administration
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Physical assessment
  • Application of critical thinking skills
  • Application of evidence-based practice

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, interactive video classroom technology, discussion, small group activities, skills lab/simulation, videos, case situations, patient education paper, demonstration, lab and masteries.

*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: Joyce Gentry 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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