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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, judgment, 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:

Recommended: Medical dictionary, nursing diagnosis textbook and a diagnosistic and laboratory test manual.

Bates' Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and Hitory Taking
By Hogan-Quigley, B., Palm, M.L. & Bickley, L.S. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)
Fundamentals of Nursing package with Mosby's Nursing Skills Videos (8th edition)
By Potter, P.A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P. A. & Hall, A. M. (Elsevier)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret the collection of biopsychosocial data pertinent to the person’s health situation.
  2. Examine cultural sensitivity in patient care interactions.
  3. Employ the nursing process in planning for nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate beginning collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team.
  5. Examine teaching and learning of patients to improve healthcare outcomes.
  6. Examine the nursing process through the use of the care plan.
  7. Distinguish professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice and education.
  8. Examine evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice.
  9. Appraise the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner.
  10. Discriminate principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Health assessment (physical assessment techniques)
  • Critical thinking
  • Evidence based practice
  • Nutrition
  • Urinary & bowel elimination
  • Skin integrity & wound care
  • Medication administration
  • Math related to medication administration
  • IV therapy
  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Sterile technique
  • Fluid, electrolytes and acid-base balance
  • Oxygenation
  • Pain management
  • Basic ECG analysis
  • Sensory alterations
  • Care of surgical patients
  • Growth & development of the pediatric population
  • Principles of: patient education, therapeutic communication and legal-ethical issues

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Faye Fairchild Date: April 10, 2015
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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