SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 11:40:37 PMNR 74A Course Outline as of Spring 2014

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NR 74ATitle:  VN TO ADN BRIDGE  
Full Title:  VN to ADN Bridge
Last Reviewed:1/28/2008

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.50Lecture Scheduled2.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled43.75
Minimum4.50Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR6.00 Contact DHR105.00
 Contact Total8.50 Contact Total148.75
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  87.50Total Student Learning Hours: 236.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Course is designed to increase the knowledge base of the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) so that his/her knowledge base is consistent with that of the generic nursing student entering Level III of the SRJC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program and meet the psychiatric nursing requirement as established by the Board of Registered Nursing. The psychiatric nursing component includes theory and clinical experience in the psychiatric setting.

Completion of ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, FDNT 62; AND MICRO 60 OR MICRO 5 OR HLC 55

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:
Admission to the VN to ADN Career Ladder program.

Schedule of Classes Information
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Designed to increase knowledge base of the LVN so that it is consistent with that of the generic nursing student entering Level III of ADN program & meets the psychiatric nursing requirement. Includes theory, clinical practice & skills lab. Transfer credit: CSU.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, FDNT 62; AND MICRO 60 OR MICRO 5 OR HLC 55
Limits on Enrollment:Admission to the VN to ADN Career Ladder program.
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will:
1.  Describe the characteristics and legal role of the registered nurse.
2.  Apply Orem's self-care deficit theory.
3.  Compare and contrast care of an older adult with a
   medical or surgical condition with that of a young adult.
4.  Describe the psychopathology of selected psychiatric illnesses.
5.  Conduct interviews with psychiatric clients using
   goal-directed, therapeutic communication.
6.  Assess clients' ability to meet their self-care needs.
7.  Demonstrate proficiency in documentation consistent with agency
8.  Implement nursing care plans for clients in various mental health
   clinical settings.
9.  Analyze the rationale for nursing and medical interventions.
10. Describe the therapeutic use of psychotropic agents in the
   treatment of psychopathology.
11. Identify community resources that may be utilized to meet clients'
12. Apply therapeutic principles in caring for clients who
A. are exhibiting self-destructive behavior.
B. are severely depressed and demonstrating suicidal ideation.
C. have thought disorders.
D. have substance abuse disorders.
E. have dementia or delirium.
F. have anxiety disorder.
G. have mood/affective disorders.
H. are children or adolescents.
I.  are victims of violence.
J. are manifesting extreme anxiety.
13. Demonstrate safe and accurate administration of Intravenous Therapy
   including piggyback medications.

Topics and Scope
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I. Professionalism in Nursing Theory Component
    A. Role transition/legal aspects
    B. Nursing models
    C. Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory
    D. Nursing process
    E. Communication theory
II. Age-appropriate care
    A. Older adults
    B. Adults
    C. Adolescents
    D. Children
III. Therapeutic Communication
    A. General principles
    B. The psychiatric interview
IV. Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Client
    A. The role of the nurse in the psychiatric setting
    B. Personality disorders: Self-destructive behaviors
    C. Depression and Suicide
    D. Thought disorders
    E. Substance abuse
    F. Dementia and delirium
    G. Anxiety disorders
    H. Disturbances of mood and affect
    I. Psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence
    J. Victims of abuse and violence
    K. Group process
V. Documentation of care
    A. Care Plans
    B. Progress Notes
VI. Psychiatric Nursing Skills Lab
    A. Psychiatric nursing intervention skills
    B. Cognitively impaired client with dementia
    C. Client with delusions and hallucinations
    D. Depression and suicide intervention
VII. Medical-Surgical Skills Lab
    A. Intravenous (IV) Therapy
     B. IV piggyback

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1. Read approximately 40-50 pages per week.
2. Skills lab practice, 5-7 lab sessions.
3. Gather data on psychiatric clients - weekly for 4 weeks.
4. Write 2 psychiatric nursing care plans - one on a geriatric client,
  and one on a psychiatric client.
5. Psychiatric patient care and documentation in clinical settings.
6. Four exams.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Written homework, psychiatric nursing care plans, patient care documentation
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Patient lab scenarios, patient care in clinical setting
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Return demonstration of IV skills
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
55 - 65%
Multiple choice
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Varcarolis, E.M. (2006) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,
5th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders

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