SRJC Course Outlines

5/19/2024 12:20:05 AMNR 75A Course Outline as of Spring 2010

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NR 75ATitle:  FUNDAMNTLS OF PROF NURSE  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
Last Reviewed:4/3/2006

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum11.50Lecture Scheduled6.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled113.75
Minimum11.50Lab Scheduled15.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled262.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total21.50 Contact Total376.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  227.50Total Student Learning Hours: 603.75 

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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Concepts fundamental to professional nursing: nursing process, professionalism, basic physiological, psychosocial, and developmental needs and basic nursing skills are included in this course. Concepts from the basic sciences, anatomy, physiology and microbiology are applied throughout the course.  Application of theoretical knowledge is guided by Orem's Self-Care Deficit Model.  A number of teaching/learning strategies are incorporated in a variety of settings: classroom, skills laboratory and client-care settings providing students an opportunity to use the nursing process.

Admission to the ADN program

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:
Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Schedule of Classes Information
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Concepts fundamental to professional nursing: nursing process, professionalism, basic physiological, psychosocial, and developmental needs and basic nursing skills are included in this course. Concepts from the basic sciences, anatomy, physiology and microbiology are applied throughout the course.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Admission to the ADN program
Limits on Enrollment:Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing 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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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I.  Theoretical Outcomes and Objectives
   A.  Theoretical Application for Professional Growth
   At the completion of this course the student will:
       1.  Describe nursing as a profession incorporating the role
           of the professional nurse in nursing practice.
       2.  Use individual-preferred learning styles and test taking
           technique to achieve success in the ADN program and in
           future professional growth activities.
       3.  Use critical thinking concepts to apply basic nursing
           knowledge to a theoretical client scenario.
       4.  Apply principles of time management and organization to
           foster success in the ADN program.
       5.  Identify effective strategies for handling conflict.
       6.  Discuss professional/legal and ethical concepts, and health
           care delivery systems, as they  apply to the practice of
           professional nursing.
   B.  Clinical Objectives - Application of Theoretical Content
       In a nursing practice scenario, the student will demonstrate
       ability to:
       1.  Incorporate Orem's Self-Care Deficit Model in the use of
           the nursing process.
       2.  Describe physiologic and psychosocial homeostatic
           mechanisms as they influence the client and family in
           adapting to change in health status.
       3.  Describe the use of verbal and written communication
           skills as they relate to:
           a.  Use of the nursing process in team work while promoting
           b.  Acknowledging client's diversity as it relates to
               culture, ethnicity, sexuality and spirituality.
       4.  Identify examples of how characteristics of
           developmental stages - young, middle and older adult -
           influence the planning and implementation of a nursing
           care plan.
       5.  Apply the principles of environmental and psychological
           safety for the client and health care provider, as
           identified in course syllabus.
       6.  Identify the underlying significance of physiological
           concepts as they relate to the writing and implementation
           of a nursing care plan:
       7.  Apply baseline knowledge, as identified in course
           syllabus, to a theoretical client scenario.
       8.  Demonstrate competency in performing the following
           skills by incorporating scientific, physiological and
           psychosocial concepts in a simulated skills laboratory:
           a.  Nursing care plan development
           b.  Safety for client and health care provider
           c.  All skills incorporated in the Fundamentals of Nursing
II. Professional Clinical Practice Objectives
   A. Professional Growth Objectives
      At the completion of this course, the student will practice the
      concepts/techniques of professional nursing by demonstrating the
      ability to:
      1. Incorporate critical thinking in the application of
         baseline knowledge.
      2. Apply techniques of time management and organization in
         providing client care.
      3. Use effective strategies for handling conflict.
      4. Demonstrate the application of professional/legal and
         ethical behaviors.
   B. Clinical Practice Objectives
      When assigned a client in a clinical setting, the student will
      practice professional nursing, incorporating Orem's Self-Care
      Deficit Model into the nursing process, as demonstrated by the
      ability to:
      1. Use the nursing process to provide nursing care.
      2. Recognize physiological and psychosocial homeostatic
         mechanisms as they influence the client and family in
         adapting to illness and the disease process.
      3. Use verbal and written communication skills as they
         relate to:
         a. Use of the nursing process in team work while promoting
         b. Acknowledging clients culture, diversity,
            ethnicity, sexuality and spirituality
      4. Incorporate characteristics of developmental stages -
         young, middle and older adult - in the development and
         implementation of a nursing care plan.
      5. Use standard safe practices that will protect the
         client, nurse and other members of the health care team
         from environmental hazards.
      6. Explain the theoretical basis underlying all aspects of
         nursing care for each client consistent with the
         student's knowledge base.
      7. Incorporate into the writing and implementation of a
         nursing care plan basic physiological concepts as identified
         in the course syllabus.
     8.  Demonstrate competency in performing the fundamental basic
         nursing skills.

Topics and Scope
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1. Survival Skills
  A. Learning Styles, Strategies and Test Taking Skills
  B. Time Management  and Organization
  C. Critical Thinking
  D. Conflict Management
2. Professionalism
  A. Introduction to Professional Nursing
  B. Introduction to Role Definition and Nursing Practice
  C. Introduction to Health Care Delivery System
  D. Introduction to Nursing Models, Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory
     of Nursing
  E. Nurse/Client Relationship
  F. Legal Principles
  G. Client Abuse
  H. Ethical Aspects, Values Clarification
3. Nursing Process
  A. Introduction to the Nursing
  B. Assessment
  C. Introduction to Lab and Diagnostic Studies
  D. Introduction to Physical Assessment
  E. Diagnosis
  F. Planning and Implementation
  G. Documentation
  H. Evaluation
  I. Admission, Discharge and Home Health
4. Regulation
  A. Psychological Homeostasis and Responses Related to Illness
  B. Introduction to Homeostasis, Stress and Adaption
  C. Self-concept and the Family
  D. Loss and the Grieving Process
  E. The Dying Client
5. Interaction
  A. Communication Skills
  B. Management of Aggressive Behavior
  C. Culture and Ethnicity
  D. Sexuality
  E. Spiritual Health
6. Fluids and Electrolytes
  A. Assessment
  B. Documentation
7. Elimination
  A. Introduction to Urinary Elimination
  B. Introduction to Bowel Elimination
8. Nutrition
9. Oxygenation
  A. Introduction to Oxygenation
  B. Vital Signs
  C. Respiratory Assessment
10. Protection
  A. Introduction to Environmental Safety
  B. Infection Control/Medical Asepsis
  C. Surgical Asepsis
  D. Wound Healing and Management
  E. Hygiene
  F. Skin Assessment and Care
  G. Introduction to Sensation and Perception
  H. Introduction to Visual Status
  I. Introduction to Pain
11. Rest and Activity
  A. Introduction to Mobility and Immobility
  B. Introduction to Comfort, Rest and Sleep
12. Developmental Self-Care Requisites
  A. Introduction to Developmental Stages
  B. Young, Middle and Older Adult
13. Pharmacology
  A. Introduction to Pharmacology
  B. Medication Dosage Calculation
  C. Medication Administration
  D. Parenteral Medications
  E. Medications and the Geriatric Client
14. Skill Competency Development
  A. Safety for client and health care provider
  B. Infection control for client and health care provider
  C. Hygiene
  D. Mobility/Immobility
  E. Vital Signs and Oxygenation
  F. Admission and Discharge
  G. Therapeutic Communication
  H. Physical Assessment
  I. Elimination
  J. Wound Care and Sterile Dressings
  K. Medication Administration
  L. Nursing Process Workshop
  M. Fluid and Electrolytes (intake and output)
  N. Blood glucose monitoring
  O. Basic pre- and post- operative care

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1.  Clinical practice in hospital settings. Students must meet minimum
   problem solving skills and practice to pass this course.
2.  Preparation for clinical assignments by reviewing patient's chart:
   Collecting data base, completing pathophysiology form, assessment
   tool, and researching medication and treatment skills - approximately
   4-6 hours per week.
3.  Preparation of nursing care plans (4 pages per plan) 4-5 plans per
   semester. Includes data collection, data analysis, development
   of plan for nursing care with specific interventions and
   and evaluation of effectiveness.
4.  Completion of two-page assessment tool, approximately 15 per semester.
5.  Present patient situations for discussion in post clinical
   conferences. (approximately 1 hour presentation per student per
6.  Analysis of patient care situations. In group setting, approximately
   8-10 per semester.
7.  Reading assignments, 70-150 pages per week.
8.  Written process recording, one per semester, 2-3 pages per recording.
9. Written crisis assessment tool, one per semester, 1 page per tool.
10. Reading prior to nursing skills demonstration 15-50 pages per week.
11. Viewing CD-Roms and video tapes before nursing skills practice.
12. Written examinations
13. Nursing Skills demonstrations in simulated lab.
14. Cultural diversity paper and presentation, 5-10 pages.

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
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Patient Scenarios in Skills Lab
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Skills competency demos - pass/fail
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
55 - 70%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short answer essay
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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- California BRN (2006) California Board of Registered Nurse Practice
 Act - Rules and Regulations and California Statues related to Registered
- Potter, P.A. & Perry (2006) Fundamentals of Nursing w/Companion
 Virtual Hospital 7th ed. Chicago: Mosby.
- Potter, P.A. & Perry (2006) Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques w/
 CD-Roms, 7th ed. Chicago: Mosby.
- Phillips, L. (2005) Manual of IV Therapeutics, 4th ed. F.A. Davis.
- Kee, Joyce (2005) Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing
 Implications, 7th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall
- Eliopoulos, C. (2004) Gerontological Nursing, 6th ed. Philadelphia:
 JB Lippincott.
- Varcarolis, E.M. (2006) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health
 Nursing, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders.
- Lewis, S.M., Heitkemper, M.M., & Dirksen, S.R. (2004) Medical-
 Surgical Nursing, 6th ed. Chicago: Mosby.
- Jarvis, C. (2004) Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 4th ed.
 St Louis: Saunders.
- McKenry & Salerno (2006) Pharmacology in Nursing, 2nd ed. Chicago:
Recommended Text:
- Varcaralis, E.M. (2006) The Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans,
 3rd ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
- Deglin & Vallerand (2006) Drug Handbook. F.A. Davis.
- McCance & Huether (2006) Pathophysiology - The Biologic Basis for
 Disease in Adults and Children, 5th ed. Chicago: Mosby.

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