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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree

Welcome Nursing Students!

Please review the Nursing Program Goals, Graduate Competencies, the Philosophy of the Nursing Program and the Conceptual Framework upon which your curriculum was developed.

Welcome Letter

Class Schedules

Choose the schedule based on the year you began taking Nursing courses

 

Basic Year One 2014-15 LPN & Para to RN Evening Track 2014-15
Basic Year Two 2014-15 LPN to RN Acc 2014-2015
Basic Evening Track 2014-2015 LPN to RN Acc Schedule Jan 2015
Basic EW Jan start Schedule 2014-15 Para to RN Year One 2014-15
 Basic EW Jan start 2014-15  

Nursing Systematic Evaluation Plan

Nursing Course Descriptions

NS101 NS102 NS103
NS104 NS105 NS106
NS107 NS110 NS201
NS202 NS203 NS204
NS206

NS 101 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

Students will be introduced to the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, the Nurse’s Code of Ethics, and the NLN Core Competencies of an associate degree nurse. Students are presented with information about the core nursing values. Critical thinking skills and nursing process are introduced. Nursing care of the individual, family and community is described. The theoretical content will include interpersonal and therapeutic communication, the quality improvement process, the use of informatics and technology in nursing, and the nurse’s role in the inter-professional team. Two (2) credit hours (32 lecture hours).

NS 102 Nursing Assessment

This course will allow the student to practice the physical assessment and interviewing skills needed to perform the first step of the nursing process. The student will utilize previously learned concepts from anatomy and physiology and the nursing foundations course. In addition to physical assessment, the student will learn to assess the psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and nutritional needs of the individual. Two (2) credit hours (16 lecture hours) (48 lab/clinical hours).

NS 103 Nursing Skills

This course will develop the beginning student nurse’s psychomotor skills. Students are presented with theoretical content related to the basic skills integrating previously learned concepts from Anatomy & Physiology and Nursing Assessment. The student is allowed the opportunity to practice and develop those psychomotor skills. Four (4) credit hours (32 lecture hours) (96 lab/clinical hours).

NS 104 Pharmacology for Nursing

Students are presented with basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmaco-therapeutics, medication administration, and major drug classes. The quality improvement process, teamwork and collaboration, use of informatics, and legal and ethical issues are discussed as they relate to safe medication administration. The students will learn to integrate key concepts of drug therapy needed for patient education. Psychomotor skills related to dosage calculation and medication administration will be developed. Critical thinking and the nursing process are discussed as a framework for medication administration. Two (2) credit hours (16 lecture hours) (48 lab/clinical hours).

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NS 105 Bridging to Professional Nursing Practice

Professional practice issues emphasizing the nurse’s role in today’s healthcare setting are discussed. The theoretical content will include nursing process, interpersonal and therapeutic communication, quality improvement, core nursing values, and critical thinking concepts. Students will be introduced to the ANA Standards of Practice, the Nurse’s Code of Ethics, and the NLN Core Competencies for an associate degree nurse. Psychomotor skills will be validated and further developed in this course. Three (3) credit hours; 24 lecture hours and 72 lab/clinical hours.

NS 106 Mental Health Nursing

Students are presented with scientific principles of adult mental health nursing including current treatment modalities and nursing care. Therapeutic communication skills are presented and developed. The acquired knowledge will be applied in the clinical setting. Ethical and legal principles are applied to the care of the patient with alterations in mental health. Psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and safety needs of individuals with alterations in mental health will be addressed. The use of critical thinking and the nursing process will guide the student to provide patient centered care to the mental health patient. Four (4) credit hours (32 lecture hours) (96 lab/clinical hours).

NS 107 Medical Surgical Nursing 1

Students are presented with theoretical content regarding perspectives for medical-surgical nursing practice, concepts related to the aging process, and common health problems of the elderly and adult patients. Concepts of prevention of illness, health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for the elderly and the adult patient are presented. The student will apply this theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting. Students will also refine their psychomotor skills. Critical thinking and the nursing process will guide the student to provide evidence based nursing care. Informatics, quality improvement processes, therapeutic communication, falls prevention, medication reconciliation, medical record review and working in inter-professional teams will be explored. Four (4) credit hours (32 lecture hours) (96 lab/clinical hours).

NS 110 IV Therapy

This clinical lab course will introduce the principles of intravenous (IV) therapy. Students will be allowed the time to learn and practice the skills associated with IV therapy, including IV insertion, maintenance and removal, intravenous medication administration and IV dosage calculations. Information regarding central venous catheters, peripherally inserted central lines, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) therapy and blood administration will be presented. One (1) credit hours (48 lab/clinical hours).

NS 201 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

The students are presented with the theoretical principles of maternal and newborn nursing. Critical thinking and the nursing process will guide the students’ nursing care of women, newborns, and their families. More advanced psychomotor skills will be developed and students will have the opportunity to use the psychomotor skills learned earlier in the clinical setting. Other concepts in this course will include quality improvement processes, therapeutic communication, and the use of informatics. Three (3) credit hours (24 lecture hours) (72 lab/clinical hours).

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NS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing 2

Students are presented with theoretical content regarding perspectives of caring for a patient with advanced medical surgical problems of a cardiac or respiratory nature. The student will apply this knowledge in the clinical setting. Students will also refine their psychomotor skills. Critical thinking and the nursing process will guide the student to provide evidence based nursing care. Informatics, quality improvement processes, therapeutic communication, and working in inter-professional teams will be explored. Five (5) credit hours. (40 lecture hours) (120 lab/clinical hours).

NS 203 Nursing Care of the Child and Family

The students are presented with the theoretical principles of family nursing with a focus on growth and development and health promotion of the child. The nursing process will guide the students’ nursing care of the child and family. Psychomotor skills will be further developed and students will have the opportunity to use the psychomotor skills learned earlier in the clinical setting. Three (3) credit hours (24 lecture hours) (72 lab/clinical hours).

NS 204 Medical Surgical Nursing 3

Students are presented with theoretical content regarding perspectives of medical-surgical nursing for patients with complex medical surgical problems. The student will apply this knowledge in the clinical setting. Students will also refine their psychomotor skills. Critical thinking and the nursing process will guide the student as they provide evidence based nursing care. The student will assess, identify problems, recognize and prioritize patient care needs and deliver care to a group of medical surgical nursing patients. Informatics, quality improvement processes, and therapeutic communication will be explored. This course will have a major focus on working with inter-professional teams, leadership, and management skills. There will be a team leading component in the clinical. Four (4) credit hours (32 lecture hours) (96 lab/clinical hours).

NS 206 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Theoretical content regarding the management of patient care, including scope and standards for practice, workplace issues and reality shock are reviewed. Quality improvement and safety, evidence based practice, advocacy, inter-professional communication, and professional and personal development will be addressed. This course allows the students to be immersed in the professional world of nursing with the opportunity to demonstrate competencies within the program outcomes and to refine their nursing care practice skills. Knowledge and skills from general education and nursing disciplines are integrated into the decision making required to deliver quality nursing care to individuals and groups in a focused clinical setting. Students will be placed with a preceptor where they will be mentored while caring for multiple patients Four (4) credit hours) (32 lecture hours) (96 lab/clinical hours)

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