Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NURS 138: Foundations of Nursing Clinical

General Information

  • Name: Foundations of Nursing Clinical
  • Discipline: Nursing (NURS)
  • Units (Credits): 2
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Nursing and Allied Health

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program
  • Corequisites: NURS 136 & NURS 137

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Provides opportunities for students to utilize knowledge, concepts and skills learned in first semester nursing courses to meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients in a long term health care facility. Students use the nursing process and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs at a beginning level to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical skills in a safe and effective manner.
  • Safely calculate medication dosages.
  • Apply critical thinking through the nursing process in providing care of selected adult residents in the long-term health care setting.
  • Use reflective thinking and writing as a strategy to develop clinical problem solving skills.
  • Use the nursing process to identify health problems of the resident.
  • Formulate an individualized plan of care for a patient in a long-term health care setting utilizing the nursing process and prioritizing with Maslow's Hierarchy of human Needs.
  • Utilize nursing interventions to modify human responses to health and illness.
  • Apply the developmental theories of Erikson and Havighurst to selected adult residents.
  • Identify nursing strategies that provide cost efficient nursing care.
  • Collaborate with other health team members through verbal and non-verbal communication in providing nursing care.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical accountability in providing care for selected adult residents in the long-term care facility.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and the skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs.

Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgement, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering the value of lifelong learning.

The Nursing Program Educational Objectives ensure that students who successfully complete the Nursing Program are expected to demonstrate that they can:

  • Utilize the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with diverse populations.

Additionally, the General Education Student Learning Objectives ensure that students who complete programs in occupational areas are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis
  • Posses suitable technological skills, including computer skills
  • Know the subject matter of their degree to a level that is acceptable to their area of study
  • Are able to acquire the skills and perform the tasks necessary for their employment or career enhancement
  • Have adequate college level mathematical skills

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