Skip to Main Content

2017-2018 Catalog Year
NURS-136: Foundations of Nursing Theory

General Information

  • Name: Foundations of Nursing Theory
  • Discipline: Nursing
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • 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: admission to the nursing program
  • Corequisites: NURS 137, NURS 141

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces students to the role of the associate degree nurse in contemporary practice. Students are guided to utilize knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing, to understand man as a bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual being. Students are introduced to the nursing program organizing concepts and outcomes which include professional behaviors, communication, collaboration, nursing process, clinical decision making, management of care and teaching learning.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of NURS 136, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the definition of nursing, its historical background, nursing theory, and the status of nursing as a profession and as a discipline.
  • Discuss the eight competencies expected of a graduate nurse as identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
  • Identify regulatory and professional organizations that impact nursing.
  • Develop knowledge of the nursing process, interpersonal skills, legal responsibilities and professional nursing ethics.
  • Discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and its application to the framework of the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Identify reflective and critical thinking skills used within the nursing process.
  • Describe the impact of cultural, psycho/social and spiritual influences upon the health of the patient/client.
  • Identify the scientific rationale necessary to meet the basic physical, psychosocial and cultural needs of all patients based on evidence-based practice.
  • Identify functional and dysfunctional behaviors that affect patient's health.
  • Identify nursing interventions to modify dysfunctional behaviors.
  • Utilize basic communications skills during interactions with patients and staff.
  • Demonstrate college level writing skills and APA in a 4-6 page reflective paper on an event of the student's choosing during clinical practice.

III: Course Linkage

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.
  • Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within the professional practice standards as well as the legal parameters of the profession
  • Use therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families

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

Scheduled NURS-136 classes:

Fall 2017