Course Outlines

Introduction to Pharmacology

Time Allotment – 80 Hours

The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the classifications and actions of commonly used drugs.

Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s responsibility to anticipate, observe and report the effects of drugs on the patient.

Calculation of accurate medication dosages is also included. The basic principles of administration of medications are included as well as the policies and methods of administration laboratory time is included for medication administration Further study of medications is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Medical-Surgical Nursing I

Time Allotment – 348 Hours

This course follows the Science and Fundamental of Nursing courses. It is one the two separate but related Medical-Surgical Nursing courses. The concept of total care to individuals and families is introduced in order that the student recognizes that nursing is concerned with each individual as a whole and the family as a unit. A study of selected acute-chronic health care problems are investigated by focusing on the pathophysiologies, behaviioral, and socio-economic interrelationships.

Particular emphasis is given to health problems and care to clients in an urban community setting.

The basic principles of administration of medications are included as well as the policies and methods of administration. Several hours of practice are provided in the preparation and administration of medicaitons. Further study of medications is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Experience is provided in delivery nursing intervention to adults with minimal physiological alterations in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Emphasis is directed toward assisting with the formulation and implemantation of nursing care plan reflecting clinical application of the nursing process. Clinical practice is provided in the preperation and administration of medications.

Medical-Surgical Nursing II

Time Allotment – 348 Hours

This course is designed to give the student a broader and deeper understanding of the complex needs of individuals and families with multiple health problems. Its ultimate aim is to assist the student in achieving the program objectives. Learning experience is provided in delivering nursing care to patients and families with multiple medical surgical nursing problems, which require specialized skills. Guidance on this level of progression is expected to lead to more self-confidence, self-direction as a nursing team member in the delivery of health care to individuals, patients, and family groups.

Emphasis is placed on the concept of body image, the family in an urban community, it’s role in health maintenance and on the effect of illness on the intra family relationship. Mental Health and Gerontological Nursing is also stressed. The student is guided in the application of previous learning experiences to gain insight into the problems of families and the role of nursing and other health-allied occupations. Community hospitals, outpatient, lont-term and sub-acute health care facilites are utilized for clinical experience.

Orientation: 3 Hours

Orientation is designed to acquaint the new student with nursing program and facilities of the school. Information is provided on general expectations and the rules and regulations pertaining to academic requirements and student life. A review of study, test-taking skills are included.

Basic Sciences for Nursing;

Time Allotment – 205 Hours

This is the foundation of the Practical Nursing Program. Content includes Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Nutrition, and Microbiology with special emphasis on infection control.

These principles of basic sciences, nutrition, and microbiology will be reinforced and expanded during subsequent courses. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, projects and laboratory sessions supported by appropriate audio-visual materials. The competency-based format of instruction is utilized.

Fundamentals of Nursing

Time Allotment – 200 Hours

The course is designed to introduce the student to the Practical Nursing Program, and to the broad fields of health and nursing. The student is introduced to selected developmental concepts; the physiological and psychological needs of people effective communication skills, principles of psychological nursing and the nursing process.

Historical developments, the health care delivery system, legal and ethical aspects of nursing, and care of the elderly are also included.

The course provides clinical experience and laboratory practice in basic nursing principles and skills necessary to render safe and therapeutic care to patients with non-complex nursing problems in hospitals, long-term care and sub-acute health care facilities.

Maternal Health Nursing

Time Allotment – 100 Hours

This course is desined to provide comprehensive discussions of family-centered care, wellness, health promotion and illness prevention, women’s health issues and the growth and development of the newborn and the parent. The information will form a continuum of knowledge that flows from conception to adulthood. Focus on the systems approach will be used to address physiological illnesses. The student will continue to use the nurisng process within the self-care framework in providing care to the childbearing family.

Further emphasis is on application of the nursing process and the implememtation of effective nursing intervention based on identified problems. Principles of nutrition, pharmacology, and communication are integrated throughout the course. The student will spend time in the client care area and will be expected to assume more responsibilities for his/her nursing actions. Clinical experiences include care of mothers and newborns and are held in in-client and/or ambulatory maternal/child health settings.

Pediatric Nursing

Time Allotment – 100 Hours

This course is designed to provide discussions of family-centered care, wellness, health promotion and illness prevention, and the growth and development of the child. The information presented builds on the concepts taught during maternity to form a continuum of knowledge that flows from conception of adulthood. Focus on the systems approach will be used to address physiological illnesses.

Child health theory is presented within a self-care framework of nursing process and the implementation of effective nursing intervention based on identified problems. Principles of nutrition, pharmacology, and communication are correlated throughout the course. The student will spend time in the Client care area and will be expected to assume more responsibilites for his/her nursing actions. Related clinical experiences will take place in the hospital and out-client health care facilities.

Mental Health Nursing

Time Allotment – 100 Hours

This course is designed to give the student knowledge and understanding of the concepts of nursing care for clients with mental health needs. Introduce students to the mental health clients in need of psychiatric or chemical dependency services. Focus is placed on rehabilitating clients to the least restrictive environment utilizing a range of psychiatric and medical services, which reflect the accepted standard of care and are in compliance with statutory and regulatory guidelines.

Gerontology

Time Allotment – 80 Hours

This course is designed to give the student a broader and deeper understanding of the complex needs of older adults and families with multiple health problems. Its ultimate aim is to assist the student in achieving the program objectives.

Emphasis is placed on the concept of body image, the family in an urban community, its role in health maintenance and on the effect of illnes on older adults. The student is guided in the application of previous learning experiences of a self-care framework of the nursing process to gain insight into the problems of families and the role of nursing and other helping occupatioins. Long-term, and sub-acute health care facilities are utilized for clinical experience.

Nursing in Society

Time Allotment – 40 Hours

This course is designed to “bridge the gap” between the role of a nursing student and the graduate. Content includes current trends in the health care system and nursing, with emphasis on Practical Nursing, ethical and legal responsibilites, current legislation, continuing education and career opportunities, job search and retention skills. Learning experiences include lecture, class discussion, independent study, guest speaker and job search.