Practical Nursing Program Course Description

OR: 101 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 about academic requirements and student life.  A review of the study, test-taking skills are included.

The practical nursing program

PN 101 BASIC SCIENCES FOR NURSING 195 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.

In Part, I, Anatomy and Physiology, the physical and life sciences are introduced to serve as a basis for understanding the human body.  The structure and functions of each system of the human body are emphasized and how the body maintains homeostasis (130 Hours).

In Part II, Basic Nutrition, food as nutrients and the nutritional needs of the human body to maintain optimum health is accentuated. The role of the nurse in diet modification is also contained in this unit (35 Hours).

In Part III, Principles of Microbiology, students are introduced to the major microorganisms and their effect on the human body. The infectious process with the application of infection control measures used in the work setting is also stressed (30 Hours).

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.

PN 102 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY 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. Further study of medications in integrated throughout the curriculum.

PN 103 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 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, the principle 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.

PN 104 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I 336 Hours

This course is designed to emphasize the application of the nursing process and Orem’s self-care Deficit theory as a framework to organize, plan and implement an effective nursing intervention based on identified problems.  Principles of nutrition, pharmacology, and communication are correlated throughout the course.  The concept of total care is introduced so that the student recognizes that nursing is concerned with individuals as a whole and family unit. A study of selected acute-chronic health care problems is investigated by focusing on the pathophysiology, treatments, including medications, behavioral, and socioeconomic interrelationships

Attention is given to the effects of poverty on the health of the individual, the family, and the community. Particular emphasis is given to health problems and cares to clients in an urban community setting. Changes in body systems related to aging are integrated as disease processes are discussed. Experience is provided in the delivery of nursing interventions to adults with minimal physiological alterations in hospitals, outpatient surgical units, and long-term care facilities. Emphasis is directed toward assisting with the formulation and implementation of a nursing care plan reflecting the clinical application of the nursing process. Further study and practice of the preparation and administration of medications are integrated throughout the curriculum.

PN 105 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II 336 Hours

This course is designed for the student to build on prior learning experiences to further knowledge and skills required in the practical nursing field.  Students will continue to use the nursing process, within the self-care framework, to assists clients in meeting their physiological and psychosocial needs in both sub-acute and acute care settings.   The learning experience is provided in delivering nursing care to patients and families with multiple medical-surgical nursing problems, which require specialized skills. 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. 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 healthcare to individuals, patients, and family groups.  Community hospitals, outpatient, long-term and sub-acute healthcare facilities are utilized for clinical experience.

PN 106 MATERNAL HEALTH NURSING 100 hours

This course is designed 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 nursing process within the self-care framework in providing care to the childbearing family. Further emphasis is on the application of the nursing process and the implementation of an 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 responsibilities for his/her nursing actions.  Clinical experiences include care of mothers and newborns and are held in in-client and ambulatory maternal/child health settings

PN 107 PEDIATRIC NURSING 100 hours

This combined 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 will form a continuum of knowledge that flows from conception to 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 an 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 responsibilities for his/her nursing actions.  Related clinical experiences will take place in the hospital and out-client health care facilities

PN 108 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 100 Hours

In this course, the student will explore the role of the Practical Nurse as a member of a multidisciplinary team caring for clients with mental health deviations.   Students are introduced to the field of mental health nursing and clients in need of psychiatric or chemical dependency services. The 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.   The course content includes concepts and application of therapeutic communication, current and evolving principles in mental health care, legal and ethical guidelines, and human development needs.  Clinical focus is directed toward a client-centered communication interaction incorporating theoretical mental health nursing principles and attainment of self-care requisites.  Clinical experiences are provided in inpatient mental health settings, with observation at a substance abuse program.

 PN 109 Gerontology 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 illness 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 occupations.  Long-term and sub-acute healthcare facilities are utilized for clinical experience.

PN 110 TRANSITIONS IN NURSING 74 Hours

This course is designed to “bridge the gap” between the role of a nursing student and graduate.  Content places emphasis on the ethical and legal responsibilities of the Licensed Practical Nurse, current legislation, and regulation that affect the LPN and the leadership and management role of the LPN in the nursing profession.  Theory related to career management, job interviewing, and job retention skills will be included. Learning experiences include lecture, class discussions, independent study and projects, and job search which include identifying appropriate job opportunities, writing a resume and demonstrating an understanding of the interview process.