Nursing

Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Course Descriptions

PNR 11    3 rec 2 cr
Nursing Skills I

This course, taken over three semesters, is designed to instruct the practical nurse student in basic computation principles essential to performing mathematical calculations for the safe and accurate administration of medications. Included in this course is an introduction to the special vocabulary of medical terminology used in the communication process of health care professionals. Students will be exposed to computer assisted instruction (CAI) and Internet research methods as integral adjuncts to the learning process.

Prerequisite: Preclinical nursing sequence.

PNR 12    2 rec 2 cr
Mental Health Concepts

This course is designed to familiarize the student with an overview of the history of nursing, therapeutic communication principles, mental health terminology and cultural concepts as they relate to understanding mental health. Students will be introduced to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs and the nursing process as the prioritizing framework that is used in assisting individuals. The nursing process and critical thinking strategies will be explained as the organizing and problem-solving tools that are to be used when assessing the mental status of clients and their families. The scope of practice of the PN in mental health and other health care settings will be defined and explored.

Prerequisite: Preclinical nursing sequence.

PNR 13    2 lec 5 clin 2 lab 4 cr
Practical Nursing Arts

This course is designed to assist the PN student in gaining knowledge of essential nursing skills and procedures, inclusive of scientific principles that will support the development of critical thinking abilities. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs and the Nursing Process is the theoretical framework the PN student will use to problem solve and deliver safe effective care. With direction, PN students will develop skills in collecting data; recognizing a nursing diagnosis; assisting with the planning and implementation of the nursing care plan; perfecting their ability to perform procedures; handling equipment; and evaluating, reporting and documenting client outcomes.

Prerequisite: Preclinical nursing sequence.

PNR 21    2 lab 1 cr
Nursing Skills II

This second course in a three-part series continues instruction in the principles of pharmacology computation with the addition of basic principles for reconstituting medication, practicing IV and heparin calculations. Course content will also include instruction in diagnostic testing procedures and the related nursing implications.

Prerequisites: PNR 11, PNR 12, PNR 13, NTR 11. Corequisite: PNR 22.

PNR 22    2 lec 6 clin 2 lab 4 cr
Medical Surgical Nursing I

This course is designed to introduce practical nursing (PN) students to their role in caring for older adult and disabled clients in a variety of health care settings. PN students will learn how to identify, prevent and manage the most common clinical problems associated with chronic medical and psychosocial disorders. With assistance, PN students will utilize the nursing process, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs, therapeutic communication principles and cultural sensitivity to collect data and implement a holistic plan of care. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.

Prerequisites: PNR 11, PNR 12, PNR 13, NTR 11. Corequisite: PHM 11.

PNR 31    2 lec 6 clin 2 lab 4 cr
Medical Surgical Nursing II

This course continues to develop critical thinking skills required to apply fundamental knowledge and technical abilities necessary to provide nursing care for adult clients with complex medical and surgical problems in acute health care settings. Content will be presented using the conceptual framework of the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs. With guidance, the student will apply the nursing process to prioritize nursing care of adult clients with complex needs. Clinical practice in a variety of acute care settings is provided. A clinical failure results in failure for the course.

Prerequisite: PNR 22.

PNR 41    2 lab 1 cr
Nursing Skills III

The purpose of this third course in the series is to reinforce the student’s ability in pharmacology computation. Calculation skills are introduced for pediatric dosages. Students will be required to demonstrate mastery of previously learned computation skills by passing a comprehensive calculation examination with a score not less than 85%. Success on this exam is a requirement for certification of graduation eligibility.

Prerequisite: PNR 21.

PNR 42    2 lab 2 cr
Psychiatric Nursing

This course focuses on current concepts of psychiatric/mental health nursing. It provides for continuing development of nursing process skills and is a nursing model for practice that is applicable in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisites: PNR 22, PNR 31. Corequisite: PNR 41.

PNR 43    2 lect 6 clin 2 lab 4 cr
Pediatric Nursing

This course emphasizes utilization of the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to prioritize nursing care based upon disease entity and principles of growth and development. This involves a holistic approach, which includes preventative, curative, rehabilitative, physical, and psychosocial aspects of the hospitalized child and family. The principles of therapeutic communication and cultural competency are strategies the practical nursing student will learn to incorporate when providing care for pediatric clients and their families. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.

Prerequisites: PNR 22, PNR 31. Corequisites: PNR 41, PNR 42.

PNR 44    2 lect 6 clin 2 lab 4 cr
Maternal and Child Care

This course utilizes the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs to prioritize care to the expectant mother and family during pregnancy, labor, birth and puerperium. In addition, maternity nursing includes the care of the fetus and the neonate. Critical thinking skills, therapeutic communication and cultural competence are integral components in providing and delivering safe and competent care to the pregnant mother and family. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.

Prerequisites: PNR 22, PNR 31, PNR 43. Corequisite: PNR 41.

PNR 45    1 rec 1 cr
Vocational Adjustment & Leadership

This course is designed to familiarize the senior practical nursing student with behavioral expectations of the new graduate practicing in the work place setting. Nursing leadership, management and professional practice for the LPN will be explored. Content will be presented that will aid in the completion of a professional portfolio. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the behaviors of professional decorum necessary in preparing for the job search and interview process. Employment opportunities, licensure and certification requirements, and continuing education options will be provided.

Corequisites: PNR 41, PNR 44.

NTR 11    3 rec 3 cr
Nutrition in Physical and Emotional Disorders

Basic course in therapeutic nutrition that focuses upon major health problems in western society and the influence of diet on their causes and cures. Traditional and controversial nutritional approaches are presented. Nursing care in selected situations is emphasized.

Prerequisites: Open to RNs and LPNs. For RN students, NUR 41 and 42 or permission of instructor. For LPN students, pre-clinical nursing sequence.

 

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