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PNS 1200 — Foundations of Practical Nursing

Credit Hours: 6.00   Total Contact Hours: 10.00   Lecture Hours: 3.50   Lab Hours: 2.00   Clinical/Other Hours: 4.50  

Introduces students to the philosophy and the conceptual framework of the Practical Nursing Program. Students will build upon previously learned concepts of the nursing process, evidence-based practice and clinical judgement/reasoning, as well as be introduced to the fundamental concepts of nursing practice. Six major concepts are emphasized throughout the course, which include the Nursing Process, Human Development, Human Needs, Common Health Problems, Role of the Practical Nurse, and Caring Behaviors are discussed. Students are introduced to the role of the practical nurse and standards of nursing care, utilization of the nursing process for problem solving, observational assessment skills, communication techniques, effects of cultural and spiritual beliefs on health care principles of patient safety and infection control. Students will continue to build upon previously learned communication techniques, as well as develop and practice the various psycho-motor skills necessary for nursing. The nursing skills related to common health problems of medical and surgical patients are discussed. The student contributes to the nursing process in the clinical setting in order to assist the gerontological patient in meeting his/her needs. 'C' grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BHS 2110, BHS 2120 or NSG 1990, BIO 1000 or BIO 1120.