January 2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 07, 2020  
January 2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PN 108 - Foundations of Nursing


This course provides the basis upon which all other nursing courses are built. The history of nursing introduces the student to the origin and development of nursing practice and the theories and scientific principles upon which the profession is built. Concepts integrated throughout the course include cultural diversity, nutrition, critical thinking, physiological, and psychosocial needs of the individual as well as legal and ethical issues and communication techniques. Focus is placed on the nursing process, nursing principles in the disease process, and wellness and safety, with an emphasis placed on patient goals and outcomes. Integration of practical nursing skills will be implemented throughout the course, including history and physicals, vital sign attainment, reviewing charts, wound dressing changes, sterile technique, isolation precautions, medication administration, and dosage calculations. After completion of this course, with theory and psychomotor nursing competencies in lab, the student will possess essential nursing skills. Emphasis is placed on nursing foundations in the healthcare environment, communication techniques, developmental and psychosocial concerns, health promotion, infection control, fundamental nursing care, and psychomotor nursing skills. The student will demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for client populations with common health alterations, to include vital signs, different medication administration, and drug dosage calculations. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 105.00 Prerequisites: SC 146 Anatomy and Physiology I , PN 111 Patient Assessment  and PN 112 Pharmacology . Corequisite: PN 109 Foundations of Nursing Clinical .