Practical Nursing Course Descriptions & Outlines

PRNU 1104 | Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide | Credits: 4

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This course prepares the student to practice at the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide level. The student will demonstrate basic nursing skills. In addition the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of psychosocial needs, communication, resident rights, and body mechanics.

Additionally this course prepares the student to practice at the Home Health Aide level. This content builds on knowledge learned in the NA portion. The student will demonstrate ability to perform basic nursing skills for the client in the home. In addition the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of psychosocial needs, communication, client rights, and body mechanics as it relates to the Home care client.

Upon satisfactory completion of classroom, lab, and clinical instruction the student is eligible to take the Federal combine NA-HHA test which is required to practice as an NA and also a HHA. The HHA certificate is required by most Home Care Agencies to practice as a HHA.

PRNU 1202 | Medical Terminology I | Credits: 1

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This course is designed to give the student an overview of how medical terms are formed. It is designed to give the student a working knowledge of terms used in the health care industry today. A primary emphasis is placed on defining various word elements and analyzing how they are put together to form medical terms used in many fields of the medical profession.

PRNU 1204 | Pharmacology I | Credits: 2

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This course presents basic principles of pharmaceuticals and safe medication administration. Included in this course is information on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, accurate dosage calculation, common adverse/side effects and contraindications to drug use. Emphasis is placed on dosage calculation, select drug classifications and nursing care related to the safe administration of medications to patients across the life span.

PRNU 1208 | Maternal and Child Health | Credits: 2

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This course will develop the student's basic understanding of develop the student’s ability to understand the care of the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum patient, the newborn, as well as some of the most common pediatric conditions encountered. This course will specifically develop the student's understanding of various conditions effecting the status of prenatal care, labor and delivery of mother and care of the newborn. The course will also integrate the student learner outcomes, cultural implications and the emotional needs of patients important for providing safe, quality patient centered care.

PRNU 1210 | Skills I | Credits: 3

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This course provides basic concepts, skills, and elements of nursing practice, which provides a foundation of knowledge by which the nurse is guided in giving care. Principles of nursing process, caring communication, ethical and legal issues, medical terminology and documentation, data collecting, client evaluation, sterile technique, wound healing, elimination, surgical care, various clinical procedures, and medication administration will be covered. Various skills essential to safe practices of nursing will be emphasized, demonstrated and tested.

PRNU 1211 | Clinical I | Credits: 5

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Clinical I provides the student an opportunity to apply nursing judgment using the nursing process to implement safe, patient/relationship centered care in selected settings. The clinical student focuses on focused assessments and collecting data, implementing skills learned in the lab setting, documenting findings and reinforcing teaching plans for patients with common problems. The student develops communication and customer service skills working with individual patients and team members.

This clinical experience occurs in a variety of settings: initially in long term care, transitional care, and the simulation lab. The last part of the course the students’ progress to primarily acute care facilities and ambulatory care, working with patients (including maternal/child/pediatric) across the health and age continuum. This may include a variety of additional settings such as home care, imaging, PT, RT.

PRNU 1212 | Sim Lab: Nursing Basics | Credits: 1

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Simulation focuses on focused assessments and collecting data, implementing skills learned in the lab setting, documenting findings, prioritization, nursing judgment, communication skills, and reinforcing teaching plans for patients with common problems. Performance on the technical skills learned in Skills I will be formally evaluated. These skills will include vital signs, head-to-toe assessment, sterile technique, catheterization, and medication administration in the simulation lab.

PRNU 1302 | Medical Terminology II | Credits: 1

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This course is designed to promote student learning in the use of medical terminology for application of medical website information retrieval proficiency, recognition of basic pharmacology classifications and medical abbreviation recognition and use.

PRNU 2204 | Pharmacology II | Credits: 2

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This course presents additional principles of pharmaceuticals beyond Pharmacology I. Included in this course is information related to fluid and electrolyte disturbances with pharmacological interventions for management, including IV fluid administration and associated nursing care. Additional emphasis is placed on select drug classifications including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, accurate dosage calculations, common adverse/side effects, contraindications and nursing care related to the safe administration of select medications and IV fluids, to patients across the lifespan.

PRNU 2206 | Health Needs of All Ages II | Credits: 4

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This course will advance the student's understanding of various health/illness concepts and nursing care for patients of all ages. This course will expand the student's understanding of health conditions, emphasizing common medical/surgical problems that may require management in an acute care facility and with patients experiencing co-morbid diseases or emerging complications. Emphasis is placed on care of patients with endocrine, gastrointestinal - accessory organ, oncology, blood - lymphatic, cardiovascular, and respiratory system disorders. Each unit covers the following: disease process, diagnostic tests, pharmacology, medical/surgical treatments, nutrition, health/illness concepts and nursing interventions with focus on adult, geriatric and pediatric concerns. The course also integrates the student learner outcomes, cultural implications and the emotional needs of patients, important for providing safe, quality patient centered care.

PRNU 2209 | Role Transition | Credits: 1

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This course will develop the student's basic understanding of legal, moral, ethical, cultural diversity and spiritual issues related to the scope of practice, licensure and employment. The content is intended to provide concepts needed to enable a smooth role transition from practical nursing student to Licensed Practical Nurse. The course will also integrate the student learner outcomes, cultural implications and the emotional needs of patients important for providing safe, quality patient centered care.

PRNU 2210 | Skills II | Credits: 1

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This course builds on the knowledge gained in Nursing Skills I and provides the concepts, skills, and elements of nursing practice that will guide the nursing student in more advanced care of patients. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of skills, equipment and care of patients with conditions of the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.

PRNU 2211 | Clinical II | Credits: 4

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Clinical II provides the student an opportunity to apply nursing judgment using evidence based care, critical thinking and clinical judgment to implement safe, patient/relationship centered care to individual patients across the lifespan (including maternal/child/pediatric). The clinical student reflects on the value of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, informatics, quality improvement, safety, managing care of the individual patient, and nursing judgment/evidence based care.

This clinical experience occurs in a variety of settings: primarily acute care and ambulatory care, and may include a variety of additional sites such as home care, imaging, PT, RT, with patients across the health and age continuum. The simulation lab with be utilized as well.

PRNU 2221 | Integrated Practicum | Credits: 

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This course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of a practical nurse in the clinical setting. Concepts related to management, team work and quality improvement through self-reflection on performance are emphasized as well as career development that may enhance career progression. Standards of practice and the importance of practicing according to state regulations and statutes for the scope of practice for the LPN are further emphasized and analyzed. This clinical course experience may allow students to care for multi-patient assignments and occurs in primarily the acute care, long term care setting with individual patients across the life span; and includes simulation lab experience. A variety of additional sites such as hospice, home care, ambulatory care and assisted living may be used. The students will also attend and participate in a required live boards review as part of the integrated practicum course.