Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of required pre-nursing courses; taken concurrently with Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical; concurrent with or after Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, and Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.
Description: This course provides a foundation for professional nursing practice. The emphasis is on theories, knowledge, and basic skills necessary to administer beginning level assessment and nursing interventions for adults. The course presents professional nursing, biophysical, and psychosocial concepts related to the professional roles of the nurse and care of the patient within the context of their environment. The health care delivery system and the political, economic, and social factors that affect health are discussed. The course introduces caring in nursing, critical thinking in applying the nursing process and managing patient care. Therapeutic communication, adult learning theory, collaboration, and legal and ethical practice necessary to engage in therapeutic interventions that promote and maintain individuals’ health are learned.