Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of required pre-nursing courses; taken concurrently with or after Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, Learning Strategies for Nursing Students, and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.
Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. The emphasis is on clinical experiences that will provide opportunities for students to participate in collaborative therapeutic activities in a variety of health care settings that focus on health maintenance and promotion. Clinical experiences occur in predictable situations with individuals across the lifespan. The nursing process is used to meet the patient’s needs related to health promotion and maintenance. The roles and characteristics of the professional nurse, with emphasis on the roles of caregiver and educator, are developed.