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Fall 2012

Nursing Courses:

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NUR131 - Introduction to Associate Degree Nursing
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Familiarizes the LPN transition student with the GCC Nursing Program philosophy, objectives, outcomes, policies, and organizing framework. Updates and enhances student learning related to critical thinking skills, math and dosage calculations. Prepares students for entry into the clinical sequence of second level nursing courses. One and a half class hours and one and a half laboratory hours. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 130 and current LPN registration in a US jurisdiction.

Lecture: 1.5 hrs.
Lab: 1.5 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):

Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:
1. Accurately calculate dosages for medications and flow rates for intravenous infusions. Students will achieve a score of 90% or greater on the dosage calculation test.
2.*Apply knowledge of medications to patient care situations. Students will correctly identify medication classifications in simulated clinical experiences and on unit exams.
3. Apply the nursing process and critical thinking to patient care situations. Students will demonstrate mastery of course content on unit exams and in simulated clinical experiences.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in selected clinical skills in the laboratory setting and in simulated clinical experiences.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:

I. Introduction to GCC Nursing Program
a. Nursing program philosophy, outcomes, organizing framework
b. Technology and course requirements
c. Regulatory requirements: HIPAA and Fire Safety

II. Dosage/IV Calculation and Medication Administration
a. Online and exam requirements
b. Safe medication administration

III. Introduction to Nursing Lab
a. Practice labs and nursing skills
b. Simulated clinical experiences
c. Skills videos

IV. Application and Clinical Decision-Making
a. Nursing management of patients with fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances
b. Nursing management of patients with select problems of the respiratory tract
c. Nursing management of patients with select problems of the cardiovascular system
d. Nursing management of patients with select problems of the endocrine system
e. Nursing management of patients with select problems of the gastrointestinal system

Effective Term: Fall 2012