Course Descriptions

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NURS-190

Nursing Practice I

Credit(s): 8

NURS 190 provides the foundation for nursing practice and caring relationships. The course focuses on the whole person from birth through the lifespan. The course is directed toward the student's acquiring knowledge, increasing personal and professional understanding, and developing intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor nursing skills to assist the person in optimizing health. Learning experiences in health care agencies and community settings provide opportunities for students to apply course content utilizing therapeutic nursing interventions to assist individuals and families in meeting their needs as they adapt to lifespan stressors and environmental stressors. Lecture: 4 hours per week Lab: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete BIOL-227, BIOL-228, and ENGL-101 with a minimum grade of C.

NURS-195

Nursing Practice II

Credit(s): 8

NURS 195 focuses on the medical-surgical management of pathological processes common through the lifespan, effects on person/family, and implications for nursing care. The course emphasizes the application of the nursing process, caring relationships, and other therapeutic nursing interventions to assist the person in adaptation. Learning experiences in health care settings provide students with opportunities to develop skills in implementation of the nursing process, application of communication abilities, caring behaviors, and utilization of therapeutic nursing interventions. Lecture: 4 hours per week Lab: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete NURS-190, BIOL-250, PSYC-101, and COMM-101 with a minimum grade of C.

NURS-196

LPN Transition

Credit(s): 4

This eight-week course is intended for students who are Licensed Practical Nurses and are seeking advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at North Idaho College. The course consists of 30 hours of lecture and includes both classroom and online components. The course is designed to provide content from the first year nursing courses that is not typically covered in LPN programs. The course content includes legal/ethical issues, teaching/learning principles, therapeutic communication, group and nursing process, and dosage calculations. The 90-hour clinical component is designed to transition the LPN to the RN student role, as well as introduce the student to the ADN Program requirements. Lecture: 3.75 hours per week for 8 weeks Lab: 11.25 hours per week for 8 weeks

NURS-198

Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum

Credit(s): 1

This course is an elective for students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program. It provides students with opportunities to apply the theory and skills from preceding nursing courses in clinical nursing practice. Patient care experience in an acute care health setting allows students to further develop skills in critical thinking and application of the nursing process, effective communication with patients, family and other health care providers, and implementing therapeutic nursing interventions. This course may be repeated twice for credit. Lab: 45 hours per 2-week block
Prerequisites: Complete NURS-190 with a minimum grade of C-.

NURS-290

Nursing Practice III

Credit(s): 8

Nursing Practice III focuses on providing nursing care for persons/families experiencing acute or chronic illness. The course also focuses on providing care for persons/families with mental health disorders. Emphasis is placed upon utilizing knowledge of the altered physiology/pathology, treatment modalities, critical thinking, and therapeutic nursing interventions to optimize health. Learning experiences in health care settings provide students with opportunities to further develop nursing competencies while collaborating with others in caring for multiple clients. Lecture: 4 hours per week Lab: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete NURS-195 with a minimum grade of C and ENGL-102, SOC-101, and a Math course that meets the A.S. degree requirements with a minimum grade of C-.

NURS-294

Nursing Practice IV

Credit(s): 8

Nursing Practice IV focuses on providing nursing care at any of the six levels of health care: preventative, primary, secondary, tertiary, restorative, and continuing care. The course also focuses on providing nursing care for persons and families experiencing pregnancy and childbirth. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and the development of competencies required to provide care for individuals, families, and groups of patients in a variety of health care settings. Learning experiences take place in acute care and long term care facilities, and community health care settings. The hallmark of this course is the preempting experience which provides the student opportunities to develop competencies in providing care, clinical decision making, collaborating with other health care providers, and professional development. Lecture: 4 hours per week Lab: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete NURS-290 with a minimum grade of C.
Corequisites: ENGL-114A NURS-294L

NURS-295

Nursing Practice IV

Credit(s): 9

Nursing Practice IV focuses on providing nursing care at any of the six levels of health care: preventative, primary, secondary, tertiary, restorative and continuing care. The course also focuses on providing nursing care for persons/families experiencing pregnancy and childbirth. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and the development of competencies required to provide care for individuals, families and groups of patients in a variety of health care settings. Learning experiences take place in acute care and long term care facilities, and community health care settings. The hallmark of this course is the precepting experience which provides the student opportunities to develop competencies in providing care, clinical decision making, collaborating with other health care providers, and professional development. Lecture: 4 hours per week Lab: 15 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete NURS-290 with a minimum grade of C.