Course Descriptions

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NURS-115

Wellness for Care Providers

Credit(s): 1

This course prepares students entering the Associate's Degree Nursing Program to maintain self-care as a priority, providing a foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Students will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in self-care and learn positive ways in which nurses can contribute to the culture of quality and safety in healthcare. Lecture: 1 hour per week

NURS-190

Nursing Practice I

Credit(s): 8

This course 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: BIOL-227, BIOL-228, ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570

NURS-195

Nursing Practice II

Credit(s): 8

This course 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: NURS-190, BIOL-250, PSYC-101, COMM-101

NURS-196

LPN Transition

Credit(s): 4

This 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

his course 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

NURS-201

Fundamentals of Nursing

Credit(s): 2

This course prepares students entering the Associate's Degree Nursing Program to care for others, while providing a foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Students will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse, and the culture of quality and safety in healthcare. Lecture: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570, BIOL-227, PSYC-101, COMM-101, GEM 3 MATH course
Corequisites: BIOL-228, SOC-101, NURS-210, NURS-215, NURS-225

NURS-210

Fundamentals of Nursing Lab

Credit(s): 2

This course prepares students entering the Associate's Degree Nursing Program to provide nursing care to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs, while providing a foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Students will apply concepts of quality and safety in the care of patients to meet basic human needs. Lab: 6 hours per week
Prerequisites: BIOL-227, COMM-101, ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570, GEM 3 MATH Course, PSYC-101
Corequisites: BIOL-228, SOC-101, NURS-201, NURS-215, NURS-225

NURS-215

Physical Assessment With Lab

Credit(s): 1

This course prepares students to perform both comprehensive and focused physical assessments, while providing a foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Students will learn how to identify normal and abnormal assessment data, and document and communicate patient conditions. Lecture: .5 hours per week Lab: 1.5 hours per week
Prerequisites: BIOL-227, COMM-101, ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570, GEM 3 MATH Course
Corequisites: BIOL-228, SOC-101, NURS-201, NURS-210, NURS-225

NURS-225

Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

Credit(s): 2

This course prepares students in basic pharmacology concepts with an emphasis on safe administration of medications, while providing a foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Students will become familiar with medication classification, implications of medication administration in special populations, medication dosage calculation, error prevention systems, and clinical tools that support well-informed decision making. Lecture: 1 hour per week
Prerequisites: ENGL-101 or have the appropriate test scores: COMPASS Writing >94, ACT English >25, SAT Verbal >570, BIOL-227, PSYC-101, COMM-101, GEM 3 MATH course
Corequisites: BIOL-228, SOC-101, NURS-210, NURS-215, NURS-201

NURS-235

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing With Lab

Credit(s): 1

This course prepares students to provide nursing care to individuals with mental and behavioral problems. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will apply the nursing process in support of evidence-based and equitable interdisciplinary care that maintains patient safety and promotes illness recovery. Lecture: .6 hours per week Lab: .4 hours per week
Prerequisites: BIOL-228, NURS-115, NURS-201, NURS-210, NURS-215, NURS-225
Corequisites: ENGL-102, BACT-250, NURS-250, NURS-255

NURS-240

Nursing Care of Child-Bearing Families With Lab

Credit(s): 2

This course prepares students to provide nursing care to individuals and families within the childbearing continuum, which includes sexuality, childbirth, and children. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to prevent injury and provide safe care to this patient population. Students will demonstrate professional communication and standards during the planning and delivery of family-centered care. Lecture: 1.5 hours per week Lab: 1.5 hours per week
Prerequisites: BACT-250, ENGL-102, NURS-235, NURS-250, NURS-255
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, NURS-260, NURS-265

NURS-245

Community Health Nursing

Credit(s): 1

This course prepares students to provide nursing care across the lifespan to groups and populations with disease and health issues. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will examine healthcare and habits of individuals and groups in various cultures and socioeconomic states. Students will also focus on health promotion and disease prevention and on methods to reduce morbidity and mortality. This course offers a service-learning component in the application of nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Lecture: 1 hour per week
Prerequisites: NURS-240, NURS-260, NURS-265, GEM 5 Course
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, INTR-250O, NURS-270, NURS-275

NURS-250

Medical Surgical Nursing I

Credit(s): 3

This course prepares students to provide nursing care to adult patients with acute and chronic medical-surgical conditions, with an emphasis on chronic conditions. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will learn roles and responsibilities of the developing nurse in planning and delivering evidence-based patient care using the nursing process. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: BIOL-228, NURS-115, NURS-201, NURS-210, NURS-215, NURS-225, SOC-101
Corequisites: BACT-250, ENGL-102, NURS-235, NURS-255

NURS-255

Medical Surgical Nursing Lab I

Credit(s): 3

This course prepares students to provide nursing care to stable patients with acute and chronic illnesses. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will apply roles and responsibilities of the developing nurse, collaborating with the healthcare team to plan and deliver evidence-based patient care using the nursing process. Lab: 9 hours per week
Prerequisites: BIOL-228, NURS-115, NURS-201, NURS-210, NURS-215, NURS-225, SOC-101
Corequisites: BACT-250, ENGL-102, NURS-235, NURS-250

NURS-260

Medical Surgical Nursing II

Credit(s): 4

This course prepares students to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to care for patients and families experiencing complex acute and chronic illness. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills necessary to coordinate and deliver comprehensive nursing care in a variety of settings using the nursing process. Lecture: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: BACT-250, ENGL-102, NURS-235, NURS-250, NURS-255
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, NURS-240, NURS-265

NURS-265

Medical Surgical Nursing Lab II

Credit(s): 4

This course prepares students to provide nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Emphasis will be on the multiple dimensions of safe patient care, including teamwork, interprofessional communication technologies, and patient/family values. Students will demonstrate application of the nursing process that utilizes strategies based on research, clinical expertise, and quality improvement principles. Lab: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: BACT-250, ENGL-102, NURS-235, NURS-250, NURS-255
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, NURS-240, NURS-260

NURS-270

Transition to Nursing Practice

Credit(s): 1

This course prepares students to transition from nursing student to registered nurse. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will be introduced to advanced concepts related to the role of the nurse as a member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient advocate, and member of the healthcare team. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of evidence-based practice and informatics to promote safety and quality in healthcare. This course also provides additional instruction to assist students in career planning and development as well as preparing for NCLEX success and licensure. Lecture: 1 hour per week
Prerequisites: NURS-240, NURS-260, NURS-265, GEM 5 Course
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, INTR-250O, NURS-245, NURS-275

NURS-275

Transition to Nursing Practice Lab

Credit(s): 3

This course prepares students to provide safe and effective nursing care. This course is a continuation of prior nursing courses. Students will participate in clinical practicum experiences which provide opportunities to further develop competencies in patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality, informatics, and evidence-based practice. Satisfactory completion of this course prepares students for entry into professional nursing practice.. Lab: 9 hours per week
Prerequisites: NURS-240, NURS-260, NURS-265, GEM 5 Course
Corequisites: GEM 5 Course, INTR-250O, NURS-245, NURS-270

NURS-290

Nursing Practice III

Credit(s): 8

This course 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: GEM 3 MATH course, ENGL-102, SOC-101

NURS-294

Nursing Practice IV

Credit(s): 8

This course 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 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: 12 hours per week
Prerequisites: NURS-290
Corequisites: ENGL-114A, NURS-294L