This course orients the student to the philosophy, objectives and curriculum design of the nursing program and focuses on the nursing process, therapeutic communication, documentation, skills and computation competency. This course is required for the transfer student who successfully challenges or receives transfer credit for Nursing I and/or Nursing II and seeks advanced placement in the Nursing program.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the expectations of the nursing program. It is an elective course to be taken by interested students the semester before their first nursing course. The objectives focus on an overview of the philosophy of nursing, theoretical and practical applications of nursing process concepts, and roles of the nurse. Classroom discussions, observations of actual nursing classes and field trips are planned to enhance the student's awareness of the expectations of the nursing program.
Nursing I is the foundation course in the nursing curriculum. Its content represents commonalities of knowledge and skills considered fundamental to subsequent nursing courses. Emphasis is placed on basic needs of an individual and how these vary, depending on their physical and emotional state and level of development. The student is introduced to the nursing process with an emphasis on assessment and planning. The student develops beginning skills in assisting patients with major health concerns to meet their basic needs.
This elective course is designed to familiarize entering nursing students with the kind of academic, social, and personal experiences that all students preparing for nursing are likely to encounter. The purpose of the course is to assess the student's knowledge and expectations regarding nursing practice, identify the significance of supportive liberal arts courses, and provide strategies to assist the student to meet the academic requirements essential for the nursing curriculum.