This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to the role of the licensed practical nurse, including legal and ethical standards. Nursing concepts will be examined along with evidence based interventions to meet basic patient needs. This conceptually organized content provides opportunity to achieve a broad understanding of individuals and their health issues that impact the health care system, both institutionally and in the community. Students will apply theory in clinical practice, a major focus of which is care of the elderly in subacute care facilities. (Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, HESI Entrance Exam) Lecture: 3 hours/week; Lab Fee: $20.00
Building upon the basic concepts and skills taught in PNU 1, this course expands that conceptual foundation for the student caring for adult patients with common less complex medical and surgical disorders. Physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, legal and ethical aspects of routine patient care are addressed. Attention is also directed toward the nurse's role in all phases of health promotion. A variety of medical-surgical facilities are utilized for clinical learning experiences. (Prerequisites: NURP 10101, NURS1015 (GERONTOLOGY), NURS1061 (PHARM 1), BIOL 1070) Lab Fee: $20.00
Building upon the basic concepts, skills, and routine patient care taught in PNU1 and PNU 2, this course rounds out the practical nurse student’s education with an introduction to family issues related to care of maternity patients and children. Content includes care of the mother during a normal pregnancy and care of the normal newborn, care of the developing child, and care of persons with mental health disorders. Basic knowledge of the leadership role for the practical nurse is presented. Conceptual foundations for caring for patients with routine medical issues is continued. Students have clinical experience with maternity, pediatric, psychiatric, and adult/geriatric patients. This is the completion course for students who wish to graduate as practical nurse candidates. (Prerequisites: NURP 1020, Nursing 1062, (Pharm 2), Psyc2010 (General Psychology) Lab Fee: $20.00
This 15 hour course is designed to prepare soon-to-be-graduates of the Practical Nurse Program to pass the national examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Curriculum content is organized and reviewed. Test-taking skills for application of nursing knowledge to practice are emphasized. This course is meant to boost the confidence level of test candidates by increasing their preparedness and decreasing test anxiety.