Sep 22, 2020  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

NUR 120 - Foundations for Nursing

7 credit hours - 4 hours lecture per week and 90 hours of directed laboratory per term; one term.
Learn the roles of the nurse as provider, manager and member within the discipline of nursing. Gain an understanding of the nursing process in the role of care provider. Acquire the concepts, principles and skills used in assessing and providing care for patients. Demonstrate competencies and practice skills. Lab fee $200. Clinical fee $200.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 231  or BIO 233  or equivalent with grade of B or better.

Corequisite(s): NUR 121  and NUR 122  and BIO 232  or BIO 234  or equivalent.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate accountability for maintaining the standards of professional practice to include holistic care across the settings, legal/ethical behaviors and life-long learning on concert with the Maryland Nurse Practice Act.
    • Discuss the three roles of the nurse: Provider of care, Manager of Care and Member within the Profession.
    • Develop a written nursing care plan including appropriate and relevant nursing diagnosis with supporting rationale for selected clients.
    • Demonstrate with guidance relevant course competencies in the clinical setting.
  • Utilize appropriate and therapeutic communication to promote positive client outcomes.
    • Develop a care plan for selected clients utilizing principles of therapeutic communication.
    • Utilize appropriate nursing diagnosis related to therapeutic communication skills when interacting with client to reach desired health care goals.
  • Assesse holistically and systematically, the health status of individuals, families and communities to determine health care needs.
    • Identify indication of optimal functioning as well as nursing interventions with rationales in the following systems: sensorimotor, gas transport, nutrition/regulatory, elimination, protective, psychosocial and perceptual/behavioral.
    • Assess individualized health status of selected clients.
    • Utilize appropriate nursing diagnosis related to assisting selected clients in reaching desired health care goals.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills within the framework of the five steps of the nursing process to ensure the delivery of safe, accurate care.
    • Solve problems using basic research, analysis and interpretation.
    • Utilize critical thinking skills in the formulation of selected client’s care plan.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in caring for clients in the clinical setting.
  • Provide nursing care based on an understanding of the sciences, humanities, nursing theory, research and personal experiences that is global and culturally relevant, and which maintains clients’ rights and dignity.
    • Define the nursing process.
    • Identify indication of optimal functioning as well as nursing interventions with rationale for: sensorimotor, gas transport, nutrition/regulatory, elimination, protective, psychosocial and perceptual/behavioral systems.
    • Apply the nursing process in development of plans of care for selected clients.
    • Demonstrate ethical and cultural awareness.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity.
    • Respect the dignity and rights of others.
  • Identify learning needs of clients, develop plans, and implement relevant teaching to assist clients in achieving their health goals.
    • Identify health care learning needs for client population.
    • Assist clients in achieving health goals.
    • Utilize appropriate teaching/learning principles to aid client in reaching desire health care goals.
  • Collaborate with clients, families and other members of the health care team to ensure holistic, individualized care with appropriate allocation of human and material resources across the health care continuum.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of roles of members of the health team.
    • Function as a member of the health team.
  • Coordinate through direct intervention and delegation, the safe and accurate care of multiple clients in diverse health care settings.
    • Integrate principles of drug administration, drug classifications, indications and adverse effect to rationale for administration of specific drugs.
    • Develop a written nursing care plan for selected clients.
    • Identify appropriate nursing diagnosis to meet health care goals.
    • Discuss the importance of cultural diversity as it influences approaches to health assessment and health care outcomes.
    • Care for clients in clinical settings with guidance.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 2 Technology Fluency Core 3 Information Literacy Core 4 Personal Wellness Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking