Introduces the first semester nursing student to the role of the professional nurse as the provider of care for adult clients and a member of the profession. Explains how to utilize critical thinking skills in a systematic, problem solving process as a framework for providing care. Provides a framework for best practices, to think critically, assess factors that influence safe and effective care delivery, and integrate theory with care of clients. This course includes supervised clinical agency/laboratory practicums. Course comprised of four hours of theory and six hours of clinical/lab per week.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Clinical Decision Making
- Evidenced Based Practice
- Nursing Process
- Patient Education
- Tissue Integrity
- Locate and begin to use evidence based research to improve client outcomes.
- Utilize effective strategies to communicate, including computer based charting, with clients and other members of the health care team.
- Begin to apply the nursing process and standards of care to manage ill or injured adult clients and to promote health and wellness.
- Identify cultural diversity using the professional nursing values of legal, ethical and caring behaviors for the adult client.
- Explain effective strategies to collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide quality care and maintain client safety while reducing the risk of harm to the client.
- Utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make sound clinical judgement.
- Demonstrate advocacy for the adult client to facilitate the client's autonomy and full partnership in their care.
- Demonstrate competency in the learned technical skills used to care for clients in clinical, utilizing cognitive and psychomotor skills.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessments of academic achievement may include , but are not limited to skills demonstration, written assignments, research papers, case studies, multiple choice testing and hands-on clinical practice.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Fundamental HESI exam with score 900 or higher. Maximum number of attempts: two. Students must also perform skill demonstrations
Level 1 Skills demonstration, given in department by department faculty. Faculty will assess demonstration and determine satisfactory completion based on evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in The School of Health and Human Services office. Maximum number of attempts on each skilled demonstration: two. Students must also take an exam.