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LPN 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRACTICAL NURSING

LPN 101 – Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  LPN 101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Credit Hours:  8.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Clinical: 12.0

Prerequisites: Passing score on the NLN PAX PN Preadmission Test and/or admission to the Nursing program

Co-requisites:  BIO 121 and ENG 101                       Concurrent Courses: None

Course Description: This course focuses on the development of the role of the Practical Nurse in relation to other professionals within the current health care delivery system.  Legal and ethical obligations of the profession are introduced. This course  also introduces the student to focus on the nursing concepts of human relationship and caring, bridging the gap of theory and technical skills using the nursing process to guide through critical thinking application with emphasis on the adult population. The framework of Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs and Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development to apply to the principles of client hygiene, assessment, safety, comfort, mobility, infection control, elimination, and nutrition will be discussed.  Emphasis is on safe care of the adult client whose ability to meet basic human needs has been compromised.  Theoretical nursing concepts are applied and clinical skills reinforced in the laboratory, acute care, and long-term setting. Concepts that influence nursing practice, such as cultural diversity, spirituality, interpersonal communication skills, and client teaching/learning will be included.  The student will begin to develop proficiency in the calculation of drug dosage in medication administration and the use of medical terminology.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the historical development of the nursing profession;
  2. function in a beginning role on the health care team;
  3. describe the Nurse Practice Act as it affects the functions of the Licensed Practical Nurse;
  4. explain theoretical concepts relevant to nursing with a focus on Maslow’s theory of human relationship of needs;
  5. describe the role of the student and Licensed Practical Nurse in providing care to clients in long-term and sub-acute care settings;
  6. apply standard precautions for infection prevention and control in all client care experiences;
  7. determine the socio-cultural and developmental needs of clients from diverse multicultural backgrounds;