Course Number & Name:  LPN 102 Adult Health Nursing I

Credit Hours:  8.0             Contact Hours:  4.0          Lecture:  4.0       Lab:  3.0                Clinical: 12.0

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the LPN Program; Grades of “C” or better in LPN 101, BIO 121 & ENG 101
Concurrent Courses: Grade of “C” or better in BIO 122

Course Description: This course explores the role of the Practical Nurse in assisting adult clients experiencing health alterations to meet their basic human needs.  Erikson’s psychosocial theory is applied in the developmental assessment of clients from young adulthood, middle age, and older adult.  Theory is specific to the health care needs of clients with cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, and endocrine deficits.  Concepts in gerontological nursing, as well as nutrition, diet therapy, and microbiology, are integrated throughout the course.  The student will be expected to apply theoretical knowledge and proficient clinical skills in interactions with the adult clients.  Clinical experience will be in structured health care settings to include medical-surgical units in hospitals, skilled nursing units in the nursing home, and rehabilitation settings.  This course will include assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for patients adapting to commonly occurring health problems.

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

  1. describe the scope of the practical nurse and adapt the application of the nursing process and critical thinking for the care of adult clients and families from diverse multicultural backgrounds;
  2. utilize communication skills that will contribute to the client’s ability to meet basic human needs;
  3. apply theoretical medical surgical nursing knowledge and information from other disciplines to assist the client in meeting multiple health needs;
  4. collaborate with other members of the health care team to assist in meeting the client’s needs;
  5. employ legal standards and ethical guidelines of practical nursing to meet the needs of clients and families in the acute care environment;
  6. organize nursing care being sure to incorporate the psychosocial/developmental needs of the adult client and family into the plan;
  7. recognize and prioritize client responses to selected medical-surgical disorders and respond with appropriate interventions;
  8. apply the nursing process and critical thinking approach, within the role of the practical nurse, with clients from diverse multicultural backgrounds experiencing medical surgical alterations; and
  9. demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively perform specified nursing skills with clients experiencing medical surgical alterations.


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