NRS 107 – Nursing I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  NRS 107 Nursing I

Credit Hours:  6.0            Contact Hours:  12.0       Lecture:  3.0                       Lab:  3.0                Clinical: 3.0

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 101, BIO 121 and CHM 101 and/or admission to the Nursing Program

Co-requisites:                   MTH 116                                              Concurrent Courses:   None

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a foundation for all subsequent nursing courses.  Students are introduced to basic concepts of the nursing profession, the role of provider of care and the basic physiologic and higher level needs of man.  Laboratory and clinical activities are designed to help students to assess and diagnose basic needs and assist in meeting those needs in elderly adults who are healthy or who experience simple health alterations.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students will do the following:

  1. assess the older adult client with simple health alterations using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erikson’s developmental theory;
  2. utilize basic physical assessment skills to contribute to the data-base of the client;
  3. apply knowledge from the biological and social sciences as a resource to contribute to the data-base of the client; and
  4. identify alterations, which interfere with the fulfillment of basic human needs
  5. identify concepts of critical thinking as they relate to the Nursing Process;
  6. formulate nursing diagnoses for older adult clients with simple health alterations;
  7. develop a plan of care for an older adult client with simple health alterations which establishes priorities, short and long term client-centered goals, and appropriate nursing interventions based on scientific rationale;
  8. demonstrate basic nursing skills and the use of current technology in a safe, competent and caring manner;
  9. identify outcome criteria as the desired client response to nursing care;
  10. identify ethnic and cultural values and advocacy needs of the older adult client;
  11. identify principles of communication which foster a therapeutic relationship with older adult clients;
  12. identify health teaching as an aspect of providing care to older adult clients;