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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Prepares the nursing student for completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program. The student will explore the history of nursing to gain further insight into the profession. Emphasis is on maintaining a positive attitude, developing efficient study skills, time management, organizational tips, and establishing effective test taking strategies. The student will be introduced to:  use of the computer, library services, APA format, and principles of research and information retrieval via the internet.
 
Introduces concepts of caring, human needs, and the nursing process.  The roles of the registered nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be introduced. Concepts of critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course.
 
Introduces the student to beginning nursing skills.  The roles of the nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be explored.  The student will demonstrate nursing skills such as:  sterile glove placement, catheter insertion, sterile dressing changes, vital signs, assessment, nasogastric tube placement, medication administration and intravenous placement.  The student will discuss and demonstrate problem solving strategies and care associated with each skill.  P/Q grading
 
ADN-111 Nursing Concepts 1, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts I is a class/lab/clinical course that introduces the role of the registered nurse considering history, trends and comportment through a caring perspective. The roles of the registered nurse will be discussed related to safety, legal implications, and collaborative practice throughout the client’s lifespan.  The nursing process and health promotion will be introduced related to human needs and the physical assessment.  The conceptual focus includes oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, tissue integrity, mobility, sensory alterations and pain. The student will practice and perform nursing skills in the lab and clinical settings while caring for simple client conditions.
 
ADN-129 Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program, 2 cr.
Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is a lecture/lab course that facilitates the role change from a practical nurse to a registered nurse.  Concepts of critical thinking and the nursing process, human needs, and caring as they relate to the registered nurse will be integrated throughout the course. The student will demonstrate the following skills as they relate to the role of the registered nurse: assessment, nasogastric tube insertion, intravenous insertion and care, and intravenous medication administration.
 
Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program facilitates the changing role from a practical nurse into a registered nurse. Concepts of caring, human needs and the nursing process will be discussed. APA format, role of the RN, test taking strategies, stress, time management,  and intravenous and nasogastric skills the RN is responsible for will be taught. Concepts of critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course. 
 
ADN-212 Nursing Concepts II, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts II is a class/clinical course that builds upon nursing concepts related to human needs with an emphasis on a safe and effective environment.  The student will demonstrate caring behaviors while learning about physiologic adaptations related to perioperative, comfort, pain, infection, fluid and electrolyte, acid/base, metabolism, oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, digestion, and mobility as related to the Medical-Surgical client throughout the lifespan.  The nursing process will be utilized throughout the course while applying principles of teaching and learning.
 
ADN-213 Pharmacology Applications, 4 cr.
Pharmacology Applications is a class/lab designed to provide the learner knowledge of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmcotherapeutics as it relates to the client lifespan. Major drug classifications will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on application of these agents. Medication administration including oral, parenteral, enteral, and intravenous therapy will be discussed and applied. 
 
ADN-314 Nursing Concepts III, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts III is a class/clinical course that enhances the concepts of critical thinking, complex nursing interventions, and nursing skills using caring behaviors throughout the client’s lifespan. The student will relate concepts of physiologic human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, developmental and pediatric alterations, intracranial regulation, immunity and inflammation, fluid and electrolytes, cellular regulation, and sensory perception. The role of the registered nurse will be discussed related to maintaining a safe and effective environment through health promotion strategies in case management, utilization review, and quality improvement. 
 
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process and use of standardized nursing language in meeting the needs of the childbearing and childrearing family. Content reviews the normal childbearing process with an emphasis on identification and management of risk conditions and patient education. Review of acute disorders and assessment and nursing management of the chronically ill child from infancy to adolescence is also discussed. Cultural aspects of childbearing and childrearing are integrated throughout.
 
This course is designed to assist a student to develop skills in implementing a plan of care for maternity and pediatric clients utilizing the nursing process and standardized nursing language. The role of the registered nurse in health education and anticipatory guidance will be stressed. Experiences in acute care and community based settings will be utilized to strengthen assessment, planning, implementation and communication skills in the care of childbearing and childrearing families.  P/Q grading
 
ADN-413 Behavioral Health Concepts, 4 cr.
Behavioral Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces foundational nursing practice for the client with human needs of behavioral health and/or mental illness.  The student will display caring behaviors while using critical thinking, evidence based practice, and the nursing process to promote a safe and effective environment for clients with behavioral health issues.  The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing through communication, health promotion, and maintenance strategies as the student cares for behavioral health clients in the clinical setting.
 
ADN-414 Maternal Newborn Concepts, 4 cr.
Maternal Newborn Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces nursing skills necessary while caring for clients with reproductive and family planning health promotion and maintenance needs.  The student will provide a safe and effective environment, use the nursing process, demonstrate critical thinking, evidence based practice, and communication while providing care for the human needs of maternal newborn clients. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing as the student cares for maternal newborn clients in the clinical setting.  
 
ADN-415 Nursing Concepts IV, 5 cr.
Nursing Concepts IV is a class that prepares the student for entry level nursing practice by focusing on nursing judgment and assimilation into the profession. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse as the provider and manager of care with simple to complex client conditions throughout the lifespan using evidence based practice interventions. Management of simple to complex human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, intracranial regulation, mobility, inflammation/infection/immunity, tissue integrity, cellular regulation, and comfort/psychosocial. While managing simple to complex clients, the student will explore contemporary nursing practice topics. This course is taught in conjunction with either professional nursing preceptorship or professional nursing clinical.
 
Introduces the topics of reproduction, sexuality, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn care and family planning.  Critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course. Other concepts will include:  domestic violence, heredity, contraception, infertility, cultural differences, pain management throughout labor and delivery, physical changes of pregnancy, family centered care, and health promotion in women's health.
 
Provides learning experiences throughout the childbearing process and women's health issues. The nurse's role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored. The student will have the opportunity to experience obstetrics and the newborn nursery in an acute care setting and women's health issues in an outpatient clinic, physician's office and hospital setting. Utilization of critical thinking skills and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course.  P/Q grading
 
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process and use of standardized nursing language in meeting the needs of clients in various psychiatric health care settings. Emphasis is placed on assessment, health promotion, prevention, intervention, and follow-up strategies for persons and families at risk for emotional distress, crisis and mental illness. Current trends and issues related to mental health problems across the lifespan in multicultural populations will be explored.
 
This course is designed to assist students to develop skills in providing nursing interventions to individuals experiencing mental health problems on a one-to-one or in a small group. Clinical experiences in acute psychiatric care and community based settings will be used to strengthen student’s assessment, nursing care planning and communication skills in the care of clients with mental illness.
 
Focuses on the nursing process utilized in assessment, health promotion, illness prevention, crisis, and mental illness.  Current issues related to mental health problems across the lifespan in multicultural populations will be explored.
 
Develops the nursing skills necessary to provide individualistic care to clients experiencing mental health problems. The nurse's role as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for a variety of clients with psychiatric needs.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the clinical setting when caring for clients.  P/Q grading
 
ADN-467 Mental Health Concepts, 5 cr.
Mental Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that provides an overview of the nursing process utilized in care of clients with mental health needs, addressing assessment, health promotion, illness prevention, and crisis management.  The student will develop nursing skills necessary to provide individualistic care to clients with mental health needs.  The nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for a variety of mental health clients.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the classroom and clinical setting.  Current issues related to mental health care across the lifespan in multicultural populations will be explored. 
 
ADN-468 Women's Health Concepts, 5 cr.
Women’s Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces topics of reproduction, sexuality, family planning and antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care. The student will develop nursing skills necessary to provide individualistic care to clients experiencing reproductive needs including childbearing.  The nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for childbearing clients.  Critical thinking and evidenced based practice will be integrated throughout the course.  Current issues related to reproduction and childbearing in multicultural populations will be explored.
 
This course is the first of a two course sequence which focuses on the care of adults of all ages and cultures experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is on general concepts of nursing practice, managing client care, and concepts and pathology encountered in medical surgical nursing. The nursing process, nursing diagnoses, and the Nursing Interventions Classification system guide the student in the care of clients with non-complex conditions.
 
In the laboratory setting the student applies the principles and techniques used in assessment, parenteral therapy, and medical and surgical asepsis. The nursing process, nursing diagnoses, and the Nursing Interventions Classification system guide the student in the care of clients with non-complex relatively stable conditions. The student further develops skills in assessment, communication, and IV therapy. During this rotation, the student will follow and care for a client through the surgical experience.  P/Q grading
 
This course is the second of a two course sequence which focuses on the care of adults of all ages and cultures experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is on alterations in cardiovascular, renal/urinary, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and sensory/integumentary functions. The nursing process, nursing diagnoses, and the Nursing Interventions Classification system guide the student in the care of clients with increasingly complex conditions. This course prepares the student for entry level professional practice including management, delegation and job seeking skills.
 
This clinical experience is designed to assist the student with development of skills necessary for an entry level professional practice. The registered nursing role is explored in several settings, including home health. The student as a member of the nursing care team will utilize the nursing process to deliver comprehensive nursing care for clients with increasingly complex conditions.  P/Q grading
 
Provides an overview on the principles of aging.  This course increases the ability of an entry level nurse in assessment, management and collaboration of care for a diverse aging population.  Specific topics include physiologic changes, polypharmacy, advanced directives, safety, nutrition, social functioning, and end of life issues.
 
Further addresses the competencies needed when caring for a diverse aging population.  The nurse's role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for the aging adult in a variety of settings.  Clinical settings may include long-term care, assisted living, and community based environments.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the clinical setting when caring for clients.  P/Q grading
 
This course provides an overview of the principles of care for individuals throughout the lifespan.  This course is designed to expand and build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in Introduction to Nursing Concepts.  Concepts of caring, human needs and the nursing process will be further explored. Emphasis is placed on the care of a variety of clients in all stages of development. Critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course.  Specific topics include: fluid and electrolytes, acid/base balance, immunity, infection, inflammation, cellular regulation, pain/comfort, medical/surgical asepsis including perioperative care, cultural competence and grief and loss.  The teaching role of registered nurse related to health promotion and lifestyle choices will also be discussed.
 
This course utilizes the nursing skills in caring for individuals throughout the lifespan.  This course builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired in introduction to Nursing Concepts Lab.  The nurse?s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for a variety of clients in a medical-surgical clinical setting. Cultural diversity and issues related to end of life care are addressed.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the clinical setting when caring for clients.  P/Q grading
 
This course further builds upon the core concepts of caring, human needs, and the nursing process.  The student will learn to care for clients in all stages of development who require increasingly complex nursing interventions and skills.  Critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course.  Specific topics include:  oxygenation, perfusion, digestion, elimination, metabolism, intracranial regulation, mobility, cellular regulation, sensory, fluid, and electrolyte balance.
 
Course builds upon the role of the nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing.  The student cares for a variety of clients in all stages of development requiring increasingly complex nursing interventions and skills.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the clinical setting when caring for clients.  P/Q grading
 
Provides an overview of the basic principles of critical care. This course is designed to enhance the ability of an entry-level nurse in performing the initial assessment, management, and stabilization of clients with life-threatening illness or injury. Advanced concepts of critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course. Specific topics include:  oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, metabolism, intracranial regulation, mobility, thermoregulation, inflammation/infection, tissue integrity, immunity, hematology, comfort, and disaster nursing.
 
This course, Professional Nursing Clinical will assist the student in progressing into the entry level role of a registered nurse.  The student will plan, implement, and evaluate care to assigned clients in an acute care setting under the supervision of a clinical instructor utilizing critical thinking skills and demonstrating positive communication. 
 
This course, Professional Nursing Preceptorship will assist the student in progressing into the entry level role of a registered nurse.  The student will work with a preceptor to plan, implement, and evaluate care to assigned clients in a patient care setting utilizing critical thinking skills and demonstrating positive communication. The student will be selected for this course based on academic and clinical performance.  P/Q grading
 
ADN-816 Professional Nursing Clinical, 2 cr.
This course, Professional Nursing Clinical will assist the student in progressing into the entry level role of a registered nurse.  The student will  plan, implement, and evaluate care to assigned clients in an acute care setting under the supervision of a clinical instructor utilizing critical thinking skills and demonstrating positive communication.
 
ADN-817 Professional Nursing Preceptorship, 2 cr.
This course, Professional Nursing Preceptorship will assist the student in progressing into the entry level role of a registered nurse.  The student will work with a preceptor to plan, implement, and evaluate care to assigned clients in a patient care setting utilizing critical thinking skills and demonstrating positive communication. The student will be selected for this course based on academic and clinical performance.  
 
Prepares the student for entry level professional practice.  Areas of focus include:  management, delegation, legal/ethical issues, conflict management and job seeking skills.  The roles of the registered nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be explored.

 

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