Registered Nursing

RNSG 1032 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING CARE (60-150-8)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, PSYC 1101
Co-requisites: BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, RNSG 1034
This course introduces students to the concepts and nursing skills which proved the foundation for nursing theory and practice. Concepts related to physiological and psychosocial needs, growth and development, stress, and adaptation, the nursing process and the roles of the associate degree nurse are introduced. Other concepts that will be studied are communication ethical and legal implications for nursing practice, nursing skills, cultural diversity, the teaching-learning process, nutrition, pharmacology, and critical thinking. A major focus of this course is the identification of the principles of nursing care which meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of culturally diverse clients from older child through later maturity. The student gains experience in the performance of beginning nursing skills in the skills, simulation, and clinical laboratories. The in the skills lab setting, the student practices and return demonstrates the foundational skills needed to provide care for needs of clients. In the simulation and clinical setting, the student is assisted to utilize the nursing process to meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of adult clients who require assistance with basic needs and then later in the semester the students will attend clinical in the hospital setting. The development of assessment skills is emphasized. The student utilizes communication techniques with faculty, staff, and interdisciplinary team members regarding care of assigned clients. The student is guided in adhering to legal and ethical standard in the simulation/clinical laboratory.

RNSG 1034 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING (30-30-3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, PSYC 1101
Co-requisites: BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, RNSG 1032
This course provides an introduction to nursing pharmacology that integrates the concepts of physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, and nursing fundamentals to build a foundation for administering drug therapy to patients. Using a simple to complex approach, key content areas are presented to help conceptualize the important components related to nursing pharmacology. Incorporated into this course are major principles of mathematics such as ratio-proportion, fractions, decimals, and conversion between the various systems of weights and measures. Students will learn how to competently prepare and administer medications including oral, subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, intravenous formulas and injections, and reconstitution of solutions. The basic concepts of pharmacology, such as drug testing and approval, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, therapeutic and toxic effects, dosage calculations, and challenges related to drug therapy, provide the foundation from which drug therapy associated with specific body systems can be addressed. Discussion of the major drug groups focuses on therapeutic actions and indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and cautions, adverse effects, clinically important drug-to-drug interactions and nursing considerations which emphasize the nursing process and focus on patient care and teaching. Prototypes of the major drug groups are emphasized. Lifespan considerations, evidence for best practice, patient safety, and critical thinking are integrated throughout the course.

RNSG 1036 HEALTH AND ILLNESS I (60-90-6)
Prerequisites: RNSG 1032, RNSG 1034
Co-requisites: BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L
This course is a study of the nursing care of culturally diverse clients from young adulthood through later maturity. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of acid-base, metabolism, cellular regulation, oxygenation, infection, mobility, stress/coping, health-wellness-illness, communication, caring interventions, managing care, safety, quality improvement, and informatics. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

RNSG 2032 HEALTH AND ILLNESS II (60-90-6)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1036
Co-requisites: PSYC 2103, RNSG 2034
This course is designed to further the concepts of Health and Illness I. Emphasis is place on the concepts of cellular regulation, perfusion, infection, mobility, immunity, comfort, behaviors, health-wellness-illness, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, and safety. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

RNSG 2034 FAMILY NURSING (60-90-6)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1036
Co-requisites: PSYC 2103, RNSG 2032
This course is designed to prepare the student to provide care for the childbearing client, family and the pediatric client. Emphasis is place on the concepts of normal pregnancy and childbirth, complications in pregnancy and childbirth, oxygenation, sexuality, grief/loss, mood/affect, development, family, health-wellness-illness such as nutrition, patient education, and health promotion, communication, safety, and advocacy. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

RNSG 2036 HEALTH AND ILLNESS III (60-90-6)
Prerequisites: RNSG 2032, RNSG 2034
Co-requisites: RNSG 2038
This course is designed to expand and integrate the concepts from RNSG 1036 and RNSG 2032. Emphasis is place on the concepts of fluid/electrolytes, metabolism, perfusion, mobility, stress/coping, health-wellness-illness, caring interventions, managing care, and quality improvement. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality, individualized, entry level nursing care.

RNSG 2038 LEADERSHIP (30-45-3)
Prerequisites: RNSG 2032, RNSG 2034
Co-requisites: RNSG 2036
This course is designed to prepare the student to function in the role of a leader. Emphasis is place on the concepts of managing care, advocacy, legal issues, policy, health care systems, ethics, accountability, and evidence-based practice. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.