This course expands on concepts of nursing practice introduced in the fundamentals course. Concepts of nursing process, therapeutic communication, and teaching-learning, and ethical-legal principles are integrated with knowledge, skills, and attitudes reflected in QSEN competencies, best practice models, and licensing and accrediting bodies. Concepts related to health and wellness are expanded to include acute health disorders of adults in a medical-surgical setting. Medical, nursing, and pharmacological management of health disorders is acquired through intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor competencies at the advanced beginner level in Benner’s model of skill acquisition. Critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills are developed in simulation and clinical practice. Mental health concepts are introduced across the lifespan and explored in a variety of teaching environments. Pharmacology and safe medication administration correlates to health disorders in this course and is expanded to include intravenous medications.
HOURS: 2 lab, 13 clinical
ADNR 105R and ADNR 116R with a grade of “B-” of higher; Math Elective, PSYC 114R, BIOL 201R and 202R with grade of “C” or higher, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure (or corequisite)