Registered Nursing

Claremont, Keene

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

ADNR 105R : Nursing Seminar I

The Nursing Seminar course facilitates students’ success in the nursing program and the nursing profession by introducing concepts basic to nursing practice. Learning activities help students develop study skills, test-taking skills, and time management skills. Students learn about the history of the nursing profession and issues facing nurses in today’s healthcare. Discussions focus on the different levels of nursing education. The course introduces students to the five-step nursing process as a framework for critical thinking and problem solving, as well as theories and conceptual frameworks used to support nursing practice. Students examine the New Hampshire Nurse Practice Acts and discuss legal and ethical issues in nursing practice. The course introduces students to the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for registered nurses test plan in reference to the program of study at River Valley Community College’s nursing program. Students talk about using nursing research as evidence for nursing practice. (Admission to ASN Program, ADNR 116R)

Credits

1

ADNR 116R : Nursing Care I

This course focuses on fundamental concepts of nursing practice such as nursing process, health and wellness, therapeutic communication, teaching learning, and ethical-legal principles which provide the foundation for safe and effective nursing practice. Theoretical concepts of person, health, nursing, and environment are integrated with intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor competencies to form an understanding of the roles of a nurse as provider and manager of care and member of a profession. The roles of the nurse are developed through simulation and clinical practice using QSEN competencies and Benner’s model of skill attainment. Culture, spirituality, and alternative therapies prepare for care of a diverse healthcare population. Pharmacological principles and common medications are introduced with a focus on safe medication administration principles. The focus of this course is nursing management of adults with common or chronic health disorders.

HOURS: 2 lab, 10 clinical

Credits

7

Prerequisites

PSYC 101R, BIOL 201R, ENGL 102R, ADNR 105R with grade of “C” or better, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure (or corequisite)

ADNR 117R : Nursing Care II

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

Credits

9

Prerequisites

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)

ADNR 197R : LPN to RN Bridge

This transition course expands upon knowledge and skills learned in a practical nursing education program. Emphasis is on differentiating the scope of practice for the associate degree nurse; nursing process related to chronic disease, mental health, medication administration, and associated clinical skills; delegation; treatment plan development; enhancing critical thinking skills; and reviewing legal and ethical issues in nursing practice.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Graduation from a LPN program & licensure as a Practical Nurse.

ADNR 220R : Nursing Care III

This course expands on concepts of previous nursing courses with the addition of nursing care to the childbearing family, including parents, infants, and children. Lifespan development and health disorders of infant and pediatric populations are introduced, providing insight into nursing in a specialty area. Nursing care of the adult expands to include complex acute health disorders requiring a higher level of critical thinking and nursing skills. The simulation lab and clinical practice provide opportunities to develop these skills which are based on Benner’s model of skill attainment, the Creighton competency evaluation instrument, and deliberate practice for skill proficiency. Concepts of health promotion and prevention, patient education, therapeutic nutrition, and legal-ethical principles are integrated throughout the course. Clinical learning experiences in community health settings as well as acute care facilities provide opportunities to integrate theory with clinical practice as well as introduce students to specialized nursing care.

HOURS: 2 lab, 13 clinical

Credits

9

Prerequisites

English composition, BIOL 201R and 202R, PSYC 101R and 114R with grade of “C” or higher

Corequisites

English composition, BIOL 201R and 202R, PSYC 101R and 114R with grade of “C” or higher

ADNR 230R : Nursing Care IV

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to comprehensively apply and integrate synthesized theoretical and clinical experiences from previous nursing courses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality, individualized, entry level nursing care. The focus of this course is nursing care of the patient across the lifespan with complex health disorders. Intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor competencies are developed through simulation and clinical practice and based on Benner’s model of skill attainment, the Creighton competency evaluation instrument, and the AACN synergy model for patient care. Nursing care is holistic and includes integration of health promotion and prevention, patient education, therapeutic nutrition, and legal-ethical principles with safe and effective, culturally sensitive patient centered care. The role of nurse as a manager of care is a focus of this course with opportunities for delegation, supervision, collaboration, and team communication skills provided in simulation and clinical settings. This course is designed to prepare graduates for entry level nursing practice.

HOURS: 2 lab, 16 clinical

Credits

10

Prerequisites

ADNR 220R with grade of “B-” or higher

Corequisites

ADNR 220R with grade of “B-” or higher

ADNR 235R : Nursing Seminar II

This nursing seminar course is designed to prepare nursing students to enter the workforce by focusing on essential skills of communication, leadership, management, and conflict resolution. Learning activities provide opportunities for students to use communication and critical thinking skills to implement change and effectively deal with conflict in the healthcare setting. Students examine the importance of quality and safety measures as they relate to the nurse, patient, family structure, organization, and healthcare system. The nursing role in delegation, documentation, and professional behaviors are viewed from both legal and ethical standpoints. Preparation for the National Council Licensure (NCLEX) RN licensing exam and future employment are discussed and considered in order to facilitate student success as new graduate nurses.

Credits

1