PNE 145 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                           Date:  January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Practical Nursing


Course Number and Title:           PNE 145, Trends in Practical Nursing


Credit Hours:            1Hours/Wk Lecture:     1  Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   




I.              Catalog Description:         Studies the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse. Covers legal aspects, organizations, and opportunities in practical nursing. Assists students in preparation for employment.  Lecture 1 hour per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


The course provides students an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest needed by students.  The curricula objectives are incorporated into the content throughout the course.  Preparation for NCLEX-PN certification and employment opportunities are emphasized.


III.           Required background: 


Each student must have successfully completed the second semester of the Practical Nursing Program.


IV.          Course Content:


A.               How Practical Nursing Evolved

B.               Career Mobility of Vocational Organizations

C.               Developing Leadership Skills

D.               Management, Supervisor, and Charge Nurse Skills

E.               Nursing Ethics and the Law

F.                Test Taking Skills

G.               Finding a Job


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to explore topical areas of interest and career mobility

B.   Be able to develop leadership and management skills

C.   Be able to understand and practice nursing ethics and the law

D.   Be able to be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN certification and employment

E.   Understand basic concepts and principles of content areas

Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to pass.


All students must also complete a weekly pathophysiology report.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:



Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning