PNE 161 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                          Date:   January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Practical Nursing


Course Number and Title:           PNE 161, Nursing in Health Changes I


Credit Hours:   6                  Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Focuses on nursing situations and procedures necessary to assist individuals in meeting special needs related to human functions.  Lecture 2-4 hours. Laboratory 6-15 hours. Total 10-17 hours per week. 


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


One of the most essential elements for learning involves acquiring a solid foundation of basic information.  Once the student has demonstrated an understanding of this subject, future depth and breadth of knowledge can be introduced.  Having mastered fundamental skills, the beginning student can continue to build on this base of knowledge.  This course is designed to teach Practical Nursing students the disease processes and nursing care for the adult patient.  The curricula objectives are incorporated into the content throughout this course.


III.           Required background: 


Each student must be accepted in the Practical Nursing curriculum.


IV.          Course Content:


A.           Fundamental Component:

1.    Nursing and the Goals of Nursing

2.    Focus of Nursing

3.    Controlling Microorganisms and Safety

4.    Promoting Personal Hygiene, Comfort, Relaxation, and Sleep

5.    Vital Signs and Examinations with Special Tests

B.           Medical Surgical Component

1.    Nursing Process and Critical Thinking

2.    Cardiovascular Disorders

3.    Hematologic and Immunologic Disorders

4.    Physiologic Responses to Illness


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to describe health, illness, and wellness.

B.   Be able to provide culturally sensitive care and patient education

C.   Be able to describe asepsis and practice infection control.

D.   Be able to promote comfort, nest, sleep, hygiene, and safety.

E.   Be able to perform vital signs and assist with examinations and tests.

F.    Be able to explain the role of the LPN

G.   Describe and apply critical thinking skills

H.   Be able to describe the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, complications, medical treatment for acute and chronic respiratory disorders, cardiovascular, hematologic and illness.

I.      Be able to identify nursing implications for systems reviewed.

J.    Understand basic concepts and principles of all 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