PNE 163 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Practical Nursing


Course Number and Title:           PNE 163, Nursing in Health Changes III


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



I.              Catalog Description:         Continues the focus on nursing situations and procedures necessary to assist individuals in meeting special needs related to human functions.  Lecture 4-5 hours. Laboratory 9-15 hours. Total 14-19 hours per week.  


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


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 have successfully completed the second semester of the Practical Nursing Program.


IV.          Course Content:


A.         Medical-Surgical Nursing

1.    Perioperative Care

2.    Urinary Problems

3.    Gastrointestinal Problems

4.    Vision Problems

B.         Fundamentals

1.    Wound Care

2.    Death and Dying

3.    Urinary Elimination

4.    Bowel Elimination

5.    Body Mechanics, Positioning, and Moving

6.    Therapeutic Exercise


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to incorporate Medical Surgical Nursing, basic concepts of human nature, health, and society and the relevance to nursing care.

B.   Be able to use the nursing process throughout the course with patients and identify signs and symptoms, interventions, medications, and potential complications.

C.   Be able to incorporate patient teaching and discharge planning as each selected disease process is discussed.

D.   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