DIVISION:      Arts & Sciences                                                                      Date:  November 2015                                                                                  


COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:    NUR 111   Nursing I              

Credit Hours:  8 Hours/Wk               Lecture:  6    Hours/Wk           Lab:     6       Lec/Lab Comb:

I.          CATALOG DESCRIPTION:   Introduces nursing principles including concepts of health and wellness and the nursing process. Develops nursing skills to meet the biopsychosocial needs of individuals across the lifespan. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care, communication skills, introduction to nursing, health, the health care system, legal aspects of nursing care, diagnostic testing, assessment, teaching and learning, asepsis, body mechanics and safety, personal care, activity/rest, wound care, nutrition, elimination, oxygenation, fluid and electrolytes, pain control, medication administration, aging populations and pre/post operative care. Provides supervised learning experiences.  Lecture 6 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 12 hours per week. 8 credits


II.         RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:  Introduces nursing principles including concepts of health and wellness and the nursing process.

III.        REQUIRED BACKGROUND:  Each student must have successfully completed the following courses:  BIO 231 and 232, MTH 126, and ENG 111 with a grade of C or better.  Each student must be accepted into the Registered Nursing Program.


            l.          The Client and the Health Care Environment

             2.        Caring Throughout the Life Span

             3.        Critical Thinking in Nursing Practice

             4.        Basic Human Needs

             5.        Clients with Special Needs

             6.        Infection Prevention and Control


           The student will be able to:

1.    Identify the nursing process when meeting selected health needs for an individual in long term care.

2.    Recognize that the nursing process includes communication, documentation, and critical thinking.

3.    Perform nursing skills to meet basic health needs of an individual.

4.    Recognize that basic needs include safety, hygiene, nutrition, elimination, and activity.

5.    Recall the concept of the individual, health, nursing and the environment. Includes Maslow, roles of    the nurse, professionalism, health-illness model, health care delivery system, and legal ethical issues.

6.    Identify effective communication techniques in selected situations.

            7.   Report selected data verbally, in writing, and through electronic mode.

8.    Recognize the role of the nurse as a teacher.

9.    Recognize the psychosocial role of the nurse including end of life, gerontology, stress adaptation,    sexuality, loss & grief, personality, sensory, and spirituality.

10.   Identify a personal value system and ethical/legal aspects involved in the practice of nursing.

11.  Employ selected aspects of nursing care for an individual in long term care.

             12.   Identify roles and responsibilities of nurses.

             13.   Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for own actions.

            14.   Begin to prepare for success on the NCLEX-RN.


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

All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.

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