DIVISION:    Arts & Sciences                                                                                  Date:  January 2014   




COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:           NUR 112   Nursing II


Credit Hours:            8Hours/Wk Lecture:               4Hours/Wk Lab:         12       Lec/Lab Comb:



I.       CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Focuses on the nursing care of adults experiencing changes along the health/illness continuum that are common, well-defined, and have predictable outcomes. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care; acid-base balance, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, immunology, oncology, sensori-neural, infectious diseases, endocrine, respiratory and blood disorders and care of the dying client. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies.


II.        RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:  This course is designed to teach Registered 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 first semester of the Registered Nursing curriculum.  The expectation is progressive academic and clinical growth. 



1.      Pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease

2.      Problems of oxygenation: ventilation

3.      Problems of indigestion, digestion, absorption and elimination

4.      Problems of urinary function

5.      Problems related to regulatory and reproductive mechanisms

6.      Problems of the musculoskeletal system



            The student will be able to:



1.     Using the nursing process, describe the care of patients with selected acute and chronic disturbances.


2.     Identify overt assessment and evaluation data.


3.       Explain the pathophysiology of selected illness.


4.     Explain how cultural diversity of patients affects use of the nursing process.


5.   Assess patient's position on wellness-illness continuum and identifies appropriate strategies to promote wellness and self-care.


6.   Apply previously learned principles of therapeutic communication to clinical situations.


7.     Recognize learning needs of patients and plans appropriate teaching strategies.


8.   Explain appropriate preventive measures for selected illnesses.


9.   Use theory to explain differences in assessment and modifications of care needed for aging patients.


10.  Use theory-based rationale to identify appropriate priorities in planning care for patients.


11.   Identify legal and ethical issues to be considered while caring for patients.


12.   Describe accepted standards of nursing practice for the care of patients.




1.      Collect and record subjective and objective data from primary and secondary sources.


2.      Identify actual and risk for problems that result from disturbances of basic needs.


3.    Formulate an individualized plan of care with theory based rationales.


            4.    Incorporate principles from biological and behavioral sciences and nursing theory when providing care to the patient.


            5.    Explain the pathophysiology of the illness of assigned patients.


            6.    Explain the difference between the normal aging process and  pathophysiological changes.


7.     With guidance, perform new and previously learned nursing skills in a manner consistent with scientific principles and agency policies.


8.     Demonstrate knowledge of medications administered.


            9.         Apply knowledge of pathophysiology of assigned client's illness to the nursing care plan.


10.       Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical concepts applicable to nursing by satisfactory achievement on a written test and accurate dosage calculations in the clinical setting.


11.       Continue to promptly document nursing care, patient outcomes, and overt patient assessment information according to agency guidelines.

            12.       Continue to apply interpersonal relationship and communication theory to client.


13.      With guidance, assist assigned patient in obtaining information needed to maintain health.


14.       With guidance, facilitate adaptation based on the developmental tasks of the elderly.


15.       Identify the similarities and differences in providing nursing care to older adults in acute care and long term care settings.


16.       Collect and record subjective and overt objective data from primary and secondary sources to identify functional needs of selected older adults.


            17.   With guidance, set priorities for initiating and implementing nursing care activities for the individual patient with regard to:

A.                cultural and spiritual needs

                        B.        patient preferences

                        C.        time demands

                        D.        available resources


            18.       Identify community services available and recognizes need for referral.


            19.       Deliver patient care in an organized, timely manner.


            20.       Demonstrate responsibility for personal growth by self-evaluation of clinical performance.


21.       Demonstrate motivation in improving knowledge and performance in identified areas of weakness.


22.       Perform nursing care in accordance with the policies of DCC and the clinical  agency.


            23.       Continue to recognize legal and ethical responsibilities when providing care to the patient.


            24.       Examine professional attitudes and behavior toward the elderly and recognizes the impact on nursing care.


25.       Use appropriate lines of authority in communication within the academic and clinical areas.




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