Nursing

Nursing (NURSE) Courses

NURSE 299 Experimental Offering in Nursing

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020


NURSE 307 LVN-RN (Associate Degree Nursing) Transition

  • Units:5
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:See Enrollment Limitation
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nursing) program and a licensed vocational nurse (LVN)
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is designed for the California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who is admitted for advanced placement into the second year of the Registered (Associate Degree) Nursing Program. Theory and clinical experiences are related to helping medical surgical adult and older adult patients adapt to acute and chronic pathophysiological stressors in preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative settings. Content focuses on the LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) transitioning into the role of the associate degree RN (Registered Nurse). The concepts of basic human needs, safety, human development, nutrition, communication, sexuality, cultural and spiritual diversity, legal and ethical aspects of nursing, pharmacology and pathophysiology, are integrated in the course. Emphasis is given to clinical decision making, critical thinking, safety, teamwork, and collaboration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize the nursing process, utilizing clinical reasoning skills, to provide safe effective nursing care to meet the needs of adult and older adult medical/surgical patient.
  • plan individualized safe nursing interventions to assist adult and older adult patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative care measures.
  • detect the use of evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking used to enhance safety and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • examine therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • show accurate, timely documentation, and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • construct patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • utilize leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice guidelines.
  • correlate patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • examine ethical principles, legal boundaries, and cultural sensitivity in the registered nurse role of professional practice.
  • uncover personal learning needs in the LVN-RN role transition using reflective thinking.

NURSE 308 LVN-RN 30-Unit Option

  • Units:8
  • Hours:72 hours LEC; 216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:See enrollment limitations.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Acceptance into the LVN-RN 30 unit option track and completion of BIOL 431 and BIOL 440 with grades of "B" or better.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course, designed for the LVN-RN 30 unit option student, emphasizes theory and clinical experiences related to helping patients and families adapt to complex pathophysiological and pathopsychological stressors. This course focuses on the care of the medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing patient to meet his/her needs for risk reduction and optimal wellness in preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative settings. The sub-concepts integrated throughout the course include safety, human development, nutrition, sexuality, cultural and spiritual diversity, pathophysiology, pharmacology, legal and ethical principles. Course emphasis is on mental health and psychopathology, acute advanced medical and surgical content, end-of-life care, and evaluation of patient-centered outcomes. Learning experiences in the classroom, simulation lab, and clinical setting provide students the opportunity to utilize critical thinking, evidence-based practice, technology, teamwork, collaboration, clinical decision-making, and interdisciplinary communication principles in the delivery of quality nursing care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate sufficient understanding of the course content by achieving 75% for the final grade on theory examinations and demonstrate successful completion of NURSE 308 clinical skills and objectives.
  • integrate the nursing process with clinical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care, to meet the patient’s basic human needs.
  • plan individualized safe nursing interventions to assist patients of all ages in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative care measures.
  • analyze evidence-based practice, with patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills, to enhance the quality and effectiveness of nursing care.
  • evaluate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • generate accurate and timely documentation of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • develop patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills that are necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • plan nursing care for patients, using leadership skills, collaboration, resource utilization, delegation of tasks, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice guidelines.
  • appraise patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • incorporate ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and cultural sensitivity in all areas of nursing practice.
  • formulate personal learning needs and use resources to engage in ongoing learning and improvement in skills and knowledge.

NURSE 315 Pharmacology and Implications for Nursing

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BIOL 100 (Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology) with a "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is an introduction to the science of pharmacology and nursing. The role of the nurse in safely administering medications and evaluating the therapeutic response is emphasized. Drug classifications and their actions, interactions, and adverse effects, are specifically related to patient developmental stages and nursing professional standards.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • differentiate between pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.
  • analyze the significance of a drug's onset of action, peak concentration, and duration of action.
  • examine how lifespan considerations and other factors affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
  • assess the various cultural and ethical factors that influence drug therapy.
  • examine the legal aspects of controlled substances, informed consent, drug development, and patient education.
  • differentiate between drug tolerance, drug dependence, and substance abuse.
  • evaluate causative factors and symptoms of adverse drug reactions.
  • formulate a framework of specific measures to prevent errors during medication administration.
  • describe the nursing implications associated with each major pharmacological classification.
  • investigate the implications and side effects of herbal and alternative therapies.

NURSE 325 Medical Dosage Calculations

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course prepares students to accurately calculate oral and parenteral drug dosages for medication administration. Students will learn three systems of measurement and conversion from one system to another. Basic flow rates of IV fluids will be covered. Course content will also include: 1) review of basic arithmetic operations used in dosage calculations; 2) interpretation of drug labels; 3) common medical abbreviations used in dosage calculations; 4) use of the following methods: basic formulas, ratio and proportion, fractional equation, and dimensional analysis in dosage calculations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • accurately interpret and express metric, apothecary, and household systems.
  • memorize and recall metric and household equivalents.
  • convert metric weights and volumes within the system.
  • convert units of measure from one system of measurement to another system of measurement.
  • accurately determine the dosage strength on a medication label.
  • accurately calculate the dosage of prescribed medications and intravenous infusion rates and volumes using arithmetic operations, ratio and proportions, and specific formulas.

NURSE 388 Labor and Delivery Nursing Care - Transition into Practice

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Active California Registered Nurse License and current employment as a Registered Nurse.
  • Transferable:CSU (effective Summer 2020)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course provides a review of labor and delivery nursing care principles to those nurses who wish to cross train or orient into labor and delivery and receive a refresher course. Coursework includes overview of labor and delivery nursing content, such as reproductive health, preconception and inter-conception health; physiologic and psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy, process of labor and delivery (normal and complications), Cesarean birth and post anesthesia care unit, complications of pregnancy and delivery, perinatal infections, postpartum and newborn assessment and care, neonatal complications, perinatal loss and perinatal safety and risk management. The didactic portion (36 lecture hours) is designed to be taken concurrently with the hospital training (54 lab hours) in the labor and delivery unit. This course is graded as Pass / No Pass.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • verbalize understanding of essential content areas of labor and delivery nursing practice.
  • apply current labor and delivery principles in the clinical setting.
  • complete labor and delivery clinical activities as stipulated in the clinical training modules.

NURSE 407 Fundamentals of Health and Nursing Care

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:See Enrollment limitations
  • Enrollment Limitation:Acceptance into the Registered (Associate Degree) Nursing Program and completion of BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 with grades of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. PSYC 300 or PSYC 480; ENGWR 300 or ENGWR 480 or, COMM 301 or COMM 331; SOC 321 or ANTH 310 or ANTH 481 with grades of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. It is strongly recommended that students complete all general education requirements (Area I-VI) and competency requirements (reading, writing, and mathematics) prior to application to the program.
  • Advisory:FCS 324, NUTRI 300, or PSYC 370; with grades of "C" or better.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course utilizes the conceptual framework of the curriculum (Basic Human Needs, Life Cycle Development, Health Illness Continuum, Significant Health Problems, and Stress Adaptation) to provide the foundation for the following three semesters of the program. It includes an introduction to professional nursing, its evolution, present trends and issues, legal aspects, and concepts underlying current practice. Basic principles of delegation, management, teamwork, and collaboration are introduced and integrated into appropriate content. The theory and related clinical experiences prepare the student to apply the nursing process when providing direct patient care to patients with common medical surgical problems, with a focus on basic human needs. The student is introduced to critical thinking and clinical decision-making, while using evidence-based practice to support patients’ adaptive mechanisms for attaining and maintaining wellness during early, middle, and late adulthood. The sub concepts integrated throughout the course are personal hygiene, safety, nutrition, communication, human sexuality, cultural/spiritual diversity, legal/ethical aspects, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Emphasis is given to the promotion of health and risk reduction in adults and elders in theory, clinical, and the simulation lab.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify concepts of the nursing process, nutrition, and human development in direct and indirect nursing care of the selected medical/surgical adult and older adult patients experiencing significant health problems.
  • implement safe standard nursing interventions to assist adult and older adult patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient centered care, meet their basic human needs, and promote homeostasis with licensed supervision.
  • identify evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • express therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • demonstrate accurate and timely documentation of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • describe patient-centered care and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills that are necessary to maintain optimum levels of wellness.
  • describe the nursing care for one patient that demonstrates leadership skills, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • recognize patient-centered care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • identify ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and fundamental aspects of cultural competency in planning individualized nursing care measures.
  • identify individual learning needs through reflective thinking, and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

NURSE 417 Nursing and Health Maintenance Through the Lifecycle

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 407 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nursing) program
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course continues integration of the conceptual framework of the curriculum (Basic Human Needs, Life Cycle Development, Health Illness Continuum, Significant Health Problems, and Stress Adaptation). The second semester provides theory and clinical experiences for medical surgical, pediatric, and maternal-child patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative nursing care, in acute, home, or community settings. Content focuses on application of patient-centered care and health promotion principles to prevent illness and achieve optimum wellness. There is emphasis on the utilization of the nursing process, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, safety, life cycle development, nutrition, communication, human sexuality, cultural/spiritual diversity, self-advocacy, legal/ethical aspects, quality improvement, teamwork and collaboration, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Learning experiences provide students with opportunities to acquire new clinical skills, develop clinical judgment, use reflective practice, and apply previously learned concepts and principles in a variety of settings including the classroom, clinical, and simulation lab.



Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • implement the nursing process, utilizing clinical reasoning skills to provide safe effective nursing care to meet the needs of medical/surgical, pediatric, and maternal-child patients.
  • implement individualized nursing interventions with guidance to assist medical/surgical, pediatric, and maternal-child patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient-centered care.
  • demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking in the delivery of technical skills, which enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • implement therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • complete accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • deliver patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills that are necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • describe the nursing care for a patient that utilizes leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice guidelines, with minimal guidance.
  • identify patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • implement ethical principles, legal boundaries, and cultural sensitivity in all areas of nursing practice.
  • identify personal learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

NURSE 427 Nursing Complex Health Problems Through the Life Cycle

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 417 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nursing) program
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course emphasizes theory and clinical experiences related to helping patients and families adapt to complex pathophysiological and pathopsychological stressors. This course focuses on the care of the medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing patients to meet their needs for risk reduction and optimal wellness in preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative settings. The sub-concepts integrated throughout the course include safety, human development, nutrition, sexuality, cultural and spiritual diversity, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and legal/ethical principles. Course emphasis is on mental health and psychopathology, medical surgical content, end-of-life care, and evaluation of patient-centered outcomes. Learning experiences in the classroom, simulation lab, and clinical setting provide students the opportunity to utilize critical thinking, evidence-based practice, technology, teamwork, collaboration, clinical decision-making, and interdisciplinary communication principles in the delivery of quality nursing care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with clinical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care, to meet the patient’s basic human needs.
  • plan individualized safe nursing interventions to assist patients of all ages in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative care measures.
  • analyze evidence-based practice, with patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills, to enhance the quality and effectiveness of nursing care.
  • evaluate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • generate accurate and timely documentation of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • develop patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills that are necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • plan nursing care for patients, using leadership skills, collaboration, resource utilization, delegation of tasks, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice guidelines.
  • appraise patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • incorporate ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and cultural sensitivity in all areas of nursing practice.
  • formulate personal learning needs and use resources to engage in ongoing learning and improvement in skills and knowledge.

NURSE 437 Nursing in Complex and Multiple Patient Care

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 427 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nursing) program
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This final semester course presents theory and evidence-based practice related to multiple patient assignments for patients with complex, critical health problems in the acute medical surgical setting. The student will use the nursing process to provide for the patient's basic human needs in a safe and effective care environment. The learning experiences in the classroom, simulation lab,and acute hospital setting, including clinical preceptorships, provide the student with opportunities to continue refining assessment skills, emphasizing priority setting, time management, clinical decision making, critical thinking, leadership, management, ethical/legal concepts, teamwork, and collaboration. There is continued integration of the curriculum framework and sub-concepts throughout the course, including basic human needs, life cycle development, communication, nutrition, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and cultural/spiritual diversity. There is emphasis on entry-level nursing practice, the professional nursing role, use of informatics, quality improvement, and current health care policy and finance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with clinical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care, to meet the patient’s developmental and basic human needs.
  • revise individualized nursing interventions to safely provide care to assist adult and older adult patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient-centered care.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness of nursing care.
  • generate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • formulate accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • design patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum level of functioning and health.
  • manage nursing care for a group of patients, utilizing leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice.
  • prioritize patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • integrate ethical principles, legal boundaries, and cultural competency in all areas of nursing practice.
  • assess individual learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

NURSE 499 Experimental Offering in Nursing

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020


Vocational Nursing (VN) Courses

VN 120 Meeting Adult Basic Health Needs

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:See Enrollment Limitations
  • Enrollment Limitation:BIOL 100 with a grade of "B" or better; or BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 with grade of "B" or better; AH 110, FCS 324, NUTRI 300 or NUTRI 480, and PSYC 300 or PSYC 480 with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in these four (4) courses. ENGRD 11 with a grade of "C" or better if applicant does not have an AA Degree or higher; and, acceptance into the Vocational Nursing Program.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is an orientation to Vocational Nursing and the role of the Vocational Nurse within the health care team, including historical, ethical, and legal aspects. Theory and practice introduce the nursing process and related concepts of basic human needs, life-cycle development, health-illness continuum, and major health problems related to cardiovascular, respiratory, nutrition-elimination, mobility, hormonal disturbances, and surgical interventions. Fundamental skills and responsibilities involved in patient care, including medication administration, principles of communication, health teaching, cultural diversity, and human sexuality are included. Emphasis is on assessment of patient needs and basic nursing interventions for adults of all ages.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply the nursing process to complete assessments, document patient problems, and appropriate nursing interventions, for the adult and geriatric patient.
  • discuss the nursing care of the patient as related to psychosocial, cultural, religious, and sexual needs of patients.
  • implement nursing measures and procedures utilizing scientific principles to meet patients' basic human needs.
  • utilize principles of safety, mathematics, and pharmacology in administration of oral and parenteral medications.
  • apply nursing knowledge when caring for the medical-surgical adult and geriatric patient with decreased mobility, sensory deficits, and nutritional alterations.
  • utilize therapeutic communication with patients, family members and health care providers.
  • collaborate with health team members to provide patient-centered teaching.
  • demonstrate the ability to function within the ethical guidelines and behavioral parameters as identified in the Vocational Nurse Practice Act.
  • demonstrate understanding of problem statements formulated and written by the Registered Nurse.
  • consistently demonstrate the ability to be prepared for clinical assignments by researching patient diagnosis and standards of care utilizing principles presented in support science courses.
  • report and record patient assessments and nursing actions in paper chart or electronic medical record.

VN 130 Meeting Health Needs of All Age Groups

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:VN 120 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

Students apply theory in utilizing the nursing process to meet the needs of: 1) adult patients with major health problems related to more complex regulatory, cardio-vascular/respiratory, and reproductive disturbances; 2) mothers during the maternity cycle and newborns; 3) hospitalized children of various ages. Emphasis is on increasing independence in the implementation of care of the patient. Focus is also directed at enhancing the contribution of data to the care plans under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. Concepts and principles related to legal and ethical aspects of nursing care, communications, health teaching, cultural diversity, and human sexuality are applied in a variety of clinical settings and with patients of all ages.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • implement the nursing process to complete assessments, collect data and identify patient problems and potential problems.
  • apply knowledge regarding mothers and newborns to implement supervised nursing measures and technical procedures that meet the health needs during the prenatal period, labor, delivery, and postpartum periods.
  • apply knowledge regarding health needs of children of various ages, including principles of growth and development to implement nursing measures and technical procedures that meet the health needs of ambulatory and hospitalized children with common health problems.
  • apply knowledge regarding health needs of adults with reproductive, perioperative, cardio-vascular, respiratory, and regulatory disorders to implement nursing measures and technical procedures.
  • implement therapeutic communication techniques to achieve health related goals in hospitals or outpatient settings.
  • recognize patient needs for basic health teaching and assist health team members as indicated.
  • function within the legal and ethical guidelines and behavioral parameters as identified in the Vocational Nurse Student Handbook, the Vocational Nursing 130 Course Outline, and the Vocational Nurse Practice Act.
  • demonstrate the ability to prioritize patient problems, formulated by the Registered Nurse, which are validated by assessment data.
  • prepare for clinical assignments by researching patient diagnosis, basic lab values, nursing care, medications, and treatments.
  • administer medications and perform nursing procedures based on scientific principles.
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of increased anxiety in patients and facilitate anxiety reduction.
  • utilize self-direction in problem solving during implementation of nursing care.
  • review results of nursing actions in relation to desired outcome and patient satisfaction.
  • assume responsibility for own actions and omissions during clinical laboratory experiences.

VN 140 Meeting Complex Adult Health Needs

  • Units:12
  • Hours:108 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:VN 130 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

Students apply theoretical concepts in utilizing the nursing process to meet the needs of adult patients of all ages with major health problems related to more complex regulatory, elimination, cardiovascular/respiratory, and nutritional disorders. Emphasis is on understanding all steps of the nursing process and identifying the role of the Vocational Nurse as it relates to the nursing process. Principles related to legal and bio-ethical aspects, communication, health teaching, cultural diversity, and human sexuality are included. Management principles, the Vocational Nursing Practice Act, professional organizations, resume writing, and job search are presented.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize the nursing process to complete patient assessments, organize assessment data, identify patient problems, report findings to the Registered Nurse, and demonstrate understanding of formulated problem statements (nursing diagnosis) and the plan of care.
  • utilize knowledge regarding health needs of adults with more complex regulatory, cardiovascular, respiratory, nutritional, and elimination disorders to implement nursing measures and technical procedures for patients.
  • utilize nursing knowledge to provide basic health education when assisting patients in attaining and/or maintaining their optimum level of health.
  • apply principles of effective communication with patients and co-workers to achieve health related patients' and/or organizational goals.
  • demonstrate the ability to function with accountability within the legal boundaries and ethical standards as identified in Vocational Nursing 140 and the Vocational Nursing Practice Act.
  • utilize principles of theory and practice to manage nursing care for patients in non-acute health care settings and outpatient ambulatory settings.
  • demonstrate the ability to recall learning experiences and assess the need for their own professional development.

VN 150 Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 9 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:VN 130 with a grade of "C" or better; or current LVN license.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to start and superimpose intravenous fluids and withdraw blood. The course meets the requirements of the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians for Licensed Vocational Nurses to become certified in IV therapy and blood withdrawal.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify indications for blood therapy.
  • identify types of IV fluids.
  • identify reasons for IV therapy administration.
  • define hazards associated with IV therapy and blood withdrawal.
  • describe related nursing actions in the performance of IV therapy administration and blood withdrawal.
  • calculate IV flow rates.
  • perform venipunctures.
  • interpret legal requirements for the licensed vocational nurse to perform IV therapy and blood withdrawal.

VN 299 Experimental Offering in Vocational Nursing

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020


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