FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

  • Program: Practical Nursing
  • Course: Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Course #: NURS1375
  • Total Credits: 8

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical foundation for basic assessment and nursing skills. The student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical setting. An introduction to the nursing process provides the student with a framework for decision making, professional identity, and patient centered care. Evidence based practice, leadership skills, and informatics are introduced.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Identify therapeutic communication skills while providing culturally sensitive client care
Identify steps of the nursing process while providing care
Collaborate with other health care providers to plan and organize safe, quality, client centered care
Demonstrate basic nursing skills using techniques and measures that ensure client safety
Describe the safety principles in relation to pharmacology
Demonstrate the elements of documentation
Recognize evidence based sources that support client care and reduce reliance on memory
Maintain confidentiality when using information technology to accurately document the provision and outcomes of client care
Discuss personal integrity, professional boundaries and behaviors related to established codes of ethics, nurse practice acts, and legal/ethical frameworks
Identify professional and health and illness concepts and their relationships to providing care that is safe for the nurse and the client
Define the major classifications of medications as a framework for medication administration
Describe the health and wellness continuum and the impact that lifestyle and risk factors have on one’s health status

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • Lab: 5
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Acceptance into the nursing program
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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