The theory content of this course focuses on the role of the associate degree registered nurse as communicator, provider, and manager of safe effective care to patients experiencing needs related to the immune system; the endocrine system; the musculoskeletal system; and oncologic disorders. Growth and developmental concepts are further discussed with an emphasis on older adults. The nursing process, communication and collaboration skills, use of technology, teaching-learning, and legal/ethical principles of nursing practice are continued. The clinical component utilizes acute care, including critical care areas to provide the student the opportunity to assist patients in promoting, restoring, and maintaining health. Students are provided with an introduction to the role of the community health nurse. Clinical assignments are selected to assist the student with the role transition from student to registered nurse. Clinically, the student functions as a: a) provider of care for small groups of patients; b) team leader; c) team member; and d) preceptee with an experienced registered nurse. Six hours class, nine hours clinical. Course fee required. Prerequisite: NUR 21707 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, NUR 21303 with a grade of “C” or better in theory and a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance, ENG 11203, and SOC 11103.
Offered Spring for 9 Semester hours.