Nu150 Nursing Fundamentals 8 credits
Students in Nursing 150 will acquire fundamental psychomotor, critical thinking and communication skills through student participation in classroom, skills lab and clinical activities. Students learn basic assessment skills and nursing procedures utilizing values and ethics necessary for practice focusing on gerontological nursing care. This course expands on the topics introduced in Nu101 and introduces nursing assessment and interventions for illnesses of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, discusses issues regarding skin and sensory organ care, and highlights cultural and developmental best practice. Students meet experiential learning goals through lab and clinical practice of assessment, communication and psychomotor skills. It is during this course that students are expected to apply science to situations which require critical thinking. Methods used to achieve these goals are demonstration and return demonstration, having students work in teams to perform skills and assessments, and interaction with patients and clinical staff. 6 credit hours of classroom and 2 credit hours of clinical (90 hours of clinical per semester). Prerequisites: A&P I and II with a minimum grade of C+; English Composition Core and Math Core with a minimum grade of C; Nu101 & Ns240 Microbiology co-requisite or with a minimum grade of C+; successful completion of the Nursing Admission Test; and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.