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General Course Information for NSG 204A: Nrs Found & Health Assess Lab

Course: NSG 204A - Nrs Found & Health Assess Lab
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Course Prerequisite(s):

Recommended Preparation

Course Description: This course covers practical application of holistic health assessment as the basis for nursing intervention and practice, interviewing skills, health history, physical examination, cultural variations and laboratory and diagnostic procedures throughout the lifespan of clients. Using the language of nursing, students will devise basic plans of care for patients. Practical application of beginning knowledge and skills required for nursing care of patients with commonly occurring health problems is demonstrated in both laboratory and clinical settings. Through simulation and patient interaction, use of therapeutic skills of communication will be analyzed. Clinical Laboratory is graded on a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory basis based on successful completion of the course requirements. Concurrent enrollment in 204 is required. (Nevada only)
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Utilize beginning therapeutic communication skills in interactions with patients, peers and health care team members.
  • Demonstrate increasing self awareness and behavior consistent with personal and professional development.
  • Define and begin to utilize critical thinking through the nursing process: assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating, in administering routine care to patients presenting commonly occurring health problems.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform assessment skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation necessary to the comprehensive physical assessment.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform a Physical Assessment on clients throughout the lifespan.
  • Return demonstration of vital sign assessment and identification of normal ranges.
  • Understand medical terminology and use appropriately in the nursing documentation process.
  • Demonstrate ability to accurately perform and document assessment data as appropriate when providing patient care.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform basic nursing skills by satisfactory performance on the clinical skills examination.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (ASN) (Nevada)
    • Act as a patient advocate as circumstances require.
    • Assume professional, ethical, and legal behavior upholding the standards of entry into the profession.
    • Effectively communicate with both patients/families and other members of the healthcare team.
    • Formulate accurate nursing diagnoses based on multiple sources of collected data while considering culturally specific and congruent care.
    • Manage patients by delegating and supervising as defined within legal parameters.
    • Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies related to identified nursing diagnoses.
    • Work with families across the lifespan, identifying learning needs and culturally specific interventions to implement teaching strategies in order to achieve mutually defined health care goals.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures