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

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

Recommended Preparation

Course Description:

Utilizing the nursing process framework, this course focuses on meeting basic human needs through planning and implementing nursing care to contribute to achievement of health goals of the patient. This course covers beginning knowledge of patients with commonly occurring health problems. The student will learn therapeutic communication techniques and develop interviewing skills. The student will learn a holistic approach to health assessment as the basis for nursing intervention and practice. Concurrent enrollment in 204A is required unless approved by the Department Chair. (Nevada only).

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of health assessment skills to the nursing process when caring for individuals, families, or small groups as client; including their psychosocial, sociocultural, spiritual, and family structure/system/status as appropriate.
  • Identify and apply the concepts of a complete and problem-focused assessment with an emphasis on expected normal finding for any client throughout the life span.
  • Utilize the steps in the nursing process to organize a patient plan of care using the language of nursing.
  • Identify appropriate nursing actions and their rationale to respond to human health and illness.
  • Apply teaching and counseling strategies regarding health assessment and patient education for human beings across the life span.
  • Contemplate ethical/legal and cultural/spiritual issues surrounding meeting basic human needs for health care particularly as they relate to end-of-life scenarios.
  • Apply the principles and method of drug administration and IV therapy with accurate medication dosage calculation using the Apothecary and Metric Systems.
  • Apply diverse communication techniques and interpersonal skills designed to facilitate interview techniques in obtaining health assessment data from diverse patient populations.
  • Identify sociocultural variables that impact the health status of selected populations by recognizing and appreciating the uniqueness of the individual and their families.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic nursing math calculations of drug dosages in the Apothecary, Metric and Household systems.

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:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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