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NRS 116 - Practical Nursing Med/Surg II

4.5 Credits, 4.5 Contact Hours
4.5 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Continuation of NRS 115  . Includes application of the nursing process and the concepts of client, health, environment, and nursing, with emphasis on caring for the adult and older adult clients. Also includes being a safe practitioner; effective communication; managing and teaching; cultural competence and caring; and professional and ethical issues of being a nurse.

Prerequisite(s): NRS 115  

Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Practical Nursing Program and obtain consent of the Department of Nursing before enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize the behavior of individuals or groups within nursing practice and the healthcare environment in a way that facilitates the achievement of shared goals [leadership].
  2. Describe scopes of practice and roles of other healthcare team members who help a patient/family achieve health goals utilizing specific delivery care models [teamwork & collaboration].
  3. Demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with standards of professional nursing practice [professionalism].
  4. Discuss and begin to use principles of effective communication, verbal and non-verbal, as part of developing therapeutic communication [communication].
  5. Define evidence-based practice and its relationship to clinical decision-making as a safe practitioner [evidence-based practice].
  6. Discuss and describe how information and technology are used to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making [informatics].
  7. Explain physical, psychological, social,and spiritual elements of patient-centered care [patient-centered care].
  8. Recognize how data is used to monitor the outcomes of care processes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems [quality improvement].
  9. Recognize risk potential for patients and providers [safety].
  10. Identify various healthcare delivery settings and systems [systems-based practice].

  1. Introduction to foundations of nursing practice.
    1. Introduction to the Pima Community College Nursing Department philosophy and structure, evidence based practice, healthcare delivery systems, and health promotion in the individual, family and community.
    2. Basis of effective nursing practice.
      1. Safe practitioner.
      2. Effective communicator.
      3. Culturally competent and caring.
    3. Professional and ethical issues.
      1. Legal aspects of nursing.
      2. Value, ethics, and advocacy related to nursing.
      3. Nursing roles and practice.
      4. Documenting and reporting client care.
  2. Introduction to the nursing process.
    1. Critical thinking.
    2. Nursing process for practical nursing scope of practice.
      1. Data Collection.
      2. Review nursing diagnosis.
      3. Planning.
      4. Implementation.
      5. Evaluation.
  3. Concepts of health and the impact of internal and external environmental factors.
    1. The nurse is an /’. effective communicator.
    2. Apply the nursing process in the promotion of culturally competent and caring healthcare.
    3. Apply the nursing process in the promotion of spiritual well being.
  4. Apply the nursing process to promote psychosocial health.
    1. Stress and coping.
    2. Complex psychosocial alterations in health who is being cared for in the community.
    3. Grief, loss, and death.
  5. Applying the nursing process to promote physiological health.
    1. Mobility.
    2. Sensory perception.
    3. Vital signs.
    4. Rest and sleep.
    5. Nutrition.
    6. Pain and comfort.
    7. Oxygenation, ventilation, perfusion.
    8. Activity and exercise.
    9. Health and wellness.
    10. Infection prevention and control.
    11. Fecal and  urinary elimination.
    12. Skin integrity and wound care.
  6. Nursing informatics and computer communications.
    1. Basic computer functions.
    2. Client documentation.
    3. Introduction to evidence based practice.

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/2022

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