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NURSING (NUR)

NUR100 - Introduction to the Nursing Credits: 1
This course introduces the incoming student to the Luzerne County Community College Nursing Program and the role of the professional nurse. The program of study and its progression throughout all nursing courses is introduced with emphasis on the concept-based curriculum and use of an active learning approach to facilitate contextual thinking, clinical judgment and decision-making, and evidence-based practice.

NUR110 - Nursing Concepts I Credits: 9
Concepts within the three domains of the Individual, Healthcare System, and Nursing are introduced. Concepts are presented using specific content exemplar selected by the faculty based on prevalence, incidence and significance of the issues/problems. Students will learn to use the nursing process to meet the needs of patients with actual or potential health problems. Theory is applied to clinical practice in long-term care and acute-care settings with emphasis on nursing skills. Basic evidence-based nursing skills and technical skills are introduced in the Campus Lab.

Prerequisites: NUR 100 with a grade of C or better.

NUR120 - Nursing Concepts II Credits: 9
Concepts within the three domains of the Individual, Healthcare System, and Nursing are introduced or expanded upon. Concepts are presented using specific con- tent exemplars selected by the faculty based on prevalence, incidence, and significance across the lifespan. Theory is applied in acute care facilities and outpatient settings with emphasis on developmental stages and health promotion across the lifespan. Students continue to utilize the nursing process to meet the needs of patients in various healthcare and community settings

Prerequisites: NUR 110 and BIO 135 with a grade of C or better, PSY 103, SPE 210

NUR220 - Pharmacology/Pathophysiology for Health Care Professionals Credits: 3
The course is designed to increase knowledge of specific drug classifications. An overview of basic physiological function is presented as a foundation for drug administration. Content will focuses on the expected physiological responses of the human body to drugs within selected classifications. A background in anatomy and physiology or chemistry might be helpful to the student, however, not required.

NUR221 - Physical Assessment Credits: 3
The student builds upon existing skills of interviewing and assessment and learns the technique of eliciting a complete health history of the adult/pediatric client. Skills are developed in performing the physical examination through a variety of learning experiences including didactic presentation, audio-visual aids, models and clinical laboratory simulations.

NUR226 - Perioperative Nursing Didactic Credits: 3
The course is designed to introduce the perioperative role of the Registered Nurse in the operating room with emphasis on the intro-operative phase. Responsibilities of the scrub and circulating nurse, basic principles of asepsis, ethical-legal aspects and the preparation, care and application of surgical supplies and equipment will be presented. Clinical content is taught in an operating room setting using simulated situations.

Prerequisites: Senior nursing student must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater to en­roll in this course.

NUR227 - Perioperative Nursing Internship Credits: 3
The course is designed to prepare the Registered Nurse, senior student nurse or a graduate nurse for entry level skills in the operating room. Emphasis is on application of theoretical principles to a clinical setting. Participants have an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in surgical setting.

Prerequisite: NUR 226.

NUR228 - Registered Nurse First Assistant Credits: 3
Emphasizes the skills and didactic knowledge requisite to the Registered Nurse First Assistant role in the Operating Room. Qualifications of the RNFA as well as historical origins of first assisting are proposed.

NUR229 - RN First Assistant-Clinical Internship/Self-Directed Credits: 4
Self-Directed, 120-hour clinical experience to be completed within a 4-month period at the student's discretion. A learning contract is devised by student and faculty mentor whereby clinical objectives and experience are monitored.

Prerequisite: NUR 228.

NUR230 - Nursing Concepts III Credits: 9
This course further develops concepts within the three domains of the Individual, Healthcare System, and Nursing. The concept of Mood and Affect is introduced in this module. Students focus on the increasing complexity of the nurse?s role as they utilize the nursing process to meet the needs of patients with actual or potential health problems. Theory is applied to clinical practice in acute-care, mental/behavioral health, and community settings. Campus lab provides a variety of simulation experiences to enhance the classroom and clinical components.

Prerequisite: NUR 120 with a grade of C or better.

NUR240 - Nursing Concepts IV Credits: 9
Concepts within the three domains of the Individual, Healthcare System, and Nursing are further developed and analyzed. Concepts are presented using specific content exemplars selected by the faculty based on prevalence, incidence and significance of the issues/problems. Students focus on complex health problems and use of the nursing process to meet the needs of patients. Theory is applied to clinical practice in acute-care and community settings. Emphasis is placed on student's use of critical thinking/clinical decision- making skills and delegation/management principles as they create plans of care.

Prerequisite: NUR 100 with a grade of C or better.

NUR250 - Contemporary Concepts in Nursing Credits: 1
This course further prepares the nursing student for a role as a graduate nurse. Students will examine selected contemporary issues impacting nursing practice and the healthcare system. A student-directed/ faculty facilitated seminar format will be utilized to discuss and explore current topics affecting the healthcare system.

Prerequisites: BIO 251, ENG 102, NUR 220, NUR 230, and NUR 240.

Corequisites: ENG 102 and NUR 240.