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Nursing

 

The Nursing Program prepares individuals to become Registered Nurses. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in natural and social sciences and an understanding of patient care in a variety of settings. > more

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

NURSING 067
Fundamentals of Caregiving (2.5)

This course meets the Washington State requirements for 'Fundamentals of Care Giving' certificate in order to be employed in community care giving settings. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 068
Receiving Nurse Delegation (1)

This course prepares the student to receive delegation of selected nursing tasks under the Washington State Nurse Delegation regulations. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 069
Nursing Assistant Training (6.5)

This course prepares the student to be a nursing assistant. Federal and state requirements for taking the Nursing Assistant Certification Examination will be included. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 070
Comprehensive Nursing Assistant Training (15)

This course prepares the student to be a nursing assistant for the care of residents of community and long term care facilities. Requirements for 'Fundamentals of Care Giving,' 'Nurse Delegation,' and federal and state requirements for taking the Nursing Assistant Certification examination will be included. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 094
Success Strategies for Nursing Students (2)

Support for academic success in nursing. Includes reading, study, and test-taking skills, working in culturally diverse groups, drug dosage computation, and campus support services. An optional course recommended for those interested in improving academic skills or for whom English is not the native language. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 121 or permission required. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 095
Critical Thinking in the Nursing Process (2)

An optional problem-solving seminar designed to assist students in developing their critical thinking skills in relationship to the nursing process. Emphasis will be on case studies. Prerequisite: Advanced placement LPN student or concurrent enrollment in NURS 152 or permission. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 121
Communication in Nursing (3)

Application of basic princ. of communication and human relations to health care settings. Identification of problems in relationships and techniques for working with people of diverse backgrounds in health care environments. Equiv. to NURSE 121. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Concurrently with NURS 131. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 131
Skills Practice Laboratory for Communication (1)

Practice of communication skills including diverse clients with varying preferences, values, and needs. Includes professionalism, self-awareness and impact on communication, group process, and interprofessional relationships. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 141
Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)

Describes organizing framework foundational to the nursing program. Concepts include: critical thinking, nursing process, patient-centered care, homeostasis, and environment with emphasis on human needs and lifespan regarding the older adult. Socialization into the nursing profession is emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Concurrent with NURS 151 and 161. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 142
Nursing Practice and Common Health Disturbances (5)

Nursing care for persons with common health disturbances related to: immobility, malnutrition, infection, inflammation, healing, pain, perioperative care, unconsciousness, dementia, diabetes, integumentary and musculoskeletal disorders and end of life issues. Prerequisite: NURS 121, 131, 141, 151, 161. Taken concurrently with NURS 152 & 162. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 143
Nursing Practice & Complex Health Disturbances I (6)

Third course in the nursing sequence with emphasis on hospitalized patients with complex health disturbances. Focus is on the surgical experience, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, immunological, cancer, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and sensory disturbances. Prerequisite: NURS 142, 152 and 162 with 2.0 or higher or advanced placement LPN entry. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 151
Nursing Foundations Practicum (4)

Provides opportunity for student to apply the nursing process, communication techniques, and basic nursing skills in a long-term care setting. Equiv. to NURSE 142. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Concurrently with NURS 141 and 161. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 152
Common Health Disturbances Practicum (4)

Provides the opportunity to expand the use of nursing process and technical skills when caring for hospitalized persons. Emphasizes medication administration, health teaching and interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: NURS 121, 131, 141, 151, 161. Taken concurrently with NURS 142, 162. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 153
Complex Health Disturbances I Practicum (5)

Students provide care for hospitalized individuals with complex health disturbances. Emphasis on persons undergoing surgery and intravenous management. Prerequisite: NURS 142, 152, and 162 with 2.0 or higher. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 161
Skills Practice Laboratory I (1)

Provides on-campus experience practicing basic nursing skills. Equiv. to NURSE 132. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 141 and 151. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 162
Skills Practice Laboratory II (1)

Provides progression in the practice of nursing skills in an on-campus laboratory setting. Prerequisite: NURS 121, 131, 141, 151, 161. Taken concurrently with NURS 142 annd 152. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 163
Skills Practice Laboratory III (1)

Third course in the nursing skills lab sequence. Students practice and demonstrate nursing skills in an on-campus laboratory setting. Prerequisite: NURS 142, 152, and 162 with 2.0 or higher, or advanced placement LPN entry. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 221
Nurs Practice and Complex Health Disturbances II (2.5)

Fourth course in the nursing sequence, with emphasis on care of the person with complex health disturbances. Focuses on neurological, biliary, genitourinary, renal and reproductive system disfunctions. Nursing role with toxic agent exposure and disaster management is included. Prerequisite: NURS 143 completed with 2.0 or above and 153, 163 with Pass. Advanced Placement LPN students need NURS 095, 121, 131, 143, 163. Taken concurrently with NURS 231. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 222
Nursing Practice and the Childbearing Family (3)

Fifth course in the nursing sequence which focuses on the physiological and psychological changes occuring during the childbearing experience, including care of the mother, newborn, and family unit. Explores cultural implications and diverse approaches and attitutes regarding childbearing. Prerequisite: NURS 221 and 241 completed with 2.0 or above and NURS 231 and 251 with Pass. Taken concurrently with NURS 232. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 223
Nurs Practice & Complex Health Disturbances III (3)

Final course in the nursing sequence focusing on nursing care of persons throughout the life-span with complex health disorders related to hematopoietic disorders; acute renal, cardiac, and respiratory disorders, trauma, severe burns and the hospitalized child. Pharmacology is integrated. Prerequisite: NURS 222, 232, 242, 252. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 231
Complex Health Disturbances II Practicum (5)

Students provide care for hospitalized individuals with complex health disturbances. Prerequisite: NURS 143 completed with 2.0 or above, NURS 153 & 163 with Pass. Advanced Placement LPN students need NURS 095, 121, 131, 143, 163. Taken concurrently with NURS 221. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 232
Nursing and Childbearing Family Practicum (4)

Expands use of the nursing process and advanced skills to the care of the childbearing family unit with emphasis on antepartal, intrapartal and postpartal care of mothers and newborns in both acute care and community settings. Prerequisite: NURS 221 and 241 completed with 2.0 or above and NURS 231 and 251 with Pass. Taken concurrently with NURS 222. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 233
Complex Health Disturbances III Practicum (4)

Clinical nursing practice in an acute care setting in which students are to apply theory attained in all previous levels as well as theory of Nursing 223. Focuses on transition to registered nurse role. Taken concurrently with NURS 223. Prerequisite: NURS 222, 232, 242, 252. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 241
Nursing Practice and Psychosocial Disturbance (2.5)

Concepts of mental health, psychopathology, treatment modalities, psychopharmacology and the effect of culture and development on mental health status, and the mental health system and its effects on individuals are explored. Principles of psychosocial nursing and work with the interdisciplinary team are emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 143 with 2.0 or above, NURS 153 & 163 wiht Pass. Advanced Placement LPN students need NURS 095, 121, 131, 143, 163. Taken concurrently with NURS 251. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 242
Nursing Practice and Health Promotion (3.5)

Nursing course focuses on maintaining and promoting optimal health in individuals and families across the life span. Emphaisis on vulnerable populations experiencing disparities related to power and privilege. Prerequisite: NURS 221 and 241 completed with 2.0 or above and NURS 231 and 251 with Pass. Taken concurrently with NURS 252. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 243
Managing Nursing Care in the Health Care System (3)

Presents basic management theory applied to nursing & the management of patient/client care. Explores the challenges, issues, & trends affecting the nursing profession and the health care system of today. Provides information relative to legal issues surrounding nursing practice. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 221, 231, 252, or permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

NURSING 251
Psychosocial Disturbance Practicum (2)

Provision of care for persons with psychiatric disturbances in a variety of settings. Working with interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 143 completed with 2.0 or higher and NURS 153 & 163 with Pass. Advanced Placement LPN students need NURS 095, 121, 131, 143, 163. Taken concurrently with NURS 241. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 252
Nursing and Health Promotion Practicum (1.5)

Nursing practicum in ambulatory and community settings with focus on use of nursing process and promoting health in vulnerable populations experiencing disparities. Prerequisite: NURS 221 and 241 completed with 2.0 or above. NURS 231 and 251 with Pass. Taken concurrently with NURS 242. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 253
Managing Nursing Care Practicum (2)

Basic management theory and nursing theory from entire program applied to the management of patient/client care. Emphasis on moving into the registered nursing role. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 243. Prerequisites: NURS 222, 232, 242, 252. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 266
Cardiac Monitoring (2)

Optional nursing course. Fundamentals of bedside cardiac monitoring and dysrhythmia interpretation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in second year of registered nursing program or current nursing licensure. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 267
Intravenous Therapy (2)

Optional nursing course. Concepts include: Intravenous fluid types, equipment, indications for therapy, site selection, compatibility, drip titration, dosage and rate calculation, site maintenance, and complications. Live IV insertion practice is not included. Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in second year of nursing program or licensure as a nurse. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 290
Leadership Experience in Nursing (1)

An elective course that focuses on support for students in leadership positions in organizations. Emphasizes developing skills for group leading, recruitment of others into the organization's programs, organizing and planning events, fund raising, and managing conflict within organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Concurrent enrollment in other nursing courses or permission is required. Mandatory P/NC grading.

NURSING 291
Special Topics in Nursing (1)

Classes forcusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in nursing.

NURSING 292
Special Topics in Nursing (2)

Classes forcusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in nursing.

NURSING 293
Special Topics in Nursing (3)

Classes forcusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in nursing.

NURSING 294
Special Topics in Nursing (4)

Classes forcusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in nursing.

NURSING 295
Special Topics in Nursing (5)

Classes forcusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in nursing.

NURSING 297
Individual Project in Nursing (1)

Individual project in a specific area of nursing. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience.

NURSING 298
Individual Project in Nursing (2)

Individual project in a specific area of nursing. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience.

NURSING 299
Individual Project in Nursing (3)

Individual project in a specific area of nursing. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience.