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Nursing 48
Calculating Drugs and Solutions

Nursing 99abc
Independent Study

Nursing 101
Exploring Health Occupations Careers

Nursing 118
Respite Care for Children and Adolescents

Nursing 145
Introduction to Nursing

Nursing 149
Preparation for Advanced Placement in Nursing

Nursing 150A
Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills I

Nursing 150B
Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills II

Nursing 151
Human Development and Health

Nursing 152
Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

Nursing 153
Intermediate Nursing Process I

Nursing 154
Intermediate Nursing Process and Mental Health

Nursing 155
Health Assessment

Nursing 156
Advanced Nursing Pharmacology

Nursing 210
Implications of Pathophysiology Concepts for Nurses

Nursing 250
Intermediate Nursing Process and the Family

Nursing 251
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing

Nursing 253
Intermediate Nursing Process II

Nursing 254
Advanced Nursing Process I

Nursing 255
Advanced Nursing Process II –
Clinical Preceptorship

 

Nursing 48
Calculating Drugs and Solutions

2 unit; 3 hour lecture, 3.4 hours lab 
Prerequisite: eligibility for Mathematics 70
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course reviews and utilizes mathematical concepts needed in calculating correct and safe medication dosages. Advanced problem solving, application of algebraic concepts, formulas, proportional relationships, systems of measurement, and measurement system conversions will be incorporated in the learning process. Designated lab time will be provided related to clinical scenarios involving accurate medication calculations, selection of correct medical equipment to prepare various types of medications, reading sample physician orders, and evaluating medication labels for safe medication administration.

Note: Effective Fall 2010, N48 will be a nursing program requirement.
 

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Nursing 99abc
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: Two courses in Nursing with a minimum grade of C in
each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

This independent study course in Nursing is for students wishing to undertake special studies not covered in the normal department offerings.

Note: Refer to page 11 of the College Catalog for eligibility requirements.

Nursing 101
Exploring Health Occupation Careers

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English 2R
Credit, not degree applicable

This is an introductory course for students considering careers in health care. Students will explore career options and be introduced to the major job responsibilities and technical skill requirements of a variety of health care occupations. The information provided will enable students to match their abilities and interest to a specific health care occupation.

Nursing 118
Respite Care for Children and Adolescents

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A
Credit, degree applicable

This course introduces the student to the role and responsibilities involved in providing in-home respite care for the disabled child. Topics will include personal safety, community resources, legal parameters, ethical considerations, nutrition, physical positioning, activities, and procedures for home visits. Students will develop the skills necessary to organize and implement daily living activities in the client's home.

Nursing 145
Introduction to Nursing

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Prerequisite: eligibility for English 1A and Mathematics 70
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This introductory course examines the nurse's role in hospital and outpatient settings. Through case studies, students will apply and evaluate the impact of the nursing process on clients' health conditions. Specific emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process, critical thinking, therapeutic communication, cultural variation, and computational skills. Students undergo assessment of their individual learning needs and identify campus resources that will assist them in meeting these learning needs.

Nursing 149
Preparation for Advanced Placement in Nursing

2 units; 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: admission to the Nursing Program
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course acquaints Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses (LVN/LPN), Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (LPT), and transfer students from accredited nursing programs to concepts of nursing as they apply to the El Camino College nursing program. Students will become familiar with the program philosophy, basic needs theory, nursing process, critical thinking, and communication. Course discussion will focus on transition to the registered nursing role and the impact of legal and ethical boundaries on health care delivery. Students will practice basic nursing skills and demonstrate competency.

Nursing 150A
Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills I

4 units; 5 hours lecture, 9 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: admission to the
Nursing Program
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic nursing care to the individual and family. Concepts of basic human needs and structural variables such as age, sex, and ethnicity are studied. Select psychomotor skills such as dressing changes and medication administration are practiced in the skills and simulation labs in perparation for clinical practice.

Nursing 150B 

Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills II

3.5 units; 3 hours lecture, 12 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: admission to the
Nursing Program
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students will focus on the skills and knowledge needed to assess and care for a patient in the hospital setting. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process, therapeutic communication, and providing basic care to the individual. Fundamental nursing skillls such as medication amdinsitration will be carried out in the clinical setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on caring for the geriatric population. The nurses's ethical and legal responsibilties of patient care in the hosptial setting wil also be addressed. 

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Nursing 151
Human Development and Health

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Enrollment Limitation: admission to the Nursing Program
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the various factors that affect human development from conception through death. Normal biopsychosocial development is emphasized and commonly occurring deviations are examined and analyzed. The course also focuses on health problems and concerns unique to each stage of growth and development. The nurse's role in analyzing problems and providing care throughout the life span is explored.

Nursing 152 (formerly 66A)
Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Enrollment Limitation: admission to the Nursing Program
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to clinical drug therapy. Major content areas include fundamental concepts of pharmacology; groups of therapeutic drugs; prototypes of drug groups; commonly prescribed individual drugs; interrelationships between body systems and drugs; and the role of the nursing process in prescribed drug therapy regimens. Legal and ethical implications will be examined.

Nursing 153 (formerly 63)
Intermediate Nursing Process I

4.5 units; 2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 150, Nursing 151, and Nursing 152
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course will assist the student in meeting the needs of adult clients with moderately severe disruptions to health. Theory and utilization of the nursing process will focus on pathophysiological problems associated with the pre-operative and postoperative periods. Students will examine problems associated with the physical integrity, respiratory, activity-rest, ingestive, excretory, and sexual needs.

Nursing 154 (formerly 62)
Intermediate Nursing Process and Mental Health

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 150, Nursing 151, and Nursing 152
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students will utilize the nursing process in caring for clients with varying degrees of mental health problems. Psychopharmacological therapies will be examined. Students will apply techniques of therapeutic communication, administer medications, and assume a leadership role in the clinical setting. In addition, students will utilize and maintain legal and ethical standards specific to mental health clients.

Nursing 155
Health Assessment

1 unit; .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 150, Nursing 151, and Nursing 152
with a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will develop and practice health assessment skills. The focus will be on gathering data for health histories and performing physical assessments on the cardiac, respiratory, peripheral vascular, abdominal, musculoskeletal, lymphatic, head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat (HEENT), and neurological systems. Students will compare and contrast the pathophysiologies of normal and abnormal assessments and document their findings.

Nursing 156 (formerly 66B)
Advanced Nursing Pharmacology

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Prerequisite: Nursing 150, Nursing 151, and Nursing 152
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course offers an in-depth study of clinical drug therapy. The knowledge and intervention needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of drugs will be emphasized. Major content areas will include advanced pharmacological principles; major drug classifications; selected individual drugs; drug effects on body tissues; human responses to drug therapy; and application of the nursing process. Anatomy, physiology, and microbiology concepts are correlated with various pathologies, emphasizing the effect(s) of drug therapy on body systems. Health teaching and legal and ethical issues are examined.

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Nursing 210
Implications of Pathophysiology Concepts for Nurses

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Nursing 153 with a minimum grade of C
or equivalent or Licensed Registered Nurse or Vocational Nurse
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, the student will explore the effect of illness on the human body. Common disorders of the major body systems are used to illustrate the effect of diseases on the body. Clinical applications of the concepts of pathophysiology will assist the nurse in providing effective, scientifically based patient care.

Nursing 250
Intermediate Nursing Process and the Family

5.5 units; 3 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 153, Nursing 154, Nursing 155, and Nursing 156
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the theory and clinical application of concepts related to the nursing care of families in the childbearing and childrearing stages. Using the nursing process, students will apply the El Camino College Nursing Program's theoretical framework to meet the basic needs of families as they move through the life stages of pregnancy, birth, and childhood. The importance of structural variables, physical assessment skills specific to maternal-child nursing, and pathological conditions that occur during childbirth, infancy, childhood, and adolescence will be emphasized.

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Nursing 251 (formerly 67)
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Prerequisite: Nursing 150 and Nursing 151
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will analyze the legal responsibilities associated with the scope of nursing practice as defined by the Board of Registered Nursing. Other parameters and standards of law impacting the nursing profession will be examined. Scenarios that pose ethical dilemmas for the registered nurse will be debated using ethical theories and principles.

Nursing 253
Intermediate Nursing Process II

4.5 units; 2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 153, Nursing 154, Nursing 155,
and Nursing 156 with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course will assist the student in meeting the needs of clients with complicated disease states. The synthesis and integration of multiple assessment data in order to utilize the nursing process in caring for medical-surgical clients will be emphasized. Organization and prioritizing care for multiple clients will be stressed in the delivery of total patient care. Increased skill development of nursing procedures and collaborative nursing interventions will be emphasized in the clinical setting. Topics will include pain management, hematology, immunology, infectious diseases, oncology, palliation, and neurological dysfunctions.

Nursing 254
Advanced Nursing Process I

7 units; 3 hours lecture, 12 hours lab
Prerequisite: Nursing 250, Nursing 251, and Nursing 253
with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on pathophysiologic concepts and nursing management essential to critical care and emergency nursing. Clients with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary, hepatic, renal, and multi-system failure will be selected for critical care clinical experiences. Leadership and management skills are introduced and applied in the clinical setting. Students apply the nursing process and prioritize nursing care for a group of clients with multiple need imbalances. The role of the nurse in the management of client care following a disaster is presented.

Nursing 255
Advanced Nursing Process II – Clinical Preceptorship

2.5 units; 135 hours of lab to be arranged over four weeks
Prerequisite: Nursing 254 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course will provide a clinical preceptorship experience for the advanced student nurse and the inactive Registered Nurse (RN) as well as the foreign Registered Nurse (RN) in transition. The student works under the supervision of a clinical nurse preceptor. This experience assists the student to make a smooth transition from the learner role to the entry level Registered Nurse role in a realistic clinical setting. Opportunities will be provided to implement leadership and management skills as well as decision making and priority setting utilizing legal and ethical principles.

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 Last Published 4/18/13