Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

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BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

3 credits – This course provides a basic overview of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It is designed to provide practical nursing and other health science students with an understanding of normal body structure and function as a basis for the study of variations from normal health.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: BIO041 Pre-Technical Biology

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits – The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits – The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

PNN100 Nursing Assistant

3 credits – This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities (NF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective resident/client care. This course parallels PNN-132 Nursing Fundamentals I.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 48

Course Fee: $75.00

PNN103 Nursing Calculations

2 credits – This course is designed to present mathematics necessary to convert between the American, metric, and apothecary systems of measurement using ratio-proportion and dimensional analysis methods. The course also includes intake and output calculations, percentages of change with weights, calories and fluids, calculating feeding solutions, drug dosage calculations, and determining IV flow rates.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra, or MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts, or MAT156 Statistics

Other Requirements: Admitted to current semester of Practical Nursing Program

PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I

3 credits – This course presents and offers supervised practice of basic skills, principles and procedures, therapeutic care and measures, and observing and meeting client needs through application of the nursing process in a laboratory setting. The student is assisted in gaining skill and accuracy through demonstration, supervised practice, and evaluation. This course parallels the state approved Nurse Aide I credit course.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology

Other Requirements: Admitted to current semester Practical Nursing Program

Course Fee: $42.00

PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II

3 credits – This course is a continuation of PNN-132 Nursing Fundamentals I or the state approved Nurse Aide I credit course. This course presents and offers supervised practice of basic nursing skills, principles and procedures, therapeutic care and measures, and observing and meeting clients’ needs through application of the nursing process in a laboratory setting. The student is assisted in gaining skill and accuracy through demonstration, supervised practice, and evaluation.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I or PNN100 Nursing Assistant with certification

PNN161 Introduction to Client Care

1 credit – This course provides students with an introduction to clinical nursing. Emphasis is placed on utilization of the nursing process for the geriatric client in the long-term care facility. This course begins the three year time limit for completion of the LPN curriculum.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I or PNN100 Nursing Assistant with certification, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations

Course Fee: $596.00

PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition

2 credits – This course evaluates attitudes and helps develop understanding and the skills necessary to good basic nutrition at the personal level and with clinical application throughout the lifespan. It includes a study of the components and functions of food, preservation of nutrients, and principles of digestion.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II, MAT063 Elementary Algebra, SDV025 College Study Skills, BIO041 Pre-Technical Biology

Other Requirements: Completion of Practical Nursing admission requirements.

PNN311 PN Issues and Trends

1 credit – This course is an overview of the role of the licensed practical nurse in Iowa. This course introduces students to the history, educational preparation, legal and ethical requirements, and cultural and spiritual sensitivity. Levels of practice, career opportunities, and beginning the job search are addressed.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

PNN343 Nursing Perspectives Through the Lifespan

3 credits – This course is a study of the stages of normal growth and development including physical, behavioral, and personality development from conception to death. Special emphasis is placed on phases and processes of aging.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II, MAT063 Elementary Algebra, SDV025 College Study Skills, BIO041 Pre-Technical Biology

Other Requirements: Completion of Practical Nursing admission requirements.

PNN401 Mental Health Nursing

1 credit – This course focuses on the beginning study of mental health concepts utilizing the nursing process. Self-awareness and providing a therapeutic relationship are important aspects of this course. Emphasis is also placed on nursing interventions provided to meet the emotional needs of the client, especially the elderly.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

Course Fee: $70.00

PNN431 Maternal Child Nursing I

2 credits – This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of basic nursing care during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum periods. Health promotion of infants, children and adolescents is addressed. Basic nursing care essential in caring for the child hospitalized with a common illness or surgical procedure is presented.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PSY111 Introduction to Psychology, PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, and BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PNN343 Nurse Perspect Lifespan.

PNN541 Medical Surgical Nursing A

5 credits – This course is a study of nursing care of adult clients with medical-surgical alterations of the following systems: musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and eye/ear. Clinical experiences are provided in acute care facilities. Pharmacology and gerontological considerations are integrated throughout this course.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

PNN542 Medical Surgical Nursing B

5 credits – This course is a study of nursing care of adult clients with medical-surgical alterations of the following systems: cardiovascular, hematology, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, and integumentary. Clinical experiences are provided in acute care facilities. Pharmacology and gerontological considerations are integrated throughout this course.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

PNN543 Foundations of Clinical Practices

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the general concepts that are applicable to nursing in a variety of settings. Areas of focus include nursing assessment, pharmacology, health care agencies, community resources, regulatory responses, the client with cancer, and additional clinical skills.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

PNN722 Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical

2 credits – Focuses on the application of knowledge, psychomotor, and affective skills to perform the role of provider of care. Emphasis is on making basic observations and performing nursing cares associated with activities of daily living in long-term care and medical settings. Concepts related to nutrition, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are applied.

Lecture Hours: 0 Clinic Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PSY111 Introduction to Psychology, PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, and BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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