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Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing Courses

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network Courses

Nursing 100: Principles of Nursing – 7 credits Principles of Nursing is a fundamental nursing course that introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Basic nursing concepts are presented with emphasis on the Nursing Process. Essential nursing and communication skills are developed to meet patient needs in a medical-surgical setting. Opportunities for implementation of these skills are provided in concurrent simulation and clinical experiences. The course incorporates American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice, Quality and Safety Education for Nursing Competencies, and Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.

Nursing 101: Physical Assessment – 1 credit Physical Assessment is a fundamental nursing course that introduces the student to physical assessment. Basic nursing assessment skills are demonstrated and practiced. Essential nursing communication skills related to assessment findings are shared. Opportunities for implementation of these skills are provided in classroom simulation. This course is taught in conjunction with Nursing 100 where physical assessment concepts are applied in the clinical setting. The course incorporates American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice, Quality and Safety Education for Nursing Competencies, and Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.

Nursing 102: Medical-Surgical Nursing I – 6 credits Medical-Surgical Nursing I is built on the knowledge and basic nursing skills taught during the previous term. This course provide the student with various learning experiences in utilizing the nursing process to provide safe, evidenced-based nursing care and to meet the needs of the patients, family, and the community. The topics taught in this course are respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disorders. The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurse Competencies, and the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice are integrated throughout the course. Students receive concurrent simulation and clinical experiences. Observational experiences are provided in the hospital and in the community settings.

Nursing 103: Pharmacology I – 2 credits Pharmacology I introduces the students to key concepts related to pharmacology. Principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics will be presented. Adverse effects of drugs and drug interactions will be discussed as well as the influences of age, culture, and ethnicity on drug therapy. Classifications of medications commonly administered will be presented, i.e., drugs to treat pain, drugs to relieve anxiety, drugs to promote sleep, and antimicrobials. This course is taught in conjunction with Nursing 102, where pharmacologic concepts are applied in the clinical setting. Students will apply the nursing process to medication administration for patients with respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disorders. The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Standards, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurse Competencies, and ANA Scope and Standards of Practice are integrated throughout the course.

Nursing 104: Medical-Surgical Nursing II – 7 credits Medical-Surgical Nursing II is a continuation of Medical Surgical I taught during the previous term. This course provides the student with various learning experiences in utilizing the nursing process to provide safe, evidenced-based nursing care and to meet the needs of the patients, family, and the community. The topics taught in this course are oncology, sensory-motor, renal & urinary, and male & female reproductive disorders. The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurse Competencies, and the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice are integrated throughout the course. Students receive concurrent simulation and clinical experiences. Observational experiences are provided in the hospital and in the community settings.

Nursing 105: Pharmacology II – 2 credits Pharmacology II is a continuation of content introduced in Pharmacology I. This course is taught in conjunction with Nursing 104, where pharmacologic concepts are applied in the clinical setting. Students will apply the nursing process to medication administration for patients with oncologic, sensory, musculoskeletal, neurological, renal and urinary, and reproductive, disorders. The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Standards, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurse Competencies, and ANA Scope and Standards of Practice are integrated throughout the course.

Nursing 200: Medical-Surgical Nursing II – 8 credits Medical-Surgical Nursing III/Community Health introduces the student to advanced medical-surgical, community health and gerontological nursing concepts. This occurs through interactions with individual patients and groups of patients in critical care, emergency/trauma, perioperative and community settings.

Nursing 201: Biopsychosocial Care of Individuals, Families and Groups – 8 credits Biopsychosocial Care of Individuals, Families and Groups introduces the student to the normal and abnormal adaptations of individuals, families and groups to stressors. This occurs through interaction with the individual and groups of patients in acute psychiatric and maternal/child health settings. The course also focuses on the role of the nurse in helping individuals, families, and groups in various settings, to adapt to biopsychosocial changes. Opportunities for implementation of these skills are provided in concurrent clinical experiences. The course objectives and outline are based on The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, QSEN competencies, and ANA Standards and Scope of Practice.

Nursing 300: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice – 8 credits Transition to Professional Nursing Practice provides the student with learning experiences that simulate the future role of the entry-level professional nurse. The course addresses modalities of nursing care, concepts of leadership and management, nursing theories, research, and legal/ethical aspects of care. Synthesis of previous and concurrent learning occurs as students perform the role of an entry-level professional nurse in complex nursing situations. Goals include development of independence in nursing practice, skill and accountability in clinical decision-making, and application of nursing leadership and management theory and skills. The course incorporates American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice, Quality and Safety Education for Nursing Competencies, and Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. The course includes class hours for comprehensive standardized testing.

Nursing 301: Professional Issues and Preparation for Nursing Practice – 1 credit Professional Issues and preparation for Nursing Practice explores current issues in professional nursing and their impact on health care delivery, the community and its diverse populations and safe accountable nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on preparing the new graduate to meet the challenges of licensure examination, role transition, and career management in a complex and dynamic health care system through goal development and career planning. Professional growth and commitment to learning through formal and informal continuing education are stressed. Students are exposed to leaders in nursing education, health care, nursing organizations, and politics. They are encouraged to critically examine a variety of challenges affecting the nursing professional and to formulate a personal position, conclusion, and/or course of action based on concepts of leadership, collaboration and accountability. All learning activities emphasize the importance of personal informed decision-making, critical thinking, ongoing accountability and responsibility to patients, the community, self and professional nursing.