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NURS 401 Building a Foundation for Nursing Practice

Students must fulfill the prerequisites as well as a PSY 100-level course. Clinical calculation exam and clinical clearance required. Restricted to Nursing majors in the four year bachelor and the combined degree programs only.

Co-requisite: NURS 406 and NURS 408.

Course Description: This course introduces students in the accelerated nursing program to the foundations of nursing practice with special emphasis on the older adult. Fundamental principles related to cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Concepts of healthy aging, health promotion and disease prevention, safety, growth and development, independence, and loss are discussed among other vital issues effecting aging adults. The student will conduct developmentally appropriate and culturally competent assessments and interventions. Evidence-based practice will be used as a basis to practice therapeutic interventions. Principles and practices of nursing process, teaching and learning, documentation in the medical record, clinical calculation, and critical thinking will be emphasized. The role of the nurse in managing common geriatric syndromes, medication, transitions between care environments, end-of-life, and palliative care issues are emphasized. Students will practice therapeutic interventions basic to nursing in supervised college laboratory and geriatric clinical agency settings.

Course Rotation: NY and PL: Fall and Spring.


5 credits


(BIO 264 Minimum Grade of C


NURS 409