Course Number and Title: NUR 170 Nursing Concepts I
This entry level nursing course introduces concepts integral to the individual, nursing, and healthcare domains. Clinical experiences emphasize the safe, caring, competent performance of nursing practice, communication, and professionalism within a variety of healthcare settings.
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- Apply theoretical knowledge necessary to develop plans of care that address patient needs. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 1)
- Recognize components of clinical reasoning that are necessary in the provision of patient care. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
- Demonstrate nursing care based on principles of safety. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
- Acknowledge each patient’s unique life experiences when providing nursing care. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2)
- Employ therapeutic, respectful, and non-judgmental communication techniques. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 3)
- Identify time management and organizational strategies to provide safe and appropriate care in a variety of healthcare settings. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 4)
- Apply standards of nursing practice to professional behaviors. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply theoretical knowledge necessary to develop plans of care that address patient needs.
- Describe components of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and growth and development when formulating a plan of care for an individual patient.
- Recognize nutritional needs of patients through individualized assessments.
- Explain pharmacologic principles relevant to the care of a patient.
- Prepare nursing plans of care based on relevant theoretical knowledge.
- Recognize components of clinical reasoning that are necessary in the provision of patient care.
- Describe the components of the nursing process.
- Discuss the necessity of a spirit of inquiry in professional nursing.
- Outline nursing actions to meet identified patient needs.
- Demonstrate nursing care based on principles of safety.
- Discuss ethical and legal standards of nursing practice.
- Use information technology in the provision of safe nursing care.
- Practice nursing care incorporating principles of safety.
- Identify the influence of evidenced-based practice on safe nursing care.
- Demonstrate proficiency in performing clinical math calculations.
- Acknowledge each patient’s unique life experiences when providing nursing care.
- Select interventions that demonstrate respect and caring for each patient.
- Recognize the influence of ethnic and cultural diversity when developing a plan of care.
- Employ therapeutic, respectful, and non-judgmental communication techniques.
- Practice effective communication during all interactions.
- Discover the impact of therapeutic communication, among members of the healthcare team, on optimal patient outcomes.
- Choose appropriate therapeutic communication techniques.
- Recognize situations which necessitate culturally competent communication.
- Identify time management and organizational strategies to provide safe and appropriate care in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Recognize leadership principles used in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Discuss a plan of care that incorporates aspects of collaboration among various healthcare providers.
- dentify personal strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills in order to provide safe and effective care.
- Define delegation in the healthcare setting.
- Apply standards of nursing practice to professional behaviors.
- Explain behaviors that exhibit professional standards of nursing practice.
- Choose actions based on the standards of nursing practice.
- Demonstrate legal and ethical accountability in nursing practice.
- Show integrity through adherence to established policies, protocols, and procedures.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
6 Exams (Summative) (equally weighted)
Final Exam (Summative)
Alternative Assignments – Quizzes (6) & Project (Formative) (Equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Integrate sound nursing judgment, incorporating theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills, and informatics to provide clinically competent nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
- Integrate the diversity of the individual, family, and community to maintain caring relationships.
- Employ appropriate communication techniques while functioning as a member of the healthcare team.
- Manage care for a group of patients using organization, collaboration, and delegation.
- Integrate civic professionalism, ethical, and legal standards into nursing practice.
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