Catalog 2017-2018 
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Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 107 Nursing Assistant Theory

5 credits
This course will introduce students to the role, responsibilities, and skills required of a nursing assistant. The students will be introduced to health care concepts including scientific principles of nursing, basic therapeutic communication techniques, infection and infection control, vital sign measurement, safety and mobility issues, basic patient care, patient comfort, and nutrition.

Prerequisites: ENGL 093  (or placement into ENGL 099  or higher)

Corequisites: NURS 108  and NURS 109 

Quarters Offered: All

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the role of the nursing assistant in healthcare
  • Identify consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Describe ethical and legal issues specific to the Nursing Assistant role in health care
  • Distinguish appropriate therapeutic communication vs informal conversation
  • Demonstrate appropriate observation, reporting and documentation skills
  • Identify and select appropriate infection control procedures
  • Recognize concepts and rationales, then assess results of proper measurement of vital signs, height and weight
  • Identify and examine the concepts of safe care in the long-term care setting
  • Describe concepts of safe positioning, transferring and ambulation of patient
  • Describe proper body mechanics
  • Identify nutritional considerations
  • Describe death and dying issues
  • Identify employment opportunities, and career growth and continuing education
  • Describe basic first aid procedures, and respond appropriately in emergency situations
  • Describe care surrounding an emotionally stressed patient
  • Write a reflection paper explaining and justifying responses to identified problems with accompanying solutions at three different levels

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50