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NUR 121 Introduction to Nursing Transitions
Credit Hours:  8
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 4 Lectures, 12 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Within the framework of transitions theory, the focus is on individuals and families in defined practice settings such as Long Term Care and Medical Surgical Acute Care areas. Included is the situational transition of the individual to the nursing student role, and the patient's admission to and movement within the healthcare system as it relates to health-illness and developmental transitions. Provides the opportunity for the practice of nursing in real and simulated structured situations.

Prerequisites: Nursing cohort student; BIO 201; BIO 202;eligible for ENG 101 and MAT 141; C.N.A. or L.P.N. licensure from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Corequisites: NUR126

Recommendations: Join a study group, attend every lab practice, and meet with your faculty adviser at least twice each semester.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Identify healthy physiological, psychosocial, developmental, cultural, and spiritual functioning in patients and self, using appropriate assessment skills.
2. (Comprehension Level) Identify the steps in the nursing process used to objectively plan and deliver quality patient care.
3. (Application Level) Practice psychomotor skills for assessment and procedures in the skills lab to obtain competency.
4. (Application Level) Apply appropriate assessment skills to patient care through simulation and in the clinical setting weekly.
5. (Comprehension Level) Identify safety measures for decision-making using assessment, infection control, and medication administration principles to deliver quality, nursing care and identify rationales using evidenced based data.
6. (Application Level) Begin to apply safety measures for decision making in clinical practice.
7. (Comprehension Level) Identify professional responsibilities of a nurse including ethical, legal, and safety practices while advocating for patients.
8. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate self growth in one's attitude, ethical, legal, and safety practices.
9. (Application Level) Identify and apply respectful inquiry about the course to class, test review, simulation and the clinical setting.
10. (Comprehension Level) Explain the responsibilities necessary to supervise, delegate, and coordinate health care personnel to manage patient care effectively and consistently.
11. (Application Level) Learn and begin to practice effective therapeutic communication to enhance trust in the patient-nurse relationship.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Produce a satisfactory holistic assessment and accurately document findings.
2. Perform all nursing interventions with safety and skill as listed in the "Skills Inventory."
3. Achieve satisfactory performance of clinical skills and practice, per professional guidelines as documented on the Clinical Evaluation Tool (midterm and final).
4. Safely prepare and administer medications by all routes, except intravenous, with supervision.
5. Demonstrate caring behaviors when applying nursing therapeutics.
6. Describe the Nurse Practice Act in Arizona and the Act's implications for the nurse's personal and legal responsibilities.
7. Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors in the classroom, the lab, and the clinical setting.
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