Professional Nursing

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Course Descriptions

Campus:MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Interim Director of Nursing: Shelli Ely
For program information please call 816.604.4175.
Application period: For fall semester, the second Wednesday in January through the fourth Wednesday in January (4:30 p.m.). For spring, the first Wednesday in August through the third Wednesday in August (4:30 p.m.)

Professional Nursing Classes

RNUR 126 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (6 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program; completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 243. The student will acquire knowledge fundamental to the development of basic skills and attitudes essential for the practice of nursing. The principles of physical, biological, and behavioral sciences and nursing theory serve as the foundation. This first clinical laboratory course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the professional nurse in meeting basic needs common to all clients. Students are prepared to establish the nurse-client relationship through communication skills. Planned clinical experience is designed to allow the student to utilize the nursing process to deliver safe, individualized nursing care according to legal/ethical guidelines.

RNUR 131 Essential Nursing Concepts (2 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program; completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 243. The course provides a basis for beginning nursing practice, introducing the student to nursing as a profession with its component parts: professionalism, health care delivery systems, the health care team, and legal/ethical issues. The student is introduced to communication theory, the hierarchy of basic needs, developmental theories, the impact of culture and ethnicity on health practices, and the nurse-client relationship. The fundamental principles of health assessment are also a part of this course. Competency in calculation of medication dosages will be addressed.

RNUR 134 Mental Health Nursing (4 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program; completion of RNUR 131, RNUR 126, PSYC 243; completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 208. This course is based on the belief that mental health nursing is an integral part of all nursing. It builds upon the foundation of basic knowledge of human behavior which the student receives from the field of psychology. The student will acquire a basic knowledge of the causes, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders across the life span including the impact of environmental forces. Ethical/legal concepts are integrated throughout. Emphasis is placed on application of therapeutic communication techniques, psychiatric assessment skills, and the nursing process. The impact of the therapeutic environment upon the treatment of specific psychiatric populations across the life span will be presented.

RNUR 138 Nursing Care of Women and Neonates (4 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program; completion of RNUR 131, RNUR 126, PSYC 243; completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 208. This is a sixteen-week nursing course focusing on nursing care of women and neonates. The course is designed to provide a holistic view of women and their health-related self-care practices. While major emphasis is place upon providing experiences in meeting the basic needs of the family during the childbearing years, women's changing health care requirements throughout her lifetime are also addressed. Communication with women, mothers, and significant others is emphasized. Developmental tasks of neonate, adolescent, and adult are identified. The nursing process is utilized in the clinical setting to determine needs and related interventions for childbearing women, neonates, and support systems. Emphasis is placed on incorporating teaching-learning needs as part of the plan of care for the cultural diverse family.

RNUR 141 Adult Nursing I (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program; completion of RNUR 131, RNUR 126, PSYC 243; completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 208. Adult Nursing I is the first of three medical-surgical nursing courses and builds upon the basic nursing content and skills learned in Fundamentals of Professional Nursing and Essential Nursing Concepts. Gerontological concepts are presented along with selected medical-surgical problems associated with this population. The nursing process will serve as the framework to integrate the concepts of legal/ethical issues, culture and ethnicity, developmental stages/tasks, and communication. Emphasis is placed on identifying physiological and psychological changes of clients aged 65 and older.

RNUR 230 Leadership/Management/Trends (2 cr.)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101, SOCI 160, RNUR 234, RNUR 238, and completion of or enrolled in SPDR 100 and one of the following: HIST 120, 121, POLS 125, 126, 137, or SOSC 151. This fourth semester course will focus on leadership and management principles necessary for the professional nurse to function in an effective manner in the leader/manager role. Concepts and theories of nursing care delivery models, leadership and management, delegation of patient care, communication, time management, conflict resolution, legal responsibilities, ethical issues, decision making, issues, trends in nursing, and graduate role integration and professional development will be explored. Concepts and principles of emergency management and disaster planning, and the physical and psychological effects of bioterrorism are also examined.

RNUR 234 Child-Centered Nursing (4 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program; completion of RNUR 126, RNUR 131, RNUR 134, RNUR 138, RNUR 141, BIOL 208; or admission to the LPN-Bridge program. This third semester clinical laboratory nursing course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the professional nurse in promoting health care in children and their families. Nursing care will be provided in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. This course stresses the uniqueness of each child and the family unit. Communication is employed to assist the child and family in health maintenance with the goal of independence and autonomy of function. The nursing process will be used as the interactive tool linking all aspects of care for culturally and ethnically diverse clients and their families. Developmental stages/tasks will be stressed in assisting the family unit toward health maintenance.

RNUR 238 Adult Nursing II (5 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program; completion of BIOL 208, RNUR 134, RNUR 138, RNUR 141, and completion of or concurrently enrolled in ENGL 101 and SOCI 160. Adult Nursing II is the second of three medical-surgical nursing courses and is the first with a clinical component. This course allows students to utilize previous nursing concepts as they apply their skills to clients in a variety of secondary and tertiary settings. Students assume professional nursing roles in meeting basic needs by demonstrating skills in communication, critical thinking, and the nursing process. Students interact with culturally/ethnically diverse clients and integrate legal/ethical issues into the plan of care. Content regarding medical-surgical disease processes is continued, giving the student the basis of knowledge to assist the client to reach optimal status on the health-illness continuum.

RNUR 244 Adult Nursing III (7 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program; completion of RNUR 126, RNUR 131, RNUR 134, RNUR 138, RNUR 141, RNUR 234, RNUR 238, BIOL 208. This is the final of three adult nursing courses and is designed to prepare the student to transition to the role of the professional nurse. Students will expand their knowledge of therapeutic communication and skills related to health care technology. Concepts from previous nursing courses are integrated to provide comprehensive nursing care to select adult clients and their families experiencing multisystem failure/trauma. Students use the nursing process to organize and manage care in conjunction with other health team members. Critical thinking, developmental stages, cultural/ethnic diversity, and legal/ethical issues are implemented in the care planning process. Clinical laboratory practice occurs in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings with diverse client populations and includes a concentrated practicum which prepares the student to enter the work force. A community health nursing experience if incorporated in theory and clinical practice.

Last Modified: 3/6/14