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Nursing Associate Degree

Current LNA Licensure required for acceptance.
 

NRNC/K 105 – Nursing Seminar I - 1 Class hour/1 Credit
The Nursing Seminar course facilitates students' success in the nursing program and the nursing profession by introducing concepts basic to nursing practice.  Learning activities help students develop study skills, test-taking skills, and time management skills.  Students learn about the history of the nursing profession and issues facing nurses in today's healthcare. Discussions focus on the different levels of nursing education. The course introduces students to the five-step nursing process as a framework for critical thinking and problem solving, as well as theories and conceptual frameworks used to support nursing practice.  Students examine the New Hampshire Nurse Practice Acts and discuss legal and ethical issues in nursing practice.  The course introduces students to the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for registered nurses test plan in reference to the program of study at River Valley Community College's nursing program. Students talk about using nursing research as evidence for nursing practice. (Admission to ASN Program, NRNC/K116)

NRNC/K 116 – Nursing Care I - 3 Class hours, 2 Lab hours, 10 Clinical hours/7 Credits
The Nursing Care I course introduces concepts basic to nursing practice.  In the course, students begin to develop an understanding of the nursing process, the communication process, and the teaching-learning process.  Theoretical concepts of person, health, nursing, and environment are introduced and threaded throughout the course.  The roles of the associate degree nurse - provider, communicator, teacher, manager of care, and member of the profession are introduced.  Basic concepts related to nutrition, homeostasis, sleep, rest, and activity, fluid and electrolytes balance, gastrointestinal function, urinary elimination, carbohydrate alteration and diabetes mellitus, cardiac-pulmonary function, pharmacology, and nursing care of patients with pain and discomfort are discussed.  Students also learn about common diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests. The level of information in this course is based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment.  In clinical and laboratory settings, students apply new knowledge and practice basic skills.  Clinical learning experiences in long-term and sub-acute settings provide opportunities for students to integrate theory with nursing practice. (Co/Prerequisites: PSYC101, SCIC201, ENGC102, NRN105 with grade of “C” or better, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure)

NRNC/K 117  Nursing Care II - 4 Class hours, 2 Lab hours, 13 Clinical hours/9 Credits
This course provides opportunities for students to begin to use the nursing process and implement the registered nurse roles of provider, communicator, teacher, manager of care, and member of the profession.  The main focus of the course is learning how to provide holistic nursing care to individuals with common mental health disorders and medical surgical alterations in health. Concepts related to the health-wellness continuum, therapeutic nutrition, pharmacology, and lifespan development that were introduced in Nursing Care I are expanded upon.  Students learn medical surgical content related to neurologic, vascular, orthopedic, hematologic, urinary, oncology, and the immune system.  Mental health topics of substance abuse, stress, anxiety, somatiform, dissociative, sleep, and affective disorders are introduced, along with their physiologic impact. Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, students continue to develop critical thinking skills, and begin to apply those skills to problem solve within the practice environment. Clinical learning experiences in the nursing lab, peri-operative care areas, medical, surgical and mental health care settings provide opportunities for students to apply theory to nursing practice. (Co/Prerequisites: NRN105 and 116 with a grade of “B-” of higher; PSYC114, SCIC 201 and 202 with grade of “C” or higher, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure)

NRNC/K197    Transition Course PN to RN - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits Credits

This course expands on the concepts, knowledge and skills associated with practical nursing education. Emphasis is on the legal and ethical role and responsibility and the scope of practice of an associate degree registered nurse. Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory and a self-care need framework, the student will use the nursing process to discuss the care of individuals with behavioral health alternations throughout the life span. Based on Patricia Benner's novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, the student will develop critical thinking skill and advance their use of the nursing process. Theoretical concepts of health, wellness continuum, pharmacology, and ethical - legal aspects related to the role of the registered nurse are emphasized. The course provides opportunity to apply theory with nursing practice. (Prerequisites: SCIC202, mathematics elective, English Composition, Humanities/Fine Art/Language Elective with grade of "C" or higher, NRNC117 with grade of B-or better, Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR, liability and medical insurance)

NRNC 197  Transition Course PN to RN - 3   Class hours/3 Credits
This course expands on the concepts, knowledge and skills associated with practical nursing education.  Emphasis is on the legal and ethical role and responsibility and the scope of practice of an associate degree registered nurse.  Using Maslow’s theory on the Hierarchy of Needs and a self-care need framework, the student will use the nursing process to discuss the care of individuals with behavioral health alternations throughout the life span.  Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, the student will develop critical thinking skill and advance their use of the nursing process.  Theoretical concepts of health wellness continuum, pharmacology, and ethical - legal aspects related to the role of the registered nursing are emphasized.  The course provides opportunity to apply theory with nursing practice through simulation case study learning activities.  (Co/Prerequisites: SCIC201 and 202, PSYC 101 and 114, Math elective, English composition, Humanities/Fine Art/Language elective with grade of “C” or higher, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure) 

NRNC/K220    Nursing Care Across the Life Span - 4 Class Hours/6 Lab/Clinical Hours/10 Credits

This course introduces delivery of nursing care to the expanding family, including mothers, infants, children and families and concepts related to the nursing care of individuals experiencing alternations in mental health functioning. Nursing care management of individuals with chronic mental health disorders is emphasized. This course expands on the nursing care required for those experiencing alterations in the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, respiratory, and circulatory systems, as well as disorders related fluids and electrolytes. Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, the student will develop critical thinking skill and use the nursing process to provide and evaluate holistic nursing care for individuals, families and groups across the life span. Theoretical concepts of health, wellness continuum, therapeutic nutrition, pharmacology, lifespan development, and ethical - legal aspects related to the role of the registered nurse as provider and communicator with patients across the life span are integrated. Learning experiences in the community and inpatient mental health and medical surgical patient areas will provide opportunities to integrate theory with clinical practice. (Co/Prerequisites: HUMCxxx, SCIC205 NRNC117 or matriculation in Advanced Placement Option, BLS Certification, liability insurance)

NRNC/K 215 – Nursing Seminar II - 1 Class hour/1 Credit
The Nursing Seminar II course facilitates students' success in the nursing program and the nursing profession by providing an opportunity to further develop discussions on topics introduced in the first nursing seminar (NRNC 115) course.  This second nursing seminar course helps students develop a professional identity by focusing on why the student chose a career in nursing.  Students are introduced to concept maps as a tool for organizing their thoughts for writing.  The concept map is used as a tool for developing a professional portfolio and designing a plan for entering the nursing workforce. The course provides opportunities for students to explore different healthcare organizational structures and examine issues related to power and empowerment. Students develop a professional resume, write a cover letter, and discuss important aspect of seeking employment. Other topics of discussion include developing a study plan for NCLEX preparation, continuous quality improvement, creating a healthy workplace, work-related stressors, and burnout.  Building on knowledge from the Nursing Seminar I course, students prepare and present a case study demonstrating how nursing research supports clinical practice. (Prerequisites: NRN105, and 116, 117, or 197 with a grade of “B-” or higher; Co-requisite NRN 220)

NRNC/K 220 – Nursing Care III - 4 Class hours, 2 Lab hours, 13 Clinical hours/9 Credits
This course introduces the delivery of nursing care to the childbearing family, including parents, infants, and children.  Concepts related to nursing care management of individuals with mental health disorders are expanded in this course. The course builds upon nursing care required for individuals experiencing acute alterations in the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, respiratory, circulatory systems, and disorders related fluids and electrolytes. Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, the student will develop critical thinking skill and use the nursing process to provide and evaluate holistic nursing care for individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. Integrated throughout the course are concepts of health, wellness continuum, therapeutic nutrition, pharmacology, lifespan development, and ethical - legal aspects related to the role of the registered nurse. Learning experiences in the community and inpatient   facilities provide opportunities to integrate theory with clinical practice in the areas of mental health, medical/surgical, pediatrics, and child-bearing families.  (Prerequisites: English composition, SCIC201 and 202, PSYC 101 and 114 with grade of “C” or higher; Co-requisites: Math elective, SCIC205, BLS Certification, liability and medical insurance, active NH Nurse Assistant Licensure)

NRNC/K225 – Nursing Seminar III - 1 Class hour/1 Credit
The Nursing Seminar III course prepares nursing students to enter the workforce by focusing on the essential skills of leadership and management.  Learning activities provide opportunities for students to use communication and critical thinking skills to implement change and effectively deal with conflict in the clinical setting. In the third nursing seminar course, students learn about the legal implications of delegating patient care to healthcare personnel and the importance of quality improvement as it relates to the nurse, patient, organization, and healthcare system. Seminar sessions focus on getting people to work together, incivility in a caring profession, and the process of change in the healthcare setting. (Prerequisites: NRN105, 215, and 220 with a grade of “B-” or higher; Co-requisite NRN 230)

NRNC/K 230 – Nursing Care IV - 4 Class hours, 2 Lab hours, 16 Clinical hours/10 Credits
This course provides expanded concepts related to the holistic nursing care of patients across the lifespan with complex and acute health alterations in the neurosensory, neurologic orthopedic, renal, and gastrointestinal systems. The course includes concepts in the care of patients at the end of life and those with cancer. Theoretical concepts of the health, wellness continuum, therapeutic nutrition, pharmacology, lifespan development, and ethical - legal aspects are applied to nursing practice. Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert nursing model of skill attainment, the student develops critical thinking skills, increases competence and independence in managing nursing care for patients and families with multisystem needs. Emphasis is on the nurse as a manager of care. Opportunities are provided for students to practice delegation, supervision, collaboration, clinical decision-making and team communication skills in structured medical surgical settings.  (Prerequisites: NRN220 with grade of “B-” or higher; Co-requisites: NRN225, English Elective, Humanities Elective)