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Nursing Concepts in Care of the Adult Client

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 207

       Course Name: Nursing Concepts in Care of the Adult Client

       Credits: 6(lecture 2.6:lab10)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of NUR 105 and NUR 106 and all first level non-nursing support courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on care of the adult client with specific alterations in basic needs.  Content includes development of competency utilizing the nursing process and concepts of caring, and demonstrates the role of the nurse in a variety of health care settings.  Nursing skills taught in the college laboratory and implemented in selected clinical settings.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of NUR 207 the student is prepared to:
1.         Demonstrate the role of the registered nurse in an acute care setting.
2.         Intervene to meet the needs of adult clients with selected health alterations.
3.         Examine the developmental stages in the care of adult clients.
4.         Develop a nursing care plan to meet the needs of the adult client with selected health
            alterations.
5.         Demonstrate specific nursing skills according to established criteria when caring for
            the hospitalized adult.
6.         Analyze client advocacy for the hospitalized adult.
7.         Independently analyze client/family-learning needs and create and implement a
            teaching plan.
8.         Demonstrate a caring attitude, respect, and cultural sensitivity towards clients and their
            families in acute health care settings.
9.         Analyze therapeutic communication skills with clients and families, peers and health
            team members in acute health care settings, recognizing cultural diversity
10.       Manage technology related to the care of adult clients.
11.       Create and participate in service-learning opportunities.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

I.          The Role of the Nurse in Alternate Health Care Settings

II.          The Client with Alterations Affecting Nutrition/Metabolism

III.         The Client with Alterations Affecting Hormonal Balance

IV.        The Client with Alterations Related to Hepatic-Biliary Function

V.        The Client with Alterations Affecting Respiration

VI.        The Client with alterations Affecting Cardiac Output and Tissue Perfusion

VII.       The Client with Alterations in Oxygenation/Tissue Perfusion Related to Hematologic Dysfunction

VIII.      The Client with Alterations Affecting Nutrition and Bowel Elimination

IX.        The Client with Alterations Affecting Urinary Elimination

X.        The Client with Alterations Affecting Sexuality/Reproductive Health

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, Discussion, Audiovisuals, Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Demonstration, Guidance of Skill Practice.
Supervision of Client Care.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.        Readings:  As assigned by course faculty.
B.        Care Plans
C.        Study Guides
D.        Lab Practices:  Independent practice/return demonstration.
E.        Fieldwork:      Field Observation/Community Health Resources.
F.         Clinical:          Supervised Client Care, Pre/post Conference.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Theory:
            Cardiac Packet                                   5%
            Quizzes                                              10%
            Exams                                                60%
            Comprehensive Examination          25%
            HESI exam
Clinical:
Clinical performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the evaluation form, and based on the following:
                     Weekly progress reports for each student
                     Final clinical performance evaluation
                     Written work as assigned

College Lab:
Laboratory performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the laboratory workbook.

Written lab tests and written assignments must be passed with a grade of 75 or better.  There is one Comprehensive written lab examination and one Comprehensive skills exam.

Students are apprised of their progress in theory, client care and college lab on an ongoing basis through written evaluations and oral reports.  Students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in Client Care and College Lab and the required grade of C in Theory to pass NUR 207.  A failure in any part of the course results in failure in the course.

XI.   Other Course Information

Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes, on-campus college laboratory sessions and clinical practicums.  Client Care requirements demand that all students must be on time for clinical experience.  Absence from clinical experience will affect a student's ability to meet course objectives and can result in failure in the course.

Class Policy on:

Make-up of Exams:    Periodic pre-scheduled examinations shall be given throughout the semester.  Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor, to take the test at a later date.

Incomplete Grades:  See College Catalog.

Late Assignments:    Written work is a requirement of the course.  Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Support Services:
                        Learning Center
                        Computer-assisted instruction
                        Instructional Media Services
                        Enrollment Management - Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record-keeping
                        Office of Research - Surveys and reports
                        Health Services - Health forms, physicals, and medical tests
                        Bookstore - Textbooks
                        Advising
                        College Relations - Publications and marketing

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.