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: lab 10)

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 forthe hospitalized adult.
  6. Analyze client advocacy for the hospitalized adult.
  7. Independently analyze client/family-learning needs and create and implement ateaching plan.
  8. Demonstrate a caring attitude, respect, and cultural sensitivity towards clients and theirfamilies in acute health care settings.
  9. Analyze therapeutic communication skills with clients and families, peers and healthteam 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 and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. The Role of the Nurse in Alternate Health Care Settings
  2. The Client with Alterations Affecting Nutrition/Metabolism
  3. The Client with Alterations Affecting Hormonal Balance
  4. The Client with Alterations Related to Hepatic-Biliary Function
  5. The Client with Alterations Affecting Respiration
  6. The Client with alterations Affecting Cardiac Output and Tissue Perfusion
  7. The Client with Alterations in Oxygenation/Tissue Perfusion Related to Hematologic Dysfunction
  8. The Client with Alterations Affecting Nutrition and Bowel Elimination
  9. The Client with Alterations Affecting Urinary Elimination
  10. 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.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Readings:  As assigned by course faculty.
  2. Care Plans
  3. Study Guides
  4. Lab Practices:  Independent practice/return demonstration.
  5. Fieldwork:  Field Observation/Community Health Resources.
  6. 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
College Lab: 
Laboratory performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the laboratory workbook.
  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.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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
    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 is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.