Nursing Concepts Related to Community and Home Health

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 209

       Course Name: Nursing Concepts Related to Community and Home Health

       Credits: 2(1 lecture: 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of NUR 207 and NUR 212 and all third semester non-nursing support courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on the basic principles of home health nursing. Content includes applying the nursing process to the client and family in the home health care setting to facilitate emphasis on the caring model; health care needs of diverse populations across the life span will be addressed.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate the role of the nurse in the home health care setting with emphasis on preparing the client/family for independent care.
  2. Analyze legal/ethical issues pertinent to the care of clients/families in the community.
  3. Integrate clinical assessment data to facilitate the client and family’s achievement of developmental tasks.
  4. Analyze how the home care setting affects the caring relationship between the nurse and client/family.
  5. Develop the plan of care considering individualized outcome criteria for home health.
  6. Use effective communication skills to collaborate with client/family and other professionals on the plan of care to be utilized in the home care setting.
  7. Analyze the implications of the use of technology in the home care setting.
  8. Analyze the role of the nurse in a community health setting including referrals to appropriate community resources.
  9. Evaluate volunteer service in home care setting.
  10. Intervene to meet the needs of clients and their families in the home health care setting.
  11. Evaluate effectiveness of end of life care in the hospice and home care setting.
  12. Analyze how culture affects the care of the client in the home health care setting.
  13. Examine legal concerns of the nurse working in the community.
  14. Design a plan of care for the homecare/hospice client that includes acting as a client advocate.
  15. Analyze case studies of home care clients working with a peer group.

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. Introduction to Home Health Nursing
  2. Introduction to Hospice Nursing
  3. Home Health Care Across the Life Span

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

Readings as assigned
Independent Study
Written papers as assigned

Supervised client care
Conference and evaluations with student, clinical instructor and agency personnel
Selected written assignments

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

TheoryQuizzes - 50% - Quizzes are based on study guides and lecture notes which may be used during the quiz. The quiz is timed and limited to 15 minutes for 10 questions.  Comprehensive examination - 15% - The comprehensive final exam is closed book. Study guides or lecture notes may not be used. Weekly journal - 20%. Online discussions/conference - 15%.

Clinical:  Clinical performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the evaluation form.  Students are apprised of their progress in theory and client care on an ongoing basis through written and oral reports.  Students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in Client Care and the required grade of C in Theory to pass NUR 209.  A failure in any part of the course results in failure in the course.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes 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. In the case of an absence and/or tardiness, students are required to contact the agency, the preceptor, and the instructor. (See clinical guidelines.) Students will notify both preceptor and instructor of any emergency situation taking place during the clinical day. Cell phones must be on vibrate during all home visits and students MUST NOT take any personal calls during home visits unless it is an emergency.
  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 Lab
    Computer-assisted instruction
    Audio-Visual Department

    Enrollment Management - Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record keeping
    Office of Research - Surveys and reports
    Health Services - Health forms, physicals, and medical tests.
    Bookstore - Textbooks
    Student Services
    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.