Nursing Fundamentals

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
8 credit hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course provides students with key concepts fundamental to nursing practice. The wellness-illness continuum will lay the foundation for future study. Students are introduced to the nursing process as a method of problem solving with communication and interpersonal relationships as central components. Serious attention is given to the skills that are essential to safe nursing practice. Supervised practice will provide the student opportunities to assist patients. Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in geriatric nursing are incorporated, as well as HIPPA regulations and the implications to healthcare.


Course Details


Admission to the ADN program

Corequisites: NUR 1020L, NUR 1141, NUR 1280C/L, PSY 2012, BSC 2086C/L



Amber Bruner, MSN RN
Office- Bldg. Q, Rm 217
Phone- (850) 718-2323


Required textbooks/ course materials:

*Jump Drive with @at least 4MB memory

ATI-Optimal Essential Package

Elsevier Custom Package - 9780443251870 

Jarvis -Pocket Companion for Physical Exam & Health Assessment, 9e

Ladwig - Mosby Guide to Nursing Diagnosis, 7e

Pagana- Mosby’s Diagnostic & Laboratory Test Reference, 16e

Skidmore-Roth -Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses 15e

Silvestri- Saunders Comprehensive Review NCLEX-RN Exam 9e

LaCharity - Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment, 5e

Package includes FREE Student Evolve Resources

Additional required supplies on Bookstore Uniform list. List attached to Orientation letter.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Professional standards that guide the student learning outcomes include the following sources: Healthy People 2020, National Patient Safety Goals, and NLN standards.  The nursing graduate will be able to:

N1. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication within a variety of health care contexts.

N2. Provide patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to a diverse patient population.

N3. Demonstrate clinical judgement in the delivery of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

N4. Demonstrate use of information and technology for nursing care.

N5. Will demonstrate professional practice as defined by the State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice for the registered nurse.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals



Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Explain the role of the nurse and important techniques used in gathering objective and subjective client data utilizing the nursing process, proper medical terminology, and basic assessment skills.
  • Differentiate between the collection of baseline data and ongoing nursing assessments and explain the importance of establishing a patient data base.
  • Formulate, validate, and prioritize nursing diagnoses for each patient while identifying patient goals and expected outcomes.
  • Implement the nursing actions planned in the previous step to assist the patient in achieving desired health goals, promote health, prevent disease and illness, restore health, and facilitate coping with altered functioning.
  • Communicate the patient centered plan of care to all involved healthcare team members as well as the patient.
  • Identify actual and potential factors/etiologies that contribute to health or illness while recognizing the client’s response to both.
  • Identify the importance of patient education and client- centered care in order to help determine measures the client can utilize to improve health and prevent or resolve illness.
  • Differentiate between the role of the registered nurse and other members of the health care team.
  • Differentiate between nurse-initiated, physician-initiated, and collaborative interventions while identifying the nursing interventions that are most likely to assist the patient in achieving their goals.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic nursing skills.

 N1 - N5 for all

T, UT, Q, F, EX, SP, SD, W, PS, H, Clin, CS, CP, Obs


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Assign textbook readings.
  • Lead lecture and class discussion.
  • Invite guest speakers on occasion to reinforce course content.
  • Provide further appropriate supplementary materials that align with the material presented in the textbook and content covered in class.
  • Use other teaching strategies, including separating students into cooperative groups to examine course content, class presentations, etc.
  • Design further assignments (quizzes, discussion boards etc.) to help students engage with the course material.
  • Schedule simulation days to enhance course content.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold virtual or office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.
  • Be available to students via office telephone, Canvas email, and appointments as necessary and according duty schedule.

 The students will:

  • Arrive to class on time and in proper dress code.
  • Ensure all clinical requirements (immunizations, certifications, etc.) are current and uploaded to Castle Branch.
  • Engage in assigned readings and participate respectfully in class discussion.
  • Attend skills lab and clinical as scheduled.
  • Participate in scheduled simulations experiences.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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