Nursing Fundamentals Lab

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 003


Course Description:
This lab is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of certain key concepts and principles fundamental to the practice of nursing. Emphasis on the wellness-illness continuum will lay the foundation for future study. The student is introduced to the nursing process as a systematic method of problem solving in which effective communication and interpersonal relationships are central components. Basic needs relative to hygiene, activity, rest and sleep, comfort, safety, nutrition, and fluid and electrolytes, urinary and bowel elimination, and oxygenation are necessary to meet the needs of the moderately ill, hospitalized patient. The content includes socio-economic, ethno-cultural, spiritual needs, community health concepts, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS education. Instruction includes the development of critical thinking skills. The student will be introduced to medication administration. The clinical application of drugs is also emphasized to insure rational and optimal patient care. Serious attention is given to the skills that are essential to safe nursing practice. Supervised practice and planned hospital experience will provide the student opportunities to assist patients to an optimal level of wellness. Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in geriatric nursing are incorporated throughout the course. This course will also present HIPPA regulations and the implications related to the provision of healthcare.


Course Details


COrequisite: NUR 1020C



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


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



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.


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, H, PS, Clin, CS. CP, Obs, Sk Check


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

See NUR 1020C syllabus.


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