Adult Nursing

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Course Description:
This course covers utilization of the nursing process with applications to the adult experiencing alterations in the health state. Content addressed during this introductory medical surgical course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care for patients from different and diverse backgrounds with a variety of medical conditions. Clinical, observation, and simulation experience is geared towards beginning principles learned during this course, as well as previous information learned from other nursing courses.


Course Details


Prerequisites: NUR 1020C/L, NUR1141, NUR1280C/L, BSC2086C/L

Corequisites: NUR1211L, NUR2142, MCB2010C/L



Amy Sampson, MSN, RN
Office: Q213
(preferred method of contact is through Canvas)


Required textbooks/ course materials:

ATI optimal package-contact Chipola Bookstore

Elsevier Custom Package – Required if not purchased in Semester 1
Ignatavicius, D. & Workman, L. (2021). Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts for Interprofessional Collaborative Care (11th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323878265.

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


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

Describe and demonstrate a physical assessment of the body systems also including a cultural assessment.

Identify basic disease processes that can occur within the body system to include clinical manifestations, complications, and nursing management.

Demonstrate critical thinking for basic nursing interventions for multiple disease processes within the body systems.

Prioritize nursing care and clinical judgment to interpret assessment findings.

Illustrate appropriate nursing care when providing psychosocial support of both the patient and the family of any culture while demonstrating effective therapeutic communication.

Demonstrate understanding of patient-centered health teaching for preparation and follow-up care for multiple diagnostic testing related to different disease processes.







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Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Assign textbook readings.
  • Lead lecture and class discussion.
  • Provide further appropriate supplementary materials that align with the material presented in the textbook and content covered in class.
  • Facilitate navigating ATI online content assignments 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 student 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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