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NUR 100: Introduction to Nursing and Health (1 cr.) — Introduces concepts of nursing and health. Includes historical and cultural aspects, legal, and ethical responsibilities and an overview of health and the health care delivery system. Prerequisite: Admission into the Associates in Applied Science Nursing program. Licensed LPN’s wishing to take the class need to contact a nursing advisor for assistance. Lecture 1 hour per week.

NUR 111: Nursing I (8 cr.) — Introduces nursing principles including concepts of health and wellness and the nursing process. Develops nursing skills to meet the biopsychosocial needs of individuals across the lifespan. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care, communication skills, introduction to nursing, health, the health care system, legal aspects of nursing care, diagnostic testing, assessment, teaching and learning, asepsis, body mechanics and safety, personal care, activity/rest, wound care, nutrition, elimination, oxygenation, fluid and electrolytes, pain control, medication administration, aging populations and pre/post-operative care. Provides supervised learning experiences. Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 12 hours. Total 16 hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission into the Associates in Applied Nursing Program required. 8 credits

NUR 112: Nursing II (8 cr.) — Focuses on the nursing care of adults experiencing changes along the health/illness continuum that are common, well-defined, and have predictable outcomes. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care; acid-base balance, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, immunology, oncology, sensori-neural, infectious diseases, endocrine, respiratory and blood disorders and care of the dying client. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies. Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 12 hours. Total 16 hours per week. 8 credits. Prerequisite: Completed NUR 111.

NUR 115: LPN Transition (3 cr.) — Introduces the role of the registered nurse through concepts and skill development in the discipline of professional nursing. This course serves as a bridge course for licensed practical nurses and is based upon individualized articulation agreements, mobility exams, or other assessment criteria as they relate to local programs and service areas. Includes math computational skills and basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisites: Completed BIO 141 and ITE 115. Licensed LPNs wishing to take the course need to contact a nursing advisor for assistance.

NUR 135: Drug Dosage Calculations (1 cr.) — Focuses on apothecary, metric, household conversion in medication dosage calculation for adult and pediatric clients. Provides a practical approach to learning to calculate and prepare medications and solutions. Includes calculating intravenous flow rates. Prerequisite: Admission to the Associates of Applied Sciences Nursing Program and Satisfied MTE 1-3. Licensed LPNs wishing to take the course need to contact a nursing advisor for assistance. Lecture 1 hour per week.

NUR 142: Fundamentals of Surgical Care II (3 cr.) — Introduces principles of wound healing including types, stages, and complications; types, preparation and care of surgical supplies, packing, dressings, catheters, drains, tubes, supplies, and equipment; classifications of instruments, sutures and needles. Describes responsibilities related to the scrub and circulating roles. Provides students practical experience in the operating room. Prerequisite: Licensed Practical Nurse in Virginia. Co-requisite: NUR 280 and documentation of current immunizations and other credentials. Note: SURGICAL SCRUB CERTIFICATE COURSE FOR LPNs. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

NUR 216: Integrated Concepts II (8 cr.) — Focuses on nursing care of individuals/families requiring the integration of complex concepts of nursing related to psychiatric and medical/surgical disorders throughout the lifespan. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care; psychiatric, respiratory, regulatory, endocrine and hematological disorders. Uses all concepts of the nursing process with increasing degrees of skill. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies. Prerequisites determined by local college. Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 12 hours per week. Total 16 hours per week. Prerequisites: NUR 112 and NUR 115 and Admission into the Associates in Applied Science Nursing Program.

NUR 217: Integrated Concepts III (8 cr.) — Focuses on nursing care of individuals/families requiring the integration concepts related to nursing care of complex medical/surgical disorders. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care; sensory, neurological, integumentary, renal and cardiovascular disorders; and, nursing care of clients experiencing major trauma. Uses all concepts of the nursing process with increasing degrees of skill. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies. Prerequisites determined by local college. Lecture 1-8 hours. Lecture 4 hours per week. Laboratory 12 hours per week. Total 16 hours per week. Prerequisite: Completed NUR 216.

NUR 226: Health Assessment (2 cr.) — Introduces the systematic approach to obtaining a health history and performing a physical assessment. Prerequisite: Admission into the Associates in Applied Sciences Nursing Program. Licensed LPNs wishing to take the class need to contact a nursing advisor for assistance. Lecture 0-2 hours. Laboratory 2-9 hours. Total 3-9 hours per week.

NUR 245: Maternal/Newborn Nursing (3cr.) — Develops nursing skills in caring for families in the antepartum, intrapartum, and post-partum periods. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of NUR 112 and Admission into the Associates in Applied Science Nursing Program.

NUR 254: Dimensions of Professional Nursing (2 cr.) — Explores the role of the professional nurse. Emphasizes nursing organizations, legal and ethical implications, and addresses trends in management and organizational skills. Explores group dynamics, relationships, conflicts, and leadership styles. Lecture 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Completed NUR 112 or NUR 118.

NUR 280: Introduction to Perioperative Nursing (4 cr.) — Introduces the surgical environment, ethical and legal patient and employee rights, preparation of the patient for surgery, surgical conscience, and the operative nurse’s role and responsibilities. Includes laboratory and clinical experience. Lecture 2. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week. Prerequisite: Practical Nurse Licensed in Virginia. Co-requisite: NUR 142 and documentation of immunizations and other credentials. Note: SURGICAL SCRUB CERTIFICATE COURSE FOR LPNs.

NUR 281: Advanced Perioperative Nursing (5 cr.) — Focuses on the technical and clinical aspects of perioperative nursing, including perioperative pharmacology, risk management and quality improvement, monitoring and documentation, and standard precautions. Includes laboratory and clinical experience. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 9 hours. Total 11 hours per week. Prerequisite: NUR 142 and NUR 280 and Licensed Practical Nurse in Virginia and documentation of current immunizations and other credentials. See www.germanna.edu Nursing and Allied Health/Surgical Scrub Nursing.

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