Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
NRS 110
Course Title:
Foundations of Nursing- Health Promotion
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Course Description

This course introduces the learner to the framework of the OCNE curriculum. The emphasis on health promotion across the life span includes learning about self-health as well as client health practices. To support self and client health practices, students learn to access research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness, apply growth and development theory, interview clients in a culturally sensitive manner, work as members of a multidisciplinary team giving and receiving feedback about performance, and use reflective thinking about their practice as nursing students. Populations studied in the course include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. The clinical portion of the course includes practice with therapeutic communication skills and selected core nursing skills identified in the OCNE Core Nursing Skills document. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Conduct a culturally and age appropriate health assessment, and interpret health data, such as screening for biological and psychosocial health risks, evidence of safe and healthy habits, developmental tasks and vulnerabilities, and patterns family functioning.
2. Develop a plan of care that is family-centered, and developmentally and culturally appropriate using evidence such as clinical practice guidelines and integrative literature reviews, to help facilitate a client€™s health behavior change.
3. Use effective communication to establish a therapeutic client-centered relationship and advocate for a health behavior change based on assessment of health risks.
4. Design and evaluate a health behavior change for self and for a selected client using relevant evidence and family/cultural data.
5. Demonstrate beginning use of selected nursing frameworks, including the legal ethical base for practice, and their application to the practice of nursing.
6. Recognize the importance and relevance of reflection on clinical experiences and on competencies and its influence on personal and professional behavior.
7. Demonstrate use of effective learning strategies in a performance-based curriculum.
8. Demonstrate use of the importance of fulfilling commitments to the team in completing assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Classroom lecture
Skills Lab
Written papers

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Multiple choice exams
Clinical performance evaluation
Lab skill performance evaluation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Issues & Concepts:
OCNE learning modalities
Health promotion across the lifespan
Health promotion practices for self and clients
Evidence based practice
Developmental theory
Tame work
Self reflection
Culturally sensitive care
Normal pregnancy
Mathematics related to calculating intake, output, conversion
Student and Client hygiene
Body mechanics and client positioning
Basic physical assessments across lifespan
Vital signs assessments
Intake and output, including feeding
Computer based documentation
Medication introduction