This course integrates the curriculum conceptual framework of Knowledge, Skills, Values, Meanings, and Experience (KSVME) with the provision of direct client care to meet clients’ basic health needs. Students will study the following topics: a) history of nursing, b) the relationship of basic anatomy, physiology, growth and development to client care; c) basic nursing care skills; d) ethical, legal, cultural, economic and spiritual issues influencing nursing care; e) therapeutic communication techniques to establish caring client relationships; and f) respect for diverse values and beliefs. Beginning medical-surgical nursing is introduced with the nursing care of perioperative patients. At course completion, students are eligible to apply for nursing assistant certification (CNA) by equivalency.
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