Fundamentals of Nursing introduce students to the nursing concepts related to providing basic care to clients and their families. Principles of data collection as a part of the client assessment are emphasized. Students focus on the use of the nursing process to provide care for clients with basic health alterations. Students describe how to use appropriate terminology to document care provided. The course emphasizes methods of insuring the safety of clients, while intervening to meet needs related to rest and sleep, pain and comfort, mobility, nutrition, elimination, hygiene, and care of the clients’ environment. Clients’ psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs, as well as ethical and legal implications, are integrated into the plan of care. Principles of drug administration, including dosage calculation and administration of solutions are introduced. Students also study the nursing responsibilities used during the admission, transfer and discharge of clients. First aid principles are discussed.
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