Nursing Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


NUR 080A
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT – PART I

This is the first of three classes that prepares students to be certified as nursing assistants in the state of Oregon.  Students acquire, demonstrate and deliver patient care to residents of long-term care and other facilities.  This course includes instruction in basic bedside nursing skills, restorative care, mental health and social needs as well as personal care skills and patients rights. Students will be given an introduction to anatomy and physiology.  This course meets the requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing for certification as a nursing assistant. Prerequisite: Limited entry course through prior course admission procedure.

 

NUR 080B
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT – PART II

This is the second of three classes that prepares students to be certified as nursing assistants in the state of Oregon.  Students acquire, demonstrate and deliver patient care to residents of long-term care and other facilities.  This course includes instruction in basic bedside nursing skills, restorative care, mental health and social needs as well as personal care skills and patients rights. Students will be given an introduction to anatomy and physiology.  This course meets the requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing for certification as a nursing assistant. Prerequisite: Limited entry course through prior course admission procedure and successful completion of NUR 080B.

 

NUR 080C
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT – PART III

This is the third of three classes that prepares students to be certified as nursing assistants in the state of Oregon.  Students acquire, demonstrate and deliver patient care to residents of long-term care and other facilities.  This course includes instruction in basic bedside nursing skills, restorative care, mental health and social needs as well as personal care skills and patients rights. Students will be given an introduction to anatomy and physiology.  This course meets the requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing for certification as a nursing assistant. Prerequisite: Limited entry course through prior course admission procedure and successful completion of NUR 080C.

 

NUR 141
FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

(5.00 Lecture/12 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 9 Credits

Presents concepts and skills that lay a foundation for socialization into the nursing profession. Provides opportunities to attain the knowledge and skills that are necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and deliver basic nursing care to individual patients across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Admission to OCCC Nursing Program. Registration must be completed and TB test results and proof of current immunizations submitted before student is permitted in clinical areas. Current CPR certification required.

 

NUR 141A
SKILLS APPLICATION FOR NUR 141

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credit

Provides practical application and hands-on learning for basic nursing skills, including hygiene skills, transmission-based and standard precautions, moving and positioning, transferring, administering intramuscular injections (IMs), data collection, tubes and specimens, and medication administration. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 141.

 

NUR 142
CARE OF ACUTELY ILL PATIENTS AND DEVELOPING FAMILIES 1

(6.00 Lecture/12 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 10 Credits

Provides opportunities to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the roles of a practical nurse in providing care to the elderly in long term care and to acutely ill patients across the lifespan. Focuses on the care of individual patients with health problems related to the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems.  Includes pathophysiological effects, such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances and pain, and treatment modalities, such as pharmacology and surgery, associated with these health problems. Also provides opportunities to learn concepts related to the care of developing families.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 141 and associated laboratory and clinical sessions with a grade of C in the immediately preceding term. Co-requisite: PSY 215 and BI 233. Co-requisites may be completed prior to enrollment in NUR 108

 

NUR 142A
SKILLS APPLICATION FOR NUR 142

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credit

Provides practical application and hands-on learning for nursing skills, including enteral nutrition; subcutaneous injections; scrubbing, gowning and gloving; changing intravenous (IV) bags and tubing; sterile dressing changes; urinary catheterization; and medication administration. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 142.

 

NUR 143
CARE OF ACUTELY ILL PATIENTS AND DEVELOPING FAMILIES 2

 (5.00 Lecture/15 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 10 Credits

Provides opportunities to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the roles of a practical nurse in providing care to patients across the lifespan who are acutely ill. Focuses on the care of patients with health problems related to the neurological, hematological, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems, as well as conditions related to cancer, mental health, infectious diseases, and complications of obstetrics. Also provides with opportunities to implement the roles of a practical nurse in providing care to developing families. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 108 and associated laboratory and clinical sessions with a grade of C or higher during the immediately preceding term. Co-requisite: BI 234 and WR 121. Co-requisites may be completed prior to enrollment in NUR 142.

 

NUR 143A
SKILLS APPLICATION FOR NUR 143

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credit

Provides practical application and hands-on learning for nursing skills, including previously learned skills, converting an intravenous (IV) infusion to an intermittent device, saline flushes via an intermittent venous access device, intradermal injections, wound care, nasogastric tube insertion and removal, suctioning, and tracheostomy care. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 143.

 

NUR 144
LPN TO RN TRANSITION

(2.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Assists the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to begin the process of role transition and preparation for placement in the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program curriculum. Updates and enhances student knowledge by incorporating content from the following competency areas: role development and transition; professional behaviors and responsibilities; communication; assessment; clinical decision-making and the nursing process; drug-dose and calculations; teaching-learning; collaboration; and managing care. Prerequisite: Limited entry course through prior course admission procedure.

 

NUR 241
CARE OF PATIENTS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS

(6.00 Lecture/15 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 11 Credits

Provides the foundation for practice as an associate degree registered nurse. Builds on the curriculum of the first year of the Nursing Program and socializes students into the nursing roles at the registered nurse level of responsibility. Provides opportunities to learn and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to implement these roles in giving care to clients/patients with complex physical and mental health problems. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 143 (formerly NUR 109) and associated laboratory and clinical sessions with a grade of C or higher. Clinical: Registration must be completed and TB test results and proof of current immunizations submitted before student is permitted in clinical area. CPR certification required. 

 

NUR 241A
SKILLS APPLICATION FOR NUR 241

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credit

Provides practical application and hands-on learning for  nursing skills, including caring for central venous access devices, focused patient assessments, chest tubes, intravenous piggyback medication administration (IVPB), patient controlled analgesia (PCA), and assisting physicians during procedures. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 241.

 

NUR 242
CARE OF PATIENTS IN SITUATIONS OF CRISIS AND COMMUNITY-BASED SETTINGS

(5.00 Lecture/15 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 10 Credits

Provides opportunities to learn and to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the roles of an associate degree registered nurse in providing care to patients experiencing a health-related crisis such as a critical illness, an acute exacerbation of a chronic illness, or an end-stage disease. Also provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and explore nursing practice in community-based settings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 241 and associated laboratory and clinical sessions with a grade of C or higher during the immediately preceding term. Co-requisite: Social Science elective and Sociology elective. Co-requisites may be completed prior to enrollment in NUR 242. 

 

NUR 242A
SKILLS APPLICATION FOR NUR 242

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credit

Provides practical application and hands-on learning for nursing skills, including review of all previously learned skills, blood transfusions, intravenous (IV) push medications, and team medications. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 242.

 

NUR 243
PREPARATION FOR ENTRY INTO PRACTICE

(3.00 Lecture/15 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 8 Credits

Provides students with opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills inherent in the beginning practice roles of an associate degree registered nurse. Focuses on the first-level management skills necessary for providing nursing care to groups of patients in acute or sub-acute care settings. As the culmination of the Nursing program clinical sequence, NUR209 incorporates 156 – 160 hours during which students demonstrate achievement of program outcomes.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 242 and associated laboratory and clinical sessions with a grade of C or higher during the immediately preceding term. Co-requisite: Humanities/Fine Arts/Communication elective and General Education elective. Co-requisites may be completed prior to enrollment in NUR 243. 

 

NUR 220
NCLEX-RN PREPARATION

(2.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Provides a comprehensive review and preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  Presents an opportunity for application of test taking strategies and critical analysis of NCLEX type questions through guided learning.  Explores universal principles of nursing care management; maternal, child and pediatric nursing; psychiatric and mental health nursing; adult and geriatric health; and pharmacology. Co-rerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in NUR 243.