This initial course consists of formal didactic instruction with laboratory and clinical practice. Clinical and classroom experiences are of equal importance.
Basic Nursing is made up of the following three sections:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Life Sciences
- Nursing Fundamentals
Section #101 - Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology is a didactic subject in which basic anatomical structure and function is explored to establish an understanding of the human body. Medical terms are defined, pronounced and analyzed throughout the course so the enrollee becomes increasingly proficient with their usage. More complex concepts, including basic pathophysiologic changes, are added as body systems are introduced. Course content is tied to other Basic Nursing courses. Maslow's Theory is applied as the learner begins to relate anatomical/physiological abnormalities to nursing care needs.
Section #102 - Life Science
Life Science is a didactic subject that explores principles of normal nutrition, growth and development, communication, basic computer skills and etiquette, personal and professional growth, transcultural considerations, nursing history, and legal, ethical and moral issues. The role of the practical nurse in organized health care is identified and developed. The nursing process, Maslow's Theory, holism and health promotion are interwoven throughout the units.
Section #103 - Nursing Fundamentals
Nursing Fundamentals is a didactic and clinical section that establishes a sound nursing foundation by developing skills within the scope of practice of the practical nurse. Nursing Fundamentals includes course work in basic nursing procedures, dosage calculation, basic intravenous therapy, principles of pharmacology, and physical assessment. Maslow's Theory and the nursing process are used as tools for exploration of concepts. Students begin their clinical experiences in this section, initially applying basic nursing skills to the care of their clients and progressing to the application of more complex skills. Clinical assignments take place in a variety of contracted facilities and may be supplemented with observational and enrichment experiences.