Incorporates principles and concepts from nursing knowledge and liberal arts education. The emphasis of the course is on the patient with commonly occurring illnesses. The student focuses on the wholly compensatory nursing system and evaluates effective therapeutic and collegial communication to enhance health outcomes. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to utilize microsystem resources, evidence-based practice, quality improvement processes, and safety standards in the delivery of patient care. The student demonstrates accountability for the professional, ethical, and legal standards of nursing practice to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Opportunities to utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and humanistic values are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. Students enrolled in this course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. Students enrolled in this course will be charged $615 to help cover the costs associated with ATI online practice and proctored assessments and tutorials, detailed individualized remediation plans, and end-of-program testing to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. (Prerequisites: NURS 116C, NURS 117C) Clinical sites are in medical/surgical settings.

All nursing courses integrate theory and clinical experience. Failure to receive a satisfactory grade in either theory or the clinical experience portion of the course will result in a failing grade. All Nursing major field courses must be passed before proceeding to the next level. A grade of C or higher is required in BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, BIOL 202C, and a math elective (MATH 120C or higher) to enter or progress in the nursing courses.