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Course Descriptions


Nursing 101 Foundations of Nursing

Foundations of Nursing provides knowledge essential to the fundamental nursing care of Medical-Surgical patients of all cultural backgrounds which utilizes previously learned content from related courses.  Discussion of the trends influencing nursing practice, ethics of patient care, and legal considerations in health care are introduced.  Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as the foundation of nursing practice.  Communication principles, physical assessments, and diagnostic assessments are introduced and developed throughout the course.  The student identifies learning needs of individuals and families and initiates appropriate health teaching.  Measures to promote comfort, rest, and sleep along with infection prevention principles are introduced and incorporated into clinical experiences.  Pharmacological principles are studied which provide information necessary for safe administration of medications.  The care of the patient through all phases of the perioperative experience is presented.  The patient experiencing disturbances of the immunological, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems along with related evidence-based nursing care and therapeutic measures are addressed.  Theory and skills are reinforced through concurrent clinical laboratory experiences in the simulation laboratory and a variety of health care settings.  Learning takes place by direct involvement and active participation in the application of nursing care to assigned patients.


Nursing 102 Nursing Care of Adults

Nursing Care of Adults is the comprehensive approach to evidence-based care of the adult patient of all cultural backgrounds who experience disturbances of the cardiovascular, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, gastrointestinal, neurosensory, and integumentary systems.  Utilizing the nursing process as a framework, the pharmacological, dietary, social, economic, and psychological needs of the patient and family are integrated throughout the course.  Physical assessment, medical-surgical clinical skills, and critical thinking are enhanced.  Clinical opportunities progress from structured classroom laboratories into acute care and community assignments.  Teaching/learning needs are identified, and emphasis is placed on patient and family education to enhance wellness. Nursing research principles are introduced and applied to the investigation of various disorders, chronic diseases, and/or evidence-based nursing practices.


Nursing 201 Nursing Care of Special Populations

Nursing Care of Special Populations is a comprehensive approach to providing physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual care to individuals, families, and groups throughout their life span. The childbearing and child-rearing component focuses on the application of the nursing process and the utilization of critical thinking skills to deliver care to women, children, and their families. The psychosocial adjustments of aging focus on maintaining the health of the older population and utilizing the nursing process to deliver care, prevent illness, and promote a state of wellness throughout the lifespan. The mental health component focuses on promoting an understand of mental health concepts as they apply to all levels of the health/illness continuum. Application of knowledge of psychodynamics, treatment modalities, and therapeutic interventions are utilized to foster optimal wellness in individuals, families, and groups experiencing alternations in mental health. Principles of growth and development, pharmacology, nutrition, rehabilitation, therapeutic communication, group process, and interviewing skills are integrated throughout the course. A variety of clinical experiences in acute care and community settings allow the student to utilize the nursing process, critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills, and evidence-based practice to care for individuals with special needs. Nursing research is further developed which supports the student's ability to formulate a scientific paper.


Nursing 202 Advanced Concepts of Nursing

Advanced Concepts of Nursing is a study of the problems encountered by persons of all cultural backgrounds affected by medical and/or surgical conditions in acute care, critical care, and emergency settings. Delegation, prioritization, time management, clinical judgement, and safe medication administration will be emphasized. The course facilitates the individual’s transition to practice from student to registered nurse, including a well-defined preceptorship.  Concepts, theories, and application of leadership and management modalities are incorporated.  Current trends in health care delivery, nursing regulations, ethics, and employment are discussed. Emphasis is placed on utilization of the nursing process in situations in which clinical reasoning, decision making, rapid assessment, and interventions facilitate the development of clinical judgement in determining the appropriate plan of care. Nursing research skills are enhanced which promote a spirit of inquiry and professionalism with a focus on evidence-based practice.  Career selection, career mobility, and the graduate nurse’s responsibility for degree progression and professional growth are discussed. Teaching/learning needs are identified and emphasis is placed on the patient, family, and community education to enhance wellness.


The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare provides state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities for all levels of academic study.  A variety of audiovisual and supplemental teaching aids are available to enhance student learning.  Innovative program designs are evident in all courses at the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, but one of the most prominent experiences which creates innovation and fosters inter-professional collaboration is in our high-fidelity simulation labs. High-fidelity simulation labs, as well as multi-bed skills labs, are incorporated throughout the 2-year curriculum for simulated clinical/patient care experiences and to enhance judgment.  Innovative simulation integration and the inclusion of multidisciplinary collaborative care help orient students to specialty areas in a safe environment prior to patient care at the bedside, while equipping them with knowledge and skills that will enhance their ability to engage in high-quality, evidence-based practice as a graduate nurse.