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					VNSG 1261
Clinical Practical Nurse Introductory Clinical I

Nursing Department

Lecture                       0
Lab                           0
External                      12
Total CH per semester         2

Course Level
Level I

Anatomy and Physiology I
Pharmacology & Administration of Meds
Foundations of Nursing
Applied Nursing Skills

WECM/ACGM Course Description
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work based experience
and direct patient/client car, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning
objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction,
supervision, evaluation and placement are the responsibility of the college faculty.
Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

WECM/ACGM Learning Outcomes
The vocational nursing student will be able to apply theoretical, practicum and
knowledge based concepts when rendering patient care. The student will be able to
safely and competently care for two patients providing basic bedside care, ambulation,
documentation, and participation in care.

Course Goals/Essence
The practicum setting provides the vocational nursing student with hands-on clinical
experience and provides an arena for further development of nursing skills learning in the
simulation lab setting.

Learning Outcomes

   A. Provider of Care
      The student will:
    apply the nursing process, concepts, and skills involving equipment, procedures to
      perform nursing care to a minimum of 2 patients in chronic/long term care
      Utilizing structured data collection tools, collect information pertinent to a patient
       to assist in formulation of a nursing care plan; including history and physical
      Identify common actual and potential health care needs of patients
      Render basic bedside nursing skills – bathing, oral hygiene, linen changes,
       transfers, ambulation and feeding
      Report assessment findings and observations to assigned nurses, interdisciplinary
       team members, and clinical instructor to assist others in formulation and revision
       of patient care plans
      Assist in implementing a teaching plan for the patient with common health
       problems and well defined learning needs
      Demonstrate use of restraints appropriately
      Collect specimens per orders
      Documents all pertinent patient data findings accurately in a timely manner with
       supervision of instructor and assigned nurse
      Accurately and timely administers assigned medications to patients with direct
       supervision of instructor; documents accurately with the medication
       administration record

B. Coordinator of Care
   The student will:
    Recognize organizational principles involved with patient care
    Assists in identifying unmet needs of patients
    Utilizes resources available to assist in meeting patient’s needs
    Participate in the identification of client needs for referral to appropriate sources
      of assistance within the surrounding community
    Utilize technology in the clinical setting to include computerized documentation,
      online research sources, and patient care equipment

C. Member of Profession
   The student will:
    Indicate a desire to learn by actively interacting with colleagues, staff, patients,
      and instructors
    Assist in promoting a safe, effective care environment conductive to the optimal
      health and dignity of the patient
    Identify the responsibilities and limitations of student nurse including the legal
      and ethical aspects
    Demonstrate behaviors that promote the development and practice of vocational
    Demonstrate accountability for own nursing practice
    Observe and communicate patient’s Bill of Rights to patients

   D. Solve problems and build employability skills such as listening, attitude, critical
   thinking skills and work ethic
      Use critical thinking skills to complete patient care correctly and on time within
       clinical hours
      Exhibit positive attitude in completing patient care on time and correctly
      Exhibit professional principles by coming to clinical on time and calling in as
       required when absent
      Use critical thinking skills to identify methods, requirements, and standards to
       enhance patient care

Students may vary in their competency levels on these abilities. You can expect to acquire
these abilities only if you honor all course policies, attend classes regularly, complete all
assigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course expectations of you as
a student.

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