This course focuses on basic nursing concepts that the beginning nurse will need to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid/electrolyte balance.
This course focuses on development of clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematic calculations and conversions related to clinical skills, blood pressure assessment, aseptic technique, wound care, oxygen administration, tracheostomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, basic medication administration, glucose testing, enemas, ostomy care, and catheterization. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach.
This course introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications.
This introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration.
This course elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. It applies theories of nursing in the care of clients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. It will also introduce concepts of leadership, team building, and scope of practice.
This course will cover topics related to health promotion in the context of the family. It will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families it will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment, and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles, and stages of development.
This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized.
This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of clients. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building.
Complex Health Alterations I prepares the learner to expand knowledge from previous courses in caring for clients across the life span with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort.
This course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups.
This intermediate level clinical course develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. A focus of the course is developing skills needed for managing multiple clients across the lifespan and priorities. Using the nursing process, students will gain experience in adapting nursing practice to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds.
This course focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills. Content includes advanced IV skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic EKG interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.
Complex Health Alterations II prepares the learner to expand knowledge and skills from previous courses in caring for clients with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary and the reproductive systems. The learner will also focus on management of care for clients with high-risk perinatal conditions, high-risk newborns and the ill child. Synthesis and application of previously learned concepts will be evident in the management of clients with critical/life threatening situations.
This course covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice.
This advanced clinical course requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized.
This clinical experience prepares the student to assume the role of graduate nurse. The course promotes clinical decision- making, delegation, and collaboration to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered.
This is a basic 75 hour Nursing Assistant course, using the current "Emergency Nurse Assistant Course Design", per the state of Wisconsin. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the competency evaluation for inclusion on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry as a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide. The Nursing Assistant works under the supervision of an RN or LPN performing bedside and personal care, in a "practical setting", gathering data such as vital signs or in-take and out-put, and performing basic therapeutic interventions such as range of motion exercises. The course includes theory lecture (face-to-face or Hybrid), skills lab practice, and a clinical experience in a long-term care setting, which is currently in a "Practical Setting" lab.
543-300 Nursing Assistant
This is a basic 120 hour Nursing Assistant course. Students who successful complete this course will be eligible to take the competency evaluation for inclusion on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry as a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide. The Nursing Assistant works under the supervision of an RN or LPN performing bedside and personal care, gathering data such as vital signs or in-take and out-put, and performing basic therapeutic interventions such as range of motion exercises. The course includes theory lecture, skills lab practice, and a clinical experience in a long-term care setting.
543-302A Nursing Assistant - Advanced
This is a 72 hour course that builds on the knowledge and skills of Nursing Assistant course and prepares a student to function in an Acute Care (Hospital) setting. Skills such as blood glucose values, pre and post-op patient care, assisting with sterile procedures and, blood pressure monitoring are learned. Students also receive a certification in advanced dementia care. The course combines theory lecture, skills lab demonstrations and a clinical experience in acute care. Evaluation of student performance includes a written exam, return demonstrations, clinical performance, a research paper and an oral presentation. Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification is required for entry into this course.
543-309 Working w/Special Populations - Nsg Assist
This one credit course is intended to give a HealthCare student the opportunity to explore working with persons with Developmental Disabilities(DD). The course will include learning about several selected, commonly occurring DD types and what medical conditions are more likely to affect each population as well as techniques for successfully working with this population. The externship component will include following one DD person including time at their place of residence/group home as well as time at their place of employment (i.e. KANDU).
543-311 Personal Care Worker
This course develops the learner’s professional skills as a personal assistant, direct support professional and personal care aide. Learners will gain knowledge/skills in communication, nutrition and eating assistance, health care safety and basic hands-on caregiving. The curriculum will include textbook readings, workbook assignments, reviews of supporting material and weekly lab activities. The learner will demonstrate competency in a final written exam and selected client-care skills.