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Practical Nursing Certificate (PNR)
Program Course Descriptions


HLS102 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
Pre: Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Particular emphasis is placed on the normal structure of the various systems and some of the conditions that affect them. (4 hours of lecture per week)
HLS104 Overview of Microbiology
Pre: Communication & Math Proficiencies
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of how microorganisms exist, grow, reproduce and cause disease. This is fundamental to an understanding of the facts and principles essential to safe allied health practice. This course is a necessary basis for all forms of nursing, both basic and advanced, as well as a basis for all surgical technicians. Every procedure perfomed has the ability to transfer infection and initiate some type of disease process. (1 hour of lecture per week)
HLS115 Human Development and Health Promotion
Pre: Communication & Mathematics Proficiencies
Human Growth and Health Promotion is concerned with describing, explaining, and at times, modifying the changes that occur over the entire lifespan. This course allows the student to discover how people change and develop from conception through senescence with an emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles.
PNR101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
Pre: Comm & Math Prof; Admission to PN Program
Fundamentals of Nursing is designed to provide the student with a clear perception of the many interrelated principles and tasks of nursing and a clear recognition of the effects of health and illness on a client's self concept and ability to function. The student also begins to assume the role of the health teacher in assisting the client to meet his/her basic health needs. (75 hours of lecture, 90 hours of lab, 104 hours of clinical practice)
PNR111 Nutrition 1
Pre: Comm & Math Prof; Admission to PN Program
A study of normal nutrition as it affects all age groups. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the functions of food in promotion and maintenance of health. (1 hour of lecture per week)
PNR114 Pharmacology for Practical Nursing
Pre: Comm & Math Prof; Admission to the PN Program
PNR 114 introduces the student to the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology and the nurse's role in drug therapy. Topics examined include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotheraputics. Ethical tenets and issues along with legal regulations and standards governing drug manufacuring, distribution and use are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on drug calculations in conjunction with the nurse's role in the delivery and maintenance of safe and efficient drug administration. (2 hours of lecture per week)
PNR107 Life Continuum Nursing 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies; Admission to the PN Program
Life Continuum Nursing 1 is designed to provide an overview of mental health concepts. Among the topics covered are anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and mental health treatment modalities. Clinical experience will provide opportunities to increase nursing skills and knowledge of psychotherapeutic medications when applicable. The student will apply the nursing process to develop a nursing care plan utilizing the "Mini-Mental Health Exam" tool. Concepts pertinent to nursing practice within the community milieu will also be presented. These concepts will prepare the student to understand the services provided to clients across the life-span and recognize the role of a multidisciplinary team functioning in culturally diverse communities.
PNR103 Medical-Surgical Nursing
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies, PNR107, Admission to PN Program
In keeping with the philosophy of the nursing program, Medical Surgical Nursing incorporates the basic concepts and skills acquired in the fall semester in studying the more common medical surgical diseases and related nursing care utilizing the nursing process as a framework. (67.5 hours of lecture, 134 hours of clinical experience)
PNR105 Maternal Child Health
Pre:Communictions and Mathematics Proficiencies; PNR107;Admission to PN Program
This course focuses on the role of the student practical nurse by providing theoretical knowledge and practical learning experiences in the care of the expectant family, the neonate, and devloping child through adolescence. The course examines pregnancy, labor & delivery, the postpartal period, and the neonate from a normal developmental point of view. Common problems in women's health, pregnancy and infanct care are explored, as well as care of the pedicatric client and his/her family in health and illness. (67.5 hours of lecture, 136 hours of clinical experience)
PNR112 Nutrition 2
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies, PNR101, PNR111; Admission to PN Program
PNR 112 focuses both on the nutritional needs of each of the life stages from pregnancy through senescence and on Medical Nutrition Therapy. The nurse's role in assisting patients and families to cooperate with the dietary regime is emphasized. This course is offered concurrently with clinical nursing courses.(1 hour of lecture per week)
PNR130 Vocational Trends & Adjustments Practical Nursing
Pre:Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies, PNR101, PNR111; Admission to PN Program
PNR 130 presents an overview of the nursing profession to help prepare the student practical nurse to understand her/his role in today's complex healthcare system. The course is designed to examine historical, philosophical, and contemporary trends and issues. Other major topics presented include ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice, the health care delivery system, cultural competence, change, power and politics, and career management issues. The course will conclude with a panel of former graduates discussing the myriad challenges relevant to the new graduate and the transition from student to licensed practical nurse. ( 2 hours of lecture per week)
PNR108 Life Continuum Nursing 2
Pre: PNR103, 105, 112, 130, HLS113, 114, Com & Math Prof; Adm to PN Prog
Life Continuum Nursing 2 integrates theory and practice for the purpose of preparing the student for entry into practice. This course provides the opportunity for students to develop leadership skills in the extended care facility while the gerontological nursing segment places emphasis on care that meets the specialized needs of the older adult, sick or well, in the extended care facility and in the community-at-large. The student will identify the myriad resources available to the client in the community-at-large and observe the unique care being rendered at home by health-care-professionals.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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