Tompkins Cortland Community College

NURS110 - Fundamentals of Nursing


The nursing curriculum, which is based on developing critical thinking skills and habits of mind, and attaining clinical judgment, is introduced, as are the professional and legislative standards that govern nursing practice, including the NYS Nurse Practice Act, HIPAA, and principles of safety and infection control. Students explore and apply basic concepts and skills of evidence-based nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on learning caring behaviors and therapeutic communication, with a focus on health assessment using Gordon's functional health patterns; particular emphasis is given to the coping/stress, self perception/self-concept, sleep/rest, health perception/health management, values/beliefs, and roles/relationships patterns. All levels of prevention are introduced, with a focus on primary prevention activities aimed at healthy individuals across the lifespan. Course experiences provide an active learning environment in a variety of settings. Students must be admitted to the nursing program and must enroll in lecture, laboratory, and field sections of the course. Requires basic computer skills, including keyboarding, word processing, email and internet use, and use of Blackboard, a course management system. Additional fee for materials. Prerequisites: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 131 and ENGL 101; C or better grade in MATH 095 and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 7 cr. (4 Lec., 9 Lab.) Fall semester.