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Nursing and Pharmacology Courses

Introduces concets and theories basic to the art and science of the nursing role with an emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan. Includes program's philosophy of nursing, nurisng history, basic human needs, physical assessment, safety, communication, teaching/learning and professional concepts. By permission only. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 101E, 101L, 101P and PCOL 101.
Introduction of ethical and legal issues relevant to healthcare. This course is taught in an integrated format with NURS 101. By permission only. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 101, 101L, 101P and PCOL 101.

Introduction to psychosocial issues across the lifespan. This course is taught in an integrated format with NURS 101. By permission only. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 101, 101E, 101L and PCOL 101.  

Provides an introduction to and practice of nursing skills and concepts in the lab and clinical setting to gain proficiency for delivery of patient-centered care. This course will integrate concepts associated with the core themes of the nursing program. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 101 and PCOL 101.  

This course focuses on prioritizing patient-centered care for adults with common chronic health problems within more complex body systems, building upon concepts introduced in Nursing Concepts I. NURS 103L is the clinical/lab portion of the course. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 103L and PCOL 103.
This course focuses on the prioritization of patient-centered care for children and adults with common acute and chronic health problems. Clinical experiences with 1-2 patients each week coupled with simulation experiences will assist students in the development of evidenced based clinical decision-making skills to promote optimal patient outcomes. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 103 and PCOL 103.
This course focuses on the medical-surgical management of patients with acute and chronic pathological processes throughout the lifespan and builds on Nursing Concepts I and II. Application of mental health; promotion, maintenance and restoration of health will be introduced. NURS 104L is the clinical/lab portion of the course. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 104L and PCOL 104.
This course is the clinical component for Nursing 104: Nursing Concepts III. Clinical experiences include applications of mental health concepts in the state hospital clinical site. Collaboration and delegation concepts are applied in the acute care or long-term care setting where students care for a minimum of 2 patients. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 104 and PCOL 104.
Designed for the beginning nursing student to define nursing process and apply it to basic patient care scenarios.  Students will also learn to use knowledge of their personal learning style to assist with the acquisition of nursing knowledge. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 101/101L.
Will assist the student to integrate theory content and clinical practice by expanding the student’s base of nursing knowledge. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 102/102L.
Will assist the student to think critically, demonstrate leadership, and collaborate with the healthcare team through patient care simulation scenarios. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 104/104L.
For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) seeking to enter the second-year of the WVC nursing program. Focuses on relevant issues in the transition from the LPN to the RN role and identification of personal learning strategies that promote success in the nursing program and clinical proficiencies. Students who succeed in course will be allowed into second-year of the WVC nursing program. Pass/fail course. Prerequisites: Current licensure in Washington state as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), in good standing. Permission of nursing director.
This course focuses on management of patients with common acute and chronic pathological processes across the lifespan. This course will also introduce principles of nursing leadership and provide an opportunity for the student to explore the transition from student to LPN and to RN. NURS 201L is the clinical/lab portion of the course. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 201L.
This course will utilize informational technology to collect and synthesize data when making safe and optimal clinical judgments. Clinical experience in acute care setting with 2-3 patients each week coupled with clinical simulation allows the student to apply concepts from previous courses. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 201.
This course focuses on the collaborative management of patients with common acute and chronic pathological processes across the lifespan and builds upon Advanced Concepts I. This course will also introduce principles of Therapeutic Nutrition to be applied to patient care across the lifespan to promote optimal patient outcomes. NURS 202L is the clinical/lab portion of the course. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 202L.
This course provides clinical experience in advanced medical surgical nursing. Application of these concepts will continue in both the simulation laboratory and the clinical setting which may include community health and acute care settings. Students will have the opportunity to participate in health teaching and learning activities. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 202.
This course focuses on nursing management of patients with complex, multi-system acute and chronic processes throughout the lifespan. Students will use their knowledge of growth and development concepts to adapt care from birth to death. Health-care concepts in the community setting will be introduced. NURS 203L is the clinical/lab portion of the course. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 203L.
This course focuses on nursing management of patients with complex, multi-system acute and chronic pathological processes throughout the lifespan. Students collaborate with the health-care team to provide compassionate care and facilitate optimal patient and organizational outcomes. Preceptor experiences are awarded in acute care, community health or long-term care. Prerequisites: acceptance into WVC Nursing Program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 203.
Employs patient-care scenarios to enhance the continued development of critical thinking. The critical thinking activities promote application of holistic concepts, health-care promotion and illness prevention. Course is organized around Orem's conceptual framework. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 201 and 201L.
The seminar prepares the student for entry level into the workforce. It explores issues affecting current nursing practice. Scenarios, role play, discussion and modeling of professionalism will be used. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 203.
Explores pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. The nurse's legal role and scope of practice related to administration and monitoring of medications will be discussed. Considerations related to patient age, condition and route of administration will be presented. Safety concerns related to medication administration including accurate dosage calculation and conversions. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in NURS 101 and NURS 101L.
Using a body systems approach, this course continues to explore the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. The nursing role in patient safety, documentation and patient education related to medication administration will be covered. Medications used to prevent or treat chronic illness will be discussed. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 102 and 102L.
Using a body systems approach, this course continues to explore the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. Drugs used to treat chronic health problems, infections, and use of the intravenous route for administration will be highlighted. Safety concerns related to medication administration including dosage calculations will be presented. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 103, 103P, 103N, and 103L.
Builds on the foundation from PCOL 101, PCOL 102 and PCOL 103. Administering medications safely via the intravenous route and evidence-based best practice will be addressed. The nurse's responsibility in IV drug administration, complications and potential drug interactions will be discussed. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 104 and 104L.