Nursing Course Syllabus

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Board of Nursing

Foundations of Nursing Practice Including
Professional Adjustment
(Course Syllabus)

I. Description

Theories, concepts, principles and processes basic to the practice of nursing.

II. Terminal Competencies

1. Utilizes the nursing process in the care of individuals, families and communities. 2. Communicates effectively with patients/clients, families as well as other members of the health team in various settings. 3. Demonstrates leadership and management skills to ensure safe and quality nursing care. 4. Relates effectively with others in work situations.

5. Utilizes concepts, theories, principles in the care of clients. 6.Ensures a well-organized, accurate recording and reporting system. 7. Participates in research activities and utilizes research findings to improve nursing practice. 8. Observes ethico-moral values and legal responsibilities in nursing care. 9. Assumes responsibility for personal and professional growth.

III. Content Outline

1. Professional Nursing
A. Historical perspectives in nursing
B. Nursing as a profession
C. Theories in nursing
D. Health care delivery system
2. Health and Illness Behavior

A. Man as a biopsycho-socio - cultural- spiritual being
B. Factors influencing health and illness
C. Risk factors
D. Adaptation to stress and anxiety
E. Life span, cycle and development
3. Interactive Processes
A. Nurse client relationship
B. Teaching learning process
C. Documentation/recording
D. Communication
E. Therapeutic use of self

4. Safety, Comfort and Hygiene
A. Safety
B. Management of pain
C. Hygiene
D. Mobility and immobility
E. Skin integrity
F. Sensory alteration
G. Substance abuse

5. Basic Physiological Needs
A. Oxygenation
B. Nutrition
C. Rest and sleep
D. Fluid and electrolyte balance
E. Urinary elimination
F. Bowel elimination
G. Activity and exercise

6. Basic Psychosocial Needs
A.Safety and security
B. Love and belonging
C. Spiritual needs
D. Sexuality and sexual needs
E. Self concept
F. Death, grief and grieving
G. Sensory deprivation and body image
H. Crisis intervention

7. Basic Nursing Skills
A.Nursing process
B. Admission and discharge
C. Vital signs
D. Physical examination and health assessment
E. Administration of medications
F. Asepsis and infection control
G. Emergency measures
H. Wound care
I. Care of the dying and the dead
J. Perioperative care
K. Others
8. Ethico-legal Aspects
A. Nursing ethics
B. Legal aspects in the practice of nursing
C. The Philippine Nursing Law
D. Related laws affecting the practice of nursing
E. Continuing education for nurses
F. Professional organizations of nursing
9. Management and Leadership
A. Theories and principles of management
B. Standards of nursing practice
C. Elements of administration and management/functions of management D. Leadership style
E. Organization
F. Staffing
G. Patient Care Classification System
H. Patterns/modalities of nursing care
10. Basic Research
A. Ethics and scientific research
B. The scientific approach
C. Research process
D. Research design/methodology
E. Steps in doing research


I. Description

Concepts, theories, principles and processes basic to the delivery of safe and quality nursing care of mother and child. It encompasses promotive and preventive care of mothers with normal health conditions including curative and rehabilitative care to those with disturbances in reproductive health. Further, it focuses on the nursing care to children in various stages of growth and development.

II. Terminal Competencies

1. Utilizes the nursing processes in the care of mother and child/their families and communities. 2. Communicates effectively with the clients and families as well as with other members of the health team in various settings. 3....
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