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Michael Smith - Former FRC Student

Feather River College
570 Golden Eagle Ave.
Quincy, CA. 95971


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Required Major Courses






NURS112 Nursing Foundations: Introduction to the study of nursing, which includes understanding the role of the LVN, developing effective communications skills to better understand patient needs, and identifying medical terminology so as to understand treatments and carry out doctor’s orders. Ethical and legal responsibilities of LVNs will also be discussed, as will concepts of holistic health and transcultural nursing to prepare students for encounters with people of different cultures.

NURS114 Nursing Foundations Lab: Supervised, directed skills practice experience component of Nursing Foundations. This course is an introduction to the basic procedures for vocational nursing care in the hospital and other health care settings.

NURS116 Psychological Principles of Nursing: Designed to introduce the student to the role of the vocational nurse and to identifying the psychological, social, and cultural needs of the patients they will care for in the hospital and clinical setting. Students will learn how to identify needs and problems, including typical stresses experienced by the medical surgical patient and stresses defined by the DSM in the mental health setting. Appropriate coping strategies will be practiced.

NURS120 Introduction to Pharmacology : Survey of terminology, mathematics, and classes of drugs commonly used in pharmacology. Classes of drugs are discussed, and one example from each class of drugs is studied in depth, forming a basic structure upon which students can add new drugs learned during Medical Surgical courses. Typical indications, side effects, and dosages will be covered, with special emphasis on nurses’ responsibilities in administering drugs. This course is 24 lecture hours and the remaining 30 hours of the regulatory required Pharmacology hours is integrated in the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing courses; Obstetrical Nursing and Pediatrics.

NURS122 Basic Medical Surgical Nursing: First in a series of three sequential courses. Each successive class will build in complexity over the previous one. This first class will cover basic physiology, pathophysiology and relevant nursing interventions. The approach will emphasize data collection in a body system approach. Related pharmacology, diet therapy and concepts of effective communication will be integrated.

NURS123 & 125 Basic Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab: Supervised, directed clinical experience for Basic Medical Surgical Nursing 122. The clinical experience will be based upon the theoretical knowledge that the student has learned in Nursing Foundations, Introduction to Pharmacology, Psychological Principles for Nurses, and in the concurrent Basic Medical Surgical Nursing course. The students will be assigned patients with diagnoses of single system disorders commonly encountered in an acute care hospital and/or skilled nursing facility.

NURS212 Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing: Second in a three-semester sequence of classes. The theory of this class is built upon that of Nursing 122. Students will study disease process in each body system with emphasis on surgical interventions required as the acuity of the process increases. Emphasis will be placed on the return of the body to its state of equilibrium brought about by the nursing actions/interventions implemented to enhance this stabilization process.

NURS214 Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab : Supervised, directed clinical experience for Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing 212. The clinical experience will reflect the theoretical knowledge and clinical experiences which the student has gained in Nursing 123 and 125. Experiences will be centered at local acute care hospitals.

NURS222 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Third in a three-semester sequence of classes. The theory of this class is built upon that of Basic and Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing. The student will gain an in-depth understanding of disease processes as found in multi-system disorders as well as knowledge of the related nursing interventions. This course will build on the prior knowledge learned and will equip the student to be able to function as a graduate Vocational Nurse. Diet therapy, Pharmacology, and communication skillls are incorporated into this course.

NURS223 & 225 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab: Supervised, directed clinical experience for Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing 222. Clinical experience will be conducted in an acute hospital setting and will reflect the theoretical knowledge which the student has gained in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing Theory.

NURS232 Obstetrical Nursing: Theory component of Obstetrical Nursing. It will include the basic concepts of normal pregnancy, delivery, post-partum and newborn care, and the deviations from the norm.

NURS234 Obstetrical Nursing Clinical Lab I: Covers observation and care of a pregnant woman including pregnancy, deliver, post-partum and new born care.

NURS235 Obstetrical Nursing Clinical Lab II: Supervised, directed clinical experience of Obstetrical Nursing, covering pregnancy, delivery, post-partum, and newborn care.

NURS237 Pediatric Nursing:Begins with a study of the normal newborn and child. Normal growth and development are used as a basis for understanding the sick child with congenital or developmental abnormalities. Emphasis is placed on the family as the central unit and on the psychological, emotional, and social factors related to the sick child.

NURS239 Pediatric Nursing Clinical Lab I: One of two clinical components of Nursing 237. Supervised, directed clinical experience conducted at the physician office; kindergarten roundup; or a childcare center. Student experiences may vary according to the needs of the scheduled patients on the assigned days but will include: data collection of pediatric patient needs; observation of staff roles and parent bonding when interacting with pediatric patients in the clinics; and administering immunizations and other medications as directed by the physician or registered nurse.

NURS240 Pediatric Nursing Clinical Lab II: Second clinical component of Nursing 237. Supervised, directed clinical experience may be obtained at acute pediatric units, pediatric clinics, or a camp such as Grizzly Ranch Camp, Portola, CA. Student/camper experiences may vary according to the needs of the campers on the assigned days but will include: data collection of pediatric campers seen in the nurse’s office; observation of normal growth and development patterns as observed in the pediatric campers; application of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to campers’ needs; and communicating with campers of preschool, school-age and adolescent age groups.