Bridge Nursing (7)
Corequisite: NUR 1003
Admission to the LPN to ADN Bridge Program required. Students will complete 5 hours of class per week (6.7 hours Summer C) and 6 hours of clinical lab per week (8 hours Summer C). Bridge Nursing is designed to facilitate the transition of the Licensed Practical Nurse to the role of the Associate Degree Nurse and to build on the PN curriculum. Nursing III and IV build on and expand from this course. In this course students gain beginning knowledge about Associate Degree Nursing and the Neuman Systems Model. The model includes client and environmental systems affected by five variables: physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural and spiritual. It addresses health as a continuum. The faculty designed the nursing curriculum with the Neuman Systems Model as the conceptual basis. The other major concepts are basic needs as adapted from Maslow, the nursing process, and core components of the AD nurse's role. Students learn about holistic health care across the life span and application of the nursing process to clients and families needing primary prevention and those whose normal lines of defense have been invaded to the extent secondary and tertiary preventions are necessary. Faculty designs learning experiences to assist students to identify stressors and commonly occurring responses to stress affecting clients' abilities to meet needs for oxygen, perception/mobility, physiological and psychological safety, self-esteem, and/or love and belonging. Students expand learning about pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication and teaching. Through laboratory and clinical experiences, students expand assessment and intervention skills with emphasis on primary prevention for the well child and secondary prevention for the adult client. Students provide care in ambulatory pediatric, community, psychiatric, and acute care facilities.