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COURSE TITLE:Advanced Nursing I (ADN Level II, First Semester)

Advanced preparation for the facilitation of nursing care to individuals with complex health needs.  Focuses on the nurse’s unique role to design and manage care for individuals from birth to older adulthood in the acute care environment.  Emphasizes the nurse’s collaborative communications with other health care professionals for health teaching and advocacy. Synthesizes theory and clinical experiences in the transition from the LPN to the RN role. (Course includes theoretical and clinical components.)
Consent from Nursing Director and NURS190, NURS191, NURS194, and NURS195 or current LPN meeting admission requirements.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Incorporate professional nursing behaviors when interacting with fellow students, instructors, clients, families, and/or health care team members.
  • Establish therapeutic communication skills verbally and non-verbally when interacting with clients, significant support persons and members of the interdisciplinary team and practice competent written and electronic documentation.
  • Distinguish behaviors of making clinical judgments to ensure safe and accurate care of a diverse client population within a family and community context across the lifespan.
  • Incorporate clinical decision making into the delivery of complex nursing care for client populations while respecting differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
  • Incorporate caring interventions that support a caring person-centered environment where client choices related to cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyles are respected.
  • Incorporate health education to clients and/or significant others, promoting and facilitating informed decision making in the plan of care to achieve safe and high quality health outcomes in individuals, families, and communities.
  • Incorporate collaborative care in planning care with clients, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to achieve client and organizational outcomes.
  • Develop the implementation of an individualized plan of care for clients and demonstrate effective utilization of client care technologies, information systems and other resources to provide comprehensive care to diverse populations.

  • Concepts of Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness
  • Health Assessment of Human Function
  • Advanced Nursing for the Individual with Complex Cardiovascular Needs
  • Advanced Nursing for the Individual with Complex Musculoskeletal Needs
  • Advanced Nursing for the Individual with Complex Integumentary Needs
  • Central lines, pediatric IVs, and Blood components
  • Advanced Nursing for the Individual with Complex Reproductive Needs
  • Advanced Nursing for the Maternal Child Client

*Subject to Change
  • Ackley, B. J. & Ladwig, G. B. (2011)Nursing Diagnosis Handbook. 9th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Cherry, B. & Jacob, S.R. (2011). Contemporary Nursing, 5th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Craven & Hirnle. (2013). Fundamentals of Nursing. 7th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
  • Deglin, J.H. (2011). Drug Guide for Nurses. 12th Ed. F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.
  • Deglin, J.H. & Vallerand, A.H. (2011). Nurse’s Medication Deck. 12th Ed. F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.
  • Ignatavicius, D.D. & Workman, M.L. (2010). Medical-Surgical Nursing. 6th Ed. Saunders: St. Louis
  • Karch, A.M. (2013). Focus On Nursing Pharmacology. 6th Ed. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins
  • Ricci, S.S. & Kyle, T. (2009). Maternity and Pediatric Nursing1st Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins
  • Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2012). Priorityies in Critical Care Nursing. 6th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Van Leeuwen, A.M. & Poelhuis-Leth, D.J. (2009). Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests. 3rd Ed. St. Louis: Saunders
  • Varcarolis, E.M., Carson, V.B., & Shoemaker, N.C. (2010).Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 6th Ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
  • Venes, D. (2009). Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 21st Ed. F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.
  • Weilitz, P. & Potter, P.A. (2007) Mosby’s Pocket Guide for Health Assessment. 6th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby

Attendance Policy:

Students are allowed a maximum of twelve (12) hours of classroom (theory) absence s/he will be withdrawn from the nursing program. Students may have one (1) clinical absence per nursing course due to illness that they will required to make-up during the following week on
their non-clinical day if faculty student ratio allows or the clinical make up day will occur on the study day scheduled at the end of the course. No student will be allowed more than two (2) clinical absences with makeup (one per course) per level of the nursing program.

Failure to be present for ANY mandatory orientation, clinical experience, class, etc. will result in the dismissal of the student from the nursing program. No absence will be excused or accepted for ANY orientation, clinical experience, class, etc. that is mandatory in the program and will result in the student’s dismissal from the nursing program. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Teaching Methods:
Lecture, discussion, collaborative learning techniques, role playing, case studies, audio-visual aides, computer-assisted instruction, group projects, observational experiences, clinical laboratory with client-centered learning.

Method of Assessment: The following grade scale is utilized:


Unit Exams 65%
ATI Exams 5%
Projects 10%
Final Examination 20%

Five percent (5%) will be deducted for ALL late testing.

Theory/Clinical Grading

A minimum of a “C” grade must be maintained in each course of the theoretical component. In the clinical component, students must receive a Satisfactory (S) to pass the clinical component.  An Unsatisfactory (U) clinical grade will result in the student receiving an “F” in the course despite having a passing theory grade.  Further details on the rubric for the clinical component can be found on the clinical evaluation (weekly/summative) tools. 

The following grading system is utilized for the theory component:

100 – 92.0   = A
91.9 – 84.0  = B
83.9 – 76.0 = C

A grade between 75.5 and 75.9 WILL NOT be rounded up to obtain a passing grade. The student must achieve a 76% to pass.

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Student Support Services Center at 217-443-8862 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with the director of the nursing program privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.


Fall 2013

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