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Fundamentals of Nursing

Never before has there been a greater need for nurses. Never before has health care delivery challenged the nurse's commitment, knowledge, or technical competence more. Issues influencing current health-care delivery focus on promoting wellness, preventing illness, and rehabilitation to increase the patient's independence. This course presents the theory and concepts that a person beginning their study of nursing will need to know in order to develop the knowledge and competence demanded by the complexity of the changing health care system.

Here is your chance to learn and develop your skills as LPN, practical nurse, nurses aide, or other professional caregiver.

Begin by selecting one of these major topics of study:

Topic 0   About this Course

Part 1

Topic 1-1   Basic Human Needs and Principles of Health
Topic 1-2   Communication Skills
Topic 1-3   Reaction to Stress and Hospitalization
Topic 1-4   Transcultural Factors Influencing Nursing Care
Topic 1-5   The Adult Patient Care Unit
Topic 1-6   Advanced Principles of Patient Hygiene
Topic 1-7   Techniques of Body Mechanics
Topic 1-8   Positioning and Ambulating the Adult Patient
Topic 1-9   Active and Passive Range of Motion Exercise
Topic 1-10 Environmental Health and the Practical Nurse

Part 2

Topic 2-1  Assisting with the Physical Examination
Topic 2-2  Specimen Collection
Topic 2-3  Catheterization Procedures
Topic 2-4  Monitoring Vital Signs
Topic 2-5  Diet Therapy
Topic 2-6  Introduction to Physical Assessment

Part 3

Topic 3-1  The Practical Nurse as a Team Leader
Topic 3-2  The Practical Nurse as a Teacher
Topic 3-3  Perioperative Patient Care
Topic 3-4  Preoperative Patient Care
Topic 3-5  The Intraoperative Phase
Topic 3-6  Recovery Room Care


About This Course

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The purpose of this course is an overview of patient relations including basic human needs, communication skills, stress and hospitalization, and transcultural factors influencing nursing care; the adult patient care unit; advanced principles of patient hygiene; body mechanics; positioning and ambulating the adult patient; and medical isolation.

As a member of the health-care team, the practical nurse participates in assessing the patient's physical status, in meeting the patient's nutritional needs, in preparing the patient for diagnostic and surgical procedures, and in teaching the patient self-care. So this course also presents theory and concepts that the practical nurse should know in order to assist in patient evaluation and function as a team leader in the health-care environment

This e-text has been adapted and optimized for online learning by David L. Heiserman, SweetHaven Publishing Services, LLC. Original content by Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, TX.

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Revised: June 06, 2015