5 Credits, 8 Contacts

This course is designed to develop beginning knowledge of skills related to the holistic health needs of the client. It provides beginning nursing students with the foundation upon which other courses build and expand. Assessment via the nursing process, problem identification and communication skills necessary for therapeutic client care are emphasized. Caring and sensitivity to the client’s unique cultural, ethnic, and age-related needs are incorporated throughout.

A short period of directed learning activities in the College laboratory takes place before students care for selected clients in long-term health care facilities. Clients are assigned and their care supervised by professors/instructors from the College. Provision is made for post-conferences during which selected topics/procedures are presented and students share their learning experiences.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I of the Nursing Program