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Course Content and Outcome Guide for NUR 90

Date:  6/04/12

Posted by:  Curriculum Office
Course Number:  NUR 90
Course Title: Nursing Assistant 1

Transcript Title: Nursing Assistant 1
Lecture Hours:

Lecture/Lab Hours:  180-216

Lab Hours:  0

Requisites: Prerequisites: Placement into: RD 90 and WR 90; proof of Measles immunization;       Prerequisite/Concurrent: current TB test and passing of a criminal background check.

Grading Options:  Letter A-F

Special Fee:  Lab fee $150.00

Course Description:

Covers the knowledge and skills needed for the safe physical care of patients in long-term care facilities. Follows curriculum approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing in preparation for the Oregon Nursing Assistant Exam. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90; proof of Measles immunization; Prerequisite/Concurrent: current TB test and passing of a criminal background check.

Course Outcomes:

  • Apply OSHA and client safety standards and use proper infection control methods in client care situations.
  • Apply basic physiological and psychological care to clients.
  • Follow local, state and federal regulations for client care in various settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethics and client rights when providing client care.
  • Provide appropriate interventions in a client or care setting emergency.
  • Be prepared to take the Oregon Nursing Assistant Exam for certification.

Outcome Assessment Strategies:

  • Role play, skills testing, exams
  • Skills checklist
  • BLS/AED American Heart Healthcare Certification completion

Text & Materials:  (suggested and/or required) 

Course Activities & Design:

The Nursing Assistant Course is divided into 3 sections:

  • Classroom (Theory & Skills Competency): 80 hours are scheduled. A minimum of 75 hours of classroom/lab time must be spent reviewing the chapters in our text, taking tests, viewing videos, and practicing nursing assistant skills.
  • Clinical: 80 hours are scheduled.  A minimum of 75 hours must be spent in the clinical setting where students are assessed following areas:
  • Appearance
    • Promptness
    • Communication (with patients, staff, students, and instructor)
    • Proper technique in nursing assistant skills (i.e. hand washing, transfers, ADL’s, vital signs, etc.)
    • Willingness to work.
  • Final Exam:  4 hours are scheduled and student must attend or make prior arrangements with the Primary Instructor for an alternate time.  This is an extra 4 hours that is included into the class time, but not in the required 75 hours of classroom/lab instruction.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues, and Skills):

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Ethics & Rights
  • Communication
  • Basic Needs
  • Infection Control & Blood borne Pathogens
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Body Mechanics
  • Safety
  • Nutrition & Fluid Balance
  • Patient Comfort & Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Vital Signs
  • Body Systems
  • Long-term Care
  • Death & Dying
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Special Care
  • Facility Survey

Skills (see most current list from OSBN)

  • Communication
  • Infection Control and Standard Precautions
  • Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Elimination
  • Personal Care
  • Restorative Care
  • Measure and Record


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