Nursing II: Care Across the Lifespan

Course Number: NUR 111
Transcript Title: Nursing II: Care Across the Lifespan
Created: June 4, 2012
Updated: June 9, 2016
Total Credits: 10
Lecture Hours: 60
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 120
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0


NUR 110 or admission into the Nursing Program by advanced placement

Course Description

Integrates nursing theory and practice as they relate to growth and development, psychosocial coping responses to illness, and alterations in the health status of adults, children and their families. Includes content on the obstetrical client/patient. Covers application of nursing process to promote health of clients/patients in acute care and community-based settings. Prerequisite: NUR 110 or admission into the Nursing Program by advanced placement.

Intended Outcomes

  1. As Provider of Care: Use the nursing process and principles of holistic care to collect and organize client/patient data in the acute care setting.
  2. As Communicator: Apply techniques of therapeutic communication in interactions with patients, families and members of the healthcare team.
  3. As Manager of Care: Put into practice holistic nursing care for two patients in the acute care setting.
  4. As Member within the Discipline of Nursing:
    1. Apply a greater understanding of professional nursing roles and legal and ethical nursing standards.
    2. Seek learning opportunities to promote personal and professional growth.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Theory: To be able to progress to NUR 111, the student must receive a minimum of 75% on the TOTAL points for five summary exams and one final exam. Grading scale: A: 100 - 90, B: 89 - 82, C: 81 - 75, F: <75.
  • Skills Lab: Pass/No Pass- To receive a Pass, the student must satisfactorily complete all specified skills in the campus Skills Lab, and receive a 96% or better on the math test using the ProCalc Software.
  • Clinical: Pass/No Pass- to receive a Pass, the student must receive a satisfactory rating on one (1) Interactive worksheet (IW)/Care Plan; satisfactory ratings on all Critical Elements of the Clinical Performance-Based Outcome Tool (PBO), and receive no unsatisfactory rating on any clinical.

Course Activities and Design

  • Theory: The theory content of this course will be presented by means of lecture/discussion groups, role-playing, guest speakers, hand-outs, and audio-visual presentations.
  • Skills Lab: The campus lab experience will include video, computer-assisted instruction, demonstration and "hands-on" experience for the practice and development of skills used in nursing.
  • Clinical: The clinical practicum takes place in health-care and community-based sites in the Mid-Columbia region. Opportunities to practice skills learned in the campus lab experiences is provided in these settings. The student is expected to be present and on time for all clinical experiences.
  • Conferences: Initial and final conferences are scheduled with a Clinical Instructor. Additional conferences will be scheduled as necessary.
  • Independent Learning: Students will be required to complete learning activities outside of regularly scheduled class times. For example: Delmar Skills series on CD-Rom. Students should refer to the calendar for these assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Nursing Process
    • Collecting and organizing patient data.
    • Relating potential complications to underlying pathophysiology.
  • Holism
    • Growth and Development
  • Rural Health
    • Access to health care
  • Critical Thinking
    • Communication


  • Acute care settings
  • Hospitalization
  • Peri-operative patient
  • Pediatric nursing care
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Endocrine problems
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Documentation


  • Vulnerable patient
  • Informed consent
  • Quality of nursing care
  • Mulit-discipline care:
    • Family dynamics
    • Defensive documentation

Process Skills

  • Collect patient data to identify abnormalities of the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Safely administer medications.
  • Recognize need for nursing intervention based on collected data.
  • Utilize professional communication skills with patients, families and health care team.
  • Provide nursing care for 2 clients or patients while valuing the dignity and worth of each individual and his or her significant others.

Related Instruction

Communication RI

Relevant course outcome: As communicator – Apply techniques of therapeutic communication in interactions with patients, families and members of the healthcare team.

Activity Hours & Instruction Method RI Hours
Care Plans (IW) (3 hours) lab 3
Writing across the curriculum (1 hour) lab 1
Pediatrics/OR Alternative Clinical Experience (1 hour) lab 1
Charting principles and application (1.5 hours) lecture 4.5
Therapeutic communication (1 hour) lecture 3
Community Based Nursing (1 hour) lecture 3
Hospitalized Patient (1 hour) lecture 3
  TOTAL 18.5