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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2009-2010 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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NUR 1010 Pharmacology for Nursing (3) winter This course acquaints the student with classifications of drugs according to body systems and the use of these drugs for the purpose of restoring or maintaining health. Orem’s Self-care Theory is integrated into practical application vis-a-vis a client’s pharmacological needs. The course begins with basic terminology and progresses to the process of medication administration. The student studies standards and legislation as they relate to drugs. The role of the nurse, the nursing process, nutrition, and principles of ethics as they relate to pharmacology are included in the curriculum. A basic study of pharmacokinetics helps the student to understand how drugs are absorbed, transported, metabolized, and excreted. A review of pharmacotherapeutics helps the student to realize how drugs are utilized by the human body and how the client’s age and unique characteristics affect this process; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: NUR 1111, 0111, 1020, and BIO 2011, concurrent enrollment in BIO 2012 NUR 1020 The Nurse-Client Relationship (3) fall The content of this course is designed to assist the nursing student to cope with the human relations challenges encountered in his/her career. Discussions encourage the student to broaden views and develop an awareness of the uniqueness of man. The course implements the philosophy and objectives of the program by stressing the importance of Orem’s Self-care Deficit Theory for the psyche as well as the body and presents basic principles, concepts, and information regarding communication, listening, and assertiveness. The student also learns the importance of confidentiality and ethical behavior as part of the interdisciplinary team.

Additional presentations include: the community; the family; cultural diversity; sexual harassment; death and dying; and the impaired professional; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Instructor permission NUR 1111 Principles and Practices of Nursing I (5) fall This course provides an opportunity for the student to acquire the selected knowledge and skills necessary to meet the basic self-care needs of the assigned client in both long term care and acute care settings.

Course content emphasizes the role of the practical nurse in the recognition, description, and maintenance of health. Orem’s Self-care Theory is integrated into practical application during lectures and in NUR 0111.

Application of the nursing process in the care of clients with self-care deficits is the focus, with emphasis on data collection. Additional topics presented include: roles of various health care team members, concepts of effective communication, and effective maintenance of a safe and therapeutic environment. Initially, nursing arts laboratories are used for skill demonstration and practice with advancement toward clinical application;

5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BIO 1030 and 2011, NUR 1020 and 0111 NUR 1121 Principles and Practices of Nursing II (5) winter This course offers the student an opportunity to reinforce and build upon previously learned information. The goal is to provide safe, competent, standard nursing interventions to clients experiencing recurring health care problems in acute and long-term care settings. The student learns to care for groups of clients utilizing the nursing process to organize and implement nursing care. The student selects appropriate goals toward meeting the client’s self-care needs. Observational experiences are provided in certain specialty areas. The student is expected to demonstrate increasing ability to perform standard nursing interventions in the clinical environment with decreasing need for supervision; 5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 1030 and 2011, NUR 1111, 0111, and 1020, concurrent enrollment in NUR 1010 and 0121, PSY 1050, and BIO 2012 NUR 1131 Principles and Practices of Nursing III (5) spring This course explores integrative concepts in nursing and in the developing family. The student expands knowledge and increases skills necessary to meet the self-care deficits of individuals experiencing common health care problems with an emphasis on parent/child care and mental health. In addition to continuing to use the nursing classroom laboratory, the student also learns through selected clinical experiences in obstetric, pediatric, and medical-surgical settings. The student demonstrates skill in problem solving through the use of the nursing process with a focus on implementation and evaluation of nursing care; 7.5 hours of lecture per week for the spring term. Prerequisite: BIO 2012 and 1030, NUR 1021, 1121, and 0121 and PSY 1050, concurrent enrollment in NUR 0131 [Course fee: $60.00] Course Descriptions NUR 2010 LPN to RN Transition/Trends in Nursing (2) fall This course is designed to assist the student in recognizing both personal and professional challenges that arise in the process of transitioning from the role of the practical nurse to that of the registered nurse.

Additionally, issues and trends important to contemporary nursing are evaluated and analyzed. Theories regarding the transition process, role development, and the process of change are applied to personal adaptation, professional issues, and role differentiation in terms of responsibilities and scope of practice for the LPN and ADN. Current issues are examined through assigned reading, written submissions, and lively discussions. The student will ultimately develop an individual philosophy of differentiated nursing practice;





2 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NUR 2030 and 2040 or departmental permission NUR 2011 Advanced Pharmacology (1) spring This course assumes that students have retained knowledge gained in NUR 1010. It is a body-systemoriented approach to analyzing the use of particular medications for complex medical/surgical conditions in clients across the lifespan. The clinical component of this class is demonstrated in NUR 2140. The student will integrate and evaluate the effectiveness of each client outcome as it relates to his/her pharmacologic needs; 1 hour of lecture per week. Prerequisite: NUR 2030 and 2040, BIO 2120, concurrent enrollment in NUR 2130, 2140 or departmental permission NUR 2030 Principles and Practice of Nursing IV (3) fall This course is divided into three content areas: health promotion and physical assessment (3 weeks);

maternity nursing (6 weeks); and psychiatric nursing (6 weeks). The first part assumes prior knowledge of normal physiological and developmental parameters and focuses on assessing abnormal conditions and encouraging a maximum level of self-care by promoting healthy behaviors. Such topics as the importance of an accurate and complete health history including a psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual assessment and a health risk appraisal are covered. Laboratory and acute care clinical experiences are provided. The second part assumes previous learning of the normal and expected conditions relating to the maternity client.

Assessment of, planning care for, implementing interventions for, and evaluation of the normal antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal client at the level of the registered nurse are covered. The content builds on this and focuses on abnormal conditions and the expanded role of the registered nurse. Clinical experiences in inpatient and outpatient settings are provided. Students assist the maternity client and family to recognize their self-care needs. The third part offers the student an opportunity to gain the tools necessary to assess, plan, and evaluate interventions in the care of the client population dealing with mental health needs.

Students select appropriate roles to be assumed in assisting clients to meet their mental health self-care needs. The student is expected to perform therapeutically in the clinical setting; 3 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: PN License or course work or departmental permission, plus concurrent enrollment in NUR 2010 and 2040 [Course fee: $125.00]

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NUR 2130 Principles and Practices of Nursing V (5) spring This course offers students the opportunity to learn about clients across the lifespan experiencing complex acute medical surgical illnesses and chronic self-care deficits. Experiences are also provided in intensive care, the emergency room, and a home health agency. The student demonstrates skills in decision-making through the use of the nursing process with an emphasis on implementation and evaluation. The student also selects the appropriate roles to be assumed in meeting the client’s self-care needs. The student is expected to perform therapeutically in the clinical area with a decreasing need for instructor supervision; 5 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2120,NUR 2010, 2030, and 2040, concurrent enrollment in NUR 2140 [Course fee: $60.00] Course Descriptions

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Philosophy (PHI)

PHI 1010 Introduction to Philosophy (3) as required

In examining the history of philosophy from Socrates to Sartre, students look at the diverse perspectives, methods, and conclusions of significant philosophers, both classical and contemporary, concerning selected topics in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Class discussion of reading is directed toward an increased understanding of significant contemporary problems in light of the relevant philosophical issues; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: None

PHI 1030 Introduction to Logic (3) as required

This course encompasses the principles and conditions of correct reasoning, including the relationship between language and thought, deductive arguments, and the methods of inductive inference. Throughout the course, the student will be expected to apply these principles in analyzing arguments; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: None

PHI 1040 Introduction to Ethics (3) as required

This course introduces some of the major ethical theories about morally-right action, the morally good person, and the just society. Such theories may include ethical absolutism, ethical relativism, ethical egoism, utilitarianism, formalism, and rights theory. Topics may be drawn from contemporary moral issues, such as capital punishment, abortion, and euthanasia; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: None Physics (PHY)

PHY 1021 Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics (4) fall/spring

Students taking this one-semester course study the fundamental topics necessary for further study in physical sciences and engineering technologies. The topics covered are: systems of units; converting units; one- and two-dimensional kinematics; vectors; Newton’s Laws of Motion; and static equilibrium and torque; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None PHY 1022 Energy Conservation and Equilibrium (4) fall/spring This one-semester course is a continuation of PHY 1021. It is designed to familiarize the student with the concepts of work, energy, power, impulse-momentum, and the laws of conservation. These concepts are used to investigate both translational and rotational motion. Other topics covered include elasticity and the physics of static and dynamic fluids; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1021 PHY 1030 General Physics (4) spring This one-semester, general physics course has the purpose of introducing the student to basic classical physics.

Topics include Newtonian mechanics, elasticity, fluids, heat transfer, gas laws, some thermodynamics, and DC/AC circuits; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1100 or equivalent Course Descriptions PHY 1041 Physics I (4) fall/spring/summer The purpose of this course is to give the student in engineering technology a thorough study of the basic principles of physics. Topics covered in this course are systems of measurement; dynamics (including motion, acceleration, forces producing motion, work, energy, and power); momentum and the conservation laws; statics (including concurrent and nonconcurrent forces); and fluids (including properties of gases, fluid pressure, density, buoyancy, and hydraulics). Previous successful completion of a course in physics is highly desirable; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MAT 1420 or equivalent PHY 1042 Physics II (4) fall/spring/summer This course is a continuation of PHY 1041 for electrical engineering technology and computer engineering technology students. Emphasis is on understanding basic physical concepts that relate both to practical situations and to subsequent technical courses. Topics include heat; wave motion; electrical and magnetic field theory; electricity; light; and semi-conductor physics; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1041 or 1022 PHY 1043 Physics II for Architectural Programs (3) fall This course for architectural students is a continuation of PHY 1041 and is a study of heat (including specific heat, latent heat, and heat transfer); wave motion; light, (including such topics as mirrors, lenses, refraction, interference, and polarization); and electricity (including such topics as electrical and magnetic field theory;



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