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Course SummaryThis Fundamentals of Nursing Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach nursing. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this nursing course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of nursing, from an overview of the roles a nurse can assume to infection control and administration of medications. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific nursing fundamentals course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like advance directives or ways to promote oxygenation in the blood. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on ethics and values in nursing includes key terms like Code of Ethics for Nurses and American Nurses Association.
As you work on your fundamentals of nursing lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like inflammation if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like ways to assist patients with ambulation and the functions of the intestines.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the food guide pyramid to methods of pain control, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the importance of good hygiene practices or the requirements to obtain a nursing license? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about nursing-related crimes, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on communications and interpersonal relationships, you can point your students to the transcripts on the concept of therapeutic communication, factors that impact communication, patient education and discharge planning.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from writing nursing goal statements to key facts, like the definition of homeostasis.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on fluid and electrolyte balance? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: How can a nurse act as a patient advocate?
Below is a sketch of the nursing syllabus modeled on a 15-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||The Profession of Nursing||Factors that influence health, the health care delivery system, the nursing process and ethics in nursing|
|Week 2||Legal Aspects of Nursing||Nurse practice acts, legal liability and patient protection regulations|
|Week 3||Communication and Interpersonal Relations in Nursing||The nurse-patient relationship, patient instruction and discharge planning|
|Week 4||Asepsis and Infection Control||Fundamentals of infection control, wound healing and sterilization of instruments|
|Week 5||The Body's Defenses||The immune system, inflammation and ways to boost the body's defenses|
|Week 6||Medication Administration||Pharmacokinetics, drug administration routes and sites and factors that impact medication's action|
|Week 7||Safety||Environmental hazards, devices to promote safety and safety case studies|
|Week 8||Hygiene||Basics of hygiene, factors that influence personal hygiene and hygiene products|
|Week 9||Rest and Sleep||States of consciousness, the sleep cycle and hypnosis|
|Week 10||Mobility and Immobility||How nurses can help preserve muscles and joints in patients, ways of positioning patients and the impact of impaired mobility on the body|
|Week 11||Pain||Types of pain, individualized responses to pain and pain management|
|Week 12||Nutrition||Classes of nutrients, the gastrointestinal system and agents to promote nutrition|
|Week 13||Elimination||The urinary system, causes of disturbances in bowel elimination and agents to promote elimination|
|Week 14||Oxygenation||Anatomy of the respiratory system, influences on oxygenation and ways to promote oxygenation|
|Week 15||Fluid and Electrolyte Balance||Maintaining the fluid and electrolyte balance, causes of imbalance and agents used to promote balance|
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