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Nursing Fundamentals is the first semester of information that you will learn in the ADN program at WNMU. This course covers the history of the nursing profession and much of the basics that you will need to know to operate as a nurse in almost any medical facility.

The main skill learned is how to administrate medications.

Most weeks will include a test over the following weeks material, so I will breakdown the material that is covered week by week. This is based on past years teaching of this class and of course the professors teaching this class will be different and the material will change as the book has been changed this year (2010). Your milage may vary, but hopefully if you study this material before the course begins, you will have a good idea of what you know that they are talking about, and what you don't know and need to pay special attention to!

In previous years this course used the book "Fundamentals of Nursing" by Potter & Perry. When I identify chapters for review or study on this page, they are from this book unless otherwise stated.

Intro & History Intro & History Intro & History Intro & History
Steril Tech Steril Tech Steril Tech Steril Tech
Cultural Cultural Cultural Cultural
Nursing Proc. Nursing Proc. Nursing Proc. Nursing Proc.

Week 1

Week 1 chapters 1, 5, 6 & 9. The topics include Research & ethics including the Tuskegee Experiment, health & wellness, cultural and etnicity issues in nursing.

Chapter 5 - Nursing Research
Chapter 6 - Health and Wellness
Chapter 9 - Culture and Ethnicity
Study Guide

Week 2

Week 2 covers how to perform a physical assessment.

Chapter 32 - Vital Signs
Chapter 33 - Physical Assessment
Study Guide

Week 3

Week 3 covers chapters 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, & 20. The main topics are evaluating and planning, critical thinking, nursing diagnosis, and caring.

Chapter 9 - Culture and Ethnicity
Chapter 10 - Family
Chapters 15, 16, & 17 - Nursing Process, Critical Thinking, Assessment & Nursing Diagnosis
Chapter 14 - Older Adults

Week 4

Week 4 covers chapters 22-25. More material on ethics, legal, communication and client education are discussed.

Week 5

Week 5 covers asepsis, medical/surgical, etc.

Week 6

During this week med administration is discussed.

Week 7

I'm still looking for this material...

Week 8

This weeks topics are foley/catheters, tubes, O2 admin, etc.

Week 9

Chapters 38 & 49 are discussed. The topics are client safety, sensory alterations, skin assessment, etc.

Week 10

This weeks topic is mobility.

Week 11

Another unknown week

Week 12

Fluids and electrolytes are discussed....

Week 13

During this week chapters 42-44 are covered. Topics include: sleep, pain management and nutrition.

Week 14

Bowel and urinary issues are discussed.

Week 15

Final unknown....

Week 16

Chapters 27 & 30 are covered. Topics include: self concept, sexuality, spiritual health and grief.

Final Exam

The final is going to be over all of the material, so it's best to just go over all of the study guides.....

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