Practical Nursing (PN)

PN100 Introduction to Practical Nursing

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN100L and PN104 is required.

This course introduces the student to the practical nurse's contribution to the nursing process. Concepts include legal and ethical consideration relative to the practical nurse scope of practice, history and admission data collection, focused physical examination techniques, basics of pharmacology, principles of basic medication administration, safety and infection control, pain management as required by Oregon State Board of Nursing and professional communication.

Additional Course Fee: $15.00

PN100L Introduction to Practical Nursing Lab

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN100 and PN104 is required.

This course is an introduction to the development of basic nursing skills used to contribute to the nursing process. Concepts include focused assessments and data collection, pressure ulcer care, ostomy care, infection control, oral and parenteral medication administration, professional communication with patients and the interdisciplinary team. Dosage calculation involved in medication administration is introduced focusing on apothecary, metric and household conversion in medication dosage calculations for the adult. Supervised learning experiences in the nursing laboratory and/or cooperating agencies are provided.

Additional Course Fee: $500.00

PN101 Foundations of Practical Nursing (Course offered online)

Credits 5Summer

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing curriculum courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent registration in PN101L and PN105 is required.

This course provides continued study of the practical nurse's contribution to the nursing process and theory in a community setting focusing on various models of health in wellness and health promotion and illness prevention across the lifespan. The emphasis is on the individual in the context of family and environment. Activities involving health promotion, cultural and spiritual aspects of nursing care are included.

PN101L Foundations of Practical Nursing Lab

Credits 4Summer

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN101 is required.

This course introduces intermediate nursing skills performed by the practical nurse, including sterile technique, wound care, catheterization, oxygen administration, tracheostomy care and suctioning, IV therapy and pediatric assessments. Students use electronic medical records and technology in the lab and the clinical setting. Students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficient use of select nursing skills in the campus lab and clinical settings.

Additional Course Fee: $500.00

PN102 Fundamentals of Adult Care (Course offered online)

Credits 7Fall

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing curriculum courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN102L is required.

This course continues the application of the nursing process and practical nursing scope of practice in a variety of care settings. Common healthcare problems experienced by adults are emphasized. Theoretical content includes perioperative, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, renal/urinary, gastrointestinal, orthopedics and neurology. The practical nurse role in patient education is introduced.

PN102L Fundamentals of Adult Care Lab

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing curriculum courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN102 is required.

This course introduces the practical nursing student to perioperative nursing, principles and practices of sterile technique, rehabilitation after surgery, labs and diagnostic testing, chest tubes, renal replacement therapy, Central lines therapy, and the introduction to a triage team approach using an electronic medical record system. This clinical practicum provides opportunities for students to apply theory and skills across the life span in a variety of clinical settings.

Additional Course Fee: $500.00

PN103 Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing (Course offered online)

Credits 7Winter

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing curriculum courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN103L is required.

Healthcare problems experienced by children, newborns and pregnant women are covered utilizing the nursing process. The LPN role in disaster preparedness and response in a variety of settings is also introduced. The course provides the student with the knowledge base to apply selected theories and concepts in the nursing management of mental disorders in clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings. The course provides introductory understanding of hospice and palliative care, introduction to compassionate interpersonal communication skills that are needed in caring for clients who are in need of palliative care and for people who are dying. The practical nurse as a team member and leader in healthcare delivery settings is explored. Comprehensive preparation for the PN-NCLEX is included.

PN103L Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing Lab

Credits 6Winter

Registration Requirement: Successful completion of all prior practical nursing curriculum courses, each with a grade of "C" or better; and current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Concurrent enrollment in PN103 is required.

This course continues application of the nursing process and introduces caring for the client during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and the neonate. Advanced assessment of the pediatric patient is introduced to include using various developmental tools (Denver and the Ages and Stages assessment (ASQ), disaster triage, caring for the mentally challenged client, hospice and palliative care. Continued use of the electronic medical record system is reinforced. Clinical application occurs in simulation lab, ambulatory and long-term care settings.

Additional Course Fee: $600.00

PN104 Pharmacology in Practical Nursing I (Course offered online)

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. Concurrent enrollment in PN100 and PN100L is required.

This course integrates pharmacology in practical nursing theory and provides the student with an introduction to basic pharmacology, major drug classifications, drug legislation, legal aspects of medication administration and drug action on specific body systems. The focus is on concepts of safe medication administration and monitoring the effects of pharmaco-therapeutic agents and current evidenced-based information to ensure safe nursing practice applicable to pharmacological interventions. Contrast basic principles of pharmaco-therapeutics across the lifespan including gender and ethnicity. Part one of two.

PN105 Pharmacology in Practical Nursing II (Course offered online)

Credits 3Summer

Registration Requirement: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better in all prior practical nursing curriculum courses. Concurrent enrollment in PN101 and PN101L is required.

This course provides continued study of pharmacology. Drugs are presented within the major drug classifications along with general drug actions, common adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions and interactions. The nursing process is used as a framework for presenting care of the patient as it relates to the drug and the drug regimen. Emphasis is placed on ways to promote an optimal response to therapy, how to monitor and manage adverse reactions and important points to consider when educating patients about the use of medications.

PN111 Nursing Success Strategies

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program.

This course emphasizes an overview of specific study skill strategies: textbook strategies, practicing stress and coping techniques, time and organizational management skills, memory and Cornell note-taking strategies. Test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Nursing process and PN contribution to care plans are introduced. Preparing an APA paper is explored.

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course