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Human Body for Nurses I
3 - 2 - 1
This course is the first in a series of four courses in human anatomy & physiology and immunology & microbiology for Nursing students in which all the main topics are introduced. Blood circulatory system is covered in detail. Laboratory exercises complement class work. Throughout the four courses students are encouraged to appreciate that life processes have a molecular basis. The program specific competencies, which are to develop an integrated perception of the human body and functions, and to link immunity/infections to physiological and metabolic mechanisms, are developed in all four of the biology courses.
Introduction to Nursing
4 - 8 - 4
In this first nursing course, the student will be introduced to the role and nature of the nursing profession. Students will learn about the history of the nursing profession, and the values, ethics, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Quebec. They will gain a fundamental understanding of the nursing meta paradigm and the nursing conceptual framework upon which the nursing program is based. The students will also learn some basic nursing skills and procedures in the laboratory and the clinical setting, including vital signs, hygiene care, infection control, body mechanics, the fundamentals of medication administration, and the use of therapeutic communication.
This course is the second in a series of four courses in human anatomy and physiology, immunology and microbiology for Nursing Students. In this second course, the emphasis is on maintenance of the internal environment. Laboratory exercises complement class work
Nursing the Hospitalized Adult
4 - 6 - 5
This Nursing course introduces students to the acutely ill medical/surgical adult patients who are receiving diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Previous knowledge obtained will be used as a foundation to develop the ability to identify Nursing-related issues connected to health problems and outline appropriate Nursing interventions. In the theoretical and practical part of the course a strong emphasis will be placed on the connections between the ability to access a patient and the development of effective Nursing interventions. Key concepts such as the complications of immobility, care of the surgical patient, intervening with patients in acute or short term care situations with pain, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular conditions will be discussed.
Basic Health Assessment
1 - 2 - 1
This course builds on the nursing theoretical and practical knowledge and skills developed in the first semester of the Nursing program. It is designed to further develop the nursing student’s understanding of the experience of health and illness of the adult patient/client through the classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Students will develop knowledge about common diseases and health conditions, with a focus on documentation of assessment findings, and care provided, as well as in the creating of a nursing plan of care. Students will also have the opportunity to consolidate their learning of basic health assessment skills in the clinical setting, including physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual health of their patients.
Psychology: Human Development
3 - 0 - 2
This course, designed for the nursing program, provides an introduction to human development through an exploration of lifelong changes that occur from conception to end of life. Each stage of the life-cycle will be examined through the cognitive, psychosocial and emotional influences on human development. All students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the major theorists in the field of developmental psychology and the implications of these theories via exams and class assignments that make up a portfolio bridging the lifespan.
This course is the third in a series of four courses in human anatomy and physiology, immunology and microbiology for Nursing Students. Throughout these courses students are encouraged to appreciate that life processes have a molecular basis and that despite obvious differences, all living things have much in common. The program specific competencies: to develop an integrated perception of the human body and functions, and to link immunity/infections to physiological and metabolic mechanisms, are developed in all four of the biology courses. In this third course, the main topics are metabolism, reproduction and defense mechanisms, both general defense and immunology. Laboratory exercises, consisting mostly of computer simulations, complement class work.
Medical/Surgical Nursing Fall
5 - 12 - 6
In this Nursing course, students will integrate the knowledge and abilities learned in previous program-specific courses to care for adult medical/surgical patients with complex health problems. The Dawson College Nursing Model discussed in previous nursing courses will now be used in the planning and implementation of nursing care. Complex disease processes that affect multiple body systems (i.e. Diabetes Mellitus), chronic illness (i.e. Cirrhosis, Crohn’s Disease and Neoplasms) and concepts of Loss and Grief as it relates to chronicity will be explored. In the clinical area the student will have ample opportunity to elaborate on and apply the principles of surgical asepsis such as urinary catheterizations, tracheostomy and ostomy care and care of complex wounds and dressings.
Collaborative Therapies in Health and Illness I
3 - 0 - 1
In the Collaborative Therapies in Health and Illness I course, students will explore the use of nutrition and medications to optimize health. Nutritional and pharmacological support during recovery from surgery and illness and in the management of chronic diseases will also be discussed. In the first part of the course, students will examine nutritional requirements over the lifespan and discuss how age-related physiological changes impact both nutritional requirements and the pharmacokinetics of medications. Nutritional and pharmacological challenges specific to certain developmental stages will also be discussed. In the second part of the course, the role of nutrition and medications in illness prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease will be examined. The nurses’ role in patient education regarding safe medication administration at home and ensuring patient adherence to nutritional and medication therapy will also be discussed.
This course is the fourth in a series of four courses in human anatomy and physiology, immunology and microbiology for Nursing Students. The main topics are nervous system; muscle physiology; endocrine system; and interconnections of the organ systems. Throughout these courses students are encouraged to appreciate that life processes have a molecular basis and that despite obvious differences, all living things have much in common. Laboratory exercises, including computer simulations, complement class work. The performance criteria for this course include knowledge of the above objectives.
Maternal/Child Health Nursing Winter
5 - 12 - 6
This course will provide the student with an understanding of Nursing concepts related to birth, first year of life, early childhood, adolescence, parental relationship (pregnancy, labor, childbirth nursing, post-natal follow-up, the family’s needs and care, child/parents interactions). With the help of the Dawson College Nursing Model a strong emphasis will be placed on understanding the needs of caregivers and patients alike. Promotion and maintenance of optimal health is one of the highlights of this course.
Collaborative Therapies in Health and Illness II
3 - 0 - 2
In the course Collaborative Therapies in Health and Illness II, students will continue to explore nutritional and pharmacological management for diseases that affect the gastrointestinal, immune and central nervous system (CNS). Using the major body systems, chronic illnesses that are prevalent in today’s society and prototype medications as the organizing frameworks, students will develop a deeper understanding of the non-pharmacological (nutrition) and pharmacological treatment available to manage these illnesses. Case studies will be used to describe the pharmacological and nutritional aspects of nursing care. The nurses’ role regarding patients’ adherence to prescribed therapies (pharmacological and nutritional guidelines) will also be examined. At the completion of the two courses, students will have a comprehensive perspective of how nutritional and pharmacological management are intrinsically linked to optimize patient outcome.
In this course the student will explore the concept of Autonomy following patients in one rotation in psychiatry and one rotation in gerontology in acute, long term, rehabilitation or palliative settings. Aided by the Dawson College Nursing Model and integrating previous knowledge from Nursing, Health Assessment, Biology, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Human Development, the student will identify areas of loss of Autonomy and plan appropriate interventions to compensate for these losses.
Sociology of Health Care
4 - 0 - 2
This course will introduce nursing students to the sociology of health care and examine the social contexts within which individuals experience and interpret health, illness, and health care. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to consider the diverse ways in which social categories such as sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and social class affect health, illness, and health care. Students will also explore the relationship between these categories and professional roles within the health care system. Students will examine how “culture” influences and impacts health and health care for individuals, families and whole societies. As well, students will be encouraged to reflect on and engage in discussion and debate concerning the ways in which the course material may impact nursing practice and the nursing profession.
The focus of this course is on integration of the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous Nursing and discipline specific courses (Biology, Psychology, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Sociology) to meet the standards of practice established by the professional order. In compliance with the Nursing program exit profile, the student will demonstrate effective English and basic French communication skills, using the Dawson College Nursing Model to make judgments and intervene based on a body of knowledge from Nursing and act towards achieving personal, professional growth and a commitment to lifelong learning.