VNRS 151L: Fundamentals of Nursing Lab

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 162
Lab Hours: 162
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 0
Prerequisite: NRS 100 and current admission to the Vocational Nursing program.
Corequisite: VNRS 150.
Transferable to CSU: No
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

Clinical application of theoretical concepts of basic nursing functions. Offered for Pass/No Pass grading only. 162 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • demonstrate knowledge of applying theory to practice in a hospital setting with direct patient contact
  • demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of safe nursing practice
  • demonstrate the ability to meet basic client needs
  • demonstrate the ability to perform specialized nursing skills
  • demonstrate the ability to accurately document the care given
  • demonstrate the ability to utilize the nursing process in a hospital setting with direct patient contact
  • demonstrate the ability to perform safe, ethical and legal principles of basic nursing in compliance with the Citrus College VN handbook and the California Vocational Nurse Practice Act

Major Course Content

  1. Perform direct client care in a healthcare setting
    1. Apply general principles of:
      1. universal precautions
      2. body mechanics
      3. aseptic technique
      4. safety
    2. Meet client basic needs related to:
      1. nutrition
      2. hygiene
      3. elimination
      4. comfort
      5. transfer/movement
      6. bathing
    3. Perform general nursing skills:
      1. obtain vital signs/pain assessment/obtaining O2 saturation
      2. collect specimens
      3. measure intake and output
      4. weigh clients
      5. assist with ambulation
      6. bed making
      7. infection control measures
    4. Perform treatments:
      1. administer oxygen
      2. give enemas
      3. perform range of motion exercises
      4. change dressings
      5. heat and cold treatments
      6. anti-embolic devices 
  2. Use cognitive skills to provide client care
    1. Perform a head-to-toe assessment
    2. Perform focused assessment
    3. Document nursing care provided
    4. Write a nursing care plan

Lab Content

The first 4 weeks (81 hours) are spent in the on-campus Skills Lab with simulated situations.  The remainder of the hours are spent in a community-based healthcare facility providing direct client care.

Students will perform the following tasks and procedures:

  1. Foundation skills
    1. Medical asepsis
    2. Infection control
    3. Body mechanics
    4. Safety
    5. Restraints
  2. Personal Care Skills
    1. Client hygiene
    2. Adult feeding and nutrition
    3. Bed making
    4. Elimination
  3. Activity and rest
    1. Transfer of client, e.g. bed-to-chair, etc.
    2. Ambulation
    3. Moving and positioning in bed
    4. Range of motion
  4. Procedures 
    1. Specimen collection
    2. Assessments and procedures
    3. Enemas
    4. Isolation techniques
    5. Oxygen administration
    6. Wound care
    7. Heat and cold treatments
    8. Anti-embolic devices  
  5. Data collection, recording skills, care planning
    1. Physical assessment
    2. Vital signs with pain & oxygen saturation
    3. Intake and output, computing and recording
    4. Documentation
    5. Admissions/discharge/transfer
    6. The nursing process and nursing diagnosis

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Online materials relevant to the course content.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

The nursing care plan is the writing assignment.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Use the nursing process and the nursing diagnosis to write a nursing care plan that is appropriate to the individual needs of a client.

Instruction Type(s)

Lab, Online Education Lab