District Syllabus
Introduction To Nursing

Credit Hours: 8
Contact Hours: 14
Laboratory Fee: $408.25
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Introduces the nursing student to client care needs: safe effective 
care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial 
integrity, and physiological integrity.  Client care needs, 
professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision-making, 
caring interventions, teaching and learning collaboration, and 
managing care activities form the integrated framework for clinical 
practice in long term and acute care settings.              
Required Materials: Books:
  • Potter & Perry. [Evolve Access Code] Nursing Skills Online, Version 2.0 for Potter & Perry: Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th ed., Evolve-Elsevier, 2012. ISBN: 978032089241
  • Evolve. [Evolve Access Code] SimChart (18 month student Access), none ed., Evolve, 2011. ISBN: 9781455710874
  • Evolve. [Evolve Access Code] Simulation learning System for Lewis Medical Surgical Nursing, 8th ed., Evolve, 2011. ISBN: 9780323079136
  • Evolve. [Evolve Access Code] Simulation Learning System for Potter & Perry Fundamentals of Nursing, 7th ed., Evolve, 2012. ISBN: 9780323073721
  • Pamela L. Swearingen, RN. All-In-One Care Planning Resource, 3rd ed., Mosby, 2012. ISBN: 9780323074209
  • Leeuwen & Poelhuis-Leth. Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, 5th ed., F.A. Davis, 2013. ISBN: 9780803636644
  • Deglin, J.H. & Vallerand, A.H.. Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 13th ed., F.A. Davis, 2013. ISBN: 9780803628335
  • Potter, R.A. & Perry, A.G.. Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th ed., Elsevier-Mosby, 2013. ISBN: 9780323079334
  • Nugent, P.M. & Vitale, B.A.. Fundamentals Success, 3rd ed., F. A. Davis, 2012. ISBN: 978083627796
  • Hinds, et al. HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination, 3rd ed., Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9780323065856
  • Lewis, S.N., Heitkemper, M.M., Dirksen, S.R., O'Brien, P.G., & Bucher, L.. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 8th ed., Mosby-Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9780323065801
  • Kee, J. L., & Hayes, E.R.. Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach, 7th ed., Saunders-Elsevier, 2012. ISBN: 9781437717712
  • Silvestri, L.A.. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination, 5th ed., Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9781437720228
  • Lewis, S.N., Heitkemper, M.M., Dirksen, S.R., O'Brien, P.G., & Bucher, L.. Study Guide - Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 8th ed., Mosby-Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9780323066549
  • Potter, R.A. & Perry, A.G.. Study Guide and Skills Performance Checklists for Potter/Perry Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th ed., Elsevier-Mosby, 2012. ISBN: 9780323084697
  • Weins, D., & Thomas, C.L.. Taber's Cylcopedic Medical Dictionary, 22nd ed., F.A. Davis, 2013. ISBN: 978083615595
  • Nugent, P.M. & Vitale, B.A.. Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students, 6th ed., F.A. Davis, 2012. ISBN: 9780803628182
  • Stethoscope
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Nursing Lab Supplies - Various (RN)
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS TEST: Students are required to take the Dosages and Solutions Test as a measure for program progression. To successfully pass this test, students must achieve a score of 90% or better within two attempts. The student's score on this test does NOT count toward the student's course grade, but it is a requirement to progress to the next course.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Program Outcome 1: Patient-Centered Care
Advocate for patients, recognizing the patient or designee as the 
source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and 
coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, 
and needs.

Program Outcome 2: Teamwork and Collaboration
Collaborate effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, 
fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-
making to achieve quality patient care.


Program Outcome 3:Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
Use nursing judgment based on best current evidence to provide safe 
care for patients and families across the lifespan.

Program Outcome 4: Quality Improvement (QI)
Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the outcomes of 
care and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers.

Program Outcome 5: Safety
Employ practices to ensure safety of patients and improve outcomes 
of care.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 6: Informatics
Use information and technology to communicate, document care, 
minimize error, and support decision making.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 7: Professionalism
Demonstrate professionalism in the implementation of the role of the 
registered nurse.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Patient Centered Care

1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the concepts of pain 
and suffering, including physiologic models of pain and comfort 
to assess the levels of pain and suffering, physical and emotional 
comfort, determine the expectations of the patient and family for 
relief, and initiate effective treatment.

Team Work and Collaboration

2. Function competently within the scope of practice as a team 
member or leader based on situation of the health care team and 
managing potential overlaps in team member roles and 

Evidence Based Practice

3. Use reliable sources for locating evidence reports related to 
clinical practice topics and guidelines.

Quality Improvement

4. Use tools to that explain the importance of variation and 
measurement in assessing quality of care.


5. Demonstrate the effective use of technology and standardized 
practices that support safety and quality and use of strategies to 
reduce risk of harm to self or others.


6. Apply technology and information management tools to support safe 
processes of care.


7. Maintain professional behavior and appearance.

8. Comply with the Nursing Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, 
and policies and procedures of Pensacola State College, Department 
of Nursing, and clinical agencies.

9. Accept individual responsibility and accountability for nursing 
interventions, outcomes, and other actions.

Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of the student's level of success in meeting the course 
objectives and expected learning outcomes is the responsibility of 
the instructor, within the policies of Pensacola State College and 
the Nursing Department. Competency will be measured through in-class 
exams and other graded assignments, safe/satisfactory completion of 
lab/skills competencies, and safe/satisfactory clinical performance 
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.