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Nursing Modules Course Descriptions

 

 

Fundamentals of Nursing / Theory (0911210)

This course focuses on the theoretical knowledge and concurrent laboratory experiences to develop cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills that will help nursing students to provide basic nursing care. Definitions of Nursing and scope of nursing will be emphasized. Introduction to the role of the professional nurse and the relationship of nursing to nursing history will be emphasized. An overview of health care delivery models with emphasis on professional nursing role. It also focuses on concepts of health, wellness and well-being. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized. it is considered as a faculty requirement module for first year nursing students.

 

Fundamental of Nursing / Clinical (0911215)

This course provides nursing students with varied and intensive experience in the nursing lab that will provide competency and proficiency in clinical skills.

Skills in communication interpersonal relationships, critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Concepts of contemporary professional nursing as caring, wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, holistic care are stressed. This course is considered as a faculty requirement for first year students.

 

Adult Nursing Theory (0911219):

This course focuses on the theoretical and conceptual basis for nursing management of adult clients experiencing acute and chronic illness. The impact of social, cultural, psychological, physical, spiritual factors will be explored. It enables the students to develop assessment, critical thinking and decision making skills required for planning and implementing the appropriate nursing care to clients suffering a wide variety of commonly presenting acute and chronic illness.

 

Adult Nursing Clinical (0911216):

 

This course provides the nursing student with the clinical experiences regarding the care of patient with acute and chronic illnesses. It aims at providing essential clinical nursing skills to meet the physiological, psychological and safety needs of these patients. Students will be exposed to different learning opportunities using recent technology, developing decision making, critical thinking and clinical skills necessary for providing complex medical and surgical care. Core knowledge and skills from prerequisite courses will be used to support practice. A variety of health care settings will be utilized to maximize student skills and experience.

 

Communication Skills & Health Education (0910245)

The purpose of this course is to provide the nursing students with the knowledge and skills pertinent to health education by focusing on the principles and main concepts of  interpersonal communication as well as the teaching and learning process used in raising health awareness of clients/ patients and empowering them to change their behavior.  Strategies of teaching and learning are explored to help the students to identify the learning needs of their clients/patients, initiate a participatory teaching-learning process, and prepare a health education plan for them. Emphasis will be on assessment, planning, developing and evaluating a health education program applied to the well and sick individual, family, group and community, to improve their knowledge, attitude and health behaviors.

 

Health Assessment / Theory (0911212)

 

This course provides theoretical foundation for health assessment, physical examination and clinical experience for implementing knowledge in practice setting. Students will learn methods and techniques of interviewing history taking, physical examination, common and important symptoms. Assessment of mental status will also be included. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems.

 

Health Assessment / Clinical (0911218)

This course is designed for nursing students who are learning to interview patients, to examine them and to understand and assess their health problems. This course provides the skill foundation for health assessment, physical examination and clinical experience for implementing knowledge into practice setting. This course is also designed for mastering the different techniques of physical examination; identify abnormalities with special emphasis to the common and or important problems.

 

Nutrition / Theory (0910324)

This course introduces nursing students to the interrelationships among nutrition, food and the environment as they impact health status. Emphasis is placed on the multiple factors that influence food intake. The role and function of nutrients in health promotion and wellness throughout the life cycle (maternal and infant nutrition) will be discussed.

 

Maternal and Women Health Nursing /Theory (0910327)

The focus of this course is on normal pregnancy, physiologic and psychological changes experienced, and care of the normal newborn. The nursing process is used in identifying and meeting the needs of the childbearing family to facilitate optimal functioning. This theory course provides opportunities for the student to acquire an adequate knowledge utilizing knowledge from the biophysical sciences, humanities, growth and development, problem solving abilities and the nursing process. The impact of psychosocial and cultural values and practices of the childbearing family are explored.

 

Maternal and Women Health Nursing / Clinical (0910323)

The course is designed to help students to integrates knowledge from the accompanying maternal health theory course and provide nursing care of the woman during normal and abnormal aspects of the maternity cycle and apply the nursing process to assess, plan and implement the quality care for women during their reproductive utilizing cycle and problem solving techniques to manage physical, emotional, social and ethical problems in the areas of reproductive health, safe-motherhood. It also considers neonate assessment and gynecological conditions of women in different stages of their lives.

 

Emergency and First Aid / Theory (0911411)

This course focuses on the theoretical knowledge about emergency nursing which is an essential component of health care delivery system. This course is designed to give students the chance to gain in depth understanding of nature of emergency nursing and role of nurse in meeting different needs of patient. It  provides the students with knowledge that will help them to provide efficient nursing care during emergency and disaster situations either in pre-hospital settings or in hospital setting and also in disasters. This module will include three main parts namely basics of emergency  , first aid and emergency nursing care for trauma in the different body systems and first aids and emergency nursing care for specific medical emergencies. Critical thinking and problem solving is emphasized 

                                                                                                                            

Emergency and First Aid / Clinical (0911412)

This course is designed to provide nursing students with the skills required to care competently and safely for seriously ill patient or injured victim. It will present the psychomotor skills associated with assessment and provision of first aid and emergency nursing care for patient in emergency situations or disasters either in pre-hospital or in-hospital settings. It focuses on the application of immediate rapid and accurate nursing assessment and provision of first aid and emergency nursing care according to priorities

 

Child Health Nursing / Theory (0910325)

This course enables the students to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide nursing care to infants, children (one month to adolescence) and their families sick or will, at different developmental stages. The course focuses on nursing care of infants, children and adolescence with actual / potential alterations in health (common medical and surgical problems) with emphasis on care of infants and children with congenital anomalies. Guided learning experiences are provided in the laboratory, acute care pediatric sitting (MCH &hospitals)  

 

Child Health Nursing / Clinical (0910326)

This module represents the clinical part of pediatric nursing and offered as a faculty requirement for the third year nursing students. The module focuses on the health problems of infancy and childhood in a developmental framework and stressing the importance of the nurses' role in health promotion and maintenance. The module also concerned with the principles and skills of nursing assessment, including interviewing, observation, physical and behavioral assessment. The preconception and prenatal influences on child health and well-being are also considered with special emphasis on the preventive aspects of care. Clinical evaluation and care plans will be assessed accordingly at faculty lab, nursery school, medical health centers, and pediatric inpatient departments (Medical, Surgical and Premature Units).

 

Mental Health Nursing / Theory (0910342)

This course is designed for senior nursing students. It aims at introducing the theoretical underpinnings of psychopathology symptomatology bio-psychosocial management of psychiatric disorders with focus on the adult population. Nursing process is introduced in the assessment, diagnoses planning intervention and evaluation of psychiatric disorders.

This course is consonant with a clinical practicum that uses the theoretical knowledge, in understanding disorders and in implementing the steps of the nursing process in the care of patients in hospitals and community settings..

 

Mental Health Nursing / Clinical (0910343)

          This course is concurrent with the theory course o Mental Health Nursing. It is designed for senior nursing students and provides them with the opportunity to implement the concepts and theoretical background in the practice setting, and in simulation situations designed by the course facilitator. The students will spend the majority of the practicum in an inpatient acute or chronic setting. The students will learn the nursing role and nursing contribution to the treatment tram, and the management of the psychiatric ward. The students will utilize the nursing process to assess patients and plan their nursing care. They will have the opportunity to implement principles of health problems and while implementing appropriate therapeutic interventions to variety psychiatric disorders in clinical area.

The course will focus on the development of competencies necessary for the practice of mental health nursing with emphasis on the use of self in relationships with patients and health team members.

This course will assist the students to further consolidate their theoretical knowledge and their understanding of psychiatric disorders, its manifestation, identification and management.

 

Growth and Development (0910228)

The purpose of this course is to provide the nursing students with knowledge and skills necessary for effective assessment of growth and development, for promoting normal growth and development, and for detecting any disorders of newborns, infants and children.

This course is designed to explore the physiological and cognitive aspects of human growth and development throughout the life span, with special reference to applicability to nursing practice. It provides the students with a sound theoretical base. It additionally fosters an appreciation of the need for individualized health care.

 

Trends and Ethics in Nursing Profession (0910341)

This course explores the historical, educational, ethical and legal foundations of professional nursing practice; Its focus are concepts and perspectives in ethics and professional practice and career development based on international and national trends.

The objectives and content of this RN-BSN course are derived from the Faculty of Nursing philosophy and conceptual framework, as well as the strategy of nursing formulated by the Jordanian Nursing Council; this course also prepares the student for the role transition into the Jordanian health care system as well as the expectations in the regional health care systems; Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.

The course helps the students develop practical understanding of the ideals and standards of the nursing profession, and to equip them to apply general principles intelligently to changing situations to achieve effective outcomes. It also helps students to develop the core skills required of competent members of a moral community as follows: value clarification, sound ethical-decision making, collaborating with others to determine ethical standards or policy. 

 

Health of Older Adults and Gerontology Concepts (0910431)

This course explores information and issues related to the physical, mental, emotional, economical and psychosocial health and needs of older adults in view of the aging populations with focus on Jordan in the different contexts. The course includes demographics, social attitudes and stigma and myths around aging, physiological and psychological changes in older age, health promotion, disease prevention, health care delivery settings, and ethical and legal issues.

 

Scientific Research Methods / Theory (0910441)

This course is designed to offer third year nursing students with teaching learning experiences that help them to value the importance of research in promoting nursing profession. This course introduces the learner to the basic concepts in nursing research and its purposes. It is considered an overview of research steps. It mainly provides an introduction to research proposal writing.

 

Community Health Nursing (Theory) (0910435)

This course is designed to help the fourth year level students acquire a broad perspective of community health nursing (CHN) by applying different concepts of community health nursing with emphasis on health promotion and primary health care; It familiarizes the students with best practices in community health nursing by building on knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses; the students are taught community assessment as well as utilizing the nursing process. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are used in primary health care, home health care, geriatric homes and rehabilitative care settings. Emphasis is placed on the family in wellness and illness in various community settings with focus on rural communities surrounding the University of Philadelphia in addition to environmental health; the three levels of prevention within the family are used for the well, sick and disabled individuals. Aspects of care are explored based on a demographic and epidemiological approach as well as building an environmental awareness, and acquiring problem-solving and critical thinking skills which act as a basis for nursing care in any community setting.

This course ultimately aims at developing, modifying and promoting students’ and people’s knowledge, attitude and health behaviors.

 

Community Health Nursing / Practice (0910436)

          This Community Health Nursing (CHN) course is designed to orient the fourth year nursing student to the international and national community nursing disciplines, principles and gain abroad perspective of CHN at the three levels (i.e. individual, family, and community). The focus will be on the health status and health care need of Jordanian population groups, to develop strategies for health promotion, and illness prevention, mental health is included as well. Furthermore, the course provides student with opportunities for comprehensive practice in different community health nursing settings under close faculty supervision, based on a context of primary health care and current models of health promotion, in addition to the previous clinical knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses.

The CHN roles are family and community oriented rather than hospital –based, which focus on prevention rather than treatment .In addition the students are introduced to the nurses’ role as a member of a multidisciplinary health team, who is able to apply the basic principles of epidemiology to nursing practice and taking professional responsibilities for improving the health of Jordanian population. Throughout this course, students will utilize the problem solving approach by the implementation of the nursing process in diverse community settings such as schools, health centers, industrial areas, homes, elderly homes, and rehabilitation centers.  

 

Nursing Leadership and Management / Theory (0910433)

This course prepares the students to assume their nursing leadership and management roles with focus on their interactions with the health care team members in future work settings.

It familiarizes the students with management theories, organizational behavior theories and leadership styles that are relevant to the practice of nursing management. It explores the elements of the management process as well as change management strategies and their applications. It enhances students’ leadership skills in maintaining best practices and standards of care. Nursing units in hospitals are the framework used for the application of the theories and knowledge base included in this course.

 

Nursing Leadership and Management / Practice (0910434)

           This course prepares the students to assume their nursing leadership and management roles with focus on their interactions with the health care team members in health care work settings in Jordan and the region.

It familiarizes the students with management theories, organizational behavior theories and leadership styles that are relevant to the practice of nursing management. It explores the elements of the management process as well as change management strategies with focus on leadership skills and best practices using a holistic approach.

 

Critical Care Nursing / Theory (0911410)

This course focuses on having the students acquire advanced scientific knowledge that moves them beyond fundamental techniques in the provision of care for patients within the critical care environment. This course is designed to give students the chance to gain in depth understanding of nature of critical care nursing and role of nurse in meeting the different needs of critically ill patient with the different acute and life threatening conditions. Knowledge developed through this course will enable students to collaborate in the provision of a comprehensive management to patients who are admitted to the critical care settings and their families and to identify the major system organ alterations that nurses frequently encounter in critical illnesses. Critical thinking and problem solving is emphasized in assessment and prioritizing patient‘s needs and nursing interventions

 

Critical Care Nursing / Clinical (0911414)

            This course is designed to provide nursing students with the skills required to care competently and safely for critically ill patient. It focuses on having the students expand their knowledge base and master critical care nursing psychomotor skills associated with assessment and provision of comprehensive nursing care for patient with acute life threatening conditions and attitudes through reflection in and on action in clinical settings. It also focuses on the application of immediate rapid and accurate nursing assessment and provision of quality nursing care according to priorities. It enable the students to provide comprehensive quality nursing care for critically ill patient with different body system alterations, with different types of invasive devices and with different types of machines encountered in critical care settings and to understand the critical care environment in which practice occurs   in order to provide care for the critically ill patients in the different critical care settings. Nursing process is used as an approach of providing holistic patient care .Critical thinking, clinical judgment, decision making and team work are emphasized in this course.

 

Clinical Training / Internship (0911415)

A clinical training internship is an occupational-specific work experience designed to allow students to make practical applications of theory and research based knowledge taught in the classroom. This course will be supervised and followed up by nurse faculty and selected nurse in the clinical area in A or B shifts.