NUR 182 Fundamental Concepts of Oxygenation and Perfusion (1 credit)

The student will use the nursing process in the human needs area of basic oxygenation. This course introduces students to the need for adequate oxygen supply to maintain cellular metabolism, and to the interrelationship of respiratory and cardiovascular function in maintaining oxygen supply. Students learn to assess oxygenation status, plan and implement measures to promote respiration/ventilation and circulation, and evaluate their effectiveness. Students learn to assess oxygenation status including normal breath sounds, blood pressure, temperature, peripheral pulses, respiration, and oxygenation saturation. Measures learned to promote respiration/ventilation include use of aerosol medications, oxygenation administration, non-invasive ventilation aides, and breathing exercises. Measures learned to promote circulation are application of anti-embolic and sequential compression stockings, and exercise. Students learn professional responsibility in obtaining and reporting basic respiratory and cardiac findings. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Nursing.