NUR 184 Fundamentals of Nutrition/Elimination and Fluid/Electrolyte (1 credit)

The course introduces assessments and skills such as: utilizing informatics and technology in the monitoring of intake and output and managing a patient receiving enteral tube feedings and intravenous therapy. This level one nursing course assists students in learning basic nursing care. Readings, videos and laboratory small groups are used to help the student to critically think about the assessment of their patients' fluid, electrolyte and acid- base balance. In unit two, the focus switches to normal adult nutritional needs including nasogastric tubes used for feedings and stomach decompression. Areas of special concern to nurses are highlighted such as assessing patient readiness for diet progression. Units three and four focus on basic assessments and measures to promote the hospitalized person's elimination. 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.