College of the Siskiyous

Courses

NURS 0851 - Clinical Skills Practice I

Corequisite: NURS 0951

This course provides additional lab time for skills practice in a supervised setting. It provides an opportunity for the student to prepare for skills testing, skills remediation, updating of skills, and refinement of skills as the student progresses toward program completion. (NDA)

NURS 0852 - Clinical Skills Practice II

Corequisite: NURS 0952

This course provides additional lab time for skills practice in a supervised setting. It provides an opportunity for the student to prepare for skills testing, skills remediation, updating of skills, and refinement of skills as the student progresses toward program completion. (NDA)

NURS 0853 - Clinical Skills Practice III

Corequisite: NURS 0953

This course provides additional lab time for skills practice in a supervised setting. It provides an opportunity for the student to prepare for skills testing, skills remediation, updating of skills, and refinement of skills as the student progresses toward program completion. (NDA)

NURS 0951 - Vocational Nursing - First Semester

Prequisite: a minimun grade of "C" in BIO 2700, FCS 1011 and NURS 1045 or a minimum grade of "C" in ENGL 1001, MATH 0850 and MATH 0852 or Qualification by Assessment
Advisory: NURS 0851

This course is designed to prepare the student for beginning practice in nursing care. Fundamental concepts in the nature of nursing, the nature of humans, and components of self-care are emphasized and applied to nursing practice. This course provides comprehensive coverage of basic skills required to practice vocational nursing. (AA)

NURS 0952 - Vocational Nursing - Second Semester

Prequisite: NURS 0951
Corequisite: NURS 0852

This course will allow the student, under direct supervision, to participate as a member of the health care team, to understand and implement patient plans of care, to provide emotional support, to implement health teaching, and to communicate with patients and their significant others. It allows the student to progress from the basic to the more complex medical-surgical nursing care of adults and children, and expand the skills necessary for safe and competent vocational nursing.

NURS 0953 - Vocational Nursing - Third Semester

Prequisite: NURS 0952
Corequisite: NURS 09853

This course provides the final sequence of instruction and clinical experience necessary to prepare the student for entry level practice as a vocational nurse. New skills and knowledge are presented as well as opportunities to perfect previously learned skills and apply accumulated nursing theory during the clinical rotation. At the completion of this course the student will be eligible to take the national examination for licensure. (AA)

NURS 0966 - Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal

Prequisite: LVN or RN License or concurrent enrollment in NURS 0953

This course provides instruction for graduate vocational nursing students, third semester vocational nursing students, licensed vocational nurses, and registered nurses in the proper procedures to follow in starting and maintaining intravenous fluids as well as techniques in blood withdrawal. At the completion of the course, those who have met eligibility and course completion requirements will receive a certificate in IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal issued through the Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians. (AA)

NURS 1021 - LVN-RN Step-Up Role Transition

Prequisite: Admission into the LVN-RN Step-Up (ADN), and an active LVN license, BIO 2700, BIO 2800, BIO 2600, and ENGL 1001. Students must follow application admission process and meet all admission criteria.

This course is designed for the LVN who is transitioning into the role of RN (Registered Nurse). Theory and application of concepts of physical assessment, the nursing process, critical thinking, the relationship of homeostatic mechanisms to fluids and electrolytes and nursing competencies in the professional roles of clinician, teacher, leader and advocate will be presented. This course provides an opportunity for the LVN to practice and develop new, or reinforce previously learned, skills and procedures necessary for advanced placement. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1031 - LVN-RN Step-Up Community Mental Health Nursing

Prequisite: NURS 1021
Corequisite: NURS 1032

This course builds upon students’ previous knowledge and skills in Mental Health Nursing within the context of the health illness continuum, across the life span, and with emphasis on care of the older adult. The professional role of the RN will be addressed within various hospital and community based settings. Through the use of therapeutic interactions, effective communication, assurance of quality and safety, and demonstration of sensitivity to diversity, students will utilize critical thinking to plan and provide care. Clinical experiences will offer opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of community and mental health service settings. Principles of leadership are reviewed and expanded in the RN role. Simulation activities support clinical and theoretical content. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1032 - LVN-RN Step-Up Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing

Prequisite: NURS 1021
Corequisite: NURS 1031

In Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing, the student will synthesize nursing knowledge and skills in providing safe, comprehensive care to patients who have complex medical conditions. Students learn to anticipate and prioritize patient needs and evaluate outcomes. The student will utilize communication techniques to provide health teaching and illness prevention information to patients and families. Accurate, thorough written electronic documentation and verbal communication of clinical information is required. The roles, responsibilities, functions, and skills of the RN in the acute care setting are explored and developed. Simulation activities support clinical and theoretical knowledge and competencies. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1045 - Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of medical word building as well as terms related to specific body systems. Emphasis is placed upon pronunciation, spelling, anatomical, pathological, surgical, and diagnostic terminology. This course is designed for pre-nursing students, health care clerical support staff, nursing assistants, and others desiring a basic knowledge of medical terminology and how the body works. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1047 - Career Pathways in Health I

This is the first of two courses that introduce students to the various aspects of the health care industry. Students will have the opportunity to explore a number of health related disciplines, practice associated entry level skills, and compare educational requirements and job opportunities. On completion of the course, students will have learned to make informed health, educational, and career choices. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1048 - Career Pathways in Health II

Prequisite: NURS 1047

In Career Pathways in Health II students will continue their exploration into the healthcare industry and apply knowledge and skills from Career Pathways in Health I through spending 12 hours within various healthcare disciplines in the clinical setting. Students will be introduced to basic human anatomy and physiology, tested on basic entry level skills for the healthcare professional, and will receive guest lectures from healthcare professionals in the various specialties. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1131 - LVN-RN Step-Up Mental Health and Geriatric Nursing

Prequisite: NURS 1021 and Prerequisite Approval by Department
Corequisite: NURS 1032

This course provides an introduction to Mental Health Nursing with a special emphasis on the older adult. This course builds on previous medical-surgical knowledge and skills in applying the nursing process to promote psychosocial integrity within the context of the health illness continuum across the life span. Throughout the course Gerontological Nursing theory is incorporated. Emphasis includes the professional role of the nurse in providing therapeutic interactions and communications, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self as well as assisting individuals in locating and using appropriate community resources. Skills will be fostered in the area of management, quality assessment and the nurse as a change agent. Varied value systems, self-analysis and health care team collaboration will be explored along with personal professional developmental issues. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of community and mental health settings. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1541 - LVN-RN Step-Up Advanced Maternal Child Nursing

Prequisite: NURS 1021, NURS 1031, and NURS 1032
Corequisite: NURS 1542

This course focuses on advanced concepts in maternal child nursing care. Content emphasized includes family communications, teaching, nursing process, critical thinking, legal-ethical issues, safety, and patient advocacy. Emphasis will be on nursing interventions to prevent or decrease risk factors associated with the child bearing and child rearing families. Simulation activities support clinical and theoretical content. (AA, CSU)

NURS 1542 - LVN-RN Step-Up Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing

Prequisite: NURS 1021, NURS 1031 and NURS 1032
Corequisite: NURS 1541

This course focuses on advanced application of the nursing process in care of critically ill, high acuity adult patients. The student organizes and discriminates data to establish priorities of care, utilizes critical thinking, and manages multiple patient assignments. Content includes leadership theory and application, delegation, prioritization, time management, and transitioning from student nurse role to that of registered nurse. (AA, CSU)

NURS 2929 - Special Studies

Opportunity for students to do an independent study of a selected aspect of vocational nursing. (AA, CSU)

NURS 2949 - Work Experience

Occupational Work Experience is supervised employment extending classroom-based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the student's educational or occupational goal. One work experience credit can be awarded for 60 hours of unpaid work or 75 hours of paid work. Students can earn a maximum of 16 semester units, .5-8units/semester. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU)

NURS 9062 - Certified Nurse Assistant

Prequisite: ENGL 0850 or qualification through assessment. Students must follow application process and meet all admission criteria.

This course offers the theory and clinical experience for students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the state certification examination for Certified Nurse Assistant. (NDA)

NURS 9063 - Home Health Aide (For Certified Nurse Assistants)

The theory and laboratory experiences required for state-certified nursing assistants to become eligible for home health aid certification. Content will include: orientation to home health care, personal care of clients including medical and social needs; nutrition, safety, and cleanliness in the home. (NDA)

NURS 9067 - In Home Caregiver Training

This course is designed to provide the non-professional caregiver with basic caregiving skills, introduction to the aging process, and enhanced awareness of community resources available to help both the patient and the caregiver meet the challenges of providing safe, effective, and self-rewarding care. (NDA)

Contact

2001 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097

Director of Nursing
Cora Brownell, MSN, RN

Program Contact
Cheryl Rosen
(530) 841-5929
nursing@siskiyous.edu