Level 4 Curriculum

Course Number 422

Nursing and Health Care Trends

This course is designed to get the student familiar with the history, changing trends, and current issues in nursing. The role of the practical nurse as it relates to job performance, job opportunities, interpersonal skills, and legal and ethical responsibilities is discussed.
Course Number 426

Home Care/Community Nursing

This course gives the student the opportunity to use past academic and clinical knowledge in caring for and teaching wellness behaviors to patients in the community and from different cultures. Students are taught necessary skills to encourage creative planning for and implementing of individualized nursing care. Basic principles of sociology are discussed, introducing the student to the concepts of community health nursing. The student learns to appreciate the patient's needs after discharge into the community. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process for managing stress and crisis intervention in community nursing. The student learns to recognize resources available for support and assistance, and to view the client in relation to family and society.
Course Number 434


This course examines the effects of changes in wellness in inpatient admissions to health care facilities on children and their families. Using a body systems approach, the nursing process, well child care, and growth and development are discussed. Nursing interventions are explained which include nutrition, homecare, and pharmacological therapy.
Course Number 435

Geriatric Nursing

This course is designed to assist the student in increasing knowledge of the aging process and its effect on the individual. The aging process is inspected from a physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspect, allowing the student to identify optimal functioning in the elderly adult. The student is taught to identify problems and benefits of healthy aging. This course also explores the effect of illness on the older adult's total lifestyle. Using the nursing process, students are taught how to administer care to the chronic and acutely ill elderly patient, with special emphasis on rehabilitation, nutrition, and maintenance of health. Students also explore the different environments of care where the elderly adult resides. Community agencies offering aid to the aged are identified and discussed.
Course Number 436

Obstetrical Nursing (Child-Bearing Family)

This course focuses on the physical and psychosocial aspects of the childbearing family. Basic concepts of reproduction and the childbearing cycle are presented. The role of the practical nurse is discussed as it relates to caring for, supporting, and teaching the childbearing family. The nursing process is utilized in discussing the care and treatment of the patient and family throughout the obstetrical cycle. Nutrition is discussed as it applies to each obstetrical stage. Common complications of these stages are presented emphasizing the nursing interventions and pharmacological applications.
Course Number 480

Clinical Experience

Seven days are spent in supervised client clinical situations and/or the lab setting in geriatric/rehabilitation; child-bearing family; pediatric; and home care/community areas. Experience in the administration of medications is further provided. As a member of the healthcare team, students continue to demonstrate ethical behaviors and to implement the nursing process while refining skills. Although supervision continues, students are encouraged to become more independent in carrying out the practical nurse role.