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NSG 102 Foundations for Nursing II: Analysis of Health Problems

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West Penn Hospital School of Nursing

NSG 102:  Foundations for Nursing II – Analysis of Health Problems is a 10-week course that focuses on the application of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions related to individual client healthcare needs. A holistic approach is used to design a therapeutic plan of care for the client. Emphasis is on the professional nurse's role in assisting clients to manage common health problems with oxygenation and altered nutritional status. Lifespan considerations are included as skills are taught. Standards of care for professional nursing practice and a model for ethical decision making are introduced. The roles of interdisciplinary team members are examined. Principles of communication that reflect empathy and caring is promoted through the analysis of nurse-client interactions. A health promotion model is used to analyze the extent to which an individual client engages in health activities. The teaching-learning process is introduced as an intervention to enhance health promotion with the client. Clinical activities emphasize the development of technical nursing skills as well as application of the nursing process to problems of an individual client in both practice and clinical simulation.

The simulated clinical experience of this course is divided into 4 nursing categories. Learning objectives for each are listed below.

Cardiopulmonary Skills Learning Objectives

  • View equipment utilized for tracheostomy care.
  • View equipment utilized for suctioning via an artificial airway.
  • Identify the need for suctioning a client.

Elimination Learning Objectives

  • Assess various methods/devices for accurately measuring intake and output.
  • Provide nursing care to clients with alterations in urinary and bowel function.

Medication Administration Learning Objectives

  • Initiate measures to promote client safety during medication administration.
  • Apply steps in correct preparation and administration of medications.

Skin Integrity, Wound Care, Tracheostomy, and Enteral Tube Care Learning Objectives

  • Utilize clinical judgment while inserting, maintaining, and discontinuing a nasogastric (NG) tube.
  • Identify the steps to take to prevent complications while caring for a patient with an NG tube.
  • Administer medications via an NG tube.
  • Regulate enteral tube feedings.
  • Implement principles related to medical and surgical asepsis.
  • Promote skin integrity.
  • Implement principles related to the application of dressings and drainage devices.


  • West Penn Hospital School of Nursing students

NSG 102 Foundations for Nursing II: Analysis of Health Problems

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