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This course will be an introduction to drug therapy with the study of specific drug classifications using the nursing process, with a focus on the general principles of pharmacology, therapeutic uses, toxicity, and mechanisms of action for each class of drugs. This course is designed to closely follow the body systems and corresponding health systems covered in N317, offered in the Fall as well as those covered in N339 in the Spring.

This course is a continuation of N317 and will continue to emphasize nursing care and application of the nursing process in the care of the adult experiencing selected pathophysiological processes affecting body regulatory systems.  Students will expand their use of critical thinking and the nursing process by providing nursing care, including nursing management skills to individuals in the hospital setting.  Clinical experiences will include acute care hospital settings.  Facilities utilized will include the Indian Health Service Hospital, Pine Ridge, VA Medical Center, Hot Springs and Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City.  Spring Placement:  8 credits (6 theory credit hours, 2 clinical hours at a 3:1 ratio)  90 clinical hours a the first half of the semester.

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This course introduces students to essential concepts in the care of children and their families to promote, maintain, and restore health and balance to the pediatric client. Concepts influencing and impacting care are explored. These concepts are growth and development, communication, coping and adaptation, common health imbalances and the nursing process related to care of the child in both well and acute care settings. Included are subconcepts of nutrition and pharmacology. The child is viewed as a member of the family (tiwahe) as well as a member of the society/tribe (tiospaye) and is believed to be influenced by the culture and environment.

This course will introduce the student to transcultural nursing concepts, assessment, and the role of culture in understanding annd caring for diverse clients in health care settings. Various cultures and their concepts of health and illness will be examined; special emphasis will be placed on providing health care in a Lakota context. Culture will also be defined as behavior and established norms found in diverse health care settings. Understanding the "culture of nursing" institutional norms, behaviors, and communication patterns are critical to the student's transition into the workplace. Students will gain self awareness of their racial, ethnic, and cultural background as a prerequisite for eliciting and responding to clients' needs. Cross-cultural communication will be addressed to provide the student with skills to negotiate cultural differences between clients and providers around health and illness issues.


3 credit course

This course will focus on nursing care and the application of the nursing process in the care of the adult experiencing selected pathophysiological processes affecting body regulatory mechanisms. This course builds upon basic nursing knowledge and skills established during the first year of the program. Opportunities to apply theoretical concepts and perform nursing skills specific to adult clients are provided through faculty guided learning experiences to include:  home health/hospice programs, dialysis units, as well as direct bedside nursing care.  Training facilities utilized include but are not limited to:  the Medical/Surgical units at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Chadron, NE, and at the Pine Ridge Indian Health Services Hospital of Pine Ridge, SD.

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