Course Number:
NRS 110
Transcript Title:
Foundations of Nursing – Health Promotion
Aug 15, 2022
Jul 13, 2023
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
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Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
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Repeats available for credit:

Formal admission into the CGCC Nursing Program

Course Description

Introduces the learner to the framework of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum. Emphasizes health promotion across the life span and includes learning about self-health as well as patient health practices. Promotes accessing research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness; applying growth and development theory; interviewing patients in a culturally sensitive manner; working as members of a multidisciplinary team giving and receiving feedback about performance; and using reflective thinking about their practice as nursing students. Studies populations including: children, adults, older adults, and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. The clinical portion of the course includes practice with therapeutic communication skills and selected core nursing skills. Prerequisites: formal admission into the CGCC Nursing Program.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a culturally and age appropriate health assessment, and interpret health data, such as screening for biological and psychosocial health risks, evidence of safe and healthy habits, developmental tasks and vulnerabilities, and patterns family functioning.
  2. Develop a plan of care that is family-centered, and developmentally and culturally appropriate using evidence such as clinical practice guidelines and integrative literature reviews, to help facilitate a patient’s health behavior change.
  3. Use effective communication to establish a therapeutic patient-centered relationship and advocate for a health behavior change based on assessment of health risks.
  4. Design and evaluate a health behavior change for self and for a selected patient using relevant evidence and family/cultural data.
  5. Demonstrate beginning use of selected nursing frameworks, including the legal ethical base for practice, and their application to the practice of nursing.
  6. Recognize the importance and relevance of reflection on clinical experiences and on competencies and its influence on personal and professional behavior.
  7. Demonstrate use of effective learning strategies in a performance-based curriculum.
  8. Demonstrate the importance of fulfilling commitments to the team by timely completion of assignments.
  9. Demonstrate safe and competent practice of the fundamentals of nursing care, and adherence to patient dignity, safety of patient, self and others, asepsis, and infection prevention with each patient encounter.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Multiple choice exams
  • Clinical performance evaluation
  • Lab skill performance evaluation
  • Papers

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content


  1. Learning in OCNE Module description: This unit is designed to give the student understanding regarding how to best to learn in the OCNE curriculum, and an introduction to nursing policies and ‘ways of thinking’.
  2. Fundamentals of Health Promotion and Assessment: Module description: This module includes assessing the health of individuals and major health promotion concepts and issues affecting American society. Students will be provided Evidence-based resources such as Healthy People 2020 as tools to develop understandings regarding Health Promotion trends across the lifespan. Health promotion issues will be a thread throughout the modules in this course for children, adults, older adults and the pregnant woman. Fundamentals of physical assessment and history taking will also be included in this module. Subsequent modules will focus on how physical assessment must be modified for the age studied. Individuals usually function within a context of family, therefore a thread regarding family will be considered. Students will have opportunities to develop their communication skills, using motivational interviewing techniques to help individuals and their families to promote health and wellness.
  3. Health Promotion and Assessment across the lifespan: Children and Adolescents: Module Description: Students will use principles and concepts gained from nursing and other literature. Threads for this unit include:
    • Health Promotion issues common to children
    • Exploring evidence-based interventions
    • Growth & Development will be discussed in the context of nursing issues.
    • Communication issues that are specific to children and their families.
    • How to modify assessment skills to meet the needs of children and their families.
  4. Health Promotion and Assessment across the lifespan: Young and Middle Age Adult: Module Description: Examine health promotion needs of the young and middle aged adult population. Focus is primarily on stress management, smoking cessation, nutrition, sleep, immunizations, workplace health, reproductive health and aspects of family functioning. Threads for this unit will include; health promotion issues, physical assessment and history taking, age-appropriate communication.
  5. Health Promotion and Assessment across the lifespan: Pregnancy: Module Description: Students will use principles and concepts gained from nursing and other literature regarding Health Promotion concerns common to pregnant women when developing evidence-based interventions. Normal pregnancy and fetal development will be discussed in the context of nursing issues.
  6. Health Promotion and Assessment across the lifespan: Older Adult: Module Description: This module explores the most prevalent health risks & related assessment parameters for older adults.
  7. Basic Skills/Caregiving Skills and Medication Administration: Concepts introduced with Health Promotion and subsequent terms within the first year as shown on the OCNE minimum Skills Set document.