NU-101: Safe and Effective Nursing Care Level I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: NU-101 Safe and Effective Nursing Care Level I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 10.5 clinical lab hours

Credits: 6.5

Pre-requisites (if any): (a) completion of the Pre-Clinical Sequence with a minimum of a 3.0 grade average and a grade of C or better in BI-301; (b) completion of speech remedia┬Čtion if required; and (c) completion of the Pre-Admission RN PAX exam.

Co-requisites (if any): BI-302, PSYC-220, BCLS Certification. (Proof of current BCLS certification and health clearance is required on the first day of clinical laboratory for NU-101, NU-102, NU-201 and NU-202.) Students may repeat only one nursing course (NU-101, NU-102, NU-201 or NU-202) in the Clinical Program. However, a repeat of NU-101 will require an approval from the Nursing Department Appeals Committee. This includes students who withdrew from a course after the first day, for any reason, and students who completed the course with a grade below C.

Course Description in college catalog:

NU 101 establishes the foundation for evidence-based practice by providing an introduction to the professional nursing role and responsibilities. The eight core competencies used as a framework that is congruent with the national health care goals are: professionalism, safety, assessment, patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics. Students will be introduced to the nursing process which will guide them in the development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform the role of a professional nurse, with an emphasis on the aging population. Significant components of the course include effective communication; basic physical assessment; basic pharmacology; nutrition; peri-operative care; principles of teaching/learning and infection control; and health promotion. A variety of teaching methodologies are used to facilitate the diverse learning needs of nursing students utilizing classroom and clinical experiences.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Degree Program in Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/School of Professional Studies Dual/Joint Degree Program in Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Degree Program in Nursing


  1. Professionalism

  2. Safety

  3. Assessment

  4. Patient-Centered Care

  5. Teamwork and Collaboration

  6. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

  7. Quality Improvement (QI)

  8. Informatics

Program-specific outcomes

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors consistent with the standards of practice and regulatory frameworks of the registered professional nurse.
  2. Provide safe, effective and competent nursing care.
  3. Assess patient in a culturally sensitive manner.
  4. Provide patient-centered nursing care.
  5. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient's support persons.
  6. Utilize evidence based healthcare information to provide nursing care.
  7. Improve healthcare by incorporating quality improvement initiatives.
  8. Utilize information and technology to communicate, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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