NU-202: Safe and Effective Nursing Care Level IV

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: NU-202 Safe and Effective Nursing Care Level IV

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 5 class hours, 10.5 clinical lab hours

Credits: 8.5

Pre-requisites (if any): NU-201 (completed with grade of C or better)

Co-requisites (if any): NU-204, 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.)

Course Description in college catalog:

NU-202 provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to manage patients with complex physiological and psychosocial needs. Opportunity is provided for increased self­ direction in the management of care for groups of patients in acute care and community settings utilizing evidence-based research. Emphasis is on advanced assessment and critical thinking strategies to promote effective clinical decision making. Collaboration and interdisciplinary communication continue to be emphasized. Professional behaviors related to healthcare policy, financial regulations, and policy formation are discussed. Significant components of the course include multisystem failure, autoimmune and immune disorders, eating and childhood disorders, major psychiatric disorders, disaster preparedness, and population health. Advanced application of the eight core competencies are integrated into nursing practice.

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.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Methods of Instruction will include but not be limited to:

Behavioral Learning Strategies

  1. Multi Media
  2. Skills labs -instruction, practice and return demonstration
  3. Clinical agency patient care experience/rotations
  4. Textbooks

 Cognitive Learning Strategies

  1. Lecture
  2. Clinical agency patient care experience/rotations
  3. Writing assignments
  4. Storytelling
  5. Interactive Instruction-Gaming
  6. Group projects
  7. Small group discussions –clinical pre/post care conferences
  8. Project Based Learning-Teaching Projects
  9. Virtual Hospital/Case-based Simulations
  10. Case-study discussions-patient scenarios
  11. Concept/Care Mapping Nursing Care Plans (NCP)
  12. Information Technology
  13. High Impact Teaching Strategies
  14. Textbooks
  15. Course Manuals/Study Guides

 Social Learning Strategies

  1. Clinical agency patient care experiences/rotations
  2. Virtual Hospital/Simulation Lab/Role modeling/Student Modeling
  3. Role playing
  4. Small group discussions
  5. Interactive Class Participation
  6. Clinical Pre/Post Care Conferences
  7. Service Learning

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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