Nursing

Oregon Coast offers a career ladder program for those who want to become licensed practical nurses (through the first-year Practical Nursing Certificate) or registered nurses (through the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing). Oregon Coast Community College staff members are also ready to advise students planning to transfer to a school of nursing that grants baccalaureate degrees. Oregon Coast Community College offers general education courses that apply to a Bachelor of Science program.

Employment Opportunities

As a nurse, your responsibilities will vary depending on where you choose to work. Hospital staff nurses care for a group of patients and often supervise others. They assess the needs and problems of their clients, diagnose nursing problems, and plan, implement and evaluate nursing care. The job requires technical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills. Nurses interact with clients and their families, as well as other members of the health care team. Your exact job activities will vary from day to day, depending on the type and condition of the clients under your care. However, each day will call for careful observation, decision-making and problem solving. Providing nursing care is both challenging and rewarding.

Prerequisites

The following courses are required for application to the OCCC Nursing program for both Practical Nursing and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

  • Elementary Algebra, MTH 95 or higher, or placement

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 231 and BI 232; Note: BI 112 is the prerequisite for BI 231).

  • English Composition (WR 121 and WR 122 or WR 123 or WR 227)

  • General Psychology (PSY 201A)

  • Human Development (PSY 215)

  • Medical Terminology (MP111)

Science and math courses must have been completed within 7 years of application. If the math is older than 7 years, you can take the placement test and must score into Math 111 or higher within one year prior to applying to meet the math requirement.

  • The science and math courses must be completed by the end of winter term of the application year with a letter grade of “C” or better, and within seven years prior to entering the Nursing Program.

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (FN225) must be completed by the Fall Term of the first year of the nursing program.

  • The nursing program at OCCC is completive and most pre-Nursing students complete the majority of general education and science courses required for the Nursing Program in order to enhance their chance of admission.

Specific entry requirements are outlined in the Nursing Application on the Oregon Coast Community College website. Enrollment in the program is limited, and there is an early deadline for applications. Most students spend one or more years in a pre-Nursing program to prepare for applying to the Nursing program. Students considering the Nursing Program are highly recommended to contact the Student Services at 541-867-8501 to meet with an academic advisor.

Technical Standards and Student Disability Information

Nursing is a physically and mentally challenging occupation. Education related to this field is designed to prepare nurses for these challenges. Nursing students must be able to meet all established essential academic and clinical requirements to successfully complete the program. Persons with questions concerning qualifications are encouraged to contact the Health and Human Services office for individual consultation prior to formal application.

OCCC Nursing Program provides the information on technical standards with examples of learning activities to inform prospective and enrolled students of the skills required in completing their chosen profession’s curriculum and in the provision of health care services. These technical standards reflect the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of clinical based health care programs. The technical standards are available on the college website. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact Dean of Students 541-867-8501. To be eligible for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must provide clear documentation of their disability.

The Dean of Students is responsible for determining if reasonable accommodations can be identified and ensuring that accommodations are provided for OCCC students. These services are confidential and are separate from the nursing and college application processes. Early contact with the Dean of Students will ensure that accommodations can be made available when students begin the program.

Articulation with Linfield

Oregon Coast and Linfield College have developed a co-enrollment agreement to assist students who complete the Associate Degree in Nursing have a smooth transition to Linfield College’s RN to BSN program. For more information on Nursing articulation from Oregon Coast to Linfield, students are urged to contact the Director of Career and Technical Programs or Student Services.

Additional Requirements

Applicants and students must demonstrate a personal history compatible with obtaining a license to practice Nursing in Oregon. Admission to and graduation from the Nursing Program does not assure eligibility for licensure. The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) makes the determination about eligibility for licensure. The OSBN may not license persons with certain criminal convictions or with a major mental or physical illness that could affect ability to practice safely. Applicants or students with questions about licensing regulations may want to call OSBN at 971-673-0685. All applicants are required to check the Disqualifying Crimes and Potentially Disqualifying Crimes lists available on the website: http://www.oregoncoastcc.org/degrees/

Every Nursing Program applicant and student must answer questions to determine if there is personal history of:

  • conviction for a criminal offense or
  • physical or mental health problems that might interfere with the requirements of nursing practice.  
  • Failure to provide truthful and complete answers to these questions will result in denial of admission for applicants and dismissal for students.
  • If the college becomes aware of criminal or unethical behavior on the part of the applicant, admission will be denied.

Once a student is accepted into the nursing program they will be required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screen. A student admitted to the Program with a history of substance abuse will be monitored for indications of a recurrence of substance abuse per College policy. Any student whose behavior, appearance, or breath odor indicates inappropriate use of alcohol or other drugs can be required to undergo immediate drug testing to detect the presence of alcohol or other drugs and to report the results of such testing to the CTE Director. The student’s status in the program will be reviewed by the nursing faculty and the director. Any required testing and counseling shall be at the student’s expense. Failure to follow a counselor-prescribed treatment plan will result in dismissal from the Program.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

NUR 101 : Nursing Assistant Level 1

Introduces foundational knowledge and skills necessary to deliver routine patient care to residents of long term care and other care facilities. Covers personal care nursing skills, restorative services, mental health services, social needs, and patient rights. Includes an introduction to anatomy and physiology. This course meets the Oregon State Board of Nursing requirements for eligibility to apply for Nursing Assistant 1 certification.

Credits

8
  • Utilize appropriate infection control measures while providing patient care, including hand hygiene, disposal of contaminated articles, and hazardous wastes.
  • Utilize proper body mechanics and safey transfer to prevent injury to self and client.
  • Implement basic principles of personal care, including bathing, hair care, dressing/undressing, oral care, shaving and nail care.
  • Utilize basic communication and interpersonal skills with patients as well as staff members, family members, and other health care team members.
  • Provide safe and effective patient care to include meeting basic needs, personal care, restorative services, mental health services, social needs and patient rights.
  • Distinguish between personal and professional values and legal/ethical responsibilities in practice.

NUR 102 : Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2: Acute Care

Covers knowledge and skills necessary for a Certified Nursing Assistant 2 to work in an acute care facility. This course meets the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) requirements for the Certified Nursing Assistant 2 registry.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

CNA 1 License from the OSBN also required.

  • Deliver healthcare with relevant cultural knowledge and communicate between people from culturally diverse backgrounds using therapeutic and professional communication techniques in the clinical setting.
  • Recognize and report normal and abnormal patterns in clinical findings and behaviors of clients to members of the health care team.
  • Provide care through adherence to clients’ plan of care through taking action within designated responsibilities and as directed by the Registered Nurse.
  • Demonstrate person-centered care by meeting the individual person’s needs, preferences and abilities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in skills related to common disease processes and conditions that affect body system function and the person functional ability.
  • Apply proper use of diagnostic, safety, and therapeutic devices within the Nursing Assistant’s scope of care.
  • Distinguish between personal and professional values and legal/ethical responsibilities in practice.

NUR 141 : Fundamentals of Nursing

Presents concepts and skills that lay a foundation for entry into the nursing profession. Provides opportunities to attain the knowledge and skills that are necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and deliver basic nursing care to individual patients across the lifespan. The skills laboratory section is the first of five in the Nursing sequence.

Credits

12

Prerequisites

Admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in BI 233 accepted.

  • Utilize an understanding of conceptual foundations of nursing; nursing process, critical thinking and holistic care, as they apply to the nursing role in care of patients with common health disturbances.
  • Recognize how facts and principles from physical, biological, social, and behavioral sciences are applied to planning care for individuals across the life span.
  • Apply selected health promotion concepts in care of patients from diverse backgrounds in various health care settings
  • Use therapeutic and professional communication techniques in the clinical setting.
  • Provide basic nursing care for patients using facts and principles from physical, biological, social, and behavioral sciences.
  • Distinguish between personal and professional values, and legal/ethical responsibilities in practice
  • Follow standard safety and infection control measures to perform nursing skills correctly in the skills practice laboratory.

NUR 142 : Care of Acutely Ill Patients and Developing Families I

Focuses on the care of individual patients with health problems related to the respiratory, cardiovascular, fluid and electrolytes, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems. Incorporates the nursing role in providing care to patients across the lifespan. Includes the second skills laboratory section in the Nursing sequence.

Credits

12

Prerequisites

  • Utilize critical thinking skills and understanding of nursing process to develop holistic, individualized plans of care for patients with pain, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, integumentary disorders, and women’s health needs across the life span.
  • Identify health-related community-based resources supporting individuals across the lifespan.
  • Utilize therapeutic communication skills with individual patients and families, while providing health education and health promotion.
  • Collaborate with members of the health care team during planning, implementation and evaluation of the plan of care for assigned patients.
  • Distinguish personal ethics that might conflict with professional ethics as delineated by the American Nurses Association in the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Evaluate and apply strategies and communication techniques that promote effective delegation.

NUR 143 : Care of Acutely Ill Patients and Developing Families II

Focuses on the care of patients with health problems related to neurological, hematological, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems, as well as conditions related to cancer, mental health, infectious diseases, and complications of obstetrics. Incorporates the role of the nurse in providing care to patients across the lifespan who are acutely ill. Includes the third skills laboratory section in the Nursing sequence.

Credits

12

Prerequisites

  • Develop holistic individualized plans of care for patients with altered immunity, hematological/oncologic, urinary, neurological/cognitive, gastrointestinal, and reproductive, disorders.
  • Show evidence of an emerging understanding of psychobiological disorders, psychosocial trauma, and the obstetrical experience including antepartum, postpartum, and newborn adaptation.
  • Implement individual and group, evidenced-based health education plans incorporating culture, learning needs/readiness, and ability to learn.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and healthcare team members with emerging leadership and management skills.
  • Recognize situations requiring revision to the plan of care for assigned patients; report and initiate plan of care changes
  • Make decisions regarding patient care based on professional values and complying with legal/ethical standards.
  • Utilize assessment skills and communication techniques that promote effective and appropriate delegation.

NUR 145 : Introduction to Pharmacology & Pathophysiology

Introduces connections between pathophysiology of selected disease processes, associated pharmacological treatments and nursing responsibilities.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

  • Use knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pathophysiology to identify nursing implications associated with administration of medications from select drug classifications.
  • Relate the pathophysiology of select disorders to the actions and nursing implications associated with caring for patients receiving medications for those disorders.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapy, focusing on interpretation of nursing assessments to detect therapeutic effects, side effects and adverse reactions, and drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-natural product interactions for specific classes of drugs.
  • Use knowledge of select drug classifications, uses, general drug actions, adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions and interactions to outline a patient plan of care.
  • Teach patients and family members regarding safe and effective use of drugs.

NUR 241 : Care of Patients with Complex Health Problems

Covers clinical decision-making when providing care to patients with complex physical and mental health problems. Emphasizes increased independence, judgment and critical thinking in the nursing role. Includes the fourth skills laboratory section in the Nursing sequence.

Credits

12

Prerequisites

  • Develop comprehensive, holistic, individualized plans of care for patients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, infectious disease, gastrointestinal problems, acute and chronic pain, endocrine problems and fluid/ electrolyte/acid-base problems.
  • Function with increased independence in clinical decision-making and the application of nursing process to patients with complex physical and/or mental health problems.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of health teaching plans that are culturally sensitive and revise plans appropriately.
  • Communicate therapeutically with patients experiencing difficulty coping across the mental health continuum.
  • Organize and prioritize components of care requiring complex assessments and interventions for assigned patients; consistently reports pertinent information to the health care team.
  • Differentiate the scope of practice and legal responsibilities of the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse in Oregon.

NUR 242 : Care of Patients in Situations of Crisis and in Community

Covers clinical decision-making when providing care to patients with complex physical needs. Focuses on patients experiencing acute and chronic high acuity illness; palliative and end of life care and disaster preparedness. Includes the fifth skills laboratory section in the Nursing sequence.

Credits

12

Prerequisites

  • Develop comprehensive, holistic, individualized plans of care for patients with community based health care needs, and in planning care for patients with oncologic, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and neurologic problems.
  • Function with increased independence in clinical decision-making, and the application of nursing processes to patients with complex and acute problems.
  • Develop discharge plans that reflect understanding of community resources and individual patient/family needs.
  • Communicate therapeutically with patients experiencing complex and acute health care needs.
  • Assume responsibility for the “Manager of Care” role including the process of effective delegation.
  • Identify nursing responsibilities related to local/national disaster response.
  • Utilize professional values and responsibilities inherent in the registered nurse role in providing nursing care.

NUR 243 : Preparation for Entry into Practice

Presents concepts in nursing management and professional nursing issues. Includes a clinical preceptorship within a health care setting.

Credits

8

Prerequisites

  • Use clinical decision-making, critical thinking skills and evidence based practice in the application of the nursing process for assigned patients.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively with patients, families, their preceptor, and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Assume responsibility for the “Manager of Care” role; overseeing the patient plan of care for an assigned patients.
  • Compare and contrast aspects of healthcare systems and their impact on patient outcomes.
  • Improve quality of care with evidence-based practices, within the scope of nursing.
  • Use sound judgment and decision-making based upon professional values and established nursing standards of care.
  • Show readiness for seeking employment as a registered nurse.

NUR 244 : Preparation for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Provides a comprehensive review and preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Includes test taking strategies and critical analysis of NCLEX type questions through guided learning. Explores content areas in nursing care management; maternal, child and pediatric nursing; psychiatric and mental health nursing; adult and geriatric health; and pharmacology.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

  • Develop an individual plan for preparing for the NCLEX-RN exam
  • Recognize and apply test-taking strategies to improve performance in taking multi-format style questions
  • Employ an increased recognition of nursing concepts in nursing management, maternal, child and pediatric nursing; psychiatric and mental health nursing; adult and geriatric health; and pharmacology.
  • Evaluate client situations and determine the best nursing response in a multiple choice computerized environment that is based upon on established nursing standards and principles.