Nursing Skills I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-1105-002 Nursing Skills I


Corequisite: RNSG 1309 and RNSG 1301

Course Description

Study of the concepts and principles necessary to perform basic nursing skills for the adult patient; and demonstrate competence in the performance of nursing procedures. Content includes knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

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(1 sem hr; 1 lec, 1 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Potter, Perry, Stockert, Hall, Fundamentals of Nursing, 10th ed., Mosby -Elsevier, 2016; Elsevier - CS: Essentials (eCommerce); any current Comprehensive NCLEX-RN Review book (such as Silvestri - Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Exam, 7e)


Nursing Supply Kit

Royal Blue uniform (top, pants and jacket with ADN patch on top and jacket) (See dress code in course manual for details)



Computer: laptop or tablet with webcam.  (See system requirements)

Computer Requirements

Student Performance

Students Performance/ Learning Outcomes

Describe concepts and principles that are basic to the safe performance of nursing skills and demonstrate competence of nursing procedures.

Course Student Learning Outcomes

Member of a profession:

1. Identify an ethical-legal framework and applicable professional standards of nursing practice.

2. Identify avenues for personal and professional development in nursing practice.

3. Describe characteristics of quality nursing care and ways to promote the nursing profession.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care:

4. Acquire foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to assist the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health of patients and their families

5. Identify components of a systematic process and clinical resaoning required to provide holistic patient-centered care.

6. Identify basic psychosocial and cultural needs of patients and families.

7. Identify the basic principles of health teaching for patients and families.

8. Demonstrated competency in the performance of basic nursing skills in a laboratory setting.

9. Discuss compassionate behaviors and appropriate communication skills for the care of diverse patients and families.

10. Identify the role of community resources in meeting the needs of patients and families for comprehensive, quality care.

Patient Safety Advocate

11. Explain the relationship of evidence-based practice to safety and quality in patient care.

12. Identify federal, state, and local governmental requirements for patient safety.

Member of the HealthCare Team

13. Identify the role and responsibilities of the professional nurse in providing holistic patient centered care.

14. Recognize appropriate communication skills for interacting with other health care team members.

15. Identify the various types of technology used in patient care.

16. Identify the role of the professional nurse in coordination of holistic patient-centered care.

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Grading Criteria


Grade Scale:

The following criteria will be used to determine your grade:





F- 59 and below.

There will be no rounding of grades. Example: a 79.9 will be a “C” and not a “B”.

Grading Criteria: The course grade for RNSG 1105 Nursing Skills will consist of the following:

  1. 6 Graded Skills:  80%
  2. Final Exam:  20%

*A score of “0” will be given for any course assignments left incomplete and will result in clinical failure.




  Regular attendance is required. Less than 90% attendance may result in failure of the course.



Week 1

Review Course Manual 

Review Skill Check Sheets

Familiarize to NRC

Week 2

Skills Competency #1:  Bed Bath, Making an Occupied Bed, and Positioning Demonstration           


Week 3

Skills Competency #2::  Vital Signs/Oxygenation



Week 4

Return Demonstration: Vital Signs/Oxygenation


Week 5

Skills Competency #3:  PPE & Sterile Gloving



Week 6

Return Demonstration:  PPE & Sterile Gloving

Discuss Nasogastric (NG) Tube Insertion (including PPE), Decompression and Irrigation

Week 7

Skills Competency #4: Nasogastric (NG) Tube Insertion (including PPE), Decompression and Irrigation



Week 8

Return Demonstration:  Nasogastric (NG) Tube Insertion (including PPE), Decompression and Irrigation

Discuss NG Tube Feeding & NG Removal (including PPE)



Week 9

Skills Competency #5: NG Tube Feeding & NG Removal (including PPE)



Week 10

Return Demonstration:  NG Tube Feeding & NG Removal (including PPE)

Discuss  Midline Catheter Maintenance and Dressing Change (including sterile gloving)              

Week 11

Skills Competency #6:   Midline Catheter Maintenance and Dressing Change (including sterile gloving)



Week 12

Return Demonstration: Midline Catheter Maintenance and Dressing Change (including sterile gloving)

Discuss Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion and Removal (including sterile gloving)

Week 13

Skills Competency #7:  Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion and Removal (including sterile gloving)



Week 14

Return Demonstration:  Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion and Removal (including sterile gloving)

Discuss Final Practicum


Week 15

Final Practicum


Week 16

Good luck on your final exams!


Additional Information

 Course Requirements

  1. Meet all requirements for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  2. Satisfactory completion of, or concurrent enrollment in courses from approved list.
  3. Concurrent enrollment in RNSG 1309 Introduction to Nursing is required.  Both courses (RNSG 1309 and RNSG 1105) must be taken together. If one has to be repeated, both must be repeated.
  4. Satisfactory grade of 75% or above combined course grade of pre-lab exams, group discussions nursing competencies, and final exam. A score of “0” will be given for any course assignments left incomplete and will result in clinical failure.
  5. Classroom attendance of 90%.

Academic Grievances

A student who has a grievance concerning an academic course in which he or she is enrolled should make an appeal in the following order to the:

1)     Instructor: Rebecca Vincent

2)     Clinical Coordinator:  Teresa Herrera 467-3002

3)     Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Matos 354-6010

4)     Associate Dean of Health Sciences: Kim Boyd 354-6060

5)     Dean of Health Sciences:  Kim Crowley 354-6087

6)     Associate VP of Academic Affairs:  Becky Burton 371-5122

7)     VP of Academic Affairs:  Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226

Syllabus Created on:

08/10/21 10:45 AM

Last Edited on:

08/10/21 10:45 AM