Health & Illness Concepts III


  2. A. Course Title: Health & Illness Concepts III
    B. Course Number: NU 204A - 10251
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Webb, Kim
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all Level 3 nursing courses: Health and Illness Concepts II, Professional Nursing Concepts I, and Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions
    M. Corequisite(s): Clinical Intensive I, ADN Capstone or Clinical Intensive II (BSN course)
    N. Class Location: AH157

    This course focuses on health and illness concepts across the lifespan. Concepts covered include homeostasis/regulation, oxygenation/hemostasis, protection/movement, and emotional processes. The scope, risk factors, physiologic processes, attributes, and clinical management of the relationships between selected concepts/exemplars are discussed in the course content. Exemplars, evidence-based practices, collaborative care, healthcare standards, nursing informatics/technologies, and care resources associated with the concepts/exemplars of the course are discussed. The roles of health care team members related to specific concepts/exemplars are differentiated. Opportunities are provided for the student to apply selected health and illness concepts to the nursing care of patients across the lifespan. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisites: NU 203 Health and Illness Concepts II, NU 213 Professional Nursing Concepts I, NU 214A Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions Corequisites: NU 214B Clinical Intensive I, NU 216 ADN Capstone


    This course is transferrable to other New Mexico nursing programs utilizing the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) statewide common curriculum. This course has no guarantee of transferability to another college or university that is not participating in NMNEC statewide common curriculum.



    1. ATI Package
    2. Student Nurse Handbook (Can be accessed at and in your NU203 Canvas Course Modules)
    3. Year 2 Blue Skills Bag (from Level 3)
    4. Dress code for Classroom and Clinical Laboratory activities:
    - See Student Nurse Handbook


    1. Adams, Michael, Norman Holland, and Carol Urban. Pharmacology For Nurses, A Pathophysiologic Approach. Fifth ed. N.p.: Pearson, 2017. Print. ISBN: 978-0-13-425516-3
    2. Barcus, Judith M. Wilkinson, Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 11th edition. (2017) Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-433745-6
    3. Content Mastery Series Review Modules, Assessment Technologies Institute; LCC
    4. Gray, Morris. Calculate with Confidence, 6th edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089319
    5. Jarvis, Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455728107
    6. Jarvis, Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323265379
    7. Jarvis, Physical Examination & Health Assessment Laboratory Manual, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323265416
    8. Leifer, Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 7th edition. (2015) Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455770151
    9. Lewis, Medical Surgical Nursing Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 10th edition. (2017) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323328524
    10. Mosby, Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition. (2016) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323074032
    11. Myers, RNotes, Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide, 4th edition. (2014) F.A. Davis. ISBN: 9780803640245
    12. Pagana & Pagana, Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 5th edition. (2013) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089494.
    13. Pearson Education, Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I, 2nd edition. (2015). Pearson/Prentice Hall. Print. ISBN: 9780132934268
    14. Pearson Education, Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume II, 2nd edition. (2015). Pearson/Prentice Hall. Print. ISBN: 9780132934275
    15. Pearson Education, Clinical Nursing Skills: A Concept-Based Approach Volume III, 2nd edition. (2015). Print. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780133351798
    16. Potter, Perry, Stockert & Hall, Fundamentals of Nursing, 9th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323327404
    17. Silvestri & Silvestri, Saunders 2016-2017 Strategies for Test Success, 4th edition. (2015) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323296618
    18. Silvestri, NCLEX RN Comprehensive Review, 6th edition. (2013) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455727551
    19. SimChart and Simulated Learning System for RN 2.0 package (2 yr) (2015). Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455711734
    20. Stanhope, M. & Lancaster J., Foundations of Nursing in the Community: Community Oriented Practice, 4th edition. (2014) Elsevier. eBook ISBN:9780323443838
    21. Vallerand, April H., & Sanoski, Cynthia A. Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses, 15th edition. (2016) ISBN: 13: 978-0-8036-5705-2
    22. Varcarolis, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 3rd edition. (2017) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323389655

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students accepted into the NMJC RN Program will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
    Grading Scale Letter Grade
    90 – 100 A
    80 – 89 B
    77 – 79 C
    67 – 76 D
    0 – 66 F

    GRADES ARE NOT ROUNDED. STUDENT RECEIVES EXACTLY THE GRADE EARNED. (Ex. A 76.9% will not be rounded to a 77%). Student must receive a grade of 77% (C) or better in order to pass the course.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Level Four Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
    Upon successful completion of Level Four, the student will:
    1. Integrate diverse patient values, beliefs, and attitudes, into plan of care for patients with acute illness.
    (Institutional Outcome- Self and Community Awareness)
    2. Interpret and analyze factors and system contributions that impact the quality and safety of nursing practice.
    (Institutional Outcome- Critical Thinking and Problem-solving)
    3. Utilize an evidence-based practice approach in the delivery and evaluation of nursing care to acutely ill patients across the lifespan.
    (Institutional Outcome- Critical Thinking and Problem-solving)
    4. Evaluate the use of policies and procedures within the acute care setting.
    (Institutional Outcome- Self and Community Awareness)
    5. Effectively collaborate with the healthcare team in the delivery of care of patient care. (Institutional Outcome- Communication)
    6. Integrate use of appropriate technology for the delivery of nursing care to acutely ill patients. (Institutional Outcome- Communication)


    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:
    1. Anticipate healthcare participants risk for potentially harmful situations related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
    Level Outcome- L4.2 (Institutional Outcome- Critical Thinking and Problem-solving)
    2. Integrate evidenced-based practices and healthcare standards of care related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
    Level Outcome- L4.3, L4.4
    (Institutional Outcome- Critical Thinking and Problem-solving)
    (Institutional Outcome- Self and Community Awareness)
    3. Differentiate the multiple roles of the health care team related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
    Level Outcome- L4.5 (Institutional Outcome- Communication)
    4. Integrate use of appropriate technology related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
    Level Outcome- L4.6 (Institutional Outcome- Communication)
    5. Interrelate risk factors, concepts, physiologic processes, patient attributes and clinical management of the exemplars covered in this course.
    (Institutional Outcome- Critical Thinking and Problem-solving)


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    See Canvas