This course will focus on the concepts, skills, and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making. The course provides opportunities to develop the competencies necessary to assist individuals in meeting their health care needs, with emphasis on safe, legal, and ethical issues pertaining to the nursing process. The course will emphasize critical thinking, the establishment of a culturally-sensitive therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, the development of the student’s beginning comprehension of the patient’s physiologic and psychological responses to health and illness, and an understanding of the patient’s Self-Care Deficits at various points on the health-illness continuum. At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.  Prerequisite: NUR 101,  Co-requisites: NUR 103