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Graduate Degree Programs

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 492 Emergency Care and Safety (3) A comprehensive first aid course designed to provide knowledge of prehospital emergency care at the First Responder level.

NURS 492 Emergency Care and Safety (3)

NURS 492 is a comprehensive emergency care and safety course that incorporates basic first aid skills and knowledge and advanced topics such as oxygen therapy, hazardous materials, farm/rural incidents, disaster planning, incident command, triage, and mass casualty incidents. The course includes discussion of infectious diseases and the standard precautions utilized by rescuers to prevent the transmission of disease. Critical thinking and decision-making skills are utilized throughout NURS 492 in practical exercises using various scenarios to enhance the rescuers response in emergency situations. Students are evaluated by written examination and practical skill testing. Cards in First Aid/Emergency Care and CPR for the Healthcare Provider/Professional CPR will be issued to the student upon successful completion of the course. NURS 492 is a complimentary course to NURS 203, which is a basic first aid/community CPR general education elective course designed for the non-nursing major who is required to have first aid/CPR certification for their course of study. NURS 492 provides the student an alternative to NURS 203 by providing emergency care at a higher level of training. NURS 492 is an excellent course for nursing students with advanced health care knowledge, community health care providers (i.e., school nurses), and any non-nursing major interested in emergency medical services (i.e., Kinesiology). NURS 492 is offered fall and/or spring semesters and enrollment is limited to 30 students. The course objectives follow.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
a. Recognize and state signs and symptoms of both non-urgent and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
b. Demonstrate an ability to treat injuries and illness until Emergency Medical Service (EMS) help arrives by utilizing critical thinking skills to make correct decisions, integrate knowledge and improvise materials as necessary.
c. Demonstrate the correct procedure of CPR for the Adult, Child, and Infant victim of cardiac arrest, including Obstructed Airway.
d. Recognize the special cultural and technical barriers of providing first aid in a rural setting and a farm environment.
e. Demonstrate an awareness of hazardous materials at a first responder level of competency.
f. Demonstrate appropriate triage decisions in single or multiple person accidents.
g. Demonstrate an awareness of primary and secondary prevention of trauma, especially with farming incidents.
h. Demonstrate an awareness of safety by conducting a safety inspection of the home or work place.
i. Design and plan a shelter for victims in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: BIOL 141, BIOL 129 or equivalent or approval of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.