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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 203 (GHA) First Aid and CPR (3) An introductory first aid course designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills to provide assistance to someone injured/ill.

NURS 203 First Aid and CPR (3)

NURS 203 is an introductory first aid and safety course meeting the general education credit requirements for primarily non-nursing majors, such as Education and Special Education. It provides the basic knowledge and skills to provide the immediate care necessary to treat someone injured or suddenly ill until professional help arrives on the scene. NURS 203 incorporates discussion of infectious disease and the standard precautions needed by rescuers to prevent disease transmission. Students are evaluated through written testing and also practical skill testing. A card is issued to the student for First Aid and One-person CPR (not the Professional CPR or Healthcare Provider CPR) upon successful completion of the course. NURS 203 is offered in the fall, spring, and/or summer semester. The course objectives are as follows:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain how the EMS system works and how the professional rescuer's role in the EMS system differs from a citizen responder's role.

2. Identify guidelines to follow to ensure personal safety and the safety of others at the scene of an emergency.

3. Describe basic safety precautions to prevent disease transmission when providing first aid and CPR services.

4. Describe four emergency action principles.

5. Recognize breathing emergencies, such as a choking, and demonstrate the correct first aid care.

6. Identify the major risk factors for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.

7. State the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke.

8. Demonstrate the correct technique for providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to an adult.

9. Demonstrate how life-threatening bleeding can be controlled.

10. Demonstrate the correct care for various common injuries, including sprains and fractures.

11. State the signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies, including poisoning, seizures, and heat and cold emergencies.

12. Describe the first aid care for common medical emergencies.

13. Describe when and how to move a person in an emergency situation.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2017 Future: Spring 2017

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


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