NUR 182 Oxygenation Needs I (1 credit)
The student will use the nursing process in the human needs area of basic oxygenation. This course introduces students to the need for adequate oxygen supply to maintain cellular metabolism, and to the interrelationship of respiratory and cardiovascular function in maintaining oxygen supply. Students first learn to assess oxygenation status. They then can plan and implement measures learned to promote respiration/ventilation and circulation. Lastly, students learn to evaluate their effectiveness. Measures learned to assess oxygenation status include assessment of blood pressure, temperature, peripheral pulses, respiration, and oxygenation saturation. Measures learned to promote respiration/ventilation include use of aerosol medications, oxygenation administration, non-invasive ventilation aids, and breathing exercises. Measures learned to promote circulation are through proper application of antiembolic and sequential stockings, and exercise. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.