Health Science: Nursing

Course Overview

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Nursing is a meaningful and satisfying career choice, and the demand for nurses has never been higher! But how do you become a nurse? To begin, you may want to learn about training to become a nurse, different nursing jobs, and the basics of what a nurse can do. So many opportunities are available in the diverse and constantly evolving field of nursing, so let’s start exploring what it takes to enter this popular and essential profession!

Insurance, co-payments, public, private—it’s so confusing! How does the healthcare system work? Just like the many parts of the body work together, our modern health system is made up of many parts that work together to deliver healthcare. Learn some of the history of healthcare, the different parts of our modern healthcare systems, and find out how this complex system delivers care to diverse people. Plus, discover the important role nurses play at every level of the system!

The human body is nothing short of amazing. In this unit, you will be introduced to basic human anatomy and physiology. You’ll also become familiar with the complex structure of tissues, organs, cells, and the various systems within the body. While exploring how these things are organized, you will gain an understanding of how all of these parts interact and depend on each other.

Right and wrong. Black and white. It would be nice if all ethical decisions could be so clear. Since ethics in medicine involves weighing many factors, it’s a bit more complicated to figure out the right thing to do. Luckily, nursing has some guidelines that help you make good decisions. Plus, there are laws you need to know and follow to be a nurse. Using case studies containing difficult situations, you will get to decide what you might do if you were to find yourself in the same spot!

Are you a good listener? Or do you like to talk? Either way, one nursing skill that will change how you communicate professionally is active listening. Communication is one of the most important skills in nursing–both with patients and colleagues on the healthcare team–and one of the most important life skills too! Effective and sensitive communication will allow your patients to trust you so that you can better care for them. So, read on, and learn interesting facts about communication, techniques to improve communication, the things that can hinder communication, and even what it takes to become a leader in healthcare.

What happens if we think about health rather than sickness? As a nurse, your job is to promote health, which does involve healing illness, but think on the positive side. Wellness and well-being are an optimistic way of thinking about a job in healthcare—a cup half-full rather than half-empty. Nurses have a pivotal role in gently helping improve patients’ wellness, and there are so many interesting ways to go about it (and even some really cool and weird ways). From preventive self-care to alternative energy medicine, thinking about the whole health of the person can be inspiring!

From intake to discharge, nurses perform their duties with efficiency and grace. What, exactly, do nurses do all day? Now is your chance to take a glimpse into a day in the life of three different types of nurses. While we track their activities during a day, we will find out more about the procedures they follow and that important part of their job–documenting information. Data drives everything in medicine these days, and correct reporting and recording of all care is part of everyone’s day!

There’s nothing that gets the adrenaline pumping like an emergency. No wonder there are so many TV shows that take place in an ER. Emergency nursing is a great career for someone who is the go-to person in an emergency—calm, collected, quick-thinking, and confident. Even if you don’t see your future as being on the front lines of emergency response, every type of nurse needs to know the skills—CPR and basic first aid—to save a life. And while reacting with speed, ER nurses have an eagle eye on all the possible hazards in the hospital. Safety first—this is the motto for all nurses, but in the ER, it is doubly important!

The world is full of disease-causing agents, and it sometimes feels like it is us against them—humans versus all those bacteria and viruses. But wait! There are superheroes bravely (and successfully) fighting the spread of disease—nurses! Healthcare workers—and especially nurses—fight the threat of blood borne diseases and other pathogens with skill and perseverance. The practices and techniques that nurses employ to break the chain of infection may seem simple, but they are important to follow at all times. In this unit, we will look at what pathogens are, how to prevent transmission, and how to be a caring nurse while staying healthy yourself!

When someone has a serious disease, injury, or surgery, it takes time and lots of help to recover. Here is where rehabilitation nurses can work their magic! Not only do patients need help to get back to moving around themselves, but they and their families need help in adapting to normal life again. In this unit, we will practice the moves you need to know to help an injured person regain their mobility. Plus, we will gather some tools for handling the natural stress response of patients when they face illness. While learning about the rewarding job of rehabilitation nursing, where nurses often get to know their diverse patients well over a long period of time, we will gain skills to help people with short- or long-term disabilities.

Nurse superheroes fight off pathogens all around the world—saving lives and educating civilians with their knowledge, caring, and understanding of the principles of sanitation! Infectious diseases can spread around the world faster than ever, so every nurse needs to know what infections and diseases are on the rise. Since nurses make up the largest part of the international healthcare workforce, they are integral to the functioning of the global health system. Prevention of communicable disease through vaccination and sanitation saves millions of lives every year, but more needs to be done to reach every person: Nurses are on the forefront of the push to get care for all!

How do you lower the cost of healthcare while increasing the number of people who can access care? Well, you expand the role of nurses in the global healthcare system! Nurses are being encouraged to take on new roles and more responsibilities in healthcare, and this trend is bringing even more emphasis to nursing to help meet the challenges of an aging global population, poverty, and a need to improve healthcare infrastructure. Nurses can keep costs down for basic healthcare, implement technological advances in electronic medical record keeping, and advocate for the eradication of healthcare inequity. This is a big job for nurses, and the shortage of nurses is predicted to continue. To tackle all of this, and to have a satisfying career, the world needs more people of all ethnicities and genders to enter the profession of nursing!

Course Highlights

Explore the many career opportunities in nursing.
Learn about the structure, systems, and workings of the human body.
Learn how to communicate with patients, their families, and coworkers.
Discover how to stop the spread of disease.

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