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English Skills for Nurses

Course Overview

To develop English language skills required of nursing students to communicate effectively in their future professional careers. This program is preferably taken prior to entering the full-time nursing profession. The program is designed as an applied English embedded program for all potential nurse students who are becoming a professional nurse.

The program encompasses the area of English Language usage in thematic approaches, which focuses on day-to-day English utilization in a nursing setting i.e. clinics, hospitals and horn on communicative and conversational skills between the stakeholders such as doctors, fellow nurses, patients, relatives, members of external agencies etc. The program teaches English through role definition; in real-life functional activities of nurses in providing/managing their nursing skills and competencies care through the use English.

It is intended to introduce the student to a foundation on spoken, listening, reading and writing English skills, which progress in level of difficulty. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of character building, supervision and leadership skills, pronunciation and cadence, motivation, ethical/legal aspects as a guide in developing overall competence in the performance of functional skills.

Course Objectives

The objectives provide a systematic focus at a basic level to grammar and language functions, nursing vocabulary and the four skill areas, in spoken, listening, reading and writing directly related to the nursing activities.  It is broadly integrated and multi-faceted; advance to develop the student’s overall communicative competence and acquire integrative skills they need for their day-to-day English language application. The program principal objective is student-based in nature & intended to equip students with skills & processes to think, interact & do intermediate work in English in an accurate manner.

Course Goals

1.   To demonstrate and inculcate the principles of English therapeutic communication appropriate to clients, families, health team members, and professional nursing;

2.   To acquire an overall understanding of the impact of human responses to nursing challenges in goal attainment through the utilizing of English Language;

3.   To display components of professional/personal growth in the nursing career as evidenced by a class presentation utilizing the dynamic principles of English Language;

4.   To utilize English Language in the nursing process to demonstrate critical thinking in planning for and providing nursing care;

5.   To be able to effectively articulate leadership expectations of the professional nurse;

6.   To appreciate and understand the ethical and legal concepts relevant to the practice of professional nursing in English Language;

7.   To communicate the role of the nurse in managing the care of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds;

8.  To utilize the English Language in health promotion and maintenance;

9.   To demonstrate critical thinking in all decision making for the care of clients.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate competency in English Language in basic nursing skills; learn specific English Language skills in the nursing process and communicate effectively each steps relating to nursing care; and present and discuss via intense classroom dialogue the delivery of daily nursing skills in English Language.

  1. To inculcate the habit of pronunciation, conversation and reading in English and develop autonomous skills in grammar mechanics in spoken language in nursing contexts;
  2. To develop mostly general lexical skills in nursing and ability to think in English;
  3. To familiarize the students with English nursing and medical readings/glossaries;
  4. To provide student with a substantial amount of conversational nursing terms;
  5. To develop general writing and conversational skills with special reference to nursing via integrative, receptive and productive English skills using authentic materials;

Core Desire Value

The program is indicative and inclusive.  It balance core components of English Language structure, and promotes the following specific desired value skills of competency:

  1. Spoken communication in the nursing workplace environment           
    Practicing the specific oral skills required in conversations and interviews in professional nursing contexts.        
  2. Written communication in the nursing workplace environment           
    Selecting and using relevant content, appropriate style and format, and structure and layout in writing nursing profession-related reports
  3. Language Appropriateness
    Using nursing context-sensitive language in both spoken and written English.
  4. Language Development
    Improving and extending relevant features of students’ grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Course Objectives

The objectives provide a systematic focus at a basic level to grammar and language functions, nursing vocabulary and the four skill areas, in spoken, listening, reading and writing directly related to the nursing activities.  It is broadly integrated and multi-faceted; advance to develop the student’s overall communicative competence and acquire integrative skills they need for their day-to-day English language application. The program principal objective is student-based in nature & intended to equip students with skills & processes to think, interact & do intermediate work in English in an accurate manner.

Course Outline (Approx. 160 hours)

SAMPLE Key Topic Features:

A.  Overview of the Nursing Process and Professional Behavior

  • The Nursing Process
  • Priority Setting/Organization
  • Application of Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

B.  Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, and Planning

  • Assessment (Data Collection)
  • Nursing Diagnosis/Planning

C.  Infection, Protective Mechanisms and Asepsis

  • Infectious Agents
  • Process of Infection
  • Body Defenses Against Infection
  • Asepsis and Control of Microorganisms
  • Infection Control Surveillance

D.  Documentation of Nursing Care

  • Purposes of Documentation
  • Documentation and the Nursing Process
  • The Medical Record
  • Methods of Charting
  • The Charting Process

E.  Lifting, Moving and Positioning Patients

  • Principles of Body Movements for Nurses
  • Principles of Body Movements for Patients
  • Hazards of Improper Alignment and Positioning
  • Providing for Pressure Relief
  • Application of the Nursing Process
  • Assistive Devices
  • Crutch walking/Walker
  • Splints

F.  Patient Environment and Safety

  • Factors Affecting the Environment
  • Patient Unit
  • Safety
  • Falls
  • Protective Devices

G.  Assessing Health Status

  • Assessment Nursing Diagnosis
  • Planning / Implementation

H.  Admitting, Discharge, and Transferring Patients

  • Types of Admissions
  • The Admission Process
  • Patient Transfer to Another Hospital
  • Discharging the Patient
  • Death of a Patient

I.  Measuring Vital Signs

  • Body Temperature
  • Assessment Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation Measuring the Pulse Measuring Respirations
  • Measuring the Blood Pressure
  • Pain, the 5th Vital Sign
  • Automated Vital Sign Monitors Charting Vital Signs
J.  Assisting with Respiration and Oxygen Delivery
  • Hypoxemia
  • Airway Obstruction and Respiratory Arrest
  • Clearing Respiratory Secretions Oxygen Administration
  • Artificial Airways
  • Application of the Nursing Process
  • Breath Sounds
K.  Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance
  • Composition of Body Fluids Distribution of Body Fluids
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance Acid-Base Balance
  • Acid-Base Imbalance
  • Assessment Nursing Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation
L.  Diagnostic Tests and Specimen Collection
  • Assessment Nursing Diagnosis Planning Implementation
  • Specimen Collection
  • Diabetic Testing
  • Capillary Puncture
  • Urine Collection
  • Random specimen
  • Timed collection
  • Collection from Closed System
  • Clean-Voided Specimen
  • Urine Culture
  • Stool Collection/Stool Culture
  • Throat Culture/Sputum Culture
M.  Diet Therapy and Assisted Feeding
  • The Goals of Diet Therapy
  • Disease Processes that Benefit from Diet Therapy
  • Assisted Feeding
N.  Pain, Comfort and Sleep
  • Types of Pain
  • Assessment Nursing Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation
  • Sleep
  • Assessment Nursing Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation
O. Care of the Surgical Patient Reasons for Surgery
  • Preoperative Nursing
  • Preoperative Care
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Postoperative Care

Graduation Award

Joint Certificate Award between Asian LifeSkills and the relevant Authority.
Certificate title:  “Certificate in English Competency for Nurses”

 


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