Foundations of Nursing I introduces the concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for a diverse patient population while integrating the legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse. Care of the patient is evidence-based, and developmentally and culturally appropriate. The course introduces the principle of critical thinking as it applies to nursing, the nursing process, and therapeutic and professional communication. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratory and in a variety of clinical settings. Lecture three hours per week; lab two hours per week.