This is the first of two semester long courses that provide for the acquisition and application of medical-surgical nursing theory, communication techniques, collaboration with the inter-professional team and critical thinking skills necessary for the safe, patient centered care of diverse patients experiencing various stable and unstable acute and chronic medical/surgical conditions. The course emphasizes the importance of care that is developmentally and culturally appropriate. It incorporates evidence-based nursing, professional standards and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse as applied in acute care settings. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratory and a varied of acute care clinical settings. Prerequiste: Successful completion of NUR 107 and 108. Lecture seven hours per week; lab three hours per week.