This is the first theoretical course in the associate degree nursing curriculum. Theoretical concepts include the fundamentals of nursing care and the introduction of the nursing process. Concepts of health needs across the lifespan; diversity, equity and inclusion; nutrition; ethics and policy; basic pharmacological principles; and beginning professional communication techniques are presented. Emphasis is on quality, safety, health maintenance, professional responsibility, and the organizations that affect the practice of nursing. Prerequisite: admission to the Nursing program.