This course will provide an introduction to the theoretical foundation for basic focused assessment and nursing skills. Students will be given an opportunity to demonstrate skills in the laboratory setting. Instruction of the nursing process provides the student with a beginning framework for decision making. The key concepts of teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, professional identity/behavior, patient/relationship centered care, nursing judgment/evidence based practice, and managing care and informatics/technology are introduced. Application of pathophysiology and nutrition concepts are applied to common diseases discussed in the course.