This is an introductory course which focuses on preparing the student for the rigorous study required for the clinical nursing courses. The patient-needs framework of the curriculum and nursing process will be discussed. Ethical and legal issues, nursing history, and discussion of the health care system will be emphasized. Students are introduced to effective methods of stress management, test-taking skills and critical thinking concepts. Cultural sensitivity and dosage calculations are among other concepts explored. Students must see an advisor to petition for admission to this course. Upon successful completion of NUR 1010 the student may petition for admission to the nursing program (RN). 15 weeks/2 class hours.