Continued in-depth exploration of bodily system dysfunction throughout the adult lifespan provides the focus of this course. Discussion of the musculoskeletal system, eye and ear, hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, male and female reproductive systems, and neurological systems are included in the course. Cancer and therapeutic treatment of cancer, death and dying, and gerontology are also addressed in the course content. Principles of care designed to most effectively maintain or restore homeostatic mechanisms are discussed. Family involvement, coping and education are discussed with each system. Assessment, analysis, planning implementation and evaluation are emphasized as the nursing process is applied to the clinical learning experience in the acute care setting. Legal, ethical, political and economical issues are addressed in the theoretical and clinical components of the course. The student will be responsible for the management of the total patient/family needs of one or more patients each week in the clinical setting.
NURS 210, 221, 305
3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical
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