In-depth exploration of bodily system dysfunction throughout the adult lifespan provides the focus of this course. Principles of pre-, intra-, and post-operative management, infection and wound management will be discussed. Discussions of dysfunctions of the respiratory, cardiac, vascular, hematologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and endocrine systems will also be included in the course content. With each topic covered, principles of care designed to most effectively maintain or restore homeostatic mechanism are addressed. Aspects of patient teaching and discharge planning are incorporated into 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 component of this course. The student will be responsible for the management of self and one client in the clinical setting.
NURS 210, 215, 221
3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical
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