Pathophysiology – NURS 215

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The focus of this course is on physiological changes resulting from imbalances in the man-environment interaction throughout the life span. The emphasis is on application of general concepts of adaptation and homeostasis to each of the body’s systems and on relationship of these concepts to the practice of clinical nursing. The course provides the student with a scientific knowledge base applicable to the more advanced clinical practice of nursing. Registration Restrictions: RN License in good standing

Prerequisites

NURS 220 or NURS 350

Rationale

The professional nurse is called upon to make patient care decisions based on interpretation and integration of physiological data. This course serves as an introduction to basic pathophysiologic mechanisms and manifestations of disease.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate the basic principles of homeostasis with the body’s changes related to the stress response and pathophysiologic conditions seen in the different anatomical systems.
  2. Explain the role of specified body systems and mechanisms in maintenance of acid-base, fluid, and electrolyte balance and pathophysiological conditions.
  3. Assess the pathophysiologic mechanism and the body’s adaptive responses to disturbances in oxygenation, circulation, neurological function, pain, immune, and inflammatory responses.
  4. Analyze the function of major hormones involved in maintenance of normal and abnormal physiologic function.
  5. Evaluate the occurrences in pathophysiological conditions and health related ethical concerns with biblical principles of God’s creation and design of mankind.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

The student will write a 8-10 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the pathophysiology of a disease of interest. The disease chosen must be one covered in Modules/Weeks 1–8. The paper must include at least 5 peer-reviewed references (published within the last 5 years), including the course textbook. The Research Paper will be completed and submitted in 3 separate parts.

Part 1

For Part 1 of the Research Paper, the student will choose a disease of interest covered in this course and a topic that will impact their current practice. The student will create a title page and write an abstract of 150–250 words. Current APA formatting must be used in all parts of this assignment.

Part 2

For Part 2 of the Research Paper, the student will utilize feedback they received from their instructor on Part 1 of their Research Paper, and will submit their corrected title page and revised abstract of 150–250 words. Additionally, the student must submit a reference page citing 5–7 peer-reviewed sources (published within the last 5 years), including the textbook, for instructor feedback. Current APA formatting must be used in all parts of this assignment.

Part 3

For Part 3 of the Research Paper, the student will submit the 8-10 page body of the Research Paper, the Final Draft must include a title page, abstract, and a reference page with 5–7 references, which the student previously corrected based on instructor feedback. Current APA formatting must be used in all parts of this assignment.

Although not required, the student may submit Part 3 to a SafeAssign draft link available if they would like to check your work for plagiarism.

The student is required to submit a health education brochure. The disease chosen must be one covered in Modules/Weeks 1–8. The student must complete the assignment in current APA format and cite at least 5 peer-reviewed references (published within the last 5 years).

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 2-hour time limit. Each exam may be taken twice.