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NURS 1930

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Credit Hours 9
Course Title Intermediate Concepts Of Nursing
Prerequisite(s) NURS 1920 or NURS 1921, with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1612 and BIOL 1612L, each with a grade of "C" or better
Catalog Description
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and prevention of illness for clients from diverse populations. The role of the nurse is expanded to include patient/family education and collaboration with patients, families, the interdisciplinary team, and community agencies. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge related to pharmacological principles, and pathophysiological alterations in health. Principles of critical thinking are applied to clients with physiological disorders. Concepts introduced during the prior nursing course are expanded and integrated. This course includes class, clinical practice, laboratory, and on-line experiences. This course is offered in the second semester of the nursing program.

Expected Educational Results
To successfully complete this course the student must:

Professionalism/Professional Nurse
1. Demonstrate the role of the nurse as a provider and manager of care and a member within the discipline of nursing.
2. Demonstrate professional behaviors as a member within the discipline of nursing.
3. Utilize constructive criticism to improve performance.
4. Relate the conceptual framework to patient care.

Effective Nursing Care
1. Utilize the nursing process to provide holistic care for clients/patients experiencing pathophysiological alterations.
2. Prioritize therapeutic interventions for basic human needs of clients/patients across the health illness continuum experiencing pathophysiological alterations.
3. Begin to think critically when providing safe, effective nursing care.
4. A. Utilize communication techniques in the provision of care with patients/clients with pathophysiological alterations and with members of the health care team.
B. Utilize the principles of teaching and learning into the provision of care.  
5.   Utilize technology appropriately in patient/client care delivery.                    
6.Utilize pharmacological principles in the delivery of care to patients with
pathophysiological alterations.
7.Utilize principles of community based nursing in the delivery of holistic care.

Management of Care
1. Organize own time and resources in the management of care for one to two patients/clients.
2. Utilize the concept of delegation in the provision of care.
3. Utilize beginning leadership techniques in the coordination of patient/client care.

1. Apply the impact of legal and ethical principles in the delivery of nursing care.
2. Consistently demonstrate legal/ethical behaviors with instructors, peers, staff, and patients.

General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
• Focused Role of the Nurse
• Educator
• Provider of care
• Manager of care

EFFECTIVE NURSING CARE: Psychosocial and Physiological Integrity
Alterations in Psychosocial Integrity
• Palliative Care/End of Life Care
• Cognitive Disorders

Alterations in the Immune System
• Cancer
• Autoimmune Disorders
• Joint
• Immunosuppressant drugs
• Infectious Disease
• Skin Disorders
Health Promotion
• Men’s Health
• Women’s Health
• Special Populations
• Patient Education

Alterations in Movement and Coordination
• Neuro dysfunction
• Altered levels of consciousness
• Increased intracranial pressure
• Seizures
• Degenerative joint disease
• Arthritis
• Osteoporosis

Medication Administration
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anticonvulsants
• Antineoplastics
• Cardiovascular
• Respiratory
• Diabetic
• IV Therapy
• Gastrointestinal
• Renal
• Anti-viral
• Hematology
• Immunosuppressants

Alterations in Ingestion, Digestion and Absorption, Elimination
• Nutrition/Diet Therapy
• Ulcers
• Inflammatory bowel, ostomies
• Gallbladder problems
• Pancreatitis
• Hepatitis
• Renal Failure-acute, chronic
• UT Infections
• UT Obstruction
• Electrolyte & Acid /Base Balance

Alterations in Oxygenation: Ventilation
Upper and Lower, Restrictive and Obstructive
• Emphysema
• Pulmonary Embolus
• Pneumonia
• TB
• Bronchitis
Alterations in Oxygenation: Circulation
Peripheral and central
• Atherosclerosis
• MI

• Inflammatory processes
• Valves
• Hemoglobinopathies
• Coagulopathies

Alterations in Regulatory Mechanisms
• Endocrine
• Diabetes

Application of concepts of
• Leadership
• Management
• Teamwork
• Prioritization
• Delegation

• Legal/ethical considerations integrated in class and clinical.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Course Grade
• Students must meet all the course and clinical objectives and requirements of Nurs1930 to pass the course.
• A final grade of “C” (75 %) or above in unit and comprehensive exams, satisfactory performance on standardized achievement tests, and satisfactory clinical and laboratory evaluations are required to pass  Nurs1930.
• An unsatisfactory clinical or laboratory evaluation for Nurs1930 results in course failure with a grade of “D”.

2. Departmental Assessment
• This course will be assessed at the end of each semester that it is offered and as needed throughout the year.  Students will complete course, facility, and instructor evaluations and results will be considered in course revisions.  All learning activities will be evaluated to assess their adequacy in helping students to meet course objectives.  Faculty generated exam questions will be analyzed by course faculty using item analysis and modified as needed.  Results of standardized tests will be evaluated.   Recommendations for changes will be proposed to the Program Council (Nursing Curriculum Committee).  Proposed recommendations will be implemented the time the course is offered.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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