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NURS 2928

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.   
Credit Hours   9   
Course Title   Advanced Concepts Of Nursing   
Prerequisite(s)   NURS 2922, NURS 2924, and NURS 2927, each with a grade of "C" or better   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This capstone course enhances application of the nursing process in the management of nursing care, care to groups of patients/clients with multi-system problems, and enables role transition from student to professional nurse. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, and prevention of illness in groups of clients from diverse populations and settings. The management component focuses on critical analysis, independent judgment, and the application of the principles of leadership. Concepts introduced in prior nursing courses are expanded and integrated in classroom, seminar, clinical, laboratory, and on-line experiences. Students may be assigned preceptors for clinical experiences. This course is offered in the final semester of the nursing program.
   
Expected Educational Results   
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

Professionalism/Professional Nurse
1. Integrate role components of the professional nurse into practice.
2. Design a plan for life-long professional development.
3. Seek learning experiences to promote own professional development.
4. Deliver holistic care go individual’s families and groups.

Effective Nursing Care
1. Utilize the nursing process to provide holistic care to groups of patients with multi-system problems.
2. Utilize critical thinking skills to provide safe, effective care to patients with multi-system problems.
3. Apply the principles of therapeutic communication when providing care for patients with multisystem problems.
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of patient and family education.
5. Utilize technology in the provision of patient care.
6. Integrate pharmacological interventions in the delivery of care to patients with multi-system problems.
7. Integrate principles of community based nursing into the plan of care for groups of patients/clients with multi-system problems.

Management of Care
1. Analyze the effectiveness of care provided to three or more patients/clients.
2. Collaborate with other health team professional in the provision of comprehensive interdisciplinary care.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management in healthcare settings.

Legal/Ethical
1. Practice nursing care within the profession’s legal/ethical framework for Associate Degree Nursing.

General Education Outcomes   
I. OUTCOME:  “The student will communicate effectively through oral, communication, reading, and writing.”
Skill method:
a. participation and discussion in class and in pre- and post-conferences in the clinical setting
b. provide accurate information during shift report
c. written clinical assignments
d. written patient documentation
e. use of the principles of communication when interacting with patient/ family and members of the health care team
II. OUTCOME:  “The student will demonstrate effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills.”
Skill method:
a. make  care decisions that are based on data analysis
b. evaluate the outcomes of care and revise if appropriate
III. OUTCOME:  ‘The student will understand basic scientific theories and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of subjects.”
Skill method:
The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of scientific theories by developing and initiating plans of patient/client care are reflective of one’s holistic needs (physiological, psychological, spiritual, sociological and cultural).

IV. OUTCOME:  “The student will identify and apply the basic concepts of wellness.”
Skill method:
a. develop and initiate health promotion activities in the community.
b. provide  health teaching in the health care setting
V. OUTCOME:  “The student will apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse community.”
Skill method:
a. develop a plan of care that is based on cultural practices
b. develop a professional working relationship with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
VI. OUTCOME: “The student will demonstrate ability to use technology in any setting.
Skill method:
The student will demonstrate the ability to use technology through use of computer systems in various settings.

Course Content   
PROFESSIONALISM/PROFESSIONAL NURSE
Role Transition
• Resume writing
• Preparing for an interview
• Professional responsibility for continued growth and professional development
• Standards of Care and Standards of Professional Practice

EFFECTIVE NURSING CARE
Alterations in Movement and Coordination
• Traumatic brain injury
• Spinal cord injury
• Neuromuscular disorders
• Rehab

Alterations in Psychosocial/ Sensory Integrity/Integument
• Burns
COMMUNITY VIOLENCE
• terrorism
• domestic
• work place
• special populations
• elder abuse

Alteration in Immune System
• AIDS
• Transplants
• Drug induced immune deficiency

Alterations in Ingestion, Digestion and Absorption, Elimination
• GI/HEPATIC
• Cirrhosis

Alterations in Oxygenation: Ventilation
• Respiratory failure

Alterations in Oxygenation: Circulation
• Circulatory failure
• Shock

Alterations in Regulatory Mechanisms
• Multi - system conditions
• Endocrine
• Thyroid
• Adrenal
• Parathyroid
• Pituitary

MANAGEMENT OF CARE
• Managing groups of patients/clients
• Collaboration with healthcare professionals for comprehensive interdisciplinary care
• Conflict resolution
• Application of delegation principles
LEGAL/ETHICAL
• Legal/Ethical considerations related to caring for groups of patients

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
A. COURSE GRADE
• Students must meet all the course and clinical objectives and requirements of NURS 2928 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 NURS 2928.
• An unsatisfactory clinical or laboratory evaluation for NURS 2928 results in course failure with a grade of “F”.

B. 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 making 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 testing will be evaluated.

C. USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
• Faculty will analyze data from exams and course and facility evaluations each semester and make changes when appropriate.  Results of standardized testing will also be evaluated each semester. Recommendations for changes will be proposed to the Program Council (Nursing Curriculum Committee). Proposed recommendations will be implemented the next time the course is offered.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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