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NURS 110 Introduction to Pathophysiology

3 credits
This is an introductory course in the use of critical thinking, the understanding of scientific knowledge, and the application of the nursing process to the physiological response in health disturbances.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Holistically care for self, patients, colleagues, and community within an ethical, legal, and diverse framework within the scope of practice of the RN
    • Use Pathophysiology to understanding patient care for clients with physiologic disturbances
  • Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, families, interdisciplinary teams, and systems with a focus on quality health care promotion and functional patient centered outcomes
    • Identify and discuss risk factors, etiologies, and elements of pathophysiology of regulation/control, oxygenation/circulation, elimination/nutrition, and protection/defenses
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence-based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Using appropriate medical terminology, explain aspects of pathophysiology, in stable situations with predictable outcomes
    • Use information technology to obtain information in regard to Pathophysiology problems identified (GO: Information Technology)
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Differentiate between normal physiologic and pathophysiologic process
    • Use critical thinking skills to identify risk factors/behaviors that lead to alterations in health (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Recognize critical Pathophysiology states that would require immediate intervention
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Communicate effectively with other health care team members regarding Pathophysiology problems identified and share the outcome of the communication with patient and patient family in a compassionate manner taking into consideration patient cultural background (GO: Communication)

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30