Catalog 2017-2018 
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Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 131 Medical Surgical Nursing II

4 credits
This course introduces common disturbances of homeostasis across the adult life span. Students continue to build on knowledge gained in prerequisite course work in developing an understanding of disease processes and the role of the nurse in the care of clients with altered functioning related to disease processes.

Prerequisites: NURS 121 , NURS 122 .

Corequisites: NURS 132 .

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
    • Identify holistic elements of care for focused medical surgical disorders including self care, prevention, and patient / nurse safety measures (QSEN: Evidence-based Practice, Safety, Quality)
  • 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
    • Utilize information technology resources to access literature and appropriate patient teaching aids (QSEN: Infomatics, Patient Centered Care) (GO: Information Literacy)
    • Identify key educational elements to present to patients related to focused disease processes  (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
    • Recognize effective communication techniques that promote client and family involvement (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Communication)
    • Recognize learning deficits related to specific disorders and understand the need to incorporate them into individualized patient teaching plans (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence-based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Recognize manifestations of common disease processes when gathering assessment data for specific disorders (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
    • Identify key assessment data necessary for assisting in the establishment of the nursing diagnoses for individuals with specific disorders (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
    • Recognize specific actions to implement for both acute & emergent care and evaluate outcomes as related to focused systems (QSEN: Patient Centered Care, Quality, Safety, Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Critical Thinking)
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Demonstrates an ability to integrate core pathophysiology and pharmacology with specific disease etiology of common medical surgical processes focused on the muscular/skeletal, neurological, immune, hematological, reproductive, and integumentory systems (QSEN: Patient Centered Care, Quality) (GO: Critical Thinking)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Identify the leadership role of the RN as care coordinator, health promoter, and collaborator with the healthcare team (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Teamwork) 

Total Hours: 40 Lecture Hours: 40