Catalog 2017-2018 
    Jul 28, 2021  
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 241 Medical-Surgical Nursing III

5 credits
This course teaches advanced nursing theory, and scientific principles emphasizing clients with complex health disturbances across the adult life. Nursing research and evidenced based practice will be introduced, as it pertains to direct client care. Emphasis is on the nurse role in collaborative partnership with all health team members in developing and evaluating effectiveness of client care plan.

Prerequisites: NURS 221 , NURS 222 , NURS 225 , NURS 226 .

Corequisites: NURS 242 .

Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

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 and discuss culturally competent care of the patient with complex health needs (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO- Intercultural Appreciation)
    • Develop appropriate, patient specific plans of care for a variety of critically ill patients (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
  • 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
    • Describe the nurse’s role in continuous quality improvement (QSEN: Quality Improvement)
    • Discuss the nurse’s role as health educator
    • Identify and discuss appropriate communication techniques to ensure effective collaboration with the patient, family members, and interdisciplinary team (QSEN: Patient Centered Care, Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Communication, Teamwork)
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence-based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Discuss nursing processes surrounding clients with complex health disturbances
    • Research internet resources for evidence based practice guidelines  (QSEN: Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Information Literacy)
    • Evaluate web based resources for quality of content (QSEN: Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Information Literacy)
    • Explain the relationship between critical thinking and evidence-based practice (QSEN: Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Describe the nurse’s role in the setting of emergency care
    • Describe the unique aspects of the nurse’s role in caring for critically ill clients
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Describe the purpose and process of clinical pathways
    • Apply critical thinking in all decision making processes (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Explain the wellness-illness continuum
    • Demonstrate proficiency in clinical judgment in caring for clients with multiple health disturbances (GO: Critical Thinking)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Describe the difference between a nursing diagnosis and a collaborative medical problem ( QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Demonstrate effective, professional communication in all nursing activities (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Communication, Teamwork)

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50