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

NURS 242 Medical-Surgical Nursing III Practicum

5 credits
This course provides opportunities for students to work in an acute care setting with clients manifesting multi-faceted physiological, mental, and social health disturbances.

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

Corequisites: NURS 241 .

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
    • Communicate with all patients in a manner that conveys respect and adds value to the therapeutic relationship (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Communication)
    • Model practice patterns that reflect caring, ethical responsibility, and respect for human dignity
    • Demonstrate culturally competent care (GO: Intercultural Appreciation)
    • Demonstrate nursing strategies that are consistent with the cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual influences on the client’s level of wellness (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Intercultural Appreciation)
  • 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 a systems approach to apply understanding of multidisciplinary interventions in the treatment of client health disturbances (QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration)
    • Demonstrate skill as a health educator (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
    • Initiate and utilize technical and communication strategies to obtain, organize, analyze and record data (QSEN: Informatics)
    • Analyze signs and symptoms of unpredictable/unstable physiologic, mental and social health disturbances to develop appropriate nursing diagnoses (GO: Information and Literacy, Critical Thinking)
    • Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive nursing plan of care (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking)
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the implementation of interventions prescribed by the nursing plan of care(GO: Information Literacy) (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Perform all nursing interventions in a safe and effective manner (QSEN: Safety)
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Utilize scientific rationale and a systems approach in the evaluation of the nursing interventions (QSEN: Evidence-based practice)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Demonstrate ability to work within a multidisciplinary healthcare team, and understand the roles and scope of each member (QSEN: Teamwork and collaboration) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Utilize strategies that support the nurse’s role as client advocate across the continuum of care
    • Identify patient and family as key leaders within the healthcare team (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Demonstrate a spectrum of organizational skills to effectively deliver care to a caseload of clients
    • Demonstrate responsibility and self-direction in pursuing short-term and long-term opportunities for learning

Total Hours: 100 Lab or Clinical Hours: 100