Catalog 2018-2019 
    Feb 26, 2021  
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 121 Medical Surgical Nursing I

3 credits
The first of two courses presenting nursing care as it relates to common disturbances of homeostasis. Critical thinking skills and cultural needs of the client are introduced. Students utilize a systems approach to patient care.

Prerequisites: NURS 111  and NURS 112  

Corequisites: NURS 122  

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
  • Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, families, interdisciplinary teams, and systems with a focus on quality health care and promotion and functional patient outcomes
    • Use proper medical terminology in communicating verbal and written information to health care team  (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) (GO: Communication)
    • Describe common disease processes (GO: Intercultural Appreciation)
    • Recognize effective communication techniques that promote client and family involvement (QSEN: Safety) (GO: Communication)
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence-based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Identify key assessment data for specific disorders (Go: Communication)
    • Recognize manifestations of common disease processes(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
    • Identify appropriate nursing actions based on available assessment data and specific disorders(QSEN: Evidence-based Practice)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Describe the nurse role and responsibility in regards to legal and ethical considerations in client and family care (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership and advocacy traits that promote work place, client, and family wellbeing (GO: Teamwork)

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30