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Course Description

Course is designed to provide both theoretical and clinical experience in the care of adult, medical-surgical clients. This course will further refine basic nursing skills and introduce more complicated nursing situations. Content includes pre-operative and post-operative care of the client with pain, cancer, and care of the client with disorders of musculoskeletal, integument, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems. Related pharmacology in included. $100 course material fee, payable at registration. PREREQUISITE: Completion of AH 51. COREQUISITE: AH 16B.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will communicate clearly, verbally and in writing using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word usage with patients, peers, facility staff and instructors representing diverse populations and viewpoints.
  • Students will use principles of college-level mathematical concepts to correctly calculate medication dosages and intravenous solution flow rates.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate active listening skills using techniques of therapeutic communication to verify that communication has been accurately interpreted. Students will use language interpreters at appropriate times in the clinical settings.
  • Students will interact effectively with people of all ages, many cultures and ethnicities demonstrating awareness of the students' own values and opinions, as well as awareness and respect of the opinions and values of others
  • Students will critically analyze data from textbooks, patient charts including electronic charts, dictionaries, reference books, and the internet. Apply theoretical concepts and facts to real life situations, with computer simulated patient situations and exams.
  • Students will analyze pre-written patient plans of care and will individualize the plan to a specific patient.
  • Student will reflect creative and critical thinking skills. Creative and critical thinking is characterized by openness of inquiry, ability to ask pertinent questions, production of new ideas, flexible problem solving, examination of underlying assumptions, and an ability to present diverse perspectives.
  • Students will use therapeutic nursing interventions which reflect the standard of nursing practice. This will be exhibited by the student's ability to use psychomotor and psychosocial interventions which promote health; and prevent, minimize, or resolve problems as identified by the nurse and patient. Therapeutic interventions are independent actions grouped in theory-based research and experiences.
  • Students will utilize nursing process to prioritize and organize nursing care and to problem solve. Nursing process includes: a. Assessment of objective and subjective patient data b. Analysis of data using the information to develop patient outcomes in planning patient care c. Identify and implement appropriate nursing interventions to meet expected outcomes d. Revise the plan of care as needed based on the information from the evaluation

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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