Nu321 Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient and Family I 4 credits
This course focuses on multiple aspects of selected human disease processes with effects on both patients and families. Application and analysis of the therapeutic management of complex health issues are applied to clients across the lifespan. A focus is on family education, cultural competency, and sensitivity to values and ethical concerns. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a multisystem perspective. This course builds upon concepts and practice introduced in Foundations, Concepts of Nursing Practice, Health Assessment and Promotion, and Nursing Care of Elders, while incorporating advanced level of practice and complex patient populations. The problem-solving process, the Nursing process, and the ability to think criticallycontinue to be developed. The more complex patient is studied and the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and multisystem issues are the focus of planning of care. (60 clinical hours.) Prerequisite: Nu314 with a minimum grade of C+.