Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient and Family I               4 credits
(Pre-Licensure BSN Track)

This course focuses on multiple aspects of selected human disease processes with effects to 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 critically think continue 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 hours of clinical) Prerequisites: Nu311 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Nu312 Pathophysiology, Nu313 Pharmacology, Nu314 Care of Elders; co-requisite: Nu328 Care Along the Continuum of Mental Health.

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