Dec 09, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)

NU 2520 - Primary Dynamics of Nursing Care

4 lecture hours 9 lab hours 7 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the student to the application of basic concepts appropriate to professional nursing care. These concepts include the nursing process, critical thinking, role expectations, illness prevention, health restoration, health promotion, and health maintenance across the lifespan. The design of this course promotes the integrated use of the nursing process in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of care. Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns and nursing diagnostic categories based on the work of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) are used to organize assessment data and the plan of care for clients. (prereq: NU 2011 NU 290 ) (coreq: NU 2820 , NU 391 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Use the nursing process to deliver safe, effective, compassionate holistic care to individuals and families with a focus on health promotion, health maintenance, and illness prevention (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Develop, revise, and communicate a plan of nursing care that reflects logical thinking (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Use reflective analysis to develop critical thinking skills when applying the steps of the nursing process to clients (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills in application of the nursing process to develop a health education project (Level 2, Communication)
  • Accept personal responsibility and participate in own development toward the role of the professional nurse through acts of integrity, mutual respect, and actively seeking out opportunities to learn (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Demonstrate professional roles of care provider, advocate, and educator in the delivery of nursing care (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Explore the use of health information technology to document and record client data and select appropriate biomedical technology for use in client care (Level 2, Technology)
  • Develop foundational knowledge of the principles associated with delegation and collaborative practice (Level 2, Collaboration)
  • Develop foundational knowledge of the components of evidence-based practice and its importance in nursing practice (Level 2, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Growth and development; the experience of aging
  • Nutrition-metabolic pattern; risk for injury - Impaired swallowing/risk for aspiration, Risk for impaired skin integrity/pressure ulcers, obesity, less than body requirements, risk for infection, alteration in thermoregulation hypo/hyperthermia
  • Health perception-health maintenance; risk for suffocation; health seeking behavior/readiness for enhanced knowledge, risk for poisoning, latex allergy
  • Professional practice: nursing process, documentation, licensing, legal issues, client rights and ethics, health care teams, delegation, collaboration and communication, conflict resolution
  • Evidence-based practice, client safety initiatives
  • Cognitive-perceptual: critical thinking, knowing deficit
  • Activity-exercise pattern: impaired physical mobility, impaired ambulation. risk for falls, deficient diversional activity
  • Sleep-rest pattern: sleep pattern disturbance / readiness for enhanced sleep
  • Sexuality-reproductive: ineffective sexuality pattern
  • Values-belief; readiness for enhanced spiritual well-being
  • Coping-stress tolerance: ineffective individual coping, ineffective denial - substance abuse
  • Risk for injury, suffocation
  • Role-relationship pattern: grief and death across the lifespan, risk for loneliness/loneliness
  • Disabled family coping, domestic violence
  • Readiness for enhanced self-concept, disturbed self-concept: anxiety and fear

Laboratory Topics
  • Psychomotor skills: nutrition lab, post-mortem care, personal hygiene and oral care, isolation principles, safe patient handling, safe restraint use, fire safety, nursing process lab, hazards of Immobility
  • Simulations: pediatric simulation: teaching and med administration; domestic violence; patient with swallowing impairment
  • Clinical focus: skilled nursing facility

Dr. Victoria Carlson-Oehlers

Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)