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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 2521 - Primary Concepts and Dynamics of Nursing Care

4 lecture hours 12 lab hours 8 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 and expanded 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 , NU 2810 ) (coreq: NU 391 , NU 2820 )
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
  • Health Perception-Health Management: Health seeking behavior/ Readiness for enhanced well-being
  • Nutrition-Metabolic pattern: Risk for injury - Impaired swallowing/risk for aspiration: Altered Oral Mucous Membranes
  • Nutrition-Metabolic pattern: Risk for impaired skin integrity/pressure ulcers
  • Cognitive-perceptual: Critical thinking
  • Nutrition/Metabolic: Malnutrition, less than body requirements, more than body requirements; Alteration in thermoregulation; Hypo/Hyperthermia; fever management
  • Activity-Exercise Pattern: Impaired Physical Mobility, Impaired Ambulation. Risk for Falls; Impaired Gas Exchange; Ineffective Breathing Patterns, Ineffective Airway Clearance: Nursing Care of Clients with atelectasis, Pneumonia; Nursing Care of Clients with pulmonary embolus and tuberculosis
  • Professional Nursing Issues: Evidence Based Practice, Licensing, legal issues, Patient rights, ethics, Documentation, Health Care Teams; Delegation, Collaboration and Communication; Conflict Resolution, Critical Pathways, Prevention through Patient Safety Initiatives
  • Cognitive - perceptual: Deficit knowledge
  • Sleep-rest pattern: Sleep pattern disturbance/ readiness for enhanced sleep/ sleep deprivation
  • Sexuality-Reproductive: Altered Sexuality
  • Activity/Exercise pattern: Coping-Stress Tolerance: Risk for Injury, Disabled family coping, Domestic violence; Ineffective Denial: Substance Abuse; Anxiety: Mild, Moderate, Anticipatory, Ineffective individual coping;
  • Activity-Exercise: Deficit Diversional Activity
  • Coping-Stress Tolerance:
  • Self-Perception/Self-concept: Readiness for enhanced self-concept, Disturbed self-concept, Fear
  • Coping-stress pattern
  • Health Maintenance/Health promotion: Risk for suffocation
  • Role-Relationship Pattern: Anticipatory Grief, Dysfunctional Grief, Death across the Lifespan, risk for Loneliness/Loneliness, risk for poisoning, allergic responses, latex allergy
  • Risk for poisoning, allergic responses, latex allergy
  • Values/Beliefs pattern: Readiness for enhanced spiritual Well-being

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, Abnormal Assessment, Pulmonary Hygiene, Oxygen Therapy, Nebulizer and Peak Flow Meter, Incision and Wound Care, Orthopedic Care
  • Simulation: Domestic Violence; Patient with Swallowing Impairment
  • Clinical Focus: Long-term care and Rehabilitation

Dr. Victoria Carlson-Oehlers

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