Oct 01, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 3000 - Nursing Care of Clients with Episodic Health Challenges I

4 lecture hours 9 lab hours 7 credits
Course Description
This course provides students the opportunity to expand their use of the nursing process in the care of patients and families experiencing episodic health care challenges. Students apply nursing concepts in providing care to patients and childbearing families. Students expand their role as members of the health care team and use effective communication to deliver a caring approach to diverse populations across the lifespan. Further development of critical thinking skills enables students to identify and act on opportunities to prevent complications and promote, maintain, and restore health. (prereq: NU 260 , NU 2520 , NU 2820 , NU 2320 NU 391 , SS 462 ) (coreq: NU 3000L , HU 332 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Use the nursing process to organize, prioritize, and deliver safe, effective, holistic, individualized care to clients experiencing acute episodic health challenge in a way that promotes health and prevents complications (Level 3, Nursing Care) 
  • Act on opportunities to apply aspects of caring by comforting and supporting clients and families in conjunction with reflection on one’s approach to caring (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Use critical thinking and thoughtful, reflective analysis to make accurate clinical decisions that individualize the delivery of nursing care (Level 3, Critical Thinking)
  • Employ effective interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of health education principles to educate, support, and partner with diverse clients and families to promote achieving higher levels of health (Level 3, Communication)
  • Display a pattern of personal accountability for one’s own learning while assuming a professional role through acts of integrity and mutual respect (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Assume the role of the nurse as provider of care, educator, advocate, and care coordinator by reflecting on and taking responsibility for one’s action, practice, and learning (Level 3, Professional Role)  
  • Gather and organize data from health information technology and biomedical technology and use findings to support clinical decisions to promote patient safety and improve patient care (Level 3, Technology)
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork, while developing skills in delegation and coordination of client care with other members of the healthcare team (Level 3, Collaboration)  
  • Select and apply evidence from reliable sources to support the plan of care (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)  

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Postpartum client
  • Newborn client
  • Postoperative client
  • Acute pain and coping
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Normal childbearing
  • Alteration in urinary function
  • Preoperative and intraoperative client
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalance
  • Ineffective airway clearance
  • Ineffective breathing pattern
  • Ineffective thermoregulation
  • Hypo- and hyperglycemia
  • Impaired tissue integrity
  • Preconception care
  • Genetics and genomics in the childbearing family
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Perinatal infection
  • Childbearing at risk
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Families experiencing perinatal loss

Laboratory Topics
  • Simulations: care of laboring mom, care of patient post-cesarean section, care of patient with post-partum hemorrhage
  • Clinical focus: maternal/newborn and acute medical/surgical

Dr. Jennifer Klug

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