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

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NU 3200 - Nursing Care of Clients with Episodic Health Challenges II

3 lecture hours 9 lab hours 6 credits

Course Description
This course expands on students’ abilities to integrate the nursing process with clients across the life span with episodic health challenges. Students continue to explore all dimensions of health with an emphasis on developing collaborative skills. (prereq: NU 3000 , NU 3000L ) (coreq: NU 3200L )
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, and individualized care for clients experiencing episodic alterations in health and/or wellness (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Prioritize the nutritional needs of clients requiring special dietary therapy to create an individualized teaching plan (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Use reflective analysis to develop critical thinking skills when applying the nursing process to clients experiencing episodic alteration in health and/or wellness (Level 3, Critical Thinking) 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills while interacting with clients, families, and peers in a professional and respectful manner (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 a 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) 
  • Use health information technology and biomedical technology to monitor, deliver, and support clinical decisions for safe client care (Level 3, Technology)
  • Demonstrate increasing skills to effectively delegate the delivery of nursing care to other health team members in clinical, laboratory, and classroom settings (Level 3, Collaboration)
  • Select and analyze evidence from nursing research and relevant professional literature to develop a plan of care for clients experiencing episodic alterations in health and/or wellness (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Care of patients with altered level of consciousness; (metabolic and structural)
  • Care of the patient with acute confusion
  • Care of client with acute neurological injury and spinal cord Injury 
  • Care of patient at risk for and actively experiencing seizure activity
  • Nursing care of patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition
  • Care of patient with chest tubes
  • Care of the patient undergoing abdominal and thoracic surgery
  • Care of patients with Impaired oxygenation, gas exchange, and acid/base imbalances
  • Care of patients receiving blood transfusion
  • Care of patients with Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD)
  • Care of child and adults with episodic and acute respiratory conditions (acute pulmonary embolus, tuberculous, epiglottitis, acute bronchitis, pneumothorax)
  • Care of the patient with muscular-skeletal Injury and trauma: fractures; application of traction (skin and skeletal); hip and knee joint replacements; amputations
  • Professional role - collaboration and delegation
  • The impact of hospitalization on children, adults, and families
  • Care of client with alteration in GI motility (constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel disease)
  • Sexual dysfunction - men and women
  • Care of the client with Impaired verbal communication



Laboratory Topics
  • Simulations: care of the child
  • Clinical focus: medical/surgical

Dr. Aruna Lal

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