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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 4711D - Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Episodic Health Challenges (ASD)

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on care of critically ill clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship between physiological, psychological, and environmental factors impacting critically ill individuals and their families are examined. Using critical thinking skills, students interpret and respond to clients’ changing health patterns in complex technological settings. (prereq: NU 4702 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Provide competent, caring, holistic nursing care to critically ill individuals and their families through analytical use of the nursing process (Level 4, Nursing Care)
  • Employ effective communication skills with client/family and healthcare providers in the critical care environment. (Level 4, Communication)
  • Incorporate principles of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration to empower clients to achieve optimal health (Level 4, Nursing Care)
  • Integrate how caring for clients with complex episodic health challenges has impacted his/her philosophy of nursing (Level 4, Professional Role)
  • Demonstrate initiative to seek out new learning opportunities and expand knowledge base establishing a pattern for lifelong learning (Level 4, Professional Role)
  • Integrate advanced technology when providing nursing care for clients in the critical care setting (Level 4, Technology)
  • Collaborate with other health care team members to identify nursing care outcomes appropriate to the critical care environment (Level 4, Collaboration)
  • Integrate critical thinking skills in interpreting assessment data, interventions and evaluation of nursing care necessary in critical situations/settings (Level 4, Critical Thinking)
  • Synthesize research findings and knowledge from the humanities and sciences into nursing practice within the critical care environment (Level 4, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction to critical care nursing
  • Care of client requiring hemodynamic monitoring
  • Care of the client (adult and child) with shock/sepsis
  • Care of the patient (adult and child) with acute respiratory failure/ARDS
  • Care of the vented client and ventilatory weaning response
  • Care of the adult/child with cardiac alterations: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), pulmonary edema, PTCA with thrombolytics
  • Care of patient (adults and child) with Increased intracranial pressure/head injury
  • Care of children with growth and development dysfunctions
  • Care of the clients receiving sedation and anxiolysis
  • Care of patients with acute renal and liver failure, drug overdose
  • Care of patients (adult and child) with life threatening fluid and electrolyte imbalances, DKA/SIADH/DI
  • Care of patients with acute GI bleed/pancreatitis
  • Care of patients’ nutritional needs in critical care
  • Family process/family coping/Individual stress ethical/legal issues in critical care
  • Care of patients with Immunological function/bleeding disorders/blood dyscrasias/DIC
  • Care of the trauma patient
  • Organ donation
  • Care of client with organ transplant

Laboratory Topics
  • Psychomotor skills: hemodynamic monitoring; ICP monitoring; mechanical ventilation; neonatal assessment
  • Simulations: in-class simulations - hemodynamic and shock focus; cardiac and respiratory focus; infant, GI, growth and development focus; multi-system organ failure and family stress/coping focus; termination of life support focus; lab simulations - skills verification; care of patient with hemodynamic and cardiac rhythm instability; code four
  • Clinical focus: critical care (adult and child/neonatal)

Dr. Renee Wenzlaff

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