Feb 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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NU 3400 - Nursing Care of Clients with Chronic Health Challenges

3 lecture hours 6 lab hours 5 credits
Course Description
The emphasis of this course is the application of the nursing process with individuals and families experiencing chronic health concerns. Students explore chronicity from a theoretical basis and apply the nursing process to clients and families across the life span. (prereq: NU 390 , NU 3200 , NU 3200L )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Prioritize the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate, and holistic nursing care to clients with emphasis on restoration of health and/or wellness in clients with chronic health concerns (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Use reflective analysis to develop critical thinking skills that individualize the nursing care for clients experiencing chronic health concerns (Level 3, Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills when providing health education for clients experiencing chronic health concerns and their families (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)
  • Integrate selected components of the professional role into the delivery of nursing care inclusive of the role of educator, advocate, and coordinator of care (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Develop and analyze personal and professional goals for current and future nursing practice (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Analyze data from health information technology and biomedical technology and use findings to support clinical decisions for clients experiencing chronic health concerns (Level 3, Technology)
  • Demonstrate collaborative skills in delegating and supervising the delivery of nursing care to other health team members in clinical, laboratory, and classroom settings (Level 3, Collaboration)
  • Select, discriminate, and apply evidence from professional literature when discussing, planning, and delivering nursing care to clients experiencing chronic health concerns (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Chronicity, aging, quality of life
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma informed care (TIC)
  • Obesity and care of bariatric surgery patient
  • Care of child with altered growth and development (G&D), autism, ADHD, pervasive behavior
  • Altered mental status/Alzheimer’s dementia/delirium
  • Care of adults experiencing TIAs, CVA, and unilateral neglect
  • Care of children with musculoskeletal and articular dysfunction
  • Sensory and perceptual alterations across the lifespan
  • Asthma across the lifespan
  • Care and chronicity of children and adults with type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Care of clients across the lifespan with chronic endocrine disorders
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Hardiness, resilience, hopelessness, powerlessness, and chronic sorrow, chronic fatigue
  • Chronic illness and sexuality
  • Chronic pain
  • Complementary and integrative health (alternative) medicine (CAM)
  • Adherence/health management and maintenance/motivational interviewing
  • Care of the client experiencing self-care deficit (self-management) and impaired home management
  • Family response and family caregiving related to chronic illness
  • Discharge planning, case management, home care

Laboratory Topics
  • Psychomotor skills list: sensory perceptual lab 
  • Simulations: care of pediatric patient with respiratory/neurological disorders
  • Clinical focus: inpatient chronic health

Heidi Wheeler

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