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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 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 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 health care 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
  • Care of the client experiencing an episodic alteration in respiratory effectiveness
  • Care of the client experiencing an episodic alteration in fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Care of the client experiencing episodic pain
  • Care of the client at risk for/experiencing episodic alterations in glycemic management
  • Care of the client experiencing an episodic alteration in urinary function
  • Care of the client experiencing episodic variation in thermoregulation
  • Factors which impair wound healing and tissue integrity of the surgical incision.
  • Introduction to care of the pre-, intra-, and postoperative client
  • Preconception care
  • Genetics and genomics in the childbearing family
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Perinatal infections
  • Care of the client during labor and birth
  • Care of the postpartum mother/newborn dyad
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Care of the family experiencing perinatal loss

Laboratory Topics
  • Clinical focus: Care of acute medical/surgical and/or mother/newborn clients
  • Simulations: Care of the pre-/post-operative client

Dr. Jennifer Klug

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