NRS 112A - Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care 1
This course introduces the learner to assessment and common interventions (including relevant technical procedures) for care of patients across the life span who require acute care, including normal childbirth, disease/illness trajectories and their translation into clinical practice guidelines and/or standard procedures are considered in relation to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.
Prerequisite: BI 101F or BI 101K or BI 112 or BI 211 with a grade of C or better.
Corequisite: NRS 112B .
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Conduct a culturally and age appropriate health assessment and interpret health data focusing on physiologic, developmental, and behavioral parameters of condition manifestation progression and resolution, and the client response to acute conditions/processes.
2. Develop plans of care that are family-centered, developmentally and culturally appropriate, using evidence including clinical guidelines and integrative literature reviews to implement care plans safely for patients with common acute conditions/processes.
3. Manage common symptoms such as acute pain and acute anxiety, follow evidence based procedures for performing skills safely, use expected illness trajectory; monitor progress toward recovery, occurrence of complications and client's response to interventions.
4. Identify potential legal and ethical issues related to patient decision-making and informed consent in acute care settings. Apply ANA Code of Ethics to care of patients with acute conditions/processes.
5. Use therapeutic communication skills in the development of therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
6. Identify roles of health care team members involved in providing care to patients and families with acute conditions/processes.
7. Discuss delegation needs for patient care with experienced nurses.
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