nsg340 | undergraduate

Medical/surgical Nursing I: Acute

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This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and skills to expand into the professional nursing roles related to the medical/surgical client experiencing acute health care problems. Management of safe patient care using the nursing process and Watson's Theory of Human Caring is addressed. Watson's Theory will be used by the student to apply critical thinking pathways to individual health problems. Students are required to successfully complete 75 clinical hours to pass the course. Clinical hours include immersive simulation learning.



This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 5
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.
    • Describe treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in integumentary and musculoskeletal health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating integumentary and musculoskeletal disorders.
    • Describe therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in integumentary and musculoskeletal health patterns.

    Fluid and Electrolytes

    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in fluid and electrolyte health patterns.
    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in fluid and electrolyte balances.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in fluid and electrolyte health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating fluid and electrolyte disorders.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Cardiovascular Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the cardiovascular system.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in cardiovascular health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating cardiovascular disorders.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in cardiovascular health patterns.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Hematological and Immunological Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the hematological and immunological systems.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in hematological and immunological health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating hematological and immunological disorders.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in hematological and immunological health patterns.

    Nursing Process and Culturally Competent Care

    • Incorporate cultural and ethical data in the nursing process.
    • Describe how culture and ethnicity affect a patient’s health.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Endocrine Disorders

    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating endocrine disorders.
    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the endocrine system.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing pain and alterations in endocrine health patterns.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in endocrine health patterns.

    Perioperative Care

    • Describe the nursing responsibilities in the physical, psychological, and educational preparation of the surgical patient.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Respiratory Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the respiratory system.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in respiratory health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating respiratory disorders.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in respiratory health patterns.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Gastrointestinal Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the gastrointestinal system.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in gastrointestinal health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating gastrointestinal disorders.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in gastrointestinal health patterns.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Genitourinary and Reproductive Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the genitourinary and reproductive systems.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in genitourinary and reproductive health patterns.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating genitourinary and reproductive disorders.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in genitourinary and reproductive health patterns.

    Pain in the Medical-Surgical Patient

    • Define pain and its pathophysiological process.

    Nursing Process and the Care of the Patient with Acute Sensory and Neurological Disorders

    • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in the sensory and neurological systems.
    • Describe nursing responsibilities related to preventing and treating sensory and neurological disorders.
    • Apply treatment modalities to patients experiencing alterations in sensory and neurological health patterns.
    • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients experiencing alterations in sensory and neurological health patterns.
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