Nursing Art and Science: Acute Health Challenges

Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Nursing
Course Code
NURS 2211
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
36
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
In this course, students are introduced to the nurse’s role in caring for adults with common and predictable acute health challenges. Students build on previously learned knowledge and integrate new knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the provision of safe, competent and compassionate nursing care for adults with an emphasis on those preparing for, undergoing, or recovering from surgery.
Course Content

In this course, common and predictable acute health challenges in the adult population with a focus on clients preparing for, undergoing and recovering from surgery are the foci of discussion. Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to these topics are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated in this course.   

Adults

  • Growth and developmental considerations
  • Geriatric considerations
  • Common and predictable acute health challenges
  • Health challenges requiring surgical intervention
  • Perioperative considerations

Nursing care

  • Preparing for surgery
  • Undergoing surgery
  • Recovering from surgery
  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Unpredictability

Pain

  • Management
  • Physical, psycho-social, spiritual

Anxiety and fear

  • Hospitalization
  • Separation
  • Courage
  • Trauma
  • Disfigurement
  • Dying

Vulnerability

  • Fatigue
  • Risk for infection
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Mobility/immobility
  • Control
  • Hardiness
  • Resilience

Safety

  • Client/family safety
  • Nurses’ work environment

Teaching and learning

  • Preoperative
  • Postoperative
  • Discharge planning

Legal responsibilities

  • Client rights
  • Advocacy
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed consent
  • Reporting and documentation
Methods Of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of interactive learning processes such as lecture, client-based studies, group discussion and electronic resources.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care for adults with common and predictable acute health challenges with an emphasis on adults preparing for, undergoing, or recovering from surgery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate nursing practice decisions through critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning in planning care for adults with common and predictable acute health challenges within a surgical context.
  • Apply previously learned knowledge and integrate new knowledge from a variety of sources including knowledge derived from nursing practice with clients (individual and family) to expand their understanding of peoples’ experiences of health challenges and nursing care.
  • Reflect on the role of the nurse as a member of an inter-professional team working with adults experiencing common and predictable acute health challenges in a surgical context.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. 

Requisites

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34790
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Abid
Shahima
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
32
31
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C1003
12:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34791
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Rana
Ruhina
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
32
29
3
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C1003
8:30 - 12:20