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Nursing Art and Science: Acute Health Challenges

Course Code: NURS 2211
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.   


  • Growth and developmental considerations
  • Common and predictable  acute health challenges

 People’s experiences of health challenges requiring surgical intervention

  • Preparation for surgery
  • Undergoing surgery
  • Recovering from surgery
  • Geriatric considerations

 Nursing care

  • Peri-operative
  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Unpredictability


  • Management
  • Physical
  • Psycho-social, spiritual

 Anxiety and fear

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


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


  • 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.

course prerequisites

NURS 2111 AND NURS 2112 AND NURS 2113 AND NURS 2114 AND NURS 2116

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


NURS 2212 AND NURS 2213 AND NURS 2215 AND NURS 2217

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.