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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Health Assessment: Acute Health Challenges

Course Code: NURS 2212
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 2.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course builds on the knowledge and skills learned in Semester One courses. In this course, students learn holistic nursing assessments of adults experiencing acute health challenges with a focus on the assessments of clients preparing for, undergoing, or recovering from surgery. In addition, students learn a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with adults in surgical nursing practice settings. Knowledge development occurs through active engagement in a variety of simulated nursing practice experiences.

Course Content

In this course, the holistic assessment of adults experiencing acute health challenges including those associated with surgical experiences and the psychomotor skills commonly used in surgical nursing practice are the foci of discussion.  The 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.

Holistic health assessments of adults experiences acute health challenges with a focus on those associated with surgical experiences

  • Preoperative Care
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Postoperative Care
  • Gerontological considerations

 Psychomotor Skills commonly used in nursing practice with adults experiencing surgery

  • Purpose
  • Principles
  • Assessment
  • Engaging with clients
  • Planning
  • Safety
  • Implementation
  • Rationale
  • Evaluation

Safety for self and others

  • Environmental: infection and biohazard control practices

Reporting and Documenting assessments and psychomotor skills

Nurse’s Role

  • consolidation, integration, and application of  course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences

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 learning processes such as online and audiovisual resources, hands-on practice, and simulation.

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, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for the holistic assessment of adults experiencing acute health challenges with a focus on the assessments of clients preparing for, undergoing, or recovering from surgery.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for the safe implementation of a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with adults in surgical nursing practice settings.
  • Demonstrate the consolidation, integration and application of course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences.

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.

Corequisites

NURS 2211 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.

assessments

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