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.
In this course, the holistic health 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 assessment of adults experiencing acute health challenges in a surgical context with a focus on physical assessment
- Perioperative Care
- Comprehensive and focused assessment
- Neurovascular assessment
- Pain assessment
- Integumentary assessment
- Wound assessment
- Ostomy and peristomal assessment
- Gerontological considerations
Psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with adult clients in a surgical context
- Pain management
- IV therapy
- Medication administration
- Dressing changes (sterile field)
- Specimen collection
- Nasogastric tube
- Urinary catheters
- Review of safe work practice
- Infection transmission precautions
- Handling biohazardous materials
- Needlestick injury
- Cultural safety
- Consolidation, integration, and application of course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences.
Concepts relative to health assessment to be explored include:
- Engaging with clients
- Preventing complications
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.
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.
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 2211 AND NURS 2213 AND NURS 2215 AND NURS 2217
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.
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.