In this course, students learn the holistic assessment of adults and older adults with complex health challenges and/or unstable health status. In addition, students learn a variety of increasingly complex psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with adults in acute medical and surgical nursing practice settings. Knowledge development occurs through active participation in a variety of experiential learning strategies.
In this course, the health assessment of clients experiencing complex health challenges and/or unstable health status and a variety of increasingly complex psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with clients in acute medical and surgical settings 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 clients with complex health challenges and/or unstable health status
- Comprehensive assessment
- Focused assessment
- Ongoing, continuous and episodic assessment
- Emergency assessment
Complex psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with clients in acute medical and surgical settings
- Engaging with clients
Diagnostic treatments and procedures
Safe work practice and injury prevention (Clients, self, health care team, public)
Reporting and documentation of assessments and psychomotor skills
Methods of Instruction
It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through the use of active experiential learning strategies including simulation, online learning activities, and laboratory practice.
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 necessary for holistic, comprehensive and focused assessment of clients with complex health challenges and/or unstable health status.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for the safe implementation of a variety of increasingly complex psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with clients in acute medical and surgical nursing practice settings.
- Demonstrate the integration and application of course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences.
NURS 3411 AND NURS 3412 AND NURS 3413 AND NURS 3415 AND NURS 3417
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 4511 AND NURS 4513 AND NURS 4515
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.