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Health Assessment: Complex Health Challenges

Course Code: NURS 4512
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 2.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

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

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

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. 

Learning Outcomes

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.

course prerequisites

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.

Corequisites

NURS 4511 AND NURS 4513 AND NURS 4515

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.