Catalog: 2015–2016 Catalog Year

NURS 276: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory

General Information

  • Name: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory
  • Discipline: Nursing (NURS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Nursing and Allied Health

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program
  • Corequisites: NURS 277

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Assists students in gaining knowledge of nursing care for the patient experiencing primary threats to physiological integrity due to complex multisystem disruption in cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, integumentary, elimination, and digestive systems. Students apply the nursing process to address needs in the psycho/social/cultural and spiritual domains which emerge when there are primary threats to physiological integrity. Related legal, ethical, teaching/learning and communication/documentation issues are also explored.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of NURS 276 the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to achieve deliverative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence-based practice to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Explore, through classroom discussion and use of information literacy skills, advances and trends in clinical nursing related to the following selected areas: a. alterations in cardiovascular system, b. alterations in respiratory system, c. alterations in neurological system, d. alterations in hepatic function, e. alterations in digestive system, f. alterations in integumentary system, g. alterations in endocrine system, h. alterations in elimination system.
  • Apply the steps of the nursing process in the classroom learning environment to organize the care of patients with multisystem disruptions leading to disruptions in bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs.
  • Explain the responsibilities of the nurse for commonly administered medications, nutritional therapies, and diagnostic tests used in the care of patients with multisystem disruptions.
  • Discuss legal and thical situations frequently encountered in the care of patients and families with complex multisystem disruptions.
  • Describe health maintenance and promotions needs of these patients.
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity to the care of patients with multisystem disruptions.
  • Comprehend and apply college level written material.
  • Utilize technology to access and present information.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and the skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs.

Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgement, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering the value of lifelong learning.

The Nursing Program Educational Objectives ensure that students who successfully complete the Nursing Program are expected to demonstrate that they can:

  • Utilize the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with diverse populations.
  • Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within the professional practice standards as well as the legal parameters of the profession
  • Use therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families

Additionally, the General Education Student Learning Objectives ensure that students who complete programs in occupational areas are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis
  • Posses suitable technological skills, including computer skills
  • Know the subject matter of their degree to a level that is acceptable to their area of study
  • Are able to acquire the skills and perform the tasks necessary for their employment or career enhancement
  • Have adequate college level mathematical skills

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