Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NURS 277: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical

General Information

  • Name: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical
  • Discipline: Nursing (NURS)
  • Units (Credits): 2
  • 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 276

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Requires students to apply knowledge and skills to the care of adult patients in a simulated laboratory and acute care environments, experiencing needs resulting from complex multisystem disruptions. Students apply the nursing process and utilize information literacy skills to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on prioritization of care through collaboration with other members of the health care team, patients and their families.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful conclusion of NURS 277 the student will be able to:

  • Apply 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 for patients with multisystem disruptions.
  • Collaborate with patients, families and health care personnel to achieve positive patient outcomes.
  • Utilize information literacy skills to integrate research findings that guide (or lead to) best practice decisions.
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide safe, effective care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within professional practice standards and the legal parameters of the profession.
  • Utilize therapeutic communications strategies used to communicate with patients and their families.
  • Evaluate verbal, non-verbal communication strategies used to communicate with patients and their families.
  • Evaluate and modify therapeutic communications used to implement the nursing process in client care.
  • Provide and manage care to patients from culturally diverse backgrounds experiencing complex multi system disruptions through the efficient and effective use of human, physical, financial and technical resources to meet patient needs.
  • Demonstrate accountability (professionalism) through identification of self-learning needs and continued professional development.
  • Implement a plan of care for patients with multi-system dysfunctions, including referral to community resources.
  • Implement a health-teaching plan for selected acutely ill adults and families with complex multi-system alterations in health.
  • Perform complex nursing interventions to meet the physiologic, psycho/social/spiritual/cultural needs of patients in acute care settings.
  • Analyze legal and ethical implications for persons experiencing multi-system dysfunction.
  • Prioritize care for two or more patients in the acute care setting that evidences effective clinical decision making.
  • Apply critical thinking to provide cost effective, quality care for patients and their families experiencing multi-system disruptions.
  • Select learning experiences which contribute to continued growth and professional development.
  • Analyze multiple EKG rhythm strips in laboratory practice, simulation, and patient care opportunities.

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.

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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