Walsh University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
NURS 220PL/AC Theoretical Concepts for Nursing Practice 3 sem. hrs.
HI: This course presents the history of the nursing profession and the socioeconomic and political factors that have influenced the evolution of the profession and the scope of nursing practice. The professional role of the nurse is addressed with emphasis on critical thinking and accountability and responsibility. The student is introduced to the School of Nursing's philosophy, purpose, and conceptual framework. An examination of general systems theory and selected nursing theories is undertaken to explore relationships among the major concepts of the nursing metaparadigm: nurse, client, health, and environment. The student will examine the processes of adaptation, homeostasis, and disrupted homeostasis as they apply to the client who is interacting with stressors in the internal and external environment. Nursing process, care planning, and critical pathways are discussed as the methodology for providing and evaluating therapeutic nursing interventions which are intended to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health or to support death with dignity. The student will explore theories from the sciences and liberal arts that guide nursing practice including, theories of growth and development, communication, critical thinking, and teaching/learning. The student will be given the opportunity to conceptualize his/her own philosophy of nursing. Computer informatics is used as a medium for communication among nurses and nursing students and as a source of nursing information. Offered every spring and summer semester.
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