Walsh University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
NURS 440PL/AC Nursing with the Critically Ill 5 sem. hrs.
This course is designed to introduce the senior nursing student to critical care concepts and advanced technical skills in order to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, reorganize, or support death with dignity for critically ill clients. Building on a broad liberal arts and science background, as well as knowledge and skills acquired in previous nursing courses, the student will utilize the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for critically ill individuals and their families. Emphasis will be placed on refinement of critical thinking ability to enable the student to meet the complex, multi-system health concerns of these clients. Accountability and responsibility for learning and practice of complex nursing skills utilizing advanced biomedical and computerized technology are reinforced. Therapeutic communication skills related to specific concerns of critically ill clients; collaboration as a member of the health care team within the critical care environment; delegation of nursing responsibilities; and ethical and end-of-life issues unique to the critical care environment will be explored. Theoretical course content will be discussed in the classroom. Application of theory will occur in the nursing laboratory and in acute and community health care settings. Prerequisite: All 300PL/AC level nursing courses. Pre/Co-requisite: NURS 410. 440 PL offered every fall and spring semester, 440 AC offered summer semester
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