Nursing 364

NURS 364: Nursing of the Adult I

Prerequisites: NURS 340, NURS 345, NURS 352, and NURS 368.

Credit Hours: (6) Four hours lecture; six hours practicum

Develops the student’s theoretical knowledge of holistic nursing care of the adult. Practicum provides opportunity to promote, protect, and restore health of acute and chronically ill adults through application of theoretical knowledge in a variety of settings.

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this Level 2 Course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework and the Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. The major topics and skills covered in this course represent areas covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan.  Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content. Emphasis is placed on the following concepts/theories:

• Overview of Oncology
• Immunity
• Cardiac Output
• Tissue Perfusion
• Oxygenation
• Neurological
• Digestion, Nutrition, and Elimination
• Regulation and Metabolism
• Mobility
• Sensation

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but are not limited to:

• Lectures, discussion, multimedia, case studies, guided clinical practice, and lab simulation experiences.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the  student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors to the care of diverse medical-surgical populations.
2. Utilize scientific principles of nursing knowledge in an interdependent manner when working in collaboration with individuals and families to promote health, manage illness and disease, and care for the dying.
3. Deliver compassionate, patient-centered evidence-based care that respects patient and family preferences.
4. Provide nursing care based on evidence that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes within healthcare and assumes accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
5. Utilize written, verbal, non-verbal, and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network and assumes accountability for one’s professional behavior.
6. Demonstrate skill in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models for applying evidence to clinical practice
8. Demonstrate ethical decision-making in an inter-dependent manner in ethical dilemmas faced by individuals and families and assumes accountability for personal and professional behaviors.  Demonstrates the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
9. Apply knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes within the health care delivery system in the provision of safe, high quality, and cost-effective nursing care with selected populations.

Assessment Measures

May include but not limited to:

• Exams; Quizzes
• Paper
• Project, Individual or Group
• Concept mapping
• Journals
• Oral Presentations
• Class Participation

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 80% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 80% (“C”) has been attained through testing.

Final Grades are a combination of at least 80% (“C”) on both theory and clinical/lab components. Clinical/lab performance must be satisfactory to pass the course.

Other Course Information

Honor Code: By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.
Attendance: For Attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and Course Description.

Review and Approval

March 1, 2013
February 2011, Kim Carter, Director
April 2006 Undergraduate Curriculum Marcella Griggs, Director