2018-2019 Catalog

RNSG 2130 Lifespan Nursing Care III

Lifespan Nursing Care III is the third and last course in the lifespan nursing course sequence and is offered in the last semester of the nursing program. This course focuses on the nursing needs of culturally diverse individuals throughout the lifespan who are experiencing more complex but predictable alterations in function. It is a capstone course providing comprehensive application of acquired nursing knowledge. Content presented includes nursing care of the patient with alterations in integumentary function, endocrine function, immunological function, and neurological function. Additional content covered includes critical care, disaster, and emergency nursing topics. The curriculum threads of nutrition, pharmacology, growth and development, communication, cultural diversity, teaching/learning process, nursing process/critical thinking, legal/ethical factors, technological competence, safety, the health illness continuum, therapeutic interventions, and disaster/emergency management continue to be incorporated throughout the course. The roles of the associate degree nurse as a provider of care, a manager of care, and a member of the discipline of nursing are discussed. The nurses role in the promotion and restoration of optimal health is included. The lecture and laboratory component of this course introduces the student to the application of the nursing process to patients with selected alterations in function which are considered most complex. Management of patients in emergency and disaster situations is introduced. Emphasis on identification of physiological and psychosocial problems, goal setting, selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions and rationale, evaluation of goal achievement, and prioritization of care is continued in this course. In the clinical setting, the student will apply learned knowledge and psychomotor/psychosocial skills in providing nursing care for multiple culturally diverse patients and their families in diverse acute care settings under the supervision of a preceptor. The preceptor will serve as a mentor to facilitate the student's transition from school to the practice setting. The student will gain experience in the performance of nursing skills utilized in the care of patients with more complex alterations in function and in the care of critically ill patients. The student continues to gain experience in collaborating with members of the health care team and with patients family and/or significant other. This is a web-enhanced course. The student may be required to access information, submit assignments and test online. This is a web enhanced course. Students may be required to access information, submit assignments, and test online through ANGEL.