This course introduces the student to setting priorities, communicating, planning and providing care for medical-surgical patients with multiple physiological and psychosocial needs in diverse health care settings. The course will also provide an overview of the legal aspects of practice and discuss legal and ethical issues that medical surgical nurses may encounter. Students will learn health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Students will engage in health teaching and counseling when caring for medical surgical clients. Opportunities to identify best practices from selected sources of current nursing evidence are provided. Students communicate with the interdisciplinary team to initiate plan of care and participate in quality improvement processes. Learning opportunities for this course include classroom and supervised clinical experiences. Upon successful course completion, students will be able to utilize clinical decision making and the nursing process to provide care for adults, from early adulthood through geriatrics.
Prerequisite: NUR 347