The purpose of this course is to present the principles of nursing care utilizing the nursing process and concepts of Orem's Theory of Self-Care. The focus will be on the assessment of the adult (18 years>) and the geriatric adult (>65 years), identifying the patient’s universal self-care requisites: air, water, food, elimination, activity, social interaction, safety, and normalcy in the adult and geriatric patient. The three models of nursing systems recognized by Orem’s Nursing System Theory will be addressed: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative. Students will learn therapeutic, patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care related to health promotion/maintenance and treatment of common medical/surgical health deviations of endocrine (diabetes mellitus), cardiovascular (CAD, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, stable angina, and basic EKG), respiratory (basic ABG, pneumonia, asthma, TB, and oxygen therapy), and musculoskeletal disorders (autoimmune disorders, soft tissue injuries, bone development, growth, and disease, fractures, and amputation). Concepts also include medication administration and self-care during the perioperative period including pain management.
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