The gastrointestinal system will introduce the student to the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system, accessory organs and a description of the process of digestion. Common diseases, diagnostic procedures, related pharmacological agents and specific nutritional needs are discussed. The unit will emphasize the nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects for the care of the client with a gastrointestinal disorder. Selected clinical experiences will allow the student to practice appropriate nursing skills.
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