This unit discusses the endocrine system and changes in the anatomy and physiology across the lifespan. Common diseases, diagnostic procedures, related pharmacological agents and specific nutritional needs are discussed. The unit will emphasize the nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects regarding care of the client with an endocrine disorder. Additional emphasis is placed on care of the diabetic client, administration of insulin and signs of diabetic complications. Selected clinical experiences will allow the student to practice appropriate nursing skills.
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