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 include assessment, identifying the client'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 gain theoretical knowledge using the nursing process for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care of adult patients with acute conditions and health deviations related to endocrine (liver, gallbladder, and pancreas) hematology, oncology, and immunology, gastrointestinal (GERD, PUD, IBS, IBD, diverticulitis, appendicitis, and colon cancer), genitourinary disorders (urinary tract, kidneys, and male reproduction), and injuries sustained from burns. Content threaded throughout the course includes cultural diversity, nutrition, pharmacology, patient advocacy, and physical, behavioral, and social aspects of human development.
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