Tertiary Prevention and Care of Geriatric Medical-Surgical Patients and Families
Description: Lecture, four hours; clinical, 12 hours. Enforced requisites: courses 162A, 162B. Examination of nursing assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems experienced by older adults. Theory content in assessment, health history, and diagnostic reasoning, with emphasis on older adults and on social, cultural, and developmental influences. Integration of knowledge of pathophysiology, stress and adaptation, adult development theory, therapeutic interventions, and communication concepts as applied to care of older medical and surgical clients with more complex and co-morbid conditions and their families. Concept of nurses as bedside scientists, with emphasis on critical and contextual thinking skills and diagnostic reasoning. Nursing process, ethical principles, clinical research, evidence-based practice, and clinical thinking that maximize patient safety and quality care for older adults used during clinical experiences. Letter grading.
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