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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 215
Course Title: Medical Surgical Nursing II
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to specialty areas and technology associated with care of critically ill medical surgical patients. Emphasis is placed on developing skills needed to plan, manage and provide patient care to critically ill patients using the nursing process. Critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice concepts are applied to multiple nursing scenarios. Communication, legal-ethic concepts, patient education and pharmacological, nutritional and sociocultural principles are integrated throughout the course. $35 lab fee. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program; NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 212, NURS 213; NURS 214. This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend. The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 212, NURS 213, NURS 214.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall (1st 8 weeks) and Spring (1st 8 weeks).
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Mangement of Clinical Problems (9th Edition)
By Lewis, S. L., Dirksen, S. R., Heitkemper, M. M., and Bucher, L. (Elsevier: Saunders)
Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems: Virtual Clinical Excursions
By Lewis, S. L., Dirksen, S. R., Heitkemper, M. M., and Bucher, L. (Elsevier: Saunders)
American Psychological Association
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis (14th Edition)
By Carpenito-Moyet, L. J. (J.B. Lippincott Co.)
Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions (11th Edition)
By Curren, A.M., & Munday, L.D. (W.I. Publications Inc.)
A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (8th Edition)
By Fischbach, F. (J.B. Lippincott Co.)
Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination (6th Edition)
By Silvestri, L. A. (Elsevier: Saunders)
Nursing Drug Guide
By Wilson, B., Shannon, M. T., & Shields, K. M. (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate the collection of comprehensive biopsychosocial data while recognizing patient individuality.
  2. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in interactions with the complex medical surgical patient.
  3. Evaluate the nursing process in planning care for the complex medical surgical patient.
  4. Support collaboration skills with members of the multidisciplinary team in caring for the complex medical surgical patient.
  5. Develop teaching strategies and learning that are patient and family appropriate for the complex medical surgical patient.
  6. Evaluate the nursing process when planning care for the complex medical surgical patient.
  7. Develop professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice and education for the complex medical surgical patient.
  8. Evaluate evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice for the complex medical surgical patient.
  9. Support the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner for the complex medical surgical patient.
  10. Devise principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship for the complex medical surgical population.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Describe the role of the nurse in the critical care and emergency settings.
  • Discuss various pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, metabolic, neoplastic neurological and/or endocrine diseases and their implications for nursing care.
  • Explain the nursing care needed for a patient with multiple system problems.
  • Document a complete patient assessment using critical care protocols (clinical).
  • Demonstrate therapeutic nursing interventions and technology in the care of the critically ill patient (clinical).
  • Develop the critical thinking skills required to assess and achieve treatment goals for the critically ill patient (clinical).
  • Apply principles of delegation through the design of a written plan of care (clinical).
  • Implement teaching strategies that incorporate growth and development, cultural sensitivity and the cognitive ability of the critically ill patient (clinical).
  • Appraise a review of the literature on a critical care topic related to nursing.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Joyce Gentry Date: April 1, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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