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PNSG1508 – Foundations of Adult Nursing Care I pdf

Credits: 8 (5/3/0)
Description: This course introduces concepts of teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, professional identity and behavior, patient-centered and relationship-centered care, nursing judgment, evidence-based practice, managing care of the individual patient, informatics and technology. An introduction to the nursing process provides a beginning framework for decision-making related to common health problems of adults and older adults. Principles of pathophysiology, nutrition and pharmacology are applied to basic health care concepts. A lab component includes focused assessments and basic nursing skills that support course concepts.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program AND experience as a nursing assistant as guided by the PN application packet AND current American Heart Association Basic Life Support AND current, clear Minnesota Department of Health criminal background check AND current, clear national background check AND up-to-date immunizations and health form.
Corequisites: (None)
  1. Describe personal integrity, professional boundaries and behaviors related to established codes of ethics, nurse practice acts and legal frameworks.
  2. Identify health care worker roles and responsibilities within the health care setting.
  3. Explain how therapeutic communication skills facilitate the nursing process in the provision of culturally sensitive patient care for the adult.
  4. Identify effective communication skills when working with interprofessional teams, documenting care and reporting to appropriate team members.
  5. Recognize patient care concerns and methods to improve patient care, environmental safety, customer service and patient satisfaction.
  6. Select approriate technology applications to access reliable evidence-based resources, reduce reliance on memory and enhance competency within the practice setting.
  7. Explain the components of the nursing process and how evidence-based practice is incorporated.
  8. Define the role of the practical nurse in the nursing process.
  9. Identify how the nursing process supports patient-centered and relationship-centered care.
  10. Provide examples of health care information that reinforce established teaching plans.
  11. Describe legal and ethical principles that support safe medication administration.
  12. Demonstrate principles of safe medication administration in relation to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and the nurse's role in preventing medication errors.
  13. List the major classifications of medications, common medications within each classification, potential and actual complications, contraindications and rationales for medication administration for common health problems.
  14. Explain polypharmacy and the considerations that should be made when administering medications to older adults.
  15. Identify common health problems in the adult population.
  16. Apply knowledge of pharmacology to the care of adult patients with common health problems.
  17. Apply knowledge of pathophysiology to the care of adult patients with common health problems.
  18. Apply knowledge of nutrition to the care of adult patients with common health problems.
  19. Choose evidenced-based interventions within an established plan of care that address potential or actual complications experienced by the adult patient with common health problems.
  20. Summarize the importance of nutrition to facilitate healthy aging.
  21. Summarize the importance of health promotion to facilitate healthy aging.
  22. Summarize the importance of health maintenance to facilitate healthy aging.
  23. Demonstrate basic evidence-based nursing skills using proper techniques and measures to ensure safety for the patient and nurse.
  24. Perform focused assessment using proper techniques and measures that ensure patient safety.
  25. Identify assessment findings that are related to the normal aging process.
  26. Accurately document the provision and outcomes of patient care in the lab setting.
MnTC goal areas: (N/A)

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