This course is divided into three content areas: health promotion and physical assessment (3 weeks); psychiatric nursing (6 weeks); and maternity nursing (6 weeks). The health promotion and physical assessment portion of this course assumes prior knowledge of normal physiological and developmental parameters and focuses on assessing abnormal conditions and encouraging a maximum level of self-care by promoting healthy behaviors. Such topics as the importance of an accurate and complete health history, including a psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual assessment and a health risk appraisal, are included. Lab and acute care clinical experiences are provided. The psychiatric nursing portion offers the student an opportunity to gain the tools necessary to assess, plan, and evaluate interventions in the care of the client population dealing with mental health needs. Students select appropriate roles to be assumed in assisting clients to meet their mental health self-care needs. The student is expected to perform therapeutically in the clinical setting. The maternity portion assumes previous learning of the normal and expected conditions relating to the maternity client. Assessment of, planning care for, implementing interventions for, and evaluation of the normal antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal client at the level of the registered nurse are covered. The content builds on this and focuses on abnormal conditions and the role of the registered nurse. Clinical experiences in inpatient and outpatient settings are provided. Students assist the maternity client and family to recognize their self-care needs.
3 hours of lecture per week
[Course fee: $110]