NUR310 - Complex Nursing Skills & Health Assessment II

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Subject Title
Complex Nursing Skills & Health Assessment II

Subject Description
NUR310 expands on the nursing and health assessment skills developed in Year 1. The classroom and lab components provide students with an opportunity to integrate theory and practice complex nursing skills and health assessment skills necessary to provide holistic, culturally and developmentally appropriate care. Students will develop focused assessment skills related to the physical, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of the individual. Students will practice complex health assessment skills and their related application to nursing using relevant technology. The concepts of holistic nursing practice, cultural and developmental considerations will be included. Laboratory opportunities are provided to learn and practice complex nursing skills, such as medication administration, IV therapy, wound care, oxygen therapy, catheterization, enteral tube insertion and feeding.

Credit Status
3.00 units

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Successful completion of the classroom and lab components of the course will enable students to consistently demonstrate the ability to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical basis for performance of complex nursing skills.
2. Demonstrate complex nursing skills in a safe and competent manner, using appropriate equipment.
3. Enact professional standards of practice concerning client privacy and confidentiality.
4. Incorporate a systematic approach and correct terminology to accurately document nursing actions.
5. Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines while providing holistic, culturally and developmentally appropriate care.
6. Interpret assessment findings and identify appropriate nursing actions.
The Nursing Laboratory is equipped with manikins for development of these skills. Students will practice assessments on each other and on these manikins using appropriate equipment.
Program Level Goals (Year 2)

  1. Be accountable to the public and practice within the professional standards of nursing.
    1. Demonstrate accountability to the client and responsibility for personal and professional development.
  2. Enhance health and healing through synthesizing knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in understanding the lived experience of clients.
    1. Enhance health and healing in providing safe and effective complex care for two or more individuals and or families with multiple health/self-care needs through applying knowledge from nursing and other disciplines while acknowledging the lived experiences of self and others to guide assessments, care, and health promotion.
  3. Participate in the ongoing transformation and humanization of health care by incorporating multiple ways of knowing, evidence-informed care and critical-reflective practice.
    1. Demonstrate critical-reflective, client-centred care in complex health situations and life transitions, using multiple ways of knowing and an evidence-informed approach in making practice decisions.
  4. Commit to excellence in professional practice through lifelong learning.
    1. Initiate personal and professional growth and development through critical and reflective thinking.
  5. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships within nursing, the interprofessional team and the community.
    1. Participate in the interprofessional team to provide care for individuals, groups, and families.
  6. Demonstrate leadership for the advancement of the nursing profession in all domains of practice.
    1. Appreciate leadership in self and others when providing care to individuals and families.
  7. Advocate for and support healthy organizational and public policy to promote health of individuals, families, groups, communities and global populations.
    1. Advocate for individuals, families, and groups, recognizing contextual influences on persons’ lived experiences within the health care system.
  8. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care that honours human dignity, respects diversity, and embraces different ways of being.
    1. Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity while using a client-centered approach in complex care situations.

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