NRS 234 – Nursing IV

Course Outline

Course Number & Name: NRS 234 Nursing IV

Credit Hours: 9.0             Contact Hours: 9.0               Lecture: 4.0               Lab: 3.0       Clinical: 12.0

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in NRS 233 and BIO 211

Co-requisites: NRS 235                                                        Concurrent Course: None

Course Description: Students render care to clients with potential and/or actual alterations associated with the childbearing/rearing developmental phases. The course enables students to further refine their expertise as providers of care and to develop skills associated with being managers of care. Students are required to apply to the nursing process an integration of their knowledge of basic and developmental needs and previously learned health alterations. Laboratory and clinical activities focus on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care of clients within the context of family or significant group and the application of complex nursing skills.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students will do the following:

  1. assess clients during the childbearing and childrearing phase of the lifecycle using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erikson’s developmental theory;

a.    utilize newborn and adult psychosocial assessment skills to contribute to the database of clients; and

b.    apply knowledge from the biological and social sciences as resources to contribute to the database of clients.

2. apply critical thinking to evaluate and revise the plan of care, based on client response;

3. formulate nursing diagnoses to define the needs of clients during the normal childbearing and childrearing phase of the life cycle and when potential and/or actual alterations from health occur;

4. develop a plan of care for clients during the childbearing and childrearing phase of the life cycle, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, which incorporates clinical decision making, short and long term client-centered goals, and appropriate nursing interventions, which are based on scientific rationale;

5. implement caring interventions, complex nursing skills and current technology in a safe and competent manner when caring for clients during the childbearing and childrearing phase of the life cycle;

6. evaluate client response according to established outcome criteria and revise care plan as needed;