Course Code: PNUR 243
This course focuses on pathophysiology as it relates to acute disease and illness of clients across the lifespan, specifically the care of the client experiencing acute illness including nursing interventions and treatment options. Implications of the acute exacerbation of chronic illness will be addressed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidenced informed research and practice.
Date First Offered: 2012-09-01
Hours: Total Hours: 50
Total Weeks: 10
This course is offered online: No
Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of Level 3 courses and Consolidated Practice Experience 3
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None
PNUR 240: Professional Communication 4
PNUR 241: Professional Practice 4
PNUR 242: Health Promotion 4
PNUR 245: Integrated Nursing Practice 4
Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following:
Physiological changes contributing to acute disease and illness across the lifespan
Recognition and presentation of common acute disease and illness across the lifespan
Nursing management of acute disease and illness according to body system
- Nursing management includes: assessment (holistic assessment, data collection including lab values and diagnostics); pharmacology; identification of real/potential problems –nursing diagnoses; planning of specific nursing interventions; implementing culturally safe care; evaluation of care; collaborating with other members of the Health Care Team; health promotion; client teaching
[Integumentary, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Neurological, Sensory, Haematological, Immune]
Therapeutic interventions and treatments including pharmacology
Traditional healing practices
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Explain pathophysiology as it relates to selected common acute illness of clients across the lifespan.
- Explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of shock (cardiogenic, hypovolemic, neurogenic, anaphylactic, septic).
- Recognise and explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
- Explain nursing management of common acute disease and acute exacerbations of acute illness of clients across the lifespan.
- Identify traditional healing practices related to the acute illness experience.
- Describe the impact of cultural diversity in health and healing.
- Access relevant best practice information to support learning.
Grading System: Percentage
Passing Grade: 68%
Quizzes/Test: 100 %
Percentage of Individual Work: 100
Course Offered in Other Programs: No
Required - Adams et. al., 2010, Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiological Approach, (Pearson). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Corbett, 2013, Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, (Pearson). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Day et al., 2009, Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Canadian Medical-Surgical Nursing, (LWW). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Kozier et al., 2010, Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing (Pearson). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Hopfer-Geglin and Hazard-Vallerand, 2012, Davis' Drug Guide, (FA Davies Co.). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Leifer, 2011, Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, (Elsevier). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Townsend, 2011, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, (FA Davis Co). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Hannon et al., 2010, Porth Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, (LWW). Chapters Covered: All