PNUR 113 - Variations In Health 1

This introductory course provides learners with the foundations of disease and illness across the lifespan.  Learners will gain an understanding of pathophysiological alterations of body systems. Nursing management of disease and illness across the lifespan with an emphasis on interventions and treatment is also discussed.  Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidenced informed practice.


Hours: 40 (Lecture Hours: 40)


Total Weeks: 10


- Admission to the Practical Nursing Program
- PNUR 099 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of C+ or equivalent.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


PNUR 110 Professional Communication 1
PNUR 111 Professional Practice 1
PNUR 112 Health Promotion 1
PNUR 114 Pharmacology 1
PNUR 115 Integrated Nursing Practice 1


Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following:
    - Introduction to pathophysiology
    - Maintaining homeostasis
    - Compensatory and decompensatory mechanisms
    - Cell alteration:  types of cell injury and repair, cell aging/degeneration, irregular cell growth
    - Alterations to all body systems (e.g., inflammation, infection, obstruction/occlusion, genetics, familial, cancer, trauma)
    - Physical and psychosocial stressors
    - Chronic versus acute  disease (health continuum); illness versus disease
    - Nursing management of disease and  illness across the lifespan
    - Nursing management including 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 sensitive and aware care; evaluation of care; collaborating with other members of the health care team; health promotion; client teaching.
    - Therapeutic  interventions and treatments including pharmacology
    - Traditional healing practices
    - Introduction to diagnostics
    - Cultural diversity in health and healing
    - Introduction to evidenced-informed research and practice


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1.   Describe pathophysiology as it relates to common presentations of illness
2.   Give examples of cellular alterations
3.   Describe the inflammatory and reparative processes
4.   Explain physical and psychosocial stressors
5.   Explain the following terms contributing to alterations in body function: inflammation, infection, obstruction/occlusion, genetics, congenital, cancer, traumatic injury, degeneration
6.   Explain compensatory and decompensatory mechanisms
7.   Describe chronic versus acute illness in the context of disease (health continuum and disease versus illness)
8.   Identify the nursing management of disease and illness for body systems across the lifespan
9.   Identify traditional healing practices associated with common illness
10. Describe the influence of cultural diversity in health and healing
11. Identify appropriate evidence-informed research and practice resources


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 68%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Percentage of Group Work: 0


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.