PNUR 243 - Variations in Health 4

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 are explored as well as evidenced-informed research and practice.


Hours: 50 (Lecture Hours: 50)


Total Weeks: 10


Successful completion of Level 3 courses and Consolidated Practice Experience 3


Non-Course Prerequisites:


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 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 safe and culturally informed care; evaluation of care; collaborating with other members of the health care team; health promotion; client teaching
    - Therapeutic  interventions and treatments including pharmacology
    - Emergency pharmacology
    - Traditional healing practices


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1.   Explain pathophysiology as it relates to selected common acute illness of clients across the lifespan.
2.   Explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of shock (cardiogenic, hypovolemic,  neurogenic, anaphylactic, septic).
3.   Recognize and explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
4.   Explain nursing management of common acute disease and acute exacerbations of acute illness of clients across the lifespan.
5.   Identify holistic and traditional healing practices related to the acute illness experience.
6.   Describe the impact of cultural diversity and cultural humility in health and healing.
7.   Compare and contrast how different cultural practices impact health and healing
8.   Access relevant best practice information to support learning.


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.