HNR 221 - Acute Care Nursing I

Course Description

Presentation of nursing interventions and concepts required for adult patients with complex medical-surgical disorders. Emphasizes advanced assessment, analysis, nursing judgment, and nursing accountability. The focus is on adult patients with multiple complex requirements. Geriatric considerations are presented and integrated throughout. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

HNR 251 with 2.5 or higher, HNR 252 with an S


HNR 241, HNR 242

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Articulates safe pharmacological and nursing care for patients with complex medical-surgical disorders.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of evidence-based practice guidelines for complex medical-surgical disorders.
  • Evaluates pathophysiologic deviations inherent in complex medical-surgical disorders including special concerns of the geriatric population.
  • Applies nursing interventions that embrace standards for nursing practice, established policies and procedures, and/or legal and ethical parameters.
Human Dimension:
  • Evaluates communication techniques for effective interaction with patients, families and other health team members.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Appraises family needs and interventions to provide holistic care, from admission through discharge planning.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Interprets course content utilizing strategies to prepare for standardized comprehensive testing.