The course emphasizes the application of nursing principles to medical-surgical health problems affecting patients across their lifespan; development of critical thinking and communication skills through clinical application in a variety of settings.

  • Discuss the pathophysiology, risk factors and foundation of common disorders and diseases
  • Review the common diagnostic testing and medical management of disease
  • Describe typical medications, actions, uses, side effects used in the treatment of common medical-surgical disorders.
  • Apply Orem’s SCD Theory of Nursing as it applies to the medical surgical patient population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide care for patients with a variety of medical/and or surgical health care needs as assigned under the direction of a Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrate competence in performing a nursing assessment using Orem’s SCD Theory to organize the nursing assessment data.
  • Provide culturally competent nursing care to clients in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate beginning level skills in critical thinking, decision making, collaboration and coordination of care
  • Demonstrate appropriate interactions with a multidisciplinary health care team in a manner that is appropriate for a beginning level nurse
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability, responsibility and self-direction.