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NURS 573 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Nursing Theory I

Prerequisite: NURS 502 and PHARMACY 620 and previous/concurrent PHARMACY 621

Credits: 4

This course focuses on acute health conditions in adults and older adults with acute, critical and complex chronic illnesses across the entire adult age spectrum from young adults (including late adolescents), to adults and older adults (including frail older adults) with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Competencies for the MSN and DNP prepared AGACNP are addressed and build on the core competencies for all nurse practitioners (NPs). Evidence-based, advanced practice nursing interventions (consistent with the AGACNP role) will be discussed to assess and manage acutely ill adults and older adults. Issues of age, culture, race, gender, sexuality, genetics, psychosocial well-being and socioeconomic status will be addressed. Health promotion, stress and coping, and cultural theories are integrated throughout the course. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of health promotion and disease prevention will be evaluated within inpatient/hospital settings and across hospital to clinic settings. (e.g. ED, ICU, acute care units and specialty clinics.) Coordination of comprehensive care in and across care settings to ensure that the acute and chronic illness needs of patients are met during care transitions are also addressed. Other key concepts include diagnostic reasoning and decision-making skills, healthy lifestyle, patient and family education/counseling, and treatment seeking decisions of acutely ill adults and older adults. Students will apply evidence- based knowledge to develop a holistic management plan of care that addresses the complex health problems of adults and older adults.

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