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NURS 577 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum I

Prerequisite: Pharmacology 660: Pharmacology II (or concurrent);Acute Care and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Theory I

Credits: 5

This precepted clinical practicum provides students the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive health history, apply advanced physical assessment skills, and utilize advanced physiology/pathophysiology, and pharmacology knowledge to promote health, prevent illness, and manage acutely ill in adults and older adults with acute, critical and complex chronic physical illnesses encountered across the continuum of care settings appropriate for the AGACNP role. Selected health promotion, stress and coping, cultural theories and evidence-based findings will be applied to manage acute health conditions of adults and older adults from diverse backgrounds (e.g. age, culture, ethnicity, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status). Emphasis will be placed on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of health promotion and disease prevention. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate laboratory and diagnostic data to determine health status and prioritize differential and nursing diagnoses. Regular seminars provide a forum for students to receive instructions, consultation, and supervision from faculty and to share this learning process with their classmates. Seminars build upon an evidence-based practice model and emphasize diagnostic reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making in addition to concepts that are necessary for the practical application of clinical practice. Case studies examples are used as the basis of discussion. Students will be placed with clinical preceptors appropriate to their AGACNP role.

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