NURS 575 - AGACNP Nrs Thry II
Prerequisite (Enforced): NURS 502 or 503 or 573 or PHARM 620 or 621
Adult--Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Nursing Theory II --- This second management course focuses on complex chronic health conditions and their acute exacerbations in adults and older adults, including multiple co-morbidities and functional losses. Competencies for the MSN and DNP prepared AGACNP are addressed and build on the core competencies for all nurse practitioners (NPs). The course builds on knowledge and skills from Advanced Practice Nursing Theory I, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and other core courses. Evidence-based, advanced practice nursing interventions consistent with the AGACNP role will be discussed to assess and manage complex chronic health conditions and the impact on self-care management practices, family care giving, surrogate decision-making, quality of life, and end-of-life. Issues of age, culture, race, gender, sexuality, genetics, psychosocial well-being and socioeconomic status will be addressed. Other key concepts include patient and family education/counseling, ethical principles/standards, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community resource utilization. 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. Students will utilize conceptual and theoretical frameworks and evidence-based knowledge to develop an advanced practice management plan of care to address the chronic complex health care needs of adults and older adults. Emphasis will be placed on maximizing quality of life and minimizing the negative sequelae associated with acute exacerbations of chronic illnesses and managed within tertiary acute care and sub-acute care settings.