Lecture, 2 hours per week; Practicum, 135 hours per semester
This course involves the application of pathophysiological, psychosocial, and spiritual concepts to adult and geriatric patients experiencing the stress of illness in acute settings. The first area of focus is caring for critically ill clients and their families with complex health needs in a critical-care setting. The second area of focus is on the utilization of leadership and management concepts/skills in providing comprehensive care to groups of patients in a medical-surgical setting. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to practice in a beginning leadership role in managing client care. Legal and ethical issues related to acute care are included.