This course builds on concepts presented in Theory 1 such as critical thinking, assessment, and level of urgency. Students are given opportunities to work through complex emergency patient presentations through case studies, identifying concepts key to emergency nursing. Pathophysiology, assessment, and decision making related to shock, pediatrics, mental health, substance use, acute coronary syndrome, and cardiac arrest will be explored.
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In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Relate theories of determinants of health to assessment of patients presenting with substance misuse, domestic violence, child abuse, and acute mental illness.
Apply health promotion and harm reduction strategies to patients presenting with a history of substance misuse and domestic violence.
Reflect on your personal values and beliefs related to caring for emergency patients presenting with a history of substance misuse, mental illness, child abuse, and domestic violence.
Describe how to effectively support and communicate with other team members, patients, and families during complex situations.
Explain the importance of understanding the phenomenological or “lived experience” of patients from special populations and their families impacts emergency nursing care.
Apply the components of the systematic emergency nursing assessment framework to a variety of emergent and complex patient presentations.
Apply the concepts of oxygen supply and demand framework to a variety of emergent and complex patient presentations.
Determine the level of urgency and prioritize care for complex emergency presentations.
Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate pharmacological interventions for complex emergency patient presentations.
Apply knowledge of anatomy and the underlying pathophysiology to complex emergency presentations, including: special populations (pediatric, geriatric, mental health), various shock types, and respiratory, cardiac, and neurological emergencies.
Interpret a variety of 12-lead ECGs and determine the clinical significance and underlying pathophysiology of the findings.
Outline the indications for, steps of, and pharmacological considerations for Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI).
Apply the components of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) treatment algorithms to applicable patient presentations.
Contrast the contexts of urban and rural ED practice environments.
Outline the components of the emergency mental health assessment and expected management of a variety of mental health emergencies.
Use clinical reasoning to identify and manage actual and potential health-related problems for emergent and complex emergency patients.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017
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