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Advanced Concepts of Adult Nursing

Course Description: 

This course covers the application of advanced concepts and skills for the development of professional nurse’s roles with adult patients and families involving multiple body systems. Emphasis on advanced knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. (2:2-1)

Textbooks/Material: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Prioritize the roles of the professional nurse in the provision of care for adult patients and families.
2. Design and evaluate care for adult patients and families with advanced health care needs.
3. Member of the Profession:
a) Function within the nurse's legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting.
b) Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families.
c) Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing.
d) Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning.
4. Provider of Patient-Centered Care:
a) Use advance clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the associate degree nursing program of study and evidence-based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making in nursing practice.
b) Determine the physical and psychosocial health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the associate degree nursing program of study.
c) Analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/ outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.
d) Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services.
e) Implement the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
f) Evaluate and report patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice, and plan follow-up nursing care.
g) Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
h) Coordinate human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families.
5. Patient Safety Advocate:
a) Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards.
b) Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
c) Formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks.
d) Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices.
e) Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act.
f) Accept assignments and tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy.
6. Member of the Health Care Team:
a) Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care.
b) Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to health care for patients and their families.
c) Provide patients and their families resources that facilitate continuity of care; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration; and ensure confidentiality.
d) Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients and their families.
e) Communicate and manage information using technology to support decision making to improve patient care.
Grade Range: 
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F
Grade Formula: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Homework/Test Make-Up Policy: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Attendance Policy: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Classroom Participation Policy (optional): 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Classroom Etiquette: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Withdrawal Policy: 
Faculty will not drop students. Students starting college for the first time in fall 2007 or after may only receive six grades of W ( grade received from a course dropped after the census date) from all Texas public colleges and universities attended. Grades of W in developmental courses or courses taken while in high school will not count in the six grades of W. After six grades of W are received, students must receive grades of A, B, C, D, or F in all courses. There are other exemptions from the six-drop limit and students should consult with a Counselor/Educational Planner before they drop courses to determine these exemptions. Students receiving financial aid must get in touch with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.
Repeat Rule: 
If a course is subject to the repeat rule, a student may take the course two times and pay the regular tuition. The third time, the student will be charged an additional $60.00 of tuition per credit hour for the third or subsequent time taken.
Honesty Statement: 
San Jacinto College students should exhibit honesty, integrity, and high standards in their academic work. Members of the college community benefit from an open and honest educational environment. Upholding academic integrity is the responsibility of everyone.

Emergency Response: 
For immediate response to an emergency on campus San Jacinto College Police Department should be notified immediately by dialing extension 5555 or 281-476-9128.
Emergency Notification/College Closure: 
In the event the College needs to be closed for any situation, such as inclement weather, students and employees should check the College website at www.sanjac.edu or call (888) 845-5288 for the most immediate and current information. The College will also engage SJC AlertMe, which sends a voicemail, email, and/or text message to each student/employee who opts in. Students are responsible for any charges from their phone service provider associated with receiving voice or text messages. Official communications with students is through their San Jacinto College email account, and any emergency notifications will always be sent to students' San Jacinto College email addresses. The College will also contact local media but the most reliable, accurate and current information will also be found on the College website, via SJC AlertMe, or at the toll-free number listed above.
Use Of Student Email: 
The College provides a free, official email account to all students to ensure efficient and secure communications between you and the College. Students will be required to use their college-issued email address to communicate with their instructors and all other college personnel, so it is easy to distinguish a student's email from spam. The College expects that students will utilize their college email addresses to send and receive communications with college personnel and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. To activate your student email go to http://www.sanjac.edu/email and follow the instructions provided on the site.
Disability Statement: 
If a student has a disability that may affect his or her ability to learn the material in this course, the student should get in touch with the Disabilities Services Counselor on the campus located in the Educational Planning and Counseling Centers:
Central Campus - 281-476-1888;
North Campus - 281-998-6150 Ext. 2317;
South Campus - 281-922-3444


Graduation Information: 
Upon completion of degree and/or certificate requirements, the student must apply for graduation for the credential to be awarded. There is no fee to apply for graduation. The student completes a Degree Evaluation online using SOS. Confirm that all requirements for the degree or certificate are completed or in progress. Print a copy and bring it to the Educational Planning and Counseling office or Enrollment Services office. Submit a Request for Final Graduation Verification with the Degree Evaluation to the campus Enrollment Services office by (date). This date is provided by the individual instructor.