Course Number:
NRS 233
Transcript Title:
Pathophysiological Processes II
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
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NRS 232

Course Description

Continues to explore pathophysiological processes that contribute to disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Builds on content presented in foundational modules to promote selective clinical decision-making in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes. Includes modules covering acid-base imbalances; neoplasia principles; immune and autoimmune disorders; and the pathophysiology of the cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal and bladder, neurological, neuropsychologic, and reproductive body systems. Prerequisite: NRS 232.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Access and interpret current, reliable information about selected pathophysiological processes, including: acid-base imbalances; neoplasia principles; and immune and autoimmune disorders; as well as the pathophysiology of the following: cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal and bladder, neurological, neuropsychologic, and reproductivebody systems.
  2. Select and interpret focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of clinical manifestations, developmental considerations, and potential complications of selected pathophysiological processes in patients across the lifespan.
  3. Teach persons from diverse populations across the lifespan regarding selected pathophysiological processes.
  4. Communicate effectively with other health professionals regarding selected pathophysiological processes.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Summary of literature search in professional database
  • Multiple choice exams
  • Written assignments
  • Group and individual projects

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Themes, concepts, issues:

  • Intro to disease states
  • Pathophysiology of diseases
  • Evidence based research
  • Medical terminology
  • Life span considerations in various disease states
  • Teaching techniques for various ages, developmental stages
  • Communication with other professionals
  • Team work
  1. Acid-base Imbalances
  2. Neoplasia Principles
  3. Immune and Autoimmune Disorders
  4. Endocrine Pathophysiology
  5. Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
  6. Renal and Bladder Pathophysiology
  7. Neurological Pathophysiology
  8. Neuropsychologic Pathophysiology
  9. Reproductive Pathophysiology
  10. Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology

Department Notes

Reference OCNE document NRS 232 and 233, Pathophysiological Processes I and II; Essential Concepts and Content and requirements listed therein.