Nursing V: Emergent Healthcare

Course Number: NUR 211
Transcript Title: Nur V: Emergent Healthcare
Created: June 4, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 9
Lecture Hours: 50
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 120
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Explores the higher level nursing roles found in critical care, end of life care, and discharge planning within hospital and community settings. Emphasizes the planning and delivery of individualized, holistic and more complex nursing care to seriously ill clients in the acute care area. Prerequisite: NUR 210.

Clinical: TB test results and current immunizations submitted before student is permitted in the clinical area. Current CPR certification is required. Focus is on nursing interventions for the unstable medical/surgical patient.

Intended Outcomes

  1. As Provider of Care: Analyze assessment data and apply established standards of nursing care in developing nursing care plans for the urgent/emergent client and clients at the end of life.
  2. As Communicator: Apply therapeutic communication techniques with clients and families experiencing life threatening illnesses and at the end of life.
  3. As Manager of Care: Deliver timely, prioritized and organized nursing care for a patient load totaling an acuity level of 3-4 patients. 
  4. As Member within Discipline of Nursing: Promote the patient’s right to be informed of, and participate in, healthcare decisions across various healthcare settings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

To be able to progress to NUR 212, the student must:

  • Theory: Receive a minimum of 75% on the TOTAL points for five summary exams, ACE experience write-ups and article summaries, and one final exam.
  • Skills Lab: Pass/No Pass- To receive a Pass, the student must satisfactorily complete all specified skills in the campus Skills Lab, and receive a 96% or better on the math test using the ProCalc on-line program.
  • Clinical: Pass/No Pass- To receive a Pass, the student must receive a satisfactory rating on one (1) Interactive worksheet (IW); satisfactory ratings on all Critical Elements of the Clinical Performance-Based Outcome Tools (PBO), and receive no unsatisfactory rating on any clinical performance-based outcome for the clinical experience; must participate in the simulation experiences; and, must receive a pass on all clinical written assignments.

Complete Kaplan exams and remediation "pearls". See calendar for "Pearl" due dates.

Course Activities and Design

  • Theory: The theory content of this course will be presented by means of lecture/discussion groups and group work.
  • Skills Lab: The campus lab experience may include video, computer-assisted instruction, lecture, demonstration and "hands-on" experience and review for the practice and development of skills used in nursing.
  • Clinical: The clinical practicum takes place in health-care and community-based sites in the Mid-Columbia region. Opportunities to practice skills learned in the campus lab experiences are provided in these settings. The student is expected to be present and on time for all clinical experiences.
    • The simulation practicum takes place on campus in the Nursing Simulation Center. Attendance at simulation experiences is mandatory. Any missed time is expected to be made up.
  • Conferences: Final conferences are scheduled with your Clinical Instructor. Additional conferences will be scheduled as necessary.
  • Independent Learning: Students will be required to complete learning activities outside of regularly scheduled class times. For example: Delmar Skills series on CD-Rom. Refer to the calendar for these assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Nursing Process:
    • Correlation of psychopathology to nursing assessments.
    • Scientifically-based and individualized plans of care.
  • Rural Health:
    • Community-based health services.
  • Critical thinking:
    • Self-directed decision-making skills.
    • Critical thinking skills.


  • Critical illness
  • Chronic illness
  • Death and dying
  • Discharge planning
  • Health promotion


  • End of life
    • Physician assisted suicide
    • Withholding treatment
    • Refusing treatment
  • Continuity of care
  • Patient rights to participate in healthcare decisions.

Process Skills

  • Synthesize scientific rationale to meet individual patient health care needs.
  • Perform a core set of nursing skills with the addition of the following skills: Blood administration, IV pushes, IV starts, and titrating continuous infusions.
  • Evaluate patient health behaviors to promote or sustain wellness.
  • Prioritize and organize nursing care for a patient load totaling an acuity level of 3-4 patients.
  • Access community health care resources to sustain continuity of patient care.
  • Collaborate with peers and the health care team to provide for patient teaching.
  • Advocate for patients to ensure patient rights are protected.
  • Apply therapeutic communication techniques to clients with altered mental status.