course overview

Didactic Times & Dates:

May 19 – June 13, 2014
4 days/week at Colby-Sawyer College
Specific days to be determined

Clinical Times & Dates:

June 16 – July 3, 2014
4 days/week at New London Hospital, New London, N.H.
Specific days to be determined

The purpose of the Nursing Update course is to provide a structured format for registered nurses to learn the most up-to-date nursing knowledge for care of the adult medical-surgical patient in an acute care setting. The clinical experience is designed to provide an environment for the nurse to integrate knowledge and practice skills learned in class under the direct supervision of a nursing instructor.

The term “nursing knowledge” refers to not only changes and advances in scientific data that have occurred in medicine and nursing, but also changes in expectations outlined in the New Hampshire Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Standards of Practice, changes in expectations of clinical institutions, changes in long standing previously held practices, legal and ethical issues, changing roles of the RN, and new areas of practice for registered nurses.

Course Description

The Nursing Process serves as the framework for learning in the classroom and clinical practice. The course content is focused on the care of the adult medical-surgical patient in an acute care setting. Lectures are designed to clarify and assist the learner in the implementation of the nursing process as well as review anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and nutritional needs of clients.

The curriculum incorporates changes in practice, new ways in which health care is delivered, and delegation aspects of care and legal and ethical dilemmas that are presented to health care professionals. The clinical experience is designed to provide an environment for the nurse to integrate knowledge and practice skills learned in class under the supervision of an instructor.

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 112 hours of classroom experience and 96 hours of clinical experience in the acute care setting. The learner is responsible for establishing adult self-study methods under the guidance of the faculty. The learner should expect to spend 20-25 study hours per week outside of class in order to meet performance requirements.