DIVISION:    Arts & Sciences                                                                                  Date:  January 2014   




COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:           NUR 202 Medical/Surgical Nursing I


Credit Hours: 4         Hours/Wk Lecture:  2             Hours/Wk Lab:           6       Lec/Lab Comb:


I.          CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Focuses on the care of individuals/families requiring complex or surgical treatment. Uses all components of the nursing process with increasing degrees of skill related to the delivery of nursing care; genitourinary, human immunodeficiency virus infection, hematologic, neurological, and cardiac disorders. Includes math computational skills and basic computer instruction.  Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies.


II.        RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:  Medical/Surgical nursing theory includes discussion of clients with complex disturbances of basic needs. The nursing process is used by the student caring for the individual with complex disturbances of basic needs. Emphasis is placed on assessment strategies, nursing interventions, plans of care, and evaluation of care for individuals with acute and chronic illness and their families. The student will be expected to acquire knowledge as manager of care in addition to providing care. Chronic illness and acute severe illnesses requiring rehabilitation will be addressed and discharge planning and teaching is included in the plan of care. In NUR 202, the student will have the opportunity to practice in the three interrelated roles of the ADN nurse: care provider, manager of care and as a member of the profession.


III.       REQUIRED BACKGROUND:  Each student must have successfully completed the first year of the Registered Nursing curriculum.  The expectation is progressive academic and clinical growth. 



1.      Problems of Urinary Function

2.      Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

3.      Hematologic Problems

4.      Neurological Problems

5.      Cardiovascular Problems



           The student will be able to:


1.      Explain the pathophysiology of selected illnesses illustrating complex and/or multiple disturbances of basic needs.


2.      Apply the nursing process in the care of the client with complex and/or multiple disturbances of basic needs.


3.      Discuss the uses, actions, major side effects, and nursing implications of medications used in the care of acutely ill clients.


4.      Identify where clients with complex disturbances of basic needs should be placed in the wellness/illness continuum.


5.       Apply principles of therapeutic communication in the care of acutely ill clients, their families/ significant others and members of the healthcare team.


6.      Analyze legal and ethical issues to be considered when caring for acutely ill clients with complex and/or multiple disturbances of basic needs.


7.      Describe accepted standards of nursing practice for the care of the acutely ill clients with complex and/or multiple disturbances of basic needs.


8.      Incorporate principles from biological and behavioral sciences and nursing theory when providing care to acutely ill clients.


9.    Perform nursing skills competently and provide accurate and safe nursing care including medication administration to acutely ill clients.


10.  Recognize legal and ethical responsibilities in providing care to acutely ill clients.


11.  Demonstrate accurate and effective communication skills with written documentation.


12.  Set priorities for initiating and implementing nursing care activities for acutely ill clients.


13.  Assume accountability and responsibility for own actions as a contributing member of the healthcare team and the nursing profession.


14.  Employ strategies to be prepared to successfully complete the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.




Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, case studies, computerized NCLEX programs, or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to progress.


All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.     This course supports the following competencies and objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

   Scientific Reasoning