Metropolitan State University

NURS 621P : Primary Care Nursing I Practicum

A. Course Description
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NURS 609 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice AND
NURS 741 Pre-Scholarship  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: NURS 621 - Primary Care Nursing I
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This clinical practicum course builds on the clinical reasoning skills learned in N616 and facilitates application of content of NURS 621. In a clinical setting serving primarily adults, student will perform histories and physicals, determine differential diagnoses, and develop holistic plans of care under the guidance of a preceptor. Accurate interpretation of clinical data, appropriate prescribing practices, and accurate documentation of patient encounters is fostered. A minimum of 150 clinical hours with approved preceptor(s) are required. Competence Statement: Knows primary prevention concepts and select acute care concepts well enough to develop an implement a health maintenance plan and provide basic primary care for select acute problems.
B. Course Effective Dates: 12/13/2014 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Construct appropriate differential diagnoses based on history and physical findings and consideration of epidemiologic and population trends.
  2. Develop proficiency in performing and documenting preventive and problem oriented histories and physical examinations for adults in the context of FNP practice.
  3. Diagnose and treat selected commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems in adults.
  4. Employ evidence based clinical practice guidelines to guide the management of selected common acute and chronic health concerns of adults.
  5. Identify signs and symptoms of acute and chronic physical and mental illness in adults.
  6. Implement a theoretically and scientifically based holistic plan of care that integrates complementary therapies in conjunction with traditional medical protocols into FNP practice.
  7. Implement evidence based health promotion and disease prevention strategies to improve or maintain optimal health in adults.
  8. Order, perform, and interpret age and condition specific diagnostic tests and screening.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information