Assessment and Management of Common Responses to Illness

This course will critically examine current research finding regarding the efficacy and effectiveness of specific nursing interventions for commonly encountered responses to illness. The relevance of the findings for clinical nursing practice will be discussed. The course will focus on common responses to illness such as fatigue, dyspnea, and difficulty sleeping. For each topic, current knowledge regarding its pathophysiological basis will provide the foundation for critically examining the current methods of assessment and intervention. The adequacy of the various methods of assessment will be examined including their suitability for people of different ages and different health conditions. The research basis for various nursing interventions will be critically examined and directions for future research explored. In-class 3 hours/week

Program Requirements Course Type: Core Course Clinical Field