NRSG 975. Acute Care Practicum I: Adult-Gero NP. 4 Hours.

This is the first practicum course in a series of three practicum courses that prepares the student for entry into practice as an acute care provider. This course is designed to prepare the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner as a provider of direct health care services. The patient populations of the adult-gerontology provider includes young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, and old-old adults). Within this role, the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner will synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states, including care needs of the chronically, acutely, or critically ill or those who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of a chronic health problem. The competencies of this course incorporate health promotion, disease prevention, and management focus of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner practice. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and the use of evidence-based practice guidelines in developing the rationale for diagnosing and managing care needs across the acute, critical, and complex care continuum in order to return the individual to their optimal level of health. Prerequisite: Pre or Co-Req: NRSG 973 or Consent of Instructor. PRA.