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2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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NU 608 - Advanced Pathophysiology

Understanding the pathophysiology of disease process is critical to effectively evaluating the patient, planning/managing care, teaching & facilitating quality patient care. This course focuses on the pathophysiologic processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills that distinguish the relationships between normal physiology and specific alterations produced by injury and disease. A critical analysis of selected major health problems emphasizing etiology, epidemiology, genetics & environmental influences, clinical manifestations and diagnostics are examined.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Uses ethical principles when providinghealth teaching regarding disease processes from a physiological standpoint (MSN EssentialI)
  • Integrate concepts of pathophysiology to clinical reasoning as a nurse leader in order to provide health teaching, health promotion, disease prevention & management (MSN Essential II )
  • Identify the etiological factors that contribute to specific alterations in health status of clients across the life span (MSN Essential I, IX )
  • Synthesize and apply evidence based guidelines and research findings to manage and/or teach about major health problem with a caring respectful approach (MSN Essential IX )
  • Differentiate between normal & abnormal compensatory mechanisms as the body responds to disease (MSN Essential I,IX )
  • Use knowledge of environmental factors that influence genetically linked diseases (MSN Essential I,IX )
  • Describe the etiology, developmental considerations, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of major health problems (MSN Essential I,IX)
  • Correlate and analyze select diagnostic and laboratory findings from a physiological/pathophysiological perspective (MSN Essential I,IX )

Credits: 3

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