CCOG for NRS 233 Spring 2024

Course Number:
NRS 233
Course Title:
Pathophysiological Processes II
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Course Description

Continues to explore pathophysiological processes that contribute to disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Covers making selected clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes. The course addresses additional pathophysiological processes not contained in Pathophysiological Processes I. Prerequisites: NRS 232.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Access and interpret current, reliable information about selected pathophysiological processes.

2. Select and interpret focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of clinical manifestations, developmental considerations, and potential complications of selected pathophysiological processes in patients across the lifespan.

  1. 3. Teach persons from diverse populations  across the lifespan regarding selected pathophysiological processes, focusing on:
  • explaining how the risk factors relate to specific pathophysiological processes,
  • describing selected pathophysiological processes in appropriate terms,
  • explaining how the signs and symptoms relate to specific pathophysiological processes,
  • explaining which signs and symptoms to report to a health professional, and
  • explaining how developmental factors relate to pathophysiology, symptom experience, symptom reporting, and symptom management.

4. Communicate effectively with other health professionals regarding selected pathophysiological processes, focusing on:

  • using appropriate technical language,
  • clarifying technical details of pathophysiological processes, and
  • prioritizing and reporting pertinent information regarding a patient’s status.

Course Activities and Design

Required Readings



Discussion groups

Case studies

Clinical Stories, case review

Group activities & presentations

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Summary of literature search in professional database
Written assignments

Presentation/projects rubric

Multiple choice exams

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts & Issues:

Acid-base Imbalances

Endocrine Pathophysiology

Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

Renal and Bladder Pathophysiology

Neurological Pathophysiology

Neuropsychologic Pathophysiology

Immune and Autoimmune Disorders

Neoplasia Principles

Reproductive Pathophysiology

Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology