Theoretical Foundations Of Professional Nursing –


(3 credits)

This course is designed to focus entering baccalaureate students on the behaviors, attitudes, and values necessary for theory-based professional nursing practice. Concept essential to professional nursing are presented within unifying framework of Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing. The action of nursing is operationalized within the roles of caregiver, teacher, and manager of care. An overview of classifications systems (Nursing Interventions Classifications and Nursing Outcomes Classifications) is introduced. The role of the nurse as a change agent in facilitating behavioral changes in individuals is reinforced.
This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Use of Orem's Theory in Planning Patient Care

  • Apply the "Orem Patient Care Plan -Nursing System Design" to the management of an actual patient.

Professional Theory-Based Nursing Process

  • Investigate the Standards of Practice for a chosen nursing specialty.
  • Differentiate the major nursing theorists and their key concepts.
  • Describe how personal values and the nursing process impact professional practice.

Nursing Systems

  • Define Nursing Systems in terms of the nursing roles of caregiver, manager of care, and teacher.

Nursing Interventions Classifications (NIC) and Nursing Outcomes Classifications (NOC)

  • Apply the Nursing Interventions Classifications (NIC) to appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Relate NIC/NOC to appropriate nursing diagnoses.
  • Identify the purpose and use of Nursing Interventions Classifications (NIC) and Nursing Outcomes Classifications (NOC).

Nursing Diagnosis

  • Identify how nursing diagnosis is written in problem-etiology-symptom format (PES).

Nursing Agency (Nursing Roles)

  • Relate Nursing Systems and nursing roles to clinical examples.

Integrating Nursing Process and Orem's Self-Care Theory in Nursing Practice

  • Apply HIPAA regulations.
  • Differentiate among universal, developmental, and health deviation self-care requisites.
  • Define therapeutic self-care demand.
  • Identify the components of Orem's Self-Care Theory.

Collaborative Practice

  • Identify competencies necessary for collaborative care, the different care, the different groups with which nurses collaborate, and the activities that support nursing's collaboration with each.

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