This course provides an overview of nursing and is designed for the practical/vocational nurse to begin transitioning into professional nursing. Historical influences on professional nursing are explored. Critical thinking, clinical judgment, and professional values and responsibilities are examined in the context of the scope of practice for the professional nurse. The nursing process and concepts crucial to role transition are introduced, along with behaviors related to professional and academic accountability.
Identify historical events related to professional nursing practice
Nursing as a Profession
Identify the characteristics of a profession
Discuss the barriers to professionalism in nursing
List the attributes that promote professional nursing practice
Professional and Academic Accountability
Identify and apply behavior associated with professional and academic accountability
Demonstrate behavior consistent with the Nursing Code of Conduct and University of Phoenix Standards
Overview of Professional Nursing Practice
Describe the five phases of the nursing process
Concepts of Critical Thinking in Nursing
Describe the concept of critical thinking in nursing
Define clinical judgment in nursing practice
Examine the process of professional socialization and role development
Relate the concepts of autonomy, accountability, delegation, collaboration, leadership, and management of care to the role of the professional nurse
Compare and contrast the scope of practice of professional registered nursing with practical/vocational nursing
The Professional Nurse
Analyze the current status of nursing as a profession
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