Essentials Of Professional Nursing Practice –


(3 credits)

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.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

History of Nursing

  • 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

Role Transition

  • 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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