nsg320 | undergraduate

Professional Nursing Role

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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. Benner's theory of novice to expert and the role of the generalist will be explored.

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

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Professional Responsibility and Accountability

    • Relate the ANA Code of Nursing Ethics to common ethical issues faced by professional nurses.
    • Describe the fundamental legal aspects of professional liability, informed consent, and death-related issues.
    • Explain the purpose of the Nursing Practice Act.

    Concepts of Professional Practice and Nursing Roles

    • Explain the phases of the nursing process.
    • Describe the concept of critical thinking in nursing.
    • Define clinical judgment in nursing practice.
    • Describe common professional nursing roles.

    Nursing as a Profession

    • Differentiate between a profession and an occupation.
    • Identify historical events related to professional nursing practice.
    • List the attributes of nurses that promote professional practice.

    Theory as Foundation for Nursing Practice

    • Explain the relationship between nursing theory and professional nursing practice.
    • Describe the relationship between nursing research and evidence-based practice.
    • Explain the nurse’s role in research.

    Role Transition and Professional Development

    • Describe the processes of professional socialization and role development.
    • Compare the scope of professional registered nursing practice to that of practical/vocational nursing practice.
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