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Theoretical Basis For Nursing Practice

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This course focuses on the conceptual and theoretical aspects of professional nursing practice within the unifying framework of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and its practical applications to practice. The taxonomies of Nursing Diagnosis, Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC), and Nursing Outcomes Classifications (NOC) are introduced. The course examines the application of theories to nursing practice.



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 Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Nursing Diagnosis, Outcomes, and Interventions

    • Relate NIC and NOC to appropriate Nursing Diagnoses.
    • Apply NIC to appropriate nursing interventions and NOC to appropriate nursing outcomes.
    • Explain the purpose and use of Nursing Diagnoses, Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC), and Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC).

    Use of Theory in Planning Patient Care

    • Explain the use of theory in developing critical thinking skills in planning patient care.
    • Describe how theory supports the role of the nurse as a change agent.
    • Define clinical judgment in nursing practice.

    Professional Theory-Based Nursing Practice

    • Describe how personal and ethical values influence professional practice.
    • Describe the relevance of standards of practice to professional nursing.
    • Identify the components of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring.
    • Differentiate between traditional science and human science as a context for caring.
    • Define human care and caring values in nursing.

    Nursing Process

    • Illustrate the components of theory and how they relate to the nursing process.
    • Compare the components of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring with the nursing process.
    • Identify the carative factors associated with nursing diagnoses in a case study situation.
    • Describe the transpersonal caring relationship and caring moment as it is applied within the structure of the nursing process.

    Collaborative Nursing Practice

    • Identify competencies necessary for collaborative care with the health care team.
    • Describe the impact of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations on collaborative practice.
    • Describe potential challenges to and opportunities for collaboration in nursing practice.
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