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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 390 (US) Transition and the Professional Nursing Role (3) Transition to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice, emphasizing leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice.

NURS 390 Transition and the Professional Nursing Role (3)

NURS 390 is the first nursing course that the registered nurse (RN) student completes. The course's intent is to set the groundwork for transition of the RN to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. With the emphasis being on leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice, the RN has the foundation on which to build nursing expertise as nursing courses progress. The course prerequisite is a current and valid RN license. Teaching strategies include: lecture, discussion, audiovisuals, self-assessment, reflective analysis, critical thinking/problem solving, computer assignments and active/collaborative learning. Evaluation of the course is by grading of written assignments, presentations, and testing. The course is offered in fall, spring or summer semesters of the junior year with a projected enrollment of 10 - 15 students, and is a prerequisite to other nursing courses. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Explain the processes inherent in successful transition to the role of the baccalaureate repared nurse. 2. Analyze the influences that impact role development and nursing practice, especially self-regulation and accountability. 3. Appraise the health care environment as it relates to nursing roles and nursing practice. 4. Measure the impact of nursing theory and research on baccalaureate level nursing practice. 5. Evaluate the importance of nursing research to nursing practice and the legislative arena. 6. Critically analyze issues that influence nursing education and practice today and in the future.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2017 Future: Spring 2017

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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