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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 310
Course Title: Professional Nursing Practice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The focus of this course is development of the student nurse to the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a caregiver and leader/manager of patient care. Personal values, philosophy and goals are examined as part of the process of creating a professional portfolio. Content includes: historical nursing theory, leadership, ethical, legal and theoretical foundations of nursing, social justice and diversity, and current professional nursing issues and trends. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisites: Admission to Bachelor level nursing program; NURS 208 (day students).

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to Bachelor Level Nursing program; NURS 208

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Fall semester (BSN); 1st 8 weeks in Spring and Summer (ASN)

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Nursing Informatics: Scope and standards of practice
By American Nurses Assocation (Silver Spring)
Professional issues in nursing: Challenges and opportunities
By Huston, C.J. (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application
By Marquis, B.L. & Huston, C.J. (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Define nursing, profession, professional identity/responsibilities and nursing associations and the role they play in ensuring quality patient care.
  2. Analyze nursing theories and their impact on a nurse’s beliefs and values in education, research and practice.
  3. Summarize legal issues effecting nursing practice and the profession
  4. Assess ethical issues effecting nursing practice, politics, and policy
  5. Differentiate nursing education levels and the impact of level to the practice environment.
  6. Explain the health care delivery system in a changing environment including accountabilities, safety and quality, competence, research, continuing education and management.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Identify professional organizations that regulate and accredit healthcare and nursing practice.
  • Explain entry into practice concerns related to patient safety.
  • Assess evidence-based practice as a licensed registered professional nurse.
  • Differentiate nursing orientation models and strategies that socialize and mentor new nursing graduates.
  • Explain the implications of diversity in the workforce.
  • Describe strategies to recruit and retain novice and expert nurses in professional nursing practice.
  • Predict the implications of impaired nursing practice.
  • Explain how competence is measured through licensure, continuing education and certification.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Linda Claycomb Date: April 6, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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