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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 to transition the licensed registered professional nurse to reflective nursing practice. Personal values, philosophy and goals are examined as part of the process of creating a professional portfolio. Content includes: historical, ethical, legal and theoretical
foundations of nursing, social justice and diversity, and professional nursing issues and trends. This course is writing intensive.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the RN to BSN program.

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 Objectives

• To define nursing, profession, professional identity/responsibilities and nursing associations and the role they play in ensuring quality patient care.
• To analyze nursing theories and their impact on a nurse's beliefs and values in education, research and practice.
• To summarize legal issues affecting nursing practice and the profession.
• To assess ethical issues affecting nursing practice, politics, and policy.
• To differentiate nursing education levels and the impact of level to the practice environment.
• To explain the health care delivery system in a changing environment including accountabilities, safety and quality, competence, research, continuing education and management.

Measurable Learning
  • 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.
Topical Outline:

• Professional nurse competence-licensure, continuing education and certification.
• Scope of professional nursing practice and standards of care.
• Nursing education and entry into practice concerns.
• Causes and solutions to the nursing shortage.
• Transition the graduate nurse to practice including socialization and mentoring.
• Training nurses with limited clinical opportunities or resources.
• Preparing nurses for diversity in the workforce.
• Cultural competence in patient populations.
• Implications of the nursing shortage-staffing, overtime and technology.
• Safety and quality and the role of the nurse in medical errors.
• Institute of Medicine recommendations regarding "The Future of Nursing" report.
• Outcome management to ensure quality.
• Contracts and collective bargaining in nursing.
• Furthering the profession through evidence-based practice.
• Professional image and responsibilities.
• Nursing policy and procedures related to evidence-based practice.
• Nursing's role in politics and the political process.
• Nursing's Professional Associations.
• Developing nurse leaders.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Linda Claycomb Date: November 1, 2013
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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