Dec 08, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 2000 - History and Theories of Professional Nursing Practice

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides an overview of nursing from a historical and professional development perspective. Emphasis is placed in understanding professional nursing practice in the context of its social contract with society. Standards of professional nursing practice, standards of professional performance, ethics, and the concepts of nursing, person, environment and health are examined. Students explore world events with a focus on American history and the advances in American nursing. Students analyze nursing conceptual frameworks and theories and discuss past and current trends and issues in nursing practice. Students are introduced to the nursing process and Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns as guiding frameworks integrated across the nursing curriculum.  (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify the basic components of theory and the hierarchy of nursing knowledge (Level 2, Evidence based practice)
  • Discuss the meaning of the nursing metaparadigm (nursing, person, environment and health) in relationship to selected conceptual frameworks and nursing theories (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Communicate verbally and in writing thoughts and ideas regarding the history and theories of nursing (Level 2, Communication)
  • Critically reflect on one’s personal definition of the concepts of nursing, person, environment, and health (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for learning (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Explore the role of the nurse throughout history (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Describe professional nursing practice in the context of the Standards of Professional Nursing Practice and Nursing’s Social Policy Statement (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Explore the components of the nursing process (Level 2, Critical Thinking)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • MSOE School of Nursing Conceptual Framework
  • Philosophies and theories of Nursing
  • History of Nursing and health
  • American Nursing and U.S. healthcare system
  • Nursing metaparadigm
  • Nursing in the future
  • Nursing and policy: social policy statement
  • Standards of Nursing Practice and Standards of Professional Performance
  • Nursing and ethics
  • Gordon’s eleven Functional Health Patterns
  • Nursing process: assessment, diagnosis, outcomes, interventions, evaluation

Dr. Janet DeCoopman-Winters

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