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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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NU 2000 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides an overview of issues related to professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the historical evolution of the nursing metaparadigm. Topics include legal/ethical/theoretical issues in nursing, standards of professional practice, critical thinking, the nursing process, and appropriate use of APA style and format.  (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of caring, person, environment, health, and nursing as core concepts in professional nursing practice (Level 1, Nursing Care).
  • Discuss the five concepts of nursing (caring, person, environment, health, and nursing) and how they have been shaped by political, social, economic, and cultural factors (Level 1, Nursing Care).
  • Use strategies to develop critical thinking skills and clinical judgement (Level 1, Critical Thinking).
  • Develop effective writing skills to organize and convey ideas using appropriate APA style and format. (Level 1, Communication).
  • Accept personal responsibility and participate in own development toward the role of the professional nurse through acts of integrity, mutual respect, and actively seeking out opportunities to learn (Level 2, Professional Role).
  • Describe the concept of nursing as a social contract and how the American Nurses Association’s Standards and Scope of Professional Nursing Practice and other key documents are used to define, delineate, and guide nursing practice and ethics (Level 1, Professional Role).
  • Describe the role of the nurse as a member of the health care team and provider of care (Level 1, Professional Role).
  • Appreciate the complexities of the US health system and its impact on the nursing profession (Level 1, Professional Role).
  • Use available knowledge technology to communicate verbally and in writing. (Level 1, Technology).
  • Discuss how theories guide and communicate ideas, drive inquiry into nursing issues, and advance the body of nursing science (Level 1, Evidence-Based Practice).

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • APA formatting
  • Conceptual and philosophical foundations of Nursing
  • Developing Nursing judgment
  • Ethics
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Fields of Nursing
  • Historical and social context of Nursing
  • Nurses, patients, families, and caring
  • Nursing as a regulated practice
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing metaparadigm
  • Nursing in today’s environment
  • Nursing theories and theorists
  • Nursing’s challenge to continue to evolve
  • Nursing’s pathways to professionalism
  • U.S. health care
  • Socialization into practice
  • Test taking strategies and NCLEX

Dr. Jessica Barkimer

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