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Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student in the transition from the role of student to that of graduate nurse enabling effective practice at entry level. It is also designed to assist the graduate nurse to anticipate the challenges of a rapidly changing work environment. Information will give the student nurse an overall view of the nursing profession. Included: dealing effectively with legal, ethical, political, and on-the-job issues as well as social and economic factors that impact the nursing profession. Topics involving the role of professional organizations and licensure requirements will be covered as well. Tools for developing leadership-management roles, delegating appropriately, and thinking critically and creatively will be presented. Plans to enhance the workplace communication, time management and self-care tactics are among other career advancement tools provided. Information related to effective resume writing interview tips, compilation of professional portfolio and employee benefits is also provided.


Course Details


 Prerequisites: NUR 2440C/L, NUR 2522C/L, Humanities Core

 Corequisites: NUR 2243C/L



Amy Sampson RN, MSN
Office Bldg Q 213


Required textbooks/ course materials:

ATI optimal package-contact Chipola Bookstore

No other textbooks/material purchase required.


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication within a variety of health care contexts.

N2. Provide patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to a diverse patient population.

N3. Demonstrate clinical judgement in the delivery of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

N4. Demonstrate use of information and technology for nursing care.

N5. Will demonstrate professional practice as defined by the State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice for the registered nurse.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals



Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify behaviors of becoming a professional nurse including differentiating between the roles of RN and LPN.

Differentiate between positive and negative communication styles.

Analyze specific Evidence based research to assess importance of incorporating these findings into nursing care.

Compose a Professional Portfolio, resume/CV.

Examine steps for preparing for NCLEX examination and formulate a goal-oriented plan for continuing studies to pass NCLEX.

Incorporate critical thinking to evaluate clinical judgment and professional decision making in providing care to a diverse patient population.              

Investigate sources in providing for continued nursing education credits (CEU) required for nursing licensure.

N1 - N5 for all

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check, Homework, Report/Presentation, Portfolio, Discussion Board


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Lead lecture and class discussion.
  • Invite guest speakers on occasion
  • Provide further appropriate supplementary materials that align with the material presented in ATI content covered in class.
  • Design ATI assignments to help students engage with the course material.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold virtual or office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.
  • Be available to students via office telephone, Canvas email, and appointments as necessary and according duty schedule.

 The students will:

  • Arrive to class on time and in proper dress code.
  • Ensure all clinical requirements (immunizations, certifications, etc.) are current and uploaded to Castle Branch.
  • Complete ATI assignments, research writing assignment and assessment testing according to course schedule.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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