Role & Scope

Course Code: NUR3805

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Spring 2021


Course Description:
This course provides a theoretical basis of professional nursing practice for RN to BSN students. It includes an exploration of issues and theories related to professional nursing practice to facilitate the transition from the registered nurses’ basic educational program to the baccalaureate level of practice. Students will be introduced to concepts for the delivery of care to clients and client systems within culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse communities.

Course Details


Gregory D. Riley, MSN, RN



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Blais, K. & Hayes, J.S. (2016). Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, (7th ed.), Boston: Pearson. ISBN: 0133801314 

VandenBos, G. R. (Ed). (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association,
ISBN: 9781433805615


Assignment/course outline:

Unit One:     Ethical Foundation of Professional Nursing

Unit Two:     The Nurse as Learner and Teacher

Unit Three:   The Nurse as Leader and Manager

Unit Four:     The Nurse as Research Consumer

Unit Five:      Communication

Unit Six:        Nursing in a Culturally Diverse World

Unit Seven:   Advanced Nursing Education and Practice


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.


ACEN Standards

Healthy People 2020


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Discuss the evolution of nursing as a profession.

Analyze the processes of professional socialization and re-socialization.

Explore professional nursing roles.

Examine the information fluency processes guiding professional nursing practice.

Discuss concepts of nursing practice, guidelines, protocols, and national prevention initiatives of current evidence-based nursing practice.

Examine the professional nursing practice role in the delivery of health care to individuals, groups, and communities.

Demonstrate critical thinking in describing the relationships among cultures.

Analyze the nature of collaborative approaches and multidisciplinary approaches to client care with selected health care systems.

Summarize the application of selected theories (teaching, learning, nursing and family) as they relate to the profession of nursing.

Participate in self-evaluation processes indicating progress toward professional role development.



N1, N5

N1, N2

N2, N4

N3, N6








Writing Assignments, Research Papers, Discussion Board for all learning outcomes


On-line lectures, on-line discussions, projects, selected readings, on-line documents, audio-visuals, portfolios, and/or computer lab.

Quizzes 15%

Threaded Discussions (7 threaded discussions) 30%

Policy PowerPoint (Proctored Assignment) 30%

Final Paper 25%

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