Nursing Concepts 1

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Course Description:
This course will provide registered nurses, who are returning to school to earn a Baccalaureate degree, an opportunity to advance professional practice concepts. As designed, the course engages the student intellectually in an ongoing professional dialogue and journey with peers, colleagues, and instructors that serves to broaden the student’s professional development and builds on pre-existing knowledge and experiences. The course curriculum is written for adult learners with the characteristics of self-direction, prior experience, applicability to practice, and motivation to meet the challenge and expand their knowledge base and to utilize advanced critical thinking skills.


Course Details


Annamarie Johnson

Julie Smith


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Kearney-Nunnery, Rose. (2020). Advancing Your Career Concepts of Professional Nursing, 7th ed. F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. ISBN:  9780803690141


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


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.

Professional Standards

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Describe professional nursing practice as a unique discipline.
  • Analyze nursing strengths and weaknesses in relation to the criteria for a profession and the ANA code of ethics.
  • Discuss strategies for success in the arduous process of returning to the student role.
  • Explain the evolution and theoretical basis of nursing practice. Include a National Patient Safety Goal important to your current line of work and how you can implement change as well as a Healthy People 2030 Initiative.
  • Define the critical components of professional nursing.
  • Examine effective management in organizational settings that are essential to professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize advanced critical thinking skills in the application of evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Discuss healthcare information management systems, health care technologies, and nursing informatics
  • Address issues debate in in both legislative and professional areas that have major implications for professional initiatives and client advocacy

 N1-N6 for all

Proj, DB, RPT for alll


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will assign and evaluate the mid-semester quiz based on the assigned readings. The instructor will assign and provide feedback to students on assignments: discussions, PowerPoint presentation, and a paper.


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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