Professional Nursing Practice

Topics: Nursing, Nursing theory, Nursing practice Pages: 7 (1599 words) Published: March 9, 2013
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Course Description

This course focuses on the professional role and discipline of nursing. Students will examine the image of nursing and develop strategies for improvement. Standards of professional practice will be discussed in relation to the profession, role, and value behavior.


Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. •Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

NUR/391 Policies

Students are required to achieve a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in this course. Students who fail to earn a minimum grade of “C” in this course will be scholastically disqualified from the university.

Course Materials

Blais, K. K. & Hayes, J. S. (2011). Professional nursing practice: Concepts and perspectives (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice-Hall.

Chitty, K. K. & Black, B. P. (2011). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: The Nursing Profession
Objectives1.1Explain how historical events and persons have contributed to the advancement of the nursing profession. 1.2Differentiate characteristics between a profession and an occupation. 1.3Complete the HIPAA tutorial.

ReadingsRead the Week One Read Me First.
Read Ch. 3 of Professional Nursing Practice.
Read Ch. 2, 3, 7, & 12 of Professional Nursing.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
ParticipationParticipate in class discussion is only counted in the main forum. The UOP class week begins on Tuesdays and ends on Mondays.2.5 Individual Discussion QuestionIdentify and describe one major historical event and person that you feel had a key effect on the development of nursing.

Graded Activities and PreparationBegin the Historical Figures of Nursing Presentation due in Week Two.

View the Historical Figures of Nursing Timeline multimedia presentation. •Submit your selection of two historical figures to the instructor for approval this week. Learning Team InstructionsReview the objectives from Week One and discuss additional insights and questions that may have arisen. Read the following items, available at

Learning Team Toolkit
Toolkit Essentials
Why Learning Teams?
Team Basics
Getting Started
Getting to Results
Project Planning
Decisions/Conflict Resolution
Team Learning

Create - the Learning Team Charter and post to your assigned learning team by the team leader on 12/3/12. Begin working on the Historical Timeline of Nursing Presentation due in Week Two. Individual

Personal Philosophy of Nursing
Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Personal Philosophy of Nursing Worksheet Complete the Personal Philosophy of Nursing Worksheet.
Submit your worksheet to the instructor. (You will need to provide a detailed description of your Personal Philosophy of Nursing Worksheet. Simple one word phrases or single sentences without details will not be accepted.)12/3/125 Individual

HIPAA Tutorial
Complete the HIPAA (1996) tutorial...
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