317 Concepts of Professional Nursing for the RN – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses, licensed as an RN, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course provides an overview of the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education and introduces the student to the philosophy and organizing framework of the College. The RN student, with unique life and work experiences, is guided to conceptualize changes in professional nursing roles. Topics discussed include caring interaction in nursing, nursing process, health promotion and maintenance, health care delivery systems, nursing theory, adult learning theories, and issues in contemporary nursing. The course provides a forum for discussion of changing perceptions and dimensions of professional nursing. The course assists the student in developing a conceptual framework for baccalaureate nursing.