Foundations of Professional Nursing.
Two semester hours, theory only. (SP)
This course provides the student with an organizing framework for defining professional nursing practice as a learned and complex therapeutic process through which the nurse engages individuals, patients, families, populations and communities for the purpose of meeting health needs. Nursing philosophies are examined, with special emphasis given to the influence of cultural and societal trends. Processes deemed essential to professional nursing are emphasized, including technology, clinical decision making, nursing process, evidence-based practice, patient safety, therapeutic communication and teaching-learning. Emerging nursing roles are examined within a historical and cultural context. The student is encouraged to consider a broad scope of roles in establishing a professional nurse identity with special attention to health promotion, societal trends, service to community and ethical/legal considerations. Prerequisite: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; a minimum science GPA of 2.75; and completion of the nursing entrance exam.
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