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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HHSC 1040 - Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

Credit Hours: 1.50

Prerequisites: None

HHSC‑1040 provides introductory information related to the practice of nursing. It explores key concepts instrumental to nursing in relationship to nurses’ scope of practice and the use of technology in an ever‑changing, multicultural health care environment.

Billable Contact Hours: 1.5

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define and describe the professional practice of nursing.


  1. The student will define the nursing scope and practice historically and currently.
  2. The student will recognize legal and ethical issues in nursing practice.
  3. The student will list career opportunities in nursing.
  4. The student will recognize the importance of personal wellness in nursing.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the challenges faced by nurses in the current healthcare environment.


  1. The student will explain how cultural diversity impacts nursing.
  2. The student will recognize issues of safety including disaster and bioterrorism.
  3. The student will discuss how stress impacts nursing.
  4. The student will recognize the importance of collaboration with many disciplines.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to can use simple technology common to the nursing profession.


  1. The student will demonstrate basic math skills needed for nursing practice.
  2. The student will create a personal health care record.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Practice of Nursing
    1. Practice, roles, and responsibilities
    2. Definition of nursing
    3. History of nursing
    4. Standards and scope of practice
    5. Caring
    6. Legal/ethical issues
    7. Career opportunities/benefits
    8. Personal wellness
    9. Confidentiality
    10. Clinical calculations
    11. Teaching and learning principles
  2. Technology
    1. Electronic health records (EHR) / Personal health records (PHR)
    2. Electronic medical records (EMR)
  3. Healthcare Environment
    1. Cultural diversity
    2. Culture of safety
    3. Disaster and bioterrorism
    4. Collaboration
    5. Stress

Primary Faculty
Sawyer, Linda
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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