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NURS 2445 - Transition to Professional Nursing

Credit Hours: 1.50


Prerequisites: Admission into the Nursing Program; NURS 2356 ; HUMN 1700  or PHIL 2100 ; and NURS 2375  all with grade C or better, or grade Pass (if the course is a Pass/Fail course)

Corequisites: NURS 2455  and NURS 2465  

(replaces but does not equate to NURS 2810)

This theory course focuses on the associate’s degree nurse within the nursing profession. It emphasizes the role of the nurse in response to community healthcare needs and the usage of evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives to develop critical thinking skills in caring for groups of patients and their families.

Billable Contact Hours: 1.5

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Nursing Program Outcome 1: Students will  analyze and apply the critical components of evidence‐based nursing practice.

Course Outcome 1: Students will  analyze and apply the critical components of evidence‐based nursing practice.

Course Objectives:

  1. The student will analyze and apply the critical components of evidence‐based nursing practice for personal and professional growth.
  2. The student will analyze and apply the critical components of evidence‐based nursing practice to manage the healthcare environment.

Nursing Program Outcome 2: Students will recognize quality improvement strategies as an integral component of nursing practice.

Course Outcome 2:

Course Objectives:

  1. The student will recognize quality improvement strategies as an integral component of nursing practice to manage the healthcare environment.
  2. The student will recognize the quality improvement process as an integral component to change nursing practice.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
  • 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
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
  1. Role Transition and Issues Related to the Graduate Nurse
    1. Concept of transition
    2. Types of transition
    3. Strategies used to ease transition from student to professional nurse 
    4. Goal setting: short and long term
  2. Employment Considerations and the NCLEX-RN Exam
    1. Employment process
    2. Development of a resume
    3. Interviewing skills
    4. Preparation process for NCLEX exam
    5. Computer adaptive testing and NCLEX test plan
    6. Application for RN licensure and Application to take NCLEX-RN exam
  3. Professional Identify and Image of Nursing
    1. Characteristics of a profession
    2. Stereotypes held by public about nursing
    3. Role of media in creating stereotypes
    4. Strategies to improve professional image
  4. Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
    1. Factors leading to conflict
    2. Types of conflict
    3. Conflict resolution techniques
    4. Preferred conflict management style
    5. Positive communication techniques to use in cognitive rehearsal
  5. Delegation in the Clinical Setting
    1. National Guidelines for Nursing Delegation
    2. Factors influencing delegation in nursing practice
    3. Five rights of delegation
    4. Use of SBAR communication 
    5. Guidelines for delegation of care
  6. Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing
    1. Ethical principles relevant in nursing practice
    2. ANA Code of Ethics
    3. Steps involved in ethical decision-making process
    4. Dilemmas encountered in clinical practice
  7. Evidence-based Practice and Safety
    1. Definition of evidence-based practice
    2. QSEN competencies for nurses
    3. Focus on medication errors and medication safety
    4. Patient advocacy
  8. Workplace/Workforce Issues Facing Graduate Nurses  
    1. Issues affecting nursing practice
    2. Strategies to deal with workplace issues 
      1. Impaired practice
      2. Sexual harassment
      3. Unsafe staffing ratios
      4. Environmental hazards
      5. Workplace violence
      6. Caring for LBGTQI clients
      7. Aging workforce

Primary Faculty
Knesek, Andrea
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Dean
Mirijanian, Narine



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



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