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NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role

Course Description

This baccalaureate nursing role is examined expanding on the foundations of associate-degree nursing education. The course emphasizes contemporary issues related to and including nursing history and theory, ethics, professional development, scholarship, research and evidence-based practice, intra- and inter-professional relations influencing teamwork and collaboration across health care delivery settings, population health, and healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments.

(3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • Admission to the Program or Permission of the Program Director
  • Submittal of the Nursing Handbook Agreement
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge to be able to:

  1. Examine significant events in nursing history that have influenced the profession’s evolution.
  2. Discuss the role of nursing theory in guiding practice within an organization.
  3. Compare the characteristics of research and evidence-based practice.
  4. Evaluate practices of the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse that support resilience in the face of a dynamic and constantly changing healthcare system.
  5. Analyze the importance of written and oral presentation skills.
  6. Discuss the importance of constructive intra-and interprofessional communications in safe, effective patient care.
  7. Evaluate the similarities and differences in nursing care of individuals, communities and populations.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

 

Required Textbooks

  • Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

    • American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. American Psychological Association. 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1433805615
      • Note: The APA manual will be used in multiple courses.
    • Black, B. Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges. 8th ed. Elsevier, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-0-323-43112-5

 

Course Activities and Grading

Week

Assignments

Points

Weight

 1

Introductory Video (ungraded)

0

N/A

 1

Nursing’s Journey Towards a Profession 

75

7.5%

 1

Discussion: Progression towards your BSN

25

2.5%

 2

Nurse of the Future

75

7.5%

 2Discussion: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors  25 2.5%
 3Personal Health  75 7.5%
3Discussion: Newspaper Article 252.5%
3Check-in252.5%
4Nursing Scope of Practice757.5%
4Discussion: Professional Boundaries 252.5%
 5Culture: When you don’t speak the patient’s language  75 7.5%
 5 Discussion: Social Media  25 2.5%
6Research Article Summary757.5%
6Discussion: Nursing Theory252.5%
 6 Check-In  25 2.5%
7Persuasive Letter757.5%
7Discussion: Acts of Advocacy252.5%
8The Future of Nursing Synthesis Essay22522.5%
8Rose, Bud, Thorn252.5%
 

Total

 1000

100%

 

Notes:

Late assignments will not be accepted unless advance arrangements have been made with the instructor. Contact the instructor to prevent a deduction of 5 percent each day the assignment is late.

Failure to submit an assignment after 8 days of the due date will result in a zero for that assignment.  The assignment must be completed, however, because it needs to be included in the final project.

  

 

Discussions

Each week students will prepare a well-written, edited reply to the week’s discussion prompt(s) utilizing 2-3 peer-reviewed references (no more than 5 years old), APA format.

Students will respond to at least 2 peer’s initial submission by Sunday offering additional resources or information or contribute questions for clarification. Responses are to be well-written, thoughtful, and helpful to your classmate to further develop their initial post.

 

The Future of Nursing is Me Synthesis Essay

The final assignment for this course is the Synthesis Essay. Synthesis is drawing together two or more sources to support your writing on the topic. Students will take each of the discussion prompts from Week 1-7, combining them with other peer-reviewed sources into an edited essay on the topic. Students are encouraged to review the feedback from the instructor and peers weekly and continue to develop their discussions for this final project as the course continues. Finally, students are to make a 3-5-minute recorded presentation to present the highlights (think elevator speech) of their paper.

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,4,5

Topics: Welcome to NUR 301 and the Journey to Achieve Your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Complete Introduction Video
  • Read assigned chapters
  •  Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Progression towards your BSN
  • Submit Written Assignment: Nursing’s Journey Towards a Profession

2

2,4

Topic: Applying the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies to the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse

  • Readings:
    • Mini lecture: The Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies, an overview
    • Review Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (course resource) 
  • Read assigned documents
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors
  • Submit Written Assignment: Nurse of the Future  

3

3,7

Topics: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapter 8
    • Mini lecture: Environmental Health
    • Research at least two workgroups of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)   
    • Join Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation-complete ANA’s Health Risk Appraisal

 

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Newspaper Article
  • Submit Written Assignment: Personal Health
  • Complete Check-in

4

6

Topics: Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapters 5, 6 & 7
    • Article: Survey of Nurse Employers on Professional and Practice Issues Affecting Nursing
  • Video:
    • Watch presentation: Beyond Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Why Boards Need Clarity in Rules Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Professional Boundaries
  • Submit Written Assignment: Nursing Scope of Practice  

5

6

Topics: Professional Communication and Collaboration

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapters 12 & 13
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Social Media
  • Submit Written Assignment: Culture: When you don’t speak the patient’s language

6

2,3

Topics: Critical Thinking and Developing Critical Thinking

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapters 9 &10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Nursing Theory
  • Submit Written Assignment: Research Article Summary
  • Complete Check-in

7

5,6

Topic: The Nurse as Advocate

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapter 15

    • Find your legislators
  • Videos:
    • Watch video profiles
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
    • Discussion Topic: Acts of Advocacy
  • Submit Written Assignment: Persuasive Letter

8

4,5

Topic: I am the Future of Nursing

  • Readings:
    • Black: Chapter 16
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Submit Written Assignment: The Future of Nursing Synthesis Essay
  • Submit Written Assignment: Complete Rose, Bud, Thorn
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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