Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 300 - Professional Transitions for RN to BSN Students

Introduces RN students to the RN-BSN program at Saint Joseph’s College, and is designed to help students transition from their roles as practicing nurses to nurses pursuing higher degrees. Students draw upon their previous experiences as professional nurses. Examination of historical and theoretical developments of the profession in the context of contemporary practice are explored. The role of the professional nurse in influencing public policy is introduced. Students use professional nursing literature, both printed and electronic media resources, to identify evidence-based practice strategies and are encouraged to analyze their self-care strategies for a balanced life. Internet access required.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify personal and professional goals for furthering your nursing education. 
  • Analyze potential role conflicts and stressors that may become barriers to completing this course. 
  • Identify strategies for coping with these role conflicts and stressors as they arise. 
  • Locate and critically analyze articles from peer-reviewed nursing journals and credible health-related Web sites. 
  • Use reflection as a tool to evaluate your progress in meeting your educational goals. 
  • Examine the historical and theoretical development of the profession within the framework of the meta-paradigm for nursing (person, environment, health, and nursing), and in the context of contemporary practice. 
  • Develop a personal definition and philosophy of professional nursing within the context of the meta paradigm for nursing. 
  • Identify and apply a nursing theory or conceptual model that most closely matches your current professional nursing practice. 
  • Describe how the use of computers and advances in technology impact the cost and quality of health care and your practice. 
  • Describe how evidenced-based practice supports improved client care. Conduct a literature review to discover evidence-based practice standards to improve the health of your client population. 
  • Discuss how you would integrate health protection and health promotion into your plan of care for a group of clients from your practice area. 
  • Analyze your self-care strategies for a balanced life. 
  • Discuss the impact that the local community environment and the global community environment play in the health of clients. 
  • Describe the professional nurse’s role in influencing public policies that deal with global health. 
  • Describe resources available to the you to assist in providing culturally competent care. 


Credits: 3

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