NUR 311 Socialization to Professional Nursing

Build your foundation for a career as a baccalaureate-prepared professional Nurse.

Online | 8 weeks | 3 Credit Hours

In this course, you'll review core competencies in the nursing profession from the Institute of Medicine. More specifically, you'll examine the roles within a health care team, with emphasis on the importance of patient-centered care, inter-professional collaboration and teamwork, and evidence-based practice.

A key responsibility of a nurse is to communicate well. Through a variety of writing-intensive assignments, you'll improve your written, verbal and non-verbal communication methods, and develop your scholarly writing skills. You'll also learn how to apply concepts of patient-centered care to professional practice.

Beyond examining team dynamics and evidence-based practice, you'll be introduced to informatics, and analyze how technology is used to prevent errors and improve care.

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Sample Topics

  • Development of the Profession
  • Success in Nursing Education
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Professional Nursing Education and Regulations
  • Art and Science of Nursing
  • Patient-Centered Care and Safety
  • Nursing Research
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Professional Nursing: The Present and Future

Topics are subject to change.

Sample Assignment

This designated writing-intensive course features a "Writer's Workshop," four written assignments that are assessed to help you strengthen your writing skills and reinforce APA formatting to structure, cite, and reference sources.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Comprehend current professional, sociopolitical, ethical, and legal factors impacting the nursing profession.
  2. Assess the impact of evidence-based practice on professional nursing practice.
  3. Compare and contrast factors influencing the effectiveness of interprofessional teamwork in health care.
  4. Recognize conditions that contribute to a culture of safety and caring in professional nursing practice.
  5. Evaluate the impact of informatics on nursing.

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