DISCLAIMER: This syllabus represents the college and state-approved curriculum for this course. For each individual course section, a faculty member may provide a syllabus that contains additional information and any approved exceptions to the information provided below.
This is an introduction to selected concepts related to the role of the professional nurse as provider of care, coordinator of care and member of profession. Includes review of trends and issues impacting nursing and health care today and in the future. Content includes knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Introduction to selected medical-surgical topics is included. Prerequisite: Department chair approval. (2:2-1)
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F
A Analyze self-practice in relation to the role of the professional nurse.
B. Use critical thinking and a systematic problem solving process for providing comprehensive care.
C. Examine factors impacting nursing and healthcare.
D. Analyze behaviors and attitudes of the nurse that facilitate adaptation to a changing environment.
E. Develop self-awareness. (Examples include learning styles, personal assessment, interest inventories, goal setting, emotional intelligence, cultural diversity, and life-long learning to promote self-efficacy.)
F. Develop awareness of campus resources. (Examples include college publications and documents, college technology resources, and campus services).
G. Explore career options and choices. (Examples include the investigation of various methods and implementation of education and career plans).
H. Develop organizational and study skills. (Examples include study time and money management, listening, note and test taking, textbook survey, critical thinking and problem solving, establishing personal and academic priorities, and memory retention.)
I. Develop the ability to conduct research. (Examples include use of technology research methodologies and information literacy.)
J. Develop self-responsibility. (Examples include health and physical wellness, locus of control, stress management, interdependence, decision making and judgment, and boundaries).
K. Member of the Profession:
1) Function within the nurse's legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting.
2) Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families.
3) Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing.
4) Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning.
L. Provider of Patient-Centered Care:
1) Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the diploma or associate degree nursing program of study and evidence-based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making in nursing practice.
2) Determine the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the associate degree nursing program of study.
3) Analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/ outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.
4) Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services.
5) Implement the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
6) Evaluate and report patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice, and plan follow-up nursing care.
7) Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
8) Coordinate human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families.
M. Patient Safety Advocate:
Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards.
1) Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
2) Formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks.
3) Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices.
4) Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act.
5) Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy.
O. Member of the Health Care Team:
1) Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care.
2) Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to health care for patients and their families.
3) Refer patients and their families to resources that facilitate continuity of care; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration; and ensure confidentiality.
4) Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients and their families.
5) Communicate and manage information using technology to support decision making to improve patient care.
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