Sep 18, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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NURS 2720 - Transition to the Professional Nurse

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of the LPN and Paramedic as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum. Acceptance into the Nursing program is required and  licensure as a Practical Nurse in the State of Minnesota or equivalent licensure in any state in the U.S., or Certified as a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP), and/or State Certified as a Paramedic (may be in any state in the U.S. but must be to a level equivalent to National Registration). This course requires completion of NURS 2750  and BIOL 2032  with grades of C or higher or concurrently enrolled and General Education Electives - 8 credits.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2031  with a grade of C or higher, PSYC 1020 , PSYC 1041   and COMM 1031  or COMM 1041  or COMM 1051 
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Computer skills are essential.

Major Content
  1. Professional Development and Identity for Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
    1. Attributes and Roles of a Nurse
      1. Professionalism
      2. Clinical Decision-Making & Judgment
      3. Ethics
      4. Leadership
      5. Self-care
      6. Life-long learning
      7. Social Justice
    2. Care Competencies
      1. Holistic Nursing Process
      2. Therapeutic & Professional Communication
      3. Collaboration
      4. Quality & Safety
      5. Technology & Informatics
      6. Teaching & Learning
    3. Health Care Delivery
      1. Evidence-based Practice
      2. Health Care Infrastructure
  2. Physiologic Integrity for the Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
    1. Physiological Homeostasis & Regulation
      1. Fluid &Electrolyte Balance
      2. Acid-Base Balance
      3. Thermoregulation
      4. Cellular Regulation
      5. Intracranial Regulation
      6. Metabolism
      7. Elimination
      8. Sexuality & Reproduction
      9. Oxygenation
      10. Perfusion
    2. Protection and Movement
      1. Immunity
      2. Inflammation
      3. Infection
      4. Tissue Integrity
      5. Sensory Perception
      6. Comfort
      7. Mobility
      8. Rest
  3. Psychosocial Integrity for Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
    1. Psychosocial Homeostasis & Regulation
      1. Family Dynamics
      2. Spirituality
      3. Motivation
      4. Adherence
  4. Lifespan Growth and Development for Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
    1. Determinants of Health
      1. Functional Ability
      2. Genetics
      3. Environment
      4. Culture
      5. Individual Behaviors
      6. Social & Economic Factors

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply credible, evidence-based sources of information to guide safe, preventative care.
  2. apply theories and concepts of social and cultural factors to provide prevention-based nursing care.
  3. demonstrates transition to the role of the professional nurse within organizational systems.
  4. describe how health promotion initiatives are organized and financed.
  5. identify risk and or determinants of health while conducting a health history and wellness assessment.
  6. reflect on personal and professional actions based on a set of shared core nursing values.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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