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General Course Information for NSG440: Issues in Professional Nursing

Course: NSG440 - Issues in Professional Nursing
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Course Prerequisite(s):

Recommended Preparation

Course Description: (Prerequisites: completion of all other required nursing courses) A capstone course that explores the historical roots and current catalysts of complex issues of nursing education, practice and scholarship. Also analyzes multiple interpretations of selected issues and strategies for resolving issues.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Trace the historical development of the role of the professional nurse.
  • Summarize historical patterns of education for nurses and predict patterns of education for the future.
  • Compare and contrast patterns of nursing employment and the development of autonomous roles of the professional nurse.
  • Trace the development of professional associations for nurses and describe patterns of nurse mentorship. Discuss the concept of empowerment of
  • Discuss the concept of empowerment of nurses and social mandates for nursing.
  • Describe the development of nursing scholarship and articulate the relationship among theory, research, and practice.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and synthesize current findings from nursing research and research in related fields.
  • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Assume professional, ethical, and legal behavior upholding the standards of entry into the profession.
  • Demonstrate competency and leadership in organizing care for a caseload of clients.
  • Demonstrate competency by meeting standards of care in providing nursing care to a diverse set of clients in a multicultural community.
  • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
  • Develop a critical stance on professional issues related to nursing practice, education, and knowledge development by analyzing the historical and contemporary environments in nursing.
  • Develop caring, therapeutic nursing relationships with individuals, families and groups
  • Develop caring, therapeutic nursing relationships with individuals, families and groups.
  • Develop caring, therapeutic nursing relationships with individuals, families, groups and populations.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Effectively communicate with both patients/families and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Evaluate current findings from relevant research for utilization in practice.
  • Formulate accurate nursing diagnoses based on multiple sources of collected data.
  • Manage multiple patients in a variety of settings by prioritizing and appropriately using/incorporating available resources.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies with patient-related identified nursing diagnoses.
  • Practice professional nursing using theory and knowledge as a basis for practice.
  • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  • Use computer technologies to augment productivity and to gain access to multiple informational resource services.
  • Use nursing judgment to manage, prioritize, and delegate patient care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Work with families across the lifespan to identify learning needs and implement teaching strategies to achieve mutually defined healthcare goals.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures