NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Aug 13, 2022  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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NURS 1980 - Practical Nursing Role Transition

This course is designed to facilitate the transition of the nursing student to a practical nursing role. This course is optional for students who seek to earn a practical nursing certificate.  Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.  This course utilizes the following nursing core components: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care in applying theory to practice in the role of the practical nurse.

NOTE: Course inactivated effective Fall 2018.  Practical Nursing Certificate was updated to remove the NURS 1980 Practical Nursing Role Transition requirement.

Credits: 2

Instructional Method Lecture/Lab

Acceptance into the nursing program

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of NURS 1980-Practical Nursing Role Transition, the student will:

  1. Use established policies in structured healthcare systems.
  2. Use mutually respectful communication and collaboration, within inter-professional teams in providing patient care.
  3. Apply the nursing process in providing care.
  4. Use caring behaviors to provide safe, effective, and culturally appropriate care to patients across the lifespan.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the development of therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
  6. Apply the practical nursing scope of practice when providing care to patients.
  7. Employ the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to promote optimal patient outcomes.
  8. Explore the role of the practical nurse in emergency preparedness.

Program Outcomes
Practical Nursing

PO#1 Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities to make safe clinical decisions.

PO#2 Provide care in compliance with the practical nursing scope of practice.

PO#3 Practice nursing according to established professional and ethical standards for the practical nurse.

PO#4 Communicate effectively with patients, families and team members to create a patient-centered environment.


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