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Course Number:
NUR 243

Course Title:
Preparation for Entry into Practice

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Course Description

Presents concepts in nursing management and professional nursing issues. Includes a clinical preceptorship within a health care setting.

Intended Outcomes for the Course

  1. Use clinical decision-making, critical thinking skills and evidence based practice in the application of the nursing process for assigned patients.
  2. Communicate effectively and collaboratively with patients, families, their preceptor, and other members of the healthcare team.
  3. Assume responsibility for the “Manager of Care” role; overseeing the patient plan of care for an assigned patients.
  4. Compare and contrast aspects of healthcare systems and their impact on patient outcomes.
  5. Improve quality of care with evidence-based practices, within the scope of nursing.
  6. Use sound judgment and decision-making based upon professional values and established nursing standards of care.
  7. Show readiness for seeking employment as a registered nurse.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Lecture
  2. Skills practice lab with simulation
  3. Clinical practice preceptorship
  4. Clinical post-conference
  5. Reflective journaling
  6. Written Assignments
  7. Professional Issues Project

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class
  2. Formative and summative clinical performance evaluations by RN Preceptor and Instructor
  3. Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to clinical experiences and readiness for entry into the nursing profession.
  4. Oral presentation resulting from group research, analysis, and critical evaluation.
  5. Written journals designed to promote integration of clinical outcomes with personal reflection on clinical experience.
  6. Completion of drug dose math exam at 90% or above.
  7. ATI comprehensive student assessment program (Practice and proctored exams)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Understanding Health Care Delivery Systems: Healthcare economics; organizational theory & structure; Methods of nursing care delivery
  2. Managing Human Resources I: Power; Collective bargaining
  3. Managing Human resources II: Managing stress & conflict resolution; Communication styles with groups & individuals
  4. Understanding Health Care Delivery System
    • Styles of leadership & management; Motivation & performance appraisal.
  5. Knowing Your Practice
    • Delegation in the clinical setting; Legal implications of managing orders
  6. Improving Care Through Quality
    • Evidence based practice
    • Prioritizing patient care
  7. OSBN Licensure and new graduate process


(in selected situations)

  • Organize and prioritize multiple skills for complex patients with changing health care needs.