NURS4351 Theories and Issues in Professional Nursing & Health Care

Course Description

This course focuses on conceptual and theoretical foundations and key issues impacting professional nursing practice in the contemporary health care environment. The student is given an opportunity to expand his/her understanding of the history and development of holistic, patient-centered care, and analyze applicable theories from nursing and other disciplines that incorporate legal and ethical principles, cultural, social, and financial concepts, interprofessional collaboration, and information technologies. Ethical issues health care and confidentiality of patient information are examined. This course is web-enhanced.

Course Credits: 3

PrerequisitesCorequisites: NURS 4150

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Assess the basic components of conceptual frameworks, models and theories from nursing and related disciplines that underlie holistic nursing practice within the context of person, health, and environment.
  2. Examine the relationship among philosophy, theory, nursing practice, and research.
  3. Appraise historical and contemporary health care issues impacting development of professional nursing practice and health policy.
  4. Explore key cultural values and ethical and legal issues and associated standards that influence evidence and theory-based nursing practice and safe person-centered care.
  5. Evaluate financial, political, regulatory, and legislative issues impacting the emergence of interprofessional collaboration, education, and health care policy.
  6. Analyze the emerging role of health information technologies related to the professional nurse’s responsibilities for patient safety, ethics, confidentiality, and quality of care.
  7. Evaluate quality and applicability of various media resources and data relevant to nursing and health care issues.