DIVISION:  Arts & Sciences                                                                      Date:  January 2014


COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:  NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing  

Credit Hours:  2         Hours/Wk Lecture:   2                Hours/Wk Lab:              Lec/Lab Comb:        

I.        CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Explores the role of the professional nurse.  Emphasizes nursing organizations, legal and ethical implications, and addresses trends in management and organizational skills.  Explores group dynamics, relationships, conflicts, and leadership styles.   Lecture credits:   2    There are no clinical hours with NUR-254, but team leading will take place during your co-requisite class, NUR 208.

II.       RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:   This course is designed to teach Nursing students to lead and manage.  This course will examine self-motivation and confidence in relation to power, authority influence, decision-making, conflict and change that professional nurses must follow.

III.      REQUIRED BACKGROUND:  Each student must have successfully completed the third semester of the Registered Nursing curriculum.  The expectation is progressive academic and clinical growth. 


1.                  Introduction to Leadership and Management

2.                  Political, Professional and Organizational Involvement

3.                  Workforce Issues

4.                  Preparing for Workplace Participation


           The student will be able to:

1.            Describe the philosophy of the DCC Nursing Program, demonstrate an understanding of the organizing framework, and accurately verbalize policies stated in the handbook.

2.            Utilize the nursing process as a decision making tool.

3.            Analyze leadership responsibilities as they apply to the nurse/client relationship.

4.            Discuss client classification and acuity levels as they apply to safety issues for a group of clients with complex chronic disorders.

5.            Discuss the concept of reality shock as it applies to the new graduate.

6.            Analyze the self-care needs of a group of clients with complex chronic disorders based on acuity levels.

7.            Analyze cultural needs of selected clients while functioning as a team leader

8.            In the role as team leader include assessment of teaching/learning needs of clients and staff.

9.            In the role as team leader of peers that simulates the charge nurse role, make assignments, analyze, and evaluate the basic lifespan variations as they apply to a group of clients with complex chronic disorders.

10.         Apply a collaborative approach when problem solving and delegating as a team leader for peers.

11.         Identify the importance of maintaining competencies in professional practice.   Define, change and maintain continued competencies in professional practice.

12.         Communicate in written form with state legislators regarding pending health care issues.

13.         Write an abstract of a trends or management journal article.

14.         Demonstrate competence in the use of PowerPoint during a presentation of a professional journal article relevant to the course content.

15.         Participate in discussions of legal and ethical issues related to health care.

16.         Exhibit ethical behavior in all professional activities.

17.         Utilize computer skills learned in ITE course when completing  a resume and cover letter

18.         Utilize blackboard for submission of written assignments.


Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, case studies, NCLEX computerized programs or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to progress.

All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.

All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.

VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

 DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning