Nursing 435

NURS 435:  RN Transition Course II

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, NURS 330, NURS 335; Registered Nurse students

Credit Hours: (3)

Focuses on application of the nursing process to provide in-depth nursing care for clients and their families. This course promotes the development of the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to promote, protect, and restore health across the lifespan.

Note(s): RN to BSN course.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this course are derived from the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework to facilitate the achievement of the program objectives.  Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course develop the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to promote, protect, and restore health across the lifespan. Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.

1. Application of the nursing process to case studies in childbearing, child health, and adult health
2. Critical thinking in clinical decision-making
3. Health promotion, protection, and restoration
4. Planning therapeutic nursing interventions to provide community based, holistic care for clients
5. Care management
6. Developmental theory
7. Ethical issues in clinical nursing practice
8. Issues and trends in clinical nursing practice
9. Effects of culture on health care of clients
10. Evidence-based research and practice
11. Recognition and intervention in known or suspected incidences of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children or elderly and incapacitated adults

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but not limited to:

Lecture, discussion, multimedia, analysis of case studies, student presentations, and written projects.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Utilize case studies to apply the nursing process to promote, protect, and restore the holistic health of clients across the lifespan.
2. Value collaboration with clients and other health care professionals to provide culturally sensitive, community based nursing care.
3. Demonstrate critical thinking regarding professional nursing practice and health care issues.
4. Integrate nursing research and theory into planning therapeutic nursing interventions.
5. Utilize effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication skills relevant to nursing practice.
6. Evidence commitment to personal and professional development.

Assessment Measures

May include but not limited to:

Exams; Quizzes
Project, Individual or Group
Care Plan
Oral Presentations
Class Participation
Laboratory Activities

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 80% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 80% (C”) has been attained through testing.

Final Grades are a combination of at least 80% (“C”) on both theory and clinical/lab components. Clinical/lab performance must be satisfactory to pass the course.

Other Course Information

Honor Code: By accepting admission to Radford University, a student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observation of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DR0). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540.831.6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.

Attendance: For attendance and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student hand book and Course Description.

Review and Approval

April 2006 Undergraduate Curriculum Marcella Griggs, Director
February 2011, Kim Carter, Director