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Preparation for Entry into Practice
Presents concepts in nursing management and professional nursing issues. Includes a clinical preceptorship within a health care setting.
Intended Outcomes for the Course
- Use clinical decision-making, critical thinking skills and evidence based practice in the application of the nursing process for assigned patients.
- Communicate effectively and collaboratively with patients, families, their preceptor, and other members of the healthcare team.
- Assume responsibility for the “Manager of Care” role; overseeing the patient plan of care for an assigned patients.
- Compare and contrast aspects of healthcare systems and their impact on patient outcomes.
- Improve quality of care with evidence-based practices, within the scope of nursing.
- Use sound judgment and decision-making based upon professional values and established nursing standards of care.
- Show readiness for seeking employment as a registered nurse.
Course Activities and Design
- Skills practice lab with simulation
- Clinical practice preceptorship
- Clinical post-conference
- Reflective journaling
- Written Assignments
- Professional Issues Project
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class
- Formative and summative clinical performance evaluations by RN Preceptor and Instructor
- Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to clinical experiences and readiness for entry into the nursing profession.
- Oral presentation resulting from group research, analysis, and critical evaluation.
- Written journals designed to promote integration of clinical outcomes with personal reflection on clinical experience.
- Completion of drug dose math exam at 90% or above.
- ATI comprehensive student assessment program (Practice and proctored exams)
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Understanding Health Care Delivery Systems: Healthcare economics; organizational theory & structure; Methods of nursing care delivery
- Managing Human Resources I: Power; Collective bargaining
- Managing Human resources II: Managing stress & conflict resolution; Communication styles with groups & individuals
- Understanding Health Care Delivery System
- Styles of leadership & management; Motivation & performance appraisal.
- Knowing Your Practice
- Delegation in the clinical setting; Legal implications of managing orders
- Improving Care Through Quality
- Evidence based practice
- Prioritizing patient care
- OSBN Licensure and new graduate process
(in selected situations)
- Organize and prioritize multiple skills for complex patients with changing health care needs.