Fall 2010

NURS 3303-001 Concepts of Professional Nursing

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The first class day for Concepts of Professional Nursing is September 12, 2011.  This will be a face to face class in room 1.104.  Please go to Module One on Blackboard for class preperation instructions.


Dittmar,Victoria, MSN, RN, CNE, CHPN
E-mail: dittmar@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5796
Office Fax: (210) 567-1719
Cell Phone: (830) 446-1376
Office Room: NS 2.646
Office Hours: Monday 1200-1300 and Friday 1100-1300
Acute Nursing Care Department

Tuller,Martha, MSN, MBA, RN
E-mail: tuller@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5825
Office Fax: (210) 567-1719
Office Room: NS 2.624
Office Hours: Friday 1100-1300
Acute Nursing Care Department


This course addresses professional role development integrating concepts of multidimensional care and skills of inquiry and analysis to inform clinical decision making, professional judgment, and lifelong learning.


3 semester hours (3 hours theory)


Admission to the Traditional Undergraduate Program


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


  1. Describe factors that form nursing’s professional identity. (Essential I, VIII)
  2. Examine concepts necessary for culturally competent nursing care. (Essential I, VII)
  3. Discuss concepts of effective patient-nurse, interprofessional, and intraprofessional communication. (Essential II, V, VI)
  4. Understand the ethical and legal issues related to the practice of professional nursing. (Essential II, V, VIII)
  5. Identify the role of the nurse in information management. (Essential III, IV)
  6. Describe concepts of health promotion and risk reduction. (Essential VII)




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade Percentages:
20% - Midterm Exam 
20% - Final Exam 
20% - Professional Issue Paper 
40% - Blackboard Assignments (identified in the assignments link on Bb)

100% - Total

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%



  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Blackboard.
  7. Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams. 
  8. Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors.  If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers.  No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
  9. When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor.  Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location.  During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
  10. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams.  Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
  11. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
  12. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  13. Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.  


  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 75% on all graded activities.
  2. Students must make a "C" (75) or higher in all nursing courses to progress in the program.


The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series®, RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams, and the ATI Virtual "greenlight" program to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam. Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students will take the non-proctored (Practice A and B) tests individually, as often as they wish with a minimum of a 24 hour wait period between attempts. The student should engage in a minimum of one hour focused review on missed topics and/or identify three critical points to remember. Achievement of a 90% or higher individual score is required prior to taking the proctored test. Students may be required to show documentation by submitting a printed copy of the individual student transcript to the faculty prior to testing. Non-proctored tests are pass/fail.

To strengthen the review method, if students did not achieve a 90% or greater on the practice exam, students should understand the rationales for each distracter. It is recommended that students review 5-15 questions at a time with ample time given to review each of the rationales. When the student logs in again, the exam will continue from where the student had stopped previously.

Content Mastery Exams will comprise 15% of the total course grade. The following provides guidelines for inclusion of the CME in the course grade.

                   Content Mastery Examinations Requirements


 1st ATI Exam  (15% of Course Points)

2nd ATI Exam      (15% of Course Points)


100% of points  

85% of points


90% of points

80% of points    


*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

Less than Level 1

*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

*Level 1 and below: An individualized student success plan will be developed and implemented in conjunction with faculty to help student attain content mastery.

* Focused review consists of printing out the specific proctored “report” and using either the available ATI templates or a plain piece of paper to handwrite all of the missed items under “Topics to Review” and label each missed item with the topic descriptors. This handwritten remediation will be stapled with the student’s proctored “report”. 

The RN Comprehensive Predictor will be given in Nurs 4420 (traditional BSN program) or Nurs 4423 accelerated BSN program).


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.



Required Text/Reference: 

1.       Creasia, J.L., Parker B.J. (2007). Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (4th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN: 978-0-323-03659-7

3.       Texas Board of Nursing. (2008). Nursing Practice Act, Nursing Peer Review, Nursing Licensure Compact, & Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Austin, TX. Retrieved from the internet: http://www.bne.state.tx.us/nursinglaw/npacontents.html

4.       American Nurses Association. (2010). Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretations and Application. Washington, D.C.  ISBN: 978-1558102583

5.       American Nurses Association. (2010). Nursing’s Social Policy Statement (2nd ed.). Washington, DC. ISBN: 978-1558102149

6.       American Nurses Association. (2010). Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Washington, DC. ISBN: 978-1558102156



NURS 3303 Concepts of Professional Nursing

Content Outline:

1.       Module One Content Outline: Course Introduction; Professional Identity: History of Nursing, Professional Roles, Values, Development :

·         History of Nursing

·         Current Status of Nursing as a Profession

2.       Module Two Content Outline: Professional Identity: Political Activism, Life-long Learning, Holistic Caring, Strategies of Personal Self Care:

·         Nursing Education

·         Political Activism and Professional Organizations

·         Personal Self Care

·         Life-long Learning

·         Holistic Caring

3.       Module Three Content Outline: Cultural Competence: Humility, Cultural Influences on Health and Illness, Globalization and Health Disparities:

·         Cultural Influences on Health and Illness

·         Cultural Humility

·         Cultural Assessment

·         Culture and Life Transitions

·         Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations

4.       Module Four Content Outline: Cultural Competence: Spirituality:

·         Concepts of Spirituality

·         Religious and Spiritual Practices

·         Nursing Care for Spiritual Health

·         Self Spiritual Journey

5.       Module Five Content Outline: Communications: Inter and Intra Professional Collaboration, Organization Communication:

·         Communication and Nursing Practice

·         Levels of Communication

·         Elements of the Communication Process

·         Forms of Communication

·         Special Communication Needs

·         Therapeutic vs Non-therapeutic Communication Techniques

6.       Module Six Content Outline: Information Management: Information Systems and Documentation:

·         Confidentiality

·         Purposes of the Health Care Record

·         Documenting and Reporting

·         Methods of Recording

·         Team STEPPS - Change of Shift/Handoff Report

·         Nursing Informatics

7.       Module Seven Content Outline: Professional Identity: Research and Evidence-Based Practice:

·         Theoretical Foundations

·         Relationship of Nursing Research to Practice

·         Typology of Nursing Research

·         Phases and Steps of the Research Process

·         Evidenced-based Practice

·         Levels of Evidence

·         Application of Evidence in Practice

·         Scholarly Writing

8.       Module Eight Content Outline: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction: Health Care Delivery Systems; Levels of Prevention:

·         Types of Health Care Delivery Systems

·         Definitions and Models of Health

·         Variables Influencing Health Beliefs and Practices

·         Stages of Health Behavior Change

·         Levels of Prevention

9.       Module Nine Content Outline: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction: Process of Patient Education:

·         Practice Standards Relating to Client Education

·         Purposes of Client Education

·         Teaching and Learning Definitions

·         Domains of Learning

·         Learning Principles

·         Steps of the Teaching Process

10.   Module Ten Content Outline: Ethical and Legal Issues- Practice Regulations:

·         Legal Foundations

·         Torts

·         Informed Consent

·         Legal Implications of Nursing Practice

11.   Module Eleven Content Outline: Ethical and Legal Issues-Human Rights, Social Justice, and Safety Standards:

·         Introduction to Ethics

·         Values

·         Ethics and Professional Nursing Practice

·         Ethical Principles

·         Ethical Decision-making

·         Issues in Bioethics

12.   Module Twelve Content Outline: Professional Identity: Health Care Delivery Models, Case Management, Health Policy, Political Activism:

·         Nursing Care Delivery Models

·         Nursing Case Management

·         Quality Nursing Care Delivery

·         Factors Affecting Health Policy

·         Impact of Health Policies on Professional Nursing

13.   Module Thirteen Content Outline: Professional Identity: End of Life Care:

·         Terms Related to End of Life Care

·         Loss and Grief

·         Epidemiology of Death in the United States

·         The Dying Process

·         Nursing Implications and Interventions at the End of Life

·         Family Care



CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Date: Monday, September 12, Room 1.104, 0900-1150
Visit the Bb page for this course (3303 Concepts of Professional Nursing) and click on Module One, follow the instructions in the Pre-Class Activities Section

Note:  For full calendar and details, please refer to information posted in Blackboard.

Objectives for Module One:
  • Describe the historical development of professional nursing in the United States.

  • Evaluate the current status of nursing as a profession.
Required Readings for Module One:

Creasia & Parker: Ch. 1 – 4

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