This course is designed to assist the student to recognize both personal and professional challenges that arise in the process of transitioning from the role of the practical nurse to that of the registered nurse. Additionally, issues and trends important to contemporary nursing are evaluated and analyzed. Theories regarding the transition process, role development, and the process of change are applied to personal adaptation, professional issues, and role differentiation in terms of responsibilities and scope of practice for the LPN and ADN. Current issues are examined through assigned reading, written submissions, and lively discussions. The student will ultimately develop an individual philosophy of differentiated nursing practice.
2 hours of lecture per week