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Fall 2012

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NUR130 - NY PN to RN Transition Course
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: The NY PN to RN Transition course is designed to validate prior learning, and update/enhance the student's knowledge. This course facilitates transition from the role of Practical Nurse to that of a student preparing for the role of Registered Nurse. Nursing process is used as the framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Four contact hours (3 classroom, 1 laboratory). Prerequisites: Eligibility for licensure as a licensed practical nurse in a United States jurisdiction. For progression into the nursing program, applicants must hold current LPN registration in a United States jurisdiction and meet the specific admission requirements of the institution/program to which she/he is applying.

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 1 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):

Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

*1. Identify significant factors that will enhance and interfere with their personal transition from PN to RN.
*2. Define the Scope of Practice for the Registered Nurse.
3. Use therapeutic communication techniques.
4. Describe the RN responsibility in the interpretation of data acquired from assessments.
*5. Apply nursing process, critical thinking, and communication skills in developing nursing care plans, therapeutic communication, and teaching/learning plans.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:

I. Professional Behaviors
a. Scope of Practice
b. Role differences of PN and RN
c. Professional roles and responsibilities
d. Factors that enhance or interfere with role transition

II. Communication
a. Role of the nurse as communicator
b. The helping relationship and communication process
c. Therapeutic and non-therapeutic communication techniques

III. Assessment
a. Role of the nurse in assessment of patients
b. Assessment and the Nursing Process
c. Data collection

IV. Clinical Decision-Making
a. Data interpretation and analysis
b. Nursing diagnosis
c. Planning nursing care

V. Caring Interventions
a. Nursing care implementation
b. Empathy, diversity and sensitivity
c. Evaluation of nursing care

VI. Teaching-Learning
a. Principles of teaching and learning
b. Developing, implementing and evaluating a teaching plan

VII. Collaboration
a. Professional organizations and standards of care
b. Role of the nurse as a member of the health care team
c. Legal and ethical framework for nursing practice
d. Conflict resolution

VIII. Managing Care
a. Leadership vs. management
b. Delegation vs. assignment
c. Accountability




Effective Term: Fall 2012