Nursing as a Societal and Interpersonal Profession

Course Number: NURS 122
Credit(s): 3

This required course for all first year undergraduate students explores and introduces the scope of the nursing profession, with emphasis on the societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, critical thinking, and interpersonal relationships and communication. Students will begin to develop a model of self as a professional nurse, and will explore ways of knowing as a nurse. Communication and interpersonal relationships will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to the patient experience of illness. Students will also be introduced to group dynamics and will be expected to participate in group assignments. Possible career trajectories will be explored through interaction with faculty mentors. Students will have the opportunity to shadow nurses in the clinical setting as they begin to develop professional identity, understand models of professional behavior, and identify potential career trajectories.