This course introduces students to essential characteristics of professional nursing practice in today’s health care system and the interconnected global community. Concepts to be explored include the history and theoretical basis of the nursing profession, the profession as part of a wider health care community and delivery system, professional communication, self-understanding and self-care as means to promote health and wellness of self and others. An introduction to the responsibility of self-directed, life-long learning and evidence based practice is included. An emphasis will be placed on the complexity and holism of culturally sensitive nursing care in relation to the diversity of patients.


Ch.1 – Welcome to Class
Ch.2 – Basic Human Needs
Ch.3 – Communication Skills
Ch.4 – Reaction To Stress
Ch.5 – Transcultural Factors
Ch.6 – Adult Patient Care Unit
Ch.7 – Principles of Patient Hygiene
Ch.8 – Techniques of Body Mechanics
Ch.9 – Positioning and Ambulating
Ch.10 – Motion Exercise


Relate levels of measurements and means of data collection with study design and analytic purposes
Describe underlying assumptions and foundations driving various quantitative and qualitative analyses.
Recognize paradigmatic approaches relative to research questions
Identify and apply methods appropriate to type of outcomes sought