Issues in Nursing (For Registered Nurses) OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Nursing Class by Umass

Published Feb 08, 2009

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As the first course in the undergraduate online Nursing program, 'Professional Issues in Nursing' covers a variety of professional practice and nursing leadership skills. The goal of this course is to prepare practicing registered nurses for successful completion of a university-level bachelor's degree program. This free OpenCourseWare is provided by the University of Massachusetts - Boston's (UMass) Nursing and Health Sciences Department.

Professional Issues in Nursing: Course Specifics

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Professional Issues in Nursing: Course Description

UMass's course, 'Professional Issues in Nursing,' provides an excellent foundation for registered nurses interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The course focuses on issues that affect Nursing practice, leadership and management. An introduction to study skills, such as online learning skills, time management and style manuals, prepares students for the often rigorous nursing programs ahead. After this introduction, discuss relevant Nursing topics ranging from the ANA Code of Ethics and legal issues faced by nurses to socio-political influences on health policy and how race, culture and ethnicity affect health care. Nursing students also explore management topics, including budgeting and fiscal planning, and leadership topics, like how to implement change and effectively delegate responsibility in a fast-paced healthcare environment. This course was initially developed for UMass Boston by Professor Kathleen R. Polley, R.N MO.

The OpenCourseWare includes readings, notes provided in PowerPoint format, assignments, videos and a list of additional readings. To view the course materials or to learn more, visit the professional issues in Nursing course web page.

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