District Syllabus
Professional Roles And Dimensions Of Nursing

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
An introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the 
nursing profession.  The course includes an overview of selected 
nursing theorists and professional nursing practice in the changing 
health care delivery system.  Opportunities will be presented that 
provide for the development of further socialization into the 
professional role of nursing.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Zerweckh and Garneau. Nursing Today: Transition and Trends, 7 ed., Elsevier Saunders, 2012. ISBN: 9781437725674
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Computer access.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Major Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5:

1.  Integrate professional behavior. 
2.  Apply methods of research and scholarship.
3.  Apply legal, ethical and cultural sensitivity practices.
4.  Demonstrate methods of health maintenance and enhancement.
5.  Apply organizational strategies.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course the student will: 

1. Relate the professional heritage of nursing and its evolutionary 
influence on current nursing practice. 

2. Compare the defining characteristics of nursing to those of a 
profession and contrast those of an occupation. 

3. Examine the philosophical, theoretical and scientific bases for 
the practice of professional nursing. 

4. Describe the role of nursing and other health professions as 
parts of a system of care. 

5. Evaluate health care delivery systems as well as issues of health 
care reform, national patient safety resources, initiatives, and 

6. Discuss factors affecting nursing education, employment, and 

7. Envision the nursing profession of the future. 
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.