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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 103 - Professional Practice in Health and Illness
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NUR code or WNUR code or permission of instructor.

Catalog Description: Introduction to the concept of professional helping including problem management, communication, the teaching process, and critical decision making. Analysis of ecosystem influences and cultural variability in health, illness, and health care.

Course Goals & Outcomes

NUR 103 is designed to help students learn more about themselves as health care consumers and gain greater respect for the client's perspective in health care. Analysis of health care delivery, individual and cultural variation, and the professional caregiver roles within the context of the health care delivery system are explored. Students learn ways to communicate effectively with colleagues and patients.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of a baccalaureate-educated nurse.
  2. Differentiate between therapeutic and non-therapeutic communication.
  3. Recognize legal and ethical issues in professional nursing practice.
  4. Explain the significance of stress, socio-cultural background, and personal/family beliefs on client behavior and health care choices.
Course Syllabus

This course requires the student to be an active participant in learning. Pedagogical methods include lecture, discussion, audiovisuals, group exercises and activities. Each student is required to write a short academic paper for the purpose of learning APA style professional writing.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Anxiety, Stress, and Fear
  • Caring and Helping in a Multicultural World
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Personal Beliefs and Values
  • Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Legal Issues in Nursing
  • Health Wellness Illness
  • Teaching/Learning Principles
  • Health Care Delivery System
  • Writing a Professional Paper
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons to Take This Course

This is a required nursing course that lays the foundation for understanding the basic concepts of nursing. It enables students to enter the professional role with an empathetic attitude towards patients and their families. It also provides students with skills they can use to therapeutically communicate with others.

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