Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Entry into Nursing Practice and Practicum (lecture 1)

 Title Abbreviation:   NURS ENTRY INTO PRAC LC1

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    294

 Credits:    1

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    1

 CIP:    513801

 EPC:    323

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Focuses on factors impacting entry into practice. Examine challenges faced in today�s workplace and how to prepare for them. Power, leadership, communication and collaboration are viewed as key factors in helping the nurse be effective in the healthcare environment. Analyzes the safety and well-being of the patient and the nurse. The concepts of context and environment, knowledge and science, personal and professional development, quality and safety, relationship centered care and teamwork are integrated throughout. (Section one of a two-part course.)


Prerequisite: PHIL 294 or PHIL 297 with a "B-" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 11

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the challenges of today�s workplace.
  2. Use personal and professional resources to prepare for nursing practice.
  3. Analyze safety concerns that impact the nurse�s and the patient�s well-being.
  4. Determine the effective use of power and leadership in promoting positive change regarding healthcare issues.
  5. Devise tool(s) to promote effective communication within a team based on research and evidence-based practice.
  6. Appraise current healthcare-related systems and organizations that impact nursing as a profession.
  7. Evaluate the relationship between prioritization of care and appropriate collaboration and delegation.
  8. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  9. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  10. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Professional Identity: Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care f
  11. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Think analytically, logically, creatively, and reflectively.

Course Contents

  1. The challenges of today�s workplace.
  2. Preparing for nursing practice.
  3. Safety concerns for nurses and patients.
  4. Power and leadership in nursing.
  5. Current healthcare-related systems and organizations.
  6. Effective communication within a healthcare team.
  7. The relationship of prioritization of care and appropriate collaboration.