Introduction to Professional Nursing
Department of Nursing
Taken in the first semester at Salve Regina, this course explores the development of the discipline of nursing and the expectations of the nurse of the future. Topics include nursing history, nursing theories and models of practice, the various settings of practice and the roles of the professional nurse, the social policy statement of the profession, the scope and standards of nursing practice, ethical and legal challenges encountered in practice, and the responsibility of the nurse to communicate appropriately and effectively while advocating for both the patients and the profession. Course sections are kept small and the instructor becomes the faculty adviser for each group of students as they move through the nursing program.