Course Number and Title: NUR 190 Nursing Transition Course
This course provides theoretical and clinical knowledge to transition licensed practical or vocational nurses (LPN/LVN) and certified paramedics into the concept-based Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree program. Emphasis is placed on establishing core concepts, clinical competency with diverse populations, and professionalism in a variety of settings.
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- Use theoretical knowledge to develop plans of care that respond to changing patient needs. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 1)
- Exhibit clinical reasoning skills through the use of the nursing process in the provision of patient care. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
- Practice clinically competent nursing care using evidenced-based practice and principles of safety. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
- Recognize unique life experiences that influence the care of individuals and families. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2)
- Discover the impact of therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental communication techniques among members of the healthcare team in the promotion of healthy outcomes. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 3)
- Select effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to promote optimal patient centered outcomes. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3)
- Apply the management principles of organization, interdisciplinary collaboration, and delegation to provide nursing care for patients across the life span. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 4)
- Apply the professional standards of nursing practice within the healthcare setting. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Use theoretical knowledge to develop plans of care that respond to changing patient needs.
- Modify nursing care based on theoretical knowledge to respond to the changing needs of the patient.
- Use anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and growth and development concepts to develop an individualized plan of care.
- Prepare a plan of care that incorporates a patient’s behavioral and safety needs.
- Prepare a plan of care that incorporates a patient’s nutritional needs.
- Relate pharmacological principles when developing an individualized plan of care.
- Exhibit clinical reasoning skills through the use of the nursing process in the provision of patient care.
- Select nursing actions that address the identified needs of the patient through the use of the nursing process.
- Identify nursing actions that address the priority issues of the patient with a mental health disorder.
- Adopt a spirit of inquiry that contributes to the development of clinical reasoning skills.
- Interpret patient assessments to guide safe, individualized care.
- Practice clinically competent nursing care using evidenced-based practice and principles of safety.
- Apply ethical and legal standards to nursing practice.
- Employ appropriate information technology to support safe nursing care.
- Apply principles of safety during the practice of nursing.
- Identify factors that impact the safety of patients in the mental health setting.
- Relate evidenced-based practice to the provision of competent nursing care.
- Explain assessment data in relation to the provision of safe patient care.
- Demonstrate proficiency in performing clinical math calculations.
- Recognize unique life experiences that influence the care of individuals and families.
- Support interventions that maintain patient dignity and respect.
- Develop a plan of care that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of patients and families.
- Identify caring behaviors that support ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Discover the impact of therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental communication techniques among members of the healthcare team in the promotion of healthy outcomes.
- Use effective communication among healthcare team members to promote optimal patient outcomes.
- Identify the impact of therapeutic communication with the healthcare team on optimal patient outcomes.
- Select therapeutic communication techniques necessary for effective patient teaching.
- Use nonjudgmental, therapeutic communication techniques when providing care for a patient with a mental health disorder.
- Select effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to promote optimal patient centered outcomes.
- Relate examples of effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques.
- Identify therapeutic communication techniques used in interactions with patients and families.
- Use communication techniques that display cultural sensitivity.
- Apply the management principles of organization, interdisciplinary collaboration, and delegation to provide nursing care for patients across the life span.
- Initiate collaboration principles to assure optimal health outcomes.
- Select organizational strategies to respond to changing patient needs.
- Identify appropriate delegation principles.
- Apply the professional standards of nursing practice within the healthcare setting.
- Explain behaviors that adhere to professional standards of nursing practice.
- Use the standards of nursing practice when planning care.
- Distinguish the scope of practice for the professional nurse.
- Recognize legal and ethical accountability in nursing practice.
- Apply integrity by adhering to established policies, protocols, and procedures.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
5 Exams (Summative) (equally weighted)
Non-Proctored ATI exams (Formative)
Proctored ATI PN Comprehensive Predictor (Formative)
Final Exam (Summative)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Integrate sound nursing judgment, incorporating theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills, and informatics to provide clinically competent nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
- Integrate the diversity of the individual, family, and community to maintain caring relationships.
- Employ appropriate communication techniques while functioning as a member of the healthcare team.
- Manage care for a group of patients using organization, collaboration, and delegation.
- Integrate civic professionalism, ethical, and legal standards into nursing practice.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.