Walsh University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
NURS 450PL/AC Professional Capstone 2 sem. hrs.
As a student who has diligently planned an academic career to complete the bachelor of science degree in nursing, the capstone course will highlight all the professional endeavors of the student's past and present academic and work achievements. A professional portfolio will be completed to include the above information, a summary of the issues that relate to current nursing practice, as well as the projection of long-term and short-term professional goals. In addition, the portfolio will house an updated, computer generated resume and philosophy of nursing. In the student's philosophy of nursing, he/she will construct his/her beliefs regarding the four major concepts of nurse, client, health, and environment and analyze how they interface with communication, critical thinking, accountability and responsibility, therapeutic nursing interventions and knowledge from sciences and liberal arts. Professional licensure procedure and preparation will be emphasized as the student receives the professional credentials of a registered nurse upon successful completion of the nursing program and the National Council of Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Professional memberships, certifications, and continuing education units are discussed and encouraged. Current ethical, legal and health care issues will be addressed that are pertinent to the practicing professional and will be summarized as the student formulates guidelines to deal with selected issues. Political action, community service and professional image will be promoted as activities that contribute to the professional growth of the nurse and the profession of nursing. Prerequisites: Taken the semester of graduation. . 450PL offered every spring semester, 450AC offered summer semester.
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