NURS 260 Transition to Professional Nursing • 3 Cr.


This course explores the determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of healthcare. Students become familiarized with the social and psychological attributes contributing to individual, familial and community level functioning, and how it shapes health providers' perception and expression. Allows for application of concepts from previous courses in psychology and sociology to the direct care of clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: NURS 120, NURS 121, NURS 122, NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125, or permission of the Associate Dean of Nursing. Recommended: PSYC& 100 and PSYC& 200.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify health prevention, promotion, and education strategies as they relate to community health and case management
  • Identify the operational and legal issues related to unlicensed assistive personnel
  • Discuss and describe methods to promote a successful role transition and prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam 
  • Differentiate between management and leadership
  • Explain the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) to facilitate quality improvement in the clinical setting
  • Select appropriate nursing interventions to manage needs of critically ill patients
  • Examine the ethical and cultural issues related to end of life care