Introduction to Registered Nursing for the Licensed Practical Nurse
I. Course Prefix/Number: NUR 153
Course Name: Introduction to Registered Nursing for the Licensed Practical Nurse
Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Through discussion, analyze the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Oakton
Community College Associate Degree Nursing Degree Program.
2. Compare and contrast differences in the role responsibilities of the licensed practical
and registered nurse.
3. Utilize available technology and resources to assist with the transition from practical
nurse to registered nursing student.
4. Describe the relationship between critical thinking and the nursing process.
5. Apply the nursing process to selected case studies.
6. Discuss selected legal issues that could affect nursing activities.
7. Utilize the nursing process to formulate a client teaching plan.
8. Identify communication strategies that enhance effective communications.
9. Discuss nursing actions that support the American Nurses Associated Code of Ethics.
10. Demonstrate ability to complete selected nursing assessments and skills.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. OCC ADN Program Philosophy and Conceptual Framework
B. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
C. Erickson's Stages of Development
II. Role of the Registered Nurse
A. Difference between LPN & RN
B. Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act, State of Illinois
C. ANA Standards of Practice
D. Cultural Diversity
III. The Nursing Process
A. Critical Thinking
B. Care Planning, Care Mapping
C. Collaborative Team Approach
IV. Selected Nursing Skills of Registered Nurse
A. Physical Assessment
B. Review of Other Skills
C. Review of Dosage Calculations
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
2. Writing: Care plans and reports as assigned
3. Study guides
4. Lab practices: independent practice/return demonstration
5. Computer-assisted instruction
IX. Instructional Materials
Selected by course faculty.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Teaching Plan: 8%
Patient Care Plan: 10%
Care Mapping: 8%
Written assignments related to readings:
Assignment 1: 10%
Assignment 2: 10%
NOTE: Students must achieve a grade of C or better to pass NUR 153.
XI. Other Course Information
2. Make-up of exam: The scheduled final exam shall be given during the final week of class. Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor, to take the exam at a later date.
3. Incomplete grades: See College Catalog.
4. Late Assignments: Written work is a requirement of the course. Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.
5. Support Services:
Instructional Media Services
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.