Nursing Challenges, Issues and Trends

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 210

       Course Name: Nursing Challenges, Issues and Trends

       Credits: 2(2 lecture:0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Successful completion of the first year nursing courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores nursing as a profession. Content includes historical perspectives, nursing education, current nursing practice, the relationship of nursing to society and the impact of society on the practice of nursing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to:

    1.    Explain the development of nursing as a profession.
    2.    Discuss the major educational avenues to becoming a Registered Nurse.
    3.    Identify roles and functions of the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary health team.
    4.    Identify the legal, ethical, bio-ethical, legislative and political concerns of the nurse.
    5.    Identify the relationship of nursing to society and the impact of society on the practice of nursing.
    6.    Recognize the impact of cultural diversity on current nursing practice.
    7.     Be prepared to begin planning your career as a Registered Nurse.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

I.    Introduction

II.    The Profession of Nursing - Nursing Theories

III.    Historical Perspectives in Nursing

IV.    Nursing Education

V.    The Registered Nurse - Concerns for the Current Year

VI.    Nursing Organizations and Literature

VII.    Nursing and the Law

VIII.    Ethics and Nursing

IX.    Nurse Licensure

X.    Employment and the ADN graduate

XI.    The Health System

XII.    Guest Speakers - Panel discussions
Problems related to Homelessness, the Impaired Nurse, Cultural Diversity, Hospice Care,
and/or other current social problems affecting nursing practice.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Guest Speakers

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading - Assigned Reading
Writing - Term Paper (Ethics)
Discussion - Class participation

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Term paper                20%
Mid term Examination        20%
Resume                10%
Letter                    10%
Attendance & participation        10%
Panel evaluation             5%
Final Examination            25%

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled nursing classes.

B.    Class policy on:

Make-up of exams: 
Periodic pre-scheduled examinations are given throughout the semester.  Anyone missing
the exam may be allowed to make up the examination in the testing center at the discretion
of the instructor.

Incomplete grades:  See College Catalog.

Late assignments:
One point will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late up to a total of 9 points.

C.    Support Services:
        Learning Center
        Instructional Media Services
        Enrollment Management - Enrollment/registration, evaluation &
        Health Services - Health forms, physicals, medical tests
        Bookstore - Textbooks
        College Advancement

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at