Nursing Challenges, Issues and Trends
I. Course Prefix/Number: NUR 210
Course Name: Nursing Challenges, Issues and Trends
Credits: 2(2 lecture:0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
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
• 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
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
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Writing - Term Paper (Ethics)
Discussion - Class participation
IX. Instructional Materials
Selected by course faculty.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Mid term Examination 20%
Attendance & participation 10%
Panel evaluation 5%
Final Examination 25%
XI. Other Course Information
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.
One point will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late up to a total of 9 points.
C. Support Services:
Instructional Media Services
Enrollment Management - Enrollment/registration, evaluation &
Health Services - Health forms, physicals, medical tests
Bookstore - Textbooks
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.