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
- Explain the development of nursing as a profession.
- Discuss the major educational avenues to becoming a Registered Nurse.
- Identify roles and functions of the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary health team.
- Identify the legal, ethical, bio-ethical, legislative and political concerns of the nurse.
- Identify the relationship of nursing to society and the impact of society on the practice of nursing.
- Recognize the impact of cultural diversity on current nursing practice.
- 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
- The Profession of Nursing - Nursing Theories
- Historical Perspectives in Nursing
- Nursing Education
- The Registered Nurse - Concerns for the Current Year
- Nursing Organizations and Literature
- Nursing and the Law
- Ethics and Nursing
- Nurse Licensure
- Employment and the ADN graduate
- The Health System
- 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
Audio Visual aids
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%|
XI. Other Course Information
Attendance:Students are expected to attend all scheduled nursing classes.
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.
Support Services:Learning Center
Instructional Media Services
Enrollment Management - Enrollment/registration, evaluation & record-keeping
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.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.