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

  1. Introduction
  2. The Profession of Nursing - Nursing Theories
  3. Historical Perspectives in Nursing
  4. Nursing Education
  5. The Registered Nurse - Concerns for the Current Year
  6. Nursing Organizations and Literature
  7. Nursing and the Law
  8. Ethics and Nursing
  9. Nurse Licensure
  10. Employment and the ADN graduate
  11. The Health System
  12. Guest Speakers - Panel discussions Problems related to Homelessness, the Impaired Nurse, Cultural Diversity, Hospice Care,
  13. and/or other current social problems affecting nursing practice.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Guest Speakers
Audio Visual aids

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

  1. Attendance:

    Students are expected to attend all scheduled nursing classes.
  2. 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.

  3. Support Services:

    Learning Center
    Instructional Media Services
    Enrollment Management - Enrollment/registration, evaluation & record-keeping
    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

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.