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NURS300 - Professional Transitions in Nursing

Course Details

Course Code: NURS300 Course ID: 4109 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AND ENROLLED IN THE RN to BACHELOR OF SCIENCE NURSING PROGRAM. In this course students examine the role of the baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse as a leader and change agent in diverse practice settings. They analyze the impact and effectiveness of informatics, cultures of safety, levels of professionalism, and ethics in their health care-settings. Students perform a self-assessment of professionalism, identify areas for growth and write a Professional Development Plan which is reviewed and utilized throughout their course of study. Principles of critical thinking and scholarly writing are applied throughout the course.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the RN-BSN Program Outcomes (PO) that are located on APUS RN-BSN website.

1. Examine the roles of the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse in diverse practice settings (PO 1)
2. Create a professional development plan embracing the value of lifelong learning and participation in professional activities (PO 9)
3. Use evidence-based nursing literature to promote change in practice in the healthcare setting (PO 3)
4. Examine strategies that nurses can employ to better meet professional and ethical standards of practice (PO 9)
5. Analyze components of an organizational culture of safety and its effect on patient outcomes (PO 3, 6)
6. Analyze the impact of informatics and healthcare technologies in the provision of patient-centered care (PO 4)
7. Demonstrate scholarly written communication congruent with professional nursing standards (PO 9)

*Also please see weekly course objectives.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction, and input should be submitted before the weekends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55 pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 250 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • You must cite a scholarly source to support your response. This must be referenced at the end of your post, just as you would in a paper.

Required Course Textbook: Kearney-Nunnery, (2015) Advancing Your Career: Concepts in Professional Nursing 6th edition. The ebook is available through the APUS Online Library. Links are embedded in the course through the lesson link on the Menubar.

Required Readings and Resources

See eight-week Course Outline in the syllabus. You may also access required readings and resources from the lesson link on the Menubar.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires the use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.


In addition to the required course text, public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note: Website addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Advancing Your Career: Concepts in Professional Nursing 6th edition - eBook available through the APUS Online Library.
Publication Info:F.A. Davis
Unit Cost:$53.46

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.