NURS 3232-01B Professional Issues in Nursing

NURS 3232-01B Professional Issues in Nursing

NURS 3232-01B Professional Issues in Nursing


Materials – Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings
Textbook(s) Required

Huston, C.J. (2017). Professional issues in nursing: Challenges and opportunities (4th Ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. (ISBN: 9781496334398)


Texas Board of Nursing website
American Nurses Association website
Other online resources and articles as directed
Course Description (2 Semester Credit Hours)

Concentrates on legal, ethical, economic, and political issues affecting the nurse as an individual and a professional, in health care delivery to clients, groups and aggregates. Students are encouraged to apply critical thinking strategies during classroom discussions and presentations.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss historical and contemporary issues in nursing and their impact on current nursing practice.
2. Describe state and national statutes, rules, and regulations that authorize and define professional nursing practice.
3. Debate moral/ethical/legal issues that impact nursing practice and the health care delivery system.
4. Discuss the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery.
5. Compare/contrast the roles and perspectives of the nursing profession with other care professionals on the healthcare team, such as scope of discipline, education and licensure requirements.
6. Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.


This course consists of a series of activities and assessments to assist you in achieving the outcomes/objectives for the course. Each week you will complete various combinations of assignments, discussions, activities, readings, etc. Instructional Strategies that may be used include: lecture,
discussion, presentations, media resources (YouTube and others), audiovisual aids, and group activities.

Student Responsibilities

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes Absences may cause the student to be unable to meet course objectives and can affect grades. Tardiness will not be tolerated unless prior notification of instructor is made. If unable to meet the learning activity/assignment on the due date, the student must arrange for make-up with the instructor prior to the original due date. Otherwise, a grade of zero will be earned for the assignment.

Classroom Etiquette: The use of electronic devices, including laptops, iPads, and voice recorders, must be approved by the course faculty prior to class. Laptops not being used to take notes should be closed. Social media  activity will not be allowed during class/lab time. Faculty may not be recorded, filmed, or taped without permission. Cellular telephones will not be allowed in class or lab. Bringing visitors (children, relatives, friends) to class is inappropriate; however, in an emergency or special situation, prior permission of the instructor may be sought.


Grades will be determined as follows:
Presentation 20%
Presentation References 10%
HIPAA/Social Media
Disciplinary Action
Group Participation
Quizzes 20%
TOTAL 100%

Final grades in this course will be based on the following scale:
A = 90%-100%
B = 80%-89%
C = 75%-79%
D = 65%-74%
F = 64% or Below
A minimum grade of 75 is required to pass this course.


Quizzes: An online quiz over the assigned chapters will be due prior to each on-campus class.
Group Presentation: Students will be divided into small groups and assigned a topic to present to the class. Groups, topics, and presentation dates will be determined by lottery drawing. Group participants will meet (face-to-face or virtual) outside class to develop their presentations.

Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes in length.

Presentation References: Each individual student is required to select two (2) journal references concerning the assigned group topic to be shared with the class. Citations must be in correct APA format and include 3-4 sentences describing what can be found in the article and its value to understanding the issue. There should be no duplication within the group.

Group Member Participation Evaluation: Each student will complete a participation evaluation on all the members of the group.

HIPAA/Social Media Paper: Complete a 2-3 page paper on the use of social media and HIPAA violations using the guidelines in the Grading Rubric included at the end of the syllabus. Use correct APA format for the body and references on your paper.

Disciplinary Action Paper: Complete a 3-5 page paper on the disciplinary action taken by the Texas Board of Nursing on your assigned Registered Nurse. Use correct APA format for the body and references for your paper.

Use the Grading Rubric included at the end of the syllabus as your guide.