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Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Course Code NSE-11A
Lecture hours per week
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing as a practice discipline. Major worldviews influencing nursing practice will be addressed, with the inclusion of both nursing and non-nursing theories. The central concepts of health, person, environment, nursing, and caring will be explored. Theoretical emphasis will be placed on theories related to the development of therapeutic relationships, modes of effective communication, and nursing therapeutics. 

The student will study theory and its utility as the basis for professional nursing practice. Related issues, such as the history of nursing theory development and its influence on the development of nursing knowledge, will also be addressed. The major paradigms influencing current nursing practice will be studied. The merits of the use of a theoretical framework to direct the processes of assessment, clinical judgment, systematic care planning and evaluation will be explored.