NURS 550 Advanced Practice Role Development

This course focuses on the multiple professional roles of the Advanced Practice Nurse who functions autonomously, in collaboration with health care provider, and as a facilitator of the interdisciplinary health care term. The advanced practice nurse serves as educator, consultant, researcher and manager. Expansion of the nurses' role permits the student to undertake and explore the influence and responsibility as health promoter, teacher-learner, leader-manager, research consumer, advocate, colleague, and collaborator. The student will gain knowledge of the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal foundations of professional nursing, and explore the changing health care system especially related to health care economics, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world. Health care system demands are continuously transforming the nurse's emerging role and function of promoting change within the health care delivery system.