This text provides a pivotal learning experience for students transitioning from an associ- ate degree education to a baccalaureate degree. Content includes a broad overview of the nursing profession, the role of accrediting and professional organizations with a strong focus on the American Nurses Association’s foundational documents. The competencies of the Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics are weaved throughout the text. Topics covered in this text include professional nursing practice, baccalaureate education, healthcare in the 21st century, autonomy and accountability, nursing philosophy, profes- sional development, communication, interprofessional collaboration, critical thinking, introduction to evidence-based practice, and nursing leadership and theory.
By illustrating what professional nursing is defined as, the author differientiates the differences in role and knowledge. The author touches on all the different organizaitons, accreditations and competencies which professional nurses should have a working knowedge.
Describe the process of transitioning to professional registered nursing practice.
Identify the role of the professional nurse.
Describe areas of professional behavior and development for the registered nurse.