This capstone course for the pre-licensure student facilitates the transition from student to professional nurse. The roles, traits, and contributions of the nurse in leadership and managerial positions are explored. Conceptual aspects of power, problem solving, decision-making, effective communications, conflict resolution, delegation, team building, quality improvement, and patient safety are applied to a variety of situational contexts. The course is designed to facilitate student self-assessment of leadership and management abilities as they develop the necessary skills to enter and thrive within the professional nursing workplace. The capstone project and paper require the student to demonstrate the ability to integrate and synthesize learning from general education in the arts and sciences with nursing knowledge.

The first course in a two-course practice sequence. Develops and builds on skills, knowledge, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Emphasizes developing practice competence by studying the generic principles of the helping process and applying systems theory, the ecological and strengths perspectives, and problem solving methods of working with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The engagement and assessment phases of social work are addressed. Practice issues prompted from the field experiences are an integral part of the course.

This course is taken in conjunction with SWK4110; minimum of 225 clock hours in service at a social service organization for each semester (fall). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ experience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families and communities, as well as participation in staff activities. Students will attend weekly class meetings focused on professional development and skill building. Prerequisites: SWK2500; SWK3140; SWK3150; majors only. Co-requisite: SWK4110.

This course is the first in a sequence of five practice courses covering the foundation and concentration years in the MSW program. In Social Work Practice I, students are introduced to specific theoretical and skills-based core concepts of generalist, individual, family and couples social work direct practice.

Field Instruction is considered the signature pedagogy to social work education; it is a curricular requirement for all students seeking degrees or certifications within the program. The purpose of field instruction is to provide students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to function in a practice setting. Your field I experience is designed to build transferable skills in engagement, case management, counseling, group facilitation, documentation and referral. The 10 Core Competencies of Social Work Practice are measured at the middle and end of the internship experience.