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.

Further facilitates the student’s integration of classroom field learning. Emphasizes improved handling of oneself and the overall development of practice competence as well as the middle and the ending phases of intervention with families, individuals, groups, and communities. A continued focus on ethical considerations, theory and skill development, and the development of the student’s own practice theory are addressed.

This course is taken in conjunction with SWK4120; minimum of 225 clock hours in service at a social service organization for each semester (spring). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families and communities, as well as participation in staff activities. The course focuses on professional development and skill building.