The Professional Seminar is a RN to BSN transition course that is designed to assist students to understand what it means to be a  professional nurse; to appreciate the history of nursing; to understand and prize nursing values, ethics, and standards; to recognize and deal effectively with the economic factors that influence how the profession is practiced; and to appreciate the need to be lifelong learners.


Completion of RN licensure or by special permission per online BYU-I BSN policy


Two semester credits: 2 hours theory/week. Total theory hours are calculated on a ratio of 1 theory-hour:1 credit-hour.


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  1. Black, B. P.(2014). Professional  nursingConcepts & challenges (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders Company.
  2. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (ISBN 13: 978-1-4338-0561-5; ISBN 10: 1-4338-0561-8). Do not buy the first printing. (This book is used forall BSN classes beginning with this course, N316)


The RN to BSN ID badge is to be worn for all class related activities. Please email a driver’s license type photograph (shoulders up, plain background, BYU-I honor code standard) and your current mailing address to: BYU-Idaho Nursing Outreach Badges may take up to 3 weeks for the full process.



Operating System

Windows XP or newer

Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6


Internet Explorer 7 or newer 
Firefox 3 or newer 
Google Chrome

Safari 3.2 or 4.0 
Firefox 3.5 or 3.6

Refer to the Online Support Center for additional information regarding technology compatibility.


The Learning Model is a defining aspect of the BYU-Idaho experience that provides a pattern for continual learning and personal development long after graduation. The Brigham Young University-Idaho Learning Model is utilized in this course. Each lesson will have information for you to 1) prepare, 2) teach one another, and 3) ponder and prove.


Course Outcome 1: Generate personal stewardship outcomes through application what it means to be a professional BSN Nurse including professional writing in correct APA format, identifying the variety of nursing roles and opportunities in nursing. (UO 2, 
UO 4, UO 5; PO 1 & PO 2; BE I, VIII & IX; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement) 

Key Assessments: 

1. Title page quiz
2. Reference page quiz
3. APA body of paper quiz
4. LO8 BSN Expectations paper

Course Outcome 2. Identify the client’s perception of his/her illness based on their cultural, spiritual and /or societal diversity as the nurse implements the nursing process and theoretical supports (nursing theorists) that guide nursing practice. (UO 4 & UO 6; PO 1 & PO 4; BE I, VI, VII & IX; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement)

Key Assessments:

1. L07 Application of Nightingale, Orem, Watson, & Levine paper

Course Outcome 3: Maintain ethical and legal commitments based on sound nursing values and standards of care using therapeutic communication skills to relate to the client in a professional rather than a social role. (UO 4 & UO 5; PO 2 & PO 3; BE I, VIII & IX; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement) 

Key Assessments:

1. L13 Online Interview paper

Course Outcome 4: Define and apply the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to a working personal philosophy of nursing as the nurse demonstrates life-long learning. (UO 2; PO 5; BE I &VIII; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement)

Key Assessments: 

1. LO5 Philosophy paper

Course Outcome 5: Recognize and deal effectively with the social and economic factors surrounding the health care community including knowledge of payment modalities in the United States. (UO 2 & UO 5; PO 2; BE II & IV; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement)

Key Assessments: 

1. L05 quiz
2. L07 quiz
3. L10 quiz

Course Outcome 6: Cultivate caring behaviors in client interactions through attitudes of empathy and acceptance regardless of race, culture, social, spiritual or economic factors. (UO 6; PO 4 & PO 5; BE II & IX; QSEN Patient-centered Care, Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement)

Key Assessments: 

1. L02 History of Nursing paper
2. L10 Compare & Contrast Culture Reflection paper


Lesson 1 Nursing Today Lesson 8 Clinical Judgement
Lesson 2

History of Nursing

Lesson 9 Communications & Collaboration
Lesson 3 Professionalism Lesson 10 Culture & Caring
Lesson 4

Legal & Ethics

Lesson 11 Health Care Delivery
Lesson 5 Philosophy Lesson 12 Political Activism
Lesson 6 Education Lesson 13 Future Challenges
Lesson 7 Nursing Theory Lesson 14 Course Conclusion


Department of Nursing Grading Schedule

A final grade of 75% or greater must be maintained to receive credit for the course. The department of nursing has adopted the grading scale below that is used for BYU-Idaho Nursing courses. See the BYU-I Nursing Student Handbook in the Course Folder.

A 93% Above C 76%-77%
A- 90%-92% C- 74%-75%
B+ 87%-89% D+ 70%-73%
B 84%-86% D 65%-69%
B- 80%-83% D- 60%-64%
C+ 78%-79% F 59% and below

Late Assignments

All work must be completed by end of the semester as designated in the timeline set by the instructor. There is a 5% per day grade reduction if late on an assignment if that assignment is one with a due date. There are no late submissions allowed on quizzes and discussion boards.

Grading Criteria

Department of Nursing Grading Schedule.

20% Discussion Boards & Case Studies
20% Quizzes
10% Online Interview Assignment
50% Papers


Each Lesson will have a few standard activities with Research and Reflection papers woven throughout. See the Grading Criteria above for how much each category weighs on your grade in the course.

Standard Lesson Flow

Other Periodic Assignments to Prepare For

A majority of your grade in this course comes from periodic research and reflection papers scattered throughout the course. Here is a list of these major activities to prepare for. Please take the time to review each of them and understand their requirements:

Additional Policies for Assignments


Overriding areas of concern for the Department of Nursing include: