Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice explores the professional advanced practice (APN)
nursing roles, conceptual frameworks and theories relevant to the discipline of nursing. The
roles, practice, and required elements of Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse
Educator, and Nurse Practitioner are compared and contrasted. The role of theory in the
generation of nursing knowledge is introduced. Selected nursing and non-nursing theories are
critiqued. Relevant theories and issues affecting successful human development are examined.
This course will encourage students to formulate their professional career path based on
insights into the nursing roles.