Nursing as a Career
De Anza College
Nursing 50-061 "Career Opportunities in Nursing"
Instructor: Catherine Hrycyk, MScN, RN
Office: S 91m
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment
Voice mail: 864-5529
Units: 2 ( Pass / No Pass )
This course is a survey of careers in the health care field with emphasis on
current nursing education and nursing practice. Nursing 50 is designed to help
the student identify strengths and weaknesses affecting the individual's admission
into the nursing program. Information about De Anza's Associate Degree in Nursing Program is presented during this course.
The student will:
1. compare and contrast the various careers in the health field with
those in nursing.
2. examine the impact of nursing history.
3. contrast the terms "science"; "art"; "academic degree";
"license/licensing"; and "profession" as each applies to nursing.
4. differentiate among various nursing programs as to length of
"primary preparation site" and level of preparation.
5. compare the major nursing organizations as to membership and
6. describe the ANA's "entry into practice resolution" including
impact on patient care.
7. analyze the impact of social change and social policy on health care
8. determine, based on employer's expectations, your own
opportunities and potential for success in the field of nursing
9. identify the appropriate quarter for application to the nursing
( May be purchased in De Anza College Bookstore).
Catalano, Joseph. Nursing Now! Today's Issues, Tommorow's Trends.
F.A. Davis Company, current edition.
Method of Evaluation
A. Class participation / preparedness (Attendance)
B. Midterm and Final exams
The course is graded on a Pass/ No Pass basis. A student must:
a) attain an average of 70% or more on the 2 exams
b) meet the attendance requirements.
Examinations will be given only as scheduled. You are expected to be in class
and ready to start the test at the scheduled time. If you are unable to take a test
at the appointed time, you must notify the instructor as soon as possible, before
1. Note-taking materials
2. Scantron answer sheets and a # 2 pencil for Midterm and Final Exam.
Attendance is required for all classes. Any student who misses 3 or more
classes will receive a 'No Pass' grade in the course. When an absence must
occur, please notify the instructor. If you choose to drop the course, you must
complete the official withdrawal process. If you do not follow the official
drop process, you will receive a 'No Pass' on your transcript.
"Accountability and Responsibility"
(Essential Attributes of a Professional Nurse)