Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice – NURS 492

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This is the capstone course for the RN–BSN program. The student engages in academic endeavors that reflect application, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and nursing issues studied throughout the completion program. Application of educational experience to professional growth and contribution to the nursing profession is emphasized.


NURS 210 and NURS 215 and NURS 225 and NURS 325 and NURS 440 and NURS 445 and (NURS 489 or NURS 490) and NURS 491 and (NURS 350 or NURS 220)


The completion of BSN coursework serves as a milestone in the student’s professional life. The capstone course provides the student with an opportunity to reflect on knowledge and experience gained during the educational process. The course will provide the student with practical knowledge of how to improve oneself professionally, as well as the profession as a whole.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define the roles and responsibilities of the BSN in a leadership position.
  2. Apply research evidence to current practice.
  3. Analyze the impact of current nursing issues and trends upon nursing practice.
  4. Relate the Christian view of the “art of caring” to professional nursing communication.
  5. Analyze current leadership trends in nursing and their impact on nurses, the practice of nursing, and health care.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of current political and social forces that impact the nursing profession.
  7. Analyze effective techniques for generating public awareness/support of the nursing profession.

Course Assignment

Assigned readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must be supported with at least 2 scholarly citations published within the last 5 years in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and incorporate at least 2 scholarly citations published within the last 5 years in current APA format. Inclusion of a biblical worldview is required for both the thread and replies.

Capstone Project: Impact of Nursing Theory

Part 1: Nursing Practice must be guided by Nursing Theory, evidence-based practice research, and nursing leaders who understand the external forces that impact the profession and patient care. This assignment allows you learn nursing theories, reflect on the impact of your worldview, assess external factors impacting professional practice and to create a document for possible publication with the Journal of Christian Nursing or other such professional journal. This information must be compiled in a minimum 1300 word Microsoft Word document in current APA format. The student must use a minimum of 5 scholarly sources published within the last 5 years and include a reference page. The title page and reference page do not count toward the required length.

Part 2: The key to improving the Nursing Profession is through the improvement of each individual nurse’s practice through the use of theory and research. This assignment will allow you to apply Nursing Theory to your personal practice as well as consider how theory and research impact patient outcomes. You will also create a plan of action to improve your practice with insight from a chosen Nursing Theory and the literature you review. This presentation must be at least 15 minute audio-recorded presentation using PowerPoint, SmartCast, or YouTube, include 5  scholarly journal articles published within the last 5 years, and be submitted with a reference page in current APA format. 

Spiritual Care for All Patients

Our patient population is as diverse as our community. And in a world that is growing smaller and more mobile, the diversity in our communities continues to alter. As professional nurses, we must learn about our community so we can better care for our patients. As you have discovered, nurses must offer holistic care, which includes Spiritual Care. This paper allows you to consider the art of Spiritual Caring and how nurses, especially Christian Nurses, are required to offer spiritual care to all patients. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience as it relates to patients of diverse beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds as they face life crises. 

The student will write a minimum 1300 word Word Document. The student must use a minimum of 5 scholarly sources published within the last 5 years and include a reference page. The reference page does not count toward the required length.

Christian Leadership in Nursing Presentation

Understanding your role as a leader is important to your personal and professional success. As a nurse, you are a leader, but how you lead is up to you. This assignment will allow you to consider the role of the Christian Nurse Leader as well as your personal leadership traits/styles.

The student will create a 15 minute audio-recorded presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint, SmartCast, or YouTube. There must be at least 15 slides with notes provided for each slide, and the presentation must be supported by 5 scholarly sources published within the last 5 years, with a current APA reference page. 

Reflection Paper

The student will reflect on his/her past nursing experience at Liberty University and begin looking to the future. The paper must be at least 3 pages and supported by 3 citations in current APA format.

Feedback to Classmates' Presentations

After watching your classmates' presentations, students will complete two feedback posts offering additional insight and creating a discussion on shared ideas. Students will complete 2 feedback posts. Word count requirement: 50 words each. Current APA formatting required. FEEDBACK MUST BE PROVIDED IN THE GROUP DB Forum.

Final Survey

The student will complete the Final Survey during the last module/week. This survey provides feedback related to the RN-BSN program in a multiple-choice, short answer, or Likert question format.