In this course, concepts integral to Registered Nurse practice will be discussed including an introduction to applicable legislation and ethical codes.  Professional nursing practice will be explored within a framework of primary health care with a focus on the determinants of health, population health strategies, and health promotion.  Strategies for assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of patients and families will be presented utilizing a family centred model and systematic approach.  Holistic care planning and the nurses’ role in creating a culture of safety will be emphasized.  Students will engage in discussion and reflection around topics that include nursing philosophy, theory, research, evidence-based practice and the transition to the role of registered nurse within the interdisciplinary team.  Opportunities to apply and demonstrate assessment and technical skills will be provided.