Introduces the students to the knowledge base of professional nursing. Presents theoretical foundations that support practice such as critical thinking, communication, ethics and law, nursing theorists and health and illness. Introduces professional values of caring, altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice. Explores the history of nursing creating an understanding for current nursing practice and education. Initiates the socialization of the student to the expectations of the profession of nursing. Includes a weekly laboratory to foster success in the major.