This hybrid course focuses on issues and trends in nursing and healthcare delivery to achieve a broad professional perspective for the expanded role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Selected issues and concepts will also be analyzed with depth to determine the impact on rural healthcare delivery. The course also focuses on principles related to critical reasoning and decision-making processes to help the student to better understand the challenges and opportunities in the political, social, and healthcare environment. In addition, issues related to workforce and workplace, policy development, advancement of the profession, and advocacy will be addressed. Lastly, concepts of service learning and social justice will be explored relative to underserved and/or vulnerable populations. Students will research and present information on a service learning project.