This course focuses on philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced practice nursing. The epistemological and ontological bases of practice are explored, including but not limited to nursing science, health care systems, aesthetic, cultural, legal and political matrices of professional practice. Ethical issues, including concerns of social justice, are introduced and discussed from a variety of perspectives, especially those of un-served and under-served populations. Foundations of clinical judgment are examined, and the concepts of professional autonomy, collegiality and consultation are studied. The importance of nursing in all its dimensions is highlighted, with particular emphasis on transformative learning and reflexive practice.