NUR-342: Advancing Nursing Practice

Syllabus


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course creates a foundation for transition to baccalaureate nursing practice. An overview of professional practices standards and models of clinical competence is provided. Issues related to current nursing practice within the complex healthcare environment are examined. The contemporary role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse is explored. A reflective learning portfolio will serve as a means to validate professional and academic achievements and growth throughout the program.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

 

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct. 

 

Required Materials  

Additional Resources

COURSE STRUCTURE

Advancing Nursing Practice (NUR-342) is a three-credit online course, consisting of  seven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO4

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO5

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO4 & 5

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO6

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for more details.

 

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required Reflection Forum in week 12.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments    

 

  1. The first written assignment is a paper called Scope and Standards of Practice that is worth 15% of your final grade
  2. The second written assignment is a paper called Professional Goals that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment is a paper called Need for Change that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment is a paper called Special Needs Population that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment is a paper called Synthesis and Reflection that is worth 10% of your final grade.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.

See course Calendar for due dates.

Turnitin Requirement for Need for Change Assignment (Module 4)

You are required to submit the written assignment in Module 4 (Need for Change) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.

Course ID and Password by Term

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows.

 

All assignments will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

 

A

=

93100

A–

=

9092

B+

=

8889

B

=

8387

B–

=

8082

C+

=

7879

C

=

7377

C–

=

7072

D

=

6069

F

=

Below 60

 

Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For courses taken in  Accelerated 2nd Degree Program  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in MSN programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

NOTE

 All website addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However URLs change and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.

LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited. 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tip for success.

 

To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

 

 

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