Syllabus for NUR-420




In this course, students integrate advanced nursing concepts and leadership principles to plan and implement care for clients with critical care needs.  Contemporary issues related to professional nursing practice are analyzed for their impact on the client, nurse, and the health care system.  Assimilation into the professional nursing role is initiated with a final clinical transition experience designed to promote student independence and accountability through guidance and collaboration with nurse preceptors and other health team members. Regular clinical hours may vary during this rotation. The student will work the same shifts as the assigned nurse preceptor.

This course is designed to be taken concurrently with NUR-428 and NUR-445. Open only to students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program.

Prerequisite: Completion of NUR-410, NUR-443, NUR-529.



After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:



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

Required Materials  

ISBN-13: 978-013425516-3

ISBN 13: 978-1-60913-688-8


Spring, MD:

ISBN-13: 978-1-55810-619-2 


ISBN-13: 978-1-55810-615-4 


ISBN-13: 978-55810-599-7 


ISBN-13: 978-1433805615


ISBN-13: 9780133898064


ISBN-13: 978-0323086783


ISBN-13: 978-0323310697

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-500238-4


Additional Resources


Integrating Advanced Nursing Concepts (NUR-420) is a nine-credit hybrid (in-class/online) course, consisting of  eight 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, CO2, CO4,  CO5, CO7, and C08

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO6, CO7, and C08


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, and C08


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, and C08


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, and C08

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, and C08

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, and C08

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, & C08


For your formal work in the course, you are required to take exams, and complete clinical assignments. See below for more details.

Consult Moodle for assignment due dates.

Please note: No assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course 

Students will receive a Course Participation grade at the end of the course (on a Pass/Fail basis).


You are required to complete four examinations.


Clinical Assignments

There are clinical assignments associated with this course. You are required to complete the weekly clinical assignments in addition to the following:

All clinical assignments will be graded on a Pass/Fail scale and you must pass all assignments to pass the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Collaborative testing is done after each exam except for the final exam.

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Exams

ATI content mastery assessments are completed in NUR 420, in pharmacology, leadership and the comprehensive predictor. This web-based testing process is designed to assess and reinforce knowledge gained during the term and develop critical thinking skills in preparation for mastering the NCLEX-RN exam upon graduation. These include assessment indicators for academic success, critical thinking and learning styles.






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C+ or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.).

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.


First Steps to Success

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


Study Tips

Consider the following study tips 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 scheduled examinations.  


Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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