NUR-445: Validating Nursing Competence

Syllabus


COURSE DESCRIPTION

In NUR-445, Validating Nursing Competence, students synthesize prior learning experiences acquired from clinical practice and academic studies. Using standards of professional practice as guidelines for competence, students validate their clinical skills in nursing practice. With the use of reflective learning, critical thinking, knowledge of best practice, and transformative learning, students finalize their e-Portfolio , which provides evidence of their clinical competence as Baccalaureate nurse generalists. NUR-445, a capstone course, is the final course in the BSN 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 textbooks are available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct. 

 

Required Textbooks  

Additional Resources

COURSE STRUCTURE

Validating Nursing Competence (NUR-445) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 10 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 CO1

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 & 3

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 & 3

Course objectives covered in this module include CO4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, 3, & 4

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 17 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 six written assignments.

 

  1. The first written assignment is a paper called Using the Reflective Process that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  2. The second written assignment is a paper called Critical Thinking that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment is a paper called Benner’s Competency Assessment that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment is a paper called COPA Model Assessment that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment is a paper called Creation of a Resume that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  6. The sixth written assignment is a paper called Finalized e-Portfolio that is worth 25% 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.

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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