NUR-500: SEMINAR IN CLINICAL COMPETENCE
This course requires students to develop an e-portfolio using critical and reflective thinking skills and transformative learning. The e-portfolio provides evidence of the student’s clinical competence in a selected area of clinical practice and academic performance. The course is designed as the final course in the BSN program and the first course in the MSN program. Assignments completed in the undergraduate nursing courses may be entered into the e-portfolio by BSN students. The e-portfolio will be updated with course assignments and professional and educational experiences as MSN students progress through the program. Synthesis of the e-portfolio with submission of a formal paper in the final practicum will be required for MSN degree students.
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.
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.
Seminar in Clinical Competence is a three-credit online course, consisting of 12 modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
NOTE: Failure to generate and complete the Nursing e-Portfolio will result in a failing grade for the course.
As part of the requirements of the BSN/ MSN program, an electronic portfolio will be developed in the course Seminar in Clinical Competence. Since Seminar in Clinical Competence is the last course in the BSN program, the course work you completed during the program, in addition to assignments completed in this course, and other artifacts are to be used to validate your competence in meeting the COPA Model Competencies and BSN Program Outcomes.
Assignments completed for Health Policy, Emerging Trends in Healthcare Technology, and Seminar in Clinical Competence in the BSN component of the BSN/MSN program are to be included in the MSN Outcomes folder of the electronic portfolio.
MSN students, after completion of each graduate level course will continue to use their portfolio to provide evidence of achieving the MSN Program Outcomes.
For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All assignment 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:
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.
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.
Consider the following study tips for success.
Students at Thomas Edison State College 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 outlines 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.
Thomas Edison State College 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 College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College 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, 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 the 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.
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