Syllabus for NUR-612

HEALTHCARE FINANCE FOR NURSE EDUCATORS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course provides an overview of healthcare finance specific to the nurse educator role in a variety of educational transactions. It enables the student to build and develop budgeting and financial analysis skills, culminating in the ability to combine budgeting and financial analysis in writing a business or grant proposal.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine the budget process related to nursing education practice.
  2. Develop spreadsheet skills using a standard office application.
  3. Assess the value of financial management related to present and future nursing education.
  4. Analyze the grant proposal and business plan process.

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 Textbooks

Optional Textbook

COURSE STRUCTURE

Healthcare Finance for Nurse Educators (NUR-612) is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Types of budgets
  1. Capital
  2. Cash flow
  3. Zero-base
  1. Budget monitoring and control
  2. Budget preparation
  1. Budget cycle
  2. Program planning
  3. Capital request

Components of a business plan

  1. Types of grants
  1. Research
  2. New program
  3. Special project
  1. Seeking and finding grants
  2. Grant essentials
  1. The proposal and components
  2. Grant reports
  3. Grant Renewals

  1. Measuring & recording financial activities
  2. Financial statements

ASSESSMENT METHODS

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

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 10 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required reflection forum in Week 12.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments, including a Final Project. The written assignments are based on budgets, a business plan, or a grant proposal.

  1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Conference Planning/Budget Assignment that is worth 15% of your grade
  2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Nursing Organization Annual Zero-base Budget Planning Assignment that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Capital Budget Assignment that is worth 10% of your grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is an MS Word™ and MS Excel™ based document called Final Project that is worth 30% of your grade.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course Web site 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 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:

A

=

93–100

A–

=

90–92

B+

=

88–89

B

=

83–87

B–

=

80–82

C+

=

78–79

C

=

73–77

C–

=

70–72

D

=

60–69

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, 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. Discussion 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 tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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 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 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.

Plagiarism

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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