Syllabus for NUR-732



This capstone course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate management theory into the role of nurse administrator/executive. Student focus is on nursing management processes in healthcare systems. Students continue in their selected area of clinical practice monitored by the mentor and onground preceptor. Students engage in a reflective discussion of nursing administration issues and experiences in the online seminar. This course requires completion of 150 hours of Practicum. Submission of the e-portfolio will be required to demonstrate achievement of MSN program outcomes and competencies.


*Students may register for one elective concurrent with this course.

Advisory: Students who do not have updated e-portfolios will not be able to register for this course. Open only to Thomas Edison State University students enrolled in the MSN degree and Nurse Administration Certificate Programs.



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


CO1  Apply theoretical constructs to influence change in a variety of healthcare environments.

CO2  Articulate position statements on issues related to administrative practices.

CO3  Value the complexities of the administrative role in nursing.

CO4  Integrate concepts of project management into administrative practice.

CO5  Apply project management skills in the implementation and evaluation of healthcare systems.

CO6  Utilize project management skills to evaluate health care system outcomes.


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: 978-1558102828

ISBN-13: 9781433805615

ISBN-13: 978-0323034272

ISBN-13: 978-1-284-05068-4

ISBN-13: 9780323028776

Additional Resources


Nursing Administration: Seminar and Process Practicum (NUR-732) is a three-credit online course, consisting of four 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, CO4, CO5, and CO6


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1 and CO4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 and CO3


Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 and CO3



For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, and complete: project evaluation assignments; practicum assignments; and an e-portfolio. See below for more details. Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 13 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 Course Reflection in Week 12.

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.


You are required to complete four journal and log assignments, using the template provided, in which you document your progress in meeting course and student generated objectives for the practicum. In the journal and log assignments you will keep track of the hours that you have spent in the practicum. These assignments are submitted at regular intervals throughout the term, as you complete your practicum hours. For this course 150 practicum hours are required.

Note about Practicum Journals

As outlined above, you are required to complete four Practicum Journals, using the template provided, in which you document your progress in meeting course and student generated objectives for the practicum. In the practicum log assignments you will keep track of the hours that you have spent in the practicum. The practicum log also requires you to write a reflective paper (4–5 pages) in which you analyze the practicum experience. These assignments are submitted at regular intervals throughout the term as you complete your practicum hours. See the Course Calendar for due dates.

Project Evaluation Assignments

You are required to complete two project evaluation assignments, which represent the completion of the project started in NUR-722. Each project evaluation assignment is worth 20%.


You are required to submit the second project evaluation assignment in this course to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.



For this assignment, you will need to complete your work with the 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

Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details

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.

Clinical Practicum Assignments

Practicum assignments reflect the work that is completed in the student’s selected practicum. In this course to reflect that work, you are required to complete a Practicum Evaluation Tool (Parts 1 and 2) and a Practicum Site & Preceptor Evaluation.

During the term, on-going evaluation of course and student objectives occurs and culminates in a final grade of pass or fail.To do this, the Practicum Evaluation Tool is initiated by the student, who evaluates his/her performance in the practicum, based on achievement of course objectives, and self directed objectives. The student will submit the tool to the gradebook for evaluation by the practicum preceptor and course mentor.

You are required to complete three practicum assignments. The first initiates the Practicum Evaluation and is graded as Complete/Incomplete; the second and third (which completes the Practicum Evaluation) are graded as Pass/Fail.  

MSN e-Portfolio

Continue to work on the e-portfolio, upload relevant artifacts, and write the reflective statements for each MSN outcome. Once on the e-portfolio page, there is also a link that will take you to the rubric for the e-portfolio.

Note: The e-Portfolio is graded on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis. The e-Portfolio assignment must be passed in order to pass this course.

Evaluation Rubrics

Rubrics will be embedded within the gradebook (except for the Discussion Forum rubric.) These rubrics are used to aid in the grading and evaluation of course assignments. See Course Calendar for due dates.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


All activities 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:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B 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. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.


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 Course Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments and posting discussions.


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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