Syllabus for NUR-500
SEMINAR IN CLINICAL COMPETENCE
This course requires learners to develop an e-portfolio using critical and reflective thinking skills and transformative learning. The e-portfolio provides evidence of the learner'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.
- Current State Registered Nurse Licensure
- BSN students must have completed all other nursing requirements
- See W.Cary Edwards School of Nursing Student Handbook for prerequisite policy/procedure.
- Integrate learning experiences and evidence of clinical competence into the ongoing development of an e-portfolio.
- Apply Benner’s clinical competence model to document level of clinical competence.
- Critique clinical competence using reflective and critical thinking skills and transformative learning.
- Demonstrate competence in clinical practice using selected clinical specialty practice standards.
- Demonstrate clinical competence consistent with the Competency Outcomes and Performance Assessment (COPA) model.
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.
- American Nurses Association. (2010). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Available for viewing only at
- American Nurses Association. (2010). Nursing’s social policy statement. (3rd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
- American Nurses Association. (2015). Scope & Standards of Practice. (3rd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author. ISBN-13: 978-1-55810-619-2
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Benner, P. (2001). From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Fowler, M. (2008). Guide to the code of ethics for nurses: Interpretation and application. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.
- Rubenfeld, G. & Scheffer, B. (2015). Critical thinking tactics for nurses (3rd ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Selected journal articles
- Selected websites
- Scanner access
- Skype account
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.
- Module 1: Clinical Competence: An Overview
- Module 2: The Portfolio: A Tool to Assess Clinical Competence
- Module 3: The Portfolio: A Tool to Assess Clinical Competence (continued)
- Module 4: Evidence of competence: Developing skills to provide evidence of reflective and transformational learning, and critical thinking and reasoning
- Module 5: Evidence of competence: Developing skills to provide evidence of reflective and transformational learning, and critical thinking and reasoning (continued)
- Module 6: Criteria for Assessing Competence: Competency Models
- Module 7: Criteria for Assessing Competence: Competency Models (continued)
- Module 8: Developing a portfolio: Validating your competence
- Module 9: Developing a portfolio: Providing evidence of your competence
- Module 10: Generating a portfolio: Providing evidence of your competence (continued)
- Module 11: Evaluating the individual portfolio/clinical competence learning experience
- Module 12: Clinical competence: Challenges and relevance to practice
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.
Turnitin Requirement for Benner’s Competency Assessment (Module 6)
You are required to submit the written assignment in Module 6 (Benner’s Competency Assessment) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention 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
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.
Course ID and Password by Term
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.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Please note: (1) Rewriting or re-submitting 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.
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:
- Discussion Forums (13) - 20%
- Written Assignments (6) - 80%
- Resume - 5%
- Reflective learning - 10%
- Critical thinking - 15%
- Benner: Competency assessment - 15% (See above for Turnitin requirement.)
- COPA: Competency assessment - 15%
- Nursing e-Portfolio Development/Generation - 15%
- Summary evaluation - 5%
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:
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.).
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.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Student Handbook and the Nursing Student Handbook. These handbooks, which can be found under "Handbook" within the General Information course section, answer many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- All assignments, including the Discussion Forums, are graded using a rubric. Be sure to consult the appropriate rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics section of each course for the specific requirements of each assignment.
- Utilize the writing resources for APA, listed in the "Educational Resources - Writing Style Guides" within the General Information course section, to help you use this format correctly.
- Online tutoring assistance is available through “Smarthinking.com” located in the "Educational Resources - Online Tutoring Resources" within the General Information course section.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
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 indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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.
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:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
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
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:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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