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NU 275 Management & Issues in Nursing
Walker, Gerry


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

NU 275 Management & Issues in Nursing

Semester

SP 2013 NUA

Faculty

Walker, Gerry

Title

Nursing Program Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing

Degrees/Certificates

DHEd (Doctorate Health Education) - AT Still University 2010
MSN in Community Health and FNP - Valparaiso University - 1996 / 1997
BSN - Missouri Western State College 1991

Office Location

Hawley Hall Room 211

Office Hours

Monday 1000- 1300 other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-584-6359

E-Mail

gerry.walker@park.edu

Web Page

http://online.park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - May 10, 2013

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

7:00 - 8:40 AM

Prerequisites

Fall nursing course work

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Cherry, B. and Jacob, S.R. (2011). Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management, 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby  Elsevier.
 
Kaplan Nursing, (2012). The RN course book: Preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination. 15 th edition. Information about this book will be given in class. It will be distributed in class as an E-Book or hard copy. More information will be available January 14, 2013.
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Prep U for NCLEX - used in the fall semester
Kaplan Online Resources - used in the fall semester

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
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Course Description:
NU 275 Management and Issues in Nursing: Exploration into nursing management and issues. Emphasis will be placed on nursing leadership, health care systems, health care financing and legal and ethical issues prevalent to nursing practice and patient care. Prerequisites: NU 200, NU 210, NU 220, NU 238, NU 235. Concurrent: NU 240, NU 255 and NU265. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

Education is an individual experience shared with others. The faculty role is that of a facilitator. My goal as facilitator is to challenge your thinking to enhance your learning and exploration of your educational goals. I expect you to also challenge me as we explore the role of the RN as a leader. I encourage you to explore ideas, issues, and contradictions found in your reading and your nursing practice. As soon to be graduating nurses, students are expected to explore issues with depth and commitment to learning.
 
I also am a resource and support. Please feel free to ask for assistance. Students are invited to engage in weekly dialogue, testing processes, and learning assessments in the course.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Incorporate the principles of communication, teaching/learning, healthcare systems, and nursing management of patient care as it relates to nursing leadership.
  2. Document student progression / transition to the role of the Registered Nurse.
  3. Design a study plan to facilitate preparation for the NCLEX-RN.
  4. Interpret nursing standards in relation to legal and ethical issues that may arise in the provision of care in culturally diverse populations and health care systems.
  5. Evaluate the role of the Associate Degree Nurse in relationship to the RN Scope of Practice.


Core Assessment:

Description of the Core Assessment: The development of a portfolio is one method for students to visualize academic progression and professional development over time. This project assesses the student’s ability to reflect upon educational and professional progression and present the information in electronic format.

This assessment is designed to assess primarily Core Learning Outcomes #1, #2, #3 and #5, and will make up 20% of the course grade. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assignment

Points

Portfolio – core assessment

150

Philosophy

  50

Professionalism Assignments (7)

  70 (10 points each)

Nursing Assessment Test (Kaplan)  

  50

Management & Professional Issues Test (Kaplan)

  75

Threaded Discussions (11)

  55 (5 points each)

Weekly Quizzes (7)

  70 (10 points each)

Question Trainers 1-5                    

100 (20 points each)

 Kaplan Focus Tests (3)

 30

Prep U assessments (2)

 20

Totals

670

Grading:
  This course is based on a point system of grading. Each assignment is assigned points. The core assessment is valued at 20% of the course grade. Faculty reserve the right to change the points based upon the course needs. NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE AWARDED IN THIS COURSE.

Grading Scale:

A = 92 -100%
B = 84 - 91%
C = 75 - 83%
D = 66- 74%
F = 0 - 65%

BELOW 75% IS NOT PASSING. A GRADE OF “C” IS REQUIRED IN ALL NURSING COURSES. If a student does not achieve a final grade of “C” in a nursing course at any time, immediate failure results and the student may not progress further in the nursing program. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/her progress and to seek assistance from the faculty if not maintaining a grade of “C” in any nursing course.AN OVERALL CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.5 MUST BE ATTAINED IN NURSING COURSES AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM IN ORDER FOR THE STUDENT TO GRADUATE. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her grades and monitor his/her grade point average.
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Due to the accelerated nature of the course late work is not generally accepted unless extenuating circumstances exist.
Students may submit one assignment late during the course without penality if the following conditions are met. The student must contact the faculty member a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the due date if a submission will be late. Failure to email faculty in advance will result in a grade of 0 for the work.
 
Approved late work must be completed not more than 3 calendar days after the due date unless permission has been granted by the faculty. Students must email the faculty member when the work is completed. Failure to email the faculty member will result in the assignment not being graded. It is the student's responsibility to assure the email is sent.
 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course requires both face-to-face and online work. This course has 100 minutes each week of face-to-face course work and 50 minutes of online course time. For this course all examinations are considered in-class time. Completion of work noted in the Homework section (including weekly quizzes) of the course schedule is not considered class time. Students can expect a minimum of 2-3 hours of homework per class day for this course.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and meet with course faculty to discuss their concerns and needs.

Regular attendance and punctuality are required in the nursing program.  Students must talk with the nursing faculty member prior to absence or tardiness. Absence is defined as missing a class period (or clinical session) or arriving late to a theory class missing greater than ¼ of the class period. Students arriving late to class may be counted absent at the discretion of the faculty member. Tardiness is defined as arrival late to any course or clinical rotation. Classes and clinical are expected to begin at the posted time. One (1) minute after the posted start time is considered tardy.
 
Students who miss greater than 5 hours of class time in NU200 or 6 hours in any other theory course are subject to a 1% grade reduction.

The complete attendance policy is found in the Student Nurses Handbook (page 24).

Email and announcements in the e-course site are the primary methods of communication in the Nursing Program. Students are expected to check the course announcements and their email every day and acknowledge receipt or provide a response within 24 hours. (2012-2013 Student Nurses Handbook page 13)

The use of cell phones during in class examinations is prohibited. Personal calculators may be used.

All cell phones are to be turned off or set to vibrate. Noises from electronic devices during class are distracting to your peers and faculty members. Repeated disturbances in the classroom may result in the student being asked to leave the room.

Students are asked to refrain from leaving the classroom during class sessions. This disrupts the group.

Significant others and children are not allowed in the classroom setting. They may NOT sit in the hallways, computer lab, etc. and are to never be left unattended.
 
The Nursing Program and the University are not responsible for student personal computers that may be damaged as a result of power surges or other electrical outages or loss.

 Students are responsible for their belongings and should not leave any belongings in the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Note: Chapters will not be studied sequentially and not all chapters in the book are used in the course; however they are a resource. The course has been designed to augment the clinical rotation experiences with Leadership content in addition to the achievement expected in the Core Learning Outcomes. Students in this course are considered Seniors and as such expected to delve deeper into the content to assure their learning needs are accomplished.

Week 1

Course Introduction & Scope of Practice

Readings:

Cherry, Chapter 2 and 4
Missouri Nurse Practice Acts

Assignment:

  1. Week 1 Quiz due before class begins
  2. Discussion: Based upon your professional experiences to date, what parts (more than 2) of the RN Scope of Practice will you need to spend the most energy?  Backing up your thoughts with the text book and Missouri Nurse Practice Acts, explain why you chose these topics and how you plan to make change in your practice in a minimum of 4 paragraphs. Cite your sources using APA format.
  3. Continuing Education Assignment –

                Communication – SBAR Technique – use of

Week 2

Professional Communication & Conflict management

Readings:

Cherry chapter 18

Assignment:

  1. Week 2 Quiz due before class begins
  2. Kaplan Management of Care Focus Test # 1 Due Sunday at 2359 – Benchmark to earn 10 points = 95%
  3. Continuing Education Assignments –
      1. Non-verbal communication – use of
      2. Communicating with Patients Who are Fearful
      3. Communicating with patients who are non-English Speaking

Week 3

Leadership Processes: Styles, Delegation, Priorities, Time Management

Readings:

Cherry, Chapter 16, 19, 20, and 25

Assignment:

  1. Week 3 quiz is due before class begins.
  2. Discussion: Post your completed Delegation Assignment for peer comment by Wednesday. Support your decisions both clinically and by the Scope of Practice for the RN. Make changes to the document place in the designated Drop Box by Sunday at 2359. Be sure you have given rationales for all of your decisions.
  3. Continuing Education Assignments

                Delegation of authority: Delegating Tasks to Assistive Health Care Personnel

Week 4

Informatics and Documentation

Readings:

Cherry, Chapter 14

Assignment:

  1. Week 4 Quiz due before class begins
  2. Discussion: Discuss the benefits and challenges associated with Electronic Medical Records and documentation of patient care using computers. Base your posting on the information in the text and at least 2 peer reviewed articles. Cite your resources using APA format.
  3. Kaplan Management of Care Focus Test # 2 Due Sunday at 2359 – Benchmark to earn 10 points = 95%
  4. Continuing Education Assignment

                Charting, Focus

Week 5

Legal/ Ethical Issues in Nursing

Readings:  

Cherry, Chapters 8 and 9
From the Park University online Library (CINNHAL)
Lachman, V. D. (2012). Applying the Ethics of Care to Your Nursing Practice. MEDSURG Nursing, 21(2), 112-116.

Assignments:

  1. Week 5 Quiz is due before class begins.
  2. Discussion 1: Describe an ethical and / or legal issue experienced in your practice. How did you handle the event? Based on the reading for this week, what should you have done differently? Describe the ethical decision making process you used.
  3. Continuing Education Assignments

                Life-Sustaining Therapy: Withholding or Withdrawing

Week 6

Nursing Theory & Evidence Based Practice

Readings:

Cherry, Chapters 1, 5, 6 and 21

Assignments:

  • Week 6 Quiz due before class begins
  • Discussion: Post a draft of your personal philosophy by Wednesday at 2359. Provide substantive feedback to a minimum of 5 peers.
  • Prep U # 1 due Sunday at 2359.  Mastery level 8 required to earn the 10 points. No partial points awarded

Week 7

Health Care and Nursing Policy & Politics

Readings:

Cherry, Chapter 13 and 23
IOM Report

Assignments: 

  1. Week 7 quiz due by the beginning of class
  2. Discussion: Effects of the IOM Report on Nursing Practice are far reaching. Describe 4 effects of the IOM Report and how you as a professional might make a difference. Be sure one of the 4 areas you discuss is the BSN in 10 initiatives.
  3. Kaplan Management of Care Focus Test # 3 Due Sunday at 2350 – Benchmark to earn 10 points = 95%

Week 8

Take the Management and Professional Issues Standardized Test in class.

Study Plan Preparation / and first 8-Week wrap up

 

Readings:

None this week; this is a week to prepare your Study Plan. Bring a draft to class with you.

Assignments:

  1. Update your study plan with information from the Fundamentals, Med/Surg Comp, Mental Health, and Assessment Kaplan Standardized Tests. Include details (what will you study, what resources will you use, and when will you be finished)
  2. Discussion of the Week – What is the purpose of completing the study plan? How does it link to professionalism and the scope of practice for the RN?
  3. Prep U # 2 due Sunday at 2359 – Scoring - 25-30/30 points required to earn 10 points. 20 – 24/30 earns 5 points. Less than 20/30 earns 0 points. This work is a quiz, it is not for mastery level.

Week 9

Break- Spring Break: Enjoy

Week 10

NCLEX Facts & Fiction & beginning the NCLEX Journey

Readings:

The RN Course Book pages 1-45

Assignments:

  • Study Plan draft posting due in the threaded discussion by Wednesday at 2359. Respond to a minimum of 5 peers in a substantive manner by Sunday at 2359. 
  • Complete Question Trainer # 1 at the required 75% benchmark

Week 11

Making the Transition from Student to Professional Nurse

Readings:

Cherry, Chapter 24, 26, and 28

Assignments:

  1. Complete Question Trainer # 2 at the required 75% benchmark due Sunday at 2359.
  2. Study Plan draft due to the drop box by Sunday at 2359. Be sure Question Trainer 1 analysis and content is added.

Week 12

Safe and Effective Care Environment

Readings:

The RN Course Book pages 397-448

Assignments:

  1. Question Trainer # 3 completed at the 75% benchmark due Sunday at 2359.
  2. Personal Philosophy due to the designated drop box by Sunday at 2359.
  3. REMEMBER: Portfolio Assignment Due next week.

Week 13:

The Nursing Process in Professional Practice

Readings:

From the Park University online Library (CINNHAL) – All of these are full text.
Lechasseur, K., Lazure, G., & Guilbert, L. (2011). Knowledge mobilized by a critical thinking process deployed by nursing students in practical care situations: a qualitative study. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 67(9), 1930-1940. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05637.x

Cardwell, P., Corkin, D., McCartan, R., McCulloch, A., & Mullan, C. (2011). Is care planning still relevant in the 21st century?. British Journal Of Nursing, 20(21), 1378-1382.

Huckabay, L. (2009). Clinical reasoned judgment and the nursing process. Nursing Forum, 44(2), 72-78. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6198.2009.00130.x

Pretz, J., & Folse, V. (2011). Nursing experience and preference for intuition in decision making. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 20(19/20), 2878-2889. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03705.x

Assignments:

  1. Question Trainer # 4 at the required 75% benchmark due Sunday at 2359
  2. Portfolio Assignment Due. Submit the access key to faculty by Wednesday at 1700

Week 14

Kaplan Diagnostic Test (Taken at home) –
This is the first activity in the Kaplan NLCEX- Prep Course – No face-to-face meeting this week. Three (3) hours is allotted for the test. Target benchmark is 65%

Assignments:

  1. Question Trainer # 5 at the required 75% benchmark due Sunday at 2359.
  2. Study Plan due including Question Trainers 1-5 analysis due Sunday @ 2359 to the designated drop box. This is for the final assignment grade.

Week 15

Kaplan Nursing Assessment Standardized Test - This is considered the final exam for the course.

This test will be taken April 23, 2013 in the nursing classroom/computer lab. Time to be determined at a later time and will be posted in the Announcements section of the course online resources.

Readings:

None this week.

Week 16-17


Kaplan NCLEX-RN Prep Course: Note Schedule Changes – All sessions are Mandatory Attendance

Readings:

Kaplan Decision Tree – The RN Course Book pages 46-47

Tuesday, April 23, 2013  Class 1

Thursday April 25, 2013 Class 2 and Class 3

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Class 4 and Class 5

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Class 6 and Class 7 – Take the Readiness Test in the classroom

Wednesday May 8, 2013 Class 8

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Please see the Student Nurses Handbook for specific policies related to the Nursing Program.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


Attachments:
Continuing Education Assignment

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Incorporate the principles of communication, teaching/learning, healthcare systems, and nursing management of patient care as it relates to nursing leadership.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Student creates an electronic portfolio documenting work in all of the Program core competencies.
1. Implement clinical reasoning in the care of culturally and developmentally diverse individuals and groups.
2. Integrate cultural and developmental awareness into nursing practice
3. Relate Legal and ethical principals in actual and simulated clinical situations.
4. Formulate a plan for life-long learning, professional development and service to the global community
5. Communicate effectively in written, verbal and visual applications

 
Student creates an electronic portfolio documenting work in 4 of the 5 Program core competencies.
1. Implement clinical reasoning in the care of culturally and developmentally diverse individuals and groups.
2. Integrate cultural and developmental awareness into nursing practice
3. Relate Legal and ethical principals in actual and simulated clinical situations.
4. Formulate a plan for life-long learning, professional development and service to the global community
5. Communicate effectively in written, verbal and visual applications

 
Student creates an electronic portfolio documenting work in less than 4 of the Program core competencies.

1. Implement clinical reasoning in the care of culturally and developmentally diverse individuals and groups.
2. Integrate cultural and developmental awareness into nursing practice
3. Relate Legal and ethical principals in actual and simulated clinical situations.
4. Formulate a plan for life-long learning, professional development and service to the global community
5. Communicate effectively in written, verbal and visual applications

 
 
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Document student progression / transition to the role of the Registered Nurse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The student portfolio contains core assessment documentation from NU200, NU220, NU238, and NU240 Student portfolio contains documentation from 3 of the four classes. NU200, NU220, NU238, and NU240 Student portfolio contains documentation from less than 3 of the four classes: NU200, NU220, NU238, and NU240  
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Design a study plan to facilitate preparation for the NCLEX-RN.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
The student documents a study plan with the following:
1. Analysis of all standardized tests taken during the Nursing Program
2. Remediation plan encompassing the areas of focus study needed based on the analysis
3. Measurable goals for each section on the study plan
4. A timeline to prepare for a target NCLEX test day in mid-June 2013
 
Student documents a study plan with 3 of the 4 categories below addressed.
1. Analysis of ¾ of the standardized tests taken during the Nursing Program
2. Remediation plan encompassing 80% the areas of focus study needed based on the analysis
3. Measurable goals for each section on the study plan
4. A timeline to prepare for a target NCLEX test day in mid-June 2013
 
Student documents a study plan with 3 of the 4 categories below addressed.
1. Analysis of less than 3/4 of the standardized tests taken during the Nursing Program
2. Remediation plan encompassing with less than 80% the areas of focus study needed based on the analysis
3. Measurable goals may or may not be present for each section on the study plan
4. A timeline to prepare for a target NCLEX test day in mid-June 2013
 
 
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Interpret nursing standards in relation to legal and ethical issues that may arise in the provision of care in culturally diverse populations and health care systems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Not part of this Core Assessment. This is covered in Threaded Discussions.    
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Outcomes
Evaluate the role of the Associate Degree Nurse in relationship to the RN Scope of Practice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Responds in a substantive manner to the 6 reflective questions in the assignment Responds in a substantive manner to the 5 of the 6 reflective questions in the assignment Responds in a substantive manner to the less than 5 of the reflective questions in the assignment  

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