Theories and Concepts: Introduction to Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 3103  Section Number: 201/202

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

T TH 1-2:2:20

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jane Leach   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives:


Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

1.  Describe key "benchmarks” in the historical development of the discipline of nursing.

2.  Describe the ethical-legal and professional parameters for nursing practice.

3.  Explain the philosophy and major concepts of the organizing framework for the BSN Program at Midwestern State University.

4.  Compare selected nursing theories with the Midwestern State University BSN Program philosophy and organizing framework.

5.  Discuss major theoretical concepts as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.

6.  Explain the interrelationships among nursing theory, nursing process, and nursing practice.

Course Expectations



Masters, K. (2009). Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice, (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. -

 Recommended:Nursing Test for Success book


American Psychological Association Manual or APA Style Helper 5.0 CD or


Course requirements and percentages for computation of the final grade are weighted as follows:

Unit Exams 4 @ 17.5 % each         70 %
Interview paper                                  20 %
Discussion Board Assignments   10 %
Total                                                    100 %

Grading Standards


Nursing 3103: Theories and Concepts: Introduction to Nursing

                                                Interview Grading Criteria Spring 2011






1. Discuss the educational training of the nurse       (5%)



2.  Explain the nurse’s motivation to choose nursing as a career                     (5%)



3. Describe the typical work tasks performed by the nurse in their current work setting.                                    (5%)



4.  Discuss membership and involvement with any professional organizations                                                       (5%)



5. Describe the nurses perception of the use of evidenced based research in his/her practice. How do they stay current with new information?                (10 %)



6.  Describe how the nursing shortage has impacted his / her practice.                       (10%)



7.  Describe the nurse’s perception of workplace bullying/harassment? What if anything does he/her do to handle bullying behavior in the workplace?                   (10%)



8. Compare and contrast your research findings on bullying factors in nursing and coping strategies with those of the nurse you interviewed.  (20%)



9. Discuss your reaction to the interview; what did you learn; how does this impact your view of nursing.            (5%)



10. Organization: Grammar, syntax, spelling ect.     (10%)



11.  APA style: Title Page, Quotes, Headings,  References            (15%)



Submission Format Policy


Faculty will post 3-4 discussion questions on Web CT during the semester. Students will be placed in groups on the discussion board.  Each discussion question requires an initial written response and students are expected to read and comment on at least two of your classmates responses for each of the posted discussion questions. Discussion questions are graded according to the following criteria. Late responses will not receive credit as students have a week to complete each question. Initial responses are worth more points.


At least four homework assignments will due at the beginning of class (see course schedule and homework handout) others homework may be assigned throughout the semester and announced in class.  Homework assignments will be worth bonus points. If tickets are handed out for bonus points they can be redeemed on upcoming exams. Tickets must be brought with you to the exam to redeem your bonus points.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


There will be four unit exams for this course. Exam content will include class content and reading assignments. Students need to purchase Scantrons. Students must have an MSU IDon the desk during all Exams. Students are expected to bring 4 Scantrons to class the first exam and come prepared with a pencil. No cell phones, purses, hats, drinks (bottled water only) or food are allowed at your desk during exams.

Missing Exams:  If you have to miss an exam for any reason you must notify the course coordinator by phone or email 2 hours before missing an exam, to avoid a zero. Make up exams may be scheduled as noted on the calendar but students are responsible to email and make arrangements for a makeup on an individual basis as soon after missing the exam as possible. Make up exams may be essay and short answer instead of multiple choices.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies



The Wilson School of Nursing does not tolerate cheating.  Cheating is considered a serious offense that could result in automatic failure of a class and / or removal from the program. The MSU Student Handbook (available at the Information desk in the Clark Student Center) defines various forms of academic dishonesty and the procedures for responding to them. Please familiarize yourself with this portion of the BSN handbook and note that the penalties for plagiarism and other forms of cheating can be quite harsh. Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations and plagiarism. 


Plagiarism is further defined as “the act of using source materials of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given.” (MSU BSN Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10).  Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following:  bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.  Plagiarism is also defined by the MSU Nursing faculty as failure to follow the APA 5th edition guidelines for citation of quotations and paraphrased material.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.