Contemporary Perspectives

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5053  Section Number: X20

Summer I 2011

Classroom Number: Online course

Days & Times:

This course will be in session both Summer I and II

Course Attachments

Schedule  CPsummer 11calendar-20120329-155002.pdf


Advanced practice Nursing: Essential knowledge fo
Barker, A. M. (Ed.) (2009). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
  ISBN: 9780763748999

Microphone for computer to participate in electronic classroom discussions. Camera is nice, but not required
Publican Manual of the Americal Psychological Asso
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Authorl
  ISBN: 1433805618

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Kathleen Roberts   
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Course Objectives


  • Evaluate the impact of social, economic, political and technological and organizational forces on current health care policy.
  • Analyze regulatory and legislative requirements and their impact on nursing practice in selected settings.
  • Analyze socio-cultural trends and their impact on selected nursing roles.
  •  Compare and contrast advanced nursing practice and health care delivery in the global society.
  • Apply ethical decision making processes and perspectives to issues in selected nursing roles.
  • Apply leadership and conflict resolution strategies to selected nursing roles.

Course Expectations

 Learning Activities:

 1. Learning Modules: This course is comprised of three (3) learning modules.  The faculty will post a learning module on WebCT pertaining to the topic under discussion.  This module will contain required readings, activities or other learning opportunity. 

 2. Discussion Board or Blog Postings:Students will be assigned to discussion groups. Individuals in each group will respond to the designated discussion question(s) and participate in the group’s discussion of the assigned topic. All students are expected to use current professional literature and other relevant resources in the discussions. References should be posted to the related section of the discussion board. Each student should participate by answering all discussion questions as well as responding to and engaging peers in the discussion. These postings are due by 10:00 pm on assigned dates.  See the course calendar for specific dates. Discussion responses should be substantive, incorporating additional information from research / journal articles, policy papers, or other professional sources. Postings should be succinct and threaded appropriately. All postings will be made directly on the discussion board/blog (do not attach a Word document as your discussion posting.)  Discussion/blog topics posted as attachments are difficult to read and therefore will not be graded. 

 All references will be from peer  reviewed journals.


  1. Communication
  2. Decision making for  the advanced practice nurse
  3. Ethics, values and evidence based practice
  4. Health care delivery and health care policy
  5. Quality, information and cultural implications for  advanced practice


 American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

 Barker, A. M. (Ed.) (2009).  Advanced practice nursing:  Essential knowledge for the profession. Sudbury, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers

 Microphone for computer to participate in electronic classroom discussions.  Camera is nice, but not required

 In addition to the course textbooks, students and faculty will reference current literature for the exploration of issues in this course.


 Course requirements and their associated contributions to the final grade are as follows: 


Percentage of Final Grade

 Online discussions and blogs



Note: An overall course grade of at least 80% must be achieved to progress in the Master of Science in Nursing Program. See pages 125-126 in the Graduate Catalog.

 Discussions will be graded using the following criteria:

 A=  Participated in all aspects of the course.  Contributions were substantive and demonstrated growth in depth and breadth of thinking.  Challenged peers/countered their arguments.  Supported position with appropriate literature and expertise.

 B= Participated in all aspects of the course.  Most contributions were substantive.  Some growth demonstrated in depth and breadth of thinking.  Hesitant to challenge peers or counter their arguments.  Support for position not always substantiated or referenced.

 C= Is late to participate in the course.  Contributions are sparse and add little to the discussion.  Seldom/never challenges peers or seldom/never enters into challenging discussion.  Support for argument is based on personal opinion.  Seldom uses current literature

Submission Format Policy

All course work will be accomplished on Blackboard and the course Blog.

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

Timeliness of Work:  We expect that your work will be turned in on time.  A deduction will be taken every 24 hours a posting to the discussion board /blog is late.

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.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to fully participate in all virtual classroom activities and discussion assignments

Other Policies


Academic Honesty:  The MSN Program expects the highest level of academic integrity of Master’s students. Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work, unless group work has been authorized.  In addition, academic honesty involves the citation of other authors’ works according the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Plagiarism in any aspect of the course requirements results in no credit for that activity.

 “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.”

 Americans with Disabilities Act:

 The following is the ADA/504 statement that the faculty approved on May 9, 1995:

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.

 MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance, call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515, TDD.

 Please see the instructor outside of class to make arrangements involving special accommodations.

 It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

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.