Introduction to Health Care Systems

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 3803  Section Number: 301

Summer I 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

Course meets Monday-Thursday at 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM in Bridwell Hall, room 108.



Course Attachments

Course Calendar: Summer 1 2013  3803_Intro calendar_Summer 1 2013-20130926-124022.doc

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Mary  Jo Distel   
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Course Objectives

 

Course Objectives

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.  Discuss concepts such as communication, health awareness and management, roles and relationships, and values/beliefs/action congruence as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.

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

5. Explore current issues facing nurses in practice.

 


Course Expectations

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes:

 

  1. Graduates will explore a current issue in nursing through an interview of a practicing registered nurse. (Assessment method: 90% of the students will score at least a 74% on the written assignment of the nurse interview.)

 

  1. Graduates will present an ethical issue current to nursing practice. (Assessment method: 90% of students will score at least a 74% on the assignment of presenting an ethical issue through the discussion format of the course.)

 

Required Texts

Masters, K. (2014).  Role development in professional nursing practice, (3rd ed.).  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Learning.  (ISBN:  978-1-4496-9150-9)

 

Giddens, J. F. (2013).  Concepts of nursing practice.  St. Louis, MO:  Mosby Elsevier. (ISBN:  978-0-323-08376-8)

 

Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements:  http://www.nursingworld.org/codeofethics (Scroll down to third section in blue box to review extended version of the ANA Code of Ethics)

 

Nursing Practice Act for the State of Texas:  http://www.bon.texas.gov/nursinglaw/npa.html

 

Laptop computer with Windows and Internet Explorer capabilities

 

MSU Wilson School of Nursing  Undergraduate (BSN) Student Handbook.   Students are responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with the policies stated in this publication which can be found at http://hs2.mwsu.edu/nursing/pdf/BSN-handbook.pdf

 

Recommended/optional texts

 

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual (6th ed.). OR  http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx  (on-line tutorial)

 

Taylor, C. R. (2011).  Fundamentals of nursing:  The art and science of nursing care (7th ed.).   Philadelphia, PA:  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.  (ISBN: 9781451184853:  Included in Lippincott ACCEL-BSN Bundle)—May be used as reference for this course; this text will be the primary textbook for NURS 3833/3843 Foundations in Clinical Concepts & Competencies during Summer 2 semester!

 

Course Content:

 

See the calendar of events, attached to this syllabus, for the topics of class discussion, their related concepts, and required readings for this course.

 

 

 


Grading Standards

 

Evaluation

Grading Scale:           

90-100………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…....…A

80-89………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………….……....B

74-79……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……..C

65-73……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………..…..……..D

64 and below………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….….F

 

Theory Evaluation:

 

Unit 1 Exam…………………………………………………………………………………………….………………..……….20%

Unit 2 Exam…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…20%

Unit 3 Exam…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…..20%

Interview Paper………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….15%

Group Presentation on Ethical Issue…………………………………………………………………………………..15%

On-line Discussions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5%

Classroom Participation……………………………………………………………..…………………………………….…5%

Total…………………………………………………………………………………………………..………………………..100%

 

An overall course grade of at least 74% must be achieved to pass any Wilson School of Nursing (SON) course.  Grades in this course will be based on the above computation, and all assignment/evaluation components must be completed to receive a passing grade. 

 

Grades will not be rounded up to the next higher letter grade in this or any Wilson SON course (Example:  At the end of the semester, a course average of 73.89% will earn a grade of “D” for the semester.)

 

Course Content:

 

See the calendar of events, attached to this syllabus, for the topics of class discussion, their related concepts, and required readings for this course.

 

Grading Criteria:

 

UNIT EXAMS (60%)

 

There will be three unit exams during this course. One hour will be provided to complete each exam.  Each exam will be comprised of 50 multiple choice questions and will be worth 100 points.  Exam content will include class content and reading assignments.  All exams will be taken electronically.  Students need to bring laptops to class on exam days for test administrationNo cell phones, purses, hats, drinks (bottled water only) or food are allowed  in the classroom during exams.

Missing Exams:  If a student is to be absent from an exam, he/she must notify the course

instructor at least two hours prior to the exam.  Failure to comply with this policy will result

 in an "0" for the exam.  Make-up exams may be constructed differently from the unit test.

 The student must email, or call, the course faculty to schedule a make-up exam.

 

INTERVIEW PAPER: (15%) See grading criteria handout attached to back of syllabus; grading rubric will be posted on D2L.

 

Part I Conduct your Interview:

 

1.   Each student will interview a registered nurse (Diploma, Associate., Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree-prepared nurse is acceptable) currently practicing in a patient care setting. This interview may be done on someone the student knows.

2.   Students should seek information during the interview that addresses questions on the grading criteria handout.

3.   Remember to maintain confidentiality. No reference is to be made, either verbally or in writing, to a specific nurse.  Please make up a fictitious name. No paper using an individual’s real name will be accepted.

 

Part II Write the Paper:

 

1.   After conducting the interview, the student will write a paper using the grading criteria handout  as a guide. Take a look at the current nursing literature and compare and contrast what was read with what was learned from the nurse who was interviewed addressing the topic on the grading handout, or the grading rubric posted on D2L.  Be sure to cite 2 nursing articles from a professional peer-reviewed nursing journal in your discussion and use your textbook as a third reference somewhere in your paper (for a total of 3 references).

 2.  The paper is to be typewritten according to APA (6th edition) style guidelines, double-spaced, and the body of the paper is to be about four to five pages in length.

3..   The paper will also have a title page and a reference page typed in APA format. You do not need to include an abstract.

4.  Papers will be submitted by posting it in the course D2L Drop Box (in the Interview Paper folder) by 2100 hours on Monday, July 1, 2013. If you have an emergency that precludes you meeting this deadline; please negotiate with the faculty for an extension PRIOR to the due date.  Five points will be deducted from interview paper for every day it is late.

5.  Plagiarism may result in a grade of “0” and failure of the class.   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, and for educational purposes.  Ideas taken from another source, whether quoted or paraphrased must be documented using APA guidelines.

 

ETHICAL ISSUE GROUP PRESENTATION (15 %)

 

This is an opportunity for students to share an ethical issue with the rest of the class. The ethical issues PowerPoint will address an ethical issue associated with the practice of nursing. The issue selected for discussion should have clearly identifiable pros and cons which, when analyzed, will allow the student to form a defensible position related to the issue. Principles from identified codes of ethics should be examined in relationship to the group’s issue and position. Suggested topics will be discussed in class.

 

DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENTS (5 %)

 

Faculty will post 2 discussion questions on D2L during the semester. Students will answer questions in their assigned group online. Each discussion question requires an initial written response and students are expected to read and comment on at least two other classmates’ responses for each of the discussion questions posted to receive full credit. See the grading criteria attached to the back of this syllabus and the grading rubric posted on D2L.  Late responses will not receive credit as students have a week to complete each question. Initial responses are worth more points than follow up postings.

 

             CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION (5%):  Classroom participation consists of class attendance including, but not limited to, participation in discussions and group projects.

 

 

 


Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

Late papers will be accepted, but grade will be penalized as stated in course syllabus.


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

Classroom attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.


Other Policies

Additional Course requirements:

 

Students are expected to come to class dressed in an appropriate manner which reflects

professionalism.

 

 

As stated in the BSN Student Handbook, students must maintain a current immunization

record on file at the Vinson Health Clinic plus proof of a current health care provider CPR

card, validated Health Insurance and paid Liability Insurance on file with the Nursing

Programs secretary during the entire semester.

 

Students will be held accountable for all communications sent by faculty via the course’s

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) web site; therefore, you will be expected to check the site for

announcements, assignments, messages, etc. DAILY.   Faculty asks that students use the

discussion board or clinical group sites as a means to make a specific request, ask for content

clarification, to discuss clinical dates…and so forth…rather than using our school/work email

addresses.

 

Faculty reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus at any time.

 

Failure Policy:

 

The faculty reserves the right to recommend, to the BSN Program Chair and College Dean, withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized.  In addition, the student must perform within the American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of practice and code of ethics.

 

If student performance falls below acceptable standards of practice, then the student will NOT successfully complete this course.  Certain aspects of these standards directly relate to safety in patient care and professionalism in practice.  If student performance drops below the standard in these two areas, then the possibility of successful completion of the clinical component of the course is unlikely.  The faculty recognizes that the issues of patient safety and professional standards cannot be compromised; therefore, any student who does not meet these standards will immediately receive a failing evaluation.  The severity of these infractions warrants immediate failure of this course. The ANA standards or practice and code of ethics are posted in the BSN Student Handbook.

 

Disruptive Behaviors:

 

Behaviors that detract from the learning process will NOT be tolerated.  Pagers and cellular phones are to be muted during all class sessions and pre-clinical/clinical experiences so that others will not be disturbed. During administration of exams and any type of exam review, cell phones MUST be turned OFF and maintained AWAY from the testing location.  Because class periods are 2 hours in length, there will be a break scheduled.  Disruptions occurring from students entering or leaving the classroom during class time are to be avoided.  Children are not to be brought to class.

 

 

 

 

Cheating Policy:

 

The BSN Program does not condone cheating in any form and considers it as a serious offense.  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 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.

 

For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken, please refer to the policy statement in the MSU Student Handbook.  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, and for educational purposes.

 

 

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HONOR CREED

 

“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to 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, 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                      

 

(Please note:  The student acknowledges this honor creed by writing his/her name on exam booklet during each testing session.)

 

Disability Support Services (DSS):

 

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 admissions, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.

 

MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements.  Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) before classroom accommodations can be provided.  For assistance, call the campus Disability Support Services office at (940) 397-4140. 

 

It is the student's responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration with the DSS, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact their individual instructor 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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.