Service Learning I

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 3882  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Off-Campus

Days & Times:

This is an off-campus course which involves 90 on-site volunteer hours at community agencies/organizations.



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Mary  Jo Distel   
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Course Objectives

Objectives

1. Describe the skills necessary for identifying and addressing health needs of the client in a community service organization.

2. Demonstrate therapeutic communication techniques when interacting with clients and other members of the health care team/community service organization.

3. Utilize the nursing process to establish nursing diagnoses relevant to the physical, cultural, and social needs of the client in a community service organization

4. Develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate plans of care.

5. Demonstrate patient teaching for health promotion and disease prevention in a community service setting.

 

6. Utilize legal and ethical concepts to provide safe and effective care of the client in community service setting.

7. Describe the role of nurse as patient and community advocate.

 

Course Expectations

Course Content:

Participation in 90 hours of Service Learning Activities

Examples of Service Learning Organizations/Agencies

  • United Way
  • YMCA
  • Girls/Boys Club
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Head Start
  • Homeless shelter
  • Area food bank
  • Salvation Army
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hospice centers
  • Health Department (various programs)
  • Pregnancy help agencies
  • The Kitchen/Meals on Wheels
  • Other organizations per faculty approval

Community Health Fair

Great Day of Service (spring semester)

 

Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods:

 

1.         Students will develop a sense of self-understanding. (Assessment method: 90% of the students will receive a satisfactory score on their reflection journals.

 

2.         Students will demonstrate an understanding of the psychosocial, economic and physical challenges experienced by vulnerable populations. (90% of the students will score at least a 74% on the written assignment of this course.)

 

Required Texts

Schoenfeld, R. M. (2004).  Service-learning guide and journal:  Higher education edition. Seattle, WA:  Guide and Journal Publications. (ISBN 9780974450438)

 Midwestern State University BSN Handbook found at: http://www.mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/academics/hs2/nursing/pdf/BSN-handbook.pdf

 Recommended/optional texts or reference books

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

Nursing texts from pre-requisite/co-requisite nursing courses

Nursing reference books from pre-requisite/co-requisite courses


Grading Standards

Evaluation

Grading Scale

 

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

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

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

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

64 & Below ………………………………………………..…..................................................... F

 

 

Grades will not be rounded to the next highest score.

 

Evaluation Methods for NURS 3882

 

The final course grades will be calculated in the following manner:

 

Vulnerable Population Assignment (Research Paper).....……………………………………50%

Teaching/Learning Activity for Community Agency Clientele.…………….……………….50%

Satisfactory Completion of 90 hours of Self-Scheduled Community Service………………Pass

Satisfactory Completion of Self-Reflection in Journal Entries……………………………...Pass

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

 

Grading Criteria

 

Vulnerable Population Research Paper (50% of course grade)

 

Students will submit a professional research paper addressing the following learning objectives:

  1. Select a vulnerable population from handout (posted on D2L) and discuss why it is vulnerable.
  2. Describe the primary factors that contribute to health disparities among people/groups in this vulnerable population.
  3. Explain how culture and ethnicity may affect the vulnerable person’s/population’s physical and psychologic health.
  4. Describe strategies for successfully/effectively communicating with a person who is included in the vulnerable population. (address language issues, spirituality/religion; family roles/relationships; personal space/touch beliefs; nutrition; medication practices; psychologic factors; etc)
  5. Apply strategies for incorporating cultural information in the nursing process when providing care for patients in the vulnerable population.
  6. Describe the role of nursing in reducing health disparities in the vulnerable population.
  7. Examine ways that your own cultural background may influence nursing care when working with patients in the vulnerable population.

This paper will be prepared using the learning objectives noted above as a guide and content must be substantiated by conducting  research using peer reviewed nursing articles and the adult health (medical-surgical) textbook.

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

 

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

Papers will be submitted by posting it in the course D2L Drop Box (in the folder titled “Vulnerable Populations”) by midnight on Friday, October 11, 2013. If you have an emergency that precludes you from meeting this deadline; please negotiate with the faculty for an extension PRIOR to the due date.  Five points will be deducted from the grade on the paper for every day it is late.

 

 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 appropriately using APA guidelines.

 

The paper will be graded using the rubric posted for this assignment on D2L.

Teaching/Learning Activity for Community Agency Clientele (50% of course grade)

Students will submit a teaching/learning activity based on the following learning outcomes which correlate with the steps of the nursing process:

  1. Assess learning needs among agency’s/organization’s adult clientele.
  2. Prioritize teaching goals for identified clientele.
  3. Analyze teaching implications related to the educational needs of the identified adult learners.
  4. Apply strategies to manage challenges to learning effectiveness.
  5. Evaluate the role of the family/caregiver in patient teaching, if applicable.
  6. Apply the basic steps in the teaching-learning process to your clientele population.
  7. Relate the physical, psychologic, and sociocultural characteristics of the client to the teaching-learning process.
  8. Select, design, and present at least one appropriate teaching strategy for the identified population/client.
  9. Select appropriate methods to evaluate client/family teaching.

This activity will be prepared using the learning objectives noted above as a guide.  Based on the needs assessment, this activity may be completed in the form of a presentation to clients or agency staff; or in the form of a poster/informational handouts/brochures/etc to leave at the facility.  Feel free to use your imagination and creative talents in completing this assignment.  If preparing written/printed educational materials for an organization or agency, make certain they are written using age-appropriate lay terms.

A paper, to explain how the student utilized the nursing process in this assignment, is to accompany the teaching/learning activity and should be typewritten according to APA (6th edition) style guidelines, and double-spaced.  The body of the paper is to be no more than four pages in length. It should include a title page and a reference page.

 

This assignment will be due in its entirety (paper placed in course D2L Drop Box folder labeled “Teaching/Learning Activity” and teaching/learning activity/item brought to faculty’s office—Bridwel 312) for faculty review by 1700 hours on Friday, November 22, 2013.  It will be graded using the rubric posted for the assignment on D2L.

Community Service Volunteering (Must satisfactorily “pass” this component of course)

 

Students must complete a total of 90 clock hours of volunteering with community organizations/agencies in order to successfully progress in this course.  All 90 hopurts may be done in a single agency or time may be divided between two (45 hours each) or three (30 hours each) agencies. 

 

Students will contact organizations/agencies in which they wish to volunteer, and will self schedule days/timeframes with that agency.  After making initial contact, students will complete a Collaborative Learning Contract which will be signed/dated by the student and the volunteer coordinator/agency point of contact. The signed contracts will be returned to course faculty for filing.

 

Students will complete the Service Learning Time Line Record at the close of each service learning experience and will have the entry signed by an agency/organization representative.  The Time Line Record will be turned in to the course faculty member by the last day of classes, December 6, 2013 by 1700 hours.

 

Self-Reflection Journaling (Must satisfactorily “pass” this component of course)

 

Students will “journal” about each service learning experience they participate in by posting an entry on the course D2L discussion board for faculty review/replies.  Journal entries will be posted after every session and should reflect activities the student performed, interactions the student had with clients and personnel, ways the experience helped the student gain inner satisfaction from doing something meaningful for others, and how the experience helped prepare the student for civic engagement and personal/professional development.

 

Documentation of this self-reflection, through journaling, is required for successful progression in this course.


Submission Format Policy

All submissions for this course will be done on the course Desire2Learn (D2L) on-line site.



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

Late written assignments will be accepted, but the grade will be adversely affected; points will be deducted for each day the papers are 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

Completion of 90 volunteer hours is mandatory for successful completion of this course.


Other Policies

Failure Policy/Cheating Policy:

 

 A student who receives a "D" or lower in an ACCEL-RN course will not be permitted to continue in the accelerated BSN program.  In the event of course failure, the student may contact the BSN coordinator for consideration in enrolling in the 28-month prelicensure BSN program.

 

The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the Program Chairs, Graduate Coordinator, Department Chair, and College Dean withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if client care/interactions are jeopardized.  In addition, the student must perform within the 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 client assessment/care and professionalism in practice.  If student performance drops below the standard in these two areas, then the possibility of satisfactory completion of the field/agency component of the course is unlikely.  The faculty recognizes that the issues of client 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.

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Statement & 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 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) 397-4140 or come by Disability Support Services in Clark Student Center room 168. Please see the instructor outside of class to make any 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.

Cheating policy

The Wilson School of Nursing and Midwestern State University do not condone cheating in any form and considers it a serious offense. Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations, providing testing information that would advantage another student, and plagiarism. Specifics are to be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks and the MSU Student Handbook. 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. Cheating may include, but is not limited to: removing quiz or exam content, disseminating quiz/exam content, sharing quiz/exam information, being in possession of or using electronics during testing.

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.

 

 

University Student Honor Creed

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)


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.