Theories & Concepts: Introduction to Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 3103  Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

Tuesday Thursday 1- 2:20

Course Attachments

Interview PaperGrading Rubric    Interview Grading Rubric Fall 2010.doc

Class Schedule  Introduction to Nursing Calendar3103 Fall2010-20120329-153013.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jane Leach   
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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.

Grading Standards

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

 Unit Exams  4 @ 15 % each                                 60 %

Interview paper                                                         20 %

Discussion Board Assignments                          10 %

Final Exam                                                                10 %

Total                                                                          100 % 

 An overall course grade of at least 74 percent must be achieved based upon the above computation, and all assignment/evaluation components must be completed to receive a passing grade. There will be no rounding of grades in this or any nursing course.

Final Exam12/2/2010  1300

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


Faculty will post 4-5 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.


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 and you will be awarded Bonus tickets that can be redeemed on upcoming exams. Tickets must be brought with you to the exam to redeem your bonus points.

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



Other Policies


Class Etiquette

We find that we all do much better when expectations are identified early.  Everyone then knows what to expect, and it is with this in mind that these class guidelines have been written.

1.   We are dedicated to providing an optimal learning experience in this nursing class and appreciate written feedback about this class at anytime.

2.   Copies of written student assignments may be kept on file by faculty for accreditation purposes.

3.    Don’t let yourself get behind.  If you are having trouble, please contact one of your faculty members immediately. The faculty’s office hours are posted on our doors. 

4.   When participating in class discussion, talk to the entire class - not just to the person(s) next to you. Talking to your neighbor while either a faculty member or a classmate is speaking to the class is not considered respectful of others and is distracting to all other class members.

5.  Cell phones may not be used at anytime during the class and this includes texting during class. Students seen texting will be asked to leave. Laptop computers may be used by individuals, but if students around you are distracted you will be asked to leave or shut off the laptop. 

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.