Family Nurse Practitioner I

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5163/5173  Section Number: X10

Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 305

Days & Times:

Wed 5:00-7:00 PM

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Debra Gail Walker DNP, FNP-BC   
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Course Objectives



1.    Analyze clinical applicability of selected major health promotion / wellness theorists.

2.    Evaluate the impact of major health / illness trends on health care costs and the legal ethical issues across the life span.


3.    Explore current wellness / health maintenance guidelines in the context of clinical practice across the life span.


4.    Interpret the role of the nurse practitioner in the health promotion / health maintenance arena.


5.    Design, implement, and evaluate a health promotion / maintenance teaching program that is relevant to the needs of the client.


6.    Demonstrate competency in the practitioner roles of clinical judgment and management in the delivery of primary care across the life span.


Course Expectations



Evaluation Components

% of Grade

Clinical Assignments:

Clinical Grade

·    SOAP Notes


·    Midterm Clinical Practicum


·    Final Practicum




Didactic Assignments:

Didactic Grade

·    Clinical Decision Making Modules


·    Laboratory Modules


·    Mid-term Examination


·    Final Test Examination


·    Discussion Board





In order to pass a course containing both didactic and clinical requirements, the student must pass both the classroom/didactic and clinical components of the course. In addition, the student must pass both clinical practica (midterm and final) examinations to receive a passing clinical grade for the course. If a student receives less than passing (80%) on either the average of the didactic components, the average of the clinical assignments, or either of the clinical practica, the maximum grade earned for the course will be 79% and the student will not be permitted to progress in the program. Passing score on each practica examination and on the average of the didactic assignments is 80%.  Only one attempt is allowed for each practicum. It is the student’s responsibility to know their grade status.

Grading Standards


Grading Scale          












64 and below


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


1.    Late assignments including CDMS, Lab Modules, and Soap Notes  will receive a grade of 0. All assignments must be uploaded to WebCT in the Assignment section by the due date.  If the student has computer problems the assignment must then be submitted on time in the WebCT mail section.  This is to be used in emergency situations only.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Attendance Requirements


Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements


Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the MSU Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook.


Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments and clinical responsibilities as necessary.


Students are expected to participate in clinical for a total of 192 hours in an approved clinical site. When in clinical, students are required to have proof of malpractice insurance and a current RN license. Students are required to document clinical hours on E-logs. All clinical sites must be approved by the faculty advisor prior to the clinical. Approved clinical sites must have a contract with MSU and a signed preceptor agreement. A current list of approved clinical sites is available through Nancy Halverson.

Clinical hours are Monday – Friday 7:00AM -7:00 PM .  No weekend clinical or night clinical are allowed.


Students are expected to be in class and to participate in class discussions. The student is expected to read about the topic area(s) prior to class. Five points will be deducted from the student’s total grade for unexcused absences.



Other Policies


Preceptor Selection Process


A.    FNP I Students

1.    Preceptors will be Advance Practice Nurses (APNs).

2.    Students may be assigned a specific preceptor at the discretion of the FNP faculty. Otherwise, they will select their preceptors from the MSU preceptor list, with approval of their clinical faculty advisor and/or FNP Program Coordinator.

3.    Clinical sites will be within a 150 mile radius of the MSU campus. Exemption to the clinical site 150 mile radius requirement will be considered on an individual bases. Expenses for faculty evaluation and clinical practicum visits to the clinical site (to include mileage based on Federal rates, airfare, accommodations, and food) will be assumed by the student should the exemption be granted.



Faculty Site Visits and Clinical Practicum Guidelines


Site visits with Practicum will be arranged at the faculty's discretion The first practicum will be performed prior to mid semester, as outlined in the course calendar. The second and final practicum will be performed at the completion of the course clinical requirements as outlined in the course calendar.


The student is responsible for contacting the faculty at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit to confirm date, time, and site.  The student is also responsible for providing ACCURATE directions to the scheduled site, name, and phone number of clinic and preceptor. The student is responsible for ensuring a variety of patients will be accessible to the student on the scheduled day in order to complete the site visit in a timely fashion. The student should plan for 2-3 hours for each faculty site visit/practicum. The student will be evaluated on one patient encounter. The faculty will have the authority to request the student see several patients prior to or after the practicum patient in order to provide the faculty with a comprehensive picture of the student’s abilities and skills. The faculty may assign the clinical site of the midterm and final practicum. The faculty may request that a student be double graded at any clinical practicum.


The student is responsible for informing their preceptor that faculty will wish to talk with the preceptor during that visit, approximately 5-10 minutes. The student will also have a copy of the Clinical Practicum Evaluation form available for the evaluating faculty member at the practicum visit.


Students deemed unsafe or incompetent will not be permitted to progress in the program and will receive a maximum grade of 79% for the course.  Demonstrating any of the following behaviors will constitute clinical failure:           


·    Demonstrates unsafe performance

·    Lacks insight and understanding of own behaviors and behavior of others.

·    Needs continuous specific and detailed supervision.

·    Has difficulty in adapting to new ideas and roles.

·    Falsifies Clinical hours or preceptor signature.


Students deemed unsafe or incompetent by a preceptor may be evaluated by two faculty staff members in a clinical situation.  Students may be required by faculty to complete additional clinical hours, before advancing in the program.


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