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NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

Week 1 Discussion

Icebreaker Activity

Please introduce yourself to the class in an introductory posting. Tell us about your background and work experience in nursing and/or health care. If you are employed currently identify your position, or tell us if you are a full or part time student. Identify any expectations that you have of this course and/or current professional topics/challenges that you would like to see us address in the course. On a personal note, comment on any special interests or hobbies that you have outside of school and work.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 2 Discussion

 

Effective Manager

 

After completing the readings and a review of the PowerPoint slides answer the following questions in a discussion posting (2–3 paragraphs per question). Please use at least two peer-reviewed references in your posting and at least one reference per question.

 

Identify from your own experience and your review of course material what you believe are the key traits and skills of an effective manager. Provide a rationale or reference for each trait or skill selected.

 

Discuss the ways you serve as a teacher in your current role as a nurse, or in a recent role or position that you have held in the health care environment. Describe the learning opportunities that you have experienced or sought out as a professional nurse, student, etc.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 6 Discussion

 

PowerPoint Class Presentation

 

Initial Post

 

Select a topic from the 10 topics listed below and develop a power point presentation on the topic that follows the outline below these directions.

 

Topics:

 

Education: Teaching/Learning in Nursing

 

Ethics

 

Evidence-based Practice

 

Health Promotion/Belief Models

 

Leadership

 

Legal Issues in Nursing Practice

 

Professional Image of Nursing

 

Quality & Safety

 

Nursing Informatics & Technology

 

The Future of Nursing: NOF Competencies

 

Outline:

 

Introduction to Topic (Why you chose this).

 

Objectives for Presentation.

 

Background on Topic (Data, Statistics).

 

Implications for Nursing – Why Important.

 

Summary and Recommendations.

 

References.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 7 Discussion

 

Informatics & Technology

 

After completing the reading and reviewing the power point slides, the ANA position statement (privacy & confidentiality), and the Guidelines Social Media answer the following questions in two to three paragraphs using at least two to three references in your posting:

 

How has the implementation of information technology and online clinical systems affected patient confidentiality? Comment on ways to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of patient information in light of the use of social media.

 

How can the nurse ensure that the caring, interpersonal relationship with patients is intact despite the advancing technology, and the need to continually interact with information systems?

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 1 Assignment

 

Nursing Reflection – Part 1

 

An important requirement of this course is writing your own personal philosophy statement of nursing. This philosophy statement will be included in your final Portfolio for this course and will be part of your grade for the Portfolio. To help you to write your philosophy of nursing we have listed eight (8) questions below to stimulate your thinking about what you believe about nursing and what you value in nursing. Please respond to the eight (8) questions below writing your responses in complete sentences. For this assignment, you can list the question followed by your response. For example,

 

Nursing is….., and then you give your written response.

 

When you submit this Nursing Philosophy as part of your final Portfolio (in week 8) you will delete the typed question and your philosophy will read as one continuous document. You may address the topics covered in each question in paragraph form. An example of a Nursing Philosophy in final form is included in the electronic Portfolio posted on this course site (see Richard Hedstrom, RN Nurse Portfolio).

 

Questions:

 

Nursing is….

 

What I like most about nursing is…

 

Why nursing makes a difference…

 

Why I became a nurse…

 

What skills contribute to you being the best nurse, colleague, and/or person?

 

How does working with others as part of a team affect your work as a nurse?

 

Please describe an event/lesson that occurred in your nursing education or practice that you never want to forget. This could be about an interaction with a patient/co-worker/or patient’s family member that did not go well, or a situation that went extremely well. Describe what you learned from this event.

 

Please identify a nurse theorist who influences your practice. Write at least 3-4 sentences describing the basic elements of this nurse theorist’s theory/model and how this theory relates to your practice of nursing.

 

Your Portfolio should have a cover page (with your name, the course number and name, and the date) and a table of contents. Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded. This assignment is due on day 7.

 

To Submit Your Assignment:

 

Select Add Submissions button.

 

Drag or upload your file to the File Picker.

 

Select Save Changes.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 3 Assignment  

 

Resume

 

As part of preparing the required documents for your final Portfolio, please submit your resume to your faculty for review by day 6 of this week. The resume will be returned to you with comments and you will submit your revised version in your final Portfolio. This assignment will not be graded during this week of the course — this assignment is graded as part of the final Portfolio in week 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 4 Assignment  

 

Clinical Exemplar or Narrative

 

Write a one- to two- (1–2) page narrative about a clinical situation where you believe your nursing care made a difference in the care of the patient, or describe a patient care situation where you missed something important or learned a critical lesson that influenced or changed your practice going forward. Review the Yale New Haven Hospital: Clinical Nursing Exemplar Guidelines as a resource in writing this clinical narrative. Submit this assignment for review and comments by your faculty. This assignment will not be graded in week 4. Once you receive this assignment back from your faculty you will revise it and submit it as part of your final Portfolio in week 8 of this course.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 5 Assignment  

 

Nursing Reflection – Part 1

 

After completing the reading of chapter 7, review of the PPT presentation, and viewing the Healthy People 2020 website and executive summary (leading health indicators), answer the following two questions:

 

Select one of the health promotion or health belief models identified in chapter 7 of your textbook and apply it to a situation you’ve experienced in assisting a patient to change an unhealthy behavior or health practice.

 

Choose one health indicator from the list of initiatives in Healthy People 2020 that you believe is important to the health of Americans providing your rationale for its importance. Suggest additional strategies to deal with this issue or preventative measures that can be taken to promote better management of this health issue.

 

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

 

Please write one to two paragraphs for each question and cite at least two references in your responses to each of the questions.

 

To Submit Your Assignment:

 

Select the Add Submissions button.

 

Drag or upload your file to the File Picker.

 

Select Save Changes.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 7 Assignment  

 

Updated Nursing Philosophy

 

Be sure to make all revisions in your initial eight (8) question reflection assignment from week 1 that have been suggested by your faculty. Remove the statement of the question and write your philosophy statement as a continuous narrative in paragraph form. Submit the revised version of your philosophy statement to your faculty for review and approval. Your faculty will convey to you whether additional revisions are required or whether the version submitted can be included in your final Portfolio. This assignment will not be graded in week 7.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 8 Assignment  

 

Nursing Portfolio – Part 1

 

Please review the Grading Rubric for this assignment. Create the following tabbed sections in your portfolio: Philosophy and Theorist Section, Educational Section, Clinical Narratives Section, and Career Planning Section. In each of these sections, including the items identified in the Grading Rubric. You may also want to review the Portfolio example posted in Week 01 of this course (Week 01 Learning Materials, at the very bottom). Your Portfolio should have a cover page (with your name, the course number and name, and the date) and a table of contents.

 

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 3 Quiz

 

Question 1Give at least 3 reasons that RNs have a Code of Ethics (ANA) in nursing:

 

RNs have a code of Ethics to help us adhere to important standards and values.

 

The ANA Code of Ethics helps us provide quality care in difficult times and situations.

 

Question 2When a nurse is making an ethical decision define the key factors that enter into that decision-making process (cite at least 5 factors):

 

the patients best interest

 

no harm is being done

 

Question 3Define the 2 ethical terms listed below:

 

2.1. Beneficence

 

2.2. Nonmaleficence

 

Question 4As a nurse what are your major obligations in ethical decision-making?

 

Question 5The ethical principles that a nurse uses in her/his practice are typically derived from 5 sources.  Identify them:

 

Question 6Define fidelity in ethical terms and give a brief example in nursing practice:

 

Question 7What are key resources available to you when dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas?

 

Question 8Why is the ethical value of autonomy important to the nursing profession?

 

 

 

 

 

NU404 Concepts and Challenges in Professional Practice

 

Week 4 Quiz

 

Question 1Identify the 3 components or elements of EBP.

 

Question 2Define the term “Levels of Evidence”.

 

Question 3What are the 4 steps to generating and using Evidence-Based Practice?

 

Question 4Give an example of evidence-based decision that you’ve made in your practice or that you’ve witnessed in practice.

 

Question 5 What is the definition of evidence-based practice (EBP)?

 

Question 6Define / describe some of the positive outcomes of nurses applying and using EBP.

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