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Alternative Modalities



It is anticipated that the initial discussion post should be in the range of 250-300 words. Response posts to peers have no minimum word requirement but must demonstrate topic knowledge and scholarly engagement with peers. Substantive content is imperative for all posts. All discussion prompt elements for the topic must be addressed. Please proofread your response carefully for grammar and spelling. Do not upload any attachments unless specified in the instructions. All posts should be supported by a minimum of one scholarly resource, ideally within the last 5 years. Journals and websites must be cited appropriately. Citations and references must adhere to APA format.

Initial Response


In the Online Nursing Orientation resource module you were introduced to our graduate nursing certification success platform – the ‘3


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 Vs’ – ‘Vision, Value, Victory’.  For those of you who also completed their graduate nursing theory and research courses in our program additional information was conveyed about our certification success framework.


Certification success thinking starts with your ‘vision’ to enter the program. Through the ‘3 Vs’ we hope to focus students’ thoughts about the ‘value’ that each course in the program brings to movement toward certification success. And ‘victory’ comes with success is achieved by success on planned certification exams.


Other ‘models’ that have the potential to impact your perspective on the ‘value’ of your course work have been provided for those of you who completed theory and research as a part of our program.  Another model is examined in this course.


First utilized in the 1920s and often viewed as a model to view/guide process improvement model is the PDSA model (Plan, Do, Study, Act).  The model parallels the tenants of action research in education and can be used to guide development of treatment plans for patients (or self) as well.


One of the aims of the ‘3 Vs’ is to convey how ‘models’ thinking contributes to the development of your critical decision making processes.  Here we will apply the PDSA model to what may be an everyday circumstance.  Our goal, however, is that you gain an understanding of the value of models and come to see them as a part of your everyday decision making rather than as nebulous ideology.


In this unit you will be reading about complementary, alternative and integrative health care approaches.


Review information about those therapies on the NCCIH website accessed through the link below. to an external site.


Please develop a discussion that responds to each of the following prompts.  Where appropriate your discussion needs to be supported by scholarly resources.  Be sure to include in-text citations in the context of the discussion and provide a full reference citation at the end of the discussion.


Discussion Prompts

From your review of the NCCIH website you know that about 30% of adults engage with health care modalities not typically considered part of the conventional medical care model.

The likelihood exists that either you or someone you know has utilized complementary, alternative or integrative health care modalities.

Reflect on one of those non-conventional modalities that you have experience with.

Construct a discussion of that experience utilizing the PDSA model schemata.

Support elements of the ‘Plan’ aspect with appropriate information from scholarly resources.

Compare the ‘Study’ aspect with findings from scholarly resources.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.


The post and responses are valued at 40 points. Please review post and response expectations. Please review the rubric to ensure that your response meets criteria.


Your initial response is due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT.


Estimated time to complete: 2 hours