Scholarly Discussion (graded)
What are the principles of scholarly discussion in an online environment? How does this differ from a friendly conversation or social network? How can we ensure that our course discussions remain scholarly?
Strategies for Success in the Online Learning Environment (graded)
List your strengths and areas for improvement or barriers as you begin this online program. Identify strategies for success in the online learning environment. Identify strategies to overcome your identified barriers.
A Community Learns About APA Format (graded)
As we learn together about APA format and its use in scholarly communication, questions will undoubtedly surface. Your initial post should be a well-developed question about a specific area of APA format that is particularly troublesome to you (stating something like “How do I cite a source?” is not specific). When you respond to a classmate, if possible, attempt to provide an answer to the classmate’s question, including the p. number (page number) from the APA Manual. HINT: By the end of the week, we’ll have a great collection of APA Questions & Answers with p. numbers!
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Communication (graded)
Nurses communicate with a wide variety of people each day: patients, families, other nurses, people in the community, and other healthcare professionals. What factors ensure that both written and oral communications with other healthcare professionals are clear and professional? Describe how nurses can best use professional communication to improve interdisciplinary collaboration.
Socialization for the Nurse Returning to School (graded)
As you enter your RN-BSN educational program, you are again going through a period of socialization or transformation. As you learn more about the roles of the BSN-prepared nurse, how can you use other nurses with BSNs and higher degrees to help you in your socialization or transformation? What factors are most important as you become socialized as a BSN student? What are your resources in this process? How can this process be most effective?
Philosophy of Nursing (graded)
As you considered the four central concepts of professional nursing from the lesson, you thought about how each of those is incorporated into your own philosophy of nursing. Select one of those four central concepts, and explain how it is exemplified in your own philosophy of professional nursing.
Integration of Evidence-Based Practice (graded)
Now that you are on your BSN journey, you are developing skills to search CINAHL for evidence, access articles, critically appraise the results, and translate the evidence into practice. As the BSN nurse who has these skills, explain in detail how you will implement evidence-based practice in the care of patients in your practice area. You may use an example of a nursing issue from your practice area if you like.
Differentiated Practice (graded)
Examine Table 1-4 in Hood. Provide an example of how earning your BSN will help you to practice nursing differently. How will the BSN enhance your practice? How will you practice differently?
Using Nursing Knowledge to Apply Nursing Theory to Practice (graded)
Nurses are increasingly considered knowledge workers. We are valued for what we know and how we think rather than what we do. Select one of the nursing theories from your readings this week (or another nursing theory from your textbook). How can you apply your selected theory of professional nursing to your nursing care? Provide specifics using terminology from the theory you selected to explain your use.
Healthcare Delivery and Access (graded)
The United States Census Bureau (2011) reported that approximately 48.6 million people in the United States lacked health insurance in 2011. In the role of nurse as teacher, how can nurses influence legislators in order to improve the healthcare system and promote access for all Americans?
United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. (2011). Health insurance: Highlights: 2011.
Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/incpovhlth/2011/highlights.html
Legal Regulation of Nursing (graded)
Although every RN in the United States takes the same licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), each state is charged with the licensing of nurses and the creation of law and rules to govern nursing practice in that state. Locate the Nurse Practice Act (or nursing law) for your state, and investigate one of the following issues: delegation by the RN to the unlicensed assistive personnel, use of the term nursing diagnosis, patient abandonment (refusal of an assignment), or requirements for continued licensure (practice, continuing education, or others). Tell us what your state’s law says on this issue and how this impacts your practice.
Ethics, Standards, and Implementation (graded)
Codes of ethics and standards for professional nursing practice have been developed by some professional nursing organizations. These codes and standards guide us in our practice and our interactions with consumers, other nurses, and other healthcare professions. Select at least one of the ethical standards or one of the standards of practice and tell us how you implement this in your current practice or how you will implement it in your future practice. Which standard is most challenging to you, and why?
Think about professionalism in nursing practice as the act of keeping promises. Tell us the promises that you make to clients. How do these promises demonstrate your professionalism?
Shaping the Future of Nursing (graded)
The nursing profession has been shaped by many great nurses throughout history. How will you help to shape the future of nursing? What is the role of professional organizations in shaping the future? What is the responsibility for professional nurses to belong to these organizations?
Career Map (graded)
Think about the roles and activities of the professional nurse as described in this course. What future do you see for yourself based on these roles? Which roles will you work to develop in your practice? How will you change your practice and your career to incorporate the principles and roles of the professional nurse? Focusing on the roles of the professional nurse presented in the Week 3 Lesson, use the career map format from the Week 8 lesson to plan your future!