2004-2 (Spring Term)
Welcome to NUR2810C – Professional Nursing Leadership. The faculty is committed to your successful completion of this course. As this is designated as a “C” course, you will receive one combined grade that reflects an integration of the seminar and clinical components. Grading will be based on the established criteria and your successful completion of the various components of this course. Please review this syllabus and feel free to contact the faculty for clarification. We wish you success in this course.
Denacy Walker Office: Room 2321
Course Coordinator Phone: 305-237-4067
NCLEX-RN review book
- Attendance: Seminar attendance is mandatory in order for you to successfully meet course objectives.
- Preparation & Participation: You should prepare for each seminar by reading assigned pages. Based on your readings, write 2 thought-provoking questions and the page in the text your question refers to on 3x5 index cards and bring to class. Textbooks should be brought to class so that you may refer to your text during class discussions. Information provided in the text will provide a basis for seminar discussions. Failure to prepare for or participate in the seminars will be reflected in your course grade.
- Components of Grade: You should carefully review the minimum requirements for a passing grade of “C” as well as the additional requirements for the grades of “B” and “A”.
- Standardized testing: During the course, you will be assessed using standardized diagnostic tests that will provide valuable individual feedback. All of these scheduled tests are required. Failure to take the test(s) will result in a grade of “I” (Incomplete) for the course. Specific testing dates and times are listed on the course calendar.
· ATI Comprehensive Examinations
o ATI RN-Comprehensive Assessment Exam will be taken independently via the Internet. This non-proctored exam will be taken independently via the Internet during the first week of the course. Course faculty will verify that you have taken this exam.
After the Comprehensive Assessment Exam taken during the first week of this course, you are expected to devote time to remediation of identified areas of weakness as well as to a general review in preparation for the Comprehensive Predictor Exam. This review would include practice NCLEX questions using one of the NCLEX review books, ATI review materials, and/or related computer
ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam is a proctored examination to assess your readiness for the NCLEX-RN exam and will be administered during the third week of this course. The required passing score will be 60% correct responses. Failure to obtain 60% will result in retesting at the end of the course. Before repeating the test, you should plan to review independently.
Students who are unsuccessful on the second attempt will receive an “I” (Incomplete) for this course. Before repeating the exam, you will be required to have planned formal remediation by the end of the next term prior to any further re-testing. Students who achieve the minimum required score on the third attempt of the Comprehensive Predictor Exam would receive a grade of “C” for this course regardless of the actual earned grade.
o ATI Nursing Leadership & Management Exam will be taken independently via the internet. This non-proctored exam will be taken independently during the first week of the course. Course faculty will verify that the exam has been taken.
NCLEX-RN: After the comprehensive exam taken during the first week of this course, you are expected to devote time to remediation of identified areas of weakness as well as to a general review in preparation of the NCLEX-RN Exam. The preparation should include practice NCLEX questions using one of the NCLEX review books, ATI review materials, and or computer related software.
Please refer to Manual of Clinical Performance and the Clinical Evaluation Tool.
Dress code and supplies:
Please refer to
Schoolof Nursing Orientation Manual
Please refer to
. Students must present documentation of health/CPR requirements on the first clinical day. Schoolof Nursing Orientation Manual
Attendance is mandatory. Absences will be noted on the clinical evaluation tool and may jeopardize your ability to successfully complete course requirements. All clinical days include a 30-minute meal break and a 15-minute off-unit break.
Clinical faculty and your assigned nursing unit must be notified in advance of any absences.
During this course you will function as a member of the health care team under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (preceptor). Your clinical instructor will be accessible to you and will evaluate your ability to accomplish identified objectives in conjunction with your assigned preceptor. The specific roles of the student, clinical instructor, and preceptor are outlined in the syllabus.
A “Preceptor Information”
document has been prepared for you to share with your preceptor. This includes information regarding
roles of student, faculty, and the preceptor during the Professional Nursing
Please review the following grading criteria. Your grade for Professional Nursing Leadership will be based on your successful completion of these requirements. In order to pass this course, you must meet the requirements for a grade of “C.”
To obtain a grade of “C”
To obtain a grade of “B”
q I will complete all of the above requirements for a grade of “C” plus
q Complete a special project or activity.
To obtain a grade of “A”
q I will complete all of the above requirements for a grade of “B” plus prepare and present a teaching project to the unit staff on a topic appropriate for the staff and approved by the clinical faculty
o Written outline
o Unit presentations
Guidelines for Clinical Assignments
Assignments - All written assignments for the course will be submitted to and graded by your clinical instructor. Assignments will be graded as pass/fail. Each assignment may be resubmitted one time.
Behavioral Objectives – Each student is required to submit four (4) typewritten personal behavioral objectives to his/her clinical faculty. Prior to the due date, a handwritten copy may be given to your clinical instructor for correction and/or clarification. All objectives must be finalized by the end of the first week of clinical. Behavioral objectives are cognitive, affective, and psychomotor and one of each type should be included. Information regarding the development of objects will be provided during seminar orientation. Your clinical instructor will be available to assist you as well.
Daily Journal – Students are required to maintain a written journal of their activities in the clinical area. The journal should include how you are meeting both course and personal objectives and is intended to give you a systematic way of documenting the activities and experiences throughout the course. This also provides a vehicle for communicating with the clinical instructor as well as a means of evaluating your progress. Entries should be made for each clinical day and dated. Your clinical instructor will expect the journal to be kept up to date and may ask to read it on a daily basis while in the hospital. Please obtain a small notebook to be used for your journal.
Write as if you were writing a letter or speaking to someone. Include events of the day and how you responded to new challenges and conflicts. Be sure to include:
Responsibilities of the day (unit and patient)
Procedures performed and new learning
Evaluation of your actions and nursing care
Progress towards meeting personal and course objectives
Actual or perceived problems along with resolutions
EXAMPLE OF ENTRY:
“I was assigned three patients and had one nursing technician to work with. The tech had an attitude because she has been here forever and doesn’t like students, and I felt intimidated. She didn’t do the work and I was accountable. At noon, I decided to talk to her. I started by saying I really needed her help because I was just learning. Surprise! She listened to me and we were able to work things out. She was a big help this afternoon when I had a new admission and a discharge. My three patients are all telemetry patients, and I can tell I don’t have enough experience reading EKGs. Will try to brush up on heart blocks. All in all, this was a good day because I did handle everything without any major mistakes. The best part was when a patient’s wife told me she was so thankful I was caring for her husband.”
Please note that the projects you may pursue for the grades of “B” or “A” are independent of one another. In other words, if you choose to work on one topic for your “B” project, this project may not be part of the “A” project as well.
This assignment is required for a grade of “B”
Special Project or Activity - Special projects or activities will be agreed upon between the student and clinical instructor. The primary requirement is that the project or activity assists the student in meeting course objectives. Prior approval for any project must be obtained from the clinical instructor. Projects and activities must be completed during the leadership course. The project must be submitted to your clinical instructor. All submitted written documents must be typed double-spaced, in a 12-point font using the APA format.
The following is a list of suggested special projects/activities:
- Prepare a bulletin board display.
- Design a game to teach a concept to future nursing students.
- Make videotape for future student use.
- Conduct an interview (your subject may be a recent nursing graduate, a nurse who has practiced for more than 25 years, a nurse administrator, a nurse researcher, a nurse practitioner, etc.). Interview guidelines and questions you plan to ask of the interviewee should be submitted to faculty before conducting the interview. Submit a final narrative report of the actual interview including a one-page summary and analysis
- Participate in one of the campus, college, community initiatives, or FNSA projects from a leadership perspective. Approval of the Course Coordinator must be obtained prior to participating in one of these initiatives.
This assignment is required for a grade of “A”
Teaching Presentation – Discuss and receive approval of your topic from the unit manager, charge nurse or preceptor. The topic must be appropriate for staff needs. Discuss, receive approval, and submit a teaching outline to the clinical instructor prior to the scheduled presentation. The written outline should include:
- Rationale for choosing the topic (Why did you choose this topic?)
- Two or three behavioral objectives (What do you want the learner to learn?)
- Teaching strategies (research and prepare a poster board, chart, Powerpoint presentation, or other visual aids)
- Evaluation method/tool (pre-test, post-test, return demonstration, etc.)
Two students may collaborate on a teaching/learning project. Approval of any joint project will be at the discretion of your clinical instructor. However, each student must actively participate in the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the project.
The presentation will be evaluated on creativity, achievement of learning objectives, organization, evaluation and adherence to the time frame of 10-15 minutes. Other visual aids, in addition to the poster board, may be used. Presentations are to be done individually and your clinical instructor must attend the actual presentation.
All assignments must be turned in to the clinical instructor by the due dates.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES