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Clinical Decision-making

Course Details

Course Number
4613/4612
Section Number
4613/4612
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
108
Days & Times

Every other MWF 1700 to 1850

Professor
Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Objectives

AACN Essentials

DEC Competencies

1.  Apply the theories and concepts learned throughout the program to clinical situations.

 

I, VII

I: A,B,C,D

II: A,B,C,D,E,F

III: B,D,E,F

IV: C,D,E,V

2.  Utilize problem-solving approaches in recognizing and meeting patient care needs.

I, IX

I: B,C,D

II: B,D

 

3.  Apply clinical judgment skills in the coordination of patient care.

I, IX

I: A,B

II: B,C,D,E

III: B

4.  Implement the nursing role of coordinator of care.

II, VI, VII, VIII, IX

I: B

II: B,C,D,E

III: B,F

IV: A,C,D,F

5.  Integrate effective communication, research, and teaching-learning principles in coordinating patient care.

II, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX

I: B

II: A,B,C,F

III: B,D,E

IV: A,C,D,E,F

6.  Evaluate effective and non-effective nursing interventions in providing care to patients.

I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX

I: B,D

II: B,C

III: B

IV: D

7.  Examine the legal, ethical, cultural, economic, and spiritual issues related to the care of patients.

II, VII, VIII, IX

I: A

II: B,C

III: E,F

 
Course Expectations

Course Content:

 

Course assignments:

 

Course activities:

 

1.         Course activities will be assigned throughout the semester.

2.         Course activities assigned during class times may only be completed during class at the time of administration. There will be no “make-up” assignments.

3.         The  two lowest scores on course activities will be dropped from the average.

4.         There are six Practice Exams within PassPoint. Each of these exams represents a course activity. Once completed, the student will have completed 1590 questions in Pass Point. Failure to complete the exams prior to the due date will result in a zero of the assignment.

5.         Students are expected to achieve a Pass Point mastery of 8 on overall performance. Students who achieve this mastery earn 10 points as a course activity and those who do not earn a zero on the activity.

6.         Students are expected to score at least an 850 on the Evolve Exit Exam. Students who achieve this score earn 10 points as a course activity and those who do not earn a zero on the activity.

7.         Classroom assignments are to reflect the student’s individual effort or assigned group effort, therefore any collaboration or use of sources beyond what is permitted in the instructions for the assignment will be considered academic dishonesty.

 

Exams:

 

1.         Three 75-question exams will be administered on Fridays, September 8, 2017, October 6, 2017, and November 3, 2017

2.         Missed exams will be offered for “make-up” on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 1700 in BH 108 .

3.         Exams and quizzes will be administered through Exam Soft’s application SofTest.

a.      Exam Soft requires loading SofTest application for taking course exams (Exam Soft must be purchased on-line at the start of every semester).  See Exam Soft tab on course D2L Course Content site for hyperlink.  

b.     Laptop computer which meets Wilson SON system requirements (refer to handout entitled “Technology Requirements” on course D2L site, Course Content section, Exam Soft tab) for computer testing.  All desk areas have electrical plugs available.

c.      All exams will be administered using Exam Soft and SofTest on students’ personal laptop computers. 

d.     Exam Soft will provide students with user IDs, initial passwords, and instructions on how to load SofTest. Students must maintain ready access to user IDs and passwords on exam days. If these access codes are not available for use, the student runs the risk of not taking an exam and earning the grade of “0.” 

4.         Exams are to reflect the student’s individual effort, therefore collaboration , talking during the exams, or having any physical or digital materials or equipment other than a four function calculator during the exams will be considered academic dishonesty.

 

Evolve Exit Exam:

 

1.         The Evolve Exit Exam will be administered on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1300 in BH 108.

2.         The student will pay for the exam by Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1700 at  https://secure.touchnet.com/C20137_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=39&SINGLESTORE=true

3.         The student will have four hours to complete it and review the rationales for the questions missed.

4.         Conversion scores for each administration will be used in the calculation of the course grade as indicated under the section for Evaluation Methods.

5.         PassPoint is available to assist in preparing for this exam. 

6.         Exam is to reflect the student’s individual effort, therefore collaboration , talking during the exam, or having any physical or digital materials or equipment during the exam will be considered academic dishonesty.

 

Clinical Content

 

1.         Each student will be required to complete 72 clinical hours with a preceptor, 12 clinical hours in the simulation lab, and 6 hours of patient care write-ups.

2.         Absences from patient care clinicals must be approved by the clinical instructor. The student must inform the clinical instructor before being absent from a clinical experience. The student must complete an absence form and submit to the clinical instructor before rescheduling missed clinicals. If the instructor does not approve the absence, the student will not have the opportunity to reschedule the absence and will fail the clinical component of the course. Reasons for non-approval of a clinical absence are:

            a.         Failure to notify the instructor prior to being absent

b.         Being absent for a reason other than personal illness or family or personal emergency situation

c.         Failure to show documentation of personal illness or family or personal emergency situation

3.         The student is to complete an evaluation of the preceptor following each clinical experience and attach it within one week to the dropbox in Desire 2 Learn.

4.         Clinical instructors will periodically visit the student and his/her preceptors.

5.         Students are to complete a clinical documentation form following each experience and attach it within one week to the dropbox in Desire 2 Learn.

6.         The assignments are graded using the rubric published in Desire 2 Learn.

 

Clinical Simulation Lab

 

1.         Students will complete three clinical simulations at the Regional Simulation Center for a total of 12 hours.

2.         Students will sign up for three separate visits to the simulation center.

3.         Students are expected to bring equipment needed to provide patient care and to have the resources they would normally use during a clinical experience.         

4.         Students who are late to the simulation lab will be considered absent. Absences may be rescheduled depending on space availability. If it is not possible to reschedule a simulation experience, the student may elect to complete additional (12 hours) patient care experiences to obtain clinical hours if available.

5.         Absences from a simulation clinical must be approved by clinical instructor in collaboration of the simulation staff. The student must inform the simulation center before being absent from a clinical experience. The student must complete an absence form and submit to the clinical instructor before rescheduling missed simulation experiences. If the instructor does not approve the absence, the student will not have the opportunity to reschedule the absence and will fail the clinical component of the course. Reasons for non-approval of a simulation absence are:

            a.         Failure to notify the instructor prior to being absent

b.         Being absent for a reason other than personal illness or family or personal emergency situation

c.         Failure to show documentation of personal illness or family or personal emergency situation

 

Grading Standards

Grading Scale:

 

90-100

A

80-89

B

79-74

C

65-73

D

64- and below

F

 

Evaluation Methods:  There will be no rounding of grades.

 

**Course activities (Average after 2 dropped)

10%

*Exams (3 total) 1 (10%), 2 (30%), & 3 (40%)

80 %

*Evolve Exit exam

10%

Total

100%

*Average of the three exams and the Evolve Exit exam must be at least 74% to successfully complete the course. If less than 74%, the course grade will be the average of the exams and Evolve Exit exam. If 74% or higher, then the other 10% of the course grade will be included.

**Once the student has scored at least a 74% average on the three exams and the Evolve Exit exam, the average of the course activities will be added representing 10% of the course grade.

 

Submission Format Policy Note: 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.
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.

Student Honor Creed

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.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

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.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Additional Course Requirements:

 

1.         Students must maintain satisfactory health as determined by the total faculty consensus.

 

2.         Clinical performance, campus and/or clinical laboratory, are evaluated. Students are expected to pass both clinical and classroom components of the course. Failure in either one will constitute failure in the course. A course average of at least 74% is required to successfully complete this course.

 

3.         Students must maintain a current immunization record, proof of a current CPR card, validated Health Insurance and paid Liability Insurance on file within Castlebranch during the entire semester. In order to attend class or clinical experiences, each student MUST comply with each of these requirements. 

 

4.         The calculator function in SofTest and Evolve Reach are the only calculators approved for use on exams.

 

5.         Faculty reserve the right to make changes at anytime to this syllabus.

 

6.         Students will be held accountable for all communications sent by faculty via the course’s Desire 2 Learn site; therefore, the student is expected to check the site for announcements, assignments, messages, etc. daily. Faculty asks that students use the discussion board or clinical group sites as a means to make a specific request, ask for content clarification, to submit clinical dates…and so forth…rather than using our school/work email addresses.

 

7.         Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at http://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.”

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.