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Role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 5283
Summer I 2015
Days & Times


Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

  Course Description

 This course examines the multiple roles of the nurse in advanced practice and the integration of these roles into practice settings, and explores the process of resource utilization in relationship to health care management, health promotion, and cost effectiveness.


1. Evaluate the roles of the nurse in advanced practice (e.g.) clinical, researcher, educator, and consultant in providing care for individuals, families, and

groups in a variety of settings.

2.  Examine the evolution of advanced practice roles within the nursing profession and the health care system.

3.  Examine legal parameters that govern advanced nursing practice.

4.  Examine the multiple factors influencing the health care of culturally diverse and underserved populations.

5.  Apply theory and research from various disciplines to design health systems for individuals, families and groups.

6. Participate with other disciplines in planning and formulating health care programs and policies.

Course Expectations

 Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

 Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the MSU Graduate Catalog and MSN Student Handbook.

 Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments and grades as necessary.

 Students are expected to participate in seminar and D2L discussions. Reading assignments should be completed as outlined in the course calendar. All written assignments should be in APA, 6th edition, format. This includes citations and references.


Grading Standards


Grading Scale












65 and below


Submission Format Policy

Assignment File Naming

All assignments will be submitted through D2L drop box section.

  1. E-mailing assignments is not acceptable and will not be considered for grading.
  2. When uploading an assignment to the drop box section of D2L please use the following guidelines for naming of the files. Your last name, assignment name:  Example: HowardRoleAssignment.doc
  3. Assignments that are named incorrectly will take longer to grade and points will be deducted from the assignment grade.

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.
Late Paper Policy

Timely Assignment Submission and Incomplete Work

 Papers, presentations, and other assigned work must be submitted on time. Failure of a student to submit work at the designated time will result in a grade of zero unless prior arrangements have been made in writing.


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.

Attendance Requirements

Online course

Other Policies

 Progression Policy

 As with all graduate courses in the Nursing Programs at MSU, a B (80 or above) must be earned in order to pass the course and progress in the Masters program. If a grade of C or less is earned in any graduate nursing course, the course must be repeated the next regular academic semester during which the course is offered. A nursing course may be repeated only once. Failure to achieve the minimum grade of B when repeating a course will result in dismissal from the program. Refer to the MSU Graduate Catalog for additional information on progression.


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, 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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at