Critical Competency Integration

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Summer I 2017
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


AACN Essentials

DEC Competencies

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



I: A,B,C,D





2. Apply clinical judgment skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care.


I: A,B



3. Use the nursing process to plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.


I: B




4. Implement effective communication, research and teaching-learning principles in providing nursing care.


I: B





Course Expectations


1.           Each student will complete 9 NCLEX-RN practice PassPoint Exams.

2.           For each of the 9 PassPoint exams completed, the student will receive 10 PassPoint Exam points. The student must answer all of the questions on the exam to receive the exam points.

3.           The student will receive 10 PassPoint Mastery points if the student’s overall mastery after completing the 9 PassPoint Exams is at a level of 8.

4.           The 10 PassPoint Exam/Mastery points will be averaged to provide the grade the PassPoint grade.

Discussion Board:

1.           Each week students will participate on the discussion board topic for the week on D2L.

2.           Discussion topics will be graded using the following criteria:


Not Completed


Needs Improvement (1)

Meets Expectations (2)

Exceeds Expectations (3)

Initial response

Not posted or post was unprofessional. (0 points)

Posted late and/or does not address the content. (20 points)

Posted by Wednesday at 1700 and somewhat addresses the content. (25 points)

Posted by Wednesday at 1700 and completely addresses the content. (30  points)


Did not reply or feedback not useful for improvement of initial post. (0 points)

Gave feedback to at least 1 student that can be used to improve initial post. (20 points)

Gave feedback that can be used to improve initial post to at least 2 students after Friday at 1700 (25 points)

Gave feedback that can be used to improve initial post to at least 2 students by Friday at 1700 (30 points)

Second response

Did not post or post was unprofessional.  (0 points)

Posted by Sunday at 1700, but did not improve the initial post. (25 points)

Used feedback and improved initial post after 1700 Sunday. (30 points)

Used feedback and improved initial post by Sunday at 1700. (40 points)


1.           Each student is to complete a PowerPoint presentation on the topic chosen for the online discussions.

2.           The presentation is to be posted in the drop box by 1700 on Monday, August 7, 2016.

3.           The PowerPoint template will be used in completing the presentation.

4.           The presentation will be graded using the following criteria:


Not Completed


Needs Improvement (1)

Meets Expectations (2)

Exceeds Expectations (3)


Neither title nor presenter’s name included. (0 points)

Missing title or presenter’s name included. (3 points)

Title and presenter’s name included. (4 points)

Catchy title and slide includes presenter’s name. (5 points)



Did not include any of the problem, background nor significance. (0 points)

Missing some of the problem, background or significance. (8 points)

Problem explicitly stated with background and significance included. (9 points)

Problem explicitly stated with strong support of background and significance. (10 points)


Did not include PICOT. (0 points)

PICOT format not accurate. (8 points)

PICOT included but not clearly related to search strategy. (9 points)

Completed with clear link to search strategy. (10 points)

Search Strategy

Not included. (0 points)

Lacks substance (8 points)

Confirmable (9 points)

Comprehensive and confirmable. (10 points)

Critical Appraisal table

Not included (0 points)

Appraised non-research articles or table missing (8 points)

Appraised less than 5 research articles and included table (9 points)

Appraised at least 5 research articles. (10 points)

Synthesis table

Not included (0 points)

Missing clarity or completeness (8 points)

Complete and clear (9 points)

Clearly shows recommendation. (10 points)


No recommendation (0 points)

Recommendation does not follow synthesis table. (8 points)

Recommendation supported by synthesis table but difficult to follow. (9 points)

Recommendation clearly stated and supported by synthesis table. (10 points)

RN role

Not included. (0 points)

RN role is of care provider,  not EBP change initiator. (3 points)

RN role in EBP delineated but not clearly connected to recommendation (4 points)

Clearly delineates RN role in ensuring recommendation is implemented. (5 points)

Measurement plan

Not included (0 points)

Outcomes not related to recommendation or not significant. (3 points)

Outcomes are significant. (4 points)

Outcomes are specific, measurable and significant. (5 points)

Dissemination plan

Not included. (0 points)

Dissemination plan will not clearly disseminate the recommendation. (3 points)

Dissemination listed but difficult to follow. (4 points)

Clearly delineates how will disseminate the results. (5 points)

Speaker notes

Not included. (0 points)

Speaker notes for a few slides. (8 points)

Speaker notes for most slides. (9 points)

Speaker notes included for each slide. (10 points)


Too many words and poor use of graphics. (0 points)

Too many words on slides. (3 points)

Words sparse on slides, but missing graphics. (4 points)

Good use of graphics without overuse of words. (5 points)


No references listed (0 points)

More than ten APA errors (3 points)

More than five APA errors (4 points)

References listed in APA format. (5 points)

Evolve Exit Exam:

1.            The Evolve Exit Exam will be administered on Monday, August 7, 2016 from 0900-1300 in Bridwell Hall 108

2.            The student will need to purchase the exam prior to administration. Information on purchasing the exam will be shared at a later date.

3.            The Evolve Exit exam is based on the NCLEX-RN test plan and consists of 160 questions with 10 of them being pilot questions.

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

5.            The student’s conversion score will be used in the calculation of the grade for the Evolve Exit Exam.

6.            PassPoint is available for students to prepare for this exam.

7.            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 Hours:

This course includes a total of 450 clinical hours.  Students are required to satisfactorily complete 450 clinical hours in order to successfully complete the clinical component of Critical Competency Integration.  Excused absences will be made up by the student. In addition, written assignments will be assigned at the discretion of the faculty. Keep in mind that due to the condensed schedule and other educational programs utilizing the facilities, there may not be space or faculty available to reschedule any missed clinical experiences.

Students complete 400 patient/public care hours and 50 hours in simulation. Students MUST comply with facility policies as instructed during clinical orientation (*parking, use of dining rooms, #building access, identification, computer training/usage, etc.)  Tardiness of more than 15 minutes, for the experience, will result in the student being sent home and receiving an absence.  

Failure of the clinical component of the course occurs when the student receives an unsatisfactory rating in any area of the evaluation tool, failed clinical assignment(s) or does not complete 450 hours of clinical. Excused absences will be rescheduled at the discretion of the course coordinator. 

Grading Standards

Grading Scale


               100-90                A

               89-80                   B

               79-74                   C

               73-65                   D

               64 and below    F

Clinical Assignments


PassPoint average


Discussion board average




Evolve Exit Exam*





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.            Students must complete all of the components of the course to pass.

3.            Classroom and clinical performances (on campus, in the Simulation Center and/or during inpatient clinical experiences) will be evaluated.  Students are expected to pass both clinical and classroom components of the course.  Failure in either one will constitute failure in the course.

4.            As stated in the BSN Student Handbook, students must maintain a current immunization record on file at the Vinson Health Clinic plus proof of a current health care provider CPR card, validated Health Insurance and paid Liability Insurance on file with the Nursing Programs secretary during the entire semester.   In order to attend class or clinical experiences, each student MUST comply with each of these requirements. 

5.            If a student is to be absent from an exam, he/she must notify the course instructor at least two hours prior to the exam.  Failure to comply with this policy will result in a "0" for the exam. 

6.            The only calculators allowed during quizzes and exams is the embedded calculator within the quizzes and exams or a four-function calculator.

7.            Cell phones MUST be turned OFF and maintained away from the testing area during quizzes and exams.  Using a cell phone during a quiz or exam for any reason will be considered academic dishonesty and result in an automatic zero on the quiz or exam.

8.            Students will be held accountable for all communications sent by faculty via the course’s Desire 2 Learn (D2L) web site; therefore, you will be expected to check the site for announcements, assignments, messages, and email, 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 discuss clinical dates…and so forth…rather than using our school/work email addresses.

9.            Faculty reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus at anytime.

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