Clinical Decision-making

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2018
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Every other Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1700 to 1850

Every other week clinical TBA

Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

AACN Essentials: For further information regarding the AACN Essentials identified for each course objective, refer to


DEC Competencies: In the DEC Competencies below, the following designations apply: I: Provider of Patient-centered Care, II: Coordinator of Care, III: Patient Safety Advocate, and IV: Member of the Health Care Team. For further information regarding the competencies identified for each course objective, refer to

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:



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


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 - B, C, D

II - B, D

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


I - A, B

II - B, C, D, E


4.  Implement the nursing role of coordinator of care.


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.


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 - B, D

II - B, C


IV - D

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


I - A

II - B, C

III - E, F


Course Expectations



**Exams (3 exams each worth 20% of total grade)


**Evolve Exit Exam


***Clinical Documentation (3rd, 4th, and 5th at 5% each)


***Course Activities


Clinical Evaluation



Grading Standards

*The final course grade will be calculated in the following manner:

*There will be no rounding of grades except as necessary to accommodate the electronic testing and grade book limitations.

**Students must score at least a 74% average, using the percentages posted in table 1, on the four objective exams in the course (Three exams and Evolve Exit Exam) to successfully complete the course. If a student scores less than a 74% average on the four objective exams, the average of the five objective exams will be the grade recorded for both the classroom and clinical sections of the course.

***The average of the course activities will be calculated into the course grade once the student has earned at least 74% average on the four objective exams. The two lowest scores on course activities will be dropped from the average. Course activities must be accomplished when offered. There will be no make-up assignments.

***Students who score at least a 74% average on the four objective exams, the averages of the clinical documentation and course activities will be added to the student's grade.












Less than 65


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

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Other Policies

Clinical Hours Breakdown

Simulation experiences - 8 hours

         One four-hour experience - 4 hours

         Two two-hour experiences - 4 hours

Patient care experiences - 72 hours

         Six twelve-hour experiences - 72 hours

Virtual simulations - 10 hours

         Ten virtual simulations - 10 hours

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

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