Clinical Decision-making

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2012
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Mondays and Wednesdays 1600 to 1720

Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

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

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

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

4.  Implement the role of coordinator of care.

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

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

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

Course Expectations

EvaluatEEvaluation Methods: There will be no rounding of grades.


Dosage calculation quizzes (Average of 10 highest)


Exam 1(Mother-baby; Community)


Midterm HESI Exit

20 %

Exam 2 (Prioritization; Clinical Decision-making)


Final HESI Exit





Grading Standards

 Grading scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

74-79 = C

65-73 = D

<65 = F

There will no rounding of grades


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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Attendance Requirements

Students must complete all 90 hours of clinical. 

Other Policies

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 clinical orientation hours

2.         24 hours of precepted clinical experience must be completed by March 9, 2012, 48 hours must be completed by April 13, 2012 and 72 hours must be completed by May 4, 2012.

3.         The student is to work with the preceptor(s) to develop a clinical schedule. That schedule is to be submitted to the Clinical Instructor and written approval received from the Clinical Instructor prior to the student attending any clinical experiences. Failure to receive written approval for the experience will result in rejection of the clinical hours completed. If any changes need to be made to the submitted schedule, the student is to notify the Clinical Instructor in advance of the change being made and receive written approval. If a student must miss a scheduled clinical, then the student is responsible for notifying the preceptor and the Clinical Instructor prior to the scheduled experience.

4.         The student is to complete an evaluation of the preceptor(s) using the Assessment Function in WebCT by May 4, 2012.

5.         Clinical instructors will periodically visit the student and his/her preceptor.


Clinical Simulation Lab


1.         Students will complete three clinical simulations at the Regional Simulation Center for a total of 10 hours plus 2 hours for preparation for the first simulation experience.

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

3.         Students will complete assigned readings for the first experience and two clinical hours will be awarded for this assignment.

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

                5.         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 patient care experiences to obtain clinical 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

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