Contemporary Perspectives

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2012
Classroom Number
Days & Times


Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives: Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:                                                                                            






NLN Core

  • Evaluate the impact of social, economic, political and technological and organizational forces on current health care policy.


I.24, IV.12-14, V.1-9, VI.1-3


  • Analyze regulatory and legislative requirements and their impact on nursing practice in selected settings.


I.9, I.18, V.21, IV.1-5, IV.13, IV.14, V.1-4, V.6, V.7-9


  • Analyze socio-cultural trends and their impact on selected nursing roles.


I.8, IV.1, IV.3, VII.1-6


  •  Compare and contrast advanced nursing practice and health care delivery in the global society.


I.1-9,  IV.1-16


  • Apply ethical decision making processes and perspectives to issues in selected nursing roles.


II.1-10, IV.11


  • Apply leadership and conflict resolution strategies to selected nursing roles.


I.17, IV.1-10, IV.15-16



Course Expectations

Course Description: This course is a forum for the analysis of social, economic, political, technological, ethical, and legal forces, affecting advanced nursing practice roles.

   Credit Hours:  3 semester hours (3-0)


 No specific textbook(s) required for this course (other than APA manual ….see below). Students and faculty will reference current literature for the exploration of issues in this course.

 American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

 Learning Activities:

  1. Learning Modules: This course is comprised of four (4) learning modules.  The faculty will post a learning module on WebCT/blackboard pertaining to the topic under discussion.  The modules will contain required readings, activities or other learning opportunities. 

 B.  Discussion Board Postings: Each student is responsible to respond to the discussion topics posted by faculty on the WebCT/Blackboard discussion board. The purpose of this discussion is to take the place of classroom discussion. Each student should lead a discussion on the topic, posing challenging questions that would further or refute your position or seek solutions. These are collegial, peer review type discussions, providing evidence of both depth and breadth of the issue. Grading is based on the discussion you lead, as well as your contribution to two (2) other students’ discussions. You should post your discussion 4-6 days prior to the due date to allow time for discussion to occur.

 Each discussion topic is worth 20 points. Individuals will respond to the designated discussion question(s) and participate in the discussion of the assigned topic. All students are expected to use current professional literature and other relevant resources in the discussions. References should be posted to the related section of the discussion board. Each student should participate by answering all discussion questions as well as responding to and engaging peers in the discussion. These postings are due by 11:00 pm on assigned dates.  See the course calendar for specific dates. Discussion responses should be substantive, incorporating additional information from research / journal articles, policy papers, or other professional sources. Postings should be succinct and threaded appropriately. All postings will be made directly on the discussion board (do not attach a Word document as your discussion posting.)  Discussion topics posted as attachments are difficult to read and therefore will not be graded.   All references will be from peer -reviewed journals.

 C. Synthesis Research paper: See page 5-6 of syllabus for further instruction/grading rubric on this assignment.


  1. Poster Presentation: See page 6-12 of syllabus for further instruction/grading rubric on this assignment. *Also includes information on creating a poster.


Grading Standards

Course requirements and their associated contributions to the final grade are as follows:


Percentage of Final Grade


Online Discussions (4 discussion boards)



Synthesis Paper and Literature Review


Poster Presentation




Note: An overall course grade of at least 80% must be achieved to progress in the Master of Science in Nursing Program.

 Wilson School of Nursing Grading Scale:

 90-100 ………….A

80-89 …………...B

74-79 …………...C

65-73 …………...D

64 and below …...F

Submission Format Policy

Technological Requirements:  This course is entirely on-line.  Students must have access to reliable and fast internet service. Dial-up service will make it difficult for students to participate in virtual classroom activities.  Students must possess, at a minimum, the following skills: (1) access Internet course and maneuver around websites; (2) use basic word processing tools such as indent, bold, italicize, and change spacing; (3) upload or attach files;  (4) access and send email; (5) utilize search engines such as Google to find scholarly support for course work .

  Assignment File Naming: All assignments should be submitted through WebCT/Blackboard. Emailing assignments is not acceptable and will not be considered for grading. When uploading an assignment to the assignment section of WebCT/Blackboard, please us the following guideline for naming files. Your last name, assignment name: Example: Smith synthesis paper.doc.

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

 Timeliness of Work: Assignments not submitted on time will receive a grade of “0.” Should an emergency arise and you need to negotiate additional time for an assignment, please contact faculty (Dr. Mercer) immediately.

 Late discussion postings will receive no credit. When the Discussion(s) close…..they are closed. 

 Contacting Faculty: All assignment questions about grades or questions pertaining to the course should be addressed via the WebCT/Blackboard email within the course.

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


Other Policies

Honor System

Students enrolled in this course will/must adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of this course are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Blackboard course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

All components of this course are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person.  Reference or use of other authors’ works will be cited according the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.   Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. 

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.

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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