Theories and Concepts: Introduction to Nursing

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 3103
Section Number
NURS 3103
Fall 2012
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:50 pm. 

Daria Close (view Profile)

Course Objectives


Course Objectives

AACN Essentials

DEC Competencies

1.Describe key "benchmarks” in the historical development of the discipline of nursing.



2.Describe the ethical-legal and professional parameters for nursing practice

IV, V, VI,


3.Explain the philosophy and major concepts of the organizing framework for the BSN Program at Midwestern State University



4.Compare selected nursing theories with the Midwestern State University BSN Program philosophy and organizing framework.



5.Discuss major theoretical concepts as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.



6.Discuss major theoretical concepts as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.




Course Expectations



There will be five unit exams for this course. Exam content will include class content and reading assignments. Students need to purchase Scantrons. Students must have an MSU ID on the desk during all Exams. Students are expected to bring 4 Scantrons to class  at the time of the first exam and come prepared with a pencil. All Scantrons need to have a Sticky Note with the Students Name on it in order for scantrons to be accepted by the faculty. No cell phones, purses, hats, drinks or food are allowed at your desk during exams. Each exam will have medical terminology questions taken from the online Medical Terminology Course.

Missing Exams:  If you have to miss an exam for any reason you must notify the course coordinator by phone or email 2 hours before missing an exam, to avoid a zero. Make up exams may be scheduled as noted on the calendar but students are responsible to email and make arrangements for a makeup on an individual basis as soon after missing the exam as possible. Make up exams may be essay and short answer instead of multiple choices.

Grading Standards



Course requirements and percentages for computation of the final grade are weighted as follows:


*Unit Exams   5 @ 15 %                                            75 %

(The 5th exam is a final exam)

*Interview paper                                                        15%

*Ethical Assignment                                                     5%                                                   

*Written Philosophy and Coat of Arms                     1%

*Professional Organizations                                         2%

*Discussion Topics                                                       1%

*Nursing                                                                       1%                           

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                                                                                                            100 % TOTAL




An overall course grade of at least 74 percent must be achieved based upon the above computation, and all assignment/evaluation components must be completed to receive a passing grade. There will be no rounding of grades in this or any nursing course.


MSU Department of Nursing Grading Scale:


90- 100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A

80- 89 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  B

74- 79 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  C

65- 73 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  D

64 and below   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   F

Submission Format Policy


*INTERVIEW PAPER: (15%) Refer to course schedule and grading rubric posted online on WEBCT.

Part I Conduct your Interview:

  • Each student will interview a registered nurse (Diploma, Assoc., Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree all acceptable) currently practicing in a patient care setting.  You may interview someone you know. This needs to be a face to face interview or over the phone interview. No movie or TV show actors portraying a nurse will be accepted.
  •  Students should seek information during the interview that address questions on the grading rubric form.
  • Remember to maintain confidentiality, so no reference is to be made, either verbally or in writing, to a specific nurse. Please make up a name. No paper using an individual’s real name will be accepted.

Part II Write the Paper:

  • After you conduct your interview, write your paper using the grading rubric to guide you. Take a look at the current nursing literature and compare and contrast what you read with what you learned from the nurse you interviewed addressing the topic on the grading rubric posted on WEBCT. Be careful as the topic changes each semester. Be sure to cite 2 nursing articles from a professional peer-reviewed nursing journal in your discussion. You should also use your textbook as a third reference somewhere in your paper for a total of 3 references. 
  • The paper is to be typewritten according to APA guidelines, double-spaced, and the body of the paper is to be about four to five pages in length. 
  • You will also have a title page and a reference page. You do not need an abstract.  
  • Total of 3 references (2 articles and your textbook). Be sure to cite your sources correctly using APA format.
  • Papers will be submitted in class (stapled; no folders) on the scheduled due date at the start of class at 1 pm. If you have an emergency that precludes you meeting this deadline; please negotiate with the faculty for an extension PRIOR to the due date.

Plagiarism may result in failure of the class and/or barring of admittance to the nursing program at MSU.  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 for educational purposes. Ideas taken from another source, whether quoted or paraphrased must be documented using APA guidelines.


Interview Papers are due to the Instructor at 1pm on the assigned date. Five (5) points will be deducted from the Interview Paper for every day it is late.

*ETHICAL ASSIGNMENT: (5%)  Refer to the Outline and grading rubric posted on WebCT. This assignment will be presented in class. This is a group activity. There will also be online discussions amongst the group members for this assignment.



There are three project assignments. They will be due at the beginning of class @ 1:00pm (refer to course schedule and posted project assignments on WebCT).



1. Interview Paper.

2. Ethical Assignment.

3. Written Philosophy and Coat of Arms – project assignment.

4. Discussion Topics.

5. Professional Organizations Advertisement – project assignment.

6. Nursing.



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


Interview Papers are due to the Instructor at 1pm on the assigned date. Five (5) points will be deducted from the Interview Paper for every day it is late.

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

Attendance to each class is mandatory. If you will be absent to class of an exam you need to e-mail your instructor 2 hours prior to the beginning of class.    

Other Policies


Class Etiquette

We find that we all do much better when expectations are identified early.  Everyone then knows what to expect, and it is with this in mind that these class guidelines have been written.

1.   We are dedicated to providing an optimal learning experience in this nursing class and appreciate written feedback about this class at anytime.

2.   Copies of written student assignments may be kept on file by faculty for accreditation purposes.

3.    Don’t let yourself get behind.  If you are having trouble, please contact one of your faculty members immediately. The faculty’s office hours are posted on our doors. 

4.   When participating in class discussion, talk to the entire class - not just to the person(s) next to you. Talking to your neighbor while either a faculty member or a classmate is speaking to the class is not considered respectful of others and is distracting to all other class members.

5.  Cell phones may not be used at anytime during the class and this includes texting during class. Students seen texting will be asked to leave. Laptop computers may be used by individuals, but if students around you are distracted you will be asked to leave or shut off the laptop. 


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