Contemporary Perspectives

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2013
Days & Times

This is an online course.

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives:







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

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.

Please note D2L syllabus for assignments due dates and times. For ease of remembering, assignments will always be due by 11PM on due date.


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

Assignment File Naming: All assignments should be submitted through D2L. When uploading an assignment to the assignment section of D2L, 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 cell # page 1 of this syllabus) prior to assignment due date.


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

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

This is an online course.

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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