Family and Group Theory

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 5123
Section Number
NURS 5123
Summer I 2014
Dr. Karen Polvado (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Description

This course will explore group and family dynamics from a variety of theoretical perspectives. A clinical practicum in the community setting provides an opportunity to develop theory-based group and family assessment, diagnoses, and plans relevant to advanced nursing practice.


Course Objectives

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



AACN Essentials

NONPF Domains

  1. Analyze the historical evolution of theories focused on families and groups.

V: 2,3



  1. Apply selected theories in assessment of family and group dynamics within developmental, cultural, ethical, legal, and economic contexts.

VI: 2,3,5


I: 16, 17

  1. Operationalize theories in the promotion and protection of optimal levels of health in families and groups using the nursing process.

VII: 1,2,3,

I: 1-3, 6, 7

II: 4, 5, 6

  1. Demonstrate application of ethical and legal principles in nursing care of families and groups in the community setting.

III: 1,2

II: 7, 8, 10

IV: 11

VII: 1-3, 5

  1. Collaborate with preceptor, faculty, and peers for evaluative feedback related to interventions with families and groups.

IV: 1,3

VII:  2

I: 18, 19, 23

VII: 4, 6

  1. Establish a network for professional support and referral of families and group members with altered levels of health.

IIB: 1,2

VII: 4

IV: 3, 7, 8

  1. Synthesize theoretical concepts and principles in the formation of a personal conceptual framework and philosophy for care of families and groups in advanced nursing practice.

I: 6

V: 2,3



Course Expectations

Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook.  Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments as necessary.  This is an online class and students are expected to access the course via Desire2Learn on a regular basis for updates and information.  All course requirements must be met in order to pass the course.


Grading Standards

Grading Scale











64 and below



The grade for the class will be based upon the following criteria:


% Course Grade

Family Assessment


Family Intervention


Poster: Family Culture and Beliefs


Texas Health Steps Modules







Submission Format Policy

Submitting assignments. Attach your assignments as Word documents when you post them in the Dropbox section of Desire2Learn.  Please make sure your assignments are in Word 2007 or newer.  Always keep a copy of your assignments for your own records.  All assignments should be submitted in the format required.  APA format should be utilized if a specific format is not disclosed.

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

All assignments are due at 11:00 pm on the day due unless otherwise specified.  Any assignment received late will receive a penalty of 3 points for each day the assignment 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.

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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.

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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.

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Other Policies

Desire2Learn Based Readings and Content Modules

The primary purpose of providing additional readings and learning exercises is to supplement the accompanying texts.  They are not intended as a substitute for the text information.  It is intended to assist students in assimilating and integrating facts and ideas from the text and to provide additional information and current trends in prescribing.

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Academic Dishonesty

All students are expected to pursue their scholastic careers with honesty and integrity.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or other course work, plagiarism (offering the work of another as one’s own), and the unauthorized collaboration with another person.  Students found guilty of dishonesty in their scholastic pursuits are subject to penalties that may include suspension or expulsion 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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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