Spring, 2009

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The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing RN to BSN Undergraduate Program Nursing 4585: Capstone Seminar COURSE DESCRIPTION: Synthesis of theories and concepts for professional nursing practice. Focuses on evolution and transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within a context of emerging societal issues and trends. The student will select one of three areas (management, clinical or education) of interest for concentrated study. Registered Nurses only.


5 semester credit hours

Senior Semester All junior level courses or concurrent with senior level courses

FACULTY: Fran Martin, MSN, RN Office: 535 Office Hours: Please contact for appt. In office most Thursday & Mondays Office phone: 817-272-2776 Fax: 817-272-5006 Email: [email protected] WebCT email Gladys Maryol, RN, MHA Director of BSN and RN-BSN Programs Lead Teacher Office: Pickard Hall, Room 649 Office Hours Mon ­ Fri with e-mail request for appointment E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: 817 272 2776 (UTA) Cell phone: 817 897 4903 Beth Mancini, RN PhD Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Professor Office: Pickard Hall Room 659 UTA Phone: 817 272 2776 (UTA) Email: [email protected]

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Jacqueline Lall Michael, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC Office #638 Office hours: To Be Announced Office phone: 817-272-2776 Fax: 817-272-5006 E-mail: [email protected] THR SITE COORDINATORS: Patricia (Pat) Kelly; Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas E-Mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Sharolyn (Sherry) Todd; Harris Methodist Fort Worth E-Mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

DISTANT SITE COORDINATORS Ray Huttel; Kaufmann Site E-Mail: [email protected] Alice Myers; Waco Site E-mail: [email protected] OR [email protected] Amaryllis Mathewson; Grayson Site E-mail: [email protected] Kathy Selman: JPS Site E-mail: [email protected] Eunice John: Medical Plaza Site E-mail: [email protected] OR [email protected] Peggy McAtee: UBaylor All Saints Ft. Worth E-mail: [email protected] Lori Mosley: Hill College E-mail: [email protected] Art Signo: Baylor Medical Center Dallas E-mail: [email protected] Stephanie Thurman: Medical Center of Plano E-mail: [email protected]

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COURSE PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES: At the end of this course, students should be able to: Course Performance Outcomes At the end of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Analyze selected health care issues impacting the health care delivery system and professional nursing practice Program Outcome 1, 2, 3 2. Identify and analyze a need for education within an agency in order to recommend appropriate action. 3.Synthesize peer reviewed literature in order to use the information in a clinical agency Program Outcome 2, 3 4. Evaluate the appropriate communication level for the target audience's educational experience in order to improve communication with staff, administration or clients in their practice area. 5. Create a presentation in order to satisfy an identified need within an agency. 6. Analyze clinical research articles in order to determine the research's usefulness in evidence-based practice. 7. Apply specialized knowledge from area of focus in order to enhance nursing practice. Siminar discussion & Presentation Topic Paper Performance Measurement

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POTENTIAL DISCUSSION TOPICS: Genetics/technology/ informatics/ telemedicine Ethical issues affecting health care Political and economic issues affecting health care and delivery Global perspectives on nursing, nursing education, and health Collaboration and interdisciplinary practice Cultural diversity Evidence based practice Patient Safety Note: because of the rapidity with which the health care arena is changing, the instructor reserves the right to add and delete topics as needed.

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TEACHING METHODS: The bulk of the class will be in seminar group discussions at your site. This is your seminar group. The class will also include group or individual presentations on a topic identified as a learning need in an agency and be directed toward your area of focus. 1. A seminar is defined as a small class at a university for discussion and research; thus you are expected to prepare and participate in discussions. Your preparation will be determined by your participation in class and on the discussion board. 2. Prepare by reading and researching the topic at hand and actively participate in discussion. 3. If you do not participate in a topic you will receive a 0 for that topic. 4. A final group or individual synthesis presentation is required. A subject will be presented at an in depth level, by a group of students or individually, using current media. The topic for the presentation will be determined by identifying an educational need in an agency and directed toward your area of focus. UTA SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADING CRITERIA: Discussion participation (individual) Presentation Topic Paper(individual) Final Presentation (individual or group) Power Point on presentation topic (individual or group) Focus Area Contract Reflection of presentation experience (individual) 30% 25% 25% 10% 10% Pass/Fail

In order to successfully complete an undergraduate nursing course at UTA, the following minimum criteria must be met: · 70% weighted average on proctored tests · 70% weighted average on written assignments (i.e. non-proctored written, computerized assignments, etc.) · 90% on practicum skills check off (if applicable) 90% on math test (if applicable) In undergraduate nursing courses, all grade calculations will be carried out to two decimal places and there will be no rounding of final grades. Letter grades for tests, written assignments, end of course grades, etc shall be: A: B: C: D: 90.00 - 100.00 80.00 - 89.99 70.00 - 79.99 60.00 - 69.99

The existing rule of C or better to progress remains in effect; therefore to successfully complete a nursing course students shall have a course grade of 70.00 or greater.

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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: In a seminar class it is essential that you participate in discussion, read assigned materials and be prepared to discuss your materials online. You are responsible for communicating needs/concerns related to the course.

Important Notes: 1. All written assignments should be turned in on the scheduled date, to space work out over the semester. Papers are submitted within the WebCT. Five points will be subtracted from the grade, for each late day, without prior approval from faculty. This includes weekends. 2. Written assignments should exemplify professional appearance and communication skills, and follow APA format. 3. Submit papers in MS Word document form (with exception of Power Point Presentation). 4. All assignments are submitted through WebCT assignment drop box. 5. Grades will be posted in WebCT. If you give off site presentation you will be responsible for submitting your evaluation sheets to faculty. It is your responsibility to get this documentation turned in on time. 6. Do not shirk your online posting responsibilities. Most students, who do poorly in this class, do so because they did not participate in postings. This is consistent, semester after semester.

TESTING: Although faculty strives to provide a quiet learning/testing environment there may be noises and distractions in any testing environment that are beyond the control of the exam proctors. If a student feels that the testing environment is unduly noisy or distracting for any reason, it is the responsibility of the student to report this to an exam proctor as soon as possible during the exam so corrective action may be taken.

LIBRARY INFORMATION: Nursing Librarian: Helen Hough (817) 272-3000 Ext. 4981 E-mail: [email protected]

Useful research information on nursing can be found at:

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Pamela Smith, Administrative Assistant I Pickard Hall, Room 650, 6th floor (817) 272-2776, Ext. 4814 Email: [email protected]

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STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS: The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing supports the Student Code of Ethics Policy. Students are responsible for knowing and complying with the Code. The Code can be found in the Student Handbook.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 50101, Section 2.2). For additional information please refer to the Student Handbook.

STATEMENT FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 92-112 - The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. Information regarding specific diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining academic accommodations can be found at Also, you may visit the Office for Students with Disabilities in room 102 of University Hall or call them at (817) 272-3364.

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UTA 2008-2009 UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG POLICY FOR ADDING AND DROPPING COURSES OR WITHDRAWALS Effective Fall 2006, adds and drops may be made through late registration either on the Web at MyMav or in person in the academic department offering the course. Drops may continue in person until a point in time two-thirds of the way through the semester, session, or term. Students are responsible for adhering to the following regulations concerning adds and drops. a. A student may not add a course after the end of the late registration period. b. No grade is posted if a student drops a course before 5:00 p.m. CST on the Census Date of that semester/term. c. A student entering the University for the first time in Fall 2006, or thereafter, may accrue no more than a total of 15 semester credit-hours of coursework with a grade of W during his or her enrollment at the University. d. A student may drop a course with a grade of "W" until the two-thirds point of the semester, session, or course offering period. e. Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances. Under such circumstances, approval must be received from the instructor, department chair, dean, and the Office of the Provost. Students wanting to drop all courses for which they are enrolled must withdraw from the University for that semester/term. (Students should follow the procedure in the Withdrawal section of the UG Catalog.) Drop date for Spring 2009 is April 3, 2009. PLEASE NOTE: The aforementioned University policy describes the process and dates for traditional 15-16 week classroom courses as well as clinical courses with a 15 week clinical rotation and all RN-BSN courses. As in the past, the last date to drop the course for clinical reasons is adjusted. The adjusted date will now reflect a point two-thirds of the way through the course or clinical rotation.

STUDENT SUPPORT: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. These programs include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-2726107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

E-CULTURE POLICY: The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University email address as an official means of communication with students. Through the use of email, UT-Arlington is able to provide students with relevant and timely information, designed to facilitate student success. In particular, important information concerning registration, financial aid, payment of bills, and graduation may be sent to students through email.

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All students are assigned an email account and information about activating and using it is available at New students (first semester at UTA) are able to activate their email account 24 hours after registering for courses. There is no additional charge to students for using this account, and it remains active as long as a student is enrolled at UTArlington. Students are responsible for checking their email regularly.

WEBCT CONDUCT: The WEBCT discussion board should be viewed as a public and professional forum for course related discussions. Students are free to discuss academic matters and consult one another regarding academic resources. The tone of WEBCT postings should be professional in nature. It is not appropriate to post statements of a personal or political nature, or statements criticizing classmates or faculty. Inappropriate statements/language will be deleted by the course faculty and may result in denied access to the Main Discussion board. Refer to UTASON RN-BSN Student Handbook for more information.

SCHOOL OF NURSING INFORMATION: APA FORMAT: APA style manual will be used by the UTASON with some specific requirements for the undergraduate courses.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT GUIDELINES: The Faculty of the RN-BSN Program believes that classroom teaching has two goals: the provision of content pertinent to the discipline of nursing and the socialization of students into the professional role. We are committed to providing the curriculum in an atmosphere conducive to student learning and in a manner that will prepare graduates to be successful in the health care workplace. Refer to the Student Handbook for more information.

NO GIFT POLICY: In accordance with Regents Rules and Regulations and the UTA Standards of Conduct, the School of Nursing has a "no gift" policy. A donation to the UTA School of Nursing Scholarship Fund would be an appropriate way to recognize a faculty member's contribution to your learning. For information regarding the Scholarship Fund, please contact the Dean's office.

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EMERGENCY COVERAGE FOR NEEDLE-STICK INJURIES & POLICY ON INVASIVE PROCEDURES These policies may be found on the School of Nursing Website under the Student Handbook.

The Student Handbook can be found by going to the following link: or by going to the nursing website and using the link provided under Current Students.

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