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Course Reflection Guidelines

PURPOSE

The purpose of this assignment is to provide the student an opportunity to reflect on selected RN-BSN competencies acquired through the NUR3178 course.

COURSE OUTCOMES

This assignment provides documentation of student ability to meet the following course outcomes:

– Define complementary and alternative practices as identified by current health paradigms. – Discuss history for complementary and alternative medicine. – Given case studies, describe the extent to which complementary and alternative health practices are

encouraged and used among multiple cultures. – Relate concepts into clinical practice. – Analyze the research regarding the efficacy of selected complementary and alternative practices and

products. – Integrate alternative therapies within patient’s personal plan of care.

POINTS

This assignment is worth a total of 100 points (10%).

DUE DATE

Submit your completed assignment under the Assignment tab by Friday 11:59 p.m. EST of Week 15 as directed.

REQUIREMENTS

1. The Course Reflection is worth 100 points (10%) and will be graded on quality of self- assessment, use of citations, use of Standard English grammar, sentence structure, and overall organization based on the required components as summarized in the directions and grading criteria/rubric.

2. Follow the directions and grading criteria closely. Any questions about your essay may be posted under the Q & A forum under the Discussions tab.

3. The length of the reflection is to be within three to six pages excluding title page and reference pages.

4. APA format is required with both a title page and reference page. Use the required components of the review as Level 1 headers (upper and lower case, centered):

Note: Introduction – Write an introduction but do not use “Introduction” as a heading in accordance with the rules put forth in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, p. 63).

a. Course Reflection b. Conclusion

PREPARING YOUR REFLECTION

The BSN Essentials (AACN, 2008) outline a number of healthcare policy and advocacy competencies for the BSN-prepared nurse. Reflect on the NUR3178 course readings, discussion threads, and applications you have completed across this course and write a reflective essay regarding the extent to which you feel you are now prepared to:

1. “Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high- quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.

2. Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team.

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3. Demonstrate an awareness of complex organizational systems. 4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of organizational structure, mission, vision, philosophy, and values. 5. Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives, recognizing that these are complex system issues,

which involve individuals, families, groups, communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare team.

6. Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure, process, and outcome measures to identify clinical questions and describe the process of changing current practice.

7. Promote factors that create a culture of safety and caring. 8. Promote achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for diverse populations. 9. Apply quality improvement processes to effectively implement patient safety initiatives and monitor

performance measures, including nurse-sensitive indicators in the microsystem of care. 10. Use improvement methods, based on data from the outcomes of care processes, to design and test

changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care. 11. Employ principles of quality improvement, healthcare policy, and cost-effectiveness to assist in

the development and initiation of effective plans for the microsystem and/or systemwide practice improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

12. Participate in the development and implementation of imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change.

13. Compare/contrast the roles and perspectives of the nursing profession with other care professionals on the healthcare team (i.e., scope of discipline, education and licensure requirements).

14. Use inter and intraprofessional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient centered care.

15. Incorporate effective communication techniques, including negotiation and conflict resolution to produce positive professional working relationships.

16. Contribute the unique nursing perspective to interprofessional teams to optimize patient outcomes. 17. Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative strategies when working with interprofessional

teams. 18. Advocate for high quality and safe patient care as a member of the interprofessional team.” (AACN, 2008,

pp.14,22). Reference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN]. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education

for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: Author.

DIRECTIONS AND GRADING CRITERIA

Category Points % Description

(Introduction – see note

under requirement #4 above)

8 8 Introduces the purpose of the reflection and addresses BSN Essentials (AACN, 2008) pertinent to healthcare policy and advocacy.

You Decide Reflection

80 80 Include a self-assessment regarding learning that you believe represents your skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities to meet the pertinent BSN Essential and sub-competencies (AACN, 2008) as a result of active learning throughout this course. Be sure to use examples from selected readings, threaded discussions, and/or applications to support your assertions to address each of the following sub-competencies:

(a) “Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.

(b) Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team.

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(c) Demonstrate an awareness of complex organizational systems. (d) Demonstrate a basic understanding of organizational structure,

mission, vision, philosophy, and values. (e) Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives, recognizing that

these are complex system issues, which involve individuals, families, groups, communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare team.

(f) Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure, process, and outcome measures to identify clinical questions and describe the process of changing current practice.

(g) Promote factors that create a culture of safety and caring. (h) Promote achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for

diverse populations. (i) Apply quality improvement processes to effectively implement

patient safety initiatives and monitor performance measures, including nurse-sensitive indicators in the microsystem of care.

(j) Use improvement methods, based on data from the outcomes of care processes, to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care.

(k) Participate in the development and implementation of imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change.

(l) Compare/contrast the roles and perspectives of the nursing profession with other care professionals on the healthcare team (i.e., scope of discipline, education and licensure requirements).

(m) Use inter and intraprofessional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient centered care.

(n) Incorporate effective communication techniques, including negotiation and conflict resolution to produce positive professional working relationships.

(o) Contribute the unique nursing perspective to interprofessional teams to optimize patient outcomes.

(p) Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative strategies when working with interprofessional teams.

(q) Advocate for high quality and safe patient care as a member of the interprofessional team.” (AACN, 2008, pp.14,22).

Conclusion 4 4 An effective conclusion identifies the main ideas and major conclusions from the body of your essay. Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the pertinent BSN Essential and sub-competencies (AACN, 2008) pertaining to scholarship for evidence-based practice.

Clarity of writing

6 6 Use of standard English grammar and sentence structure. No spelling errors or typographical errors. Organized around the required components using appropriate headers. Writing should demonstrate original thought without an over-reliance on the works of others.

APA format 2 2 All information taken from another source, even if summarized, must be appropriately cited in the manuscript and listed in the references using APA (6th ed.) format:

1. Document setup 2. Title and reference pages 3. Citations in the text and references.

Total: 100 100 A quality essay will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

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GRADING RUBRIC

Assignment

Criteria

Meets Criteria Partially Meets Criteria Does Not Meet Criteria

(Introduction – see note under requirement #4 above) (8 pts)

Short introduction of selected BSN sub- competencies (AACN, 2008) pertinent to scholarship for evidence- based practice. Rationale is well presented, and purpose fully developed. 7 – 8 points

Basic understanding and/or limited use of original explanation and/or inappropriate emphasis on an area. 5 – 6 points

Little or very general introduction of selected BSN sub-competencies (AACN, 2008). Little to no original explanation; inappropriate emphasis on an area. 0 – 4 points

You Decide Reflection (80 pts)

Excellent self-assessment of skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities pertinent to healthcare policy and advocacy. Reflection on pertinent BSN sub-competencies (AACN, 2008) supported with examples. 70 – 80 points

Basic self-assessment of skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities pertinent to healthcare policy and advocacy. Reflection on pertinent BSN sub-competencies (AACN, 2008) not supported with examples. 59 – 69 points

Little or very general self- assessment of skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities pertinent to healthcare policy and advocacy. Little or no reflection on pertinent BSN sub- competencies (AACN, 2008) or reflection not supported with examples. 0 – 58 points

Conclusion (4 pts)

Excellent understanding of pertinent BSN sub- competencies (AACN, 2008). Conclusions are well evidenced and fully developed. 3 – 4 points

Basic understanding and/or limited use of original explanation and/or inappropriate emphasis on an area. 2 points

Little understanding of pertinent BSN sub- competencies (AACN, 2008). Little to no original explanation; inappropriate emphasis on an area. 0 – 1 point

Clarity of writing (6 pts)

Excellent use of standard English showing original thought with minimal reliance on the works of others. No spelling or grammar errors. Well organized with proper flow of meaning. 5 – 6 points

Some evidence of own expression and competent use of language. No more than three spelling or grammar errors. Well organized thoughts and concepts. 3 – 4 points

Language needs development or there is an over-reliance on the works of others. Four or more spelling and/or grammar errors. Poorly organized thoughts and concepts. 0 – 2 points

APA format (2 pts)

APA format correct with no more than 1-2 minor errors. 2 points

3-5 errors in APA format and/or 1-2 citations are missing. 1 point

APA formatting contains multiple errors and/or several citations are missing. 0 points

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Total Points Possible = 100 points