NUR 495: Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone

Course Description

Synthesis of the baccalaureate nursing role is demonstrated by application of theories and concepts from nursing, liberal arts, and science to respond to complex and specific needs of diverse populations. Students identify and provide rationale/ justification for a project related to a specific population health challenge. Students investigate and analyze current relevant knowledge, design and implement a project to address the identified challenge and evaluate the impact. Written and oral project presentation required.

(4 credits- 2 credits classroom, 2 credits Practicum)

 

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role
  • NUR 310: Healthcare Policy, Economics, Regulation and Ethics
  • NUR 315: Nursing Research and Expanded Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 320: Population Health
  • NUR 400: Continuous Quality Improvement, Safety and Interprofessional Collaboration
  • NUR 410: Organization and Systems Leadership Across the Continuum of Care

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Identify specific health challenges of a selected population.
  2. Negotiate appropriate site to accomplish project.
  3. Determine and describe rationale for one challenge of the population amenable to intervention.
  4. Identify and analyze current, relevant literature that addresses components of the population’s challenge
  5. Apply a broad range of theory and concepts to design a project that addresses the specific challenge.
  6. Implement project and assess outcomes.
  7. Analyze alternate strategies that could improve outcomes.
  8. Discuss how the project demonstrates baccalaureate nursing role competencies, has contributed to personal professional development and influences future practice.
  9. Exhibit scholarship including sound written and oral presentation skills.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One & all related activities

Discussion Forum (4%)

Deliverable Materials (6%)

10%

MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two & all related activities

Discussion Forum (4%)

Deliverable Materials (6%)

10%

Comparison of AACN Draft to MANOFCC Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One & all related activities

Discussion Forum (4%)

Deliverable Materials (6%)

10%

Comparison of AACN Draft to MANOFCC Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two & all related activities

Discussion Forum (4%)

Deliverable Materials (10%)

10%

Practicum Project & all related activities

Related Discussion Forums

Biweekly Reflective Practicum Journal

Practicum Evaluations (using Practicum Evaluation Form)

Poster Presentation (3 steps: Week 1, Week 6, & Week 8)

 60%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Textbooks and other materials utilized throughout the program in NUR 301, 310, 315, 320, 400, and 410 may be referenced

 

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-10

1-5, 7-9

Topics:

  1. Getting (Re) Acquainted
  2. Finalizing your plans with your Organizational Mentor, your Practicum Site, and faculty
  3. Create a Biweekly Reflective Practicum Journal
  4. Beginning Dissemination: Creating and Delivering an Effective Poster Presentation on your Capstone Project

Resources:

  • Review course syllabus and requirements
  • Schedule a one on one WebEx meeting with the faculty to be held prior to Thursday at 1159 PM to discuss your practicum experience and to schedule two practicum evaluation sessions
  • Introduce yourself to your classmates incorporating a brief description of your capstone project and your site for implementation by Sunday at 11:59 PM, posting comments to at least 2 of your classmates
  • Create a Biweekly Reflective Practicum Journal in Blackboard, (due each Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM). Due Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Read brief PENS paper, exploring references based upon individual need using the COSC Virtual Library
  • Discussion Forum: Utilizing the COSC RN/ADN to BSN Poster Template, complete required components of your poster presentation (see instructions) & present to your classmates on the Discussion Forum by Sunday at 11:59 PM, posting comments to at least 2 of your classmates

2

 1-10

1-9

Topics:

  1. Practicum Week 1
  2. Review the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MANOFCC) available at: https://www.mass.edu/nahi/documents/NOFRNCompetencies_updated_March2016.pdf and within courseand within course
  3. MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One
  • Submit Week 1 biweekly practicum journal entries to faculty Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Participate in MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One Discussion Forum, Submission due Wednesday at 11:59 PM

3

 1-10

1-9

Topics:

  1. Practicum Week 2
  2. MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One (con’t)

 

  • Submit Week 2 journal entries to faculty, Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Submit MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One assignment by Sunday, 11:59 PM

4

 1-10

1-9

Topics:

  1. Practicum Week 3
  2. Use as a reference the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MANOFCC) available at: https://www.mass.edu/nahi/documents/NOFRNCompetencies_updated_March2016.pdf and within course to complete the MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two
  • Submit Week 3 journal entries to faculty, Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Participate in Practicum Evaluation with faculty and organizational mentor (as available)
  • Participate in MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two Discussion Forum, Submission due Wednesday at 11:59 PM

5

 1-10

1-9

Topics:

  1. Practicum Week 4
  2. Use as a reference the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MANOFCC) available at: https://www.mass.edu/nahi/documents/NOFRNCompetencies_updated_March2016.pdf and within course
  3. MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two (con’t)
  • Submit Week 4 journal entries to faculty, Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Submit MANOFCC Analysis Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two assignment by Sunday, 11:59 PM

6

 1-10

1-9

Topics:

  1. Practicum Week 5
  2. Continuing Dissemination: Integrating your experiences into your poster presentation on your Capstone Project
  3. Review the American Association of Colleges (AACN) of Nursing Draft Essentials, Domains, Descriptors, Contextual Statements and Competencies (May 2020) available at: https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/Downloads/Essentials/DRAFT-Domains-Descriptors-Competencies-May-2020.pdf and within course
  4. Comparison of AACN Draft to MANOFCC Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One
  • Submit Week 5 journal entries to faculty, Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Utilizing the COSC RN/ADN to BSN Poster Template, complete additional components of your poster presentation based upon your experiences and submit to the faculty (see instructions)
  • Participate in AACN/ MANOFCC Comparison Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One Discussion Forum, Submission due Wednesday at 11:59 PM
  • Submit AACN/ MANOFCC Comparison Jigsaw Group Activity: Step One assignment by Sunday, 11:59 PM

7

1-10

1-9

Topic:

  1. Practicum Week 6
  2. Comparison of AACN Draft to MANOFCC Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two
  • Submit Week 6 journal entries to faculty, Wednesday and Sunday by 11:59 PM
  • Participate in AACN/ MANOFCC Comparison Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two Discussion Forum, Submission due Wednesday at 11:59 PM
  • Submit AACN/ MANOFCC Comparison Jigsaw Group Activity: Step Two assignment by Sunday, 11:59 PM

8

 1-10

1-9

Topic:

  1. Practicum Week 7 (Final Week)
  • Participate in Practicum Evaluation with faculty and organizational mentor (as available)
  • Final Project Poster Presentation to classmates and faculty

Late Work Policy

Due to the accelerated nature of the NUR 300 & 400 courses, late work severely limits meaningful engagement with students, peers, and faculty, and jeopardizes collaboration and exchange of ideas.

The following standards relate to late submission of any assignment in this and all other NUR 300 & 400 courses:

  • All Discussion Posts must be posted by the due date/time deadline. Those posted late will be given a grade of zero.
  • All Other Papers/Projects: Failure to turn in, post, or in any way fail to meet the due date/time deadline, will result in a deduction of 10% per day of the total assignment value from the actual grade earned, for up to seven days.
  • Students who submit an assignment eight days late will receive a grade of zero for the assignment
  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline for any assignment regardless of the reason, they should contact the course faculty immediately.

Emergencies/Extenuating Circumstances: The Faculty and Program Director appreciate that emergencies come up in life. Emergencies/ Extenuating Circumstances are not planned activities and/or are not normally work-related.

  • Students will be required to submit reasonable documentation of emergencies/extenuating circumstances to the course faculty.
  • Any request(s) relating to emergencies/ extenuating circumstances requires documentation and approval of the course faculty, the Program Director, and other college personnel as necessary.

The following conditions acknowledge unexpected circumstances that impact students’ ability to submit an assignment by the due date:

  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline due to an emergency/extenuating circumstance, they should contact the course faculty immediately.
  • Students may turn in one assignment up to 7 days after the due date except for a discussion board assignment, a final course project, or other final course assignments, no questions asked.
  • Subsequent late submissions will be managed in accordance with the standards outlined above.

*Note: Students with accommodations in place may not receive an extension that is related to their disability

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.