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NURS 604/ Graduate Practicum I


Response time to emails: within 48 hours; to discussion forums: within 72 hours; for grading assignments/quizzes:
within 5 days.

This first course of a two-part capstone series focuses on development of the advanced practice nurse in clinical
settings. During a precepted practicum, learners will focus on an identified area of advanced nursing practice and
associated roles. Content includes current standards of practice, evidence based interventions, student issues, and an
introduction to faculty scholarship and dissemination.

PRE-REQUISITES: NURS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 600, 601, 602, ALHT 500, 501

1. Provide the opportunity to plan experiences to develop a skillset in advanced practice and nursing
education roles through practicum experiences in a variety of clinical settings.
2. Enable learners to reflect on and evaluate advanced practice roles developed during clinical practicum
3. Provides learners the opportunity to examine strategies for resolution of educational issues for nursing
students in a variety of learning environments.


1. Apply knowledge, evidence, professional nursing standards, and advanced nursing concepts to a clinical
nursing education practicum.
2. Reflect on clinical practicum experiences, achievement of practicum outcomes, and advanced practice role
3. Explore strategies for resolution of educational issues for nursing students in a variety of learning
4. Create an abstract for presentation at a professional conference.


Program Student Course Course Student Learning Activities Learning
Learning Outcome Objective Learning Assessments
Integrate advanced 1-3 1-4 Readings Learning Contracts
knowledge, technology, Multimedia Resources Journals
and theories from nursing Library searches IPE exercises
and related disciplines Webinars Journal Abstract
into the advanced nursing Discussions
Use scientific inquiry and 1 1, 2, 4 Readings Learning Contracts
quality principles to Multimedia Resources Journals
identify problems and Library searches IPE exercises
apply system-level Webinars Journal Abstract
processes to improve care Discussions
Apply advanced 1, 2 1, 2 Readings Learning Contracts
knowledge of leadership Multimedia Resources Journals
and management to effect Library searches IPE exercises
change, and influence Webinars Journal Abstract
health policy to transform Discussions
care delivery systems.
Practice inter-professional 1, 2 1- 4 Readings Learning Contracts
collaboration to improve Multimedia Resources Journals
health outcomes in a Library searches IPE exercises
global population. Webinars Journal Abstract

Professional Nursing Standards And Guidelines

The student learning outcomes in NURS 604 meet the professional nursing standards and guidelines of the Essentials
of Master’s Education in Nursing and NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators as follows, supported by
individual experiences in the practicum settings.

The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing Outcomes

Essential I Background for Practice for Science and Humanities 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Essential II Organizational and Systems Leadership 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Essential III Quality Improvement and Safety 1-8
Essential IV Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice 1-6
Essential V Informatics and Healthcare Technologies 1-6
Essential VI Health Policy and Advocacy 3-5
Essential VII Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health 1-6
Essential VIII Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health 1-5
Essential IX Master’s-Level Nursing Practice 1- 15

NLN Core Competencies For Nurse Educators

Competency 1 Facilitate Learning
Competency 2 Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization
Competency 3 Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
Competency 4 Participation in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes
Competency 5 Function as a Change Agent and Leader
Competency 6 Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role
Competency 7 Engage in Scholarship
Competency 8 Function Within the Educational Environment

A combination of methodologies will be used:

1. Learning Contracts: initial, midpoint, and final submissions (15%)

2. Practicum journals 1 and 2 (10% - 5% each journal)
3. Discussion Week 2 (15%)
4. Advanced clinical practice scholarly paper (15%)
5. Conference abstract (15%)
6. Conference abstract Peer feedback (15%)
7. Discussion week 7 (10%)
8. Weebly Portfolio (5%)

GRADING CRITERIA: A letter grade is given in this course based upon numerical scoring:

Letter Grade Numerical Score Letter Grade Numerical Score

A 95-100 C+ 75-79
A- 90-94 C 69-74
B+ 86-89 D 61-68
B 80-85 F 60 or less

The nursing graduate student must obtain a minimum grade of 80 to pass this course. An overall cumulative index of
3.0 is required by the College in order to confer a degree in a graduate program.

• Assignments may not be submitted before the week in which they are due.
• All submissions of course work will earn a 10% deduction for each day the assignment is submitted late
(10% of 100 points per day).
• Course work will earn a grade of 0 if submitted more than 5 days after the due date (except for Discussion
posts, see below), unless there is an arrangement with the course faculty.
• No course work will be accepted after the final day of class.
• All non-DQ assignments must be submitted in order to pass the course.
• Refer to each assignment grading rubric for criteria for evaluation.

There will be a penalty of 10% of the maximum grade possible deducted for each day the assignment is late, for up
to 5 days after the due date, and 4 days for Discussion Questions. After 5 days late, the assignment earns a zero,
unless there is an arrangement with the course faculty.

• Discussion postings may not be submitted before the week in which they are due.
• The initial discussion post for the assigned discussion questions posted in the discussion forum will earn a
10% deduction for each day the post is late (10% of 100 points per day).
• An initial discussion post that is more than 3 days late will earn a grade of 0.
• Discussion question postings will not be graded if submitted past the end of the online week (Sunday, 2359
or Friday, 2359 in week 7).
• Content of discussion postings will be evaluated according to the Discussion Grading Rubric posted in each
• Course failure will result from missing more than one DQ.

Participation Policy: see below

Extra credit: There is no extra credit available in this course.

Incomplete grade: The Incomplete Policy is found at the following link in the Provost’s handbook:

Week Topic
1 Practicum plans, learning contracts
2 Challenges for advanced practice nurses
3 Appraisal of the advance practice nursing role
4 Practicum updates
5 Writing conference abstracts and scholarly engagement
6 Evaluating scholarly abstracts
7 Practicum reflection


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Billings, D. M., & Halstead, J. A. (2016). Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty (5th ed.). St Louis: MO: Elsevier.

Oermann, M. H., & Gaberson, K. B. (2015). Clinical teaching strategies in nursing (5th ed). New
York, NY: Springer.

Gaberson, K. B., Oermann, M. H., & Shellenbarger, T. (2015). Clinical teaching strategies in nursing (4th ed). New
York, NY: Springer.

Please see weekly course materials for supplemental resources.


• Students are expected to post on a minimum of three days (10% deduction for day non-attendance; 10% of
100 points)
• One day must be nonconsecutive (10% deduction if not met; 10% of 100 points)
• Posting more than 3 days in one week supersedes the above requirement for non-consecutive days

STUDENT CONDUCT IN THE COURSE: The instructor in the classroom and in conference will encourage free
discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student performance will be evaluated wholly on an academic basis, not on
opinions or political ideas unrelated to academic standards. However, in instances where a student does not comply
with the Code of Student Behavior or with an instructor's reasonable conduct expectations in the course, such non-
compliance can affect the student's evaluation and be cause for permanent removal from class or dismissal from

COMMUNICATIONS ETIQUETTE: The State University of New York at Delhi is committed to open, insightful
and relevant dialogue in all of its courses, especially those being presented via the Internet, as that is what
formulates the bulk of the course content and material. Diversity of thought, opinion, and values are created as a
result of this process and, as such, we encourage all students to be respectful of that diversity, thereby refraining
from inappropriate commentary. Should such inappropriate action occur, the instructor will intervene as each piece
of dialogue that takes place in the course is monitored. The student making the infraction will be notified and
appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The following are sound guidelines to follow regarding communication
• Never post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that is known to be illegal.
• Never post harassing, threatening, or embarrassing comments.
• If you disagree with someone, respond to the subject, not the person.
• Never post content that is harmful; abusive; racially, ethnically, or religiously offensive; vulgar; sexually
explicit; or otherwise potentially offensive.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY: If a faculty member discovers that a student has committed an academic
integrity violation that warrants a sanction beyond a verbal warning, such as cheating or plagiarizing, the procedures
outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy will be followed.

a student to be excused from any examination or study or work requirements because of religious holidays. Each
student must notify the instructor in advance so that an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study,
or work requirements he or she may have missed because of such absence may be given.

POWER OUTAGES/SYSTEM FAILURES: In the event of a power outage or system failure of the Delhi
systems, notification may be placed on the Delhi Logins page (
sent to all campus users via email. It is up to each individual instructor to decide whether certain activities will have
extended time or additional attempts following such an outage. If a student experiences a local outage in her or his
service area, the student will be expected to complete course work on time or communicate with the instructor to
make alternative plans.


provided to qualified students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability requiring accommodations,
contact the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services, Gabriella Vasta, at fax (607) 832-
7593 or call (607) 746-4593. Your request for accommodation will be reviewed and if determined to be reasonable,
you will be provided with a verification letter that must be delivered to your course instructor and sent back to
Gabriella Vasta.

Technical Requirements
INTERNET/COMPUTER/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Please go to the Resources and Policies tab
found in the START HERE block on the home page of your course. A section of this page entitled "Technology
Requirements for Students" details what may be needed for participation in online nursing courses.

EMAIL: You will be expected to access your College e-mail account.

To find your email address: Log into Bronco Web, click ‘Personal Information’, then ‘View E-Mail Addresses’,
look under ‘SUNY Delhi Student E-mail System’. Your email address should be your initials followed by a number
and then (ex:
To login to your email account: Go to,, click ‘Mydelhi Students’ and click ‘Email’.
Enter your username (ex: gd23) or full email address. Your password is your Bronco Web PIN.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Please contact the Help Desk for assistance: or call 607-746-4835.