Assignment: Health and Illness
Assignment: Health and Illness
UNIT RATIONALE, DESCRIPTION and AIM: This unit provides students with the opportunity to synthesise theory and experience acquired in previous and concurrent units in order to prepare them for a specific nursing context. Students will actively engage in critical reflection on their ability to undertake appropriate assessment(s) and maintain holistic perspectives and cultural awareness during the delivery of nursing care to the person, family and community across the life span. This unit will allow students to explore nursing care and /or health from a specialty and /or international perspective. Students will critically evaluate their practice in order to create new knowledge from which they may develop further, both personally and professionally.
Mode: Includes the following: • 3-hour lecture (online or face-to-face); • Clinical practicum; • Online learning modules. Attendance pattern: One three-hour lecture Duration: This unit is run as blended learning unit during the course of the 10 weeks. Lectures for this unit will occur during the scheduled intensives timetabled for final semester units. You should anticipate undertaking 150 hours of study for this unit, including clinical placement, completion of online modules, lecture attendance, readings and assignment preparation. LEARNING OUTCOMES The Bachelor of Nursing (BN), Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration (BNBADM) and the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine (BNBP) courses are professional program that require development of particular attributes for accreditation purposes. These are also included in the learning outcomes -please see below PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FOR PRACTICE The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. The standards developed in this unit are: 3 Version: FINAL 201860_05.07.18 NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice: Learning Outcomes: 1.
Assignment: Health and Illness
Assignment: Health and Illness
Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1. 1, 5, 7, 8 2. Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7 4, 6 3. Maintains the capability for practice. 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 3, 8 4. Comprehensively conducts assessments. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 2, 3 5. Critical Thinking and Analysis: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 2, 3 6. Provision and Coordination of Care: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 1, 2 7. Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice. On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to: 1. Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of a nurse in the selected speciality practice area. 2. Utilise a collaborative approach to plan, coordinate and implement, after meticulous and comprehensive assessment, evidence based, safe person-centred care of individuals experiencing alterations in health specific to the elected specialty; and their families;(GA6) 3. Demonstrate safe use of selected technologies in the environment of the elected specialty 4. Utilise effective communication skills when interacting with people and the health care team;(GA9) 5. Utilise a clinical decision-making framework in the provision of appropriate ethical, legal, evidence-based, holistic care to people and their families/carers; 6. Promote the rights of clients and carers and their role in treatment planning and recovery. (GA1) 7. Reflect upon personal perceptions and meanings of health, illness, dying and death as appropriate in the specialty practice area; (GA4) 8. Extend your professional portfolio reflecting on your learning and development towards the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice using examples of skill development and nursing. (GA4,10) Additional Learning Outcomes for students undertaking an international health study program: 9. Explain how health and illness and health care practices are constructed by people within the culture of a host country 10.Discuss factors that can impact on the roles and functions of health care professionals within the host country
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.