Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network NURS 6003

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NURS 6003 Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network NURS 6003. When was the last time you read Meditation XVII of John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions?

Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

Nursing students often require both academic and professional support to ensure successful completion of their programs. At Walden University where there are significant numbers of nurses from different backgrounds, consideration of learning support is necessary to ensure effective progression and success. As a nurse student, professional networking leads to the exploration of the entire field of nursing as well as the development of a strong support system within the medical community (Birks et al., 2018). Professional networking allows nursing students to gain new knowledge and experiences, share ideas, and discover new specialties (MacIntyre et al., 2019). Sharing knowledge is an essential part of the learning process. At Walden University, there are numerous resources that can be utilized by the learners to ensure effective learning outcomes. These resources may include academic professionals, fellow learners, healthcare professionals, and the educators.  The purpose of this section is therefore to explore the above academic and professional resources and their role in my academic journey.

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NETWORK MEMBER 1

Name: Shelley Armstrong

Title: Program Director, DNP

Organization: Walden University

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes: As a program director, Dr. Shelley Armstrong has the responsibilities in course development, academic program reviews, policy and curriculum reviews, as well as the development of students into health science professionals. Dr. Shelley Armstrong has been in the institution for over ten years and she has taught many courses and engaged with different students and other educators. As a result, she is able to provide the right direction in the learning process. I chose Dr. Shelley Armstrong due to her experience in educational matters. I believe she will be able to guide me through the course by providing or suggesting the right resources to be used. Moreover, Dr. Shelley Armstrong will be able to help in the research processes and enhance connection with other educators.

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NETWORK MEMBER 2

Name: Elizabeth McDonald

Title: Counselor, PhD

Organization: Walden University

Academic or Professional:  Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes: Elizabeth McDonald has a Master’s degree in Community Counselling. She also has a BA in Sociology. Through continuous education, Elizabeth McDonald obtained a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has experience in the counselling programs both for the students and professionals. She has worked in the county jail, juvenile settings, University Counselling, community agencies, and psychological settings. While working in these institutions, she managed to gain experience in dealing with adolescents, children and adults.

Given that nursing programs are characterized by different problems including long times of studies and research processes, there is always a high possibility of developing psychological glitches. I therefore chose Dr. Elizabeth McDonald to help in the counseling processes. I believe she will be able to assist whenever I have emotional problems. The counseling process is essential for learners as it provides solution to both the academic and personal problems. Guidance and counselling is critical in the current education system. In the nursing education, it helps both educators and learners to become more professionals so that they can counter challenges. Dr. Elizabeth McDonald will therefore become a useful member of my network in terms of providing guiding and counselling services.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name: Sandrine Happi

Title: CRNP, RN

Organization: Adventist HealthCare

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes: Sandrine Happi, CRNP is a registered nurse practitioner working for the Adventist Medical Group. Given her experience in dealing with different patients and healthcare issues, she will be able to provide a gateway to the real world experience in the medical profession. While undertaking nursing studies, it is necessary to have some professional experience. In other words, there is always the need to relate theory that is being taught in class with the real world experiences in the nursing practice. During my nursing studies, Sandrine Happi will be able to provide a link of getting to know the emergent nursing practices that every future nurse have to adhere to. Also, while undertaking nursing research processes, it is always necessary to have someone to provide support (Broadbent et al., 2016). Given that most of the research processes are undertaken outside the educational institution, it is always necessary to have an individual or a professional who can give the necessary support required.

I chose Sandrine Happi because of her professional experience in the nursing practices. Her nursing philosophy also relates to that what I will be trying to achieve as a nursing student at Walden University. Her philosophy is to provide holistic and empathetic care to different patients and to ensure that they are mentally, physically, and spirituality fit. Sandrine Happi is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association. Her knowledge and experience in the nursing profession will be useful in my nursing program.

NETWORK MEMBER 4

Name: Akosua D. Nuamah, CRNP, MSN

Title: Nurse Practitioner (NP), Emergency Medicine

Organization: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Academic or Professional: Professiona

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes: Akosua D. Nuamah, CRNP, MSN is a professional nurse working for the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. She is also an Alumni of Walden University. Having been a professional nurse for over ten years, she has worked with many nursing students, giving them direction and introducing them to the professional nursing practice. I chose her to be part of my network because of her ability to work with students from different universities. She will be able to provide professional experience in nursing. She will also be able to prepare me on different emerging practices in the healthcare profession.

Akosua’s nursing philosophy coincides with what I want to achieve as a professional nurse and as a student. Her main objective or philosophy is to provide quality evidence-based care and effective interventions for different diseases and infections. She is also a strong advocate for disease prevention and health promotion. With her philosophy, I will be able to get enough support required to fully adhere to my nursing philosophies.

References

Birks, M., Smithson, J., Antney, J., Zhao, L., & Burkot, C. (2018). Exploring the paradox: A cross-sectional study of academic dishonesty among Australian nursing students. Nurse education today65, 96-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.02.040

Broadbent, M., Moxham, L., Sander, T., Walker, S., & Dwyer, T. (2016). Supporting bachelor of nursing students within the clinical environment: Perspectives of preceptors. Nurse Education in Practice14(4), 403-409. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2013.12.003

MacIntyre, R. C., Murray, T. A., Teel, C. S., & Karshmer, J. F. (2019). Five recommendations for prelicensure clinical nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education48(8), 447-453. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20090717-03

Unless you are a student of seventeeth-century poetry, you may not be all that familiar with this piece. However, you may be much more familiar with one of its well-known phrases: “No man is an island…”.

As you begin your journey toward achieving your academic and professional goals, you have a great opportunity to network with academics and professionals who can help ensure you do not travel alone. This network can help to clarify your own vision for success and can help guide you now and in the future. To paraphrase Donne, no one is an island.

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Preparation:

Consider individuals, departments, teams, and/or resources at Walden University and in your field who you believe can help you succeed academically and professionally.

Determine at least two academic and at least two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams who could assist you in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template can be downloaded here.

The Job: Professional and Academic Networking

Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template is completed.
Make certain to include the following:

To be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse, identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams with whom to collaborate.

Explain why you chose these people and/or teams, and how they will help you succeed in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Week 1’s fourth day

Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template should be submitted to the Discussion board in draft form.

Based on the feedback you receive in the Discussion, make any necessary changes to your draft of Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.
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Week 1’s Day 7

Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template should be submitted.

Data on Submission and Grading

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, follow the steps below:

Please save your Assignment as “WK1Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)”.

To review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment, click the Week 1 Assignment Rubric link.

Go to the Week 1 Assignment page by clicking the link.
You can also “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.

Then, from the Attach File section, select the Browse My Computer button.
Open the document you saved as “WK1Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)”.

Whenever possible:
Click the I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database checkbox in the Plagiarism Tools section.

To finish, click the Submit button.
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Discussion: Networking Opportunities

In this module, you begin laying the foundation for your academic and professional success. Your efforts begin with a vision that includes your own definition of success. Your vision may vary from those of your colleagues, but this does not mean you have to take these first steps alone.

Walden University and the College of Nursing also have a vision and mission, which include helping you to make your own vision a reality. Members of your new academic community, such as faculty, support teams, and fellow students, can also be helpful. Current practitioners and other member of the professional community can also help you to clarify your vision.

This Module’s Discussion asks you to consider how the Walden mission and vision as well as the College of Nursing’s mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. You will also begin to identify individuals and teams who can help you along the way as you begin designing the “blueprint”—your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision for academic and professional success.

To Prepare:

  • Review the Walden and College of Nursing mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this Module’s Learning Resources.
  • Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.
  • Consider how the information in these resources fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.
  • Also consider academic and professional individuals and teams with whom you may collaborate in support of your efforts as a student at the university and as a professional within your organization and career.

By Day 3 of Week 1

Post a brief introduction of yourself to your colleagues. Include an explanation as to how Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Also include an explanation for how the Walden MSN Program Outcomes and perspectives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.

By Day 6 of Week 1

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by suggesting additional individuals and/or teams with whom you wish to collaborate or by offering additional networking strategies.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post]. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/

Walden University. (n.d.). Connect to Walden. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.waldenu.edu/connect

Walden University. (n.d.). College of Nursing. Retrieved October June 5, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/about/colleges-schools/college-of-nursing

Review the College of Nursing’s vision and mission.

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

Select College of Nursing, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the MSN Learning Outcomes on this page.

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

Select Introduction, then the link “Vision, Mission, and Goals” under the Introduction header. Review Walden’s vision, mission, and goals.

Walden University. (n.d.). Writing center. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter

Wofford, P. (2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Document: Discussion Posting Exemplars (PDF)

Student Support and Calendar Information

So you have all key information available to you off-line, it is highly recommended that you print the following items for your reference:

  • This Syllabus, including the Course Schedule that is linked on this page as a PDF
  • Course Calendar
  • Support, Guidelines, and Policies

Credit Hours

  • 3 credits in 11 weeks

Walden University assigns credit hours based on the number and type of assignments that enable students to achieve the course learning objectives. In general, each semester credit equals about 42 hours of total student work and each quarter credit equals about 28 hours of total student work. This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and kind of activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level and student learning style, and by student familiarity with the delivery method and course content. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network NURS 6003

Course Description

In this course students are introduced to Walden University and online learning. Students explore strategies for the successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also will receive a foundation for academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments introduce students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA Style, academic integrity, and the creation of a professional development plan based on each student’s chosen specialization.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop networks for academic and professional success.
  • Identify strategies for academic and professional success.
  • Apply strategies to promote academic integrity and professional ethics.
  • Analyze peer-reviewed research related to issues in nursing practice.
  • Create academic success and professional development plans.
  • Justify selection of MSN specializations using standards and scope of practice.

College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes

Click on the following link to access the College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes:

Document: NURS 6003 College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes (PDF)

 

Course Materials

Please visit the University bookstore via your Walden student portal to ensure you are obtaining the correct version of any course texts and/or materials noted in the following section. When you receive your materials, make sure that all required items are included.

Course Text

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000

Note: If the print edition of these books are referenced here, electronic versions also may be available and may be acceptable for use in this course. If an electronic version is listed, no print version is available.

Note: Please keep this text as it will be used in subsequent courses in your MSN program.

Other readings (journal articles, websites, book excerpts, etc.) are assigned throughout the course and may be found within each Module. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network NURS 6003

Media

Assigned course media elements may be found in one or more modules of the course and are available via a streaming media player or a hyperlink to the individual item.

Course Readings List

The Course Readings List contains all of the required Walden Library resources for this course. Please click on the following link to access the list:

NURS 6003 Course Readings List

 

Dedicated Support for Course Media

You may use the following e-mail address and toll-free number for any questions or concerns you have about media in the course.

 

Primary and Secondary Sources

Review the following information prior to selecting resources for assignments.

Primary: A primary source is an original document that is the first account of what happened. A research report is primary, and you can tell because it includes materials and methods demonstrating how the research was done. Some creative work is also primary, such as poetry, novels, and interviews of people who experienced something firsthand. In nursing, which is an evidence-based discipline, we strive to use primary research that is published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal: Scholarly journals publish papers by professional authors and experts in the field using a peer-review process to review the work and assure quality before publishing. The focus of a scholarly journal is to provide accurate information for scholars and other researchers. The focus is on content rather than advertising, a direct contrast to popular media. Scholarly journals publish both primary and secondary papers, the former usually noted as original research and the latter as reviews and commentaries. Letters to the editor may also be published but should be recognized as opinion pieces.

Note: When selecting articles for course assignments, you are advised (unless you are referencing seminal information) to focus on work published within the past five years.

Secondary: A secondary source is one step removed from the original source. This work interprets and often compiles other work, and it includes review articles, textbooks, fact sheets, and commentaries about a topic. It also includes news reports of original research. Secondary work is more prone to error and bias than primary work because it is being filtered through an additional person or persons. Review papers can be useful to glean information about a topic and to find other sources from the reference list, but it is the original, primary research that should be relied on most heavily in demonstrating scholarship, depth, and validation of factual information.

Course Assignments

  1. Participation in weekly Discussions: The exchange of ideas among colleagues engaged in scholarly inquiry is a key aspect of learning and is a requisite activity in this course. You are expected to participate each week by posting a response to a prompt or question in the weekly Discussion area. In addition, you are expected to respond to your fellow students’ postings. To count as participation, responses need to be thoughtful; that is, they must refer to the week’s readings, relevant issues in the news, information obtained from other sources, and/or ideas expressed in the postings of other class members. You may ask questions or offer further information or links about the subject. Please pay attention to grammar and spelling, as consistently poorly written posts will receive grade penalties. In grading the required Discussion postings, your Instructor will be using the Discussion Posting and Response Rubric, located in the Course Information area.Note: Unless otherwise noted, initial postings to Discussions are due on or before Day 3, and response postings are due on or before Day 6. You are required to participate in the Discussion on at least three different days (a different day for main post and each response). It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting. In addition, you are expected to respond to questions directed toward your own initial posting in a timely manner.

 

  1. Assignments: The Assignments provide you with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained through the Learning Resources and the practicum experience. See the Assignment area of specific weeks for detailed descriptions of the assignments. In grading the required Assignments, your Instructor will be using rubrics located in the Course Information area.Note: The course Assignments will require that you completely and accurately demonstrate critical thinking via assimilation and synthesis of ideas when using credible, outside and course specific resources (i.e. video, required readings, textbook), when comparing different points of view, highlighting similarities, differences, and connections, and/or when lending support to your Assignment responses.

 

  1. Portfolio Assignment: Each course in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for the following specializations includes a Portfolio Assignment: Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing. The Portfolio Assignment is designed to measure specific professional knowledge and skills as outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials. Students submit the Portfolio Assignment in the online classroom and a criterion-based scoring rubric is used to grade the assignment. The rubric is aligned with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials and provides specific and informative feedback on your performance. The Portfolio Assignment is evaluated by the course Instructor.

Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade

Course grades will be based on participation (postings) and completion of assignments listed below.

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

90%–100% = A
80%–89% = B
70%–79% = C
< 70% = F

Please see below for the policy on Incomplete (I) grades.

Assignment Total Points Percentage
(Weighted)
Discussions
Participation in Discussions*
(5 @ 100 pts. each)
500 25%
Quizzes
(2 @ 100 pts. Each)
200 10%
Assignments
Module 1 Assignment (100 pts.)
Module 2 Assignment (100 pts.)
Module 3 Assignment (100 pts.)
Module 4 Assignment (100 pts.)
Module 5 Assignment (100 pts.)
Module 6 Assignment (100 pts.)**
600 65%
Total 1300 100%

* Each Discussion requires that you make one initial posting and at least two response postings to colleagues. See the Discussion Posting and Response Rubric for posting details.
**This is the Portfolio Assignment for this course.

Incomplete Grade Policy

Per University policy, Incomplete grades can be granted only to students who have already met the minimum criteria for active weekly participation in a course (including weekly postings in online courses) and have completed at least 80% of other coursework. Incompletes can be awarded when, because of extenuating circumstances, a student has not met additional course requirements, including but not limited to written assignments, group projects, and research papers, as applicable. All Incomplete grades are awarded at the discretion of the course faculty. (Reproduced from Student Catalog)

Students who are eligible for an Incomplete must contact the Course Faculty to request the grade as soon as possible. Students who do not meet the criteria listed above will not be allowed to earn an Incomplete. If the Incomplete is approved, the Faculty Member will work with the student to outline the due date(s) for remaining work. Under no circumstances will the new due dates extend beyond 50 days from the last day of the term. Faculty will then have 10 days to assess the work and post the permanent grade before the University-allotted Incomplete time limit of 60 days expires. All Incomplete grades not resolved within the time allotted will convert to permanent grades of F.

Instructor Feedback Schedule

The Instructor will log in to the course during the week to monitor the weekly Discussion area. Feedback will be provided via the My Grades area, the Discussion area, and/or the Announcements page.

Instructor feedback and explanation is provided whenever full credit is not achieved. Depending on the nature of the feedback, Instructor responses may be posted to the Discussion area or included in the My Grades area. The goal of your Instructor is to act as a discussion and learning facilitator rather than a lecturer. The Instructor will not respond to every posting by every individual, so please feel free to ask your Instructor if you would like some personal feedback on a particular assignment posting or any time you have any questions regarding your assignments or your grade.

For most assignments, you can expect your grades and/or feedback to be posted within five calendar days after the due date. Some assignments may require more than five days for your instructor to provide you with quality feedback.

Course Procedures

  • All class Discussions take place in the weekly Discussion areas.
  • You are encouraged to post course-related questions to the Contact the Instructor area as they may be of interest to all; however, if your question is urgent, it is often best to email the Instructor. If your emailed question is thought to be of benefit to all, it may be responded to by the Instructor via email to all or posted as an announcement.
  • Instructor feedback on content and writing issues that is thought to be of benefit to the entire class may be posted to the Contact the Instructor area; however, most personal critique will be done privately in the Grade Center. Be sure to check the Grade Center for comments every week even if you received full credit.
  • Please feel free to use the Class Café to initiate and participate in conversations not directly related to the course. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other students better. The Instructor will browse the Class Café occasionally but generally will not respond to conversations posted there unless students have specific questions for him or her.
  • Check the email account you use for official Walden University business on a regular basis. The expectation is that you are checking this email account daily during the week. If you experience difficulty sending or receiving Walden email, please contact the Customer Care Team right away. Contact information for the Customer Care Team is located in the Student Support area.
  • Review all materials in the Course Information area, as well as the materials contained under each of the weekly buttons.

Note: There are Optional Readings located within the Learning Resources section of each week in the course. You are encouraged to explore these readings, as needed, in order to enhance your understanding of the course content.

Preferred Methods for Delivering Assignments

  1. Be sure that you post to the correct Discussion area each week. Do not e-mail postings to the Instructor. For all initial Discussion postings, make sure that the first sentence of your posting reads Main Question Post. For your responses to others’ response postings, make sure that the first sentence of your response reads Response. These actions will ensure easily identifiable subject lines for your postings and responses.
  2. Application Assignments are submitted to the SafeAssign link and named according to the week in which the Assignment is submitted. Directions for naming each Application Assignment are included in each week’s Assignment area. Please be sure that all written Application Assignments are saved and submitted as a “.doc” file.
  3. All e-mail correspondence must contain in the subject line “ABCD 1234-XX-NAME” (ABCD = course prefix, 1234 = course number, XX = section number) followed by a brief description of the subject. This subject line convention ensures that your e-mail will be easily identified and responded to in a timely manner. It is required that the e-mail contain a signature that matches the official name used in the course.

Late Assignment Policy

Students are expected to submit assignments by the due dates noted in the course. In extenuating circumstances, such as illness, the student must contact the Instructor as soon as possible to discuss the situation. In those circumstances, Faculty will determine the appropriate course of action for the student. Depending on the situation, these actions may include recommendations to drop the course (if within the university drop/withdrawal period), acceptance of some or all of the overdue assignments with or without penalties, or failure to accept assignments.

Assignments submitted late without prior agreement of the Instructor, outside of an emergency absence, or in violation of agreements for late submission, will receive a grade reduction for the assignment amounting up to 20%. After 5 days, the assignment will not be graded. Students should be aware that late assignments may not receive the same level of written feedback as do assignments submitted on time.

Keeping Your Coursework

You will have access to the course and your coursework from the course start date until 60 days after the course ends. After this time, you will no longer be able to access the course or related materials. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you retain copies of your completed assignments and any documents you wish to keep. The university is not responsible for lost or missing coursework.

Course Evaluation

At or near the end of the course, you will receive an email inviting you to submit an online evaluation of the course and instruction. All submitted course evaluations are confidential, and only aggregate data and comments will be shared with the Instructor and Program Director. Your feedback is vitally important to Walden University in its efforts to continuously improve programs.

Students With Disabilities

Students in this course who have a disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should contact the director of Disability Services at disability@mail.waldenu.edu or at 1-800-925-3368, ext. 312-1205 and +1-612-925-3368 or https://www.waldenu.edu/contact for international toll-free numbers as soon as possible to initiate disability verification and discuss accommodations that may be necessary to ensure full participation in the successful completion of course requirements.

Classroom Participation

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education guidance regarding class participation, Walden University requires that all students submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (which includes posting to the Discussion Board) within each course(s) during the first 7 calendar days of class. For courses with two-week units, posting to the Discussion Board by Day 7 meets this requirement. The first calendar day of class is the official start date of the course as posted on your myWalden academic page.

Assignments submitted prior to the official start date will not count toward your participation. 

Financial Aid cannot be released without class participation as defined above. 

Students who are taking their first class with Walden and do not submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (or at least one Discussion post) by the end of the 7th day will be administratively withdrawn from the university.

Students who have already taken and successfully completed at least one or more class(es) with Walden, and who do not participate within the first 7 days, will be dropped from that class.

If you have any questions about your assignments, or you are unable to complete your assignments, please contact your Faculty Member.

Checklist

The module course checklist below outlines the assignments due for the course.

For full assignment details and directions, refer to each module of the course. All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) on the day assigned (which is 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) the next day). The time stamp in the classroom will reflect Eastern Time (ET), regardless of your time zone. As long as your submission time stamp is no later than 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), you have submitted on time.

Rubric Detail

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Complete Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Be sure to address the following:

·   Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

32 (32%) – 35 (35%)
The response clearly and accurately identifies at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response clearly and accurately identifies at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

28 (28%) – 31 (31%)
The response partially identifies at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response partially identifies at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as practicing nurse.

25 (25%) – 27 (27%)
The response identifies only one academic individual or team to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response identifies only one professional individual or team to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

0 (0%) – 24 (24%)
The response identifying at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

The response identifying at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
·   Explain why these individuals and/or teams were selected and how they will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Response clearly and thoroughly explains in detail why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Response clearly and accurately explains how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Response explains why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Response explains how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Explanation of why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague or inaccurate.

Explanation of how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague or inaccurate.

0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Explanation of why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

Explanation of how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided which delineates all required criteria.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.

A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is provided which delineates all required criteria.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is brief and not descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.

No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.
Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:

Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.
Written Expression and Formatting:-

The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) APA format errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) APA format errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.
Total Points: 100
Name: NURS_6002_Week_1_Assignment_Rubric

NURS_6003_Module01_Week01_Assignment_Rubric

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Complete Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Be sure to address the following:

·   Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Points Range: 32 (32%) – 35 (35%)
The response clearly and accurately identifies at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response clearly and accurately identifies at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Points Range: 28 (28%) – 31 (31%)
The response partially identifies at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response partially identifies at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as practicing nurse.

Points Range: 25 (25%) – 27 (27%)
The response identifies only one academic individual or team to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

The response identifies only one professional individual or team to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 24 (24%)
The response identifying at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

The response identifying at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

·   Explain why these individuals and/or teams were selected and how they will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Response clearly and thoroughly explains in detail why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Response clearly and accurately explains how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Response explains why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Response explains how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Explanation of why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague or inaccurate.

Explanation of how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague or inaccurate.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Explanation of why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

Explanation of how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided which delineates all required criteria.

Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.

A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is provided which delineates all required criteria.

Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is brief and not descriptive.

Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.

No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:
Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.
Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.
Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, running head, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no errors.
Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) APA format errors.
Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) APA format errors.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.
Total Points: 100
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