Summer Semester 2020-21

Section 1003 – 1019 06/14/2021 – 07/17/2021

Your Instructor

Name: Mary Kibble-Leu DNP, RN, ACNS-BC Title: Adjunct Faculty

E-mail: [email protected]

Virtual Office Hours: Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST or arranged by appointment.

Virtual office hours will be held using the Zoom video conferencing application. If you have the Zoom app installed, you can join directly from the app or the web ( by using the following meeting ID for this course: 351 604 608

Please note the meeting ID is unique to each course.


The student must:

be admitted to the Ohio University School of Nursing
hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or be a student in the second year of a prelicensure ADN program.
Must have completed or be enrolled in their final nursing course
Course Description

A synthesis course designed to enhance knowledge of the relationship between health care policy and professional nursing. A Clinical Practice Project (CPP) will be developed and implemented by the end of the course which demonstrates actual engagement with patients to impact patient outcomes. The course work explores the broader context of health care including how patient care services are organized and financed, and how reimbursement is structured. Regulatory agencies define boundaries of nursing practice and students need to understand the scope and role of these agencies. Discusses how health care issues are identified, how health care policy is both developed and changed, and how that process can be influenced through the efforts of nurses, other health care professionals, and lay and special advocacy groups. Addresses issues related to vulnerable populations, delivery and financing of health care, the impact of technology, and client advocacy.

Course Topics

There are five (5) modules in this course. Each module represents one week of activity.

The development and implementation of a Clinical Practice Project
Nursing’s impact on health care policy as largest group of health care professionals

Legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care

Health care policy: What is it? What is it not?

Concepts: employment, environmental factors, values, diversity, economics, and ethics

Access and delivery of health care

World health care

Roles and responsibilities of the regulatory agencies and their effect on patient care quality

Advocacy for consumers and the nursing profession

Economics of health care
Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Demonstrates actual engagement with patients to impact patient outcomes after development and implementation of a Clinical Practice Project.

Summer: 2020-2021

Last updated: 5/22/21

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Distinguish excellence as defined by nursing organizations and position statements
Explore advocacy for consumers and relationship of the nursing profession
Examine health care organization and finance, including the implications of business principles, such as patient and system cost factors
Examine the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing practice
Examine legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care
Synthesize how concepts such as employment, environmental factors, values, diversity, economics, and ethics affect accessibility, affordability, and accountability in health care services
Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends
Credit Hours

Clinical hours

0.7 credit hours per week or 21

clock hours per course

Credit hours


Didactic hours

2.3 hours per week

Required Textbooks



Book Title


Publisher &


Mason et al


Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care*


Elsevier Saunders, 2020,

8th edition



Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association*


APA, 2019, 7th


* This can be a published year or a copyright year

Textbooks are required and can be purchased from the MBS Direct Online Bookstore ( or from most online book retailers.

Recommended Resources

Recommended resources will be assigned throughout the modules. Some of these resources will be available through Alden Library’s electronic reserves. Others will be Internet resources available through links in the course.


Multiple assessments are used in this course, allowing students opportunities to demonstrate their learning in more than one way. It is also very important to carefully follow the grading rubric in order to get full points for all assessments. Course assessments, due dates and point values are listed in the following Table. All assessments are due at Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the US.



Due Date


Required Readings

Module 1


to 06/20/21

1. Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project Goals and Objectives

Sun, Jun 20



Mason et al (2020): Ch 1, 2, 3, 4

RN-to-BSN White Paper (2012)
ANA (2010)
Ferguson S. (2013)
2. Discussion Board: Definition of Nursing Excellence

Fri, Jun 18 (initial post) Sun, Jun 20 (response



Module 2

3. Discussion Board: Business principles

associated with patient and system cost

Fri, Jun 25

(initial post)





Due Date


Required Readings


to 06/27/21

Sun, Jun 27

(response posts)

Mason et al (2020): Ch 16, 17, 31, 46, 66, 67, 69
4. Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project Action Plan

Sun, Jun 27


Module 3


to 07/04/21

5. Discussion Board: Difference between lobbyist or advocate

Fri, Jul 2 (initial post) Sun, Jul 4 (response




Mason et al (2020): Ch 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 22, 34, 36, 40, 52, 64
6. Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project

Sun, Jul 4


Module 4


to 07/11/21

7. Discussion Board: Civil Rights and Health Care

Fri, Jul 9 (initial post) Sun, Jul 11 (response




Mason et al (2020): Ch 15, 17, 18, 22, 28, 32, 35
8. Discussion Board: Clinical Practice Project Update

Fri, Jul 9 (initial post) Sun, Jul 11

(response posts)


Module 5


to 07/17/21

9. Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project Final Paper

Sat, Jul 17

(8:00 am EST)



Mason et al (2020): Ch 38, 50, 51, 53, 56, 57, 71, 82

Thomson et al (2014)
Arnold (2013
10. Written Assignment: Influencing Policy

Sat, Jul 17

(8:00 am EST)


11. Clinical Practice Project Log (must be submitted and accepted to pass the class)

Sat, Jul 17

(8:00 am EST)





NOTE: All assignments must be completed independently. There are no group assignments in this course. Each of your assignments should reflect your own individual thoughts and work, and not include the thoughts and work of others.

Remember that although point values are attached to assignments, they may have a different percentage weight when it comes to your final grade.

Key Grade Factors and Instructions

Grading Category



Discussion Board: (5 @ 30 points)



Written Assignments: (3 @ 30 points)



Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project Final Paper



Written Assignment: Clinical Practice Project Goals and




Clinical Practice Project Log

0% (required)

0 (required)





Discussion Board

The discussion area in Blackboard is used for engaging in discussions about the course content. All of the postings should be thoughtful and reflective of your course materials and clinical experiences as indicated. Your initial post must be posted before you can view and respond to colleagues, must contain minimum of two (2) references, in addition to examples from your personal experiences to augment the topic. The goal is to make your post interesting and engaging so others will want to

read/respond to it. Synthesize and summarize from your resources in order to avoid the use of direct quotes, which can often be dry and boring. No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.

Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”

Points: 30 Due Dates:

Initial Post: Friday of the module by 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Response Posts: Sunday of the module by 11:59 p.m. (EST) – (the response posts cannot be done on the same day as the initial post) Note: In Module 5, the due dates are on Saturday.
Discussion board posts will not be accepted after the due dates.

Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed references

Response posts: Minimum of one (1) total reference: one (1) from peer-reviewed or
course materials reference per response.

Words Limits

Initial Post: Minimum 200 words excluding references (approximately one page)

Response posts: Minimum 100 words excluding references.
Note: Since it is difficult to edit the APA reference in the Blackboard discussion area, you can copy and paste APA references from your Word document to the Blackboard discussion area. Points will not be deducted because of format changes in spacing.

Written Assignment

Unless otherwise specified, all written assignment must have the following elements. Your written assignment should address the topic or questions. Provide sufficient textual evidence to support your argument. In the introduction part, you must clearly state your thesis and indicate how the paper is organized. Each paragraph in the body must include a topic sentence with one main idea and complete discussion and support. Make sure, each paragraph has a transition sentence linking it to the next paragraph. In the conclusion, recap the thesis sentence and main points. Present the closing statement of the writer’s positions.

Word for word quotation (direct quote) is discouraged. One direct quote per page is acceptable and points will be subtracted if more direct quotes are used. The written assignment is your work and not a string of direct quotes without your thoughts and ideas being heard. See the “Writing Assistance Resource” section in the syllabus for more about writing.


SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool that detects unoriginal content in papers by identifying areas of overlap between submitted assignments and existing works.

You will have three (3) attempts to submit a written assignment, only the final attempt will be graded. For each attempt you will receive a SafeAssign originality report.

This will give you a chance to correct the assignment based on the SafeAssign score. Click here to view instructions on how to interpret SafeAssign originality report.

SafeAssign recognizes a student’s multiple attempts for an assignment as submitted by the same student for the same assignment and does not check the contents of the student’s current attempt against content from previous submissions.

Due Dates:

Sunday of the module by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Note: In Module 5, the due dates are on Saturday.


Minimum of four (4) total references: two (2) references from required course materials and two (2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information)

Peer-reviewed references include references from professional data bases such as PubMed or CINHAL applicable to population and practice area, along with evidence based clinical practice guidelines. Examples of unacceptable references are Wikipedia, UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.


Unless otherwise specified, all the written assignment must follow APA 7th edition formatting, citations and references. Click here to download the Microsoft Word APA template. Make sure you cross-reference the APA 7th edition book as well before submitting the assignment. The Learner Support tab on Blackboard has some helpful resources.

Number of Pages/Words

Unless otherwise specified all papers should have a minimum of 600 words (excluding the title and reference pages).


You are encouraged to consult with one another on the choice of paper topics, and you may share library resources. You may find it useful to discuss your chosen topic with your peers, particularly if you are working on the same topic as someone else, but you should ensure that the written paper you submit for evaluation is the result of your own research and reflects your own approach to the topic.

Submission of the Same Work to More than One Course

Papers and other work should normally be submitted to only one course. Any student who wishes to submit to another course or for another academic purpose the same or similar work used in a previous course must obtain the prior written permission of the instructor. A student who submits the same or similar work to more than one course without such prior permission will ordinarily be required to withdraw from the program.

For more information on points, due dates, and allotted time see the assessment folder in each module in Blackboard.

Grading Policy

Successful completion of this course requires the learner to earn an average of 80% (B-) or higher overall assignments. A grade of “C+” will require the student to repeat the course. Scores will not be rounded. The final grade for the course will not be rounded. See the distribution of points and grades below:

Percent of

total points (%)


to 100


to 93


to 89


to 85


to 82


to 79


to 75


to 72


to 69


to 65


to 62


to 59

Letter grade













Questions concerning points/grades on assignments must be raised with the faculty member prior to the end of the course. All participation will be electronically monitored.

Late Submissions

Assignments are due on the date specified. Assignments are to be submitted via the appropriate method (Bb) on the due date unless arrangements have been made with the instructor for university approved absence. Acceptable cause will be in accordance with the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog and may include, but not be limited to such circumstances as personal illness or death in the immediate family. Verification will be required. Assignments are considered late on the day after the due date and will be subject to a penalty of 10% of the total points possible on that day and for each day. No late submissions are allowed beyond 7 days after the due date.

The assignment will not receive any points after 7 days. No assignments accepted after Saturday 8

a.m. of Module 5.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmissions are not permitted to attempt to get a higher grade. Drafts of assignments are not

permitted unless the assignment specifies as such. There is no ‘extra credit’ offered in this course.

Incomplete Grades

Students are expected to complete all course requirements by the end of each academic term. An “Incomplete” grade is not recorded automatically when assignments are missing at the end of the course. A student must discuss with the faculty of record for the course the reasons that an incomplete grade is being requested. Faculty members are not obligated to grant the use of an incomplete grade.

Appeal of Grades

There is a process for appealing the grade received in a course. Refer to Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog select “Academic Policies” then “Grading information.”


This is an online course, meaning all coursework will be done online. If you have any problems, concerns or questions, you are encouraged to contact the instructor or TA through email and receive feedback online. You may also visit during virtual office hours. You may review our Nursing Knowledge Center/ RN BSN Online where frequently used links are easily found.

Expectations and Commitment

Expectations in an online course are the same for a traditional course. However, online courses require an amount of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can be more demanding for some students.

Please plan on allocating four to five hours per week per credit hour to complete your didactic coursework (approximately 16-20 per week for this course). This time will be spent completing readings, participating in discussion boards and accessing information in the online library.

Depending on the course and the particular assessment or learning activity, it may take more time or less time to complete assessments and activities.

Remember to use only the Ohio University email account. Email that comes through other providers such as Yahoo, AOL, or Gmail will not be opened. Do not link the Ohio University email account to your personal email account. Use each account separately.

Expectations for students are:

Review the “Getting Started” information located in the START HERE tab in Blackboard

Introduce yourself by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion forum during the first week
Take the Browser test to ensure that your computer is compatible with Blackboard
Interact online with instructor(s) and classmates

Review and follow the course calendar
Log in to the course 3 to 5 times per week to complete course work; be proactive with questions or needed clarification.
Check your university email and Blackboard announcements regularly; daily is recommended
Respond to discussion boards, by due dates
Respond to emails within 48 hours

Submit assignments by the due dates
Review rubrics for assignments prior to doing the work
The instructor/Teaching Assistant will:

Log in to the course 3 to 5 times per week

Respond to emails within 48 hours
Grade assignments within 72 hours of the assignment deadline

Netiquette, also online etiquette requires a lot of attention. In an online course, you have mostly text to communicate. Language can be easily misinterpreted especially in an online course where there is no benefit of body language and tone. This means your words are very important.

Avoid language that may seem strong or offensive.
While Instant Messaging-speak or emoticons may come handy in casual or personal conversations, avoid them altogether in an online classroom. They may come across as unprofessional, too casual and/or childish.
DO NOT SHOUT! Typing in all caps indicates shouting and might be offensive to others.
Consider the privacy of others. Always ask prior to giving out a classmate’s contact

Be aware of the cultural difference.
Always review, review again, then send/post: Checking every piece of writing for grammar and spelling errors will reflect well on you and your ideas.
Maintain respect at all times. It is best to recognize and refer to your professors as Instructor, Professor, or Dr. where applicable. Likewise, respect your fellow classmates.
Do not send inappropriate material (spam, virus warnings, jokes, chain letters, etc.). Any information not related to the course must be approved by the instructor before posting. No advertising, selling or soliciting will be accepted.
If possible, ensure all attachments are small. Big files as is typical of pictures can be changed to the acceptable size.
Always read all posts of students and instructors/TAs in discussion boards before commenting as your issue or question may have already been addressed.
Course Policies

This course follows all policies found in the Ohio University Student Handbook and Ohio University School of Nursing Student Handbook. Please review them at:

School of Nursing Handbook

Course Availability

The courses will be available on Friday afternoon before the course start date. Due to plagiarism and security reasons, the course will be unavailable for students two weeks after the course close date. If needed, make sure you download the syllabus and other course materials when the course is available.

Withdrawal Policy

RN to BSN students should use the online withdrawal form to drop all courses after the semester begins. Click the link below for more information.

Academic Misconduct

The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. These include cheating; plagiarism; forgery; furnishing of false information to the university; and alteration or misuse of university documents, records, or identification. If a student engages in course-related academic dishonesty, his or her grade on the work in question or in the course may be lowered by the instructor. Any student wishing to protest the instructor’s action has recourse to the established grievance procedures, starting at the department level.

Instructors may also report cases of academic dishonesty to the Office of Community Standards for further action; however, by so doing, an instructor does not in any way relinquish the right to assign a grade in a course. Any student accused of academic dishonesty by The Office of Community Standards is entitled to notice of charges being made and to a full hearing. If suspension or dismissal is recommended, the student is further entitled to appeals procedures and will not be suspended or dismissed from the university while appeals are in process.

Minimum Technology Skills

A major barrier to taking an online course is the lack of basic computer skills (copying and pasting, using email, creating files in a word processor). This means knowing your computer’s operating system and software, and managing and organizing files well so they are easily accessible. While this is not a computer literacy course, students are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer to navigate the course.



This course is offered through Blackboard. All learning activities and assessments are submitted online via Blackboard. In addition, you will be required to use Blackboard integrated tools such as discussion boards, blogs and wikis. Blackboard is supported by Ohio University’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). If you are new to Blackboard, instructions for getting started are available here:

Minimum Technology requirements for Blackboard

You must have a high bandwidth connection when you are using the test feature of blackboard (e.g., with any type of quiz activity). This is important because you need to maintain a proper connection to blackboard. Blackboard recommends minimum hardware and software requirements in order to access classes on Blackboard. Click the link to view technology requirements.

Privacy Policy of Blackboard

You can find privacy policies of blackboard in the following link.


Zoom is a video conferencing application. This technology will allow you to join a virtual meeting using any computer, mobile device, or standalone telephone. First time users will be prompted to install the Zoom app. This tool will be utilized to conduct virtual office hours. While attendance is not mandatory, the meetings serve as an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns that

you may have. The Zoom meeting ID and specific instructions on how to join the virtual office hours for this course can be found under the YOUR INSTRUCTOR tab in Blackboard.

Privacy policy of Zoom

You can find privacy policies of Zoom in the following link.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a software that allows you to have an online meeting with your professor and fellow students. It provides rich interaction with participants where sharing screens or files, chat, broadcast live audio can be exchanged and other interactive online activities can take place.

Requirements for using Adobe Connect:

Use the following link to test Adobe Connect

Disable any window pop-up blocker.
Adobe Flash Player is required to successfully run your Adobe Connect meeting. Click the link to get flash player
Microphone and speakers at least (a headset with a microphone works best) or a webcam that has a built-in microphone
Test your computer to make sure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience.
Privacy policy of Adobe Connect

You can find privacy policies of Adobe Connect in the following link.


Technical support

If you have technical or Blackboard questions:

Call: (740) 593-1222

Email: [email protected]

Submit a request online at Web page:


Any student who suspects s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the class instructor privately to discuss the student’s specific needs and provide written documentation from the Office of Student Accessibility Services. If the student is not yet registered as a student with a disability, s/he should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Find out more about Disability Services contact the SAS office through the following information: Student Accessibility Services, 1 Park Place, Baker University Center, Suite 348 Athens, Ohio 45701-2979, Office: (740) 593-2620, Fax: (740) 593-0790

Email: [email protected]


Course Technology Accessibility:


For more about Blackboard Accessibility, please visit:

Adobe Connect

For more about Adobe Connect Accessibility, please visit:

Academic Advisors

All students are provided an academic advisor at the start of their program. If you don’t know who your advisor is, contact the School of Nursing at (740) 593-4494 or [email protected]

What they do:

Help you create an educational plan to meet your academic, professional, and personal goals.
Assist you in preparing an appropriate schedule of classes. Your responsibility:
Monitor your own progress toward meeting graduation requirements.
Maintain regular contact with your advisor throughout your program.
Be prepared for the advising appointment by bringing appropriate materials and written questions and by having reviewed the DARS.
Seek assistance in decision-making rather than expect the advisor to make decisions.
What they don’t do:

Answer your questions about financial aid or billing, but other offices at Ohio University can help you. Find such information at

Library Service

Ohio University’s Alden Library provides services that will help you to succeed as a nursing student. The links below are the library services you will use most often:

RN-to-BSN LibGuide – specific library information for RN-to-BSN students
Nursing LibGuide – highlight resources in Nursing, and to provide links to Internet resources in the field.
Books for Distance Learners See the steps on how you can pickup a book from a library near you.
E-mail a librarian You may also contact the Health Sciences Librarian, Hanna Schmillen for subject specific information. Email: [email protected] (740) 593-0326. After 5:00, you can contact the Reference Department at 740-593-2699.
For immediate assistance, you can chat at this link: To chat online with a librarian, click on the “Live Chat” link at the top right of the home page. The face to face chat option is available anytime the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor is open.
See when the Learning Commons is open here

Writing Assistance Resource

The Ohio University Student Writing Center (SWC) offers writing support services to its students. Located in the Alden Library (2nd floor), the SWC provides free scheduled and walk-in face-to-face appointments as well as online appointments. It is important to submit your paper to the writing center 7-10 days for feedback during the course and additional time at the end of the term. While SWC is happy to talk about things like punctuation and citation styles, our goal is to help students become stronger writers–not to proofread papers.

For more information, visit or email: [email protected]

APA Tutorials and Resources

Click on the following link to view a video tutorial on How to download APA template from MS Word 2013 and 2016

APA Video tutorial

7 th edition of APA

Check out this helpful video on how to format essay in APA 7th edition format

Click here to download and review an updated tip sheet for APA 7th edition with comparisons to 6th edition.
Ohio University webpage update on APA 7th edition
APA Style Central

APA Style Central combines learning and teaching tools, writing and content processing, and the full integration of the APA Publication Manual. APA Style Central includes four “centers” where you can utilize different tools. The learning center has quick learning guides, tutorials, and sample examples of APA references. The research center includes an entire collection of reference books, including writing guides and formatting. The writing center allows you to write and format your paper with APA-approved templates; which you can then download.

The libguides offers citing tips and tricks from several styles.

Other Writing Resources

Ohio University Interactive Plagiarism Tutorial
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Interactive tutorials about identifying and avoiding plagiarism:
Help with utilizing transitional words and phrases
APA Style Blog
Online Tutoring

Ohio University is providing eCampus students with free access to 24/7 online tutoring support. Through, you will have access to over 3,000 tutors that are experts in math, English and writing support, social sciences, and computer sciences. Getting connected with a tutor is simple!

Go to
Use your OHIO ID and password to sign in.
Select your subject and enter your question.
Click “Connect Now.”
Real live tutors are available to you in’s collaborative online classroom. Tutors will help you work through questions and concepts you would like to address. Your access also provides two types of writing support: one-to-one on-demand sessions and a 24-hour drop-off review. Get feedback on the early stages of your draft in a live session or submit your essay for final feedback before it’s due.

Want to learn more? Check out tutoring options available to eCampus students.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation is a continuous process and is the responsibility of both faculty and students. Ongoing feedback (formative evaluation) is the only way to improve the course and to assure that it meets the needs of the student, and the discipline of nursing. It is your responsibility to give immediate, constructive feedback regarding class structure and process.

A formal evaluation of the course and the instructor occurs at the end of the five-week course. You will receive instructions via your Ohio University email about how to complete the course evaluations online. Your completed evaluations are processed by a computer. Faculty are sent the results at the end of the semester with no student identifiers. Your assignments and grades are not affected by your evaluation.

Syllabus Change

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course Blackboard site.

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