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Course : Concepts of Clinical Reasoning and Judgement

Course Number
NURS 4842
Section Number
Spring 2022
Centennial Hall, 302
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

1.  Apply concepts learned throughout the program to clinical situations.

2.  Use problem-solving approaches in recognizing and meeting client care needs.

3.  Use the nursing process to plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.

4.  Apply clinical judgment skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care.

5.  Implement effective communication, research and teaching-learning principles in providing nursing care.

6.  Evaluate effective and non-effective nursing interventions in providing nursing care.

7.  Examine the legal, ethical, cultural, economic, and spiritual issues related to the care of clients.

This course adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Desire 2 Learn course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when accomplishing objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

However, all components of the course are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.


Academic dishonesty includes cheating, collusion, plagiarism or the acquisition of tests or test questions and other academic materials such as test banks without the permission of the faculty. Cheating, collusion, or plagiarism is defined as: (1) cheating - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, equipment, or study aids in any academic exercise; (2) collusion - the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit; (3) plagiarism - intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, collusion, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he or she should ask the instructor for clarification.

Any student found to be academically dishonest as defined above and under each assignment will automatically receive a grade of “0” on the assignment.

Exams x 3                        65%

Concept Analysis                25%

Participation                      10%

Table 2: Total percent for final grade. There will be no rounding of grades. An exam average of 74% as well as the course average of at least 74% is required to successfully complete this course. If a student does not earn at least 74% exam average, no other grades will be averaged into the course grade and the student will receive the exam average grade. For example, if a student has a 73% exam average, the student will receive a D for the course.

Students are expected to attend all of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. Class activities will not be made up due to absences. If a student misses more than one class, then their participation points will be deducted for that day. 

All assignments must be uploaded to Bright Space/D2L in the assignment section drop box via WORD format by the due date and time. If the student has computer problems then you should contact Distance Learning @ MSU so they can try to assist you. Assignments submitted any way except through D2L/Brightspace will not be accepted or graded.

Failure to submit your assignments via WORD format so that they can be opened by faculty can result in an assignment being considered late and thus a grade of zero. I cannot stress this enough. My suggestion is that when you submit an assignment to faculty, you submit a copy to yourself to make certain it can be opened.

Again, as this is an online course, I strongly suggest you do not choose to wait until the last minute to submit your assignments. Computer malfunctions and glitches can occur and not being able to submit your assignments by due date deadlines because your computer is not functioning properly will not be an acceptable excuse.

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10 points for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with a penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. There are no opportunities for extra credit given for any assignment. All assignments will be due on Central Standard Time (CST). 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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