Week 8: What Did You Learn


The purpose of the graded collaborative discussions is to engage faculty and students in an interactive dialogue to assist the student in organizing, integrating, applying, and critically appraising knowledge regarding advanced nursing practice. Scholarly information obtained from credible sources as well as professional communication are required. Application of information to professional experiences promotes the analysis and use of principles, knowledge, and information learned and related to real-life professional situations. Meaningful dialogue among faculty and students fosters the development of a learning community as ideas, perspectives, and knowledge are shared.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

Examine roles and competencies of advanced practice nurses essential to performing as leaders and advocates of holistic, safe, and quality care. (PO 5) 1, 3, 5, 7, 8

Apply concepts of person-centered care to nursing practice situations. (PO1, PO2) 3, 7, 8

Analyze essential skills needed to lead within the context of complex systems. (PO2, PO3) 1, 5, 7, 8

Explore the process of scholarship engagement to improve health and healthcare outcomes in various settings. (PO3, PO4) 8

 Due Date:

A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday, regardless of the number of days late. Week 8 closes on Saturday. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Saturday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0 for any portion of the discussion not posted by that time).

Total Points Possible:  50


Discussion Criteria

  1.  Application of Course Knowledge: The student post contributes unique perspectives or insights gleaned from personal experience or examples from the healthcare field. The student must accurately and fully discuss the topic for the week in addition to providing personal or professional The student must completely answer the entire initial question.
  2. Engagement in Meaningful Dialogue: The student responds to a student peer OR course faculty to further dialogue.
    1. Peer or Faculty Response: The student responds substantively to at least one topic-related post by a student A substantive post adds content or insights or asks a question that will add to the learning experience and/or generate discussion.
      1. A post of “I agree” with a repeat of the other student’s post does not count as a substantive A collection of shallow posts does not equal a substantive post.
      1. The peer response must occur before Saturday, 11:59 p.m. MT. 
      1. The peer response does not require a scholarly citation and reference unless the information is paraphrased and/or direct quotes are used, in which APA style standards then apply.
  3. Integration of Evidence: The student post provides support from a minimum of two in-text citations with matching references. Sources may be course lessons, assigned readings, or outside scholarly sources.
  4. Professionalism in Communication: The post presents information in logical, meaningful, and understandable sequence, and is clearly relevant to the discussion topic. Grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation are accurate.
  5. Wednesday Participation Requirement: The student provides a substantive response to the graded discussion question(s) or topic(s), posted by the course faculty (not a response to a peer), by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT of each week.
  6. Total Participation Requirement: The student provides at least two substantive posts (one to the initial question or topic, one to a student peer or a faculty question) on two separate days during the week.
Application of Course Knowledge:  2027Answers the initial discussion question(s)/topic(s), demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the concepts for the week.  
Engagement in Meaningful Dialogue With Peers and Faculty  1027Responds to a student peer OR course faculty furthering the dialogue by providing more information and clarification, adding depth to the conversation
Integration of Evidence1027 Provides support from two sources with in-text citations and final references. Sources may be course lessons, assigned readings, or outside scholarly sources.
   Total CONTENT Points= [60 pts]
Grammar and Communication510Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner
Reference Citation59References have complete information as required by APA  In-text citations included for all references  AND references included for all in-text citation
   Total FORMAT Points= [10 pts]
   DISCUSSION TOTAL=[x] out of 50 points

Preparing the Assignment


This graded discussion will give you an opportunity to reflect on what you learned in this course. Please provide an initial response to the discussion question by Wednesday at 11:59pm MT and one interactive dialogue response no later than Saturday at 11:59 PM MT at the end of WEEK 8. The discussion is worth 50 points. Please refer to the discussion grading rubric for additional criteria.


Thinking back over this course, what were the three most important or most interesting things you learned? How do you envision using the information you learned in your future nursing practice? What steps will you take to ensure your success in the master’s program?

**To see view the grading criteria/rubric, please click on the 3 dots in the box at the end of the solid gray bar above the discussion board title and then Show Rubric.

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