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NURS 5307/6307/7307 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5307/6307/7307 - Nursing Management Practicum

2 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This practicum experience integrates theory into a reality context of the nurse manager's role.  Students will participate in various functions and phases of the nurse manager role. Students, faculty, and preceptors will evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses related to the skills and competencies of nursing management. This course include 120 clock hours of clinical time.

Course Outcomes:

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Examine the core skills and competencies of a nurse manager;
  • Appraise current skills/competencies with input from the preceptor and faculty;
  • Formulate and initiate a plan of action for improving identified weaknesses;
  • Evaluate improvement efforts with input from the preceptor and faculty.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Assess and identify current skills/competences of a nurse manager, formulate a plan of action for improvement of areas of weakness, and evaluate improvement efforts for effectiveness. (Metric: Skills assessment and action plan assignment.)
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites: NURS 5000, NURS 5001, NURS 5002, NURS 5003, NURS 5301, NURS 5302, NURS 5303, NURS 5304; pre- or co-requisite: NURS 5305.

Course Topics:
  • identifying the required skills and competencies of the nurse manager;
  • skill and competencies self assessment;
  • preceptor and faculty assessment;
  • development of a plan of action;
  • implementing action plan;
  • report on progress evaluation.
Specific Course Requirements:

This course requires the student to participate in 120 clinical clock hours in the appropriate setting as approved by the Administration Concentration Coordinator.

Clinical and Health Requirements:  See the TN eCampus website for required clinical and health requirements.  Students may not start clinical experiences until these have been submitted in the appropriate format, approved by the faculty, and the faculty notifies you that you can start.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Supplementary materials may include web resources and clinical site resources.

American Nurses Association. (2015). Essentials of nursing practice package . Atlanta, GA: Author. PUB# FNDN2015. This package contains the three documents listed below at a discounted rate.

  • American Nurses Association (2015). Guide to Nursing’s social policy statement: Understanding the profession from social contract to social covenant .Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 9781558102705
  • American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretative statements. Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-599-7
  • American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-619-2
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are not quizzes or exams in this course.

Grading Procedures:

Grading descriptions/rubrics will be provided for each graded assessment.  See course content. 

Grading Scale:

Point Range

Assigned Grade

93- 100 Points


85 - 92 Points


77 - 84 Points


70 - 76 Points


under 70 Points


Note: ETSU does not recognize a "D".  All "D" grades will automatically be converted to an "F".


Assignments and Projects:

Assignment description will be provided in the course content area.


% of Grade


Skills Assessment and Plan of Action: Student will conduct a self assessment of their level of expertise regarding standard skills and competencies of nurse managers and will formulate an action plan for improving of two competency categories, based on best practices found in the literature.  The student will discuss the assessment and plan with the preceptor and seek guidance on resources and opportunities to increase knowledge and skills.  Faculty will provide input and oversight. Student will work to increase their expertise in all skill areas of the nurse manager during the semester, with emphasis placed on these two identified weakest areas.



Discussion Boards (3 discussion boards at 5% each): discussion boards will allow student to student support and critique of progress and learning experiences.


25 points each (75 points total)

Journal Entries (4 entries at 11.25% each): Entries will reflect activities and learning experiences in the clinical setting; and opportunities and progress on skill and competency improvements.


25 points each (100 points total)




Class Participation:

All students are expected to actively participate in on line class discussions.  Each discussion question/assignment posted will be assigned a date by which the student must respond.  If a student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she must notify the faculty prior to the due date and make alternative arrangements.  Zero points may be awarded for late entry discussion board postings/responses.  The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information.  Students are required to respond to all posted discussion questions/assignments. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical.  Students will be expected to respond to all questions asked within a module.  Because the system has its own way of formatting material posted on the discussion feature, the student will not be expected to strictly follow APA guidelines for discussion submissions.  However, the student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Late Policy:

A letter grade a day deduction will be applied to all late drop box submissions, unless prior arrangements have been made with the faculty.  Discussion boards postings that are late will receive zero points for that board.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

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 bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 25, 2018