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NURS 5309/6309/7309 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5309/6309/7309 - Nursing Administration Practicum

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This practicum experience is designed to integrate theory in a reality context of the administrator's role. Opportunities are provided to participate in all phases of the executive role in different administrative settings.

Course Outcomes:

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Use theory and research from nursing and other disciplines to direct nursing practice as a nurse executive.
  • Implement the role of a nurse executive.
  • Practice collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary administrative team. 
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, NURS 5305, NURS 5307. Corequisite: NURS 5990.

Course Topics:
Specific Course Requirements:

Specific Course Requirements:

Name Tag

All students are required to wear a name tag with the following information to all clinical/practicum experiences:

  • Name (first and last)
  • Home School
  • "MSN Student"

Name tags may be purchased from office supply companies or home school identification services.

Clinical and Health Requirements:

The student must submit all clinical and health requirements through Medatrax and receive approval from the course faculty before starting the practicum experience. 

See the RODP website for all of the required clinical and health requirements and how to access Medatrax. You will use Medatrax to upload your clinical and health requirements and to log your clinical hours. Just before you submit your Journal Entry, print out the Summary time log from Medatrax, have your preceptor sign it, scan it into your computer, and upload it with your Journal Entry in the appropriate Dropbox in RODP D2L.

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:

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:

All course requirements are submitted online.  

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
93-100 % A
85-92 % B
77-84 % C
70-76 % D
<70 % F

NOTE:  ETSU does not recognize a grade of “D”.    All “D” Grades will automatically be converted to an “F” once received at ETSU.

There are no "extra credit" assignments in this course.

Assignments and Projects:

Graded Assessments


Environmental Analysis Assignment

The student will complete an Organizational Environmental Analysis for their assigned area. The template for this assignment can be found in the Course Content section, click course module, and go to section F. The requirements for this assignment follow your required textbook for this course closely. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the student read the text as early in the semester as possible. The completed paper is due per the date on the course calendar. See grading rubric for specifics.

Details required for completion of this assignment are on the assignment template. The format is:

  • History of the Organization
  • Organizational Structure
  • Strategic Thinking Map of Strategic Management
  • External Influences
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Analyzing the Internal Environment
  • Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Philosophy and Goals of the Organization
  • Developing Strategic Alternatives
  • TOWS Matrix [Threats, Opportunities, Weaknesses, Strengths]
  • Units in the CNOs [chief nursing officer] domain
  • The Value Chain
  • Value Adding Support Strategies
  • Strategic Plan
20% (100 points)

Practicum Experience Journal Entries

  1. The purpose of this journal is to identify the activities, issues, or problems that occurred during each week of the practicum. An interpretation of these occurrences is to be related to service administration theory and practice and the course objectives. Self evaluation and personal responses to the practicum experiences are to be included.
  2. The practicum experience journal will be submitted to the practicum faculty per the course calendar.
  3. There are four (4) entries (#1 at ~ 60 hours, #2 at ~ 120 hours, #3 at ~ 180 hours, #4 at ~ 240 hours). Journal entries total 40% for the course grade. Each is due per the date on the course calendar. The hour markers given should be an approximation of where you are in clinical by that due date.
  4. 240 hours are required for the semester. Students are expected to attend clinical proportionate to the weeks in the course (weeks to hours). Any alteration of this requirement must be pre-approved by the course professor, without exception. Individuals not adhering to this requirement run the risk of hours not being counted for clinical. Hours may not start until faculty approve health requirements and give permission to start.
  5. Student must maintain a log of all clinical/practicum time through Medatrax and print out a Summary for the preceptor's signature. The log will be uploaded into the course Dropbox along with the Journal Entry.
    The completed journal entries are due per the dates on the course calendar. See grading rubric for specifics.
40% (25 points each X 4 entries = 100 points)

Clinical Evaluation Tool

Mid-term and final. Student will provide form to preceptor for preceptor evaluation of the student's performance--once at mid-term and again at the end of the course. Preceptor will email evaluations back to the faculty.


(100 points each X 2 evaluations = 200 pts.)

Total 100% (400 points)


Class Participation:

All students are expected to actively participate in online class discussions. Each discussion question 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 should notify the instructor prior to the class and make alternative arrangements.  The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical. Because the D2L 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 online participation postings. However, the student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. 

Late Policy:

Up to one letter grade per day will be deducted for late submissions.

Students are expected to:

  • Check the course calendar for the due dates of assignments.
  • Check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.

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