NURS 300 SMSU Mod 3 History and Social Context of Nursing Questions


SMSU Department Of Nursing
NURS 300
Module 3
Nursing in Today’s Evolving Health Care Environment
The History and Social Context of Nursing
Description of Module: This module will provide the student with ways to identify factors in
nursing history that impact current practice and the roles of professional nurses as the student
transitions to the role of the baccalaureate nurse professional.
Module Objectives:
1. Identify the professional role of the nurse, as a clinician and nurse educator, and the
broad range of settings in which today’s registered nurses practice
2. Discuss emerging practice opportunities for nurses
3. Identify historical, as well as social, political, and economic influences, on the
development of professional nursing practice
4. Distinguish characteristics and values of nurse professionals
5. Identify influences on the development of professional nursing in the United States
6. Utilize foundational and legal documents leading professional nursing practice
Essentials: I, V, & VIII
QSEN Competencies: Teamwork and Collaboration, Patient Centered Care
American Nurses Association. (2020). ANA president proud of nurses for maintaining #1
spot in Gallup’s 2019 most honest and ethical professions poll. Retrieved from–in-gallups-2019-most-honest-andethical-professions-poll/
Black, B. P. (2020). Professional nursing: Concepts, and challenges (9th ed.). St Louis,
MO: Elsevier
Chapter 1- Nursing in Today’s Evolving Health Care Environment
Chapter 2: The History and Social Context of Nursing
Dickerson, P. (2015). Changing views: Influencing how the public sees nursing. ISNA Bulletin,
42(1), 7-11 (find article at SMSU McFarland library).
Hoeve, Y. t., Jansen, G., & Roodbol, P. (2014). The nursing profession: Public image,
self-concept and professional identity. A discussion paper. Journal of Advanced
Nursing, 70(2), 295-309. doi:10.1111/jan.12177. Retrieved from
Reinhart, R. J. (2020). Nurses continue to rate highest in honesty, ethics. Retrieved from
Rhodes, M. K., Morris, A. H., & Lazenby, R. B. (2011). Nursing at its best: Competent
and caring. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 16(2), 1 (find article at SMSU
McFarland library).
Skelly, C. L., Hall, C. A., & Risher, C. R. (2020). Shared decision making and patient-centered
care, American Nurse, 15(2), 45-47.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (nd). What is a nurse? Retrieved from

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.
Optional Readings:
Bartzak, P., Allen, C., Barr, N., Eason, S., Howard, S., Hutchins, B., McCullough, C., Picot, S.,
Poling, D. & Roy, S. (2015).
Issues up close. American Nurse Today, 10(7), 18-19 (Updates of definitions and
competencies, as well as a new standard to reflect changes in modern nurse care –
announced in 2015).
Donelan, K., Buerhaus, P., & DesRoches, C. (2008). Public perceptions of
nursing careers: The influence of the media and nursing shortages. Nursing
Economics$, 26(3), 143-165 (find article at SMSU McFarland library).
Other Resources:
Orientation to Discussion video (located within NURS 300 Module 3 content area)
Navigate Brightspace Learning Environment – Engage in Discussions Video:

1) Utilize Readings/Resources
2) Discussion 1 (10 points)
a. View Orientation to Discussion video provided in Module 3 Content area. This video
will be very helpful in guiding the student through the following assignment, and all
of their future discussion assignments.
b. View Navigate Brightspace Learning Environment – Engage in Discussions Video.
This tutorial shows how to navigate the Discussions tool in NURS 300.
c. Post a discussion response to one of the questions listed below. Be sure to follow
the discussion rubric guidelines found in the NURS 300 syllabus, Appendix B. I will
also provide the rubric below. Please note the due dates for postings on the NURS
300 calendar. It is important to know that as the faculty member, I am sensitive to
our student’s busy schedules with family, work, and school. There are due dates for
postings, created to allow productive discussions between students in this course.
If students ever feel that meeting a due date creates a significant challenge for
them, please let the faculty member know and we will discuss an alternative plan. If
students do not contact the faculty member ahead of the due date to arrange
alternative plans, the grading criteria for late submissions will be followed.)
d. After the student completes their initial posting, and has responded to at least two
other students, the student will self-grade their discussion using the discussion quiz,
located within NURS 300 Module 3 content area. The student’s self grade will be
reviewed by the course instructor for accuracy, and adjusted as needed.
You may choose to respond to one of the questions below:
Question 1. Compare and contrast the current demographics of 1) RNs, 2) nurse educators,
and 3) the U.S. population.

How would you briefly describe the demographics of RNs, nurse educators, and the U.S.
How would you compare and contrast these demographics?
What changes need to be made within nursing education to even out these
How have your images of nursing been transformed through your nursing education and
personal experiences?
Identify influences on the development of the profession of nursing, including nurse
educators, in the United States.
Question 2. Think about the practice settings that interest you most as a nurse.

What is the practice setting that interests you most?
How do your personal and professional qualifications compare with the characteristics
and values needed for the roles of nurses as a clinician, as discussed in your readings?
In what ways will nursing roles and nursing practice settings be altered in the next
several years and beyond?
What are the social, political, and/or economic influences on the forecasted changes in
nursing roles and nursing practice settings?
Will the future change the public image of nursing?
Please see discussion rubric below.
Enjoy this first discussion assignment in NURS 300!
Again, as noted in the first two weeks of NURS 300, there will be an option for students to
collaborate with a team of students as they work on a major assignment later on in this course.
Students will be given the opportunity to choose a team of individuals to work with (2-5 team
members allowed). This is another opportunity to start to get to know other as students in the
course through interactions in Discussion 1. Next week, the opportunity to start developing
teams will be available, if so desired.
Updated 8-14-20
Discussion Evaluation Rubric
Please note: Initial assigned discussion posts are due by 11:59 PM on Thursday of the assignment week
and a response to at least two other people is due by 11:59 PM on the following Sunday. Any discussion
posts after the 11:59 PM deadline on Sunday will be given zero credit. It is expected that students
actively participate in the discussion forums. Each student is expected to contribute one initial
discussion posting for each assigned discussion question, read all student’s initial discussion posts, and
contribute participation discussion responses to at least two other student’s posts.
Students self-grade their discussion assignment by the following Thursday at 11:59 PM under the
Assessment/Quiz section in the NURS 300 course-room.
The faculty member will review the student’s self-grades for accuracy and reserves the right to adjust
any grades.
Read the entire rubric below – this will guide your discussion grade.
10 points are possible for each discussion and will be assigned as follows:
Rating Points
Mechanics of Posting
Rating Points
Complete sentences, well organized, grammatically correct and free of spelling errors (have used spell
check to help ensure this)
Complete sentences, well organized, but some (2 or less per paragraph) grammar and/or spelling errors
Complete sentences, comprehensible, organization could be improved to present a more coherent
argument or statement, has three or more grammar and/or spelling errors per paragraph
Poor sentence structure inadequate organization, several grammar and/or spelling errors; run-on
Initial discussion posting not completed by Sunday night
Participation in Discussion
Makes postings on at least two different days (Thursday initial post due by 11:59PM, response to two
peer postings are due by Sunday at 11:59PM). Responds to at least 2 peers’ postings.
Late first post and/or posts everything 1 day only. Responds to at least 2 peers’ postings
Responds to only 1 peer’s posting
Rating Points
Rating Points
Rating Points
Initial posting thoroughly addresses all parts of the discussion, is clearly and concisely stated, and
demonstrates that the content was appropriately reviewed, understood, and synthesized. At least two
references are presented for student’s initial posting.
Posting includes a question related to the topic to stimulate further discussion. Posts by 11:59PM
Initial posting addresses most, but not all, of the discussion. Comments are reasonably organized and
demonstrate adequate familiarity and analysis of the content and posts by 11:59PM Thursday
Initial posting shows limited knowledge and evaluation of the topic or limited to information that could
be derived from prior posts and/or late initial post
Message was unrelated to discussion.
Initial discussion posting not completed by Sunday night
Critical Thinking Evidenced by Replies to Peer’s Postings
In replies to peer’s postings, offered a critical analysis of an existing posted idea or introduced a
different interpretation to an existing idea. Critical analysis must be substantial, including support by a
valid resource/reference, and may include a story about a related experience, a probing question, or
Agreed or disagreed with existing discussion and provided limited justification/explanation
Agreed or disagreed with existing discussion but provided no justification/explanation or support
Does not reply to or provides minimal comments and information to other participants.
Initial discussion posting not completed by Sunday night
Content of Initial Posting
Provided no evidence of agreement or disagreement with existing discussion.
Initial discussion posting not completed by Sunday night
APA Format
Provides evidence-based, scholarly resources to support one’s position on the posed topic or idea;
References for initial posting are correctly & accurately presented in APA format — uses in-text
referencing within the posting
Provides evidence-based, scholarly resources, but uses incorrect APA Format for in-text referencing
Provides evidence-based, scholarly references and incorrect APA Format OR provides non-scholarly
references with correct APA Format in-text
Provides no scholarly reference to support position/ideas in postings/discussion AND/OR uses no APA
Initial discussion posting not completed by Sunday night
Rubric authored by Laura M. Schwarz, adapted by Nancyruth Leibold, further adapted by Laurie
Johansen/Nancyruth Leibold, and further adapted by Laurie Johansen

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