Week 1: Introductions

Discussion Topic 

Due Date: Week 1, Day 1 

Discussion Prompt

Please post an introduction to share with your professor and classmates no later than the first day of class. Include the following:

  • Legal name and preferred name (if different)
  • Years and type(s) of RN experience, and any other health care experience
  • Current rotation clinic site(s) name, type, and location
  • What is your dream job or next step after graduation?
  • What are your thoughts or plans for completing a DNP?

Respond to your instructor and at least two classmates. 

Week 1: Discussion Question – APRN Practice in Your StateDiscussion Topic 

Task: Reply to this topic

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 1, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 5 | Grade Category: Discussions

Discussion Prompt

In 150-250 words, give a synopsis of the current level of practice and practice climate for APRNs in your state of licensure. Incorporate what you have learned from the Buppert readings, and from investigating your state BRN website. If yours is a full practice state, discuss how your state adopted full practice authority (FPA). If your state is restricted, describe the restrictions to practice and the current political climate surrounding FPA (for example, is there any pending legislation to move to FPA? Are there any eased regulations or expedited licensure due to Covid-19?). Discuss major barriers to FPA in your state.  Finally, discuss how you plan to be involved in your state’s governance and/or advocacy for APRNs. Include at least two references from an official state or government website or from the BRN for your state.


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: A minimum of 250 words, not including references
  • Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA from within the last 5 years

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Week 2: Discussion Question – SOAP Case Presentation and Collaboration

Discussion Topic 

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 2, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 1, 2 | Grade Category: Discussions

Discussion Prompt

This is a two-part assignment. For part I, post a recording of a case presentation for an interesting or challenging patient you saw this week or last week in clinic. Do not use simple cases such as URI or UTI symptoms, ear pain, sore throat, follow-ups, or runny nose. Do not reuse any cases from a prior term that you have already submitted for a SOAP note. Ask your instructor if you are in doubt about your case. Keep the presentation to about 4-8 minutes. Present the case beginning with ID, CC and HPI, discuss any pertinent medical history and exam findings, and discuss your DDX list and plan. Change the client’s initials and any identifiers to protect privacy. Use the SOAP rubric for guidance on how to present your cases. Think about this as if you are presenting your case to your preceptor during clinical. Post this as a YouTube link in the discussion board. Then, respond to at least two peers’ presentations. Collaborate by offering them feedback and insight. Some things to include in a response might be if you think there was any information the presenter missed in their presentation, or if you came to a different diagnosis; or how might you have managed the case differently; or you think they gave too much or too little information, etc.. In your responses, use at least two citations from scholarly sources to support your ideas. 

Example: Good job, Rocio, I enjoyed your presentation. For the rash, I would have used terbinafine, because the treatment course is of shorter duration (citation, year). 

For part II of the assignment, you will incorporate the feedback from your peers to write the perfect SOAP note. The assignments are graded separately; you will receive one grade for the presentation and discussion responses, and another grade for the written SOAP note. Remember, you do not need a written initial discussion post – the video of your oral presentation is your post, you only need to complete two written responses to your peers. 


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: Video should be ~4-8 minutes, no more than 8 minutes. 
  • Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA from within the last 5 years. You can verbalize the references in the video or in the comments below your video. 

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Week 5 Discussion: Studying for the Boards

Discussion Topic 

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 5, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 5 | Grade Category: Participation

Discussion Prompt

In 100-250 words, please describe how you have been preparing (or your plans to prepare) for the boards? Describe your planned study schedule and share your top three favorite resources and why you like them. Please include the cost and delivery (app, book, course, etc) of the materials (if applicable) to help your fellow classmates decide if they’d want to investigate your resources. Included in the resources is the “Next Steps” powerpoint discussing board exams. Besides board exams, what other items does a new graduate need to consider to be fully prepared for practice? In what ways will you be more marketable to employers? Consider DEA, NPI, Immunization registry (state by state), death certificate authority, DOT or DMV physical certification, etc.  Respond to two of your peers. 


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: A minimum of 75 words, not including references
  • Citations: At least two references (your references may be your study materials) in APA from within the last 5 years

Week 6 Discussion: SMART Goals

Discussion Topic 

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 6, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 5 | Grade Category: Participation 

Discussion Prompt

Setting goals is an important part of lifelong education and career planning. When USU FNP students consider their goals for their future careers, they should consider using the SMART principles, which have been around since the 1980s.  SMART is an acronym that helps guide the formulation of goals that are:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Utilizing the concepts of S-M-A-R-T goals, in a table or in 100-250 words, please describe two to three short-term and one or two long-term professional SMART goals for after graduation. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-framed. Please comment on at least two peers’ goals.


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: A minimum of 100 words, not including references
  • Citations: None required
  • Peer Responses:

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Week 7 Discussion: ANCC vs AANP

Discussion Topic 

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 7, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 5 | Grade Category: Participation 

Discussion Prompt

In 100-200 words, please discuss which national certification exam (ANCC vs AANP)  you plan to take and why? Please consider costs including member discounts, proctoring options, locations, and exam content. Discuss factors that influenced your decision. Discuss your ideal time to take the exam.


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: A minimum of 100 words, not including references
  • Citations: One citation directly from ANCC or AANP 
  • Peer Responses: 50 word minimum
  • Due: Monday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Number: A Minimum of 2 Peer to Peer Posts, at least one on a different day than the main post
  • Response Citations: None required

Week 8: Discussion Question – Final ReflectionsDiscussion Topic 

Task: Reply to this topic

Points: 30 | Due Date: Week 8, Day 3 & 7 | CLO: 5 | Grade Category: Participation

Discussion Prompt

Final Reflection: In 250 or fewer words,  express an understanding of your personal learning experiences in the FNP program, what you have learned from the program and what you still need to do to enhance personal and professional career advancement. Comment on at least two peer experiences. 


Expectations

Initial Post:

  • Due: Thursday, 11:59 pm PT
  • Length: A minimum of 100 and maximum of 250 words, not including references
  • Citations: None needed