NURS 443 - Clinical Practicum IV
2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8509
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2 credits clinical
N403, N404, N406, N420, N430, & N433
N450, N453, N441, & N442
Times and Location
|Section/Class#t||Class Dates||Clinical Agency||Faculty|
|S01 – 8509||February 7, 2023 to March 22, 2023||Global Friends Coalition||Sheri Altepeter, MS, RN, APHN Office: CNPD, Room 348; Cell Phone: 218-289-1917 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Email for appointment|
|S02 – 8510||February 7, 2023 to March 22, 2023||Grand Forks Public Health||Joni Tweeten, MS, RN, PHNA-BC Office: CNPD, Room 331; Cell Phone: 701-213-0755 Email: email@example.com Office Hours: By appointment through Starfish|
|S03 – 8520||March 28, 2023 to May 3, 2023||UND Student Health||Joni Tweeten, MS, RN, PHNA-BC Office: CNPD, Room 331; Cell Phone: 701-213-0755 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: By appointment through Starfish|
|S04 – 8511||March 28, 2023 to May 3, 2023||Safe Kids Grand Forks Coalition||
Vicky Pizzey, RN, MSN, FNP, PHN
Office: CNPD, Room 356; Cell Phone: 701-715-2313
Email: email@example.comOffice Hours: Email for appointment
|S05 – 8512||March 28, 2023 to May 3, 2023||Global Friends Coalition||Sheri Altepeter, MS, RN, APHN Office: CNPD, Room 348; Cell Phone: 218-289-1917 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Email for appointment|
Joni Tweeten, MS, RN, PHNA-BC
Office: CNPD, Room 331
2023 Spring Office Hours:
By appointment through Starfish
Cell Phone: 701-213-0755
Sheri Altepeter, MS, RN, APHN
Office: CNPD, Room 348
2023 Spring Office Hours:
Office Hours: Email for appointment
Cell Phone: 218-289-1917
Vicky Pizzey, RN, MSN, FNP, PHN
Office: CNPD, Room 331
2023 Spring Office Hours:
By appointment through Starfish
Cell Phone: 701-213-0755
Stephanie Christian, PhD, RN
UG Department Chairperson
Office: CNPD Room 359
Office Phone: 701-777-4505
UG Administrative Assistant
Office: CNPD Room 313
Cell Phone: 701-777-4542
About the Professor
The purpose of N443 is to apply population-based health concepts and the role of the public health nurse, analyzing epidemiological data and collaboratively working to plan, implement, and evaluate a population-based project in coordination with a community agency, all to prepare students to positively impact health, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles of public health nurses, functions, and settings for public health nursing.
- Analyze the health of diverse populations using pertinent epidemiological data.
- Effectively utilize evidence-based public health interventions for the purpose of promoting and improving population health.
- Demonstrate appropriate communication with individuals, families, aggregates, and within inter and intra-professional teams.
- Integrate legal, ethical, and professional practice standards into population-based practice.
- APA’s PHN Scope and Standards of Practice
- Public Health Nursing Interventions (Wheel of Intervention)
- Population/Community Assessment
- Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Cultural Competence
- Rural, metropolitan, and global populations
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). ISBN-13: 978-1433832161
American Nurses Association. (2022). Public health nursing scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). American Nurses Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0-9993088-2-0
Note: eBook is available through the Library (do NOT need to purchase).
ATI Nursing. (2019). RN community health nursing: Review module (ed. 8.0). Assessment Technologies Institute, L.L.C.
Minnesota Department of Health. (2019). Public health interventions: Applications for public health nursing practice (2nd ed.).
Note: This book is available as a FREE pdf at the above link (do NOT need to purchase).
Savage, C. L. (2020). Public/community health and nursing practice: Caring for populations (2nd ed.). F. A. Davis. ISBN-13: 978-0803677111 – Access textbook resources
- Internet/Computer: You will be required to have a reliable, high-speed internet connection to use throughout the duration of this course as well as access to a reliable computer that is updated frequently.
- Microsoft: You will also need to be able to use Microsoft Word to complete assignments. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office.
- Tech Support: For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources
Access and Log in Information
This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.
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Example: The course content is organized by week for this semester. Each week contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Discussions, blogs, wikis, surveys, quizzes, tests and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials.
Example and optional addition: What Should Students Do First?
Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus and taken the Syllabus Quiz.
Example and optional addition: How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities
On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons” tab. Inside Lessons you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab.
Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.
Insert the course requirements/expectations. An example is posted below.
- The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
- The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
- The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
- The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
- The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.
Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback
Insert responsibilities students can expect the instructor to meet. Example provided below.
- The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week.
- The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.
As your faculty in this course, we are excited to lead you on your journey into the clinical component of population-based health (aka public health nursing) this semester! We hope you are ready to open your mind to thinking about things a little differently, because learning population-based health is like stepping into a whole new world for most students. There are a number of new concepts and ideas that students find challenging, but by the end of the semester you will be surprised by what you have learned and how it has all come together to give you a new perspective on what population-based health is, how it fits into our health care system, and how you can use your learning no matter where you choose to work after graduation.
- Teaching/Learning Strategies: A variety of teaching and learning strategies are designed to enhance your application and integration of concepts in this course. Students will engage in individual and collaborative work to complete a program planning, implementation, and evaluation project, components of a community assessment, as well as a variety of clinical activities, independent experiences, simulations, and self and peer evaluations.
- Communication/Interaction: Optimal learning in this course requires your engagement with your peers and faculty in clinical. Student are encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts, perspectives, and experiences that relate to clinical activities and projects. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. We, as faculty, also recognize that creating a quality learning environment is dependent on regular student input and feedback. With that, we ask that you communicate with us about your questions, concerns, and struggles as well as those moments when the learning connects and things make sense in a new way. This communication helps us respond to your learning needs and make real time adjustments to enhance your learning experience.
- UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through theOffice of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill, they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully. Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom. If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.
- UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701-777-2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.
- If you are a close contact or test positive for COVID-19, please follow UND COVID-19 procedures. This website also has great info and resources regarding COVID-19.
- As this is a clinical course, students are also expected to comply with all COVID-19 expectations of the assigned clinical agencies.
Assignment Final Grade
- Quizzes (10 @ 10 pts each) 100 Points
- Weekly Discussion Boards (15 @ 5 pts each) 75 Points
- Research Paper 100 Points
- Presentation 100 Points
- Presentation Peer Feedback 25 Points
- Final Exam 100 Points
- Active Participation 100 Points
Total: 600 Points
Final Grade Scale
> 89.5% A
< 59.4% F
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
This is a place to add things like resources, rubrics, etc.
The section below contains examples of course policies you may wish to include in your course such as late work, class participation, netiquette, technology statements, etc. You may fully edit this section to add and/or remove polices as they pertain to your course.
Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard.
Insert your late work policy here. An example is provided below.
If you find that you’re having trouble keeping up in this class, please let me and/or your TA know as soon as possible so we can do what we can to help. Due dates are important insofar as they help you spread out your workload and help us keep the behind-the-scenes aspects of the course as organized as possible. However, late work may be accepted for extenuating circumstances, so please reach out if you know you will need more time or if you are having trouble keeping up.
Please note: You do not need to disclose or perform trauma when asking for an extension; you just need to let us know (very broadly) that you need help, and we will do what we can to get you back on track in the course.
Insert your expectations regarding class participation. An example is provided below.
Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion board, blogs, and wikis Students are expected to attend on campus or synchronous classes, etc.
It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.
Resolution of Problems
Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with [insert name here]. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.
When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:
Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer. When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.
Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.
Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.
Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.
Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.
I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.
As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.
In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material. We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.
Collaboration and Recording (For Online, Hybrid, Hyflex courses)
Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In the (hybrid, hyflex, synchronous, etc.) environment of this course, all of our interactions are recorded (via Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Yuja, etc) and made available to students in the course. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please contact me.
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In addition to Course and University Policies, the Colleges and/or Departments may have some of their own. Please edit this section to add any polices for your college or department. This could include things like mission statements, professional standards, ethical statements, etc.
University of North Dakota Policies & Resources
Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.
As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.
Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services
The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.
UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully. Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom. If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.
UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.
UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.
Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.
Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.
Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..
UND Cares Program
How to Seek Help When in Distress
We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.
How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress
The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:
- Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
- Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
- Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
- Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
- Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
- Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
- Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
- Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
- Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
- Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).
Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).
- UND Care Team: 701-777-2664 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F) or 701-777-3491 (evenings and weekends)
- UND Campus Police: 701-777-3491·UND Student Health: 701-777-4500
- UND Title IX Resources
- Abuse and Rape Crisis Hotline (CVIC): 701-746-8900 (24 hours)
- Grand Forks Police Department: 701-787-8000 (24 hours)
- Emergency Room: 701-780-5280
- UND Student Diversity and Inclusion: 701-777-6985
- Food For Thought Pantry: (Wilkerson Commons Room 169; 701-777-4200)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (1-800-273-8255)