Fall 2010

NURS 4512-001 Strategies for Professional Nursing: Health Promotion

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

This course resides in the Department of Chronic Nursing

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

Required Course Packet for first day of class is on Blackboard!


Nancy McGowan, R.N., PhD 
E-mail: McGowann@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5310
Office Fax: (210) 567-5376
Cell Phone: (210) XXX-XXXX {optional}
Pager: (210) XXX-XXXX {optional}
Office Room: NS 2.334
Office Hours: Tues /Thurs 1:00-3:00 pm or Monday 8 am-12 pm and Wednesday 11am - 1:00 pm
Chronic Nursing Care Department


The nurses' role in the individual patient's experience of heath is addressed in this course. Factors contributing to people's definition and understanding of health and their health practices are examined within an ecological framework. The dynamic partnership between nurse and patient will be explored. A strong emphasis will be placed on health assessment, advocacy, and education for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention across the lifespan.


4 semester hours (2 hours theory, 3 hours practicum/week)l. This is a highly interactive course, with individually arranged clinical hours, faculty conference time and significan WebCt work/discussion. Students should plan on spending between 10-12 hours a week on this course.

Clinical time is 45 hours spent with a Preceptor and 45 hours used for course project and paper for a total of 90 hours of clinical. You will need to arrange a preceptor for this course. Please contact course corrdinator regrding this course.


LVN: N. 3312, 3313, 3320, 3409
All: N. 4212 prerequisite or concurrent


  1. Apply nursing process to promote health, reduce risk, and prevent disease.
  2. Participate as partners with patients in customized care, including the socio-cultural, biological, physical, and politico-economical environmental context related to health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention.
  3. Apply therapeutic communication skills with patients when engaged in health promotion, risk reduction,and disease prevention.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking as the basis for professional practice.
  5. Apply theory and research findings to health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention.
  6. Collaborate with patients to promote health and reduce risk.
  7. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior that reflects professional standards.
  8. Demonstrate role development activities and strategies.


  1. Use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care
  2. Collaborate with the patient in the implementation of the nursing process in various care community settings.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate nursing interventions to assist the individual in promoting, maintaining, or regaining optimal physiological, psychological, social health status.
  4. Demonstrate safe, therapeutic, and customized care.
  5. Communicate effectively with patients/clients, families, and health care providers.
  6. Demonstrate how the nurse initiates and/or facilitates a therapeutic nurse client relationship.
  7. Apply critical thinking skills in the care of assigned clients.
  8. Seek appropriate assistance and utilize guidance to facilitate own learning.
  9. Seek opportunities to acquire and to apply new knowledge to practice.
  10. Collaborate with the patient in the implementation of the nursing process.
  11. Utilize the crisis intervention model to assist patients with problem solving during times of stress.
  12. Demonstrate professional role behavior.
  13. Demonstrate accountability for own behavior in implementation of nursing care.
  14. Incorporate principles of self management to one's own learning.
  15. Demonstrate the ability to function independently and interdependently in providing health care to people as individuals or as families.


Successful completion of NURS.4512 requires successful completion of both the clinical and theoretical components of the course.

The clinical component consists of two parts: The clinical/project process, the individual seminar application assignments. In order to pass the clinical component a student must receive a pass grade on both components:

  1. The clinical process and completion is graded pass/fail and is evaluated on the basis of the written clinical objectives. In order to pass the clinical component a student must earn a pass grade on all clinical objectives and clinical participation. If a student fails in either of these a grade of F in the course (regardless of the theory grade) will be given. Ninety hours of clinical time must be documented by the student to pass clinical and therefore the course.
  2. The Seminar application assignments are mandatory and are graded.
    They are evaluated on a participatory/quality of work basis. Seminar/discussion board theory are evaluated pass/fail. Due to the nature of the seminar, work turned in past due date will not be accepted late and will be given an F.
  3. Discussion Board activities are mandatory and are evaluated on a pratic
If a student fails the clinical component, a grade of F in the course, (regardless of the grade in theory) will be given.

In order to pass the theory portion of the course, the student must achieve an average of at least 70% on the following graded activities and at least 70% average of Exams I, II and III combined:
Grade Percentages:

20% - Exam I
20% - Exam II
20% - Exam III
10% - Seminar applications
15% - Health Promotion Paper
15% - Nursing Process Assignment
100% - Total

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

Assignments are due according to calendar handout given at the beginning of the course. They will not be accepted late.



  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Blackboard.
  7. Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams. 
  8. Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors.  If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers.  No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
  9. When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor.  Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location.  During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
  10. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams.  Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
  11. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
  12. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  13. Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.  


  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 75% on all graded activities.
  2. Students must make a "C" (75) or higher in all nursing courses to progress in the program.


The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series®, RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams, and the ATI Virtual "greenlight" program to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam. Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students will take the non-proctored (Practice A and B) tests individually, as often as they wish with a minimum of a 24 hour wait period between attempts. The student should engage in a minimum of one hour focused review on missed topics and/or identify three critical points to remember. Achievement of a 90% or higher individual score is required prior to taking the proctored test. Students may be required to show documentation by submitting a printed copy of the individual student transcript to the faculty prior to testing. Non-proctored tests are pass/fail.

To strengthen the review method, if students did not achieve a 90% or greater on the practice exam, students should understand the rationales for each distracter. It is recommended that students review 5-15 questions at a time with ample time given to review each of the rationales. When the student logs in again, the exam will continue from where the student had stopped previously.

Content Mastery Exams will comprise 15% of the total course grade. The following provides guidelines for inclusion of the CME in the course grade.

                   Content Mastery Examinations Requirements


 1st ATI Exam  (15% of Course Points)

2nd ATI Exam      (15% of Course Points)


100% of points  

85% of points


90% of points

80% of points    


*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

Less than Level 1

*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

*Level 1 and below: An individualized student success plan will be developed and implemented in conjunction with faculty to help student attain content mastery.

* Focused review consists of printing out the specific proctored “report” and using either the available ATI templates or a plain piece of paper to handwrite all of the missed items under “Topics to Review” and label each missed item with the topic descriptors. This handwritten remediation will be stapled with the student’s proctored “report”. 

The RN Comprehensive Predictor will be given in Nurs 4420 (traditional BSN program) or Nurs 4423 accelerated BSN program).


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Edelman, C. & Mandle, C. (2006). Health promotion throughout the lifespan, (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.ISBN-13:978-0-323-03128-8.

American Psychological Association. (2007) Publication Manual of the America Psycholgical Association (6th ed.). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.




  1. Health Promotion
    1. Levels of care
    2. Definition of health, illness, wellness and health beliefs (complementary therapy, palliative care)
    3. Essentials of health promotion
  2. Nursing Frameworks
    1. Systems theory; therapeutic use of self/nurse-patient relationship, patient roles, nursing roles
    2. Theories: Nursing, teaching, learning and group theory
    3. Communication (skills/metacommunication, advocacy)
    4. Nursing Process (critical thinking, creativity, nursing diagnosis related to health promotion)
    5. Professionalism: BSN competencies, socialization to role, historical perspectives.
  3. Multi-dimensional (holistic) Nursing Application
    1. Dimensions of Being:
      1. Emotional –stress/crisis
      2. Social –culture, gender
      3. Physical
      4. Intellectual
      5. Spiritual –values, ethical issues
    2. Assessment/Intervention/Evaluation: (Healthy People Guidelines; developmental assessment, screening across the lifespan, targeted assessment, tools appropriate for developmental level, ecological assessment, characteristics of patient and environment)
      1. Conferences Teaching process
      2. Nursing process
      3. Professional communication

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Time: 1:00pm -3:50pm
Room: 1.228
Topic / Assignment Due: Course/Web Orientation

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