Fall 2021

NURS 7111-ONLI Advanced Nursing Seminar

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.

Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

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

Aug. 28th & 29th, 2021, 8 am-10:50 am, in-person on campus. Nursing School, Rm 1.208

This course also includes the following CANVAS videoconferences. Attendance is expected for all meetings and points are assigned for participation and learning activities, please refer to the course packet and grade distribution in the syllabus:

Sat., Aug. 28th , 8-11 am, On-Campus Class
Sun., Aug. 29th, 8-11 am, On-Campus Class
Mon., Sept. 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual 
Mon., Sept. 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm Virtual
Mon., Oct. 11th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual
Mon., Oct. 25th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual
Mon., Nov. 8th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual
Mon., Nov. 22nd, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual (Presentations)
Mon., Nov. 29th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Virtual (Presentations)


Course Coordinator     

Wesley Richardson, PhD, MSN, RN
Office hours: By Appointment, including phone/video conferences 
Office Phone: 210-567-5854
Email:  richardsonwf@uthscsa.edu


This seminar course provides the student with knowledge and skills to facilitate integration and synthesis of the essential specialty competencies necessary to plan and design their DNP Project. This seminar may include a variety of activities related to the identification of the opportunity for improvement, literature synthesis and evidence for their theory based organizational intervention at multiple system levels. The activities will be specific to the student’s identified area of specialty. Students will share issues related to the plan and design of the DNP Project in seminar.


Credit Hour Allocation: 1 Semester Credit Hour
Clock Hour Allocation: 1 Clock Hour Class (15 hours class)


NURS 7323

NURS 7511 Advanced Nursing: Clinical Application


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Use analytical methods and research to facilitate the opportunity for improvement in the evaluation of systems of care that will improve patient outcomes.
  2. Critically appraise the evidence related to the opportunity for improvement.
  3. Synthesize evidence to inform the design and implementation of the DNP project.
  4. Critically analyze the organizational context, including facilitators and barriers, to further inform the design and implementation of the DNP Project.
  5. Present proposal for the DNP Project to practice leaders and faculty experts.

Content Outline

Content will be individualized to student's clinical interest and area of specialization.




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade is a PASS/FAIL based on meeting goals for the plan and design of the DNP Project. You must achieve 80% or higher to pass the class, including successful presentation of your implementation plan.

Grade Percentages

·       Forms (5%) 

·       Class Participation (5%)

·       Papers (Phase I, & Phase II ) (35%)

       Final Proposal Paper (45%)

·       Presentations (10%)

All all assignments are required to pass the course.



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 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


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.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

Netiquette guidelines provide information for behaving properly online, when using email, tweets or texts so that you may successfully communicate your thoughts in a manner that is respectful and avoids misunderstandings with others.


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.


Moran, K., Burson, R., & Conrad, D. (2020). The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project (3rd Ed). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. IISBN-13: 978-1284156959

ISBN-10: 1284156958


Brownson, R.C., Colditz, G. A., & Proctor, E. K. (2012). Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN:978-0-19-97518-7

Grol, R.,Wensing, M., Eccles, M., & Davis, D. (2013). Improving Patient Care: The Implementation of Change in Health Care. West Sussex, UK:Wiley Blackwell. ISBN:978-0-470-67338-6

Ovretveit, J. (2015). Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9781308619743

Straus, S., Tetroe, J., & Graham, I.D. (2013). Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley BMJ Books. ISBN: 978-1-118-41354-8



Content will be individualized to student’s clinical interest and area of specialization.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Course Orientation
Review of the Course Packet with expectations, activities, and assignments
Presentation on DNP Project

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