Spring 2022

NURS 6154-001 FNP Dx & Mgmt: Clinical Seminar 2

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Welcome to the Clinical Seminar #2 associated with the FNP clinical course, 6458.

We look forward to meeting with you on January 10th for clinical orientation beginning at 8:00 AM.  After orientation, all students will take a Pre-Predictor Exam, which mimics the FNP board exam.  We highly recommend that students consistently practice board exam review questions throughout your clinical rotations so that you stay sharp with the didactic content you have learned in the program.  The Pre-Predictor will provide you with an analysis of your weaknesses and strengths as you prepare to the FNP certification board exam after graduation.  Your performance will be factored into your grade (see grading criteria for the course).
The additional Clinical Seminar meeting dates are as follows:

February 7th: 8:00-11:50am
March 21st: 8:00-11:50am
April 18th: 8:00-11:50am (OSCE)

We look forward to working with you in this clinical seminar course as you progress toward the FNP role!

Dr. Worabo



Section 01: PaulaChristianson-Silva, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor/ Clinical

Email: christianson@uthscsa.edu


Section 02: PatriciaSimpson, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC

Clinical AssistantProfessor


Section 03: Angela Diaz, DNP, APRN,FNP-BC

Clinical AssistantProfessor

Email: diazAJ@uthscsa.edu

Section 04: LisaZerda, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

ClinicalAssistant Professor

Email: zerdaL@uthscsa.edu

Section 05: LauraRooney, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Adjunct AssistantProfessor / Clinical

E-mail: rooneyL@uthscsa.edu

Section 06: SarahKnoeckel, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

AssistantProfessor / Clinical

E-mail: knoeckel@uthscsa.edu

Phone: (210)450-8974

Heidi Worabo, DNP,APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, Course Coordinator

FNP TrackCoordinator

Associate Professor/ Clinical

E-mail: worabo@uthscsa.edu

Phone: 210-567-5867


The focus of this course is integration and reflection of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student’s core knowledge in health promotion, health protection, diagnosis and management in the care of patients and families in the primary healthcare setting. The seminar course is designed to promote analysis and synthesis of the clinical experience through faculty mentoring, documentation of patient encounters, discussions, and scholarly clinical presentations.


Credit hour allocation: 1semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 15 clock hours class


NURS 6453 FNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 1
NURS 6454 
FNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 2
NURS 6254 
FNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 3
NURS 6457 
FNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 1
NURS 6153 
FNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Seminar 2

NURS 6458 
FNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 2


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.Evaluate the ability to integrate history, physical exam, laboratory and imaging data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic psychiatric diseases to develop appropriate differential diagnoses and initiate appropriate patient-centered interventions through accurate and clear documentation. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF Independent Practice 3, 6)

2.Create plans of care for patients and families utilizing cultural, explanatory models and spiritual components. (DNP Essentials I, VII, VIII; NONPF Independent Practice 3, 4, 5)

3.Appraise ethical principles in clinical decision-making in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role. (DNP Essentials I, II, V, VIII; NONPF Ethics 1, 2, 3, Independent Practice 1, 2, 8)

4.Evaluate progress of professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team through self-reflection. (DNP Essential I, II, VI; NONPF Leadership 2, 3 Independent Practice 1, 2, 4, 6)

5.Evaluate patient care outcomes based on mutually established goals with patients and families. (DNP Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF Independent Practice 4, 5, 6, 7)

6.Assess the role of the FNP as part of the interprofessional team. (DNP Essentials I, II, VI, VIII; NONPF Independent Practice 1, 2, 3, 6)


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)


Grading Criteria








SOAP Notes



Ethical Seminar Presentations



Pre-Predictor FNP Certification Exam



Exam Score


49 or less






70 or greater







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)




Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


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.


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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.


*BoardCertification Pre-Predictor Exam.  APEA. Student payment instructions will be sent closer to the date of theexam.  Cost is paid by studentthrough the APEA website:  http://www.apea.com/online-testing-center

*Textbooksfrom previous semesters may be used as references during your clinicalpracticum.


*FNP Certification Exam Review Resources: i.e. www.apea.com, www.npcourses.com, www.fhea.com



*Redbook Online

*The Harriet Lane Handbook

*Sanford Guide


The seminar course is designed to promote analysis and synthesis of the clinical experience through faculty mentoring, documentation of patient encounters, discussions, and scholarly clinical presentations.  

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

January 10th 8-11:50am.
Location TBA.

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