NR 447 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package

NR 447 DeVry Week 1 Discussion Latest

The Affordable Care Act (graded)

Healthcare reform is a topic that is constantly used in our practice environments and is not going away anytime soon.

  1. Share with the class implementation of the Affordable Care Act in your organization. (If you are not working as a nurse, think about what was happening when you were a pre licensure student).
  2. How did your fellow healthcare workers react to implementation of the ACA?
  3. How were citizens in your community impacted?


NR 447 DeVry Week 2 discussion Latest

AACN Essentials Self-Assessment and Patient-Centered Care (graded)

In Doc Sharing, locate and complete the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (Week 2). Please follow the form’s instructions. Keep track of your total score. After that, read the following.

Kramer, M., Schmalenberg, C., Maguire, P., Brewer, B., Burke, R., Chmielewski, L., … Meeks-Sjostrom, D. (2009). Walk the talk: Promoting control of nursing practice and a patient-centered culture. Critical Care Nurse, 29(3), 77–93. Click to link.

Answer the following:

  1. If you are willing, please share your total score on the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment
  2. Candidly identify and share with your classmates areas where knowledge, skills or abilities (KSAs) are lacking
  3. Describe the relationship between the Essentials and your new-found knowledge about Patient Centered Care. Are there opportunities for your improvement?

NR 447 DISCUSSIONS NURSING ESSAYS Week 3 Discussion Latest

NR 447 Week 3 Discussion Conflict and Collaboration Recent

Conflict and Collaboration
Before posting, please view the video and listen to the dialogue. Transcript of a Second Life video Our family’s requirements sometimes clash with our employment obligations. Could this be the underlying problem here?
Explain the conflict resolution skills displayed by the leader in the scenario. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate those of the leader.
How might earlier collaboration have been beneficial?
Some organizations utilize non Registered Nurses in the Case Manager role. What additional skills, knowledge and attributes would the BSN-prepared Registered Nurse bring to case management in this scenario?

Week 4 Discussion Latest

Transformational Nursing Leaders (graded)

Review Appendix A, Sections I–V in Finkelman (2012, pp. 510–515).

  1. Select one of the sections and share how your chief nurse executive demonstrates expertise in these competencies. Your comments should be about the “highest nursing leader” in your organization. Typically this is the leader who represents nurses and nursing to the governing board.
  2. In your own words, explain the differences between a transactional nursing leader and a transformational nursing leader. What one is more like your Nurse Executive?
  3. Describe how the Nurse Executive “leads the charge” for transformational leadership in an organization where you work or have done pre licensure clinical experiences.

NR 447 DeVry Week 5 Discussion Latest

Patient Outcomes (graded)

Review the story at the link below before posting to the discussion:

Rau, J. (2015). Half of nation’s hospitals fail again to escape Medicare’s readmission penalties. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved

After you have finished, consider how you would respond to the following situation:

Your local hospital has received notice from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) regarding their readmission rates.

You have been invited to serve as a consultant to recommend a new Quality (Performance) Improvement procedure for ONE of the areas of inadequacy as a BSN prepared nurse. As you consider accepting the consulting offer, write down some short steps (suggestions) for improvement.

Share practice improvements utilized from your own clinical nursing experiences that have led to enhanced patient outcomes.

NR 447 DISCUSSIONS NURSING ESSAYS Week 6 Discussion Latest

Civility in the Workplace (graded)

Complete the Clark Workplace Civility Index located in Doc Sharing.

After you are finished, read the assigned article:

Lachman, V. D. (2015). Ethical issues in the disruptive behaviors of incivility, bullying, and horizontal/lateral violence. Urologic Nursing, 35(1), 39-42. Click HERE to link.

Next watch the video by clicking on the link below.



Reflect on what you observed in the video as you answer the following:

Based on what you observed, what leadership skills should you, as Masaya’s preceptor, model for your fellow coworkers to promote his acceptance into the work-group or team.

Does incivility seem to be an issue in the scenario? NR 447 DEVRY COMPLETE WEEK DISCUSSIONS PACKAGE

Describe any common themes you discovered among the article, the video and the Civility Index

Share how you may improve your score on the index based on what you have read.

NR 447 DeVry Week 7 Discussion Latest

Our Future Leaders (graded)

Huston (2010) highlights six leadership characteristics that EVERY nursing leader will need in 2020 in his or her small but excellent paper (must reading this week). Isn’t that year not far in the future?

Select one of the eight leadership competencies Huston described and relate it to your own leadership of nurses and nursing. This should promote a robust discussion as we come from different clinical and nonclinical perspectives.

Discuss how the BSN-prepared nurse can assist a nurse leader in the budgeting process by contributing data readily available to the staff nurse.

Huston, C. (2010). What skills will the nurse leaders of 2020 need? (2010). Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 16(6), 14–15. Click here to link.


NR 447 DeVry Week 8 Discussion Latest

Closing the Loop (graded)

Complete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment located in Doc Sharing.

1. Compare your scores from Week 2 to Week 8.

2. Describe how far have you come and how much further do you wish to go in improving your competencies during the next two years of practice.

Then, go over the Course Outcomes as outlined in the Syllabus. Choose one of the course results and discuss with your classmates how you feel you met the goal and how you plan to apply the essentials and course outcomes in your practice setting.


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