NURS 3617 Population Health
This course focuses on professional nursing care of at-risk populations. Emphasis is on environmental and demographic factors that influence health. A variety of clinical experiences will be used to apply caring, evidence-based, professional nursing care for persons at risk for or living with chronic conditions.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Professionalism: Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in a multidisciplinary learning environment. (BSN Essential VIII)
2. Patient-centered care: Plan compassionate, comprehensive nursing care that reflects the preferences and values of a diverse population (BSN Essential IX)
3. Evidence-based practice (EBP): Identify multidisciplinary evidence-based research to care for individuals, families, and populations. (BSN Essential III)
4. Informatics & Technology: Examine the importance and use of informatics and technology to analyze public health care delivery systems to improve population health outcomes (BSN Essential IV)
5. Quality Improvement: Analyze the impact of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment (BSN Essential II)
6. Teamwork and Collaboration: Use effective communication skills within multidisciplinary teams to empower the patient to achieve positive health outcomes (BSN Essential VI)
7. Wellness and Prevention: Reflect on the impact of the social determinants of health on diverse populations. Identify benefits of health, wellness, and preventive interventions in health policy at the local, national, and global level. (BSN Essential VII)
8. Leadership: Examine community-based activities to promote ethical reasoning, advocacy, collaboration, and social justice. (BSN Essential I)
9. Safety: Apply appropriate safety measures to reduce patient and community risks. (DECS C, BSN Essentials II)
10. Strengths: Determine how Strengths (signature talent themes) influence the role of the student nurse and clinical decision-making.
Grading Policy and Criteria
Specific guidelines and grading criteria for all assignments are in the Modules. Final grades for the course will be determined based upon the following point assignments:
A – 90-100
B – 80-89
C – 75-79
D – 60-74
F – Below 60
Final course grades less than 75 are not rounded up.
The simple average of all exam grades including a final must first be at or above 75% in order to pass the course. Once the student has achieved a simple exam average of 75% or higher, course grades will be determined based on the weighted calculation of exams and other required course work.
Late policy: 5% will be deducted each day an assignment is past due unless prior arrangements have been made with your course faculty member. Extenuating circumstances may apply.
Criteria for Evaluation:
Percentage of Grade:
Exams (4 at 15% each)
Students must pass the didactic and clinical portion of this course. Students must have a 75% average on clinical assignments in order to pass the clinical component of the course.
See SON Student Guide: https://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/files/4.9_Progression_and_Retention.pdf
When nursing courses have both a theory and clinical component, the student must pass both components to successfully complete the course and progress to the next level in the program.
All clinical documentation must be completed independently. Clinical documentation is an opportunity to demonstrate competence of clinical objectives. Failure to demonstrate competence of clinical objectives may result in the need to complete additional clinical assignments or failure.
Important Course Dates:
Note: The complete course schedule is available in the Course Canvas site.
Census Date: May 23, 2022
Last Date to Withdraw: July 12, 2022; https://www.uttyler.edu/registrar/forms/ Final Exam Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022
Scheduled according to the University final exam schedule. Reminder: any deviation from scheduled
times must be approved by the college dean.
Attendance and Make-up Policy
Attendance/participation is expected. Make-up for exams, quizzes, assignments, and clinical time missed is at the discretion of the instructor.
Foundations for Population Health in Community/Public Health Nursing, 5th Edition, Stanhope and Lancaster. Book can be included in the Level 2 Book Bundle ISBN: 9780323976596
Halter, M.J. (2022). Varcarolis foundations of psychiatric mental health nursing: A clinical approach (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Electronic Device to bring to class or clinical (this may include cellphone if it is a smartphone)