Economics of nursing
Each student will complete a 500 – 750 word (not including title and references pages) individual paper discussing the economic costs of staff turnover in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the United States. Refer to the websites provided in the Welcome Module for helpful information.
Focus on four major themes: 1) impact on quality of patient care, 2) impact on healthcare system costs, 3) impact on retention of nurses in the profession, and 4) strategies to positively influence these costs. Students are expected to apply concepts and analytical understanding gained in course readings and videos to address these topics.
No more than 15% of your paper should be found from online/other sources according to Turnitin’s plagiarism report.
A minimum of three references should be used. Two of these sources should be from a peer-reviewed article. Avoid the use of undated references. This document must be submitted using APA format. After the paper is graded, edit the paper and place it in your portfolio.
See the Economics of Nursing Grading Rubric for complete details of grading.
These websites will have information to use in your discussion posts and class written assignments:
Rubric for Economics of Nursing Paper
(0 – 79%s)
(80% – 89%)
(90% – 100%)
Relevant introduction that synthesizes the focus of the paper (Nursing economic themes))
|Omits or fails to provide an introduction to nursing economics issues
|Introduction is present, but does not fully synthesize an adequate introduction to focus of the paper
|Introduces the paper, synthesizing the focus of the nursing economics topic in an above satisfactory manner
|Discusses the economic impact of staff turnover on quality of patient care
|Omits or fails to address the relevance/impact on quality of patient care
|Provides some relevance/impact on quality of patient care
|Provides an above satisfactory relevance/impact on quality of patient care
|Discusses the economic impact of staff turnover on universal healthcare costs
|Omits or fails to address the relevance/impact on universal healthcare costs
|Provides some relevance/impact on universal healthcare costs
|Provides an above satisfactory relevance/impact on universal healthcare costs
|Discusses the economic impact of retention of nurses in the profession
|Omits or fails to address the relevance/impact on retention of nurses in the profession
|Provides some relevance/impact on retention of nurses in the profession
|Provides an above satisfactory relevance/impact on retention of nurses in the profession
|Discusses strategies to positively influence the economic impacts of staff turnover
|Omits or fails to address the strategies to positively influence the economic impacts of staff turnover
|Provides some strategies to positively influence the economic impacts of staff turnover
|Provides above satisfactory strategies to positively influence the economic impacts of staff turnover
|Omits and/or fails to provide conclusion to paper
Omits and/or fails to summarize key points
|Provides conclusion, but has difficulty summarizing key points
|Provides above satisfactory conclusion to the paper, addressing key points fully.
|Grammar and syntax
|Grammar and syntax with significant errors
|Some errors in grammar and syntax are noted
|Grammar and syntax without errors
|Provides no or inadequate references.
|Provides 1-2 references, of which 1 are peer reviewed.
|Provides 3 or more references, of which two or more are peer-reviewed.
|APA format (title page, headings, citations, reference(s) page, etc.)
|Omits significant portions and/or fails to follow APA format
|Uses elements of APA format, but many errors noted; less than 3 references included
|Uses appropriate APA format consistently and accurately throughout paper; 3 or more references included
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading. Economics of nursing
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours. Economics of nursing
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