Course reflection

Learning Journal: Course Reflection and Assimilation

Before beginning your journal, please review and reflect upon former assigned readings, activities, assignments, and websites, as needed. Then, review the course objectives from the beginning of this term.

Discuss the following in your journaling assignment:

•Do you personally believe that you have met NU300’s course objectives? Provide specific examples that indicate your success in the course.

•To further expand your journal, please reflect upon why you feel various course aspects of NU300 are most or least effective to achieving course objectives.

(Be sure to provide specific rationale supporting your reflections.)

How to Access the Journal

Make a new entry titled Unit 10.

Your finished journal entry should be, at minimum, 8 well-developed paragraphs with more than 3 sentences per paragraph.

Assignment Requirements

As this assignment is a journal entry and not a formal paper, it may at times be difficult to follow the organization, style, and formatting of the APA 6th Edition Manual. Despite this, your journal assignment should:

•clearly establish and maintain the viewpoint and purpose of the assignment;

•follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);

•be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;

•display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics; and

•use APA 6th edition format for crediting sources.

View the Journal Grading Rubric for this assignment under the Course Home.


Course Syllabus

NU300: Professional Leadership Transitions


Term: 1405C

Dates: November 12, 2014 to January 27, 2015

Course #/Section: NU300-05

Course Title: NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions

Credit Hours: 6

Prerequisites: Admission to the program


Instructor Name and Credentials: Karen Burk, RN, MSN/Ed.

Kaplan E-mail Address:

Google Chat™ will be used to communicate with the instructors during office hours. Please review the Google Chat Quick Start Guide for an overview of the system.

Course/Seminar Day and Time (ET): Mondays 9pm


Textbook Information:

Title: Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives (6th ed.)

Author: Blais, K. K. and Hayes, J. S.

Custom ISBN: 9781256834205

Publisher: Pearson

Type: Digital book

Title: Publication Manual

Author: American Psychological Association

ISBN: 978-1433805615

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Type: Physical book


This course will facilitate the transition of the registered nurse into a professional nursing leadership role and introduce the major components of leadership that are part of the Kaplan University School of Nursing program. This course builds upon the previous knowledge and experience of the RN and is required prior to the student’s enrollment in any other nursing course. The student will examine personal values and goals along with professional roles to explore nursing leadership and create a professional development plan. Topics covered in the course include professional nursing roles, culture and values for community care, leadership, professional communication and research.


Course Outcomes: By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. NU300-1: Analyze the role of the nursing professional in today’s global society.

2. NU300-2: Determine skills necessary for professional nursing leadership.

3. NU300-3: Assess how culture and values affect community care.

4. NU300-4: Discuss the role of research and technology in improving patient outcomes.

5. NU300-5: Evaluate one’s own current professional values, goals, and abilities in planning for professional development.

General Education Outcomes: In addition, your instructor will assess the following General Education outcomes during this course:

1. GEL-1.1: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard American English.

2. GEL-8.2: Utilize principles of sound reasoning.

Professional Competency Outcome(s):

1. PC-4.1: Assess the value of multiculturalism and diversity in a global environment.


Unit # and Topic

Learning Activities/Assignments


1.Course Overview

Reading, Video, Tutorials

Discussion, Computer Competency Assignment, Seminar

2. The Nursing Profession and Nursing Theory

Reading, Video, Web Resources

Discussion, Leadership Inventory Assignment

3. Professional Communication

Reading, , Library Tutorial, APA Practice Exercise

Discussion, APA Quiz, Seminar

4. Introduction to Nursing Research

Reading, Library Tutorial, APA Lesson, Web Resources

Discussion, Annotated Bibliography

5. Informatics in the Healthcare Environment

Reading, Digital Presentation, Video, Web Resources


6. Community Nursing

Reading, Web Resources

Discussion, Professional Development Plan Assignment

7. Cultural Diversity

Reading, Web Resources

Discussion, Professional Development Plan Assignment, Seminar



Discussion, Professional Development Plan Assignment

9.Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice


Discussion, Professional Development Plan Assignment (Final Draft)

10.Course Reflection and Assimilation

Reading review from previous units


Out-of-class work is required as part of this course. Examples of out-of-class work may include reading, writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.