NR 351 Week 6 Assignment Professional Paper Professionalism in Nursing Recent
Professional Paper Guidelines
The purpose of this assignment is to allow the learner to demonstrate writing skills, and ability to correctly present ideas and credit others in APA formatting when writing a professional paper.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO #3.Demonstrateeffective verbal,written,andtechnological communicationusing legal and ethical standardsfortransferringknowledge using success resources provided to Chamberlain students.(PO#3)
CO #4. Integratecriticalthinking andjudgment in professional decision-makingin collaboration withfacultyandpeers. (PO#4)
CO #5. Apply concepts of professionalismwhen planning for personal,intellectual,and professional development. (PO#5)
CO #9.Demonstrate accountability forpersonal andprofessional developmentbyassessing information and technology competence,implementing plansforupgrading technologyskills, and using effective strategiesforonline student success using resources provided to Chamberlain students. (PO#5)
Submit the assignment to theWeek6Dropboxby Sunday,11:59 p.m.MT.
This assignment is worth atotal of200points.
PREPARING THE Professional Paper
1. Carefully read this document (Professional Paper Guidelines),including the Rubric
2. Download the APA Paper Template from Doc Sharing (APA Resources category).Rename that document as Your Last Name Professional Paper.docx. Save it to your own computer or drive in a location where you will be able to retrieve it later.Type your assignment directly on the saved document.Remember that only MicrosoftWord 2010oralater version is acceptable.The document must be saved as a.docx.Save frequently to prevent loss of your work.
3. Mechanics of the Professional Paper include:
a. Times New Roman size 12 typeface (font) double spaced with 1-inch margins
b. No abstract
c. Correct APA format
d. Correct spelling, apostrophe use, grammar, paragraphing, and sentence structure
e. Contents must include Title Page, body of the paper (500–600 words including Introduction, two Main Points from your Professional Paper Worksheet outline, and Conclusion), and References page.
f. Two Main Points and Conclusion should be Level 1 headings. No Level 2 headings are needed for this short paper.
g. References should only include your Hood textbook and the assigned article for the competency approved by your instructor.
h. Contents of the paper must include any revisions suggested by your instructor in Professional Paper Worksheet feedback.
4. When your assignment is complete, save and close your Professional Paper. You are strongly encouraged to submit your paper to the Turnitin Draft Dropbox (see information in Course Resources under Course Home tab) to check your own similarity index. When you are happy with your paper and your similarity index is below 24%,submit your completed paper as an attachment to the Week 6Professional Paper Dropbox by the due date.See theWeek6 Assignments page for step-by-step instructions on how to us ethe Dropbox. Per Chamberlain policy, any final paper submitted with a similarity index greater than 24% will be investigated for potential plagiarism.
APA Writing Checklist
Use this document as a checklist for each paper you will write throughout your GCU graduate program. Follow specific instructions indicated in the assignment and use this checklist to help ensure correct grammar and APA formatting. Refer to the APA resources available in the GCU Library and Student Success Center.
☐ APA paper template (located in the Student Success Center/Writing Center) is utilized for the correct format of the paper. APA style is applied, and format is correct throughout.
☐ The title page is present. APA format is applied correctly. There are no errors.
☐ The introduction is present. APA format is applied correctly. There are no errors.
☐ Topic is well defined.
☐ Strong thesis statement is included in the introduction of the paper.
☐ The thesis statement is consistently threaded throughout the paper and included in the conclusion.
☐ Paragraph development: Each paragraph has an introductory statement, two or three sentences as the body of the paragraph, and a transition sentence to facilitate the flow of information. The sections of the main body are organized to reflect the main points of the author. APA format is applied correctly. There are no errors.
☐ All sources are cited. APA style and format are correctly applied and are free from error.
☐ Sources are completely and correctly documented on a References page, as appropriate to assignment and APA style, and format is free of error.
Scholarly Resources: Scholarly resources are written with a focus on a specific subject discipline and usually written by an expert in the same subject field. Scholarly resources are written for an academic audience.
Examples of Scholarly Resources include: Academic journals, books written by experts in a field, and formally published encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Peer-Reviewed Journals: Peer-reviewed journals are evaluated prior to publication by experts in the journal’s subject discipline. This process ensures that the articles published within the journal are academically rigorous and meet the required expectations of an article in that subject discipline.
Empirical Journal Article: This type of scholarly resource is a subset of scholarly articles that reports the original finding of an observational or experimental research study. Common aspects found within an empirical article include: literature review, methodology, results, and discussion.
Adapted from “Evaluating Resources: Defining Scholarly Resources,” located in Research Guides in the GCU Library.
☐ The writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English. Utilize writing resources such as Grammarly, LopesWrite report, and ThinkingStorm to check your writing.
In discussions, you, as a student, will interact with your instructor and classmates to explore topics related to the content of this course. You will be graded for the following.
Discussions (graded): Discussions are a critical learning experience in the online classroom. Participation in all discussions is required.
2. Guidelines and Rubric for Discussions
PURPOSE: Threaded discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In the discussions students:
- Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
- Integrate scholarly resources
- Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates
- Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner
Participation Requirement: You are required to post a minimum of three (3) times in each graded discussion. These three (3) posts must be on a minimum of two (2) separate days. You must respond to the initial discussion question by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday.
Participation points: It is expected that you will meet the minimum participation requirement described above. If not:
- You will receive a 10% point deduction in a thread if your response to the initial question is not posted by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
- You will also receive a 10% point deduction in a thread if you do not post at least three (3) times in each thread on at least two (2) separate days.
3. Threaded Discussion Guiding Principles
The ideas and beliefs underpinning the threaded discussions (TDs) guide students through engaging dialogues as they achieve the desired learning outcomes/competencies associated with their course in a manner that empowers them to organize, integrate, apply and critically appraise their knowledge to their selected field of practice. The use of TDs provides students with opportunities to contribute level-appropriate knowledge and experience to the topic in a safe, caring, and fluid environment that models professional and social interaction. The TD’s ebb and flow is based upon the composition of student and faculty interaction in the quest for relevant scholarship. Participation in the TDs generates opportunities for students to actively engage in the written ideas of others by carefully reading, researching, reflecting, and responding to the contributions of their peers and course faculty. TDs foster the development of members into a community of learners as they share ideas and inquiries, consider perspectives that may be different from their own, and integrate knowledge from other disciplines.
4. Participation Guidelines
You are required to post a minimum of three (3) times in each graded discussion. These three (3) posts must be on a minimum of two (2) separate days. You must respond to the initial discussion question by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday. Discussions for each week close on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (MT). To receive credit for a week’s discussion, students may begin posting no earlier than the Sunday immediately before each week opens. For courses with Week 8 graded discussions, the threads will close on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. MT. All discussion requirements must be met by that deadline.
5. Grading Rubric
|Discussion Criteria|| A
Outstanding or highest level of performance
Very good or high level of performance
Competent or satisfactory level of performance
Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance
|Answers the initial graded threaded discussion question(s)/topic(s), demonstrating knowledge and understanding of concepts for the week.
|Addresses all aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding regarding all weekly concepts.
|Addresses most aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of most of the weekly concepts.
|Addresses some aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of some of the weekly concepts.
|Minimally addresses the initial discussion question(s) or does not address the initial question(s).
|Integrates evidence to support discussion. Sources are credited.*
( APA format not required)
|Integrates evidence to support your discussion from:
Sources are credited.*
|Integrates evidence to support discussion from:
Sources are credited.*
|Integrates evidence to support discussion only from an outside source with no mention of assigned reading or lesson.
Sources are credited.*
|Does not integrate any evidence.
|Engages in meaningful dialogue with classmates or instructor before the end of the week.
|Responds to a classmate and/or instructor’s post furthering the dialogue by providing more information and clarification, thereby adding much depth to the discussion.
|Responds to a classmate and/or instructor furthering the dialogue by adding some depth to the discussion.
|Responds to a classmate and/or instructor but does not further the discussion.
|No response post to another student or instructor.
|Communicates in a professional manner.
|Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).
|Presents information in an organized manner (few errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).
|Presents information using understandable language but is somewhat disorganized (some errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).
|Presents information that is not clear, logical, professional or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the message (numerous errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).
Response to initial question: Responds to initial discussion question(s) by
Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. M.T.
|0 points lost
Student posts an answer to the initial discussion question(s) by Wednesday, 11:59 p . m. MT.
Student does not post an answer to the initial discussion question(s) by Wednesday, 11:59 p . m. MT.
Total posts: Participates in the discussion thread at least three times on at least two different days.
|0 points lost
Posts in the discussion at least three times AND on two different days.
Posts fewer than three times OR does not participate on at least two different days.
* Credited means stating where the information came from (specific article, text, or lesson). Examples: Our text discusses…. The information from our lesson states…, Smith (2010) claimed that…, Mary Manners (personal communication, November 17, 2011)…. APA formatting is not required.
|** Assigned readings are those listed on the syllabus or assignments page as required reading. This may include text readings, required articles, or required websites.|
|*** Scholarly source – per the APA Guidelines in Doc Sharing, only scholarly sources should be used in assignments. These include peer reviewed publications, government reports, or sources written by a professional or scholar in the field. Wikipedia, Wikis, .com website or blogs should not be used as anyone can add to these. For the discussions, reputable internet sources such as websites by government agencies (URL ends in .gov) and respected organizations (often ends in .org) can be counted as scholarly sources. Outside sources do not include assigned required readings.|
|NOTE: A zero is the lowest score that a student can be assigned.|