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NURS400 - Emerging Scholarship and Trends in Healthcare

Course Details

Course Code: NURS400 Course ID: 4207 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. Students explore the rapid evolution of current nursing practice and examine historical and contemporary issues germane to their practice. Students examine changes in technology and its impact on access, cost, quality, and knowledge development. Global health and nursing workforce issues are evaluated and discussed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the RN-BSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Evaluate interprofessional collaboration and its impact on patient care and experiences. (PO 1, PO2, PO6)
  2. Analyze current and emerging trends in healthcare delivery and their impact on patient health and nursing practice. (PO 4, PO 7, PO 8)
  3. Explain the legislative processes that result in the development of healthcare policies related to health promotion and disease prevention in the U.S. and globally. (PO 7)
  4. Analyze the role of technology in healthcare delivery and policies associated with protection of health information. (PO 4)
  5. Assess the ways that the social determinants of health can impact the ability of a country to meet the health care needs of its population. (PO 7, PO 8)
  6. Appraise the impact of pandemics on the nursing profession and the patient experience. (PO 3, PO 7, PO 8)
  7. Describe the connection between health policies, determinants of health, and health outcomes. (PO 3, PO 7, PO 8)
  8. Examine the provision of culturally competent care and the impact on patient outcomes. (PO 1, PO 6, PO 8, PO 9)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 11 graded discussions. One of the Week 3 and one of the Week 8 discussions are Reflection discussions, and you will be graded on completion of the reflection questions, not on the content.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There is one quiz on epidemiology in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 2 written assignments and1 presentation due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Evidence-Informed Health Policy - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Loversidge & Zurmehly
Unit Cost:$44.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.