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Grand Canyon University College of Nursing and Health Care Professions Philosophy

In concert with the mission of the University, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions faculty affirms our belief in educating nurses within a dedicated and supportive community of Christian nurse scholars. The nursing programs prepare graduates to provide excellent, holistic care while encouraging a passion for achievement, a lifelong curiosity for knowledge, and pursuit of advanced professional degrees.

The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice guides the curriculum for the baccalaureate program. The AACN’s The Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Practice: Curriculum Guidelines and Program Standards for Nurse Practitioner Education, NONPF and AACN Nursing Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas, NONPF Domains and Competencies of Nurse Practitioner Practice, and NACNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and incorporatesEducation provide structure for the curriculum content of the master’s program. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions curriculum is designed to facilitate the students’ abilities to creatively respond to continuously changing health care systems throughout the world. Educational experiences are planned to meet the needs of and to empower both students and clients. Professionalism, ethical decision making, accountability, critical thinking, and effective communication are emphasized. This is achieved through the application of liberal arts constructs, science, health and nursing theories, and the values of the Christian faith within the scope of nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Nursing practice promotes human dignity through compassionate caring for all human beings, without consideration of their gender, age, color, creed, lifestyle, cultural background, and other visible or invisible boundaries between students, faculty, and clients.

The faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is accountable for the quality of the educational programs and for the promotion of safe and effective nursing through teaching, service, and collaboration with other professionals and consumers of care. The following statements reflect the philosophical beliefs of the faculty in relation to the concepts of health, environment, person, and nursing:

HEALTH

Health is the central focus of nursing. Health is a dynamic aspect of being that incorporates physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions.

ENVIRONMENT

All humans interact with the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and

Grand Canyon University

American Psychological Association [APA]

Style Guide for Writing

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Introduction

Students of Grand Canyon University (GCU) are required to use the Publication Manual of the

American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for preparing written assignments, except where

otherwise noted. All students should have a personal copy of the APA Publication Manual,

which is available through the GCU Bookstore or local bookstores. In the interest of providing

resource material for student use, this guide to APA style and format has been developed and

made available. It is based on the current 6th edition of the APA Manual. However, the guide

only highlights aspects of APA style and format, and so it is recommended that students use the

APA Manual as a resource when writing APA-style papers.

An APA template has been provided in the Student Success Center’s Writing Center for student

download and use.

PLEASE NOTE:

The curriculum materials (Syllabus, Lectures/Readings, Resources, etc.) created and provided by

GCU in the online or Web-enhanced modalities are prepared using an editorial format that relies

on APA as a framework but that modifies some formatting criteria to better suit the nature and

purpose of instructional materials. Students and faculty are advised that GCU course materials do

not adhere strictly to APA format and should not be used as examples of correct APA format, or

in place of the APA Manual, when preparing written work for class.

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APA Format and Style

General

Academic writing, which is independent thought supported by reliable and relevant research,

depends on the ability to integrate and cite the sources that have been consulted. Use APA style

for all references, in-text citations, formatting, etc.

Write in first- and second-person sparingly, if ever. This means, avoid using I, we, and you;

instead, use he, she, and they. Do not use contractions.

Paper Format

1) Use standard-sized paper of 8.5″ x 11″.

2) Margins should be 1″ all around (top, bottom, left, right).

3) Use Times New Roman 12-point font.

4) For emphasis, use italics (not quotation marks, bold, etc.).

5) Double-space.

6) Align the text flush left.

Organization

The basic organization of an APA-style paper includes the title page, abstract, body, and

reference section, though students are encouraged to follow any specific directions given in their

Overview assignment.

Title Page

The

Assignment Educational Preparation

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Due Date: Oct 23, 2016 23:59:59       Max Points: 200

Details:

Write a formal paper of 750-1,000 words that addresses the following:

1. Discuss the differences in competencies between nurses prepared at the associate-degree level versus the baccalaureate-degree level.

2. Identify a patient care situation in which you describe how nursing care or approaches to decision-making may differ based upon the educational preparation of the nurse (BSN versus a diploma or ADN degree).

For additional help finding research on this topic, refer to the GCU Library tutorial located at in the Student Success Center.

Refer to the “American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Fact Sheet: Creating a More Highly Qualified Nursing Workforce” as a resource.

Refer to the assigned readings for concepts that help support your main points.

Refer to “Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Philosophy.” This is an informational resource to assist in completing the assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the criteria and expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

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