Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

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The nursing profession is continuously evolving in its approach to patient care, and outcomes as members continue to undertake research, leading to evidence-based practice. For the scope of this discussion the peer-review article selected which relates to my current job as a dialysis nurse and interest is “Improving Patient Experience and Treatment Adherence in the Adult, Outpatient Hemodialysis Population” (Saunders et al., 2019). When searching for this article, the database used was CINAHL Plus with Full Text. I chose this database because it encompasses many nursing journals, standards of practice, and allied health evidence-based practice; therefore, I recommend its’ use. Also, the database holds familiarity since I used it during my undergraduate BSN program. There were no significant difficulties during the search for my article. I ensured that I did not use full sentences in the search fields but keywords related to my particular interest. To assess if a journal article was peer-reviewed, I utilize the periodical directory, Ulrich’s. This software does not contain stored articles but verifies if a journal uses peer-review. Besides using Ulrich’s software, I selected on the database the option to narrow search options to peer-reviewed journals only (Walden Library, 2020).

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As a scholarly writer, the use of peer-review articles is an asset. Scholarly papers referenced with peer review articles provide expert verification of thoughts since experts review peer-review articles within their discipline (Glasgow Caledonian University, n.d.).

Peer-review research also forms an integral part in the development of the professional practice of nursing. History shows that nurses previously depended on individual experience, advice from senior nurses, and potentially outdated educational information, which led to varying patient outcomes. Due to the inconsistency in patient outcomes, physician David L. Sackett developed evidence-based practice. Patient care and treatment are based on research; current evidence, so optimal care can be provided. Therefore, since peer-reviewed research involves verifying information by established experts in the nursing field, information validity is increased (St. Thomas University, 2019).

                                            References

Glasgow Caledonian University. (n.d.). Peer review | PILOT.

Glasgow Caledonian University: The University for the Common Good GCU. https://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/pilot/publication/peerreview/

Saunders, J., Ahmadzadeh, S., Bush, M., Wright, R., & Granger, B. (2019). Improving patient

experience and treatment adherence in the adult, outpatient hemodialysis population. Journal of Nursing Care Quality34(4), 330-336. https://doi.org/10.1097/ncq.0000000000000373

St. Thomas University. (2019, March 23). What You Need to Know About Evidence-

Based Practice in Nursinghttps://online.stu.edu/articles/nursing/about-evidence-based-practice-in-nursing

Walden Library. (2020, March 26). How do I verify that my article is peer reviewed? – Quick    

        answers. Quick Answers – Quick Answers. https://academicanswers.waldenu.edu/faq/72613

Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.

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To Prepare:

  • Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
  • Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and interests you.

Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

By Day 3 of Week 6

Post the following:

Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not. Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

RE: Discussion – Week 6

Peer Reviewed Article

Craig, J., Ghorbani, Mirlashari, J., Navab, E., & Valizadeh, S., (Feb, 2018). Dark and Bright -Two sides of Family-Centered Care in the NICU Qualitative Study. Clinical Nursing Research Vol. 28 (7) p. 869-885. https://journals-sagepub-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/doi/full/10.1177/1054773818758171

Scholarly Resources

Since the start of MSN program I have been struggling with finding scholarly journals

effectively to support my assignments. As I explored the learning resources for module 4 I was able to have a better understanding of the correct way to search for information, ultimately being more discerning in selecting articles. “ Scholarly journals are written by academics for academics. They are generally focused on a specific academic field or discipline. Their purpose is to advance scholarship in that field by publishing in-depth research studies” (Walden, 2020).

Walden Library

From the Walden Library I decided to search databases, I had multiple options, but felt that it would be the best way to locate information on my chosen area of practice, NICU nursing. Once I was able to access the database I utilized the filters, narrowing my search to  nursing and journal articles. I was amazed at how many options were provided, with various specialities and topics. Finally my search was narrowed down to nursing specialty aritices from five top journal databases. I selected Medline, due to my familiarity in my professional practice.  Medline’s claim is having  “Millions of references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine; indexed with the National Library of Medicine’ Medical Subject Headings” (Walden, 2020), providing me with multiple resources. Everything up until this point was seamless, but I encountered difficulties accessing the entire text. I kept getting routed to abstract pages and citation lists. After a few false attempts at reading the whole article I noticed the blue tab stating find at Walden, once selected this tab instantly gave me access to the entire article. I understand now that part of being a student at Walden, is not only the search engines, databases and advanced filters, it’s owning the whole article.

The article that I selected was pertientat and directly related to the filtered selections. I would highly encourage any student that is researching a healthcare topic to choose Medline through the Walden library. With the search features ease of use and large range of specialty journals,  it made the process simple and efficient. Moving forward I feel that Walden’s Library has provided me with enough resources to be successful. I now know not only to identify quality research but how to access it seamlessly.  Smith states, “Critical appraisal of research literature is an essential skill for all members of the healthcare team” (2009). Walden library paired with other sources such as ANA or Up to Date,  will be more than adequate to succeed.

Resources

Smith, T. ( 2009). Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research literature

Australian Institute of Radiography. The Radiographer; 56 (3): 6–10

https://www.minnisjournals.com.au/articles/radiographer%20smith%20dec%2009.pdf

Walden University (2020). Walden University Library- Databases https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/az.php?s=19981

Walden University (2020). Walden Library- Evaluating Resources: Journal https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals

By Day 6 of Week 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for using alternative resources.

RE: Discussion – Week 6

I have also found it difficult, at times, to find scholarly articles for assignments with finding scholarly articles.  One thing I have found that makes it difficult, despite the database used, is wording used in your search box.  I initially began using CINAHL because it was recommended by the research nurse at my job facility, it worked for me, and I stuck with it.  Another database I would recommend to you when you’re having trouble finding journals is Google Scholars.  It allows you to search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites (Google Scholar, n.d). I use google scholars because it is user friendly as well.  When you search with google scholars however, you have to confirm that your article is from a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. Fortunately, our Library has a webpage dedicated to helping us examine our sources.  The webpage covers how to tell if what you’ve found is a journal article and the differences between scholarly journals, trade publications, and popular magazines (Walden University Library, n.d.).

References

Google Scholar. (n.d.) About Google Scholar. Retrieved from  on October 8, 2020 from https://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html

Walden University Library (n.d.) Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved October 8, 2020 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals

Submission and Grading Information

Scholarly Sources for Critical Care Education

     The topic I decided to research for this discussion board was critical care education. With the rise of COVID 19, it has become apparent that a strong nursing educator should be present for every working nurse. With new policies and precautions being produced daily, it’s important to have a presence with the staff. Being a critical care nurse now for five years, I would like to broaden my horizon by becoming an educator in this field.

Database Utilization

     The database I began using is the Walden University Library. Using similar tools throughout my educational career, I understand this is the most helpful method of finding scholarly peer-reviewed journals and articles. This tool allows you to search throughout an entire online database full of collections dating back to 1912 to present day. I began by simply typing Critical Care Education into the search bar to find what I could. Needless to say, there was an abundance of articles and journals that pertain to those three words separately. In order to narrow the search, I decided to put quotations around the three words. This allows for the complete phrase to be searched versus the three words separately. From there, I read through some of the articles to see what pertains to the specific topic I wanted. I found an article entitled “Innovative Strategies for Critical Care Education”. This article directly related to the topic I was researching. Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

Obstacles with Online Library Searches

     Using online libraries can be difficult. Although it seems straightforward, sometimes the obstacles you face can make finding a simple topic difficult. When this occurs, it’s advised to use the “Advanced Search” option to narrow down the topic you are searching. From here, you can select specific sources such as scholarly journals or peer reviewed studies, a certain time frame, a specific publication if you need, and any additional key words that might help narrow your search. Finding such a specific source can be difficult, but with the helpful database provided by Walden University there are options to help the feasibility of the search. As described in one of our weekly resources, “pick a simple, broad topic that can be quickly researched.” (Walden University Library, n.d.-a). This is sometimes required in order to begin finding a topic to research. Once this is determined it’s easier to narrow the search down by using the “Advanced Search” tab.

     Another obstacle commonly faced is determining the credibility of a source. Luckily, one of our weekly resources outlines an efficient way to determine the credibility of each entry we find. The Academic Guides provided by Walden University describe a scholarly journal as being “written by academics for academics” (Walden University Library, n.d.-b). Scholarly journals are written by specialists (instead of publicists or staff writers) in a specific field for other specialists. These articles have only one purpose and that is to improve the knowledge base of the researcher. This was beneficial to look for when determining which source to use.

Recommendations and Closing Thoughts

     Based on the feasibility and direct knowledge obtained from this database, I would heavily recommend it to my peers. I believe this is a thorough and concise way to find research. Though it can be difficult to find very specific topics, there are methods and guidelines to help narrow your search as provided by Walden University. I believe the pros outweighs the cons, and that the obstacles faced with online library databases are minimal when compared to the outcome of a search. Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003

References

Walden University Library,. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved October 4th, 2019 from http://academicguides.walden.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals

Walden University Library,. (n.d.). Instructional media: Fundamentals of library research. Retrieved October 4th, 2019 from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/instructionlmedia/researchfundamentals

Thank you, Connor, for this excellent post. I read with great interest your recommendations. Understanding the library’s dynamic can be difficult at first, but the more we use it the easier it will get. One feature I like is the Course Guides. It helps me to “jump” into the course material without returning to the course page. Occasionally, the number of articles to locate and review can be overwhelming, especially if we are taking more than one course at the same time. The Course Guides section takes you directly to the required reading of a specific course and offer assignment help (Walden University, 2020a).

As an international student I can tell you that the library is user-friendly. Language difficulties, cultural differences and lack of prior library experience are the key barriers to library use amongst international students (Murray & Preston, 2016). However, Walden Library makes it easy for us. Like you, I strongly recommend the use of the library to help us advance academically.

References

Murray, A. & Preston, H. (2016). Empowering international nursing students to become

effective library users. Health Information & Libraries Journal33(3), 239–243. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1111/hir.12149

Walden University Library. (2020). University Library

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library

C…,

I enjoyed reading your post and I can relate to a lot of what you said in it. I feel that more then ever with the amount of research, journals, articles and opinions that will be published in regard to COVID we need to step back and critically analyze whether the article or data is scholarly. According to Laureate Education “it is important for nurses to conduct research; we are at the bedside and we see problems that need to be addressed that perhaps others would not see” (2018). This is critical when we begin to analyze the data that is being published by multiple parties. We are in a good position to do our own research and start the process of changing what does not work for these patients and we can accomplish this with credible data and peer review research ourselves. As bedside nurses we are in a crucial role to change health care and get our findings out to other organizations that can benefit from what we have learned.

I also agree with you that research poses challenges when using the online libraries. I also struggled with it. When I looked up education and COVID for example I was presented with so much information that it was overwhelming and when I researched it more I found a lot of the information was not scholarly but public press releases and opinions without much data to them.  When I was evaluating the articles and journals I relied on the Walden Library’s page on Evaluating Resources for some key points to check for the credibility of the publication. I found a lot of trade publications which according to the library “are written by staff writers or practitioners in a given trade or profession. The intent is to share industry news, trends and advances”( Walden Library, n.d.). Some of the articles are peer reviewed but a majority do not get peer reviewed. In the future I am going to use your recommendation to use the “Advanced Search” tab and see if I cannot rein in some of the topics that come up when I do a complete search. This may help with some of my frustration and time it takes me to research articles. Thank you.

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Scholarship [Video file]. Baltimore, MD; Author.

Walden University Library,. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved October 4th, 2019 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Eaton, S. E. (2010). Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing. Retrieved from https://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/reading-strategies-differneces-between-summarizing-and-synthesizing/

Smith, T. (2009). Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research literature. Austrian Institute of Radiography, 56(3), 6–10. Retrieved from http://www.minnisjournals.com.au/articles/radiographer%20smith%20dec%2009.pdf

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A-Z: Nursing. Retrieved October 4, 2019 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/az.php?s=19981

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Instructional media: Fundamentals of library research. Retrieved October 4, 2019 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/instructionalmedia/researchfundamentals

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/home

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Scholarly writing: Overview. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarly

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Webinars: Technical information. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/technical

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Document: Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Tips for success (PDF)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Evidence [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Tips for Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

RE: Discussion – Week 6

In the world of academia, students are required to write papers and discussion posts, while also learning to critique research articles of interest. Such assignments require proper and thorough literature review to present an argument and to formulate a research question. With the advancement of computer technology, there is an immeasurable amount of published data available on the database—however, finding reliable sources appropriate for a specific topic of interest can be extremely challenging (Grewal, Kataria, & Dhawan, 2016). Fortunately, Walden University has a vast number of books, magazine and journal articles featured within their library database available for students to utilize and incorporate into their academic writing. In particular, the database provides a number of advantages for Walden students—for one, the library is easily accessible through the MyWalden Portal and/or directly from the Internet (Laureate Education, 2018). Moreover, these resources are already included within university tuition, and are readily available for students to use for their program of study.

For the peer review assignment, I wanted to explore the Walden database to see if there were any articles pertaining to the effects of distracted nurses in patient care. However, I came across some difficulties when it came to navigating through the library, as well as finding content that was relevant to my research topic. Nevertheless, I was able to find some articles through other sources on the Internet, such as Google Scholar. Perhaps another reason for which I found it difficult to navigate through the Walden database was that it may require additional skill and practice to utilize the search engine, especially as this resource is new to me. Additionally, I believe that I will not always be able to find articles that address my research topic, as the database may be limited in terms of types of research and whether new articles are being continuously added to the system.

References

Browne, J., & Braden, C. J. (2020). Nursing turbulence in critical care: Relationships with nursing workload and patient safety. American Journal of Critical Care, 29(3), 182-191. https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2020180Collapse

Grewal, A., Kataria, H., & Dhawan, I. (2016). Literature search for research planning and identification of research problem. Indian J Anaesthesia, 60(9), 635-639. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5049.190618Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Tips for Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Using the Walden Library

Hello everyone and Welcome to your Week 4 discussion. Maintain your perseverance as you have only three (3) weeks remaining in the course.

Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.

To Prepare:

  • Review the information presented in the Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
  • Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you.

Main Post due by Day 3 February 3, 2021 by 11:59pm MT

Post the following for your Main Post:

Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

 

Both Peer Responses are due by Day 6 Day 6 February 6, 2021 by 11:59pm MT

In your Peer Responses: Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for use of alternative resources.

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.

 

Click on the Reply button below to reveal the textbox for entering your message. Then click on the Submit button to post your message.

 

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Important Discussion Information

As you continue to focus on the discussion topic and interacting with your peers, I will continue post to additional information that will benefit you now and especially in your future courses. During your Week 4 discussion I will again share as many links/tips with you that were covered during the preceding discussions. I encourage you to review my post to everyone so as to collect as much information as you wish.

Reminders:

FULLY REVIEW COURSE ANNOUNCEMNTS #7 AND #8.

Attachments:

Attachments will not be scored. This has been posted within prior announcements. Why are attachments not allowed? Due to the ever-evolving nature of computer viruses – your computer could be infected without you being aware, your attached submission be infected then transmitted via anyone else opening your attachment on their personal computer.

Cite your sources:

So, what exactly is Dr Gatlin expecting me to do regarding citations and the listing of references cited within the written work? Per the Discussion Grading Rubric concerning source utilization Dr Gatlin will evaluate for:

Main Post: Three (3) sources listed with each of those sources cited in the written work per APA format as indicated within the Discussion exemplar within your course resources. (This has been available to you the entire term)

Peer Responses: Two (2) sources listed with each of those sources cited in the written work per APA format.

*Concerning source utilization, in short – do not list a source and not cite it within the written work; nor cite a source without including it within your reference list. This action cost you valuable points as the discussion post point value is weighted as indicated within the rubric.

Label your Discussion post:

Label your Discussion Post = Main Post, Peer Response #1, Peer Response #2

Unlabeled Post leaves the Instructor with no choice but to grade the post as they are dated. This unfortunately can result in a tremendous value of points being deducted. Label your Discussion Post. Only post Identified per the above labeling will be scored!

Unlabeled Discussion Post will be scored in the order completed beginning with Main Post followed by Peer Response 1 then Peer Response 2.

Technical Issues:

If you experience technical issues while working with your Walden Template or issues with SafeAssign or submitting your assignment in BlackBoard – please contact the Walden Customer Care Team

Plagiarism Reminder – I will pick two different discussions from each student to submit via SafeAssign. However, if I detect any suspicious activity, as mentioned in the course announcement addressing plagiarism – I will explore further and will submit it also to SafeAssign.

As a reminder, at some point during the course, I will submit two (2) of your discussion posts to SafeAssign for plagiarism evaluation.

Peer-Reviewed Article on Nurse Practitioner Care in a Nursing Home

The peer-reviewed article I will cite is “Effects of a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner on Process and Outcome of Nursing Home Care” (1989).   To find this article, I searched the Am J Public Health Journal library.  When determining the best type of article to use for this post, I referenced the web article “What Types of References are Appropriate?” (S.C. Pan. 2021).  This article includes information on peer-review journals, and determines that these are the best to use. An article in the National Library of Medicine (NLM. 2021) assisted me in understanding what a peer-reviewed article all entails.  The article I found discusses using doctors versus nurse practitioners to care for the elderly in nursing homes.  The main difficulty I found was to find an article that was both relevant to the topic as well as current.  This article is a little dated, however, I did feel that the findings in this peer-reviewed article are still relevant today.  The article discusses an improvement in activities of daily living, nursing and drug therapies.  Also, that the number of admissions to hospitals as well as the days in the nursing home were decreased with the use of a Nurse Practitioner in the nursing home setting.  This journal would be helpful to classmates of mine.  It did appear to have well-written and well-researched nursing topics.  This database will also be helpful to me going forward as I will need to reference more peer-cited information for class.

References

Kane, R & Garrard, J & Skay, C & Radosevich, D. (1989). Effects of a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner on Process and Outcome of Nursing Home Care.  ALPH. September 1989. Volume 79. No. 9.

National Library of Medicine staff. (2021).  Peer-reviewed literature. National Library of Medicine website. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/stats_tutorial/section3/mod6_peer.html

S.C. Pan. (2021). What Types of References are Appropriate.  UCSD psychology website.  https://psychology.ucsd.edu/undergraduate-program/undergraduate-resources/academic-writing-resources/writing-research-papers/appropriate-references.html

NURS_6003_Module04_Week06_Discussion_Rubric

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. 

Supported by at least three current, credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. 

Supported by at least three credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s). 

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. 

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Post is cited with two credible sources. 

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately. 

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. 

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Contains only one or no credible sources. 

Not written clearly or concisely. 

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100