Nursing (NURS) 530

NP: Practice Consolidation


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: NURS 519 and NURS 521 or NURS 516 and NURS 517, NURS 518, NURS 610, NURS 614, NURS 522, NURS 524, NURS 526, NURS 527, NURS 528.

Corequisite: NURS 531

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Nursing 530 is the final course of the Nurse Practitioner program. In this course you will review the characteristics and competencies of related to nurse practitioners, evaluate your strengths in these competencies and analyze issues related to the development of the role of nurse practitioners. As well, you will develop a funding proposal for a project related to advanced nursing practice. In your clinical practicum, you will complete any items remaining on your course –specific clinical skills records and document that you have attained the required number of program practicum hours. Students build on their understanding of the competencies of advanced nursing practice to develop a vision of a future role in advanced nursing practice.

During NURS 530, students write a comprehensive examination in week 8 of the course that includes content from NURS 518 through NURS 530.

Clinical Practicum

Students complete a minimum of 180 hours in a comprehensive clinical practicum in order to achieve an overall amount of 740 program clinical hours with pediatrics, women, adults, and older adults.

Course Goals

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe strategies for the application of the competencies of nurse practitioners (NP) in practice.
  2. Outline issues related to implementation and evaluation of NP roles in the context of the Canadian health care system.
  3. Discuss the professional identity of the NP and socialization into the role.
  4. Examine concepts related to interdisciplinary practice in the health care system.
  5. Develop awareness of how NP practice incorporates various approaches to research in the clinical environment and create strategies for the future implementation of this core competency into practice.
  6. Analyze current issues influencing NP practice, particularly in relation to continuing competence, quality assurance, organizational culture and safety in practice and life-long learning.
  7. Discuss health care policy in Canada with particular attention to the influence of consumers, health care providers and the general public on policy decisions.
  8. Provide evidence-based clinical services to well clients of all ages and to those presenting with acute and chronic health concerns, at a level appropriate to a beginning NP, including:
    1. health history and physical examination
    2. clinical decision-making
    3. ordering of laboratory and diagnostic tests
    4. prescription of medications
    5. administering treatments or procedures
    6. therapeutic communication
    7. collaborative relationships
    8. documentation of clinical data, diagnoses, collaborations, communications and treatments, monitoring, referral and follow-up
  9. Discuss the approach to the client when conferring a diagnosis with sensitivity to the patient experience and within the philosophy of client-centered care.
  10. Demonstrate integration of medical and nursing management of health concerns of clients;
  11. Synthesize skills and knowledge acquired in the NP program and apply them to produce a capstone project.

Course Materials

NURS 530 comprises both online and print-based course materials.

Online Materials

Introduction: Provides essential information about the course materials, the design of the course, and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.

  • Introduction: Provides essential information about the course materials, the design of the course, and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.
  • Schedule: Outlines the timing of course activities.
  • Units: There are 5 units in this course.
  • Assessment: Outlines the assignments/evaluation procedures of the course.
  • Reference: Listing of required readings, websites, and citations included in the units.
  • Clinical Practicum: Explains how to complete the clinical practicum requirements of the course.

Print Materials

The textbooks listed below are used in this course.

Coley, S., & Scheinberg, C. (2017). Proposal writing (5th.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Staples E, Ray SL, Hannon RA (2016) Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing. Canadian Scholars Press

Other Textbooks

Textbooks and readings from other Nurse Practitioner courses will be used as appropriate.

Course Structure

In this course, you will access health-related websites worldwide. You will also participate in email and computer conferencing with other students. Students are expected to connect to an Internet Service Provider at their own expense.

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

NURS 530 consists of the following 5 units:

Unit 1: Nurse Practitioner Program Completion & Clinical Practicum: Processes and Requirements
This unit reviews the requirements of the clinical practicum of NURS 530 and the Nurse Practitioner Program clinical file audit. The focus of the practicum of this course is on consolidation and "closure”. You will end your working relationships with your preceptor and with members of the community with whom you have developed relationships during the practicum.

Unit 2: Nurse Practitioner Comprehensive Examination
Upon completion of all courses of the NP program, you are required to complete a comprehensive examination. The examination evaluates your knowledge in both the clinical services and community health development components of advanced nursing practice. You must pass the comprehensive examination in order to receive a final course grade for NURS 530. This unit will provide information about the examination and suggestions to assist you in preparing for the examination.

Unit 3: Nurse Practitioner Implementations, Current Trends and Role Socialization
Issues related to entrepreneurial opportunities and regulation of practice will be explored. The unit closes with a look at issues that may influence your future as a Nurse Practitioner. Seminars related to establishing an NP practice will be presented as part of this unit.

Unit 4: Project Development / Proposal Writing for Nurse Practitioners
This unit will help you learn how to develop a project funding proposal. As the previous units (and other NP courses) have discussed, not only will you be expected to critically review research and utilize research findings in your practice, you will likely be expected to identify the need for and facilitate the development of a research-based project / funding proposal in your work setting.

Unit 5: Nurse Practitioner Role Implementation and Evaluation
In this final unit of NURS 530, you will consider your future as a nurse practitioner. In this unit, you will study issues related to implementation of the nurse practitioner role, including phases of role development, administrative support for the role and evaluation of nurse practitioner practice.

Assessment Structure

Students must achieve a composite course grade of 60% in order to pass the course. Note that the composite course grade is calculated using the mark attained on the first writing of the comprehensive examination, regardless of the mark attained on a rewrite of the examination

The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Conference Participation: 10%
Assignment 1 Overview of the Project Proposal 20%
Assignment 2 Project Funding Proposal 35%
Comprehensive Examination 35%
Total 100%
ALSO: Clinical Practicum Pass/Fail
ALSO: Audit of Program Practicum Requirements Pass/Fail

In order to be eligible to receive a passing grade for NURS 530, students must achieve a minimum mark of 65% on conference participation, a minimum combined mark of 65% on the two written assignments, and a minimum mark of 70% (70/100 or 24.5/35) on the comprehensive examination.

Conference Participation (10%)

Feedback regarding conference participation will be ongoing. Quality of input (not quantity) is the goal. Feedback will focus on the student's ability to provide organized and original contributions that reflect analysis and synthesis of the material presented.

Participation Criteria

Participation will be measured against the following criteria:

  1. Complete online contributions during the unit conference timeframe.
  2. Respond to online discussions at least twice each week.
  3. Contribute original thoughts or ideas to online discussions.
  4. Cite relevant resources to validate points made.
  5. Demonstrate openness to divergent points of view.
  6. Be respectful of the perceptions of others.
  7. Integrate material from previous units to formulate ideas and generate dialogue.
  8. Present responses that follow the rules of grammar and spelling in the online contributions.

Students are expected to post a minimum of once per week: either an original scholarly post with references OR one scholarly response with references. Posts should be 300 words or less. Please note that cutting and pasting material from another source and placing it in your posting without quotation marks is not acceptable. Postings should represent your analysis of the literature and not simply be a quote from another source. The minimum required postings per unit must be submitted to receive a passing grade on this component of the course

Assignment 1: Overview of Project Proposal (20%)

Assignment 2 for NURS530 consists of writing a funding proposal for a community health development project. This project should have relevance / importance for nurse practitioners. For Assignment 1, you are asked to identify the topic of your funding proposal and to submit foundation pieces of the proposal including: identified problem, description of the target population and project overview.

Assignment 2: Project Funding Proposal (35%)

For this assignment, you will finish the development of a funding proposal for the project / program of your choice including: goals and objectives, expected outcomes, project description, project evaluation, dissemination plan and a budget.

Comprehensive Examination (35%)

The examination evaluates students' knowledge in both the clinical and community health components of advanced nursing practice. Students must pass the comprehensive examination (passing grade is 70%) in order to graduate from the Nurse Practitioner program.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Updated January 14 2019 by Student & Academic Services