Discussion Boards demonstrate active involvement with the material being covered. Students will have a shared responsibility for learning, and for creating and sustaining the learning community within the context of this course. Students are asked to discuss the issues/cases in an effort to increase everyone’s understanding as opposed to a regurgitation of facts.  Communication skills such as good listening should be evident in well thought out discussions. Comments show evidence of a thorough reading and analysis of the power points and material assigned. Ideally there is a willingness to test new ideas rather than offer only cautious or ‘safe’ comments. Students interact with other class members by asking questions or challenging conclusions in a respectful manner.

Last-minute posts do not demonstrate your best work.  One additional post is required for this module in order to receive credit.

  • Contributions are evaluated on presentation of a meaningful ‘informed opinion,’ i.e., synthesis of your preparation on the topic, interaction with peers and faculty, and ongoing learning. Useful posts may include and are not limited to:
    • Posting your ‘take’ on the issue, this is informed by your preperation, not a ‘gut reaction.’
    • Asking critical thinking questions.
    • Offering alternate interpretations and additional insights.
    • Contributing to the learning of the group.
  • Discussions must be backed up with PEER reviewed journal articles beyond what is provided for students.


Module 3/Week 3 runs from Monday at 0800 EST until Sunday 23:59 EST.

  • Students are to answer the questions below from the textbook under the discussion board:.    
    • Chapter 6, p. 179.  Answer discussion questions # 1& 2 .  (MO1,2,3)     
    • Develop a 1 page Informational form that can be give to your clinical faculty and clinical preceptor.  List your name, your concentration, contact information, appropriate work experience (not a resume but what areas you have worked in, type of patients and comfort levels).  Identify and discuss your biggest concerns about beginning clinical.
  • Reply to Discussion Board comments:
    • Please respond to a minimum of 2 posts from other students
    • Two Peer reviewed references are required for each post other than the textbook that are not older than 5 years is required.

Grading Rubric

Your assignment will be scored according to the grading rubric.




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