NRSG 314 Unit 5 – Discussion Board

NRSG 314 Unit 5 – Discussion Board

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 250 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. You are required to use 1 scholarly resource, in addition to your textbook. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

I have decided to complete my BSN for a few different reasons. One reason is to further my knowledge in the most recent evidence based practice of nursing in order to provide better patient care. Academic nursing research is crucial to providing quality nursing care because it gives the foundation for evidence-based practice (EBP) that is often the catalyst for changes that impact patient outcomes (Falkner 2018). The next reason is my place of work requires that all ADN nurses obtain a BSN or higher within 3 years of hire, and lastly the more education I achieve the higher I get paid. All three of these reasons point back to an overarching idea that I am here getting my BSN to further myself along in my career and become a better nurse. I don’t have many concerns with getting started in my bachelorette program except the sole fact that I’d rather be outside enjoying playing sports or doing activities outside rather than being on the computer. I have never been one to like sitting on a computer for any period of time really. A few strategies that I can implement is time management, using evidence based practice sources of information, and remembering to ask for help when I don’t understand or am feeling overwhelmed. Enlist your family to keep a master calendar so everyone knows when you’re working, going to class and studying. And be sure to schedule some free time for the things you like to do, whether it’s working out, reading, listening to music or spending time with your family. That balance will help you get through the rigors of nursing school (Murphy 2015).

Summative Discussion Board

Review and reflect on the knowledge that you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 3 paragraphs on the following:

  • As you reflect on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN’s) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing, what Essentials did this course assist you in meeting?
  • How will you integrate your newly learned theory into current practice?
  • How will practiced integration of these Essentials improve patient outcomes?
  • How did this course content help to build on your knowledge from your pre-licensure nursing program?
  • The main post should include at least 1 scholarly reference to research sources published within the past 5 years, and all sources should be cited using APA format.

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with at least a 100-word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?
  • What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
  • What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

Discussion Board Rubric

The Discussion Board Grading Rubric is a scoring tool that represents the performance expectations for the discussion. This grading rubric is divided into components that provide a clear description of what should be included within each component of the discussion. It is the road map that can help lead your discussion. Discussion Board Grading Rubric

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.



American Association of College of Nursing. (2008, October 20). The essentials of Baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice.

  Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing requires bachelor-educated nurses to understand nine important topics (AACN, 2020). Quality and Safety Education for Nurses has helped me learn many things that apply to achieving these essentials. The most important essential that I have gained knowledge of is Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes. Continuous quality improvement is a process in which safety, processes, and patient care can be improved. The continuous quality improvement process is modeled after a Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle (O’Donnell & Gupta, 2022).  Knowledge of the continuous quality improvement process will allow growth as a nurse individually and professionally.

      I plan to integrate this knowledge into my nursing practice by becoming more active in the unit-based teams present in my unit. I had not realized that the changes made in my department were an effort to use the CQI process. Now that I am aware of the purpose of initiating change, I am motivated to help in this process. I plan to initiate a CQI project to initiate the standardization of report sheets. I think this would benefit the patients, by having the nursing staff share the same information consistently. When the bedside nurse is aware of what is expected to be known for each patient, they will be prepared. This will improve patient care and patient safety. If standardized reports are implemented, we can assess many areas of care to see if improvements are being made. Medication errors and improved parent satisfaction are two possible areas to be assessed.

     This course has built on the knowledge that I already had by highlighting how to initiate change. As a nurse, I knew that practices changed based on evidence-based research. I was not aware of the CQI process that is used. I also did not realize the impact that I could have individually on initiating change. Understanding the steps and using measurable goals has shown me the value each staff member can have to improve their unit and ultimately increase patient safety.


     AACN. (2020). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

     O’Donnell, B., & Gupta, V. (2022). Continuous Quality Improvement. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.