Course Reflection

Course Reflection: The BSN Essentials (AACN, 2008) outline a number of healthcare policy and advocacy competencies…

Course Reflection Guidelines


1. The Course Reflection is worth 100 points (10%) and will be graded on quality of self-assessment, use of citations, use of Standard English grammar, sentence structure, and overall organization based on the required components as summarized in the directions and grading criteria/rubric.

2. The length of the reflection is to be within three to six pages excluding title page and reference pages.

3. APA format is required with both a title page and reference page. Use the required components of the review as Level 1 headers (upper and lower case, centered):

Note: Introduction – Write an introduction but do not use “Introduction” as a heading in accordance with the rules put forth in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, p. 63).

a. Course Reflection

b. Conclusion

Preparing Your Reflection

The BSN Essentials (AACN, 2008) outline a number of healthcare policy and advocacy competencies for the BSN-prepared nurse. Reflect on the NUR3165 course readings, discussion threads, and applications you have completed across this course and write a reflective essay regarding the extent to which you feel you are now prepared to:

1. “Explain the interrelationships among theory, practice, and research.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models for applying evidence to clinical practice.

3. Advocate for the protection of human subjects in the conduct of research.

4. Evaluate the credibility of sources of information, including but not limited to databases and Internet resources.

5. Participate in the process of retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team to improve patient outcomes.

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6. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.

7. Collaborate in the collection, documentation, and dissemination of evidence.

8. Acquire an understanding of the process for how nursing and related healthcare quality and safety measures are developed, validated, and endorsed.


9. Describe mechanisms to resolve identified practice discrepancies between identified standards and practice that may adversely impact patient outcomes.” (p. 16).


American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN]. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: Author.

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