NURS 6247: Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner Essay Assignments

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Master of Science in Nursing Program


NURS 6247: Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner

University Information:

Course Details:

  • Title: Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner
  • Number: NURS 6247
  • Description: Focuses on advanced practice nurse roles, covering professional development, scope of practice, legal and ethical aspects, business management, and practice models. Includes theoretical concepts like role theory, change theory, empowerment, and socialization.
  • Credit: Two semester credit hours with 45 hours of clinical
  • Prerequisite: NURS 6310
  • Location/Time: Online (10 weeks from June 6 to August 12)
  • Faculty: Dr. B. Bautista DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CCD, CDE
    • Office: HSHS-East 2.225
    • Contact: 956-665-3497
    • Email: (Preferred contact)

Course Objectives:

  • Evaluate nurse practitioner roles within the healthcare team critically.
  • Analyze the impact of social, economic, political, ethical, legal, and research issues on the nurse practitioner’s role.
  • Compare and contrast nurse practitioner practice models for patient-centered, culturally appropriate, evidence-based goals.
  • Use standards of practice, legal guidelines, and research in protocol development.
  • Explain marketing and negotiation strategies to promote acceptance of the NP role.
  • Integrate personal philosophy of nursing and healthcare into practice.

Course Content:

Focus on theory and application of nurse practitioner roles as a healthcare provider, consultant, educator, administrator, and researcher.

Evaluation Methods:

Team Presentation20%
Discussion Board15%
EBP Protocol Development20%
Personal Portfolio25%
Clinical Assignment20%

(Late work without prior approval will not be accepted)

Grading Scale:

  • A: 90 – 100
  • B: 80 – 89
  • C: 75 – 79
  • F: <75 (Passing requires a minimum of 80%)

Required Texts:

  • Buppert, C. (2015). Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide.
  • Collins-Bride,G.M., Saxe, J.M., Duderstadt, K.G. & Kaplan, R. (2017). Clinical guidelines for advanced practice nursing.
  • DeNisco, S.M. & Barker, A.M. (2016). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession.

Recommended Texts:

  • Buppert, C. (2005). The primary care provider’s guide to compensation and quality.
  • Cash, J.C. (2014). Family practice guidelines.
  • Stewart, J.G. (2015). Role development for the nurse practitioner.
  • Woolbert & Ziegler, B. (2010). A guide for APRN practice in Texas.

Required Reading:

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners “Standards of Practice”
  • AANP NP Contract Sample
  • AANP NP Brochure
  • BON Rule 221 for APRNs
  • Board of Nursing Advanced Practice education
  • Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
  • “2013 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies”

Online Resources for NP Practice:

Teaching/Learning Methods:

Independent reading, writing assignments, student presentations, discussions, and supervised clinical assignments.


  • Clinical: 45 clinical hours (maximum 8 hrs/day) under master’s prepared NP guidance.
  • Class: Online completion of weekly reading assignments, PowerPoint presentations, and quizzes.

Calendar of Activities:

Refer to the UTRGV academic calendar for important dates.


Contact Student Accessibility Services for accommodations.


Complete an online evaluation through UTRGV account during the specified dates.


Follow UTRGV policies on scholastic integrity.


Report any instances under Title IX regulations. Refer to for more information.


Policy Overview
Dropping a ClassStudents can drop a class without penalty until the official drop date.
Post Drop DateAfter the drop date, students receive a letter grade; no further drops.
Important RulesBe aware of the “3-peat rule” and the “6-drop” rule affecting academic success.
6-Drop RuleTexas law limits undergraduates to six course drops during their studies.
3-Peat RuleExtra fees apply when taking the same class for the third time.

Clinical Etiquette:

Guidelines for Clinical Setting
Phone EtiquetteNo audible phones or beepers in clinical; failure may result in failure.


Assignment Guidelines
Timely SubmissionSubmit assignments on due dates unless approved otherwise. Failure results in a zero grade.
Citation FormatUse APA format for references and paper formatting.
Formatting InstructionsFollow specific instructions for page length and format.
Document DetailsNumber papers consecutively, use 12 font size, Times Roman, and follow APA guidelines.
ProofreadingCheck grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.
Plagiarism AwarenessStrict adherence to APA Manual for plagiarism prevention.
Submission FormatSubmit papers in Word document format with specific naming conventions.


Presentation Assignment Details
Team AssignmentStudents self-assign teams (2/team) and choose a relevant NP practice issue.
Topic ApprovalTopics approved on a first-come-first-serve basis; additional areas need approval.
Presentation ContentTegrity presentation, along with a 5-7-page scholarly paper on the chosen topic.
Submission DeadlineAssigned Drop Box closes on 7/1/16 at 12 pm; late or missed assignments not accepted.

Learning Team Presentation-Grading Criteria Points Possible:

Presentation Evaluation Criteria
Issue Description20 points
Issue Analysis25 points
Issue Significance20 points
PowerPoint & Oral Presentation20 points
Adherence to Guidelines15 points
Total Points100 points


Participation Evaluation Criteria
Perceptiveness of Comments25 points
Relevance and Intellectual Contribution25 points
Different Perspectives25 points
Submission Requirements25 points
Total Points100 points


  • Late work without prior faculty approval will not be accepted, resulting in a zero grade.


Assignment Overview
Purpose of AssignmentDevelop a clinical practice protocol based on evidence for common chief complaints.
Assignment DetailsStudents form teams (2/Team) and choose a chief complaint. The assignment follows a chronological order.
Paper ContentWrite a 2-3 page paper covering chief complaint definition, incidence, pathophysiology, presenting symptoms, and a SOAP note.
Algorithm and DiagnosesFormulate an algorithm and select the three most probable diagnoses, working up the #1 diagnosis.
Submission RequirementsSubmit a reference page and copies of used articles via Blackboard DROP BOX.
Chief Complaints (Chronological Order)– Abdominal pain in an adolescent male – Acute abdominal pain in a 16-year-old female – Acute dysphagia in a 4-year-old – Breast pain in a 45-year-old female – Diarrhea in a 3-year-old child – Hematuria in a 5-year-old female – Otorrhea in an adult – Backache in a 35-year-old male – Backache in a 75-year-old female – Acute cough in a 10-month old – Chronic cough in a 40-year-old – Headache in a 32-year-old female – Headache in a 35-year-old male – Secondary amenorrhea in a 14-year-old – Chronic skin rash in an 8-year-old

Evidence-Based Practice Protocol Development Grading Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria
Chief Complaint Analysis20 points
Diagnostic Points Clarity20 points
Treatment Options Definition20 points
Assessment and Referrals10 points
Client Education and Follow-Up5 points
Protocol Format10 points
Literature Review Quality15 points
Total Points100 points


  • Late work without prior faculty approval will not be accepted, resulting in a zero grade.


PurposePrepare for advanced practice nurse employment through documentation of education, training, and experience.
Components1. Cover Letter (with professional photo) 2. Resume (with application to APRN philosophy, career goals) 3. Job Description 4. Brochures or web page copies 5. Articles about yourself 6. Testimonials or appreciation letters 7. Letters of recommendation
Applications and FormsFilled fictitious forms: 1. BNE Application 2. ANCC Application 3. Medicare/Medicaid/NPI/DEA Application 4. Physician Collaboration Agreement 5. Transcripts 6. Licenses, certifications & liability insurance copies
Grading CriteriaCover Letter/Resume: 25 points, Professional Objectives/Goals: 20 points, Filled Applications/Forms: 10 points, Collaboration Agreement: 10 points, Supporting Documentation: 20 points, References/Format: 15 points. Total: 100 points.
Submission RequirementsSubmit by the deadline, no late submissions without prior approval.


Part I – Description of NP’s Roles:

  • Provider
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Researcher

Part II – Student’s Role as NP:

  • Description of performed NP role
  • Self-evaluation of roles
  • Identifying implementable NP roles
  • Description of NP’s Family Theory assessments and family interventions.

Part III – Various Aspects:

  • Critique clinical encounter form.
  • Description of billing-related books (CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS).
  • Description of clinic’s Medicare compliance plan.
  • Description of HIPPAA Regulations.
  • Evaluation of documentation adequacy for billing at different levels.
  • Description of billing modifiers used by NPs.
  • Identification and description of counseling and consultation codes.

Grading Criteria:

  • Description of NP Roles: 25 points
  • Student’s Role & Self-Evaluation: 20 points
  • Questions 1-8: 25 points

Forms & Documentation: 30 points

  • Total: 100 points

Submission Requirements:

Submit by the deadline, no late submissions without prior approval.


#16/6/2016Introduction to CourseListen/View Lecture, Read Buppert Ch 1-2, 14, DeNisco Ch 1-4, Select clinical preceptor, SELF assign team.
#26/13/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsRead Buppert Ch 3, 7, DeNisco Ch 5-6, 12-13, Submit Weekly Timed Report.
#36/20/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsRead Buppert Ch 4-7, DeNisco Ch 7-11, 14-17, Submit Weekly Timed Report, Learning Team Presentation due.
#46/27/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsStudent Presentations, Read Buppert Ch 12, 13, 16, 17, DeNisco Ch 18-22.
#57/04/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsRead Buppert Ch 9-11, DeNisco Ch 23-25, Submit Weekly Timed Report, EBP Protocol Development due.
#67/11/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsRead Buppert Ch 8, 15, DeNisco Ch 26-27, Submit Weekly Timed Report, Discussion Board Participation.
#77/18/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsRead Buppert Ch 2, 16-17, DeNisco Ch 28-30, Submit Weekly Timed Report, Personal Portfolio due.
#87/25/16Clinical Sites/AssignmentsSubmit Weekly Timed Report.
#9-108/01/16-8/12/16Clinical AssignmentsClinical Assignment due, University’s online course evaluation.


  • Weekly clinical reports must be submitted one week before the scheduled clinical.
  • Learning Team Presentation, EBP Protocol, and Personal Portfolio have specific deadlines.
  • University’s online course evaluation and final grades posting at the end of the course.
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