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Discussion Board is worth 30% of your grade.


  1. An online semester BEGINS the same week that an onsite semester begins. Student needs to access and post on the first day of classes in session.
  2. To obtain the maximum grade (100) – Every on-line student should log into the on-line course no less than three times per week to read instructor and/or student postings and produce no less than the required responses to Discussion Questions and the required responses to other student postings per unit of content (total of 3 Postings per week) unless otherwise directed by the On-line Instructor Initial Postings must be posted within 24-72 hours at the beginning of the business week (Monday). Refer to Student Calendar as a Guide.
  3. At least 90% of the messages in a discussion board should be from learner to learner. It is required that students comment and expand upon the ideas of their virtual classroom peers. This interaction and participation is a huge part of what transpires in the virtual learning environment. Instructors are encouraged to engage themselves more as discussion guides and monitors of discussions and less as lecturers in online classes.


  1. SUBSTANTIAL: Messages should relate to the subject matter and provide information, opinions or questions about that subject matter. They may relate the subject matter to something personal, but they should remain academic in their focus.
  2. CONCISE: Studies have shown that messages that are several screens long do not get many replies. To write an effective message, attempt to use a single screen if possible. Try to get the point and focus of your message across so that it is clear what you are saying.
  3. PROVOCATIVE: The discussion board is an interactive medium. The more interaction there is between students the better. A good message is one that prompts others to reply or object. A focused and pointed message that produces replies from other learners in that class in moving the discussion forward is having an impact on the learning environment.
  4. HERMENEUTICAL: The discussion board is a place where ideas are interpreted and language is explored. To be hermeneutical is to interpret. A good message should explore, explain, or expand on a concept or connection. The message should not simply state something, but rather expand upon an idea.
  5. TIMELY: A good message appears in the context of similar messages in the message log. If you get on irregularly, your message will appeal late and out of context with what is currently happening on the board. Log on regularly and reply to messages in a timely fashion.
  6. LOGICAL: A good message that is not a question should contain a logical argument. This means is should contain a clearly stated conclusion of thesis supported by premises, reason, evidence or grounds of belief.
  7. GRAMMATICAL: A good, clear, concise message should be well-written and free of typos and sentence fragments and referenced appropriately using APA format.
  8. Be Polite to others online.


Chapter 1.

  1. What does the role of a nurse practitioner mean to you in your state of practice?
  2. Identify and discuss any legal barriers and/or support systems to the NP practice in your state.


1.) What does the role of a nurse practitioner mean to you in your state of practice?

A Nurse practitioner is defined as a registered nurse with advance level training in a speciality area to provide a range of health services. This can include diagosis and management such as prescribing medications among many other services. Nurse practitioners are specialized by patient population and practice in many different settings. Scope of practice is a huge factor for NP practice and this differs state by state. Scope of practice for nurse practitionres (NP) or advance practice registered nurses (APRN) is regualted by their respetive state board. In my state of practice this would be the Texas Board of Nursing. There are certain requirements in order to be eligble for an APRN licensure and this can all be found on the boards website. The Texas BON states that APRN scope of practice is dynamic in nature and that scope of practice can evolve based on experience, evidence based practice and further education. The most important factor is that the APRN practices in their scope of practice and does not steer too far from this as legal consequnces may arise.

2.)Identify and discuss any legal barriers and/or support systems to the NP practice in your state.

One of the main and most talked about barrier is the requirement of physician colloboration in the state of Texas. Though this has evolved in some areas over the years, it still stands as a requirement. By having these barriers, it limits the APRN to practice to the full capacity of their scope. This is an outdated policy and needs to be reduced of taken away in order for increased accessibility of care. As far as support systems in my state, The Texas Nurse Practitioners is a large group that serves as a voice for NP’s. It also provides educational information, networkig opportunities and advocacy for NP practice. It is a great way to stay informed and connected.

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