NRSG375 Clinical Leadership
Assessment Task 3: Written assignment (45%)
Discuss and analyse in more detail 2 of the discussion posts that you submitted for assessment task (AT) 2 and use contemporary literature for support. For the 2 posts that you choose, you are to re-write (not duplicate) the posts you choose to critically discuss and analyse professional leadership in nursing in further detail to that provided in your original discussion posts. Building on your engagement and feedback in the discussion forum posts you will expand your responses through the use of sound written and analytical communication skills, to analyse in greater depth the major theoretical foundations of leadership and their application to nursing practice. To enable you to do this you must read and research widely and use further contemporary literature to support your stance in addition to the literature cited in your original discussion posts. This is to demonstrate your understanding of the contribution of sound leadership that enhances service delivery to improve health care outcomes. You must also include again as you did in AT2, screen shot evidence of your original entire posts and response post in a single (1) collated word document via Turnitin on LEO. This AT has a word limit of 1200 words +/- 10%.
Topics:
1 – Modules 1 & 2.
Clinical leadership is not an important consideration as I am about to graduate as a novice RN. My focus is really about increasing my confidence and improve my clinical skills to be a competent clinician in my first year as a graduate RN. Critically reflect and discuss in your first online post (ensure you support your point of view with contemporary literature) Modules 1 & 2. (LO2)
2 – Modules 3 & 4.
Autonomy and accountability are integral to nursing as a profession. How do these professional expectations relate to leadership qualities required for the RNs safe practice? Critically reflect and discuss this for your second online post (ensure you support your point of view with contemporary literature) Modules 3 & 4. (LO4).
3 – Modules 5 & 6
As a graduate RN in what way(s) am I expected to contribute to positive change and innovation in the health care environment? Critically reflect and discuss this for your third online post (ensure you support your point of view with contemporary literature) Modules 5 & 6. (LO5)
You are expected to approach this assessment task as an opportunity to showcase your written analytical skills in the format of an academic paper. You may find the following link to the academic skill unit page on academic writing of assistance with this.
https://leo.acu.edu.au/mod/book/view.php?id=1888062&chapterid=116929
The expectation is that you build on the use of the contemporary literature to support your view in responding to the topics/questions from your online posts in assignment 2 in this next assessment task. The following link may assist you to do that. https://leo.acu.edu.au/mod/book/view.php?id=1888100
Referencing is integral to academic writing, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, the prescribed referencing convention is the APA referencing style. You may wish to revisit these requirements at the following link.
https://leo.acu.edu.au/mod/book/view.php?id=1888106&chapterid=116998
Please refer to the rubric for this assessment task below as a further guide to assessment expectations.
You are required to submit evidence (screen shot) of your x4 online posts from Assessment Task 2 as a part of this Assessment Task 3. Please submit these as part of the document submitted for assessment task 3 in a single collated WORD document into the Turnitin submission dropbox.
Criterion Referenced Rubric: Assessment 3 – Written Assignment (45%)
Criteria
(marks)
Expected High Distinction
(HD)
Standard Expected Distinction (D)
Standard Expected Credit (CR)
Standard Expected Pass (PA)
Standard Fail (NN)
Standard Fail (NN)
(No attempt made)
Introduction
10 marks There is a comprehensive introduction that outlines the topic of each discussion post
Contextualises the scope, content and the sequence
of each of the two discussion posts. There is a thorough introduction that outlines the topic of each discussion post
Profiles the scope, content and the sequence of each of the two discussion posts. There is a clear introduction that outlines some of the topic of each discussion post,
Profiles some content and sequencing is apparent in most of the two discussion posts. There is an obvious introduction that outlines the topic of discussion posts.
Some content and sequencing is discernible in most of the two discussion posts. There is an introductory sentence that outlines the topic of discussion posts.
Some parts of the content and sequencing are unclear and or absent. There is no introduction.
Discussion is not clear and no evidence of
sequencing.
Content and
Discussion
35 marks Student has highlighted all the relevant factors.
Comprehensively explained, analysed and applied the concepts/ issues and their significance.
Referred to relevant theory to comprehensively support their stance. Student has highlighted all the relevant factors.
Explained, analysed and applied the concepts/ issues and their importance.
Referred to relevant theory on most occasions to support discussion of
their stance.
Student has highlighted most of the relevant factors.
Explained, analysed and applied most of the concepts/ issues and their relevance on nearly all occasions.
Referred to relevant theory to support discussion of their stance on most occasions. Some content is relevant to the topic of each discussion post.
Basic explanation and analysis of some concepts/
issues and their applicability on most occasions.
Referred to relevant theory to support discussion of their stance on few occasions. There is insufficient content of each discussion post, that is relevant to the topic,
Unsatisfactory explanation with no analysis or application of the concepts.
Did not refer to relevant theory to support discussion of their stance. The content discussion are not appropriate.
Did not refer to theory to support discussion of
their stance.
Critical Thinking &
Evidence Based Reasoning
30 marks Links between examples and high levels of evidence/literature provided on all occasions.
An argument is presented and well supported with relevant evidence. Links between examples and high levels of evidence/literature provided on most occasions.
An argument is presented with supported appropriate evidence. Links between examples and evidence/ literature provided on some occasions.
An argument is presented with varying quality of evidence.
Links between examples and evidence from literature provided on few occasions.
An argument is presented with minimal support of evidence.
No links to evidence and/or literature provided.
Arguments made are not supported by evidence.
No links to evidence and/or
literature provided.
There is no clear argument presented.
Sequencing & Accuracy
15 marks The content succinctly matches the outline presented in the introduction.
Writing is organised in a logical manner so that content flows, and there
are clear linking sentences.
There is a rational and comprehensive conclusion. The content matches the outline presented in the introduction.
Most writing is organised in a logical manner.
There is a rational and thorough conclusion. The content mostly matches the outline of introduction.
Writing is not always logically sequenced. There is a clear conclusion.
The content follows the introduction
Writing is logically
sequenced on some occasions.
There is a conclusion. There is not a clear introduction, body or conclusion.
The writing is not clearly organised. There is no linking of content to the introduction or conclusion.
Writing is not discernible.
Sources &
Referencing
Evidence of online discussion forum posts attached
10 marks Accurate use of APA referencing with consistent use of credible in-text citations and ref list.
All screen shots of entire posts (from AT2) provided.
Accurate use of APA referencing with regular use of credible in-text citations and ref list.
All screen shots of entire posts provided.
Satisfactory use of APA referencing with mostly credible in-text citations and ref list. All screen shots of entire posts provided.
Adequate use of APA referencing with occasional use of credible in-text citations and ref list.
Some screen shots of entire posts provided.
Many inaccuracies with the APA referencing style.
Minimal number screen shots of entire posts provided.
No evidence of use of APA refencing.
No screen shots of entire posts provided.
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Clinical Leadership is an Important Consideration for Graduate Nurses

In the first year of practice, graduate nurses are often focused on increasing their confidence and clinical skills. However, clinical leadership is also an important consideration. Graduate nurses can demonstrate leadership in a variety of ways, such as:

Providing patient-centered care. Graduate nurses can use their knowledge and skills to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to patients. They can also advocate for patients’ needs and ensure that they receive the care they deserve.
Working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. Graduate nurses can work effectively with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and social workers. They can share information and ideas to provide the best possible care to patients.
Promoting evidence-based practice. Graduate nurses can use their research skills to find and apply evidence-based practices to their work. This can help to improve the quality of care that patients receive.
Leading change. Graduate nurses can identify areas for improvement in their practice setting and work to implement changes. This can help to improve the quality of care for patients and the work environment for nurses.

Clinical leadership is an essential skill for graduate nurses. By demonstrating leadership in their work, graduate nurses can make a positive impact on the care of patients and the nursing profession.
Autonomy and Accountability are Integral to Nursing as a Profession

Autonomy and accountability are two of the most important qualities of a nurse. Autonomy is the ability to make decisions and act independently. Accountability is the responsibility for one’s own actions.

Nurses have a great deal of autonomy in their work. They are responsible for assessing patients, planning care, and implementing interventions. Nurses must also make decisions about patient care, even when those decisions are not popular.

Nurses are also accountable for their own actions. They must ensure that they provide safe and effective care to patients. Nurses must also be aware of the laws and regulations that govern their profession.

Autonomy and accountability can be challenging, but they are also essential to nursing. Nurses who are able to exercise autonomy and accountability are able to provide the best possible care to patients.
Graduate Nurses Can Contribute to Positive Change and Innovation in the Healthcare Environment

Graduate nurses are uniquely positioned to contribute to positive change and innovation in the healthcare environment. They have a fresh perspective and are eager to learn new things. They are also passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients.

Graduate nurses can contribute to positive change in a variety of ways. They can:

Advocate for patients. Graduate nurses can speak up for the needs of patients and ensure that they receive the care they deserve.
Promote evidence-based practice. Graduate nurses can use their research skills to find and apply evidence-based practices to their work. This can help to improve the quality of care that patients receive.
Lead change. Graduate nurses can identify areas for improvement in their practice setting and work to implement changes. This can help to improve the quality of care for patients and the work environment for nurses.

Graduate nurses are the future of nursing. By contributing to positive change and innovation in the healthcare environment, they can make a difference in the lives of patients and the profession.
References

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: A Social Policy Statement. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Publishing.
Fitzpatrick, J. J., & Frame, P. A. (2016). Leadership and Management in Nursing (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Sherwood, G., & Barnsteiner, J. (2017). Leading and Managing in Nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

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