NURS 8000 - Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing
(1 cr.) Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and are provided with a foundation for professional development in doctoral nursing practice. Students learn professional standards and end-of-program expectations. They engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of professional writing, critical-thinking skills, and the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also explore the essentials of being a Walden doctoral student; past, present, and future similarities and differences between the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Ph.D. in nursing, relevant professional and specialty standards of doctoral-level nursing practice, intra- and interprofessional collaboration, and the process of the DNP project.
The DNP program requires that all students complete The Measured Success Writing Assessment during the first course in the program, NURS 8000. This assessment is a computer-based evaluation where students write an essay online to determine “writing readiness” at the doctoral level. An outside vendor provides an automated evaluation of the student’s writing sample. The assessment is cost-free to students. The writing assessment provides a holistic score of 1–6, as well as scores for five analytical writing categories. The categories include: focus/meaning, content development, organization, language/style, and mechanics/conventions. Students who do not demonstrate writing readiness are encouraged to enroll in WCSS 6000N - Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills. The course provides students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice. There is no cost to the student for this course.
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