Alternative Modalities.

This is a graded discussion: 40 points possible

due Jan 13

Unit 1 Discussion – Alternative Modalities

Discussion: Unit 1, Due Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT

Alternative Modalities


It is anticipated that the initial discussion response should be in the range of 250-300 words. Response posts must demonstrate topic knowledge and scholarly engagement with peers. This is not the only criteria utilized for evaluation; substantive content is imperative. All questions in the topic must be addressed. Please proofread your response carefully for grammar and spelling. Do not upload any attachments. All responses need to be supported by a minimum of one scholarly resource. Journals and websites must be cited appropriately. Citation and reference must adhere to APA format.

Classroom Participation

Students are expected to initially address the discussion question by Wednesday of each week. Participation in the discussion forums is expected with a minimum total of three (3) substantive postings (this includes your initial posting and posting to two peers) on three (3) different days per week. Substantive means that you add something new to the discussion, you aren’t just agreeing. This is also a time to ask questions or offer information surrounding the topic addressed by your peers. Personal experience is appropriate for a substantive discussion and should be correlated to the literature.

All discussion boards will be evaluated utilizing rubric criterion inclusive of content, analysis, collaboration, writing and APA. If you fail to post an initial discussion you will not receive these points, you may however post to your peers for partial credit following the guidelines above. Due to the nature of this type of assignment and the need for timely responses for initial posts and posting to peers, the Make-Up Coursework Policy (effective July 2017) does not apply to Discussion Board Participation.

Discussion Topic

In the Online Nursing Orientation resource module you were introduced to our graduate nursing certification success platform – the ‘3 Vs’ – ‘Vision, Value, Victory’.  For those of you who also completed their graduate nursing theory and research courses in our program additional information was conveyed about our certification success framework. 

Certification success thinking starts with your ‘vision’ to enter the program. Through the ‘3 Vs’ we hope to focus students’ thoughts about the ‘value’ that each course in the program brings to movement toward certification success. And ‘victory’ comes with success is achieved by success on planned certification exams.

Other ‘models’ that have the potential to impact your perspective on the ‘value’ of your course work have been provided for those of you who completed theory and research as a part of our program.  Another model is examined in this course. 

First utilized in the 1920s and often viewed as a model to view/guide process improvement model is the PDSA model (Plan, Do, Study, Act).  The model parallels the tenants of action research in education and can be used to guide development of treatment plans for patients (or self) as well.

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One of the aims of the ‘3 Vs’ is to convey how ‘models’ thinking contributes to the development of your critical decision making processes.  Here we will apply the PDSA model to what may be an everyday circumstance.  Our goal, however, is that you gain an understanding of the value of models and come to see them as a part of your everyday decision making rather than as nebulous ideology. 

In this unit you will be reading about complementary, alternative and integrative health care approaches.

Review information about those therapies on the NCCIH website accessed through the link below. (Links to an external site.)

Please develop a discussion that responds to each of the following prompts.  Where appropriate your discussion needs to be supported by scholarly resources.  Be sure to include in-text citations in the context of the discussion and provide a full reference citation at the end of the discussion.

Discussion Prompts

  • From your review of the NCCIH website you know that about 30% of adults engage with health care modalities not typically considered part of the conventional medical care model.
  • The likelihood exists that either you or someone you know has utilized complementary, alternative or integrative health care modalities.
  • Reflect on one of those non-conventional modalities that you have experience with.
  • Construct a discussion of that experience utilizing the PDSA model schemata.
  • Support elements of the ‘Plan’ aspect with appropriate information from scholarly resources.
  • Compare the ‘Study’ aspect with findings from scholarly resources.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.

The post and responses are valued at 40 points. Please review post and response expectations. Please review the rubric to ensure that your response meets criteria.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Alternative Modalities

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