|Lake Superior State University
Department of Nursing
HE 210 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS
Credits: 3 credits (3,0)
Faculty: Lynn M. Gimpel-Kabke RN, MSN, CNS
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Not open to nursing
This course is an introduction to the health care system with analysis
of the issues an trends affecting the provision of health care services.
Focus will be on current and future health care systems, roles of providers
and consumers, and factors influencing the provision of health care services.
1. Describe the goals, structure, and functions of the
health care system.
2. Discuss factors influencing change in the health care
3. Describe the roles of health care providers within the
health care system.
4. Examine issues inherent in the health care delivery
5. Contrast the educational programs for preparing health
6. Describe the rights and responsibilities of the consumer
of health care.
7. Discuss issues of ethical concern for health care providers.
8. Describe effective communication techniques and its
effect on quality health care.
9. Identify risk management in health care delivery.
10. Compare the advantages an disadvantages of health care delivery
models for various health
11. Analyze the concept of organizational culture.
Textbook to be announced
American Psychological Association. (1995).
Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (4th ed.).
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Internet access required.
1. Participation in all class activities, discussions,
and study group sessions are mandatory.
2. Students are expected to complete all assigned reading(s)
in textbooks, assigned articles,
computer program assignments, and/or
other assignments prior to each class. Students are
expected to come to class prepared to
discuss the scheduled topic and actively participate in
all classroom sessions.
3. Class attendance and participation is required.
Unexcused absences on test or presentation
days will result in a zero on that test
or presentation. For an excused absence, the professor
must be notified in advance and must
approve the absence.
Lynn Kabke: Work 906-635-2819
4. Students are expected to comply with the University statement
regarding academic honesty
(see LSSU Catalogue). Any evidence
of plagiarism will be investigated.
5. All assignments are to be typed and double spaced.
Required reference for papers is the
Manual of the American Psychological
Association (APA), 4th edition, 1994.
6. Please make a copy of all work submitted to the professor.
Turn in both the copy and the
original in a folder. The original
will be graded and returned to the student. The copy will be
retained in the department files.
Student papers will be submitted, in a folder with the
Professorís name on it, via the student
drop box in the Department of Nursing's office.
7. Assignments are due on designated dates. Late
papers will receive a zero grade unless other
arrangements have been approved by the
Professor. All assignments must be turned and
must be completed at a satisfactory level to pass the
1. The course syllabus represents the best estimate and
projection of the course content, scope,
and sequence. In the case of extenuating
circumstances, events, and the discretion of the
professor, the course syllabi is subject
1. Methods of instruction include: small group work,
lecture for selected material, discussion,
videos, computer programs, debate, and
2. The student is expected to possess the following skills/behaviors
a. Takes initiative to seek out
information, conducting own searches and using the library for
b. Respect other student's views
on topic, especially when they conflict with your own
c. Ability to identify similarities,
differences and major concepts about and issue.
Midterm interview paper
Presentation of Paper
Satisfactory attainment of all course objectives is required.
The student will schedule interviews with two health care professionals
from two different health care settings. The Professor will provide
a generic interview report form for the student's use during the interview.
Students will be given release time from lecture to conduct these interviews.
The information gathered from these interviews will be the basis for the
written Midterm Interview Paper (see below). These interviews must
be conducted during week 1-6 of the semester. A copy of the students
interview reports are to be submitted to the Professor.
Midterm Interview Paper:
No midterm exam will be given. Instead, the student will submit
a written Midterm Interview paper. The paper will consist of a comparison
and evaluation of the interviews and health care agencies selected.
The paper will be no longer than 10 written pages. Specific content
criteria for this paper will be handed out during class time. APA
format is required.
Each student will submit a paper addressing a health care concept.
The student must do a computer literature search in the library to obtain
current research and information on the topic. The written paper
must contain a broad representation of the information available in the
literature and internet. The text of the paper will be at least 7
pages, but no more than 10 pages. This paper is due the 12 week of
the semester. APA format is required.
Presentation of Concept Paper:
Each student will present a summary of his/her paper as scheduled by
the professor and students. Presentation of the papers will be during
class time. Grading of presentations will include peer evaluations.
The peer evaluation will be worth 10% of the final grade received on the
presentation. The length of the presentations will be 20 minutes.
The first 10-15 minutes of each class will be devoted to world news.
During this time students are expected to present current health care issues
occurring in the news, whether it is local, national, or global.