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Welcome to Nursing Education Online


NRAD204 Nurse Leadership/Management

Beth Johnson RN MSN

Email Address: beth_johnson3@cuesta.edu

Phone Number: (805) 546-3100 ext. 2578 Cell (805) 234-1002

Office Location/ Hours: Nursing Building 2321 Wednesday 9:30-3pm, Thursday 9:00-4pm, Fridays by appointment

Instructor Contact Expectations:  The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the Monday classes start March  you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site.. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after January 22 and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu

Tools to help with FAQ’s

In addition to posting your welcome letter you should also make students aware of the resources that are available to them on the Cuesta home page such as:


Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Course Description

NRAD 204 Spring 2018 Nurse Leadership/Management

My name is Beth Johnson and I will be your instructor for this class. I look forward to sharing with you my enthusiasm and ideals on the profession of nursing! This letter is to inform you of some important details

prior to the commencement of the Spring 2018 distance education online class. The actual online dates for this class are March 14-May 2th.  Please read this page carefully!


Assignment: Cover Letter and Resume

The goals are that you will use these documents when you go out and interview for A cover letter and resume will be due by March 23.  This can be ANY cover letter and resume. Please email or submit via canvas. We will be working on refining these as we move through this course. The final project will be ready for the Mandatory class date. We have a job fair that day and you will want your polished produce for that day.

More information is available in your 1st module in Canvas. More details to come.


Class Requirements

You will need to have a my.cuesta email account and access through Canvas. You will also need to purchase your textbooks for the class. Once the class begins, we will be communicating directly through Canvas.

Please note all course work in Canvas must be posted by 11:30 PM each Wednesday to get credit for the weeks assignments. Not late work will be accepted in the Canvas posts.




“The New Leadership Challenge”: “Creating the future of nursing”— (5th edition) by Shelia Grossman & Theresa M. Valiga. 



Mandatory Meetings

We will have one *MANDATORY* class meetings on the SLO Campus: Thursday, April 25 at 12:30-4:30 in room 2509.  There is no provision for anyone who is absent. 

If you have any questions prior to the first day of class email me at beth_johnson3@cuesta.edu


If you need accommodations (DSPS support services) in this class, please contact Disable Student Program & Services in Building 3300 to ensure services in a timely manner.

Computer Requirements

Any computer less than 4 years old should work:

    Minimum PC requirements

o    500 megahertz (MHz) processor or higher

o    256 MB RAM or higher

o    Windows XP

o    1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor

    Minimum Macintosh requirements:

o    Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor

o    Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later

o    512 MB of RAM or more

o    1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor


You must have a reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP) offering DSL, Cable or Satellite setup.

*Note: It is highly recommended that you download Mozilla Firefox for viewing and listening to my narrated

PowerPoint presentations. Other browsers have not been reliable.

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