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NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing
This course will explore the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical bases of nursing. Selected conceptual models and frameworks of nursing and ethics will be analyzed with emphasis on implications for nursing practice. This course is designed to provide students with frameworks, concepts, and personal and professional exercises for approaching nursing practice issues and to enhance the student's understanding of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues in nursing and in health care and to respond to them specifically.
NR.110.502 Physiological/Pathophysiological Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice I
This course focuses on the interrelationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. It is designed to expand the student's understanding of the pathophysiology underlying dysfunction in selected diseases that advanced practice nurses may commonly encounter in their patient populations. Using an integrative approach, representative alternations in physiologic function common throughout the lifespan are addressed. Completion of this course will enable the student to analyze and address physiologic challenges of practice. In addition, it will provide foundational knowledge for use in research involving issues that impact clinical practice. Weekly lecture/discussions are organized based on systems and cover topics from the cellular level up to major organ systems. Prerequisites: Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
This course prepares students for clinical, management, or education leadership roles in health care through translation of the best available evidence into practice within organizations and application of research for nursing practice. Students will develop skills and knowledge needed to review and synthesize the strength of evidence available, and recommend practice changes if indicated. Topics covered include: a review of the research process (including theoretical framework, design, and analysis, research design hierarchy), research critique, rating and synthesizing the strength of evidence, decision making for practice, research and research translation opportunities (outcomes, evaluation research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis), risk adjustment, measurement, research ethics and organizational change. Prerequisite: NR 110.507
NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing
This three credit course examines the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse health care settings. Course content and activities will focus on understanding forces driving contemporary health care and enhancing skills in outcomes evaluation, as well as efficient and effective function in a continuous change health care environment.
NR.110.507 Statistical Literacy and Reasoning in Nursing Research
This course develops statistical literacy and statistical reasoning knowledge and skills, enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare and nursing literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of statistics in nursing research. Published nursing research articles in peer reviewed nursing and healthcare journals will be used to motivate each topic covered in class.
NR.110.508 Clinical Pharmacology
This course focuses on the clinical uses and mechanisms of action of drug groups used in altered states of physiological function. Pharmacological mechanisms, drug interactions, side effects and contraindications will be presented as bases for clinical judgment and management of patients.
NR.110.518 Advanced Topics in Occupational Nursing
This elective course addresses all levels of prevention within the scope of occupational health nursing (OHN) practice. Program and policy issues are discussed using as examples the health needs of worker populations such as women, shift workers and disabled workers, as well as workers at specific life stages (adolescents and aging workers). The importance of drawing on existing knowledge and research findings is emphasized, particularly as this relates to the OHN role in practice and policy decisions. In addition to lectures, discussion and reading, students will take part in a field trip that addresses employment considerations of disabled workers. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
NR.110.520A CNS Role Specialty Practicum I - Acute/Critical Care
Based on a student's past experience with the specialty population, this practicum will be individualized to provide the student with opportunities to develop the ROLES and skills of a clinical nurse specialist. Relevant role foci include: clinical expert, consultant, researcher, and educator. Essential skills include leadership, collaboration and mentoring. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced assessment skills, symptom management, evidence based practice, care coordination, and principles of patient/staff education as components of advanced nursing practice in the care of patients and families with complex needs across the continuum of health care. Prerequisites: NR 110.500, 110.504, 100.502, and 100.549. Pre/corequisite: NR 100.508.
NR.110.520H CNS Role Specialty Practicum I - Med-Surg Nursing
Based on a student's past experience with the specialty population, this practicum will be individualized to provide the student with opportunities to develop the ROLES and skills of a clinical nurse specialist. Relevant role foci include: clinical expert, consultant, researcher, and educator. Essential skills include leadership, collaboration and mentoring. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced assessment skills, symptom management, evidence based practice, care coordination, and principles of patient/staff education as components of advanced nursing practice in the care of patients and families with complex needs across the continuum of health care. Prerequisites: NR 110.500, 100.549, 110.504, and 100.502. Pre/corequisite: NR 100.508.
NR.110.520J CNS Role Specialty Practicum I - Pediatrics
Based on a student's past experience with the specialty population, this practicum will be individualized to provide the student with opportunities to develop the ROLES and skills of a clinical nurse specialist. Relevant role foci include: clinical expert, consultant, researcher, and educator. Essential skills include leadership, collaboration and mentoring. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced assessment skills, symptom management, evidence based practice, care coordination, and principles of patient/staff education as components of advanced nursing practice in the care of patients and families with complex needs across the continuum of health care. Prerequisites: NR 110.500, 100.549, 110.504, and 100.502. Pre/corequisite: NR 100.508.
NR.110.521A CNS Specialty Practicum II - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care
This course builds on previous CNS clinical and didactic coursework and provides opportunities to enhance, integrate and apply knowledge and skills in the roles of the CNS. Clinical experiences are individualized to provide students with opportunities to build practical and theoretical depth with a specific population focus across the health care continuum from wellness through acute and/or critical care. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced physiology and assessment, medical, nursing, and symptom management, in order to lead care coordination across the population age span. Students will apply CNS roles in the care of patients and families. Clinical experiences in a specialty area enhance depth of knowledge in role and population foci. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.521H CNS Specialty Practicum II - Adult/Gerontological Health
This course builds on previous CNS clinical and didactic coursework and provides opportunities to enhance, integrate and apply knowledge and skills in the roles of the CNS. Clinical experiences are individualized to provide students with opportunities to build practical and theoretical depth with a specific population focus across the health care continuum from wellness through acute and/or critical care. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced physiology and assessment, medical, nursing, and symptom management, in order to lead care coordination across the population age span. Students will apply CNS roles in the care of patients and families. Clinical experiences in a specialty area enhance depth of knowledge in role and population foci. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.521J CNS Specialty Practicum II - Pediatric Health
This course builds on previous CNS clinical and didactic coursework and provides opportunities to enhance, integrate and apply knowledge and skills in the roles of the CNS. Clinical experiences are individualized to provide students with opportunities to build practical and theoretical depth with a specific population focus across the health care continuum from wellness through acute and/or critical care. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, advanced physiology and assessment, medical, nursing, and symptom management, in order to lead care coordination across the population age span. Students will apply CNS roles in the care of patients and families. Clinical experiences in a specialty area enhance depth of knowledge in role and population foci. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.522A CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care
This capstone course focuses on the application of case management methods in a selected population. Biopsychosocial and ethical concepts, advanced health assessment skills, and systems theory presented in previous course work will be integrated and applied to the advanced specialty health care needs of patients. Proficiency in the entry, validation, analysis and presentation of patient outcomes data will be developed in the computer lab and applied in the clinical setting. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.501, 110.503, 110.521
NR.110.522H CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Adult/Gerontological Health
This capstone course focuses on the application of case management methods in a selected population. Biopsychosocial and ethical concepts, advanced health assessment skills, and systems theory presented in previous course work will be integrated and applied to the advanced specialty health care needs of patients. Proficiency in the entry, validation, analysis and presentation of patient outcomes data will be developed in the computer lab and applied in the clinical setting. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.501, 110.503, 110.521
NR.110.522J CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Pediatric Health
This capstone course focuses on the application of case management methods in a selected population. Biopsychosocial and ethical concepts, advanced health assessment skills, and systems theory presented in previous course work will be integrated and applied to the advanced specialty health care needs of patients. Proficiency in the entry, validation, analysis and presentation of patient outcomes data will be developed in the computer lab and applied in the clinical setting. 168 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.501, 110.503, 110.521
NR.110.523 Clinical Judgment in Advanced Acute Care Nursing I
This course provides the clinical nurse specialist student with opportunities to increase the depth of their acute and critical care knowledge. Students will synthesize knowledge of complex disease, multisystem pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment; identify and evaluate evidence based medical, nursing and symptom management plans of care; propose strategies for measuring outcomes driven care; recommend strategies for professional and patient education in the care of adult patients and families with critical care needs across the health care continuum; and suggest appropriate referrals and consultations.
NR.110.524 Clinical Judgment in Acute Care Nursing II
This course provides the clinical nurse specialist student with opportunities to demonstrate advanced clinical judgment and to increase their depth of acute and critical care knowledge. This course builds on NR.110.523 and extends the diversity and complexity of cases. Students will synthesize knowledge of complex diseases, multisystem pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment. Students identify and evaluate evidence based medical, nursing and symptom management plans of care. Students propose strategies for measuring outcomes driven care; recommend strategies for professional and patient education in the care of adult patients and families with critical care needs across the health care continuum; and suggest appropriate referrals and consultations. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.520, NR.110.521, NR.110.523
NR.110.525 Linking Primary Care to Public Health Principles through Service Learning
Service-learning differs from a traditional clinical course or participating in volunteer services. In addition to the underlying theme of social justice, there is equal emphasis on achieving the partnering organization goals as well as student learning. The goal of this elective course is to provide an experience exploring approaches to integrating primary care and public health through project-based experiential learning. Students will work in small groups to implement one or more of the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.” Students will complete a project in a real-world setting to be specified by a partnering community-based organization (CBO). Limited enrollment.
NR.110.526 Clinical Judgment in Pediatric Critical Care I
This course provides the pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist student with opportunities for clinical judgment to increase their depth of pediatric critical care knowledge. Students will synthesize knowledge of complex diseases, multisystem pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment. Identify and evaluate evidence based medical, nursing and symptom management plans of care. Propose strategies for measuring nursing outcomes driven care. Recommend strategies for professional and patient education in the care of pediatric patients and families with critical care needs across the health care continuum. Suggest appropriate referrals and consultations.
NR.110.527 Clinical Judgment in Pediatric Critical Care II
This course provides the clinical nurse specialist with opportunities for clinical judgment to increase their depth of pediatric critical care knowledge. This course builds upon NR.110.526. Students will synthesize knowledge of complex diseases, multisystem pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment. Identify and evaluate evidence based medical, nursing and symptom management plans of care. Propose strategies for measuring outcomes driven care. Recommend strategies for professional and patient education in the care of pediatric patients and families with critical care needs across the health care continuum. Suggest appropriate referrals and consultations.
NR.110.531 Occupational & Environmental Health
This elective course focuses on occupational and environmental health and the role of the nurse in these settings. Students will participate in seminars and directed reading focusing on approaches to recognizing and preventing occupational and environmental disease, an overview of selected hazardous exposures and their health effects, and the components of an occupational health program. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction of the worker with his/her workplace and the maintenance of health and prevention of disease and disability. A field trip to a local industry will provide an opportunity to participate in a plant walkthrough and complete a written workplace assessment that incorporates the nursing process.
NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history taking and advanced physical assessment for the adult/geriatric patient. Lecture and clinical experiences are designed to help the student apply their knowledge of physical assessment of adult/geriatric clients to the primary care or acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, development of a differential diagnosis and the process of critically thinking through problems related to adult/geriatric health. Pre/corequisites: NR 100.502, 100.508, 110.549, and 100.589 or 100.555
NR.110.537 Health Assessment and Measurement: Pediatric Variations
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history taking and advanced physical assessment for the pediatric patient. Lecture and clinical experiences are designed to help the student apply their knowledge of physical assessment of pediatric clients to the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, development of a differential diagnosis and the process of critically thinking through problems related to child health. Pre/corequisites: NR 100.502, 100.508, 110.549, and 100.589 or 100.555
NR.110.540 Teaching Strategies in Nursing
The principles underlying the teaching of adult learners will be examined and applied to classroom and clinical settings. Emphasis is on application of practical strategies to plan, conduct, and evaluate educational experiences in nursing. Innovative teaching techniques, use of media, evaluation techniques, and test construction/evaluation are addressed. Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree, some post-Baccalaureate nursing experience
NR.110.543 Teaching Practicum
This course is designed to meet the needs of the individual learner with regard to clinical and/or classroom experiences. The faculty mentor works with the learner to develop goals and learning experiences relevant to the educational setting. The clinical experience may be with students enrolled in didactic courses, in laboratory settings, or in patient care settings; the content or setting will be one that matches the student's area of advanced practice specialization, for example, adult health nursing, pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing. Whenever possible the patient care setting will be in an agency which serves the medically underserved. Course preceptors will be full-time faculty with expertise in the student's area of advanced practice specialization.
NR.110.546 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
This course introduces the student to current issues, theories and research in health promotion and disease prevention related to individuals, families, aggregates and communities. The role of the advanced practice nurse in risk assessment, counseling, education and screening will be emphasized, as well as thinking broadly about health promotion needs from an ecological perspective. The first hour of each class will focus on the theoretical issues of health promotion and disease prevention. Practicum students in the second hour will examine the clinical issues relevant to health promotion throughout the lifespan. A case study approach will be emphasized.
NR.110.547 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management I - Adult/Gero
This course provides didactic content to prepare the Advanced Practice Nurse to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons, experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health care for all populations, with particular emphasis on underserved and those from other cultures. Students also emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, screening of adult and older populations, and providing culturally competent care. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are also addressed. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508 (Primary Care NPs), 110.549, 110.536/537, 110.572 (ACNP only)
NR.110.548 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management I - Pediatric
This course provides didactic information to prepare the pediatric or family nurse practitioner student to provide primary care for the pediatric population, from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on integration of nursing process and theory with techniques of clinical health assessment and management of infants, children and adolescents. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. The course has a strong focus on health promotion, disease prevention, the care of underserved populations, and culturally competent care. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.537, and 110.549
NR.110.549 Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement
This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced history taking and physical assessment. Lectures are designed to help the students apply their knowledge of health assessment to both primary and acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and clinical reasoning. Core content will be taught simultaneously to adult, pediatric, family, and acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students. Course content will provide learning opportunities in the following conceptual areas: communication, history taking, problem oriented medical records, physical assessment, age and gender health screening and diagnostic testing. A clinical practicum provides opportunities to apply physical assessment skills in settings including emergency departments and schools. 36 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR 110.502, 110.508, 110.536 and/or 110.537
NR.110.551 Advanced Practice in Primary Care I: Adult/Gero
This course provides clinical experience in adult health care settings (adolescent ages 16 to geriatric). It emphasizes the integration of theory, anticipatory guidance, health promotion and disease prevention, and clinical decision making throughout the entire spectrum of the adult lifespan. Students will perform comprehensive and episodic clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions. Management of both stable, chronic illness and treatment of acute, episodic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Students will work with faculty, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and physician preceptors in a variety of primary care and specialty clinical practicum sites including college health services, health maintenance organizations, community based clinics, long-term care, assisted living, continuing care, retirement communities, occupational health settings, urgent care/fast track, and private practice. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty with individual preceptors. Preceptors and students arrange mutually convenient clinical hours. A minimum of 224 (AGNP)/196 (FNP) clinical hours are required this semester; this works out to about 14 hours per week for FNP students and 16 hours per week for AGNP students. A two hour weekly clinical seminar will review diagnostic and treatment regimens in a case study format. Information presented will focus on the collection of subjective and objective data, pertinent laboratory findings, diagnostic tests, differential diagnoses and a plan for therapeutic intervention. Cases will focus on underserved, vulnerable and elder patient populations. AGNP 224 clinical hours; FNP 196 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.549, 110.536, 110.547 Corequisites: 110.557, 110.589
NR.110.552 Advanced Practice in Primary Care I: Pediatric
This course provides clinical experience in pediatric health care settings (infant through adolescent). It emphasizes the integration of theory, development, health promotion and disease prevention, and clinical decision making. Students will perform comprehensive and episodic clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions. Management of both stable, chronic illness and treatment of acute, episodic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty with individual preceptors. A minimum of 14 clinical hours per week are required. A two hour weekly clinical seminar will review diagnostic and treatment regimens in a case study format. Information presented will focus on the collection of subjective and objective data, pertinent laboratory findings, diagnostic tests, differential diagnoses and a plan for therapeutic intervention. Student participation in clinical practice during University holidays, such as Spring Break, requires the availability of University clinical faculty for back-up and must be pre-approved by both the clinical faculty member and the course coordinator. 196 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.549, 110.537, 110.548 Corequisites: NR.110.558, 110.589
NR.110.553 Advanced Practice in Primary Care II: Adult/Gero
This course prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow up common episodic and chronic illnesses in adolescents/adults. It integrates biomedical, psychological, social and nursing aspects of care that is based on age, gender, culture, and ethnicity. Emphasis is on: 1) defining a model of advanced nursing practice in various clinical settings, 2) longitudinal experience in the primary care management of selected clients, including underserved populations, in collaboration with other health care professionals, and 3) the application and utilization of evidence based practice. Clinical placements are arranged with individual preceptors. Clinical seminars will emphasize critical diagnostic and management information. 156 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.551
NR.110.554 Advanced Practice in Primary Care II: Pediatric
This course is the second precepted clinical course for the students, and a continuation of the pediatric nurse practitioner clinical course sequence. This course further prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow up common illnesses of increasing complexity in children and adolescents. It integrates biomedical, psychological, social and nursing aspects of care. Emphasis is on: 1) refining a model of advanced practice nursing in various clinical settings, and 2) longitudinal experience in the primary care management of selected clients, including underserved populations, in collaboration with other health care professionals. Clinical seminars will emphasize critical diagnostic and management information. 152 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.552
NR.110.557 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management II - Adult/Gero
This course expands on knowledge obtained in Diagnosis, Symptom, Illness I and continues to provide a foundation for the student to think critically about symptoms, differential diagnoses, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the adult lifespan including young adults, adults and older adults. The course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness care that is based on age, gender, culture, ethnicity, and psycho-social issues. The unique perspective the nurse practitioner brings to the patient encounter, as well as interprofessional collaboration with colleagues, and knowledge of specialty referrals are important elements of the course. Prerequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.536, 110.547, and 110.549 Corequisites: NR.110.551 and 110.589
NR.110.558 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management II: Pediatrics
This course provides didactic information to prepare the pediatric or family nurse practitioner student to provide primary care for the pediatric population, from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on integration of nursing process and theory with the incorporation of techniques and critical thinking skills for the clinical health assessment and management of infants, children and adolescents. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, follow-up care, and referral/collaboration with specialty professionals for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. The course has a strong focus on health promotion, appropriate screening, and disease prevention, the care of underserved populations, and culturally competent care. Prerequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.537, 110.548, 110.549 Corequisites: NR.110.552, 110.589
NR.110.560 Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care
This course is an introduction to the basic methods of program evaluation. Emphasis is given to designs that are popular and feasible in health care settings, and to programs for vulnerable populations. Consultant and group facilitation skills are described and assessed. Prerequisites: There are no pre- or corequisites but recommended prior or concurrent courses include introductory graduate-level courses in descriptive and inferential statistics and research design.
NR.110.562 Advanced Practice in Acute Care I
This course fosters clinical competency and emphasizes evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic healthcare settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessment including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Management of acute and chronic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty and will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to, CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, intermediate care, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. Gerontology experiences in complex long term care, rehabilitation and/or inpatient units specializing in the Acute Care of Elders will also be provided. At weekly seminars, currently recommended diagnostic and treatment regimens will be discussed in a lecture and case study format. Information presented will focus on pathophysiology, subjective and objective clinical data including physical examination, laboratory and diagnostic test results, differential diagnosis and development of a management plan within the scope of Adult-Gerontology ACNP practice. 250 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.508, 110.547, 110.549, 110.572
NR.110.563 Advanced Practice in Acute Care II
This course prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow patients across the adult age span with acute/critical health problems. Emphasis is placed on the highest acuity of the disease entities encountered in acute/critical care areas. 170 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.562
NR.110.565 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult/Gerontological Primary Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of faculty and an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing care to patients with complex health problems. Patients will include those from underserved populations and there is an emphasis on integrating current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 224 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.553
NR.110.566 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Pediatric Primary Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing care to children and adolescents with complex health problems. Patients will include those from underserved populations, and there is an emphasis on integrating current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.554
NR.110.567 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing to patients with acute, critical, chronic and complex health problems across the adult age span. Integration of current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process will be emphasized. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.563
NR.110.569 Advanced Practice in Women's Health
This course provides clinical experience in ambulatory obstetric and gynecologic health care settings. (Note: Students in this course may only see females ages 12 and older for OB/GYN issues, and males ages 12 and older for STD diagnosis and treatment). It emphasizes the integration and application of theory, health promotion, disease prevention, the diagnostic process, and clinical decision making to women's health issues. Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions. Management of routine prenatal, postnatal, and gynecologic care and health problems will be accomplished under the direction of clinical preceptors. Seminar classes utilize both an interactive lecture and/or a case study format to review and analyze the diagnostic (process) and treatment regimens. While cases will focus on diverse populations of women, there will be an emphasis on women from underserved populations. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.551
NR.110.572 Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
This clinical course introduces students to the role and scope of practice for Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Methods of advanced assessment and treatment modalities utilized with acutely and critically ill adults and elders are discussed. Content includes nutritional support, fluid and electrolyte replacement, transfusion medicine, hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory and advanced cardiopulmonary assessment data is included. Laboratory practice is provided for procedures such as suturing, intubation and line insertion, as well as application of other invasive therapeutic and diagnostic devices. Corequisites: NR.110.547 and 110.549
NR.110.573 Neurobiology of Mental Disorders
Building on fundamental knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, this course focuses on major mental disorders across the lifespan. Various factors underlying causality of these disorders including developmental, genetic, injury, trauma, infection, and degeneration are explored. Complex networks necessary for maintaining homeostasis within the brain and between the brain and body will be examined in relation to these disorders. This course lays the groundwork for advanced practice nurses caring for individuals with mental disorders including substance use disorders. Corequisites: NR.110.574, 110.575, 110.576
NR.110.574 Clinical Psychopharmacology
This course provides an overview of the principles and best practices for using psychopharmacology to treat mental disorders across the lifespan. A case-based approach is used to examine the clinical uses, neuropharmacological mechanisms, risks, benefits, and outcomes of commonly used psychotropic drugs in the context of a comprehensive treatment plan. Corequisites: NR.110.573, NR.110.575, and NR.110.576
NR.110.575 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
This course uses a case-based approach to learning differential psychiatric diagnosis. Students will develop advanced skills for the differential diagnosis of mental disorders, including observational and interviewing skills, and the use and interpretation of screening tools, laboratory tests, and behavioral assessments. Case studies will be based on the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and other appropriate nosological methodologies for diagnosis. Corequisites: NR.110.573, NR.110.574, and NR.110.576
NR.110.576 Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities
This course provides an overview of major concepts, theories, and research related to psychotherapeutic treatments for mental disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas:psychotherapeutic case formulation and treatment planning; and the application of evidence-based brief psychotherapies for the treatment of particular disorders, symptoms and issues. Brief applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing will be examined in detail through a case-based learning approach. Corequisites: NR.110.573, NR.110.574, and NR.110.575
NR.110.577 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult/Gero
This course provides clinical training in the full role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas: the knowledge and skills for PMHNP practice; and the specific mental health needs of adults and older adults. Clinical experiences, lectures, case discussions, and projects allow students the opportunity to develop competencies in the ethical, safe, collaborative, and evidence-based provision of mental health care to adults and older adults in the context of a changing health care system. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.573, NR.110.574, NR.110.575, and NR.110.576 Corequisite: NR.110.536 (if needed), and NR.110.537 (if needed)
NR.110.578 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Peds/Family
This course provides clinical training in the full role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas: the knowledge and skills for PMHNP practice; and the specific mental health needs of children and families. Clinical experiences, lectures, case discussions, and projects allow students the opportunity to develop competencies in the ethical, safe, collaborative, and evidence-based provision of mental health care to children, adolescents and families in the context of a changing health care system. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.573, NR.110.574, NR.110.575, and NR.110.576
NR.110.583 Family as a Unit: Clinical Integration
This course integrates theory and research in clinical application of the care of families by nurse practitioners. Students will provide care to adults and/or children within their family context in one clinical setting under the guidance of a clinical preceptor. Emphasis is on applying theory and research to families with members experiencing complex health problems. Related professional issues will be explored in the clinical seminar. 196 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.551, 110.552, and 110.569. Pre/corequisite: NR.110.503
NR.110.589 Human and Family Development through the Lifespan
This course provides an overview of major concepts, theories, and research related to human development across the lifespan from the prenatal period to death. Simultaneously, major theories and research related to family development across the lifespan are examined. Significant factors that influence individual and family development functioning are explored. A variety of assessment tools for assessing development and functioning of individuals and families as well as strategies for intervening with individuals and family are examined. The role of the APN in assessment, implementing intervention, and evaluating outcomes aimed at promoting optimal human development and family functioning are critically examined and discussed.
NR.110.590 Health & Homelessness
This will introduce students to the issues of homelessness and its relationship to health. The format will be a combination of lectures, panel discussions and community site visit. Topics to be covered will include factors leading to homelessness, myths about homelessness, barriers to accessing services, health problems that arise from homelessness, multidisciplinary approaches to health care for homeless persons and advocacy strategies. Method of student evaluation will be based upon completion of the two-day weekend course and one community site observational session, as well as a project and written report. A maximum of 21 students may enroll per workshop.
NR.110.591 Dying & Death
See NR110.491 for description. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.593 Family Violence
See NR110.493 for description. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.599 Independent Study
Scholarly activity under guidance of faculty serves to help students achieve professional goals. This course may be taken as elective credit.
NR.110.601 Advanced Clinical Care Practicum
Students with three or less years of clinical experience in the selected specialty area will be required to choose a clinical area for advanced practice under preceptor guidance. Emphasis will be placed on the development of confidence, competence and independence in nursing practice with the selected specialty population.
NR.110.602 Advanced Practicum in Nursing Health Systems
Based on the student's past nursing management experience, this practicum will be individualized to provide the student with an opportunity to develop the role of nurse manager or nurse administrator in selected health care settings. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge of nursing management strategies, nursing leadership, and the management and organization sciences as they apply to nursing management practice.
NR.110.605 Leadership and Management in Health Care
This didactic course is focused on the analysis, integration and application of principles of leadership and management to health care organizations and to population-based efforts across the health care delivery system. Special emphasis is placed on the practical skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders and managers in today's local, state, national and international health care environment. Prerequisite: NR 110.500 Recommended corequisite: NR.110.609
NR.110.607 Health Systems Management I
Based on the student's past nursing management experience, this individualized planned practicum will provide the student with an opportunity to explore the role of nurse manager or nurse administrator (multiple settings) within the context of an administrative issue. 40 clinical hours.
NR.110.608 Business Plan
This course is designed to integrate previous learning involving the important tools for business planning, strategic management techniques and decision making as it relates to a specific case study. Prerequisites: NR.110.609, 110.605, & Financial Management Theory requirement
NR.110.609 Health Systems Management II - Specialty Practice
The focus of this practicum and didactic course is on specific strategies of management related to the administrative role of nurses within the contemporary health care environment. Managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and evaluation will be applied and analyzed across the health care system and opportunities to develop management skills will be offered. Other topics such as resource allocation, labor relations, team building, business communication, performance management and career development are included. 168 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.500. Recommended corequisite: NR.110.605
NR.110.611 Health Systems Management III - Outcomes Management
This capstone course focuses on the application of case management methods in a selected population. Biopsychosocial and ethical concepts, advanced health assessment skills, and systems theory presented in previous course work will be integrated and applied to the advanced specialty health care needs of patients. Proficiency in the entry, validation, analysis and presentation of patient outcomes data will be developed in the computer lab and applied in the clinical setting. 168 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.501
NR.110.612 Diagnosis, Care and Management of Persons with HIV/AIDS (Local to Global)
This course provides the student with evidence-based clinical management strategies for HIV and HIV/AIDS focusing initially on management of persons locally, then shifting focus at the end of the course to global HIV/AIDS issues. The course will examine diagnostic testing and clinical management strategies for opportunistic infections, common co-morbid conditions in persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as chronic health conditions resulting from HIV therapy. Prevention techniques including vaccination schedules, antimicrobial prophylaxis, and risk-reduction interventions will be discussed. Case studies from inpatient, outpatient, community-based organizations and correctional populations will be used to integrate clinical decision making skills to real world HIV/AIDS case examples. During the last two days of the course, the focus will turn from HIV management in the U.S. to care and management in underserved populations and under resourced settings both in the U.S. and abroad. This section of the course will allow students to identify a focus country to explore HIV/AIDS programmatic issues, care and treatment responses and to develop a focused plan to address a specific need. Prerequisite: Completion of an undergraduate level pharmacology course.
NR.110.613 Health Assessment: HIV and Associated Comorbidities
This clinical course provides the student with an experiential clinical evaluation opportunity for persons with HIV and HIV/AIDS including associated comorbidity. The course will apply didactic instruction from NR.110.612 in the diagnosis, assessment and initial clinical management strategies for opportunistic infections, common co-morbid conditions in persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as chronic health conditions resulting from HIV therapy. Clinical case studies and exemplar patients will be utilized from inpatient and outpatient clinics to integrate clinical decision making skills to real world HIV/AIDS case examples. 56 clinical hours. Pre/Corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508, 110.547, 110.536, and 110.612
NR.110.614 Complex Continuity Care of HIV and Associated Comorbidities
This seminar and clinical course is designed for students in the last semester of their program as a means of synthesis and preparation for transition into independent practice including all three of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic goals. Beginning in the prior spring semester (start of HIV-PCC Program), students will have been assigned 1 day per week in an HIV primary care setting. In this course, students have the opportunity to critically evaluate the care they have provided over the last 12 months. Students will be required to conduct panel management reviews of primary care guideline adherence, discussion of integration of interprofessional team approaches, review of challenging cases and all hospitalizations as well as ethical decisions in care such as palliative care decision making. Students will be required to directly address ways to reduce health disparities across their patient panel. Comorbidity management in collaboration with other specialists will also be emphasized by requiring a specialty clinical rotation. This course has a central focus on high quality primary care for the PLWHA and associated comorbidity. The student will complete a minimum of 56 clinical hours in HIV specialty care settings. Placement will be prioritized based on clinical experiences to date. For example, if a student has already had substantial experience with Hepatitis/HIV co-infection, we will prioritize students for such placement who have not had a similar experience. 56 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.110.612, NR.110.613, NR.110.615, NR.110.546
NR.110.615 Health Disparities in Nursing Practice
This course provides the student with a study of health disparities and promotion of health equity across a variety of disease processes. Advanced analysis and evaluation of theories, concepts, and methods related to health equity and disparity, will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine the links between health outcomes and economics, class, gender, sex, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Emphasis is on advanced discourse and analysis of health equity and disparity theory and research. The focus of this course will be on multiple levels of analysis from the practitioner-patient interactions to the health care system as a whole. This will include an assessment of the social determinants of health. Students will spend a substantial amount of time engaging in online scholarly discourse and in developing their own specific practice based clinical and research interests in this field culminating in an empirical paper and a conference ready presentation of their findings. Prerequisites: NR.110.502, NR.110.508, NR.110.536, NR.110.547, NR.110.549, and NR.110.612.
NR.110.618 Leadership for the Complex Learning Organization
This advanced organizational behavior leadership course focuses on theory and practical application of leadership and management and organizational behavioral theories within a complex healthcare environment. Students will explore transformational leadership theories and perform self-assessments. The student will explore leadership concepts at the personal, organizational, and staff levels. Throughout the course, students will explore contemporary hot topics that influence and are influenced by organization behavior. The student will identify emerging issues and the use of innovation and interprofessional relationships to meet ongoing challenges in the healthcare organizational environment.
NR.110.622 Breastfeeding: Practice and Research
See NR 110.422 for description. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.623 Schools and Health
Examines research and interventions to promote health and disease prevention for grades (K-12) in educational institutions. Topics include: history and development of school health, school health activities organized by the eight components of the CDC coordinated school health program model, relationship of in-school interventions to students' health, health care access and academic outcomes, school health policy and politics, and impact of school context on research methodology and findings. Student evaluation based on class participation, a paper and a field interview report. Also listed as PH380.721.
NR.110.626 Community Perspectives on the Childbearing Process
This course focuses on developing initial competence in the birth companion role, based on the Doula model. The Doula model emphasizes physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. Maternal and child health nursing and community health nursing theories and practices are reinforced. In addition to class time, biweekly meetings are held to discuss birth experiences and case management issues, and to hear presentations from experts in the field, including lactation consultants, social workers, community health educators and child birth educators. Limited enrollment. Course may span more than one term.
NR.110.629 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals
This course is designed to provide students with the specific medical vocabulary and terminology necessary to communicate with and help treat Latino patients with limited English proficiency. The course will include specific vocabulary groups relating to assessment and care of patients, vocabulary to establish rapport, and discussions leading to cultural competencies. The course will use pre-designed dialogues to review and learn vocabulary and grammar structures, as well as a workshop settings designed to put students into scenarios where they can use both their speaking and listening skills. Most of the course will be taught in Spanish and because this is an Intermediate course, students will be expected to have taken Spanish and retained basic conversational abilities. This course will also include a substantial online component. There will be a placement examination on the first night of class. Pre-Requisites: Functional fluency in the target language. ACTFL Proficiency = Intermediate Mid: Speakers at the Intermediate-Mid level are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is generally limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture; these include personal information covering self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging. Intermediate-Mid speakers tend to function reactively, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for information. However, they are capable of asking a variety of questions when necessary to obtain simple information to satisfy basic needs, such as directions, prices and services. When called on to perform functions or handle topics at the Advanced level, they provide some information but have difficulty linking ideas, manipulating time and aspect, and using communicative strategies, such as circumlocution. Limited enrollment. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.630 Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals
Students enrolled in this class will begin by learning basic Spanish language structure and vocabulary and building appropriate phrasing and vocabulary to facilitate intake of basic information. Focus will be placed on broad vocabulary acquisition as well as specific medical terminology. As a result, extensive memorization will be required for successful participation. Cultural competency concerns will also be discussed. Select students may be able to continue to Advanced Beginning, assuming appropriate focus and effort are dedicated to this course. There will be a placement examination on the first night of class. Pre-Requisites: Very little to NO prior study or experience with the target language. ACTFL Proficiency = Novice Low: Speakers at the Novice-Low level have no real functional ability and, because of their pronunciation, they may be unintelligible. Given adequate time and familiar cues, they may be able to exchange greetings, give their identity, and name a number of familiar objects from their immediate environment. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.631 Health Emergencies in Large Populations
This intensive course will create an understanding of the public health needs of populations caught up in disaster and conflict. This includes the background, underlying causes, and the dynamics which cause populations to be vulnerable in emergencies. Conceptually, students will understand the link between disaster and development, and how development programs reduce risks for vulnerable populations. Students will be equipped with basic skills to allow them to respond to the public health needs of populations in emergency situations. These include areas of planning, epidemiological assessment, control of communicable disease, information and surveillance systems, environmental sanitation methods, and meeting nutrition requirements in refugee situations. The course will provide an understanding of some other major refugee issues including protection of populations at risk, building human security and meeting mental health needs of affected populations. Through course work and course materials the important link between human rights, human security, and the more technical aspects of responses will be emphasized.
NR.110.634 Concepts in Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and a heightened awareness of the major components of disaster preparedness and response. Course content and activities focus on understanding the core concepts in critical event mass casualty and disaster management. Course content is designed to assist students in developing initial competence in disaster and mass casualty nursing based upon the International Council of Nurses (ICN) competencies for Disaster Nursing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) competencies for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
NR.110.637 Clinical Simulations and Other Technologies in Healthcare Education
The purpose of this course will be to provide the learner with knowledge on how to develop clinical simulations as well as to using the simulation pedagogy int he classroom, laboratory, or for clinical practica. Clinical scenarios will be designed using a theoretical framework. Teaching strategies when using clinical simulations will be discussed and knowledge on development of an evaluation plan to ensure attainment of learning outcomes will be reviewed. In addition the use of other technologies that can be incorporated in nursing education will be explored with exemplars provided for educators to consider.
NR.110.638 Curriculum Theory & Design
This course focuses on the underlying philosophic and theoretical foundations that inform academic curriculum design and practice. The underlying competing philosophical and practical perspectives of curriculum design are full of contradictions, challenges, uncertainties and directions. Course participants will critically analyze these frameworks and perspectives as background for critiquing and designing academic nursing curricula and courses. This course is about what we teach, why we teach, who we teach, how we teach, and the ever-changing context in which we teach. Attempts to "revolutionize" nursing curricula in the 1990's did not happen. Course participants will be challenged to think critically about ways to transform and revitalize nursing curricula.
NR.110.639 Advanced Beginner Spanish for Health Professionals
See 110.439 for description. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.640 Advanced Spanish Topics for Health Personnel
This class will give students already fluent in Spanish the opportunity to practice their general as well as medical Spanish abilities in an atmosphere of Socratic discussion and active exchange of ideas based on weekly reading assignments. Topics discussed include but are not limited to: linguistic, cultural and ethical concerns of interpreters in a medical setting, legal and social responsibilities of interpreters in a medical setting, and review of current standards for interpreting (California and Massachusetts). Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: NR.110.429 Intermediate Spanish (B or better) or permission of instructor.
NR.110.641 Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with necessary knowledge and tools to develop and teach in an online course platform. Key design features when developing an online course will be examined in addition to the best practices and evidence-based benchmarks for online teaching and learning. Teaching strategies and guidelines for the educator to use in his/her own instructional setting will be reviewed.
NR.110.662 Advanced Practice Nursing: Acute Care of Adult Patients
See NR110.563 for description. Course available to Accelerated Postmasters ACNP students only. 125-300 clinical hours.
NR.110.663 Advanced Practice Nursing: Case Studies in Acute Care Nursing
See NR110.562 for description. Course available to Accelerated Postmasters ACNP students only. 125-270 clinical hours.
NR.110.730 Evaluation: From Individual to Program
The principles guiding evaluation in nursing academia will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the role of administrators, faculty, students and communities of interest in the evaluation process. Methods, techniques, and strategies used to conduct assessment of individual student performance in a variety of settings and evaluation of overall program effectiveness will be analyzed. Aspects of faculty evaluation will also be explored, as they relate to appointment, promotion, and tenure. Accreditation standards from the Commission on Collegiate Education in Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and selected nursing specialty organizations will be discussed.
NR.110.800 Philosophical Perspectives in Health
This course draws from and integrates the literatures of nursing theory and science studies (specifically philosophy of science, sociology of science and history of nursing science) to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature of nursing science and the knowledge it provides. It examines the history of interaction between nursing theory and philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the place both have played in the process of legitimating nursing science as an academic research discipline. It provides a basic exposure to the social structure of scientific disciplines and how that structure affects the nature of nursing knowledge and results in methodological plurality.
NR.110.809 Quantitative Research Design and Methods
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of the design and conduct of research in the health sciences. Students will evaluate common research designs, sources of bias and how to minimize bias in all steps of the research process across designs, and assess major concepts and principles relevant to research design and analytical approaches. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses as well as when and how to use these designs and methods by studying and critiquing relevant examples from the literature and ongoing research by faculty. Special issues in the analysis and interpretation of data from various research designs will be addressed. Discussions will also cover the ways in which the nursing perspective shapes the conduct and results of research.
NR.110.810 Theory & Concepts of Health Behavior and Health Promotion
This course focuses on the theoretical foundations of health behavior and health promotion as a basis for nursing research. The theory and principles of how health behavior patterns of individuals, families and communities are acquired, maintained and changed are emphasized. The influence of social and psychological factors such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and social support is included. Selected research applications of theories and models of health promotion are analyzed and relevant research methodologies discussed.
NR.110.811 Symptom Evaluation and Management
This course focuses on the theoretical and empirical foundations for common symptoms as a basis for nursing practice. Each symptom is approached from bio-behavioral and sociocultural perspectives emphasizing the state of the science with regard to definition, theoretical models, assessment/measurement, and clinical management strategies. Symptoms such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, and cognitive changes will be examined as responses to illness/disability and/or its treatment across the lifespan.
NR.110.814 Scientific Perspectives in Nursing
This seminar is a synthesis of concepts of philosophy, theory, and research used in the development and testing of nursing knowledge. Concept analysis and construction, theory development and the relationships among conceptual frameworks, theories, and empirical referents are critically analyzed. The course considers nursing and related sciences with regard to the theories and research and teaches critical evaluation from the perspective of the contemporary philosophy of science and research methodology. Students are guided to consider the philosophic assumptions upon which specific theories are based and how the nature of the research problem and theory guides the choice of research method. They are also guided in the process of a critical review and synthesis of nursing and other knowledge in their own area of concentration and in the identification of key concepts and relationships for their own planned research. Prerequisite: NR 110.800
NR.110.815 Qualitative Research Designs and Methods
This course will provide an in depth exploration of qualitative designs to address research questions relevant to the health sciences. Focus will be on the assumptions underlying qualitative approaches, appropriate uses of qualitative designs, strategies for managing and analyzing qualitative data, and critically analyzing the quality and rigor of qualitative studies. Prerequisite: NR.110.800
NR.110.816 Mixed Methods Research Designs
This course will provide an in depth exploration of mixed method designs that combine qualitative and quantitative data to address complex research questions relevant to the health sciences. Focus will be on the assumptions underlying mixed methods approaches, appropriate uses of mixed methods designs, strategies for integrating qualitative data with quantitative data in meaningful ways, and critically analyzing the quality and rigor of mixed methods studies. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.800, 110.809; 110.815, PH.140.621 and 622 or equivalents
NR.110.818 Special Topics in Violence Research
This seminar examines current topics and issues on violence prevention, intervention and policy research using an interdisciplinary perspective. It will include faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins and other leading experts on violence research. Topics will include the physical and psychosocial factors in the perpetration of violence, physical and mental health effects of family and stranger violence, complex interrelationships of substance abuse and violence and the efficacy of health care individual and system interventions. Community level violence policy, prevention, interventions, and health care access for violence related health effects will also be examined. Research design, cultural factors, interdisciplinary collaboration and bioethical issues specific to violence research will be examined. Topics will span two years and the course may be taken up to four times.
NR.110.821 Advanced Nursing Health Policy
This course considers the organization, financing and models of delivery of nursing services in various settings. The application of health services research methods and outcomes for design, implementation and evaluation of nursing systems is analyzed. The course focuses on the societal and organizational context of the delivery of nursing services across various settings. Cases and current trends are emphasized in this seminar.
NR.110.824 Stress and Stress Response
This seminar is a synthesis of concepts of philosophy, theory, and design used in the development and testing of knowledge regarding the phenomenon of stress, responses to stress, and interventions to ameliorate stress. Multiple dimensions of these phenomena are to be considered, including spiritual, psychological, biological, behavioral, social and environmental. Factors and units of analysis encompass the individual, family and community.
NR.110.827 Grant Writing
This seminar course provides a foundation upon which to build skills for writing grant applications from seeking appropriate mechanisms for accomplishing the dissertation through the completion of the application. Included in this continuum is the articulation of the background and significance, methods, plans for analysis, and discussion regarding human subjects or vertebrate animals. In applicable cases, the National Research Service Award (NSRA) mechanism is to be the focus.
NR.110.828 Measurement in Health Care Research
This course presents both qualitative and quantitative approaches to analyze reliability, validity, and sensitivity of measurements in the health research field. Selected measurement theories and models of health research will be discussed. Classic measurement theories and principles of psychometrics, including reliability and validity, and latent variable-based measurement models, including exploratory factor analysis will be discussed and employed in evaluating data for instrument reliability, validity and sensitivity. This course is designed for doctoral students in nursing, public health and medicine.
NR.110.830 The Evolving Roles of the Nurse Educator
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with an overview of the evolving roles of the nurse educator within the context of an ever-changing health care system and educational environment. The focus is on the educator as a teacher, collaborator, researcher/scholar, and practitioner/scholar. It is anticipated that, at the end of the course, the learner will have formulated a personal working philosophy of nursing education.
NR.110.832 Writing for Publication
This course is designed to introduce students to issues relevant to scholarly scientific writing and the publication process. Seminar topics will include factors to be considered in selecting a journal, authorship guidelines, challenges to successful writing (writer's block, procrastination, time management), scientific impact factor, reference managing software, literature searches and scientific documentation, steps in critiquing one's own and others' writing. This course provides opportunities to students to revise and prepare a paper to the point of submitting it for publication to an appropriate professional journal. Permission of the instructor is required for students not enrolled in a doctoral program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
NR.110.833 Advanced Seminar in Translational Research
This seminar will focus on effective strategies for the design, implementation, analysis and translation of significant clinical and community-based interventions aimed at prevention or amelioration of health and social threats to individual, family and community well-being. Effective intervention research in nursing and other fields will be reviewed with an emphasis on the aspects of those studies that led to effective intervention and success in addressing important research questions. The seminar will address intervention design, implementation, measurement, analysis and translation of research into clinical or community-based practices. Seminar material will be discussed in the context of ongoing intervention research by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and other Hopkins faculty and doctoral students when relevant. Pre/corequisite: Matriculation in PhD program or permission of instructor
NR.110.834 International Health Systems and Research
This course involves the guided study of how cultural, political, and economic forces influence the health care and nursing needs of one country or region. Particular attention will be given to ethical principles or norms that guide the responsible conduct of research and how to apply them to research in the country/region under study. Students will explore concepts related to the responsible conduct of research or research misconduct including informed consent for research participation, scientific freedom, collaboration, and authorship. The status of nursing education, licensure, and practice and how these factors influence nursing research in the country/region under study will be reviewed. A major emphasis is on learning through a cultural informant(s) from the area under study in addition to reviewing the literature on nursing and health care research of the area. Implications for future international research collaborations in nursing and health care are emphasized.
NR.110.835 Current Issues and Trends in Cardiovascular Health Promotion Research
In this course students examine current issues and trends in cardiovascular health promotion research. Topics reflect the current state of the science. Research concepts regarding risk factors, screening approaches, and risk reduction, with impact on specific health parameters, are explored. Implications for primordial, primary and secondary prevention strategies for cardiovascular risk management delivered at the public health, community, and provider level are examined. Implications for clinical practice, with particular focus on vulnerable populations, will be are discussed from theoretical and evidenced-based practice perspectives. Selected research applications of cardiovascular health promotion interventions will be analyzed and research methodologies will be critiqued.
NR.110.836 Critical Applications of Advanced Statistical Models
This course provides a conceptual framework and practical approach for the design, analysis, and interpretation of studies with longitudinal, hierarchical, or multilevel data using generalized linear mixed models (GLMM). Case-studies in the literature are used to motivate each topic. Topics include model specification, estimation, selection, and inference for GLMM, with a focus on applications to nursing research. Understanding will be emphasized with computer applications (SAS/Stata/PASW) and examples drawn from the nursing research literature and clinical and administrative databases. Prerequisite: Completion of PH140.621-140.623 (B or better) or permission of instructor
NR.110.837 Technology and eTools to Conduct, Facilitate, Implement and Manage Research
This course presents a broad overview of the informatics research field highlighting conceptual and methodological challenges to conduct, facilitate, implement and manage research using various technologies and strategies to address these challenges. Sampling issues such as sources of selection bias and strategies to engage underserved and international populations will be examined. The effect of mixed mode (online and mailed or telephone) survey administration on response rate and psychometric properties of instruments will be analyzed. Data management tools that allow online storage and back-up to ensure data security and provide formatting options to import and export data to allow for ease of analysis, will be examined. Key concepts in the course include research standards, ethical considerations, and safety across various platforms. Evidence-based findings will be explored to support the use of the various technologies and tools that are discussed to support, facilitate, conduct data collection, manage, or to disseminate research findings.
NR.110.890 Dissertation Seminar
This seminar provides a means by which progressing PhD students can gather to present and critique each other regarding progress through their dissertation, have a forum for problem-solving and solution-sharing, and to remain up to date regarding regulations in health care and research, and career development.
NR.110.891 Responsibilities & Activities of the Nurse Scientist
This seminar addresses the responsibilities and activities of a scientist in the health professions, including ethical issues, scientific freedom and social responsibility, collaboration and negotiation, interdisciplinary research peer review, development of a research plan, program of research and research career, research funding, grantsmanship, presentations and publications. Prerequisite: NR 110.814
NR.110.898 Independent Study
Scholarly activity under guidance of faculty serves to help students achieve professional goals. This course may be taken as elective credit.
NR.110.899 Dissertation
Course description available in doctoral program office.
NR.120.501 Professionalism for Nursing in Health Care
This course focuses on professional role development in nursing and health care. Content is organized into seven modules: 1) Local to global health care; 2) Ethics; 3) Interprofessional education; 4) Leadership principles; 5) Health care delivery system; 6) Quality and safety; 7) Professional roles in nursing. The course content will address health disparities, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, values, ethics, principles of leadership, and professional roles within both interprofessional and nursing teams. Students will be introduced to healthcare delivery concepts, such as healthcare delivery systems and healthcare policy and financing. Finally, students will develop their nursing practice by acquiring a basic understanding of healthcare competencies through two frameworks, the IOM competencies for health care professionals and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) competencies. Pre/corequisites: NR.120.502, NR.120.503, NR.120.504, NR.120.505.
NR.120.502 Foundations of Nursing Practice
This course addresses the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe and effective care to patients. Students will explore scientific principles related to nursing interventions and will practice psychomotor skills needed to safely and effectively implement those interventions. Knowledge, skills and attitudes based on QSEN competencies, including person centered care, use of evidence based guidelines, quality improvement, safety and informatics will be incorporated into lab practice and Master’s Program Outcomes. Pre/corequisites: NR.120.501, NR.120.503, NR.120.504, NR.120.505.
NR.120.503 Health Assessment I
This course provides students with the basic skills to complete a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, and social aspects of health to support person-centered care. Integrated in this assessment is the collection and analysis of data which are essential in planning safe and effective patient care. Lectures are designed to help the students apply their knowledge of health assessment to both primary and acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on gathering reliable and relevant information; recognizing variations of normal findings; and identifying abnormal findings using common health problems as exemplars. Pre/corequisites: NR.120.501, NR.120.502, NR.120.504, NR.120.505
NR.120.504 Pathophysiology I
This course presents basic knowledge of the interrelationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan as applicable to current nursing practice. Selected major health problems are explored, including clinical manifestations and the pathophysiology. Weekly lecture/discussions are organized based on systems and cover topics from the cellular to major organ systems. Clinical courses will provide a clinical opportunity to apply this content. Pre/corequisites: NR.120.501, NR.120.502, NR.120.503, NR.120.505.
NR.120.505 Integrated Clinical Management: Common Health Alterations
This combined clinical and theory course introduces nursing basic concepts and frameworks (communication, safety, organization and nursing process). Additionally, this course will also introduce common conditions found in healthcare. Students practice competencies in communication, assessment, nursing interventions, and documentation in a variety of basic acute care clinical settings. Simulation is incorporated as an adjunct to the clinical experience. Pre/corequisites: NR.120.501, NR.120.502, NR.120.503, NR.120.504
NR.120.506 Hopkins Nursing Seminar - Ethics and Cultural Humility
Corequisite: NR.120.501
NR.120.507 Pharmacology
The theoretical course, Pharmacology, provides nurses in general practice with an understanding of core drug knowledge including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Sources of individual variation in drug response are presented in relation to drug therapy, and include: health status, lifespan and gender, lifestyle, diet, and habits, environment, and culture and inherited traits. Major drug classifications and prototype drugs are presented in a standardized format that includes discussion of pharmacology principles, medication safety issues, nursing implication of drug therapy, as well as, review in relation to patient case scenarios. The nursing process, which is essential for the nursing management of drug therapy, is emphasized, allowing students to apply their critical thinking skills for patients receiving drug therapy. Nursing management in drug therapy includes maximizing therapeutic effects, minimizing adverse effects, and patient and family education. The course content provides nurses in general practice with the knowledge to apply the foundation of basic pharmacology, with an emphasis on an inter-professional approach to practice. Application of this knowledge in the clinical setting allows nurses in general practice the ability to provide safe, effective nursing care using a holistic approach to improve patient and system outcomes. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-120.506.
NR.120.508 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice
This course is intended to apply standard statistical methods to develop knowledge and skills, enabling students to understand data collection and analysis methods, interpretation and reporting of statistical results, and critically read and evaluate nursing and the healthcare literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of appropriate statistical methods in nursing research. Published nursing research articles in peer reviewed nursing and healthcare journals, and computing lab experiences are used to motivate topics covered in classes. Prerequisite: College level Statistics or Biostatistics course.
NR.120.509 Promoting Health in Older Adults
This course is designed to promote understanding of the aging process and the role of the nurse with implications for promoting healthy aging and providing care across a continuum of care settings. Students will learn about U.S. and global demographic aging trends as well as other factors impacting physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of individuals, families, and populations. Class discussions will include age-related changes and nursing strategies for promoting health, screening, and providing evidence-based care for older adults with complex co-morbidities, polypharmacy, and major geriatric syndromes, while managing health outcomes in various care settings and across transitions of care; economic and policy implications of health care provided by interprofessional teams for older adults; as well as national/international models of care. Learning application activities are designed to enhance student critical thinking in providing care and promoting health and independence in older adults.
NR.120.510 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan
This course introduces the student to current issues, theories, and research in health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction related to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. The role of the nurse in risk assessment, counseling, education, and screening will be emphasized as well as thinking broadly about health promotion needs and health behavior from an ecological perspective. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-120.506
NR.120.511 Integrated Clinical Management: Chronic Health Alterations
This course focuses on chronic health alterations which impact individuals, families, and the communities within which they reside. Students will use the nursing process to provide comprehensive care to individuals with chronic health alterations in the acute care setting. Students will also use beginning skills to provide education to individuals and families in consideration of the provision of care across diverse health care settings. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-120.506. Corequisite: NR.120.507.
NR.120.512 Hopkins Nursing Seminar-Interprofessional Collaboration
Corequisite: NR.120.509
NR.120.513 Leadership for Professional Nursing
This course focuses on concepts central to the development of the beginning leadership role within the interprofessional team in the health care delivery system. Students will review key elements of management and leadership theory and roles, and will examine strategies and processes that address professionalism; improvement of care delivery; facilitation of change; quality and safety; principles of patient-centered care; evidence-based practice; decision making and problem solving; legal and ethical issues; and use of information technologies. Opportunities to apply knowledge to clinical case studies will be a major course focus.
NR.120.514 The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice
This course will prepare students for clinical leadership roles in health care through the translation of the best available scientific evidence into nursing practice. Students will develop the requisite critical skills and knowledge to independently search for, review, appraise, and synthesize research literature of particular interest to nursing practice. Students will be prepared to recommend practice changes at the individual- and system-level based on the strength of the evidence. Prerequisite: NR.120.508
NR.120.515 Psychiatric Mental Health
This course focuses on the application of the standards of psychiatric mental health nursing in promoting health and caring for health care consumers (defined as individuals, groups, and populations) with alterations in mental health. The major mental disorders are examined relative to etiology, clinical manifestations, and approaches to treatment, and considering variations among individuals and populations. Theories and principles underlying the provision of evidence-based patient-centered care are addressed. The human and economic impacts of mental disorders on the individual, family, and society are examined relative to ethical and legal considerations, health policy and health care financing. CLINICAL DESCRIPTION: Student clinical experiences are in acute care and community settings working in collaboration with the healthcare team. Students will have an opportunity to conduct comprehensive patient assessments, plan and implement care, and develop skills in therapeutic communication with patients, families, and groups. 112 clinical hours
NR.120.516 Integrated Clinical Management: Complex Health Alterations
This course focuses on individuals and groups of clients experiencing complex medical surgical problems requiring therapeutic and restorative care in acute care settings. Students will collaborate with members of interdisciplinary health care teams in planning, implementing, and evaluating care to adults with complex needs in acute care settings. Students will demonstrate competence in providing safe and high quality nursing care to patients (families) with complex health problems in collaboration with other members of the health care team. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-NR.120.512
NR.120.517 Hopkins Nursing Seminar - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality
Corequisite: NR.120.513
NR.120.518 Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice
This course will explore the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical foundations of nursing, including the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. It builds on content presented in the first semester; 2/3 of the content will focus on ethics; 1/3 on theory. Selected conceptual models and frameworks for ethics and middle range theories will be analyzed with emphasis on implications for nursing practice. It is is designed to build ethical competence by cultivating moral sensitivity, moral character, moral reasoning, and action. It provides students with ethical frameworks, concepts, personal and professional exercises/reflections and specific skills to address ethical issues with confidence and competence. The course also provides students with a foundation of middle range theories that can be applied to selected domains within nursing and healthcare.
NR.120.519 Leadership for Population Health Management
This course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge necessary to manage the health of populations. In this context, population health is a proactive, organized, and cost effective approach to health care that considers the distribution of health outcomes within a population, the health determinants that influence distribution of care, and the policies and interventions that impact the determinants, with the ultimate goal of reduced morbidity and improved health status, health service utilization, and personal productivity of individuals in defined populations. Population health management is the strategic process of addressing population health needs. The course will focus on an interprofessional team approach to transform health systems for accountable care. Content will be organized around the four pillars of population health: chronic care management, quality and safety, health policy, and public health, and including health outcomes, patterns of health drivers and the policies and interventions that link these two. Additional course content as it applies to population health management will include health systems theory, evidence-based practice principles, epidemiological concepts, and enabling informatics concepts including analytics of population health data. Students will have the opportunity to apply the course content to case studies and will assess and analyze a population health problem in groups. Prerequisites: NR.120.508, 120.513, 120.514
NR.120.520 Nursing the Childbearing Family
In this course, students build on and further develop assessment, care-planning, communication, and leadership skills in the context of caring for childbearing families. The focal learning context is the inpatient labor and delivery and postpartum settings, however the course addresses related issues such as family planning and abortion care. All topics are considered in the context of the Universal Rights of Respectful Maternity Care. Students have the opportunity to examine the gap between evidence-based and current obstetric and neonatal nursing care norms and explore strategies for translation of evidence and effective inter-professional team communication. This course raises questions about and opportunities to impact issues of quality and safety, ethical practice, patient advocacy, and social determinants of health. Students are encouraged to put discussions into a broader social and geographic context and appreciate how these challenges and potential solutions vary across settings. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-120.517
NR.120.521 Child Health
In this course, the student will study the unique health and developmental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. The course is designed to develop perspectives on wellness and illness in children, emphasizing family-centered care that incorporates screening, teaching, and health counseling. There is a strong developmental and health promotion focus across settings. The course incorporates principles involved in assessment, planning and implementation of nursing interventions appropriate for children with various complex health problems. Health issues specific to children and health issues expressed in unique ways in children will be emphasized. Integration of child health care knowledge and clinical application of this knowledge is a requirement of this course. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-NR.120.517
NR.120.522 Public Health
This course provides students with an understanding of the relationship between public health and nursing practice. The course covers key aspects of public health science including epidemiology, social behavioral sciences, and environmental health. The student will have the opportunity to explore the application of public health science to real life health issues at the population level including evidenced-based approaches for optimizing the health of populations/communities. The content of the course provides the foundation for meeting the public health competencies for the generalist nurse with an emphasis on community assessment, health planning, as well as basic public health competencies such as surveillance, screening, immunization, communication, and outbreak investigation. In addition the student will explore issues related to outcome measurement at the population level and emergency preparedness/disaster management. 112 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-NR.120.517
NR.120.523 Hopkins Nursing Seminar - Global Nursing & Infectious Diseases
Corequisite: NR.120.518
NR.120.530 Politics & Policy for the Health Care Professional
This course is an overview and an introduction to the political process relevant to health care and for health care professionals. It is intended to prepare health professionals to take active roles in policy development and patient, community, systems, and organizational advocacy. The course will review the steps involved with the political process, and provide students with the basic tools for becoming involved in politics. There will be an emphasis on how to navigate and negotiate political systems. Additionally, there will be opportunities for practical experiences in advocacy. Limited enrollment.
NR.120.534 Quality Improvement & Safety: Systems Applications I
Level 2 Fuld Fellows complete 56 clinical hours. The hours are divided as follows: 50 hours (average of 3.5 hrs. /week) with an assigned Quality Improvement (QI) or Safety project* under the guidance of a project mentor and Fuld course faculty, clinical conference meetings (6 hours) with Fuld Faculty. In order to participate as a member of a clinical Quality or Safety project team, emphasis is placed on the synthesis of first semester coursework and knowledge in quality improvement and safety gained in Foundations of Nursing Practice. Using written and verbal communication, Fellows will further develop teamwork and communication skills and leadership skills through reflection, ongoing self-assessment as a QI or Safety project team member, and evaluation of communication that impedes or enhances effective teams. Students will also reflect on the QI and Safety, teamwork and communication, and leadership in their clinical practice sites** in their Fuld Fellowship clinical journals and Fuld clinical journal. *Clinical Quality and Safety project teams. In the course materials, this refers to the Quality Improvement or Safety project team to which the Fellow is assigned. **Clinical practice sites. In the Fuld course materials, refers to the Integrated Clinical Management courses where the Fellow practices under supervision of School of Nursing faculty. Per Fuld syllabus, Fuld fellows are expected to reflect on these clinical practice experiences as well as Clinical Quality and Safety project team experiences in the context of the Fuld clinical journals and Fuld clinical conferences. Prerequisites: NR.120.501-120.506 Corequisites: NR.120.507-120.512
NR.120.535 Quality Improvement & Safety: Systems Applications II
Level 3 Fuld Fellows complete 56 clinical hours focused on a Quality Improvement (QI) or Safety project* under the guidance of a mentor and course faculty. In order to participate as a member of a clinical QI or Safety project team, emphasis is placed on the synthesis of Level 1 and 2 coursework and knowledge in quality and safety. Teamwork, communication, and leadership skills will continue to develop through ongoing self-assessment and evaluation. In addition, Level 3 will introduce two critical systems related to patient safety: human factors and patient-centered care. Fuld clinical journal entries will require reflection on these topics in Clinical QI or Safety project teams* and clinical practice sites**. *Clinical Quality and Safety project teams. In the course materials, this refers to the Quality Improvement or Safety project team to which the Fellow is assigned. **Clinical practice sites. In the Fuld course materials, refers to the Integrated Clinical Management courses where the Fellow practices under supervision of School of Nursing faculty. Per Fuld syllabus, Fuld fellows are expected to reflect on these clinical practice experiences as well as Clinical Quality and Safety project team experiences in the context of the Fuld clinical journals and Fuld clinical conferences. Prerequisite: NR.120.534
NR.120.537 Community Outreach to Underserved Communities in Urban Baltimore
This course provides students with an overview of Baltimore’s vulnerable communities and underserved populations. Students gain a broad perspective on factors affecting the health of underserved and vulnerable communities in urban Baltimore. Students will develop cultural competency skills to work effectively in partnership with Baltimore communities. The course includes the history of Johns Hopkins nursing and Baltimore’s history, a broad definition of health focusing on social determinants of health factors such as poverty, housing, violence, substance abuse, disparities in health and health care, social justice, vulnerable populations, employment, safety, and the environment. Students will also examine the influence of implicit bias on communication and interventions as well as the importance of integration trauma-informed care in urban environments. Selected Baltimore community health interventions are presented with emphasis on health promotion and community organizing. Local community and civic leaders present their roles and discuss current public health issues facing Baltimore. Students will learn about local neighborhoods, community agencies, and resources and gain basic skills in basic community assessment.
NR.120.538 Nursing Research Seminar
This course will provide an exploration of the design and conduct of research in the health sciences. Students will be introduced to common research designs through the discussion of ongoing research of faculty. Students will examine current topics and issues in nursing research. Discussions will cover the ways in which the nursing perspective shapes the conduct and results of research. Topical seminars also will incorporate an interdisciplinary perspective. The goal is to engage students in the ongoing research of faculty and promote intellectual growth among highly motivated pre-licensure Master’s students who aspire to learn more about nursing research. The course must be taken each semester that the student is participating in the Research Honors Program. Prerequisite: Admission to Research Honors Program
NR.210.800 Foundation for Scholarship
This on-line seminar facilitates return to academic work. Students learn the essentials of effective scholarly writing and logical presentation of ideas. Students learn about writing well, evaluate the writing of others, and apply lessons learned to their own original scholarly writing. Course objectives are accomplished by reading and critiquing professional writing, creating original documents, and integrating feedback to improve work.
NR.210.801 Analytical Approaches to Outcomes Management: Individuals and Populations
This course prepares the student to analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, managerial, and other healthcare related data concerning individuals, aggregates, populations and organizational systems. Students learn business and economic procedures to analyze the cost effectiveness of initiatives to improve quality and safety of health care outcomes. Organization of relevant variables for incorporation in data bases, identification of appropriate analyses for health care-related questions, and synthesis of diverse approaches to understanding health problems in the literature are integrated into course work. Corequisites: NR.210.803 and 210.896
NR.210.802 Advanced Nursing Health Policy
This course examines the public and private sector function of creating and implementing nursing and health policy. The role of political, legal, ethical and social philosophy in defining nursing and health services is examined. There is continued development of student competence in analytic methods for the study of complex nursing and health policy issues. The course considers how policy made by different branches of government and various public and private organizations deeply affects nursing as a profession, its ability to deliver care and the impact on the areas of technology development, assessment and management; professional practice regulation; and patient outcomes management. Prerequisites: NR.210.800, 210.801, 210.803, & 210.896
NR.210.803 Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice
This blended course focuses on evidence-based practice as a form of nursing inquiry for doctoral practice. The conceptualization, definition, theoretical foundations, rationale and methods of evidence-based practice are evaluated, and related research described. Systematic reviews are critiqued, as a part of the search for and evaluation of evidence on a selected clinical topic of concern. This course provides the background for the second evidence-based practice course on translation of evidence. Pre/corequisites: NR.210.801 and 210.896
NR.210.804 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care
This course facilitates leading, advocating, and managing the application of innovative responses to organizational challenges. Emphasis is placed on development and evaluation of care delivery approaches that meet the needs of targeted patient populations by enhancing accountability for effective and efficient health care, quality improvement, and patient safety. This course focuses on development of strategies to implement change initiatives, manage conflict, and manage the ethical dilemmas inherent in health care organizations. Prerequisites: NR.210.801, 210.802, 210.803, and 210.896 Corequisites: NR.210.805 and 210.897
NR.210.805 Translating Evidence into Practice
This course follows Nursing Inquiry for Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice, and focuses on the integration and application of knowledge into practice. The translation of evidence into practice, including the theoretical and practical challenges is analyzed through the use of case studies. Theories of change, caring, human needs and value systems, financial, ethical and social implications are considered in the translation of evidence into practice. Translation methods, including informatics, reorganization, work flow, and other approaches are discussed. Dissemination strategies are applied to proposed improvements in practice and clinical care outcomes. Prerequisites: NR.210. 801, 210.802, 210.803, and 210.896 Corequisites: NR.210.804 and 210.897
NR.210.806 Health Economics and Finance
Using economic intuition and logic, this course analyzes the diverse factors which influence the production and distribution of health care services. The course also explores methods of financing health care. Economic policy, health care regulation, and the impact of both on the health care industry and society are explored. Budgeting and cost evaluation are examined. Major topics include: health care system as a market; health care production functions; supply and demand for health care services; health and social insurance; resource allocation; competition and regulation; and the financial management of resources. Prerequisites: NR.210.801-803 and 210.896 Corequisites: NR.210.804 and 210.805
NR.210.807 Clinical Data Management I
Clinical data management is an essential component of evaluating any Evidence Based Practice / Performance Improvement project. A high caliber data management plan and its implementation will provide key stakeholders and decision-makers with the information necessary to make decisions about the value and continuance of each evidence-based intervention. Components of high caliber data management include clearly identified outcomes linked to variables and data sources; appropriate data collected for the purpose of measuring these outcomes; adequate statistical power to determine success of the project; proper data cleaning and manipulation techniques; appropriate statistical methods for measuring the outcomes; and a meaningful presentation of outcomes that addresses the concerns and questions of key stakeholders. The clinical data management course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and execute the data management plan for the capstone project. In clinical data management 1, the data management plan and sample size determination are refined. Data collection for the Capstone project is in the beginning stages and data management focuses on data collection techniques, cleansing of data, and manipulation of data. Data governance is explored in detail and students interpret data governance policy related to their project and distinguish the ways in which they are adhering to their own data governance plan. Students begin the process of exploratory data analysis using data collected to-date. Pre-requisites: NR.210.801, 210.803, 210.896, 210.897 Pre/Co-requisites: NR.210.804, 210.805
NR.210.808 Clinical Data Management II
Clinical data management is an essential component of evaluating any Evidence Based Practice / Performance Improvement project. A high caliber data management plan and its implementation will provide key stakeholders and decision-makers with the information necessary to make decisions about the value and continuance of each evidence-based intervention. Components of high caliber data management include clearly identified outcomes linked to variables and data sources; appropriate data collected for the purpose of measuring these outcomes; adequate statistical power to determine success of the project; proper data cleaning and manipulation techniques; appropriate statistical methods for measuring the outcomes; and a meaningful presentation of outcomes that addresses the concerns and questions of key stakeholders. The clinical data management course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and execute the data management plan for the capstone project. In clinical data management 2 students complete data collection for their capstone project. Data management focuses on the complete execution of the evaluation plan. Data cleansing and manipulation continue and are finalized. Exploratory data analysis is executed with the complete data set. In the exploratory phase populations are described in detail, characteristics and distributions of key variables are explored, and any bias or confounding effects are identified. Outcomes data analysis is completed as well as any adjustment for bias or confounding. Students then focus on interpretation and dissemination of results to meet the needs of various stakeholders in both written and oral formats. Pre-requisites: NR.210.801, 210.802, 210.803, 210.805, 210.807, 210.896, 210.897, 210.898 Pre/Co-requisite: NR.210.804
NR.210.810 Consulting Services: Supporting Organization and Systems Leadership
The purpose of this elective in the DNP Program is to provide a framework for the use and delivery of consultative services in health services organizations. In the U.S., consulting services are provided to healthcare delivery organizations, federal healthcare and research initiatives including veteran and military health, health policy groups, and professional organizations. As executives and leaders in these organizations, nurses recommend, select, procure, and evaluate consulting services. Leaders in nursing are also requested to provide consultation based on their area of research, expertise, or organizational leadership. This elective will focus on foundations of consultative relationships; consultant roles--from the individual service provider to mega international firms; business basics including contracts and ethics; and evaluation of consulting service value. Students will analyze current healthcare consulting strategies; interact with healthcare consultants representing various service and business models; and develop an executive consultation plan based on a healthcare information technology case study.
NR.210.812 Writing Program Grants
Health care leaders need to know how to access funds to support innovative programs. This online course is designed to build students’ knowledge and skills for writing proposals to a range of foundations and government agencies requesting funds to support health-related programs. Course content will focus on describing a clear and compelling need for selected health-related programs; developing a concise executive summary; creating a budget; finding and selecting appropriate funding sources; and understanding grantee responsibilities after an award has been made.
NR.210.813 Complexity of Health Care Systems
The purpose of this elective in the DNP program is to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the complexity of the healthcare system, as it pertains to organizations and to population health. This elective will focus on the theory of complex adaptive systems in four strategic areas of healthcare practice: quality and safety; innovation and diffusion; medical devices and information technologies; policy issues in coordination of care; and evidence-based practice and evaluation. Two current social policy issues will provide the context for consideration of complex systems: US Health Reform and Health Consumerism. Nurse Executives and other nursing leaders in healthcare practice in a complex systems environment. They continually make decisions about strategic programs, initiatives, and investments in healthcare services that affect and are affected by other system elements. Students will analyze their capstone projects in the context of complex adaptive systems and present the analysis to the class. They will also develop a strategic healthcare initiative of their choosing, based on principles of complex adaptive systems that demonstrates health care system complexity.
NR.210.819 Information Systems and Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
This course focuses on the evaluation and use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making relevant to patient care, care systems, and quality improvement.
NR.210.820 Academic and Ethical Issues in Scholarship
This course is for students whose first language is not American English and whose experience with academic written communication in U.S. higher education institutions is limited. This course focuses on a number of aspects of effective academic written communication to help the student write as clearly as possible. Students will complete various writing and grammar exercises specific to scholarly writing .Ethical issues in scholarship will also be reviewed such as the proper citation of sources, plagiarism, and authorship In addition to writing assignments, one short formal oral presentation is required to connect formal written communication and formal verbal communication. Prerequisite: NR.210.800
NR.210.890 Capstone Independent Study
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NR.210.895 Independent Study
Scholarly activity under guidance of faculty serves to help students achieve professional goals. This course may be taken as elective credit.
NR.210.896 Capstone I: Mentored Scholarship
The first course of the capstone experience provides students with the foundation upon which to develop the scholarly project. Focus is on identification of a significant practice problem. Students state that problem in scholarly terms using local, regional, national and international data and evidence as appropriate. They begin a search and pro section of the evidence to elucidate the problem and support the work of scholarly translation. Corequisites: NR.210.801 and 210.803
NR.210.897 Capstone II: Project Management
The DNP translates evidence into practice with the goal of improving outcomes. This second course in the capstone sequence provides students with the tools and direction needed to develop a comprehensive project management plan which will guide the work of translation and the remainder of the capstone experience. This plan will establish clear aims, describe activities required to achieve those aims, provide a detailed description of the planned innovation, and state methods for evaluation. Risks to participants will be clearly described and plans to mitigate or manage risk developed. The need for IRB review will be determined along with organizational readiness for the proposed innovation. Students present and defend the project plan in a formal justification at the end of the semester. Approval by the faculty is required before implementation begins.. Prerequisites: NR.210.801-803, and 210.896 Corequisites: NR.210.804-806
NR.210.898 Capstone III: Implementation
This capstone experience provides opportunity for the student to execute the project plan in collaboration with the sponsoring site in a way that assures fidelity with the findings in the evidence and the plan approved by the IRB. The experience reflects the interest of the student and is designed to meet individual interests and career goals. This advanced practice experience allows the student to learn to manage time and resources, assess implementation issues, and utilize communication and collaboration strategies while working with a clinical mentor and a diverse inter-professional team to implement the project plan.. Prerequisites: NR.210.801-210.806, 210.896, and 210.897
NR.210.899 Capstone IV: Evaluation
This is the final component of the capstone experience. The course content, as in the other capstone experiences, reflects the interest of the student and is designed to meet individual student needs and career goals. This final course allows the student, with guidance from mentor and faculty, to complete the clinical project and finalize the scholarly written and oral report to disseminate and integrate new knowledge. The final products will reflect the student’s ability to employ effective communication and collaboration skills, to take a leadership role, to influence health care quality and safety, to evaluate practice, and successfully negotiate change in health care delivery for individuals, families, populations, or systems across a broad spectrum of healthcare. Prerequisites: NR.210.801-210.806, and 210.896-210.898
NR.300.899 Post-Doctoral Research
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NR.500.601 Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice
Analysis of theories relevant to nursing and public health will assist the student in the identification of the unique role of public health nursing across settings. Students will explore the role and function of public health nursing in primary and secondary prevention in the community, state and nation. Special emphasis will be placed on assessing the community as client and developing models of community-based health promotion and prevention.
NR.500.602 Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice - Practicum
Students enrolled in this course conduct a community assessment and write a proposal to address or prevent a risk factor or health problem in that population/community. The practicum is conducted in a community agency or established program. 168 hours clinical. Prerequisites: NR.500.601, 500.604, 500.605, PH.340.601, PH.140.611 & 612 OR PH.140.621, 622 & 623
NR.500.604 Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions
This course will integrate evidence based practice from the public health and public health nursing fields and is designed to be a practicum course to build practice skills within a variety of public health settings. The course will focus on interventions that include the individual/family, community and systems levels with an emphasis on the community/systems levels. The 17 public health interventions in the Public Health Nursing Intervention Wheel will be the basis of seminar discussions and placement within a variety of settings. Research in the fields of public health and public health nursing will be used to substantiate interventions. Students will complete either 112 or 168 clinical hours depending upon the number of clinical hours (2-3 credits) in which they are enrolled. Prerequisite: NR.500.601
NR.500.605 Public Health Nursing Leadership & Management
This didactic course is focused on the analysis, integration and application of principles of leadership and management to health care organizations and to population-based efforts across the health care delivery system. Special emphasis is placed on the practical skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders and managers in today's local, state, national and international health care environment. Prerequisite: NR 500.601
NR.500.606 Public Health Nursing Leadership, Management, & Evaluation Capstone Practicum
The course content addresses the application of principles and theories of leadership, management, and evaluation in a public health nursing setting. The educational focus will be mentored, but student-directed, leadership and evaluation skills development. Each student will be expected to complete an internship with a public health-related agency. During this placement, the student will conduct a program evaluation and analyze the use of management and leadership skills within the agency. The student's leadership skill development will be enhanced by working collaboratively with leaders in their host agency. Early in the semester, each student will identify her/his specific learning and skills development objectives. Faculty will guide students through the process of meeting these. Weekly seminars complement the field experience. 168 hours clinical. Prerequisites: NR 110.560 and 500.601, 602, 605, PH.340.601, PH.140.611 & 612 OR PH.140.621, 622, & 623
NR.500.607 Public Health Nursing/NP Capstone Practicum
This course will provide MSN-NP/MPH students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of public health problems and population-based assessment, prevention and intervention, with direct care and evaluation of clinical outcomes. Applying this knowledge to the evaluation of public health policy will be an integrating theme of the course. This course will fulfill the SPH Capstone and Integrating Experience requirement. 56 hours clinical. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.560, 500.602, and all NP courses
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