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NR.100.100 English for Academic Purposes
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NR.110.303 Health Assessment
This course provides the nursing student an introduction to the skills of history taking, physical assessment, and documentation required for beginning nursing practice. The student will acquire needed skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Integrated in this is the collection and analysis of data which are essential in planning safe and effective care. Effective communication, assessment, and documentation will be practiced in the laboratory setting. The student will become familiar with the techniques of physical assessment consisting of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Emphasis is placed on health assessment as a systematic and organized examination that will provide accurate data in which to form valid nursing diagnoses and plans of care.
NR.110.304 Principles and Applications of Nursing Technology
This course addresses the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe and effective care to patients in the first semester. Students will explore scientific principles related to nursing interventions and will practice psychomotor skills needed to safely and effectively implement those interventions. Principles of safe medication administration and monitoring are included to allow for students to administer medications in the clinical course Patient Centered Care. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes based on QSEN competencies, including patient-centered care, use of evidence-based guidelines, quality improvement, safety, and informatics will be incorporated into lab practice.
NR.110.305 Nursing Care of Older Adults Across the Continuum
This course is designed to promote understanding of the aging process, the role of the nurse and implications for promoting health in the least restrictive environment. It will include discussions of geriatric syndromes, complexity of co-morbidities while managing health outcomes, implications of transitions of care in promoting health, settings of care and economic and policy implications as well as national/international models of care. Course activities are designed to enhance the student's critical thinking as it relates to holistic approaches to promoting health and independence in older adults. Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313 Corequisites: NR.110.312, 314, 315, 403
NR.110.306 Professional Role Development in Nursing
This course focuses on professional role development in nursing. Content is organized into three modules: 1) the profession of nursing; 2) healthcare competencies, including quality and safety education for nurses; and 3) the healthcare delivery system. An overview of the nursing professions, its history, current trends and the future of nursing, nursing education, and the role of the nurse in an interdisciplinary health care setting will emphasized. The concepts will be described in the context of building the students’ role as a health professional. Healthy People 2020 Goals and Objectives will provide the framework for understanding the complexity of health care delivery and improving years of healthy life for all. Students will develop their nursing practice by acquiring a basic understanding of healthcare competencies through two frameworks, the IOM competencies for healthcare professionals and the Quality and Safety in Nursing (QSEN) competencies. Finally, students will be introduced to healthcare delivery concepts, such as healthcare delivery systems, healthcare policy and financing, and an overview of public health, health promotion, disease prevention, health disparities, healthcare reform, and global health. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.303, 110.304, 110.307P, and 110.313
NR.110.307 Patient Centered Care
This combined clinical and laboratory course integrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes from all of the first semester courses. Students practice competencies in assessment, communication, nursing interventions, documentation, and medication administration in a variety of clinical settings. By the end of the semester, students will apply the nursing process and selected QSEN competencies to patients from diverse backgrounds. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.303, 110.304, 110.306, and 110.313
NR.110.312 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
This course focuses on the basic psychopathology of mental disorders and the theories and principles underlying nursing care of patients with alterations in mental health status. An historical perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, including a discussion of the predominant theoretical frameworks for treatment will be presented. The major psychiatric diagnoses will be defined, described, and discussed in terms of their etiology, clinical manifestations, and approaches to treatment. Psychiatric nursing as a specialty area of practice and the application of psychiatric principles across clinical populations will be emphasized. Health promotion, crisis intervention, and famliy and community concepts related to mental illness will be addressed. Contemporary concerns will be presented related to the impact of mental illness on family stress and burden, substance abuse, and family violence. Personal, family, societal, political, legal, and ethical considerations pertaining to mental illness will be explored. Prerequisites: NR.110.301-NR.110.305. Corequisites: NR.110.313 & 110.314.
NR.110.312P Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practicum
In this course, student clinical experiences will be in acute care and/or community settings. Students will have an opportunity to conduct comprehensive patient assessments, plan and implement care, and develop skills in therapeutic communication with patients and their families. Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313 Corequisites: NR.110.314, 403
NR.110.313 Principles of Pathophysiology
This course presents basic knowledge of pathophysiology as utilized and applied in current nursing practice. Selected major health problems are explored, including clinical manifestations, the pathophysiology and treatments. Patient Centered Care will provide a clinical opportunity to apply this content. Prerequisites: None
NR.110.314 Principles of Pharmacology
This course highlights the major drug classifications and the nursing management required for drug therapy. Information regarding the core drug knowledge (pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, and drug interactions) are presented. Information on the core patient variables (health status, lifespan and gender, lifestyle, diet, and habits, environment, and culture) and their use in accurate patient assessment in drug therapy are also presented. Emphasis is given to the importance of nursing management in drug therapy (maximizing therapeutic effect, minimizing adverse effects, and patient and family education). The course content provides the foundation of basic pharmacology necessary for a nurse in general practice. Pre/corequisites: NR.110. 304 and 313
NR.110.315 Nursing for Adult Health I
This course concentrates on the theoretical and clinical application of the healthcare principles involved in the assessment, planning and implementation of the nursing process appropriate for adults with various health problems in the acute care setting. The health status of the American population will be addressed with emphasis on the impact of major diseases as identified in Healthy People 2020. The course will focus on developing skills in problem-solving, clinical judgment, critical thinking so that students may function as a beginning member of the healthcare team in the provision of interdisciplinary care for a variety of patient situations. Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313 Corequisites: NR.110.314, 312
NR.110.315P Nursing for Adult Health I Practicum
Student clinical experiences will be primarily in acute care settings. Students will have an opportunity to conduct comprehensive patient assessments, plan and implement care and develop skills to assess, plan and implement nursing care of adult patients with a variety of medical and/or surgical clinical situations. Comprehensive nursing care for patients with a wide range of disorders will be addressed as well as the need for patient teaching and continuity of care as the patient returns to the community. Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313 Corequisites: NR.110.314 and 312
NR.110.401 Nursing for Adult Health II
This course concentrates on the theories underlying the principles involved in the planning and implementation of nursing interventions appropriate for adults with various complex health problems. The health status of the American population will be addressed with emphasis on the impact of major diseases of the individual, the family, and the community. The course will focus on developing skills in problem-solving and clinical judgment so that students may function successfully in a variety of patient situations, including those where: (a) rapidly changing situations predominate and (b) the aging process and the health problems of advancing age predominate. In an acute inpatient setting, students will assess, analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing care of adult patients under direct supervision. Comprehensive nursing care for patients with a wide range of disorders will be addressed as well as the need for patient teaching and continuity of care as the patients returns to the community. Prerequisites: NR.110.303-110.315 Pre/corequisite: NR.110.403
NR.110.401P Adult Health II Practicum
Student clinical experiences will be in primarily in acute care settings. Students will have an opportunity to conduct comprehensive patient assessments, plan and implement care and develop skills to assess, plan and implement nursing care of adult patients with a variety of medical and or surgical clinical situations. Comprehensive nursing care for patients with a wide range of disorders will be addressed as well as the need for patient teaching and continuity of care as the patient returns to the community.
NR.110.402 Nursing for Child Health
In this course, the student will study the unique health and developmental needs of neonates, infants, children and adolescents. This 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 health promotion focus across settings. The student will use the nursing process to provide comprehensive care to children in diverse settings across the care continuum. Health issues specific to children and health issues expressed in unique ways in children will be emphasized. Integration and application of child development knowledge is a requirement of this course. Clinical practice consists of seven weeks of instructor-supervised patient care of children and their families. Clinical practice in ambulatory settings and simulation experiences are offered. Prerequisites: NR.110.301-110.314
NR.110.402P Nursing for Child Health Practicum
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. Major illnesses and injuries. There is a strong developmental and health promotion focus across settings. The student provide care to children in diverse settings across the care continuum, taking on the nursing roles of direct care provider, teacher, counselor, advocate, and care manager. Health issues specific to children and health issues expressed in unique ways in children will be emphasized. Patient safety issues that put children at greater risk will be emphasized. Integration of clinical experience, laboratory, simulation, and theoretical knowledge is a requirement of this course.
NR.110.403 The Research Process in Nursing
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the scientific process with emphasis on its application in nursing. The steps of the research process will be presented as well as the major research designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental studies, surveys, descriptive and qualitative designs. Students will review and critique selected nursing research studies. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the logical process of research, on the scientific rigor necessary for carrying out studies of nursing interest, and on critically reading and using nursing research in nursing practice. Prerequisites: None
NR.110.404 Information Technology in Nursing
Students will be formally introduced to information technology in nursing, health, and healthcare. They will develop an understanding of the foundations of applied informatics and the basic concepts of informatics science. Focused upon gaining foundational informatics literacy, this course is not designed to teach how to use information technology. Instead, this course is designed to prepare students to critically analyze and synthesize the application of healthcare information technology in professional nursing practice. Nursing 404 builds on the previous clinical experience of the student. Prerequisites: NR.110.303 through 110.315 Pre/corequisite: NR.110.403
NR.110.405 Public Health Nursing
This course emphasizes the theories and practice of public health nursing. The focus of care is on populations, and the provision of care includes individuals, families, communities, aggregates, systems and populations. Students are introduced to the roles of public health nurses and integrate previous clinical courses into this 4th semester course. Students synthesize their nursing education and apply new skills and knowledge towards a population perspective. The course emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, using the public health sciences of epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, community assessment, and community interventions. The three core public health functions assurance, assessment, and policy development are used as a framework. Important current topics are presented to illustrate public health nursing concepts. The Public Health Nursing Interventions Wheel is the framework used to describe interventions for nursing practice. The clinical component of this course provides students with an opportunity to apply social and public health sciences to individuals, communities, systems, and populations, across all ages. A variety of clinical settings are used to give students a broad and comprehensive perspective of public health nursing interventions. The practice of this course includes home visits, care of families, collaboration with community agencies, and community interventions. Students complete a community assessment and intervention project. The Public Health Nursing Interventions Wheel framework is used to guide interventions aimed to improve the health of populations. Prerequisites: NR.110.301-110.404
NR.110.405P Public Health Nursing Practicum
This clinical course provides students with direct public health nursing practice experiences. Students synthesize prior nursing education into this practicum where they work under the direction of a clinical instructor, in more independent practice roles. They will use public health nursing skills integrating evidence-based nursing care with the science of public health and the behavioral and social sciences. Students generally work with vulnerable and at risk individuals, families, communities, systems, and populations. Students complete clinical experiences in a variety of community based settings and may conduct home visits and /or work in public or private community agencies. Students conduct community assessments and community interventions, in collaboration with community organizations. They apply a multitude of critical thinking skills and conduct comprehensive public health nursing interventions, using the Public Health Nursing Interventions Wheel to guide interventions aimed to improve the health of populations. Students ultimately apply this course’s practicum skills to any nursing role, and develop their role as nurses with a global health perspective and vision.
NR.110.407 Transitions into Professional Practice
This course will assist students in the integration of theory and practice as they approach the completion of the nursing major and transition into the role of professional nurse. The theory section of the course focuses on personal leadership and the associated skills and knowledge to practice as a contemporary professional nurse. Specific areas for knowledge and skill building for clinical leadership include: healthcare organizations and organizational structures; organizational "fit"; communication and teamwork; legal and ethical responsibilities; delegation; conflict identification and resolution; change agent; health care costs and unit based financial management; change and quality improvement; consumer relationships; the culture of safety; workplace issues; and role transition from graduate to professional nurse. Prerequisites: NR 110.303 through 110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR.110.405
NR.110.408 Transitions Practicum
Students are placed in an area for clinical experience with a preceptor from the assigned facility and under faculty guidance. Emphasis is placed on synthesis of previous and concurrent learning as students perform the role of an entry-level professional nurse. Clinical goals include development of independence in nursing practice, skill in clinical decision-making and application of nursing leadership and management theory and skills. For RN/BSN students, the emphasis is placed on synthesizing previous professional experience with concurrent learning for professional development. Clinical goals include continued development in an identified area of nursing expertise, and an understanding of the application of nursing leadership and management theory to practice. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.407
NR.110.410A Seminars in Nursing: Care of the Pregnant Woman and Newborn
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified area related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected populations are presented. The students will select the area of nursing they would like to explore more in depth. The student will develop a comprehensive understanding of the physiologic, psycho-social, legal, and ethical considerations impacting the nurse's role in various modalities of fetal surveillance throughout pregnancy, labor and birth. Students will learn about genetic screening, risk assessment, and advanced physiologic principles underlying screening modalities. Legal and risk management issues for the nurse in clinical practice will be reviewed, and current practice guidelines analyzed, assessment, legal implications, ethical monitoring. Legal and risk management issues for the nurse in clinical practice will be reviewed. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR 110.405, 110.407 and 110.408
NR.110.410B Seminars in Nursing: Introduction to Critical Care
This course is designed to expand the student’s learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the area of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will gain an overview of advanced monitoring and equipment used in the critical care setting, with an understanding of the principles involved in the assessment, planning and implementation of nursing interventions for clients in critical care settings. Using the concept of Shock as an organizing framework, the student will review the causes, clinical presentations, pathophysiology, hemodynamic changes, and medical and nursing interventions used in the care of patients with hypovolemic, cardiogenic, obstructive and distributive shock. Prerequisites: NR.110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR.110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410C Seminars in Nursing: Around the world- Preparing for Global Nursing
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the area of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will gain an overview of global health in preparation to practice in a variety of settings. An overview of strategies that promote the health of nations will be examined including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and the complex factors that affect the health of countries such as health care delivery systems, war, religion, politics, culture, and the environment. International professional nursing organizations, nongovernmental and governmental organizations and agencies, and other international health organizations will be presented as influencing global health and also as potential employment areas. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR 110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410E Seminars in Nursing: Acute Care of Children
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the are of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. In particular, this course builds on NR 110.402, Child Health Nursing. This course is designed to provide in-depth theoretical background for acute care of ill children with complex health problems. It is organized around specific areas of practice the acute care nurse may encounter in both pediatric and adult units where children are cared for: neurological insults, congenital cardiac defects, complex respiratory management, post-operative care, pain management, burn care, poisonings, and disaster management. Developmental, psychosocial, cultural, environmental, health promotion, and ethical issues are integral to the discussion of each topic. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR 110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410F Seminars in Nursing: Oncology/Palliative Care
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the area of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will build on previous oncology content and learn application skills in the specialty of oncology nursing. Content will address the treatment and long term management of individuals and families with and at risk for cancer. The course will address physiological, psychological, social, and palliative aspects of cancer care. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR 110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410G Seminars in Nursing: Older Adults with Complex Health Problems
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the area of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will focus on the care of the older adult with complex geriatric conditions and issues impacting care in acute care and other settings. The focus will be on unique complications of co-morbidities, polypharmacy, and psychological, social and environment risks that challenge nursing care delivery and influence interventions across care settings. Prerequisites: NR 110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR 110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410H Seminars in Nursing: Introduction to Emergency Nursing
This course is designed to expand the student’s learning in a specified topic related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected patient populations are presented. The students will select the area or nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will gain an overview of the principles in planning and implementation of nursing interventions for clients in the emergency department setting. Content will emphasize patient assessment, triage principles, and advanced monitoring equipment. Using a systems approach, the students will review the etiologies, clinical presentations, pathophysiology, and medical and nursing interventions for patients presenting to the emergency department with life threatening injuries/disease processes. Prerequisites: NR.110.301-110.404 and 110.411 Corequisites: NR.110.405, 110.407, and 110.408
NR.110.410J Seminars in Nursing: Application of Quality & Safety in Clinical Practice
This course is designed to expand the student's learning in a specified area related to nursing practice. Advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected settings and/or with selected populations are presented. The student will select the area of nursing they would like to explore in more depth. The student will gain an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. Content will synthesize knowledge from previous courses. The student will examine quality and safety issues in preparation for nursing practice in a variety of settings. Specific content will address patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration, and ethical decision-making. The complex factors that affect healthcare in diverse settings will be discussed.
NR.110.411 Nursing the Childbearing Family
The course introduces the student to contemporary perspectives of health care of women during normal pregnancy, the intrapartal and postpartal periods. Course content will incorporate the growth and development of the fetus and the needs of the mother for health teaching and nutritional care during the entire childbearing experience. Emphasis is placed on the nursing aspects of care for the mother and her infant within the family context. Health problems, ethical and contemporary issues related to pregnancy and selected high-risk situations will be addressed. Maternal-infant interaction and family bonding will be emphasized. Continuity of care is stressed as the mother and child return to the home and the community. Prerequisites: NR.110.303-315
NR.110.411P Nursing the Childbearing Family Practicum
The course introduces the student to fundamentals of childbearing processes and evidence-based care for women and their families during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and practicing nursing care that supports the physiologic processes associated with childbearing. Students will also have the opportunity to practice skills for caring for clients with childbearing-related pathologies and managing ethical and practice debates.
NR.110.422 Breastfeeding: Practice and Research
The focus of this course will be on the practice of breastfeeding in relation to culture, the evidence base for practice, the clinical techniques used to support successful breastfeeding, and the role of the nurse in the breastfeeding process. Strategies to encourage the initiation and duration of breastfeeding will be presented along with a critique of extant practices. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.425 Politics and 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.110.426 Community Outreach to Underserved Communities in Urban Baltimore
Students will 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 a broad definition of health focusing on issues such as disparities in health and health care, social justice, vulnerable populations, housing, employment, safety, and the environment. In addition, specific Baltimore community health interventions for selected aggregates are presented with emphasis on health promotion. Students will learn about local community agencies and resources. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.427 Community Outreach Seminar: Action, Reflection, Transformation
This course follows NR.110.426, Community Outreach, focusing on the continued development of students in their roles as community outreach nursing students. Weekly seminars will provide students with a forum to discuss current issues that they confront while they synthesize previous experiences, current service learning, and career development in nursing. Through classroom discussions, weekly logs, and required readings, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their actions working with underserved Baltimore communities. They will integrate knowledge from curricular course work and community service into an analysis about how to develop their current and future nursing careers. Selected community members will lead discussions and present such concepts as development of community programs, community resources, ethical challenges, and leadership development. This course is aimed to facilitate the development of future nurse leaders in health care. Prerequisite: NR.110.426
NR.110.428 Fundamentals of Forensic Nursing
This course presents an overview of the development of forensic nursing as a specialty formally recognized by the American Nurses Association. Forensic nursing, simply defined, explores where nursing practice has a high likelihood of overlapping with the legal system (i.e., child and family abuse, sexual assault, and death investigation). Students will be introduced to the most common types of forensic nursing and the expanding career opportunities in this field. Principles of thorough evidence collection and preservation will be highlighted. Students will also learn appropriate written and photographic documentation in the health record; an overview of the judicial system; and an introduction to forensic wound identification.
NR.110.429 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.
NR.110.430 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.110.431 A Multidisciplinary Approach to Adolescent Depression
This course prepares the nursing student to assume the role of health educator in the high school community setting. Specifically, the course focuses on depression education for adolescents. The course has three main components: understanding depression as a treatable medical illness, understanding the role of the nurse as a community health educator, and providing education to high school students about adolescent depression. By reviewing the educational principles and best practices for education, the student will begin to develop skills as a nurse educator. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescent depression will be reviewed, as will concepts related to normal adolescent growth and development. Nursing students will go into local high school classrooms to educate 9th grade students about adolescent depression. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.438 The Science and Practice of Nursing the Neonate
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the science and the theory which is the basis for safe, effective, evidence based care for the neonate and the developing family. Students will learn about fetal development, common teratogens and their influence, neonatal physiology, the process of adaptation to extrauterine life, and the most critical problems that interfere with successful adaptation. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the many diverse technologies used in the care of the neonate, and will participate in laboratory activities designed to prepare clinicians for neonatal care during this critical time of transition. This course will introduce students to theory and its application to practice, research and innovation. Students will be introduced to a set of social conditions which can lead to a broad range of neonatal complications. They will be introduced to key developmental and family systems theories. Course work will enable students to develop knowledge essential to expanding understanding of neonatal adaptation and maladaptation in support entry to advanced practice roles. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: NR 110.411
NR.110.439 Advanced Beginner Spanish for Health Professionals
This course is designed to re-awaken previous language study and provide a forum for development of both additional basic language skills and specific medical terminology. The course will include acquisition of frequently used vocabulary, basic grammar concepts, elementary conversational vocabulary, and colloquialisms. It will include specific vocabulary groups relating to the basic assessment and care of patients. Students will be provided with opportunities to experience the five major areas of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Culture. The major focus will be on Speaking and Listening with Reading and Writing providing concrete practice outside of the classroom. There will be a placement examination on the first night of class. Pre-Requisites: Some study or experience with the target language. ACTFL Proficiency = Novice Mid to Novice High: They are able to manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects and a limited number of activities, preferences and immediate needs. Respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information; they are able to ask only a very few formulaic questions when asked to do so. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.440 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). Cultural Competence will also be extensively discussed and debated. This course may be offered online depending on enrollment. Limited enrollment. Pre-Requisities: Successful completion of Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals or permission of the instructor.
NR.110.441 Faith and Health
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the major faith systems and their interrelation with health and health care. Students will learn the basic tenets of various belief systems and consider the role of the nurse in addressing faith as it relates to health care needs. Students will learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Agnosticism, and Atheism. They will be exposed to scholars and religious leaders from our community who will explain their belief systems and engage in dialogues which make connections between faith and health. Course work will enable students to develop knowledge and skills essential to becoming effective, understanding, compassionate professionals. Students will acknowledge their personal faith system while developing an understanding of the great diversity of faiths held by the individuals in our community. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.442 Collaborating for Interprofessional Care: Nursing, Medical and Pharmacy Students Learning to Work Together and Care for Older Adults I
This course is designed to promote understanding about the importance for nursing and medical students to work together in providing patient care. Seminar topics include a comparison of the similarities and differences in nursing and medical education, as well as the importance of interprofessional collaboration for providing safe, high quality patient care. Students will learn about the distinct roles of doctors, nurses and other professional members of the health care team, and will appreciate how these roles contribute to safe care delivery through a variety of learning modalities, including discussions, role play, case studies and home visits. Integrated learning of nursing and medical students will include strategies focusing on developing skills needed to enhance interprofessional teamwork, communication, decision-making, conflict resolution and collaboration in providing care. The Worth and Jane Daniels Initiative supports this course well as a course at the advanced practice level for nurse practitioner students and resident physicians to learn the skills of inter-professional collaboration while caring for complex community-based older patients. Permission of the instructor required. Limited enrollment. Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304,306, 307P and 313.
NR.110.443 Collaborating for Interprofessional Care: Nursing, Medical and Pharmacy Students Learning to Work Together and Care for Older Adults II
This course builds on learning outcomes of NR.110.442, Collaborating for Interprofessional Care: Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Students Learning to Work Together and Care for Older Adults I, and is designed to teach students the interprofessional collaborative competencies not learned in Course #1, along with strategies for applying those competencies in health care professions (nursing, medical and pharmacy) in order to work together in providing patient care. Seminar topics include discussion of the importance of team building, communication and conflict resolution within and across the disciplines of nursing, medical, and pharmacy education. Students will practice these skills by working in small groups and when planning and making interprofessional home visits to community living older adults who serve as "health care provider consultants", as well as when participating in service learning projects. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of interprofessional collaboration for providing safe, high quality patient care. Integrated collaborative learning of nursing, medical and pharmacy students will include three clinical simulation experiences across a variety of settings and clinical issues designed to emphasize the unique contributions of each discipline and the added strength of interprofessional collaboration. The Worth and Jane Daniels Initiative supports this course which is designed for pre-licensure learners, as well as a course at the advanced practice level for nurse practitioner students, resident physicians, pharmacy students, and pastoral care residents to learn the skills of interprofessional collaboration while caring for complex community-based older patients. Permission of the instructor required. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: NR.110.442
NR.110.460 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 introduced. Group processing of client and birth companion interactions and care management will be held biweekly. Seminars will be led by experts in the field, including lactation consultants, social workers, community health educators and child birth educators. Requirements for course may span more than one term. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: NR 110.411
NR.110.491 Dying and Death
This elective course will present an overview of concepts and issues related to dying and death. Through presentations, small group discussions and personal reflection, students will be encouraged to explore the personal and professional meanings of loss, grief and bereavement, the dying process, individual behavioral, psychosocial and spiritual responses, family concerns, and religious and cultural influences. Ethical issues, such as dying with dignity and quality of life will also be addressed. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.493 Family Violence
An elective focusing on the causes and extent of violence in the family, the human responses to violence, the influence of culture and community on violence in the family and nursing interventions for the problem on the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention levels. Areas of violence in the family to be examined will include child abuse, wife abuse, sexual abuse, violence involving adolescent family members, abuse of elderly family members and homicide. Students will also have an opportunity to experience a field placement in a community agency providing services to violent or potentially violent families. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.495 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Care
This interdisciplinary course will familiarize nursing and medical students with the use of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities in the delivery of health care. The course will introduce the students to the five categories of CAM identified by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Within these categories students will explore leading non-traditional therapeutic alternatives that consumers and health providers are using today, often in conjunction with conventional medicine. This practice of combining CAM and conventional medicine has been defined as Integrative Medicine. The safety and efficacy of these modalities/therapies will be examined through the latest research, guest practitioner presentations, small group learning, and experiential sessions. Critical thinking skills will be developed as students critique the literature. This course will allow students to develop the knowledge and attitudes necessary to communicate effectively with patients and the patient care team with respect to CAM and Integrative Medicine. Limted enrollment. Prerequisites: All first semester courses and NR.110.403
NR.110.497 Nursing Research EBP
The purpose of this blended course is to introduce students to the evidence based practice (EBP) in nursing. Students will have previous knowledge of the scientific process, steps of the research process, major research designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental studies, surveys, descriptive and qualitative designs. Students will participate in a nursing unit evidence based practice project. Students will review and critique selected nursing research studies. Emphasis is placed on the application of research studies to nursing practice. Pre- and corequisites: Prerequisite is graduate level research course with a grade of B or better; syllabus reviewed by course faculty for recommendation to take this course in lieu of NR.110.403. Attendance at 110.403 may be required for content not covered in prior coursework. Permission required.
NR.110.498 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 undergraduate students who aspire to learn more about nursing research. Topics will span two years and the course may be taken up to three times. Prerequisite: Admission to the Undergraduate Research Honors Program.
NR.110.499 Independent Study
Scholarly activity under guidance of faculty serves to help students achieve professional goals. This course may be taken as elective credit.
NR.110.500 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.110.520K CNS Role Specialty Practicum I - Women's Health
Based on a student's past experience, this practicum will be individualized to provide the student with opportunities to develop the diverse ROLES and SKILLS of a clinical nurse specialist. Relevant role foci include: educator, clinical expert, consultant, researcher, and change agent. . Essential skills include leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of disease, evidence-based practice, advanced 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. Students begin to integrate and apply their understanding of their roles across three spheres of influence: patient & family, staff, and systems. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.500, 110.504
NR.110.521A CNS Specialty Practicum II - Adult/Geriatric 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.521H CNS Specialty Practicum II - Adult/Geriatric 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. 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.521K CNS Specialty Practicum II - Women's 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.503, 110.520 and 110.589 (Peds CNS only)
NR.110.522A CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Adult/Geriatric 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.501, 110.503, 110.521
NR.110.522H CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Adult/Geriatric 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. 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.501, 110.503, 110.521
NR.110.522K CNS Outcomes Specialty Practicum III - Women's 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. 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
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.110.549 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. Pre/corequisites: NR 110.502, 110.508, 110.536 and/or 110.537
NR.110.551 Advanced Practice in Primary Care I: Adult/Geriatrics
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. 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: Pediatrics
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. 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: Adults
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. Prerequisite: NR 110.551
NR.110.554 Advanced Practice in Primary Care II: Pediatrics
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. Prerequisite: NR.110.552
NR.110.557 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management II - Adults
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. 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. Prerequisite: NR 110.562
NR.110.565 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult 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. Prerequisite: NR.110.553
NR.110.566 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Pediatric 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. Prerequisite: NR.110.554
NR.110.567 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Acute/Critical 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. 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. 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, lecutres, 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. 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. 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. 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.110.595 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Care
See NR.110.495 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.110.628 Fundamentals of Forensic Nursing
This course presents an overview of the development of forensic nursing as a specialty formally recognized by the American Nurses Association. Forensic nursing, simply defined, explores where nursing practice has a high likelihood of overlapping with the legal system (i.e., child and family abuse, sexual assault, and death investigation). Students will be introduced to a variety of forensic nursing roles as well as how forensic nurses work collaboratively with many disciplines within the justice systems. Principles of thorough evidence collection and preservation will be highlighted. Students will be introduced to expanding career opportunities in this rapidly growing nursing sub-specialty.
NR.110.629 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals
See NR110.429 for description. Limited enrollment.
NR.110.630 Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals
See NR 110.430 for description. 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.110.637 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.
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.
NR.110.710 Diagnosis and Management of Infectious Diseases
The advanced practice nurse is called upon to evaluate a myriad of patient issues resulting from infectious agents. This course provides the student with evidence-based clinical management strategies for emerging and other prevalent infectious diseases. The course focuses on infectious diseases impacting individuals within U.S. inpatient and outpatient settings. It relies and builds upon previous academic coursework and clinical nursing experience. The course will examine diagnostic testing and clinical management strategies for viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Prevention techniques including vaccination schedules, antimicrobial prophylaxis, and risk-reduction interventions will be discussed. Case studies will be used to integrate clinical decision making skills to real world infectious disease examples. The improper use of antibiotics and resulting multi-drug resistant agents that contribute to increasing infection and the impact on societal and economic trends will be discussed. Pre/corequisite: NR.110.547
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 Advanced Research Design
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.110.838 Salivary Bioscience Laboratory
The goals of this course are to provide students with an in-depth review of theory and research on the integration of stress-related salivary analytes into developmental, social, behavioral, and health sciences. There is a lecture and a laboratory component. The lecture component covers theoretical perspectives; oral fluid as biological specimens; practical aspects of sample handing, collection, and study design; basics of immunoassay used for assaying saliva; and hints for writing papers, presentations, and proposals. The laboratory component includes hands-on supervised training on sample processing, salivary immunoassay, and kinetic reaction assays. Samples will be collected, assayed, and data generated for discussion and analysis. The course is intended for students who have no prior laboratory experience. The course will cover theory and research on the psychological, biological, and social aspects of stress, and reactions to stress, and will highlight themes related to biological sensitivity to context, social ecology, individual differences, and biobehavioral and public health. The course emphasizes collaborative problem-based learning, and learning by doing rather than by listening and reading. This course will take advantage of resources at the Center for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research to create opportunity for hands-on activities that complement what is discussed in the seminar. This is a 2 day (16 hours of instruction) course designed for faculty, post-docs, and advanced graduate students that will be offered 4-6 times per year. The course meets 8:30-5:30 on two consecutive days. Pre/corequisite: Permission of instructor required
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.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. Pre/corequisites: NR.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.210.890 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 Theory and Practice of Public Health Nursing - Didactic
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. (Total of 168 hours) 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 (168 hours total). 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. 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. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.560, 500.602, and all NP courses
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