Provides an understanding of the research process with opportunities to develop critical analysis skills in critiquing current nursing research and interpreting evidence to inform practice. Prerequisites: NURS 312, MATH 155. Three hours per week.
Advanced study of the theory necessary for providing nursing care to seriously ill adults from illness through rehabilitation and recovery. Examines trends in provision of critical and rehabilitative care in rural settings and selected issues related to women’s health. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319, 329 (prereq/coreq). Three hours per week.
Advanced clinical course in caring for adults as they progress from serious illness through rehabilitation and recovery. Clinical sites include acute care, specialty rotations (ICU, ER, CCU), home health agencies and rehabilitation settings. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319. Co-requisites: NURS 329, 350. Nine hours per week.
Study of theory related to nursing care of children and adolescents with acute and chronic disorders. Integrates concepts from previous courses in the natural, behavioral and nursing sciences and introduces theories of structure, development and function of families. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319, 329 (prereq/coreq). Co-requisite: NURS 361. Three hours per week.
Prepares beginning practitioners to provide nursing care to children, adolescents and their families in a variety of rural health settings. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2010. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319 with a C or better. Pre/Corequisites: NURS 329. Corequisite: 360. Nine hours per week.
Study of theory related to nursing care of childbearing families in rural communities. Explores social and health care issues related to changing needs of women across the life span. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319, 329 (prereq/coreq). Co-requisite: NURS 371. Three hours per week.
Provides nursing care to the child-bearing family in primary and acute care settings. Applies selected theories related to structure, development and function of families. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319. Co-requisites: NURS 329, 370. Nine hours per week.
Study of a selected area of nursing. Topics may vary semester to semester. Provides an opportunity for curriculum innovation or meeting the special needs or interests of undergraduate and graduate students. May be repeated for credit under different subtitles. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. One to three hours lecture, zero to two hours laboratory per week.
Focus on nursing care to childbearing and childrearing families, and exploration of current, applicable research. Self-care and participation of family members emphasized. Topics include conditions that place the client at risk and selected acute and chronic childhood disorders. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 423. Three hours per week.
Focus on use of nursing process with childbearing and childrearing families in rural community settings and in acute care settings, both rural and urban. Emphasis on assisting clients in promoting, maintaining and/or regaining health. Students focus on clinical practice as they develop knowledge, psychomotor skills and professional values. Developmental and family theories stressed. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 422. Nine hours per week.
Focus on the theory of health of families, aggregated and communities with complex needs. Explores political, ethical, legal and sociocultural climates and theory related to the health care needs of an aging population. Prerequisites: NURS 329, 351, 361, 371, 381, 431 (coreq). Three hours per week.
Prepares beginning practitioners to work with families, aggregates and communities in rural settings. Clinical practice guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000 and the use of critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: NURS 351, 361, 371, 329, 381. Co-requisite: NURS 430. Three hours per week.
Provides a conceptual understanding of leadership and management processes in the health care system. Explores past, present and emerging roles of the professional nurse including political, economic and professional issues. Prerequisite: Completion of all required 300-level NURS courses. Three hours per week.
Precepted practicum emphasizing integration of knowledge, skills, and values needed to care for groups of clients. Opportunities to develop beginning understanding of unit management issues within the context of a helath care organization. Fosters increased independence in providing care to clients facilitating the transition to the role of graduate nurse. Prerequisites: NURS 329, 351, 361, 371, 381. Co-requisites: NURS 440. Nine hours per week.
Assists nursing students in applying best practices in nursing and nursing education to individual educational programs of study. This hybrid course offers online interaction, weekly class/group meetings and opportunities for hands-on application of nursing information. Involves students in activities that increase use of evidence-based information in health care and nursing education. Focuses on strengthening students’ understanding of the scientific basis of nursing, application of the nursing process in a variety of settings and success in academic pursuits. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. One hour classroom per week with online component.
Intensive study in a specific area of nursing agreed upon by the student and faculty member. Open to senior and graduate students. May be taken twice under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor who will direct the study and chair of the department.
Focuses on quantitative research methods as a foundation for evidence-based health care. Includes problem identification, formulation of hypotheses, research design, sampling analyses, and interpretation of quantitative data. Provides practice using a statistical package as a tool to analyze quantitative research data. Research findings are communicated both orally and in wiriting to health professionals using current technology. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH 502.
Focuses on primary care of women and children including health promotion and disease prevention within the context of the family. Incorporates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to establish diagnoses for and provide therapeutic management of women and children with common short-term and chronic stable health problems. Includes care of women during normal pregnancy and the postpartum period. Emphasizes quality and cost-effective care of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NURS 512, 522. Three hours lecture, 14 hours clinical per week for a total of 200 hours.
Focused study on a specific area of advanced practice nursing agreed upon by the student and the faculty. May include preliminary work directed toward a thesis/capstone area of interest, a specialized area of study, or clinical practice. May be taken more than once under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Written consent of the faculty who will direct the study. One to three hours per week.
Introduces students to the various uses of technology in health care education. Topics discussed range from enhancement of classroom and clinical teaching with technology to application of teaching/learning theories when constructing distance education courses, including online courses. Technologies to support clinical and classroom teaching are used to construct and implement teaching plans. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program or consent of the instructor. Three hours per week.
Focuses on development of expertise in clinical teaching to include assessment of the learner, development of effective teaching strategies, implementation of clearly defined feedback formats, and evaluation measures. Prerequisites: EDUC 560 and NURS 573 or consent of instructor. Nine hours per week of practicum and two hours seminar.
Intensive study of a selected topic relevant to nursing in rural areas. May be taken twice under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Prerequisite: Consent of the graduate nursing program faculty member. One-to-three hours lecture, zero-to-two hours lab per week.
Provides an opportunity for the master’s level student to conduct formal research related to nursing. Reflects a culminating research study as an independent project under the direction of a thesis chair and committee. Incorporates knowledge from research methodology and analysis learned throughout the program. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. Traditional defense of thesis required. May be repeated; no limit to the number of repeats. Prerequisites: MATH 502, NURS 544, and permission of the instructor.
Provides an opportunity for the graduate nursing student to synthesize knowledge and experience from graduate courses and to enhance or expand preparation for advanced nursing practice through an internship. Prerequisites: Completion of all practicum courses in track or permission of instructor. Requires 126 precepted hours.
Focused on the development and refinement of a scholarly study of a clinical case, a topic or an issue relevant to the student’s master’s degree track. The Capstone Proposal reflects the culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a project chair and committee. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. May not receive credit for NURS 593 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of M.S. program, MATH 502, NURS 542, NURS 544, and permission of the instructor.
Focuses on the implementation of the previously approved Capstone Proposal (NURS 593) and reflects a culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a project chair and committee. Critical thinking excellent oral and written communication, and skillful use of information technology are required. May not receive credit for NURS 594 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of M.S. program, permission of the instructor, successful completion of NURS 593.
Focuses on the dissemination of the previously approved Capstone Proposal and Implementation (NURS 593, 594) and reflects a culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a Capstone Committee chair and committee. Critical thinking excellent oral and written communication, and skillful use of information technology are required. May not receive credit for NURS 595 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 3 of M.S. program, permission of the instructor, successful completion of NURS 594.
Focused on advancing nursing knowledge in a specialty area. Synthesize knowledge from graduate courses in the identification and development of an evidence-based project that will improve healthcare outcomes and provide the foundation for future scholarship. Prerequisites: Year 2 of the D.N.P. Program or permission of instructor. Two hours per week.
An integrated and structured, student-directed practicum that complements learning in clinical or non-clinical areas in which more expertise is desired. A total of four credits of Practicum are required, with 400 hours. May be taken for variable credits, (100-300 hours) in at least two different areas of focus and with advisor's approval. These credits must be taken during Year 2 or 3 of the D.N.P. Program. Possible areas of focus for the Practicum include: Leadership in Healthcare, Advanced Clinical Knowledge/Expertise (advanced clinical skills-suturing, 12 lead ECG, x-ray interpretation), Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Technology in Healthcare, Policy Issues in Healthcare. Advocacy in Healthcare, Ethics in Healthcare, and Legal Issues in Healthcare. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of the D.N.P. Program or permission of instructor. Seven hours practicum (per credit per week) and two hours seminar per week.