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NURS 310 NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I [+]
Theory related to nursing care of adults with common health problems who need to maintain or regain optimal levels of functioning. Emphasizes problem solving through use of a variety of resources; examines trends and issues relevant to health care in rural communities. Intended for students admitted to the undergraduate nursing program. Corequisite: NURS 311. Three hours per week.
NURS 311 NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I CLINIC [+]
Application of beginning health assessment skills, nursing knowledge and concepts from the biological and behavioral sciences. Students provide nursing care to adults with common health alterations in acute and long-term care settings and examine trends in gerontological nursing. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 310. Nine hours per week.
NURS 312 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE [+]
Introduces students to professional nursing practice including history, legal, ethical, economic, and cultural issues, and nursing process. Discussion of roles and responsibilities in communication, documentation, and use of clinical technologies with application through web, campus-based and selected field experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing major or 2nd Bachelor's Degree program, BIOL 334 with a C or better. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 319 HEALTH ASSESSMENT [+]
Functional health assessment of individuals from adolescence through older adulthood. Students practice health assessment skills in clinical settings with people of varied ages, social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program. Five hours per week.
NURS 325 LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE: THE ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE [+]
Identification, analysis and evaluation of contemporary problems that have resulted from new breakthroughs in biomedicine. Topics include physician-patient relationship, euthanasia, social control, experimentation, genetic engineering, the health care system. Emphasis on developing an ethical framework to deal with these and future biomedical issues. Students cannot receive credit for both NURS 325 and PHIL 315. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
NURS 329 RESEARCH METHODS IN NURSING [+]
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.
NURS 350 NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II [+]
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.
NURS 351 NURSING ADULTS II CLINICAL [+]
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.
NURS 360 NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: A FAMILY CENTERED APPROACH [+]
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.
NURS 361 CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS CLINICAL [+]
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.
NURS 370 MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING: A FAMILY CENTERED APPROACH [+]
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.
NURS 371 MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING CLINICAL [+]
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.
NURS 380 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH [+]
Study of theory related to the prevention and nursing care of individuals and families with psychosocial problems. Focuses on communication with clients in community and hospital settings with emphasis on mental illness in rural areas. Considers mental health needs of all age groups with special regard for cultural differences. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 381. Three hours per week.
NURS 381 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAL [+]
Clinical application of nursing theory and process focused on the prevention and nursing care of psychosocial problems in individuals and families. Focus on therapeutic communication with clients in a psychiatric hospital and clients with psychosocial needs in the community. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 380. Nine hours per week.
NURS 405 NURSING EXTERN SEMINAR [+]
Discussions of timely topics in nursing and health care. Explores concerns in nursing career development including role conflict, role transition, and reality shock. Students refine skills in assertiveness, clinical decision making, time management, and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: NURS 350 and 351 with a C or better, or permission of instructor.
NURS 408 COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH PROMOTION [+]
An introductory overview of complimentary modalities to the promotion of wellness through a holistic approach. The dynamic interplay between each person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential learning and practice of selected modalities during designated class time will be provided. Additional exploration of individual areas of interest will be encouraged, culminating in a final project presentation to class participants. Students may not receive credit for both NURS 408 and 508. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of faculty. Three hours per week.
NURS 415 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING [+]
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.
NURS 422 NURSING OF CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING FAMILIES [+]
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.
NURS 423 NURSING OF CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING FAMILIES CLINICAL [+]
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.
NURS 430 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE [+]
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.
NURS 431 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE [+]
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.
NURS 440 SENIOR SEMINAR [+]
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.
NURS 441 INTERNSHIP [+]
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.
NURS 442 NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT [+]
Explores roles in nursing within the health care system with particular emphasis on leadership and management functions. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the social, political, legislative and economic forces shaping the U.S. health care system and its impact on the rural environment. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329, 350, 351, 422, 423 with a C or better. Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 380, 381, 430, 431, 443. Two hours per week.
NURS 443 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM [+]
Emphasizes integration of nursing knowledge, values and skills in caring for groups of clients. Students experience various professional nursing roles and apply leadership and management strategies. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329, 350, 351, 422, 423 with a C or better. Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 380, 381, 430, 431, 442. Six hours per week.
NURS 450 BEST PRACTICES IN NURSING AND NURSING EDUCATION [+]
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.
NURS 454 HEALTH EDUCATION OF CLIENTS [+]
Theoretical content and practical application of the principles and methodologies of effective health education of individuals, families and groups. Emphasis on use of the teaching-learning process in assisting client adaptation and promoting quality health care. Through use of a micro-teaching laboratory the student can demonstrate and analyze a variety of teaching skills. Development of teaching plans, behavioral objectives and evaluation tools also stressed. Three hours per week.
NURS 456 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS [+]
Nursing interventions relating to application of pharmacotherapeutic principles in assisting client adaptation in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings. Special emphasis on drug interactions, drug dependence, toxicology. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 457 CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR NURSING [+]
A basis for application of concepts, theories and methodologies from transcultural nursing to the practice of the health professional. Particular emphasis on the influence of culture on human response to health and illness. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: Junior standing/consent of instructor. Two hours per week.
NURS 458 CRITICAL CARE: A MULTI-PROFESSIONAL APPROACH [+]
Introduces students to collaborative critical care practice. Prepares students interested in critical care clinical practice to recognize and categorize causes of sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient. Teaches appropriate treatment and interventions for the deteriorating critically ill patient. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing or Respiratory Therapy major; for NURS majors: successful completion with a C or better of NURS 310, 311, 350, 351; for RESP majors: senior status with successful completion of all junior level courses and concurrent enrollment in fall senior level coursework; or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 480 PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT [+]
Holistic approach to the evaluation of an adult client's level of wellness from biological, psychological, sociological and cultural perspectives. Emphasis on preparing students with the beginning knowledge and skills necessary to perform a physical examination. Three hours lecture-demonstration, two hours independent practice per week.
NURS 485 SCHOOL HEALTH [+]
Current issues relevant to the health of school-age children and adolescents. Topics include roles of teachers and health professionals, current health problems and approaches to specific health problems. Intended for students in education and health-related professions. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 300/EDUC 300/consent of instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY [+]
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.
NURS 508 COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH PROMOTIONl APPLICATIONS [+]
Explores the application of complementary modalities to the promotion of wellness through a holistic approach. The dynamic interplay between each person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential learning and practice of selected modalities during designated class time will be provided. Additional exploration of individual areas of interest will be encouraged, culminating in final project presentation to class participants. Students will also integrate research findings reported in the literature. Students may not receive credit for both NURS 408 and 508. Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of faculty. Three hours per week.
NURS 510 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT: DIDACTIC [+]
Provides the didactic content as a basis for history-taking and physical examination skills necessary for an advanced practice nurse. Critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills are used to analyze the history, physical examination and laboratory data in order to lay the foundation for an accurate assessment of the client and establish priorities of care. Physical, psychosocial, developmental, occupational and cultural assessment are considered as foundational to advanced practice nursing. May not receive credit for NURS 510 and NURS 512. Prerequisite: Admission to the master's program or consent of instructor. Prerequsite/Corequisite: NURS 552. FNP Corequisite: NURS 511. Three hours per week.
NURS 511 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES: CLINICAL PRACTICUM [+]
Provides an opportunity for students to practice advanced health assessment skills on clients under the direction of a preceptor. Competencies in history-taking and physical examination skills essential for a problem-focused or comprehensive examination are demonstrated as an advanced practice nurse. Differential diagnoses are considered to determine the extent of the history and physical examination. Integrates evidence-based standards of care into practice. May not receive credit for NURS 511 and NURS 512. Prerequisite: Admission to the master's program or consent of instructor, NURS 552. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NURS 552. FNP Corequisite: NURS 510. Eleven hours per week.
NURS 514 ISSUES IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING [+]
Focuses on transition into the advanced practice nurse role including ethical issues, standards of care and the delivery of health care in rural settings. The organization of health care delivery systems, health care policy and the economic implications of health care are explored. Students develop their roles as advocates for change in the health care delivery system. Clinical practice guidelines, protocols and/or collaborative agreements are developed for the advanced practice nurse. Information technology is used where appropriate in an advanced practice role. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 515 EPIDEMIOLOGY [+]
Focuses on epidemiology as the basic science of disease prevention and the role of epidemiology in public health clinical practice and the evaluation of public policy. Provides an introduction to epidemiology and the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. The basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented together with their applications to public health and clinical medicine. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 516 FAMILY NURSING [+]
Explores theory and research relevant to family nursing assessment and intervention. Family health, illness and the impact of stressful events on the family system are examined. Clinical situations with families are analyzed based on classic family theory, developing theory and published research. Students develop strategies for serving as advocates for families as they explore beginning role requirements of advanced practice nurses. Three hours lecture, three-four hours clinical practice per week, for a total of 50 hours.
NURS 522 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS [+]
Provides advanced-practice nurses with knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for acute and chronic conditions. Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage common health problems. Legal, socioeconomic and client-safety considerations are discussed. Client-education factors and salient aspects of research are incorporated. Critical thinking is employed in the analysis and determination of pharmacological regimens. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Admission to an advanced practice track of the Graduate Nursing Program or permission of the instructor, BIOL 552. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 525 HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS [+]
Explores the structure and functions of the health care system and the legal, ethical and economic forces that impact on it. Special attention is given to health insurance and managed care, the formulation and impact of health policy and the context in which policy decisions are made. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 526 HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS [+]
Introduces the student to the field of health care informatics via a web-based instructional format. History of health care informatics, interrelated concepts, such as classification systems and languages, and ethical and confidentiality concerns are explored. Informatics applications in clinical practice, education and administration are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 538 NURSING THEORIES [+]
Examines the nature of concepts, models and theories in the context of scientific development and the historical development of nursing knowledge. A comparative analysis of evolving nursing theories will be made in regard to meeting criteria for theory building; major concepts used; theoretical perspective used; testability and practicality for application with the nursing process in clinical practice, teaching and research. Three hours lecture per week.
NURS 542 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE [+]
Focuses on the importance of the theoretical foundations of research, and on qualitative methods of scientific inquiry. Emphasis in placed on the accumulation of scientific evidence in health care, and on the critical analysis and communication of evidence related to a specific topic. Prerequisites: Admission to a graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 544 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE [+]
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.
NURS 552 ADVANCED HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY/PATHOPHYSIOLOGY [+]
Advanced study of system-focused physiology and pathophysiology. Analyzes the relationship between normal physiology and pathological phenomena produced by altered health states across the life span. Emphasis is on application in the clinical areas of practice. Students may not receive credit for both NURS 552 and BIOL 552. Prerequisite: B.S. in biology, health-related field or education with biology emphasis. Three hours per week.
NURS 558 ADULT HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT [+]
Focuses on primary care of adult clients 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 adult clients with common short-term and chronic stable health problems. Emphasizes quality and cost-effective care of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 512. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NURS 522. Three hours lecture, 14 hours clinical per week for a total of 200 hours.
NURS 559 WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT [+]
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.
NURS 560 INDEPENDENT STUDY [+]
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.
NURS 561 HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR [+]
Organized around major management functions, focuses on development of theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare students for advanced management responsibilities in diverse health care settings. Explores professional and organizational dynamics including an overview of management theories, organizational behavior, marketing of health care services, resource analysis and allocation, conflict management, performance improvement, quality management, and implementing planned change. Co-requisite: NURS 562. Three hours per week.
NURS 562 HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM [+]
Focuses on the development of a personal style of management with requisite knowledge, skills and abilities. Uses the mentor concept as a framework for management learning experiences in varied health care organizations. Corequisite: NURS 561. Nine hours per week practicum.
NURS 571 HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR [+]
Builds upon a management focus and makes the distinction between management and leadership models with emphasis on the evolution of leadership concepts and their application in health care organizations. Through examination of the characteristics of great leaders, explores strategies for the identification and development of leadership skills in one's self and others. Power and legitimacy are explored as are ethical delemmas and their resolution. Methods of productive interpersonal communication are stressed. Corequisite: NURS 572. Three hours per week.
NURS 572 HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM [+]
Focuses on the development of a personal leadership style with requisite knowledge, skills and abilities. Includes mentored experiences in health care organizations and the practice of leadership with a team. Corequisite: NURS 571. Nine hours practicum per week.
NURS 573 TECHNOLOGY USE IN HEALTH CARE EDUCATION [+]
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.
NURS 574 CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR PRACTICUM [+]
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.
NURS 580 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING [+]
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.
NURS 590 THESIS [+]
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.
NURS 592 INTERNSHIP [+]
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.
NURS 593 CAPSTONE I: PROPOSAL [+]
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.
NURS 594 CAPSTONE II: IMPLEMENTATION [+]
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.
NURS 595 CAPSTONE III: DISSEMINATION [+]
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.
NURS 742 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCARE [+]
Focuses on theory, methods and tools for quality improvement. Prepares for design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based quality health care practices for patient populations (individuals and aggregates) in a variety of settings. Assess organizational culture, gather safety information, analyze data and translate findings into systems changes through action learning experiences within organizations. Prerequisites: Admissions to the D.N.P. Program; NURS 744 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 744 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE [+]
Focuses on the skills needed to critically examine research and clinical practice. Explore databases and evaluate the quality of research, as well as its applicability to advanced nursing practice. Facilitates the analysis of various types and levels of evidence for determining best practices. Indentifies strategies for disseminating evidence-based research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and improving patient care and outcomes. Prerequisites: Admission to the D.N.P. Program; Math 502, NURS 544, 542 or equivalent. Three hours per week.
NURS 815 GENETICS AND GENOMICS IN HEALTHCARE [+]
Explores the emerging science of genetics and genomics in healthcare and its application to advanced nursing practice. Describes diagnostic techniques in medical genetics, effects of teratogenic factors in human development and pharmacogenomics in practice. Focuses on neurodegenerative diseases and common hereditary conditions, including clinical features, diagnostics, genetic testing and counseling. Ethical and legal issues are considered throughout. Prerequisites: Admission to the D.N.P. Program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 858 HEALTH PROMOTION AND CLINICAL PREVENTION [+]
Focuses on collaborative strategies to implement evidence-based clinical prevention and population health services. Analyze national, regional and local data to evaluate current clinical prevention and population health practices and develop a plan for integrating changes to practice. Explore theories of behavioral change to increase the consumer role in health promotion and maintenance and reduce major national health problems. Issues addressed are consistent with current national guidelines for clinical prevention and population health. Prerequisites: Admission to the D.N.P. program; NURS 744 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
NURS 891 D.N.P. EVIDENCE-BASED PROJECT I: IDENTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT [+]
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.
NURS 892 D.N.P. EVIDENCE-BASED PROJECT II: IMPLEMENTATION [+]
Focused on advancing nursing knowledge in a specialty area. Implement the evidence-based project proposal from NURS 891. The role of the D.N.P. as a leader in complex organizational systems is addressed as it relates to the evidence-based project. Prerequisites: Year 3 of the D.N.P. program or pemission of instructor, NURS 891. One hour per week.
NURS 893 D.N.P. EVIDENCE-BASED PROJECT III: EVALUATION AND DISSEMINATION [+]
Focused on advancing nursing knowledge in a specialty area. Evaluate and disseminate the approved project from NURS 892. The role of the D.N.P. as a leader in complex organizational systems is addressed as it relates to the evaluation and dissemination of the project. Prerequisites: Year 3 of the D.N.P. program or pemission of instructor, NURS 891, 892. One hour per week.
NURS 894 D.N.P. EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICUM [+]
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.