Courses in nursing
Foundational learning experiences for understanding and performing the health assessment of the individual; includes systematic history-taking and physical examination. Holistic health assessment from health promotional, cultural, nutritional, mental health, and developmental perspectives. Assessment approaches of various nurse theorists.
Exploration of processes by which disease occurs, body responses, and effects of diseases on normal physiology. Diseases explored in terms of definition, diagnosis, etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, cultural and socioeconomic factors, and contemporary research.
Supportive nursing care strategies for individuals in the context of family and community. Emphasis on scientific basis of supportive care, critical thinking and nursing process, development of basic nursing care skills, therapeutic communication, and understanding of cultural context.
Concepts of pharmacotherapeutics across the life cycle: theories of drug actions mediating physiological processes, variables affecting drug actions, and unusual and adverse reactions. Development of nursing role incorporating principles of safe, therapeutic, legal, and ethical principles. Psychological and cultural variations addressed. Contemporary research explored. Pharmacological math competency required.
Preparation for professional practice; emphasis on developing knowledge and skills for health promotion within the context of groups and the community. Impact of nursing theories and research on practice, directed toward health promotion issues. Strategies for health promotion; focus on group process and teaching/learning.
Characteristics of nursing as a profession: ethical, legal, and professional governing structures; foundation for effective communication and documentation. Nursing process as it applies to health promotion; problem-based care in the health care arena. The phenomenon of health as experienced by individuals across the lifespan in family, group, and community.
Theory and practice in providing nursing care to adults throughout the lifespan experiencing acute disruptions in living patterns within the context of their families and in a community-based systems of health care. Emphasis on practice within a theoretical framework using research-based interventions.
Nursing care to individuals experiencing emotional crises and/or acute chronic psychiatric illnesses within the context of their families and communities. Biosocial theories of mental health and illness, determinants of mental illness; cultural and socioeconomic factors and psychotherapeutic modalities. Public and private systems of care for mental health promotion, restoration, and rehabilitation.
Theory and practice in providing nursing care to adults throughout the adult lifespan experiencing chronic disruptions in living patterns within the context of their families in a community based system of healthcare.
Introduction to the research process and research utilization in nursing practice. Research problems, access and retrieval of research literature and databases, reading and critiquing research studies, and individual and organizational strategies to promote research-based practice.
Introduction to basic concepts and methods of research. The course provides basic information about nursing research problems, principles of evidence-based nursing research, access and retrieval of research literature and databases, reading and critiquing research reports, ethical issues related to research, and individual strategies and organizational mechanisms to promote research-based practice. The research process is examined as a foundation for critical thinking and scholarship.
Theory and practice in care of children in various states of health in the context of their families. Emphasis on knowledge of age-appropriate normal biological, physical, psychosocial, cognitive, moral, spiritual, and social development as a basis for implementing health promotion, supportive, and restorative practices with children of all ages in the context of their families in community-based systems of health care.
Theory and practice in care of the perinatal family: woman, fetus, newborn, and other members from preconception to postpartum and newborn in the first month of life. Emphasis on integrative care: health assessment, risk assessment, health promotion, supportive and restorative care of the woman and the family. Exploration of ethical and consumer movement effects on prenatal care.
Theory and skill development in leadership processes in nursing practice. Assessment of a health care system, analysis of nurses' roles, organizational design systems theory, leadership and management theory, culture, decision-making, delegation, conflict management, and planned change.
An opportunity for the student to integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology in the care of patients with complex acute illnesses. Fosters the advancement of critical reasoning, clinical knowledge, and clinical judgment through case studies, lecture and group discussions.
Precepted, integrative clinical immersion course that integrates the knowledge of ethics, standards, and expectations of professional nursing roles with an emphasis on critical thinking. The student will have an opportunity to synthesize foundational concepts and master competencies and skills of the advanced beginner in professional nursing. The focus is on integration of professional nursing behaviors within a complex organizational environment, and synthesis of core nursing knowledge.
Analysis of role of professional nurse in community settings: caring for individuals and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds at various developmental stages and at any point on the health-illness continuum.
Opportunity for nursing students or registered nurses to develop knowledge and skills in nursing informatics.
Examination and discussion of issues related to professional nursing practice (RN to BSN). The current professional practice of nurses transitioning to a BSN encompasses a role change and exposure to political processes (micro to national issues), bioethical issues in U.S. health care, and educational pathways in nursing and related policy implications, the importance of interprofessional education for nurses, and the various levels of legal responsibility for the practicing professional nurses. These discussions will assist the new graduate in becoming an informed and politically active professional, an ethically sound provider and consumer of health care services, as well as an informed citizen capable of providing leadership to those who are not health care professionals.
Knowledge from the fields of gerontology and geriatrics used to enhance the student's nursing perspective when providing nursing care to meet the complex health care needs of healthy and frail older adults and their families. As students learn about the physical and psychosocial problems encountered with aging, they will be engaged in discussions about the contributions that can be brought forth from nursing and multiple disciplines to enhance the health of older adults.
Transcultural health differences and similarities in selected Western and non-Western cultures, from birth through old age. Use of theories and research methods from the health and social sciences and humanities in study and analysis of different cultures.
Successful completion of this course satisfies the University's General Education Writing Intensive Course requirement. Prior to graduation, all students must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with specialized or professional audiences by successfully completing the writing requirements. Students must be able to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate current information from literature on the their topical area. Offered for undergraduate credit only.
Examination of the major health policy and professional issues relevant to the advanced-practice nurse. Students will be assisted in the synthesis of theoretical and pragmatic aspects of issues of concern in order to develop confidence in their skills and establish an APN practice. Offered for graduate credit only.
Identification, review, and evaluation of existing research and other relevant evidence for application in nursing. Application of basic research knowledge and research utilization principles to begin synthesizing the adequacy of the evidence for application in nursing.
Continuation of NUR 7015. Designed to advance the understanding of evidence-based nursing and to advance the ability to synthesize existing evidence in a nursing area. Based on this synthesis, students will be able to develop evidence-based nursing protocols/guidelines, or proposals for obtaining additional evidence if current evidence is insufficient.
Theory course: foundations for nurses in practice and leadership roles. Discussion of diverse perspectives that influence knowledge development in nursing, including, systems, communication, developmental, health promotion, stress and coping theories.
Development of clinical nursing expertise required to co-manage the care of persons with illness trajectories related to pulmonary, cardiovascular and renal systems.
Critical thinking and analysis of managerial decisions in primary care of adults and older adults.
Basic concepts of pharmacology; application and integration of content to advanced practice nursing with high-risk neonate.
Preparation of advanced practice nurses to apply concepts of pediatric pharmacology when assessing, managing and treating the pediatric patient in a variety of environments, including acute/critical and primary care.
Managing health care needs of women, neonates, and/or children; conceptual basis for advanced nursing.
Development and demonstration of a model of advanced practice nursing or nurse-midwifery.
Assisting advanced practice nurses in development of clinical expertise required to co-manage persons with problems related to neurology, endocrinology, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Analysis of predominant physical and psychosocial aspects of aging encountered by elderly clients.
General physiology and pathologic principles for promoting health and treating disease across the lifespan. This course builds upon previous courses in anatomy and physiology and is a core competency that provides the basis for critical thinking in the role as an advanced practice nurse. Further, it provides an in-depth study of principles of advanced physiology and pathophysiology applicable across the lifespan, including enhancement of knowledge of human physiology of organ systems as well as the etiology, developmental considerations, pathogenesis, morphology, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes.
Physical, spiritual, legal, economic, political, cultural, and ethical issues at the end of life, examined as stories about individuals, families, and communities.
General pharmacotherapy; critical evaluation of drug therapy; critique and prescription of appropriate therapeutic regimens.
Theories of learning and teaching, critical thinking, value development, and psychomotor skill development as basis for teaching in nursing. Teaching methods in nursing for classroom and clinical practice.
Application experience in educational setting appropriate to student's needs and goals.
Opportunities for psychiatric nursing and community health nursing advanced practice students to integrate content about individuals and communities within cultural contexts.
Opportunities for psychiatric nursing and community health nursing advanced practice students to integrate content about groups within cultural contexts.
Philosophical, historical, physiological basis of CAM; use in advanced practice nursing.
Using a relationship-based model, assessments of infant and toddler socio-emotional development and parental health is emphasized. Interdisciplinary dialogue about the infant mental health perspective and the impact of culture.
Individually designed courses of study in nursing.
Scientific investigation of nursing phenomena using all steps of the research process; includes written report.
Seminar to assist students in becoming more effective scientific writers in order to be successful nurse scholars and scientists. Students will conduct a mini-review of the literature related to a specific aspect of urban health. After identifying a precise statement to focus their review, students will synthesize the literature and write iterative drafts of their review.
Philosophical underpinnings of the nursing discipline in order to assist students in understanding the tripartite role of a Ph.D.-prepared nurse as scholar, scientist, and steward of the discipline. Students will explore the interaction of historical, theoretical, and philosophical contexts within which nursing science has developed, discuss the role each has played in the process of developing nursing as an academic research discipline, and examine these for congruence with contemporary thinking. Emphasis is on analyzing epistemological and ontological assumptions underlying the discipline, the science, and the practice of nursing. Debates arising from philosophy and the history of science and nursing inform discussions about the nature of science and nursing's past, present, and future directions in theory and knowledge development.
Evaluation of intervention research to create nursing knowledge to improve health outcomes for urban populations. Students will examine select intervention designs to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions related to their phenomenon of interest. The course also addresses important considerations of measurement, feasibility, fidelity, and data safety monitoring plans when conducting intervention research. Ethical concerns related to intervention research are discussed.
Synthesis and application of knowledge from theoretical and empirical literature to a phenomenon of interest. Assistance to students in translating philosophical and theoretical perspectives into research methodologies. Concept analysis and construction, theory development, and relationships among conceptual frameworks, theories, and empirical referents are critically analyzed. The course will enable students to develop or further explicate a theoretical framework to guide a study within an emerging program of research in urban health.
Non-experimental and experimental designs used in health-care research. Students will examine common threats to study validity and discuss methods to address these threats. Students also will develop the methods section of a quantitative proposal that addresses a researchable problem in nursing and health care.
Relevance of qualitative approaches to the advancement of knowledge and practice in nursing and healthcare. An overview of qualitative traditions will be covered. Sampling, measurement, data collection, data management, and analysis will be discussed relative to various qualitative approaches. Strategies to maintain data quality and integrity are also discussed.
The intersection of vulnerable populations and their health care needs will be explored from a health economics and health policy approach. The course will promote discourse on the economic structure of the American health system as it relates to disparities. Further, it will explore the economic analytical evaluation of health care through current economic models of analysis for nursing care.
Focuses on analysis and critique of various traditions within qualitative methods phenomenology, grounded theory, case study) and an in-depth examination of various methodological approaches and technical skill related to participant recruitment, ethical issues, data collection, data management and analysis, and interpretation of for qualitative methods. Students must have a data set for analysis, even if they are in the process of collecting data or receive permission to use a faculty member's data set.
Examination of multiple determinants of health and issues related to health disparities among vulnerable populations in urban environments. Course content addresses biophysiological, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental (social and physical), economic, and health policy factors that affect health and contribute to health disparities. It prepares students to generate questions of concern to health and health outcomes; and to collaborate in interdisciplinary research teams regarding determinants of health and health disparities.
This course provides the student with a foundation to evaluate the psychometric properties of outcome measures; to evaluate group differences for clinical programs, quality/process improvement, or practice change projects; and to synthesize results across qualitative and quantitative studies.
Application of selected univariate statistical procedures commonly used in nursing and health research. Topics will include descriptive and inferential statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression and correlation, analysis of covariance, analysis of frequency and nonparametric procedures. Emphasis is on the utilization and interpretation of basic univariate procedures applied in nursing and health research.
Advanced multivariate statistical procedures. The course will cover a range of advanced quantitative techniques, such as discriminant analysis, logistic regression analysis: dichotomous response, logistic regression analysis: polytomous response, principle component analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis and survival analysis. The course also addresses statistical analysis for advanced quantitative designs such as analysis of variance for some unbalanced designs, analysis of variance for some fixed-, random-, and mixed-effects models, nested or hierarchical designs, multivariate repeated-measures analysis of variance and power analysis and sample size determination. An introduction to psychometric theory for instrument development also will be addressed.
Development of understanding of concepts in health care informatics relevant to the advanced practice nurse.
Critical examination of factors that have contributed to the development of the discipline of nursing.
Basic understanding of health policy and ethical theories and practice, skills in policy development and analysis, joined with ethical analysis.
Foundational knowledge and skills necessary to measure clinical outcomes and quality in advanced clinical nursing practice.
Preparation of advanced nurses and others to effectively transition into the role of leader and change agent.
Foundational knowledge and skills necessary to manage health care needs across the developmental spectrum, while providing the conceptual basis for advanced practice nursing (APN). Focus on refinement and further development of basic clinical diagnostic skills, including physical examination, diagnosis, management, interventions, and outcomes assessment.
Clinical (lab) component focuses on the continued application of specialty knowledge foundational to advanced practice nursing or nurse-midwifery. Strengthening and further development of the nurse practitioner/nurse-midwifery management model, roles of advanced practice nurses, and interventions to promote and/or restore health within each specialty area.
Specialty seminar focuses on strengthening and further development of the application of the specialty knowledge of acute care, children, community, neonates, primary care, psychiatric and women's health within a broad social context. Students manage the care of clients in their designated specialty area while assessing for deviations from normal which may result in collaboration or referral. Development of the advanced practice role, provision of a supportive clinical practice environment, and examination of factors that contribute to the vulnerability of clients across the lifespan.
Clinical (lab) component focuses on the continued application of specialty knowledge foundational to advanced practice nursing. Strengthening and further development of the nurse practitioner/nurse-midwifery management model, roles of advanced practice nurses, and interventions to promote and/or restore health within each specialty area.
Introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology as tools that will promote understanding of the complexity of local, national, and global healthcare systems. Emphasis is on the use of epidemiologic reasoning in deriving inferences about the etiology of health outcomes from population data and in guiding the design of health service programs. Discussion of behavioral and contextual factors that converge to impact the health of individuals, families, and communities in relationship to strategies that advanced practice nurses use to mitigate these factors. Students will be challenged to develop approaches for using epidemiology to influence, create, and lead change.
Individually designed courses in nursing for doctoral students whose needs and interests are not met in scheduled classes.
Provides guided study to identify role components for the advanced practice nurse pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The student will begin exploration and identification of a specific practice topic area for the DNP Project. The scholarly practicum gives the student hands on experience in her/his chosen area of clinical inquiry.
Requires the student to engage faculty, community and/or healthcare organization leaders for project proposal planning of an evidenced-based DNP Project based on the specific practice topic identified. The student must establish the state of the science upon which the DNP Project will be based.
Builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the previous courses: DNP Project Practicum I and II. Students, working with their DNP Project Chair and relevant leaders, will implement their projects.
Builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the previous courses: DNP Project Practicum I, II and III. Provides the doctorate nursing practice student with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze, synthesize and apply clinical inquiry knowledge and competencies through written and public presentation.
Research in preparation for doctoral dissertation.