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    NUR 5030 Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    NUR 5030 Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course addresses the theoretical basis for the evaluation of evidence for use in advanced nursing practice. Content addresses the evaluation of data from empirical, qualitative and improvement science perspectives for its integrity, utility and potential to inform clinical practice and improve health outcomes at the individual patient, population or systems level. The emphasis is on application rather than statistical theory.

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    NUR 5035 Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

    NUR 5035 Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on preparing prelicensure nursing students with a foundation of the basic principles and concepts of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Major drug categories will be presented as they relate to the management and treatment of specific disease states discussed in other nursing courses within the same semester. The course will assist the student in outlining: drug classes, therapeutic uses, general and adverse side effects, as well as drug interactions. Implications associated with the administration, monitoring, access to medications, and nursing interventions are incorporated.

    Prerequisites:

    • HLH 5500 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5030 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5650 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5100
    • NUR 5135
    • NUR 5136
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    NUR 5055 Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement and Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

    NUR 5055 Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement and Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is designed to prepare Master's nursing students to lead in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health systems that support safe, high quality patient-centered care. High reliability and just culture principles will be incorporated, as well as methods to analyze and eliminate error. Quality improvement models and methods will be emphasized, as students are prepared to direct process change designed to improve health outcomes across the care continuum. The effective integration of technology to support care delivery, learning, knowledge generation, and systems improvement will be addressed.

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    NUR 5100 Nursing Theory & Professionalism in the Mercy & Jesuit Traditions for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

    NUR 5100 Nursing Theory & Professionalism in the Mercy & Jesuit Traditions for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

    Credit Hours: 3

    In this course, MEAGN students will discover Mercy and Jesuit values through coursework and service learning and will recognize the influence of these values person-centered nursing care. Students will consider what it means to be a nurse as they explore the legal and ethical basis of nursing as a profession. The course will focus on knowledge development and theory in nursing including the philosophy and science the underlies the discipline of nursing. MEAGN students will explore key nursing theories from grand to middle range and will describe how they can be used to guide nursing practice.

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    NUR 5135 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse I: Fundamental Care of the Adult

    NUR 5135 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse I: Fundamental Care of the Adult

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course introduces the prelicensure nurse to the nursing process as a strategy to make evidence based clinical judgments in the care of patients. Mercy and Jesuit values are reinforced as the foundation for implementing person centered care to meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of adult patients in various health care settings. Maintaining and improving the health of people are presented, incorporating safety and quality standards.

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    NUR 5136 Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum I: Found Skills & Fund Care of the Adult

    NUR 5136 Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum I: Found Skills & Fund Care of the Adult

    Credit Hours: 2

    This lecture and laboratory course for the prelicensure nurse incorporates the nursing process, basic nursing skills, health assessment, and Mercy and Jesuit values in the care of patients. Assessment and nursing procedure skills are developed with attention to safety, infection control, and human dignity considerations.

    Prerequisites:

    • HLH 5500 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5030 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5650 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5035
    • NUR 5135
    • NUR 5137
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    NUR 5137 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum I: Fundamental Care of the Adult

    NUR 5137 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum I: Fundamental Care of the Adult

    Credit Hours: 2

    This clinical course for the prelicensure nurse incorporates the nursing process, basic nursing skills, health assessment, and Mercy and Jesuit values in the care of patients. Provides students with the opportunity to impact the health of people in acute and subacute care settings under the supervision of clinical instructors. Assessment skills and nursing procedure skills are carried out with attention to safety, infection control, and human dignity considerations.

    Prerequisites:

    • HLH 5500 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5030 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5650 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5035
    • NUR 5135
    • NUR 5136
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    NUR 5150 Health Promotion Across The Lifespan

    NUR 5150 Health Promotion Across The Lifespan

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course focuses on the care of individuals and families and compliments NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment. The role of the advanced nurse practitioner and the practice of primary care are introduced. Students explore concepts relevant to advanced nursing practice and primary care including family systems theory, developmental theory, population health, culture, genomics, and epidemiology. Health promotion and health maintenance including the objectives of Healthy People 2030 are integrated throughout course content. This course continues to explore comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan, assists the student to develop clinical judgment skills and provides an opportunity to differentiate primary and secondary intervention strategies. (FNP students only).

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    NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment

    NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment

    Credit Hours: 3

    3 credits (2 credits didactic=2 hours per week of class time; 1 credit lab=2 hours per week of class time.) This clinical course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills in the role of an advanced practice nurse caring for clients and families. Students will develop and refine advanced health assessment skills using evidence-based techniques and tools to formulate differential diagnoses, health promotion and risk reduction opportunities.

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    NUR 5170 Management and Leadership in Nursing

    NUR 5170 Management and Leadership in Nursing

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course addresses knowledge and skills necessary for management and leadership at the meso- and macrosystems levels. Special emphasis will be placed on human resource management in the healthcare environment and the critical methods and techniques associated with creating an effective work force. Key aspects of human resources management will be covered including the legal issues, labor relations and job analysis through performance appraisal with additional focus on compensation practices and benefit management.

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    NUR 5235 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse II: Adults with Complex Acute & Chronic Health Issue

    NUR 5235 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse II: Adults with Complex Acute & Chronic Health Issue

    Credit Hours: 5

    In this course the prelicensure student incorporates the nursing process in the assessment and management of physical and psychological symptoms related to common diseases and treatments. Social, physical, psychological, and spiritual responses of the individual throughout the course of illness will be addressed. Integrates principles from nutrition, pharmacology, pathophysiology and nursing science to provide a foundation for clinical judgement and decision making.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • HLH 5900
    • NUR 5236
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    NUR 5236 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum II: Complex Adult Health Issues

    NUR 5236 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum II: Complex Adult Health Issues

    Credit Hours: 3

    In this clinical practicum, the prelicensure student utilizes the nursing process for assessment and management of symptoms related to with common/recurring acute and chronic illnesses and treatments, anticipating and managing complications. Principles from nutrition, pharmacology, pathophysiology and nursing science to provide a foundation for clinical judgement and decision making. Social, physical, psychological, and spiritual responses of the individual throughout the course of illness are incorporated into the plan of care.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • HLH 5900
    • NUR 5235
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    NUR 5250 Common and Episodic Problems

    NUR 5250 Common and Episodic Problems

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical basis for the advanced nursing management of health care problems common to family systems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic conditions of families in the context of community primary care. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of therapeutic management regimens related to episodic and common problems, health promotion and risk reduction.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5260
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    NUR 5260 Clinical Practicum II

    NUR 5260 Clinical Practicum II

    Credit Hours: 2

    (2 credits clinical practicum. 1 credit of clinical= 8 hours; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hours. This clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing management of health care problems common to family systems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic conditions of families in the context of community primary care. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of therapeutic management regimens related to episodic and common problems, health promotion and risk reduction.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5250
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    NUR 5270 Emergency Nurse Practitioner I

    NUR 5270 Emergency Nurse Practitioner I

    Credit Hours: 2

    Admission into the Emergency Nurse Practitioner program. This didactic course is the first of a three-course sequence designed to provide the emergency nurse practitioner student with an advanced broad knowledge base regarding urgent and emergent care across the lifespan (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and elderly), acuities (non-urgent, urgent, emergent), and settings (ambulatory, urgent, emergent). This course focuses on the emergency nurse practitioner standards, which include the following domains: medial screening; medical decision making/differential diagnoses; patient management; patient disposition; and professional, legal, and ethical practices specific to the knowledge content as described below. Faculty will facilitate the ENP student’s exploration of the emergency nurse practitioner role; occupational, professional, ethical and legal practices; safety; maltreatment; medical screening; end of life; pain management; and concepts in emergency practice team-based management.

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    NUR 5335 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse III: Community Health

    NUR 5335 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse III: Community Health

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course covers the theoretical basis for community nursing, encompassing Healthy People indicators, principles of epidemiology, public health care access, environmental health, ethical issues and cultural aspects of health behavior. Students will analyze the various roles of the nurse in both community-oriented and community-based nursing in pursuit of social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5336
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    NUR 5336 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum III: Community Well-Being

    NUR 5336 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum III: Community Well-Being

    Credit Hours: 1.5

    This course provides clinical experience in community nursing. Student activities will emphasize organizational management of previously learned skills. The dynamic relationship between the health of the community and the development of interprofessional partnerships will frame the clinical experience. Students will have the opportunity to design and implement a health promotion, risk reduction or disease prevention project for an aggregate within the community.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5337
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    NUR 5337 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse III: Mental Health and Psychiatric

    NUR 5337 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse III: Mental Health and Psychiatric

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course covers the theoretical basis for mental health nursing. Prepares students to be nurses that meet the mental health and psychiatric needs of people through understanding the interrelationship between physical, mental & spiritual characteristics. Students will analyze the various roles of the nurse based in mental health or psychiatric settings. Social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective along with safety & quality issues related to adult mental health patients are explored.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5336
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    NUR 5338 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum III: Mental Health and Psychiatric

    NUR 5338 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum III: Mental Health and Psychiatric

    Credit Hours: 1.5

    This course provides clinical experience in mental health and psychiatric nursing. Students will experience first-hand social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective, incorporating safety & quality issues related to adult mental health patients within the framework of health care delivery systems. The interrelationship between the physical, mental & spiritual characteristics of patients will is integrated into nursing care.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5337
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    NUR 5350 Outcomes Management and Decision Support in Nursing

    NUR 5350 Outcomes Management and Decision Support in Nursing

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course explores the assessment of nursing-sensitive patient outcomes, and the use of clinical decision support to manage outcomes achievement in health settings across the continuum. The role of nursing informatics in decision support and outcomes management will be addressed, beginning with a basic understanding of database design and requirements for querying health care and outcomes data. Methodological issues and challenges of outcomes measurement will be reviewed, as well as fundamentals of decision support using knowledge generated from information systems.

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    NUR 5420 Management of the Healthcare Environment

    NUR 5420 Management of the Healthcare Environment

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course explores the systems level attributes of health care systems and the impact such factors have on the delivery and outcomes of nursing care. Organizational structure, governance and decision making, strategic planning, organizational culture, and interprofessional teamwork will be considered. Trends that impact U.S. health care systems as they relate to the delivery of nursing care services will be considered. Emphasis is placed on the role of nurse leaders and managers in addressing contemporary health system issues such as the nursing work environment, workforce demands, staffing, diversity, work design and care delivery models. Students will learn to apply evidence-based management to resolve health systems issues that relate to nursing practice.

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    NUR 5435 Lifespan Nurs Care for the Generalist Nurse IV: Developmental & Health Needs of Pediatric Families

    NUR 5435 Lifespan Nurs Care for the Generalist Nurse IV: Developmental & Health Needs of Pediatric Families

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course provides the theoretical base for prelicensure students in the provision of nursing care of children and their families across the lifespan in both health and illness dimensions. The student focuses on the biophysical, socio-cultural, and spiritual subsystems of children and their families within the context of community. An important aspect of this course is an emphasis on the ethical issues and social justice in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions while addressing child health issues.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5335 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5336 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5337 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5338 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5436
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    NUR 5436 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum IV: Pediatric Family

    NUR 5436 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum IV: Pediatric Family

    Credit Hours: 1

    This course provides clinical experience for prelicensure students providing care to pediatric families in community, home health, and acute care settings. Includes building a strong foundation of health and wellness, preventive care and the normal developmental stages of children and families, which contributes to knowledge and skills required to provide nursing care in acute phases of health and illness.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5335 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5336 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5357 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5358 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5435
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    NUR 5437 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse IV: Developmental & Health Needs of Women & Families

    NUR 5437 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse IV: Developmental & Health Needs of Women & Families

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course provides the theoretical base and clinical experience for prelicensure students in the provision of nursing care for women, their families across the lifespan in both health and illness dimensions. The student focuses on the biophysical, socio-cultural, and spiritual subsystems of women and their families within the context of community. An important aspect of this course is an emphasis on the ethical issues and social justice in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions while addressing the health issues of women and their families.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5335 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5336 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5337 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5338 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5438
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    NUR 5438 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum IV: Women and Families

    NUR 5438 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum IV: Women and Families

    Credit Hours: 1

    This course provides clinical experience for prelicensure students in the provision of nursing care for women families across the lifespan in both health and illness dimensions. The student focuses on the biophysical, socio-cultural, and spiritual subsystems of women and their families within the context of community. An important aspect of this course will be to center care in the community with emphasis on addressing the ethical and social justice concerns related to women's health, pregnancy, fetal and newborn and child health issues.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5335 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5336 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5337 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5338 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)
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    NUR 5450 Business Planning for Nurse Leaders

    NUR 5450 Business Planning for Nurse Leaders

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course will introduce students to basic economic principles and business skills that support effective leadership in health care organizations. Major economic drivers pertinent to health care delivery will be explored, as well as principles of budgeting, cost/benefit analyses, and costing out care. Strategic planning and marketing will be addressed. Students will learn to develop a business plan.

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    NUR 5500 Physical Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology for the CNL

    NUR 5500 Physical Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology for the CNL

    Credit Hours: 4

    This course is designed to further the CNL student's assessment and pharmacology knowledge and skills in preparation for practice at the advanced generalist level. Students utilize risk reduction and health promotion practices, principles of pathophysiology, and adult development as a basis for health assessment of adults. Students develop and refine advanced health assessment skills, including data collection, physical examination, organization and analysis of clinical data for adult clients as it pertains to practice. This course emphasizes advanced knowledge in pharmacology as it applies to health prevention along with disease and illness management. Major drug categories are presented as they relate to the prevention, management and treatment of disease states. The course will assist the student in identifying proper use of pharmaceutical agents for the management of common conditions, with respect to drug classes, therapeutic uses, general and adverse side effects, as well as drug interactions.

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    NUR 5536 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum VI: Integrated Clinical Practice

    NUR 5536 Lifespan Nursing Care for the Generalist Nurse Clinical Practicum VI: Integrated Clinical Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    The focus of the clinical immersion course is to facilitate the transition of the student into a professional baccalaureate-nursing role within an interdisciplinary, population-based model of care. Concepts of prioritization, delegation, leadership, teamwork and collaboration are demonstrated in the delivery of people centered care in an acute care setting under the guidance of a registered nurse.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5035 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5100 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5135 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5136 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5235 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5236 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5335 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5336 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5337 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5338 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5438 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)
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    NUR 5650 Population Health and Care Transitions Management

    NUR 5650 Population Health and Care Transitions Management

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course will provide students with a population health framework and strategy for the delivery of effective health care over the continuum. Ecological, global and social determinants of health will be identified, and students will explore preventative interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies in promoting the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Programmatic approaches to chronic disease will be addressed, including the patient-centered medical home, care management, case management, and disease management. Emphasis will be placed on managing transitions of care to maximize patient and population outcomes while minimizing cost and utilization outcomes.

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    NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I

    NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the role, competencies, and attributes of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) with focus on the patient sphere of impact. Students will acquire evidence-based knowledge to apply direct and indirect holistic, advanced high quality and safe nursing care to adult-older adult individuals and groups across the spectrum of care.

    Prerequisites:

    • HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5749
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    NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I

    NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I

    Credit Hours: 2

    The course focus is on AGCNS role development, age-appropriate advanced nursing care, management of patients/caregivers with complex problems that leads towards safe, quality, and cost-effective health outcomes. Students will practice in the patient sphere of impact across health care systems.

    Prerequisites:

    • HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5748
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    NUR 5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice

    NUR 5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice

    Credit Hours: 2

    The focus of this course is the CNS role in promoting well-ness for early adult to frail elderly populations in community-based settings. Select course topics will assist students in prescribing individual and community screening measures, and advanced nursing interventions to guide clients to healthy living behaviors for optimal aging and quality of life. In the clinical portion of the course, students will lead a population-based project that guides clients in well-ness activities that change behaviors to enhance health.

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    NUR 5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory II

    NUR 5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory II

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is a continuation of NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I and NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology Practicum I. This course focuses on the AGCNS competencies of advanced practice in the nursing and systems spheres of AGCNS impact. Course content focuses on the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to support and develop registered nurses in holistic care and demonstrate leadership skills in redesigning healthcare systems to improve health outcomes.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5748 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5749 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5753
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    NUR 5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II

    NUR 5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course is a continuation of NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I and NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I. Students will engage in activities to support and develop registered nurses in holistic care and demonstrate leadership skills in redesigning healthcare systems to improve health outcomes. Students will apply standards of practice in the advanced care of patient populations, work collaboratively with nurses and organizational leaders to improve nursing practice, and provide leadership that addresses threats to patient safety, quality, and access to care.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5748 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5749 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 5752
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    NUR 5780 Nursing Curriculum and Instruction in Adult Education

    NUR 5780 Nursing Curriculum and Instruction in Adult Education

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on course design and assessment of student learning. Principles of adult education will be applied to the development of curricular and instructional techniques for academic and workplace education. Participants are introduced to a variety of authentic assessments and will engage in creating learning assessments using a variety of methodologies, including multiple-choice and other items designed to measure higher level thinking.

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    NUR 5790 Nursing Program Planning and Evaluation

    NUR 5790 Nursing Program Planning and Evaluation

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on principles and procedures for assessing the quality and effectiveness of educational programs and materials. Accreditation and regulatory requirements along with other quality indicators will guide analysis of education programs with an emphasis on instruments, methods, and practical applications. Application of educational planning and evaluation principles to a program design/redesign is the culminating project in this course.

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    NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses

    NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course prepares the graduate advanced practice nursing student with advanced pharmacological knowledge that includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents, for clients. Major drug categories will be presented as they relate to prevention, maintenance of health, and treatment of disease and illness. The genetic, legal, ethical, and financial aspects of prescriptive practice and advanced nursing interventions are incorporated into course content.

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    NUR 5830 Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems

    NUR 5830 Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems

    Credit Hours: 3

    In this course, students will learn a clinical microsystems approach to quality improvement in health care. Upon learning clinical microsystems components, students will build microsystem knowledge through the conduct of a 5-P microsystem assessment. Microsystems leadership will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to contemporary leadership theories that are essential to horizontal and vertical leadership throughout health care organizations. The course emphasizes role development supported by self-assessment of leadership attributes and the establishment of strategies to lead and manage improvement at the microsystem level. Students will learn to apply the model for improvement within the clinical microsystem, and use quality improvement tools and measurement to lead change directed towards improving care processes and outcomes. In collaboration with health system leaders and interdisciplinary team members, students will identify a health system issue amenable to microsystem intervention and develop a quality improvement plan to address the delivery of quality of patient care, patient outcomes, or system improvements using evidence-based practices and quality improvement methods.

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    NUR 5850 Curriculum Development

    NUR 5850 Curriculum Development

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the curriculum development process in nursing. Students will consider the development of nursing education curricula within the context of history and current trends in health professions education.

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    NUR 5860 Instructional Methods

    NUR 5860 Instructional Methods

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on creating an environment to facilitate learning in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The course includes an overview of teaching and learning theory with specific emphasis on the cultural and social impact on learning. Students will explore alternative teaching strategies that are most effective to prepare students for a dynamic, technologically rich health care field.

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    NUR 5900 Health Systems Management Internship

    NUR 5900 Health Systems Management Internship

    Credit Hours: 3

    This internship consists of 168 hours of a faculty supervised work experience, under the guidance of a preceptor in one of several health care organizations: hospitals, HMO's, PPO's, nursing homes, group practice, third party payers, pharmaceutical organizations, home health care organizations, insurance service companies, etc. The plan of work may include specific projects, participatory (or observational) exposure to one (or several) area(s) included in the Health Systems Management program. Students will work with a preceptor to refine on-site project management skills to develop, implement and evaluate a nursing systems project that is of mutual interest to the student and to the organization. The placement for graduate students is expected to be at a departmental or senior level in health care organizations. The practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to apply concepts and theory in the 'real world'.

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    NUR 5910 Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Internship

    NUR 5910 Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Internship

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course provides students with opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the NHL program to nursing leadership practice in a clinical setting. Students will develop personalized leadership growth objectives for the experience based on their future nursing leadership goals, and a leadership competencies self-assessment according to the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies. Each student will be precepted by a master’s prepared nurse leader who will facilitate leadership experience opportunities, including project work in the organization that will support the student’s leadership growth. The student will gain nursing leadership skills and experience through self-directed project work, and mentored leadership experiences. Students will synthesize leadership growth through development of an ePortfolio.

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    NUR 5940 Clinical Immersion Experience for CNL

    NUR 5940 Clinical Immersion Experience for CNL

    Credit Hours: 4

    Built from the concepts and project established in NUR 5830, the clinical immersion experience will include a 300-400 hour mentored clinical immersion designed with the health system partner to provide an intensive immersion into the CNL role and practice expectations. The immersion experience will provide the student opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the educational experience that allows for the full implementation of the CNL role. The immersion experience will reflect the dynamic and unique attributes of each of the healthcare system partnership organizations in which the CNL will practice and provide the opportunity for the CNL to establish their role in the partnership organization with a strong interdisciplinary focus. Through the immersion experience, the CNL student will demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the didactic and clinical education experiences to include an understanding of accountability for practice outcomes, and the ability to practice interdependently and independently.

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    NUR 5950 Directed Studies

    NUR 5950 Directed Studies

    Credit Hours: 1 TO 3

    An independent reading or research project, under the direction of a member of the MSON faculty.

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    NUR 5960 Teaching Practicum

    NUR 5960 Teaching Practicum

    Credit Hours: 2

    2 credit practicum (1 credit = 4 hours/wk, 2 credits = 8hours/week X 15 = 120 hours). This course focuses on articulation of the nurse faculty role through the inclusion of a teaching practicum. Under the guidance of a master faculty member, students will have the opportunity to use evidence-based teaching/learning strategies to provide classroom instruction and clinical supervision. Students will also participate in shared governance activities at the university and school of nursing level.

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    NUR 5990 Master's Thesis

    NUR 5990 Master's Thesis

    Credit Hours: 1 TO 3

    With this option, the student identifies an original research problem which is feasible and worthwhile to study and utilize all the steps of the research process. The decision to choose the thesis option should be done in conjunction with the student's academic advisor or program chair, with whom the student can discuss the appropriateness of the option. The master's thesis can not be done as a group project.

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    NUR 6030 Professional Role Development and Business Practices

    NUR 6030 Professional Role Development and Business Practices

    Credit Hours: 2 OR 3

    Students analyze the theoretical and empirical bases for leadership behavior, management principles, and role performance in the context of advanced clinical nursing practice. Concepts related to vision, strategic thinking, quality management/improvement, collaboration/team-building, empowerment, change, case management, negotiation, diversity, sound fiscal management, political activism, reimbursement and evaluation provide a framework for consideration of issues associated with implementation of the advanced practice nurse role. Students will examine issues that impact consumers and providers, individually and as aggregates, and will design models for effecting change and improvement in advanced practice nursing services.

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    NUR 6130 Procedures and Diagnostics Workshop for the APN

    NUR 6130 Procedures and Diagnostics Workshop for the APN

    Credit Hours: 1

    This laboratory based course provides the advanced practice nursing student an introduction to a variety of selected diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This course enables the advanced practice student to acquire beginning or entry level procedural competencies to clinically manage selected clients in primary care. Students apply the principles of safety, quality, and ethics while examining the legal and regulatory processes that impact practice and outcomes.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)
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    NUR 6150 Chronic and Complex Problems Across the Lifespan

    NUR 6150 Chronic and Complex Problems Across the Lifespan

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice management of acute, chronic, and complex health care problems common to families across the lifespan. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6160
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    NUR 6160 Clinical Practicum III

    NUR 6160 Clinical Practicum III

    Credit Hours: 2

    2 credits clinical practicum. 1 credit clinical = 8 hours; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hrs. This clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice management of acute, chronic, and complex health care problems common to families across the lifespan. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6150
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    NUR 6170 Emergency Nurse Practitioner II & Procedures

    NUR 6170 Emergency Nurse Practitioner II & Procedures

    Credit Hours: 3

    This didactic course is the second of a three-course sequence designed to provide the emergency nurse practitioner student with a broad knowledge base regarding urgent and emergent care across the lifespan (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and elderly), acuities (non-urgent, urgent, emergent), and settings (ambulatory, urgent, emergent). This course focuses on the emergency nurse practitioner standards, which include the following domains: medial screening; medical decision making/differential diagnoses; patient management; patient disposition; and professional, legal, and ethical practices specific to the knowledge content as described below. Faculty will facilitate the ENP student’s exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and collaborative management of specific topical areas including abdominal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, thoracic, neurological, cardiovascular, urologic, renal, and endocrine emergencies.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5270 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6175
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    NUR 6175 Emergency Nurse Practitioner II Clinical

    NUR 6175 Emergency Nurse Practitioner II Clinical

    Credit Hours: 2

    This specialized clinical corequisite course focuses on the clinical development and application of the ENP role in advanced emergency nursing assessment and management of urgent and emergent health problems across the lifespan. ENP clinical practice includes advanced assessment, medical screening, medical decision making, procedures, implementation of therapeutic management regimens and patient disposition related to urgent and emergent health problems across the lifespan (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and elderly), acuities (non-urgent, urgent, emergent), and settings (ambulatory, urgent, emergent). Clinical experiences occur in a variety of emergent care settings such as emergency departments with varied trauma level designations, urgent cares, corrections, trauma, and transport under the supervision of faculty and preceptors providing the student with the opportunity to apply pathophysiologic and psychosocial concepts, and management skills in planning care for patients. The concurrent didactic course focuses on the emergency nurse practitioner standards, which include the following domains: medial screening; medical decision making/differential diagnoses; patient management; patient disposition; and professional, legal, and ethical practices specific to the knowledge content as described below. Faculty and preceptors will facilitate the ENP student’s exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and collaborative management of specific topical areas including abdominal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, thoracic, neurological, cardiovascular, urologic, renal, and endocrine emergencies.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5270 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6170
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    NUR 6250 Psychosocial Issues and Health Integration

    NUR 6250 Psychosocial Issues and Health Integration

    Credit Hours: 3

    This final course focuses on the theoretical basis for the advanced nursing management of acute, chronic, and complex problems with an emphasis on mental health aspects within the family in a primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the integration of Healthy People 2030 into management approaches of the advanced practice nurse. Synthesis and integration of complex family situations are emphasized as they relate to health promotion and the advanced practice nursing role.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6160 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6260
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    NUR 6260 Clinical Practicum IV

    NUR 6260 Clinical Practicum IV

    Credit Hours: 2

    (2 credit clinical practicum: 1 credit clinical = 8 hrs; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hours) This final clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice with a focus on health integration and management approaches for the family. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6160 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6250
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    NUR 6270 Emergency Nurse Practitioner III & Procedures

    NUR 6270 Emergency Nurse Practitioner III & Procedures

    Credit Hours: 3

    This didactic course is the last of a three-course sequence designed to provide the emergency nurse practitioner student with a broad knowledge base regarding urgent and emergent care across the lifespan, (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and elderly), acuities (non-urgent, urgent, emergent), and settings (ambulatory, urgent, emergent) with transition to the ENP role and practice. This course focuses on the emergency nurse practitioner standards, which include the following domains: medial screening; medical decision making/differential diagnoses; patient management, safety, team-based care; patient disposition; and professional, legal, and ethical practices specific to the knowledge content as described below also including acute & emergent health problems of the highest acuity levels. Faculty will facilitate the ENP student’s exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and collaborative management of specific topical areas including trauma/critically ill care, patient transport to higher level of care, integumentary, psychiatric, hematologic, immunologic, eye, ear, nose, throat, reproductive, orthopedic, toxicologic, oncologic, infectious, environmental, crisis, and disaster emergencies.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5270 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6170 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6175 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6275
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    NUR 6275 Emergency Nurse Practitioner III Clinical

    NUR 6275 Emergency Nurse Practitioner III Clinical

    Credit Hours: 2

    This final specialized clinical corequisite course focuses on the clinical development and application of the ENP role in advanced emergency nursing assessment and management of urgent and emergent health problems across the lifespan. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment, medical screening, medical decision making, procedures, implementation of therapeutic management regimens and patient disposition related to urgent and emergent health problems across the lifespan, (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and elderly), acuities (non-urgent, urgent, emergent), and settings (ambulatory, urgent, emergent) with full emersion of the emergency nurse practitioner role. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of emergent care settings such as emergency departments with varied trauma level designations, urgent cares, corrections, trauma, and transport under the supervision of faculty and preceptors providing the student with the opportunity to apply pathophysiologic and psychosocial concepts, and management skills in planning care for patients. The concurrent didactic course focuses on the emergency nurse practitioner standards, which include the following domains: medial screening; medical decision making/differential diagnoses; patient management; patient disposition; and professional, legal, and ethical practices specific to the knowledge content as described below. Faculty and preceptors will facilitate the ENP student’s exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and collaborative management of specific course topical areas including trauma/critically ill care, patient transport to higher level of care, integumentary, psychiatric, hematologic, immunologic, eye, ear, nose, throat, reproductive, orthopedic, toxicologic, oncologic, infectious, environmental, crisis, and disaster emergencies as well as the culmination of all ENP competency areas in this final course.

    Prerequisites:

    • NUR 5270 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6170 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
    • NUR 6175 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

    Corequisites:

    • NUR 6270
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    NUR 7000 Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development for Clinical Nursing Practice

    NUR 7000 Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development for Clinical Nursing Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    NUR 7000 builds upon an introductory knowledge of nursing theory and the ability to analyze and evaluate the utility of selected theoretical models within nursing and other disciplines. This course integrates nursing science with knowledge from the biophysical, social and organizational sciences as the basis for doctoral level advanced nursing practice. Students will critically evaluate, compare and contrast relevant theoretical approaches for their utility in advanced nursing practice in their area of interest/expertise. Using theory as a guide, students will develop their theoretical model for clinical practice and demonstrate how that model can be used to design clinically relevant strategies aimed at improving health and/or health care in diverse settings.

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    NUR 7010 Ethical Issues in Advance Nursing Practice

    NUR 7010 Ethical Issues in Advance Nursing Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    This seminar explores the philosophic basis and derived theories of ethics and their implications for advanced clinical practice. Using ethical principles, students will examine a variety of clinical, research and practice management dilemmas that arise in the provision of advanced practice nursing services to individuals, populations and communities. Course content includes issues related to social justice, health care disparities, vulnerable populations, professional interactions, genetic screening and diagnostic testing, end of life, conflicts of interest, reproductive technology and scientific research agendas.

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    NUR 7200 Epidemiology and Population Health

    NUR 7200 Epidemiology and Population Health

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course provides an overview of fundamental topics in clinical epidemiology and how these concepts are applied in the measurement and evaluation of population health. The course explores foundational design, measurement and analytic techniques in the science of epidemiology. Students will review and critique epidemiologic literature to evaluate clinical practice based issues regarding disease surveillance, causation, genetic patterns, screening and social trends in population health at either the local, national or global level.

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    NUR 7300 Transformational Leadership and Innovation in Advanced Clinical Practice

    NUR 7300 Transformational Leadership and Innovation in Advanced Clinical Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is designed to prepare advanced nursing practice students to lead in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health systems that support safe, high quality, patient-centered care. This course will explore critical topics in organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work and the opportunity for nursing innovation to transform service delivery, improve health outcomes, and ensure patient safety. Quality improvement models and methods will be emphasized, as students are prepared to direct process change designed to improve health outcomes across the care continuum. Inter-disciplinary theories and practice of leadership will be explored within the Individual practice, health care organization, and the national health care system levels. Leadership, management and communication strategies to move inter-professional groups toward common goals and objectives will be examined.

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    NUR 7350 Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    NUR 7350 Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course builds upon the leadership and organizational change course to examine health care economics and the business of clinical practice as it relates to the delivery of quality health care services. The course will analyze the dynamic interplay between the driving forces of economics, heath policy, quality improvement, and standards of care in the delivery of health care services to maximize health outcomes. Within a quality improvement framework, students will explore economic concepts and measurement tools to critically appraise a health care issue, design strategies to improve clinical outcomes and evaluate the achievement of the improvement goals including not only the outcome but safety, fiscal principles, efficiency, and quality.

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    NUR 7400 Information Management and Decision Support

    NUR 7400 Information Management and Decision Support

    Credit Hours: 3

    Essential topics in nursing informatics and information management will be the focus of this course. Students will apply the systems analysis and design process to leverage the best use of information systems and technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems. Principles of data capture, management, and retrieval will be addressed as a means to knowledge generation and decision support. Strategies to support information engagement by providers and patients will be explored to support improved healthcare outcomes.

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    NUR 7450 Analytics for Evidence-Based Practice

    NUR 7450 Analytics for Evidence-Based Practice

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the theoretical and analytic strategies essential for evidence-based nursing practice implementation and improvement. These strategies include critical evaluation of the research literature and analytic approaches for empirical, qualitative, quality improvement, and program evaluation. The emphasis is on application and the evaluation of evidence for use in nursing practice rather than statistical theory.

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    NUR 7500 Evidence-Based Practice: Theory, Design and Methods

    NUR 7500 Evidence-Based Practice: Theory, Design and Methods

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on the evidence-based practice process and the knowledge and skills necessary for translation of evidence into advanced clinical practice. Students will compare and contrast various forms of scientific evidence with emphasis on expanded research techniques, instrumentation, study designs and theories that are relevant for advanced clinical practice. Content will also emphasize critical appraisal skills necessary to ensure meaningful translation of scientific evidence into practice to ensure high quality care for clients that result in optimal outcomes.

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    NUR 7700 DNP Transition

    NUR 7700 DNP Transition

    Credit Hours: 3

    This transitional course is initiated at the completion of the graduate work and upon progression to the DNP This course supports the integration of scientific underpinnings for practice, clinical scholarship and analytic methods and information systems within advanced nursing practice. A phenomenon of interest is explored with a review of the evidence based in the literature and other data sources to develop a plan of inquiry that will be amenable to proposal development.

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    NUR 7800 Project Proposal Development

    NUR 7800 Project Proposal Development

    Credit Hours: 3

    The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates synthesis of the student's work and lays the groundwork for future scholarship. The Project Proposal Development is a formative course that focuses on the writing of the DNP project proposal. In this course, students will define the area of specific study, synthesize the relevant literature and existing data that supports the project, and select a conceptual framework with methodological plan to support the measurement of outcome data.

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    NUR 7900 DNP Practicum and Project Implementation

    NUR 7900 DNP Practicum and Project Implementation

    Credit Hours: 3

    In this clinical practicum with seminar, students will integrate DNP role behaviors into clinical practice. In conjunction with their designated faculty advisor, students will design a clinical practicum experience that permits achievement of the student's individual goals and the program objectives with primary emphasis on the integration of DNP competencies directly into advanced nursing practice. Students will engage in seminars, rotating leadership responsibilities, to analyze practice-based issues from the DNP perspective. In this project course, students will seek required approval and review processes to support implementation of the scholarly project within the practice setting. Project implementation occurs after committee and IRB approval.

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    NUR 7920 DNP Doctoral Project

    NUR 7920 DNP Doctoral Project

    Credit Hours: 1 TO 4

    This final project course supports the analysis of the data from the implemented project as well as defense of the project, the final written product and other dissemination efforts such as presentations and/or manuscripts.

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    NUR 7950 Directed Studies

    NUR 7950 Directed Studies

    Credit Hours: 1 TO 3

    This course is an independent reading or a practice based/clinical research project, under the direction of a member of the MSON faculty.