NURN - Nursing
2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015
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Students examine philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing. Analysis of selected concepts and theories from nursing and related fields are emphasized. The role of the MSN is explored. Prerequisite: None.
This course examines policy within the health care arena focusing on the policymaking process, the organization, delivery and financing of healthcare and the nurse’s role in advocacy. Conceptual models clarify aspects of policy problems suggesting explanations for decisions and consequences. Political advocacy and the health policy change process will be explored at the local, state, national and global level. This course reviews principles of health care economics affecting health policy. Prerequisite: None.
This course is designed to explore a variety of teaching methods used by nurse educators in academia, staff development and/or community education. Learning theories, principles of adult learning and learning objectives are examined. Use of technology in nursing education is integrated throughout the course. Students develop, implement, and evaluate a lesson plan appropriate for adult learners. Prerequisites: NURN 5000 and NURN 5550.
Curriculum design, development, and evaluation are explored. Students examine the philosophical and theoretical bases for curriculum. The influence of nursing and health care trends and community/societal needs on curriculum is discussed. Students design a sample curriculum component, program evaluation, and outcome criteria to evaluate student achievement. Prerequisites: NURN 5000 & NURN 5550 or permission of Coordinator.
Course content focuses on the development of lessons appropriate for defined learner populations. Students design, implement and evaluate educational plans. Students collaborate with course instructor and mentor on lessons and clinical supervision. Self-reflection to improve the teaching learning process is promoted. The role of the educator in a teaching setting is explored. Prerequisites: NURN 5210 and NURN 5220 or permission of the instructor.
This course is a continuation of Teaching Practicum I. The student further designs, implements and evaluates educational plans at a practicum site. Students collaborate with course instructor and mentor on lessons and clinical supervision. Current research in nursing education is discussed. Self-reflection to improve the teaching learning process is promoted. The role of the educator in a teaching setting is explored. Students present a poster to a nursing audience. Prerequisites: NURN 5210, 5220 & NURN 5230.
This course summarizes the theoretical basis of health promotion and disease prevention. Emerging global health issues are explored. Principles of program planning, implementation, and evaluation are discussed. Students develop culturally relevant health promotion plan for a selected population. The role of the MSN nurse in population health is examined. Prerequisites: NURN 5050, NURN 5550.
This course investigates the factors that contribute to population based health. An evidence based health promotion project that addresses quality improvement strategies will be implemented and evaluated. Ethical issues related to population health will be discussed. Prerequisite: NURN 5340.
This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation of organization and systems leadership within complex healthcare settings. Leadership skills necessary for promoting quality care, improving outcomes, and leading change are explored. Communication and collaboration will be examined across organization systems and as a part of interprofessional teams. Prerequisites: NURN 5050, NURN 5550.
This course provides the foundation necessary to improve quality care and minimize risk to patients, providers, and systems. Competencies related to quality and safety are examined. Strategies to build a culture of quality and safety are explored. Prerequisites: NURN 5050, NURN 5550.
This course for nurse educators explores pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, and clinical findings for selected common disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and musculoskeletal systems. Variations such as age, gender, and race are explored in relation to pathophysiology, assessment, and pharmacoloy. Application of clinical reasoning skills and current evidence-based prevention is emphasized. Communication and collaboration skills are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program or permission of MSN coordinator.
This course for nurse educators explores pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, and clinical findings for selected common disorders of nervous, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Variations such as age, gender, and race are explored in relation to pathophysiology, assessment, and pharmacology. Application of clinical reasoning skills and current evidence-based prevention is emphasized. Communication and collaboration skills are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program or permission of MSN coordinator.
This course builds on the organizational and systems leadership course to provide an advanced knowledge of nursing leadership in complex healthcare environments. Legal issues, professional practice models, information technologies and leadership competencies are examined within the context of the nursing leadership role. Prerequisites: NURN 5350, NURN 5360, and NURN 5370 or permission of Coordinator.
This course focuses on financial and strategic management important to nurse leaders. Emphasis is on the interpretation and application of financial information from a departmental or organizational strategic plan. Basic financial decision-making principles, the role of money and financial markets in the economy, financial statement analysis, and the budget process are examined. Criteria for allocating resources that optimize quality cost effective care are explored. Prerequisites: NURN 5000 and NURN 5550 or permission of Coordinator.
The practicum course is designed to explore the role of nurse leader in health care organizations. Students collaborate with faculty and preceptors to examine the role of nurse leader. Prerequisites: NURN 5410, NURN 5420, or permission of Coordinator.
The practicum course builds on practicum I and further explores the role of nurse leader in health care organizations. Students collaborate with faculty and preceptors to examine the role of nurse leader. Prerequisite: NURN 5440 or permission of Coordinator.
Students participate in seminars designed to examine contemporary issues in nursing. The professional seminar supplements the core or focus area courses by focusing on issues of current and special interest. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Graduate students may apply a maximum of 3 credit hours of these seminars to meet the credit-hour requirements for graduation.
Students systematically explore and evaluate current nursing knowledge for scientific and clinical merit. Nursing practice issues are identified and evidence is evaluated to change and improve practice. Prerequisite: NURN 5000.
Students with special interests or needs not met by existing curricula may request that a faculty member supervise a directed study. Content of the study and evaluation criteria are mutually decided on by the student and faculty. This course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: permission of department chairperson.
Students will synthesize knowledge and integrate learning experiences from previous coursework through an in-depth, scholarly paper. The final paper will be suitable for possible publication and presentation. This is a semester long course. Prerequisite: Completion of 33 credits.