NURN - Nursing


2017-2018 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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Course Descriptions

NURN 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (3)

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 prepared nurse is explored.

NURN 5005 Collaboration and Communication (3)

This course focuses on the effective communication and collaboration skills of the master's prepared nurse as a member and leader of interprofessional teams. A variety of communication modes including oral, written and emergency technologies are practiced. May be repeated once for credit.

NURN 5050 Policy and Politics in Nursing (3)

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.

NURN 5210 Strategies to Facilitate Learning (3)

This course is designed to explore a variety of teaching methods used by nurse educators/leaders to facilitate learning. Learning theories and principles of adult learning to achieve outcomes are examined. Use of technology to facilitate learning is integrated throughout the course. Students develop, implement and evaluate a plan for teaching a defined target audience.

NURN 5220 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)

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 and NURN 5550 or permission of coordinator.

NURN 5230 Teaching Practicum in Nursing I (3)

The role of the educator in a teaching setting is explored. Course content focuses on the development of lessons appropriate for defined learner populations. Students design, implement and evaluate teaching/learning experiences. Prerequisites: NURN 5210 or permission of the instructor.

NURN 5240 Teaching Practicum in Nursing II (3)

This course is a continuation of Teaching Practicum I. The multifaceted role of the nurse educator is examined which includes teaching, scholarship and service. The student further designs, implements and evaluates teaching experiences at a practicum site. Students present a posted to a nursing audience. Prerequisites: NURN 5210 and NURN 5230.

NURN 5340 Population Health (3)

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 unfolding case studies for a selected solution, which includes an extensive windsheild survey and stakeholder interviews. The role of the MSN nurse in population health is examined. Prerequisites: NURN 5050 and NURN 5550.

NURN 5350 Population Health II (3)

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.

NURN 5360 Organization and Systems Leadership (3)

This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation of organization and systems leadership within complex health care settings. Leadership skills necessary for promoting high quality care, safe patient care, improving outcomes, and leading change are explored. Communication and collaboration and critical decision making will be examined across organizations and systems and as a part of interprofessional teams.

NURN 5370 Quality and Safety in Health Care (3)

This course integrates knowledge of quality care, safety measures and standards to examine processes to minimize risk to patients, employees, organizations and systems. Competencies related to quality and safety are studied. Strategies to build a just culture of safety and quality are explored. 

NURN 5380 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment I (3)

This course 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 skill, and current evidence-based practice, treatment and prevention is emphasized. Communication and collaboration skills are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program or permission of MSN coordinator.

NURN 5390 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment II (3)

This course 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 skill, current evidence-based practice, treatment and prevention is emphasized. Communication and collaboration skills are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program or permission of MSN coordinator.

NURN 5410 Leadership in Nursing (3)

This course builds on the organizational and systems leadership course to provide an advanced knowledge of nursing leadership in complex health care 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 MSN coordinator.

NURN 5420 Financial Issues for Nurse Leaders (3)

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.

NURN 5440 Leadership in Nursing Practicum I (3)

This practicum course is designed to explore the role of nurse leader in health care organizations. Students collaborate with faculty and mentors to examine the role of nurse leader. Prerequisites: NURN 5360 or permission of MSN coordinator.

NURN 5450 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II (3)

This practicum course builds on practicum I and further explores the role of nurse leader in health care organizations. Students collaborate with faculty and practicum mentors to examine the role of nurse leader. Prerequisite: NURN 5440 or permission of MSN coordinator.

NURN 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3)

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.

NURN 5550 Translating Evidence to Practice (3)

The over-arching goal of this course is for students to gain core knowledge to apply evidence to practice. Students systematically explore and evaluate current nursing knowledge for scientific and clinical merit. Nursing practice issues are identified. Evidence is evaluated and synthesized. Models and strategies for implementation of evidence based practice are explored. Prerequisite: NURN 5000.                   

NURN 5990 Advanced Studies in Nursing (1-3)

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 upon by the student and faculty. This course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson.

NURN 6000 Integrated Studies in Nursing (3)

Students will synthesize knowledge and integrate learning experiences from previous coursework through an in-depth, scholarly paper. The final paper will be suitable for presentation and possible publication. This is a semester-long course. Prerequisite: Completion of 33 credits.