NUR 112. Introduction to Nursing (1; F)
One semester hour credit. This elective course is taught by the School of Nursing faculty for students considering a major in nursing. The course provides both historical and current perspectives of American nursing. Discussion will begin with the historical evolution of the nursing profession in the United States. Topics to be addressed include nursing education, roles in nursing, and the future of nursing in the 21st-century. Students will have the unique opportunity to experience the health care environment.

NUR 202. Introduction to Pharmacology (1; F/S)
One semester hour credit. Prerequisite: NUR 212 & NUR 222. Co-requisite: NUR 220 & NUR 221. Concepts related to pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics are discussed as a basis for medication administration and evaluation of client response. Emphasis is placed on federal regulations, legal implications, and safe administration of medication administration. Nursing implications and nursing responsibilities related to administration of medications for pain relief, antibiotic therapy, and diabetes mellitus management will be discussed within the framework of the nursing process.

NUR 212SI. Foundations of Professional Nursing (3; F)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to nursing major and ENGL 103. Introduces the philosophy of the School of Nursing. Emphasis is placed on core concepts foundational for professional nursing practice. Provides the opportunity to use beginning critical thinking skills as students explore professional values, health care delivery systems, nursing process, and the professional nursing role. Course assignments facilitate development of communication skills.

NUR 220. Essentials of Professional Nursing (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: NUR 212 & NUR 222. Co-requisite: NUR 221. Theories and concepts related to basic health needs and nursing care are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Focuses on the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of fundamental physiologic health issues. Beginning critical thinking skills are used to examine the delivery of basic nursing care to clients, with particular emphasis on the aging adult.

NUR 221. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice. (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Prerequisite: NUR 212 & NUR 222. Co-requisite: NUR 220. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 220. Uses the nursing process framework to provide essential therapeutic nursing interventions to individuals, with emphasis on the aging adult. Students practice nursing procedures in the laboratory setting prior to clinical application in the clinical setting.

NUR 222. Nursing Assessment (3; F)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisites: BIOL 215, BIOL 216, and CHEM 101 or CHEM 103. Concepts related to assessment of individual clients presented. Emphasis is placed on review of body systems, physical examination techniques, and communication skills necessary to perform a nursing assessment of clients across the life span. Level of functioning and health risk data are analyzed and interpreted. Opportunities are provided to apply and practice skills presented in class.

NUR 302. Pharmacology for Professional Nurses I (1; F/S)
One semester hour credit. Prerequisite: Sophomore level nursing courses. Prerequisites: BIOL 221 and BIOL 222. Co-requisite: NUR 310 & NUR 312. Concepts related to actions, side effects, and adverse reactions of medications for health topics covered in NUR 310 and NUR 312 will be discussed. Implications for nursing practice, including nursing responsibilities and health teaching will be addressed.  Safe drug administration will be emphasized.

NUR 304. Pharmacology for Professional Nurses II (1; S)
One semester hour credit. Prerequisite: Sophomore level nursing courses. Co-requisite: NUR 320 & NUR 328. Concepts related to actions, side effects, and adverse reactions of medications for health topics covered in NUR 320 and NUR 328 will be discussed. Implications for nursing practice, including nursing responsibilities and health teaching will be addressed.  Safe drug administration will be emphasized.

NUR 310. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Theory (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 210. Co-requisite: NUR 311. Theories and concepts related to human behavior and promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health of individuals and families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking, communication, self-awareness and therapeutic use of self are emphasized as students explore issues in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Legal and ethical dilemmas are addressed, especially in relation to acute psychopathology.

NUR 311. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 310. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 310. Self awareness and therapeutic communication are promoted through clinical assignments and faculty guidance. Emphasis is placed on professional nursing role and use of nursing process in care of clients with alterations in mental health in hospital and community settings.

NUR 312. Adult Health Theory (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 210. Co-requisite: NUR 313. Theories and concepts related to common alterations in health of individuals and families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking is emphasized as students explore issues in adult health nursing. Focuses on adult clients experiencing alterations in sensory and perceptual function, immunological response, oxygenation, and cardiovascular function.

NUR 313. Adult Health Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 312. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 312. Nursing process is used to formulate plans of care for adult clients with common alterations. Emphasis is placed on using communication skills, organizing care, and implementing therapeutic nursing interventions in acute care settings.

NUR 316WI. Nursing Research (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: MATH 205. Examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Emphasizes the research process as applied to health care and clinical nursing practice. Assignments focus on critiquing current nursing research for applicability to clinical practice, developing a research focused integrated literature review and refining writing skills.

NUR 316WI/H. Nursing Research – Honors (3; varies)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: MATH 205 and permission of nursing faculty. Examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Explores research as it relates to health care and clinical nursing practice. The basic research process is used to critique current research and develop a research proposal.

NUR 320. Advanced Adult Health Theory (4; F/S)
Four semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 321. Concepts related to major alterations of health of individuals and their families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking is developed through interpretation of nursing diagnostic data and identification of therapeutic nursing interventions. Management of adult clients with common alterations in health, and acute and chronic illness are emphasized.

NUR 321. Advanced Adult Health Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 320. Provides the opportunity to apply the concepts presented in NUR 320. Evidenced-based interventions are used to provide care for adults with major body system dysfunctions, chronic illness, and rehabilitation needs. Communication and professional nursing roles are emphasized in the management of small groups of clients in acute care settings.

NUR 328. Child-Rearing Family Theory (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 329. Theories and concepts related to child-rearing families are presented. Focus is on family systems, growth and development, and major health alterations in children and adolescents. Therapeutic nursing interventions are explored within the context of evidence-based practice.  Critical thinking is used to examine current issues in nursing care to deliver high quality and safe nursing care for children and their families..

NUR 329. Child-Rearing Family Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 328. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 328. Nursing process is used to promote health and support adaptation of children, adolescents, and their families.  Communication, assessment, and pharmacotherapeutic skills are emphasized.  Focuses on clinical judgment in the implementation of therapeutic nursing interventions for pediatric clients in a variety of settings. 

NUR 337. Celebrating Life: The Process of Death, Dying, & Grieving (3) 
Three semester hours credit. This course is designed to acquaint students with various facets of the process of death, dying, and grief throughout the life span. Ethical, cultural, and religious aspects are examined using a multidimensional approach.

NUR 338. Mastery of Lifelong Learning Skills for Nursing (2)
Three hours per week. Two semester hours credit includes laboratory component. Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. An elective theory course which offers opportunity for personal and professional growth in skills that are required for successful academic and clinical performance in nursing. The course is based on the model for Lifelong Learning for Nursing and Self-Appraisal tool. Content includes beliefs and values, study and learning skills, test and performance skills, and life management skills. Process includes a variety of creative and nontraditional methods of self-discovery, esteem building and other personal growth skills that influence development of the student in nursing art as well as science.

NUR 339. Global Health Promotion (3)
Three semester hours credit. This course provides an introduction to the concepts and issues related to global health promotion. Special considerations will be given to infectious and communicable diseases, environmental issues, nutrition, and vulnerable populations. International health organizations and governmental policy will also be analyzed.

NUR 340. Holistic Nursing (3)
Three semester hours credit. Basic theories and concepts related to Holistic Nursing will be presented including evidence-based practice of complementary and alternative therapies. Emphasis is placed on a progressive and tolerant examination of diverse cultural and global integrative therapies. Examination of self as healer and development of healing environments will also be discussed.

NUR 341. Re-entry in Nursing Theory & Practice (var. 1-5, non-degree)
Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Undergraduate Programs. Required of all nursing majors who seek reentry after an absence of one or more semesters in the program. Course must be taken during the reentry term required for program sequence. Experiences involve class and/or clinical instruction as prescribed by Director of Undergraduate Programs.

NUR 344. Palliative Care Strategies for the Professional Nurse (3)
Three hours per week. Theories and strategies related to concepts of palliative care at the-end-of life are presented. The emphasis is on the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary team and the need for attention to cultural factors influencing care at the end of life. There is currently a wide gap between the reality of end of life care, and the kind of care each would seek. This course is a guide to prepare nurses to be competent and compassionate professionals who can lead a transformation in care at the end of life.

NUR 352SI. Professional Nursing (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Limited to RN-BSN students or by permission of the SON Dean. Professional nursing will be introduced through an exploration of concepts and issues that shape the development of the competent, caring, professional nurse. Emphasis will be placed on professional socialization via an exploration of historical events and nursing theories and frameworks that have shaped professional nursing practice. Engaged learning techniques will encourage students to explore elements of professional nursing, such as leadership, health and education technology, and clinical excellence through safe, effective practice.

NUR 353. Information Management in Healthcare (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Limited to RN-BSN students or by permission of the SON Dean. This course will cover the design, development, implementation, and support of computer-based information systems. With innovations in health care technology, unique opportunities and challenges for the end-user will be considered and carefully addressed. This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of confidentiality issues surrounding information management. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of the impact information management systems have on the health care team, delivery of care, efficiency and productivity, patient safety, and health outcomes.

NUR 354WI. Evidence-Based Nursing (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisites: MATH 205 or equivalent. This course focuses on the relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice. Examples of topics covered include the research process, research methods, data analysis, evaluation of evidence, protection of human subjects and patients, and the dissemination of nursing knowledge. Assignments are used to promote evidence-based nursing practice that will improve patient outcomes.

NUR 355. Nursing Assessment for the Practicing Nurse (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Limited to RN-BSN students or by permission of the SON Dean. This course provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and physical examination on clients throughout the lifespan. Special considerations regarding culture will be discussed. Health risk appraisals from modifiable (lifestyle) and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) origins will be examined.

NUR 362. Perspectives on Obesity: Etiology, Health Risks and Approaches to Weight Management (3)
Three semester hours credit.  Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. Obesity is a major health problem affecting individuals of all ages and families. Various perspectives related to the etiology, treatment and management of obesity are explored.  Multidisciplinary approaches in the prevention of obesity through self-evaluation of risk factors, nutrition, exercise and education are realized through portfolio development and engaged learning activities. Student presentations are focused on health problems associated with obesity, the impact of obesity on nursing care and health care resources and weight loss programs.

 NUR 378H. Nursing Research Seminar: Inquiry & Analysis of Specific Problems in Nursing (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisites: NUR 316W - Nursing Research, or NUR 316 WH - Nursing Research-Honors, or NUR 316W with 1.0 add-on Honors credit - Nursing Research; a GPA of 3.5 or greater in the nursing major; and permission of faculty. Students will be expected to participate in a two-hour seminar per week and engage in a minimum of 3 hours of independent research activities per week. The course focuses on the application of the research process in conducting research.  Students will critically analyze and refine their literature review and proposed research methods including sampling procedures, data collection methods, and data analysis plan.  Students are expected to achieve substantial progress in completing data collection and analysis phase of the research process and present a research report.  Faculty will guide students through their research-based projects.

NUR 410. Critical Care Nursing Theory (2; F/S)
Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 411. Co-/prerequisite: NUR 412. Theories and concepts related to acute, complex physiological health alterations are presented within the framework of the nursing process.  Effective decision-making and communication are emphasized in the adaptation of clients to life-threatening and acute health alterations within a rapidly changing health care environment.  Legal and ethical dilemmas are examined as students explore the professional nursing role in critical care.

NUR 411. Critical Care Nursing Practice (3; F/S)
135 clinical hours Three semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 410. Co-/prerequisite: NUR 454. Provides opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 410.  The nursing process is used to provide compassionate and effective care of clients with complex, life-threatening alterations in health.  Emphasis on judicious decision-making is reflected in the interpretation and analysis of assessment findings and selection of appropriate therapeutic nursing interventions.  Effective communication is used with clients, families and members of the health care team in critical care settings. 

NUR 422WI. Nursing Leadership & Management (3; F/S)
Three hours per week. Co-requisite: NUR 436SI. Theories and concepts related to leadership and management are discussed. Focuses on contemporary professional and societal issues that influence nursing in a continuously changing health care environment. Analyzes techniques of problem solving, conflict resolution, and delegation as related to clinical practice. Nursing care delivery systems are examined.

NUR 423. Nursing Synthesis (5; F/S)
Five semester hours credit. Two hundred twenty-five clinical hours. Prerequisite: All nursing and non-nursing courses are required. This course provides the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes. Emphasis is placed on self-directed learning and evaluation in selected clinical areas under the supervision of nursing faculty and clinical nurse preceptors. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.

NUR 424. Selected Topics in Nursing (var.)
Variable hours. Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. May be repeated for different topics. Focus may be on area relevant to the profession of nursing. Content will depend on student demand and faculty interest.

NUR 428. Omega Strategies (2)
Two semester hours credit. Theories and strategies related to concepts of care at the end of life are presented. The emphasis is on the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary team and the need for attention to the cultural factors influencing care at the end of life. There is currently a wide gap between the reality of end of life care, and the kind of care each would seek. This course is a guide to prepare nurses to be competent and compassionate professionals who can lead a transformation in care at the end of life.

NUR 434. Nursing Care of the Child-Bearing Family Theory (3; F/S)
Three semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 435. Co-/prerequisite: NUR 454. Theories and concepts related to childbearing families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Emphasis is on the professional nursing roles with the family experiencing pregnancy, delivery and neonatal care. Conditions related to the high-risk childbearing family are explored. Critically examines issues and controversies associated with the childbearing family.

 
NUR 435. Nursing Care of the Child-Bearing Family Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 434. Co-/prerequisite: NUR 454. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 418.Nursing process is used to promote health and adaptation of the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on judicious decision making, effective communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in support of the family experiencing the childbearing process in a variety of settings.
 
NUR 436SI. Community Health Nursing Theory (2; F/S)
Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 437. Theories and concepts from nursing, liberal arts and sciences and health are presented within the framework of the community health nursing process. Focus is on the professional nursing role in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and populations. Explores the influence of culture and technology on health care practices. Critical thinking and collaborative communication are demonstrated through community assessment.
 
NUR 437. Community Health Nursing Practice (2; F/S)
90 clinical hours. Two semester hours credit. Co-requisite: NUR 436SI. The nursing process is used to assess care for aggregates and communities in a variety of clinical settings with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. The diverse role of the community health nurse in collaboration with interdisciplinary health care teams is emphasized.

 

NUR 452WI. Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Policy (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: NUR 354WI Evidence-Based Nursing. This course provides the practicing nurse with theory and concepts needed to successfully assume leadership and management positions in the healthcare environment. Special consideration will be given to the changing dynamics of the healthcare system. Concepts of quality and safety in healthcare will be explored. Legal and ethical issues in healthcare will also be examined.

NUR 453. Community Focused Professional Nursing (4)
Four semester hours credit. Prerequisite: NUR 354WI Evidence-Based Nursing. This course introduces concepts of epidemiology, core public health values, levels of prevention, and theoretical and practical information for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs to preserve, promote, and protect the health of communities. The liberal arts and sciences provide the foundation for understanding community focused nursing processes and roles.

NUR 454. A Conceptual Approach to Pathophysiology for Nurses (3)
Three semester hours credit. Pathophysiological concepts related to disease and common health problems are presented. Emphasis is placed on normal physiologic functioning and changes that occur with disease. Interrelationships among concepts are explored as well as local and systemic manifestations of common disorders. Students will critically analyze pathophysiological processes and related medical and nursing management for specific health problems of individuals across the lifespan.

NUR 455. Advanced Acute Care Concepts (3)
Three semester hours credit. Co- or prerequisite: NUR 454. Evidence-Based Nursing. Concepts related to acute and critical alterations of health of individuals requiring intensive care treatment will be covered within the framework of the nursing process. Students will critically analyze acute care concepts related to nursing management of specific health problems for individuals across the lifespan.

NUR 456. Application of Professional Nursing Concepts (4)
Four semester hours credit. Fifteen (15) clinical hours per week for eight weeks, for a total of 120 hours. Prerequisite: All courses required in the RN-BSN program. In this clinical course students will apply the concepts and skills acquired in the BSN program to demonstrate growth as a competent, caring, professional nurse. The student will demonstrate scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, leadership, and health and education technology through a professional project. A portfolio of activities completed in the RN-BSN program will be used to demonstrate meeting program outcomes. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.

NUR 487/488. Independent Study (var.)

NUR 490. Nursing Internship (var. 1-3)

NUR 501. Advanced Health Assessment (3; F)
Two hours per week theory. Three hours per week clinical application. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate nursing program or permission of nursing faculty. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to concepts related to advanced nursing physical assessment of individuals and families. Emphasis is placed on gathering subjective and objective data to develop differential diagnosis for clients across the lifespan. Ethical and cultural factors are considered in developing plans of care. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.

NUR 502. Advanced Pathophysiology (3; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate nursing program or permission of nursing faculty. Advanced theories and concepts of normal and abnormal pathophysiological responses of the body are presented.  Pathological alterations in health at the cellular and systems level, across the lifespan, are emphasized.  Focus is placed on theories, principles and current research of pathophysiology applicable to advanced nursing clinical practice. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to integrate and synthesize knowledge through written assignments and engaged learning activities in classroom and online environments

NUR 503. Adult Health Promotion and Disease Management (3; S)
Two hours per week theory/three hours per week clinical application The focus of the course is advanced nursing practice throughout the adult lifespan. Emphasis is on assessment, health promotion, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic adult and geriatric health issues. The course includes assessment and management of emergent conditions in this population. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.

NUR 504. Advanced Pharmacology (3; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate nursing program or permission of nursing faculty. Advanced pharmacological concepts  related to actions, side effects and adverse reactions to medications are covered. Advanced nursing practice related to prescribing  medications in clinical practice are covered. Legal and ethical responsibilities related to prescribing medications will be addressed.

NUR 507. Emergency  Nurse Practitioner  I (3;S)
Two hours per week theory. Three hours per week clinical application. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 502 and 504. Co-requisite NUR 503. The focus of this course is on the advanced practice nursing role in emergent and urgent care settings. Advanced nursing practice concepts related to diagnostic interpretation of clinical data and management of adult emergent conditions will be incorporated. Content includes but is not limited to interpretation of 12 lead electrocardiograms, radiographic images and laboratory data. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.

NUR 509. Pediatric Health Promotion and Disease Management (3; F)
Two hours per week theory. Three hours per week clinical application. Prerequisite : NUR 501, 502, 503, 504 and 507. The focus of the course is advanced nursing practice from birth to early adulthood. Emphasis is on assessment, health promotion, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic pediatric health issues. The course includes assessment and management of emergent pediatric conditions. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.

NUR 510. Nursing Theory and Research I (3)
Three semester hours credit. The purpose of this course is to develop a comprehensive knowledge about how nursing theories are formulated and their relationship to nursing research. Principles of theory development are applied toward critiquing theory from nursing and related fields. Students develop an integrated literature review and research framework on a topic of interest based on a critical examination of research literature and theories from nursing and related fields.

NUR 512/PPOL 681. Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare (3)
Cross listed with PPOL 681. The purpose of this course is to discuss concepts related to healthcare organization and delivery both in the United States and abroad.  A major focus of this course will be ecological and socioeconomic determinants of population-based health outcomes.  The Nurse’s role as an advocate for healthcare policy and educator on health promotion topics will be explored. Credit cannot be awarded for both NUR 512 and PPOL 681.      

NUR 513. Emergency Nurse Practitioner II  (3; F)
Two hours per week theory/three hours per week clinical application  Prerequisite: NUR 501, 502, 503, 504, and 507. Co-requisite NUR 509. This course examines ethical and legal issues related to advanced nursing care. Advanced nursing practice concepts related to pediatric emergent assessment, diagnosis and care are presented. Content includes but is not limited to management of wound and  musculoskeletal injuries. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.        

NUR 514. Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles (3)
The purpose of this course is professional role development related to leadership in advanced nursing practice.  Major emphasis of the course will focus on effective communication as a member of an inter-professional team; strategies to promote change in the healthcare system; and leadership skills necessary to deliver high quality and culturally competent health care to positively affect patient outcome.

 
NUR 515. Women’s Health Promotion and Disease Management (3)
Two hours per week theory/three hours per week clinical application. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 502, 503, 504, and 507. The focus of the course is advanced nursing practice in  women’s health. Emphasis is on pathophysiology, assessment, health promotion, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic women’s health issues across the age span. This will include assessment of her role in the family and the community; cultural and spiritual beliefs and incorporation of this knowledge into a mutually acceptable  plan of care. The course includes assessment and management of emergent conditions in women’s health, both gynecological and obstetrical. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.

 

NUR 516. Information Systems and Technology for Improved Health Care (3)
This course is intended to provide insight and understanding in information and patient care technologies. It addresses four broad areas of information systems and technology. These include: 1) The use of patient care and other technologies to deliver and enhance care, 2) Communication technologies in organizations to integrate and coordinate care, 3) Issues of data management to analyze and improve patient outcomes, 4) Health information management for evidence-based care and health education of patients. The course recognizes that information system technology is a dynamic entity in the healthcare system and an attitude of lifelong learning and adaptation is fostered.  
 

NUR 517. Mental Health and Crisis Intervention (3)
Two hours per week theory. Three hours per week clinical application. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 502, 503, 504, and 507. The focus of the course is advanced nursing practice in mental health across the life span. Emphasis is on assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of mental health issues. Health Promotion, nurse-patient communication, ethical and cultural issues are explored. The course includes assessment, management and evaluation of emergent mental health care and crisis intervention. The student has an opportunity to apply the course concepts in clinical practice.
                                                                                                     
NUR 520. Nursing Theory and Research II (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite NUR 510. The focus of the course is on the application of theory and research process in the design and implementation of a research-based project/thesis. Critical analysis of available literature and proposed research methods including quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to research, sampling procedures, data collection methods and data analysis plan are emphasized. Prepares students to use evidence-based practices in their specialized area of professional nursing and development a proposal for a research-based project/thesis by the end of the semester.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

NUR 521. Pharmacology and Physical Assessment for the Clinical Nurse Educator (3)
This course will focus on concepts related to advanced pharmacology and physical assessment necessary to practice in an advanced nursing role with direct patient care. 

 

NUR 525. Measuring Educational Outcomes in Nursing (3)
Students will critique and analyze methods for measuring outcomes in nursing education.  The student will learn strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of tests, written assignments, and performance in clinical practice.

 

NUR 526. Engaged Learning (3)
Students will explore and analyze teaching strategies employed to engage the learner.  Among the topics to be discussed include simulation in nursing education and the use of technology in the classroom and in clinical practice.  Special attention will focus on creating learner-centered environments in nursing education and in clinical practice. 

 

NUR 530. Financial Management of Nursing Systems (3)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
This course will focus on concepts related to financial management of patient care delivery.    Topics include budgeting, staffing, forecasting and marketing and their impact on patient care decisions.  Students will integrate knowledge and skills to design methods to manage financial resources and develop strategic plans in health care organizations.

NUR 531. Human Resource Management in Health Care (3)
Students will critique and analyze various aspects of human resource management in health care facilities.  Included in this analysis are managing employees (hiring, counseling and terminating), and the training of staff. Issues involved in compensation and benefits will be analyzed.   Topics will include discussion of applicable labor laws and nursing licensure issues. 

NUR 532/PPOL 682. Nursing Leadership and the Healthcare System (3)         
Cross listed with PPOL 682. Students will explore and analyze the role of the nurse leader as it relates to the healthcare system. Included in this analysis is the delivery of safe, effective, and efficient patient care. Topics will include the healthcare environment, federal and state laws/regulations, and oversight of the magnet status journey.  Credit cannot be awarded for both NUR 532 and PPOL 682.
 
NUR 533. Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3)
Students will examine and analyze quality management and safety for system effectiveness to improve the outcomes of healthcare. Topics will include quality improvement efforts, research and ethical issues, basic safety design principles, and national patient safety resources. 
     
NUR 536. Nursing Topical Electives (3) (var.)
Three hours per week. Variable. Taught or co-taught in the School of Education, Davis College of Business or School of Nursing. May be repeated for different topics In the semesters in which they are offered, topical electives will cover a variety of subject matter as deemed appropriate by the graduate faculty to augment the graduate curriculum in nursing.

NUR 548. Curriculum Development in Nursing (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. The course applies concepts basic to the educational process in Nursing Practice. Emphasis is on the science of teaching/learning that includes theories and characteristics of active learning, whole brain learning, and engaged learning. The art of teaching includes theories of curriculum design and process, creation of functional objectives and effective instructional methods. The technology of education includes implementation of clinical teaching, evaluation of educational resources and the measurement of educational outcomes.

NUR 550. Research-Based Project/Thesis (3)
Three semester hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of NUR 510 and NUR 520. The course is Pass/Fail. Student will choose either a research-based project or thesis in their area of interest. The purpose of the research-based project/thesis is to operationalize theoretical principles in the investigation of a significant nursing problem within the graduate’s specialty area of practice. Major emphasis of the course is to implement proposed research methodology, analyze and interpret data, and make recommendations for the development of evidence based nursing practice. The project/thesis facilitates in the integration of concepts and research principles learned throughout the educational experience.

NUR 551. Advanced Role Practicum  (3-4)
One hour per week theory. Nine practicum hours per week for the nurse educator, administration, and leadership cognate. Twenty-four hours per week clinical application for the advanced nursing practice track. Prerequisite for FNP and FNP/ENP: NUR 501, 502, 503, 504, 507, 509, 513 and 515. The purpose of the practicum experience is to operationalize theoretical principles within the graduate’s specialty area of practice. The practicum focuses on the synthesis and integration of concepts learned throughout the educational experience. Content regarding professional role development, advanced practice roles and relationships, and regulatory requirements for advanced practice are included. Effective participation in multidisciplinary, partnership, and team relationships is an expected outcome. Professional advocacy, assertiveness and leadership in the specialty role are necessary for successful completion.

NUR 560. Research-Based Project/Thesis Continuous Enrollment (1)
Prerequisite NUR 550. This course is Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in NUR 560 each subsequent semester until the completion of the research-based project/thesis. Faculty will periodically review individual student’s progress in meeting course goals and completing the project/thesis. Upon completion of the project/thesis, faculty will approve the final paper and arrange for final paper presentation sessions. Students are expected to complete all objectives for NUR 550 and finalize their projects for committee approval prior to their presentations.

NUR 563. Acute Care Nursing I (3)
Two hours per week theory/6 hours per week clinical application(90 hours). Hybrid course. Pre-requisite certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner. The focus of the course is on advanced nursing practice of adult-gerontology in the acute care setting.  Emphasis is on assessment, health promotion, diagnosis and management of acute illnesses by systems.  The student will apply the course concepts and explore the role of the ACNP in the clinical setting.  

 

NUR 564. Acute Care Nursing II (3)
Two hours per week theory/6 hours per week clinical application(90 hours) Hybrid course. Pre-requisite, NUR 563, NUR 565, NUR 566, NUR 507,  certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner. The focus of the course is on advanced nursing practice of adult-gerontology in the acute care setting. Emphasis is on assessment, health promotion, diagnosis and management of acute illnesses involving multiple body systems. The student will apply the course concepts and demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning in the acute care setting. 
 

NUR 565. Advanced Acute Care Pharmacology (1)
One  hour per week theory. Hybrid course Pre-requisite certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is advanced pharmacology in the acute care setting.  The course will build upon concepts presented in pharmacology for primary care settings. 

NUR 566. Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills (1)
One  hour per week theory. Hybrid course. Pre-requisite NUR 563, NUR 565, certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is on advanced clinical skills for nurse practitioners  in the acute care setting.  The course will build upon skills for advanced practice used in primary care settings. 
 
NUR 567. Advanced Acute Care Discharge Planning and Health Promotion (1)
Pre-requisite NUR 563, NUR 564, NUR 565, NUR 566, NUR 507, certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner.

The focus of this course is on discharge planning from acute care settings.  The course will explore the role of the advanced practice nurse serving as a patient advocate and collaborating within systems to facilitate health promotion and the transition from acute care settings to community settings. 

NUR 600. Organizational Theory, Health Care Management and Finance (3)
The organization and financial structure of health care delivery systems will be examined.  The course will emphasize theories and research as well as the principles of financial and organizational management for health care organizations.   Students will be introduced to healthcare economics with a focus on the elements of practice management including concepts of cost, budgeting, reimbursement, marketing and productivity.

NUR 602. Business of Healthcare (3)
This course is designed to expand student knowledge of the complexities of health care systems. Students will critically analyze the interdependencies of systems in a variety of health care organizations with an emphasis on the economic, fiscal, forecasting, marketing and human resource decisions that impact operations, both in the US and globally. Strategic management as a conduit for creating change within systems will also be analyzed.

NUR 610. Information Systems & Technology of Advanced Practice (3)
The current state of affairs in healthcare regarding information systems and technology affecting patients and nurses will be examined. Students will integrate knowledge and skills necessary to correctly utilize information systems and technology and to lead information systems and technology teams through transitions in order to improve and transform healthcare. Computerized programs and software relevant to advanced nursing practice will be explored

NUR 620. Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Treatment II (3)
Advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities used to solve highly complex clinical situations are explored. Students will refine their clinical judgment by advancing assessment skills, exploring advanced diagnostic test and evaluating  treatments  for complex disease processes.   

NUR 622. Quality Management to Improve Health Outcomes (3)
The purpose of this course is to examine quality management strategies in complex healthcare systems to improve health outcomes. Major emphases of the course will focus on national initiatives and public policy for quality and patient safety/risk management, the six QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nursing) competencies, and implementation strategies for transition to practice including case management and utilization review. 

NUR 630. Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
The study of epidemiology as a body of knowledge and a method for analyzing  health problems of individuals and populations will be examined.  The student will learn how the concepts of epidemiology are used to measure and describe the health of populations and the natural history of diseases.  The study of biostatistics includes the application of statistical concepts and analytical methods to data encountered in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.  
 
NUR 640. Clinical Manifestations of Disease Processes and Emerging Therapies (3)
Physiologic adaptation to complex disease processes and emerging therapies will be examined. Students will utilize their existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to explore new discoveries in genetics and genomics. The evolution of clinical genetic theory and the human genome project will be discussed and students will explain principles of genetic counseling pertaining to risk factors for chronic diseases.

NUR 642. Executive Leadership and Innovation (3)
This course offers an in depth analysis of factors that contribute to successful executive leadership. Students will critically analyze challenges of leading complex heath care systems, including strategic planning and effective communication. Innovative leadership strategies will be explored with special emphasis on embracing change.

NUR 650. Theory Application in Advanced Practice Nursing  (3)
The development of multidisciplinary theories and models relevant to advanced nursing practice, and the philosophical underpinnings and implications will be analyzed. Students will synthesize and apply translational theories and models to advance nursing practice. Students will examine the impact of translational research findings into practice at the individual, family, system, and population level.

NUR 660/PPOL 683. Ethics in Clinical Practice (3)
Cross listed with PPOL 683. Ethical theories and principles will be analyzed and applied to complex nursing issues. Students will examine professional values, moral obligations and sound ethical decision making to resolve dilemmas faced in advanced clinical nursing practice. Credit cannot be awarded for both NUR 660 and PPOL 683.

NUR 670/PPOL 684. Leadership and Health Policy (3)
Cross listed with both PPOL 684. Sociopolitical and economic trends affecting advanced clinical nursing practice and health care policy will be analyzed. Students will apply effective methods to improve health outcomes and quality of care with a special emphasis placed upon reducing health disparities in vulnerable populations. Various leadership theories, applicable to complex healthcare issues will be deconstructed. Credit cannot be awarded for both NUR 670 and PPOL 684.

NUR 680. Nursing Theory and Research III (3)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660, NUR 670. Concepts necessary to analyze interdisciplinary clinical research will be examined. Clinical research methods, ethical considerations, data analysis, and the integration of findings are emphasized. Students will evaluate existing clinical research, identify gaps in the literature and translate advances in knowledge into clinical practice.

 

NUR 710. Clinical Practice Project I (Design, 3)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670. This course is the first course in a three course series that synthesizes existing literature from nursing and other disciplines into an evidence based project designed to improve outcomes in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice.  Students will review the existing literature and design the project in this course.

NUR 711. Clinical Residency I (1-4)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670. Each credit hour represents 90 clinical practice hours.  Students may register for 1-4 hours to complete  the 1,000 required hours of supervised clinical experience . This course is the first course in a series of clinical residencies.  Students will synthesize and integrate knowledge from doctoral coursework to apply concepts of advanced practice skills in clinical practice settings.  Students will utilize leadership abilities and work with an interdisciplinary team to improve quality of care while addressing the multi-dimensional needs of clients/populations in advanced practice nursing care.

NUR 720. Clinical Practice Project II ( Implement, 3)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670, NUR 710. This course is the second course in a three course series that synthesizes existing literature from nursing and other disciplines into an evidence based project designed to improve outcomes in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice.  Students will implement the project they designed in the first course.

NUR 721. Clinical Residency II (1-4)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670. Each credit hour represents 90 clinical practice hours.  Students may register for 1-4 hours to complete  the 1,000 required hours of supervised clinical experience.  This course is the second course in a series of clinical residencies.  Students will synthesize and integrate knowledge from doctoral coursework to apply concepts of advanced practice skills in clinical practice settings.  Students will utilize leadership abilities and  work with an interdisciplinary team to improve quality of care while addressing the multi-dimensional needs of clients/populations in advanced practice nursing care.

NUR 730. Clinical Practice Project III ( Evaluate and Disseminate, 3)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670, NUR 710, NUR 720. This course is the final course in a three course series that synthesizes existing literature from nursing and other disciplines into an evidence based project designed to improve outcomes in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice.   Students will evaluate the results of their project and disseminate the findings in this course. 

NUR 731. Clinical Residency III (1-4)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670. Each credit hour represents 90 clinical practice hours.  Students may register for 1-4 hours to complete  the 1,000 required hours of supervised clinical experience This course is an elective third course in a series clinical residencies.  Students will synthesize and integrate knowledge from doctoral coursework to apply concepts of advanced practice skills in clinical practice settings.  Students will utilize leadership abilities to improve quality of care while addressing the multi-dimensional needs of clients/populations in advanced practice nursing care.

NUR 740. optional continuous enrollment  Clinical Practice Project (1)
Prerequisites: NUR 600, NUR 610, NUR 620, NUR 630, NUR 640, NUR 650, NUR 660,NUR 670. Prerequisite NUR 730. This course is Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in NUR 740 each subsequent semester until the completion of the Clinical Practice Project. Faculty will periodically review individual student’s progress in meeting course goals and completing the Clinical Practice Project. Upon completion of the Clinical Practice Project, faculty will approve the Clinical Practice Project  for final paper presentation and dissemination. Students are expected to complete all objectives for NUR 730 and finalize their projects for committee approval prior to their presentation or dissemination.

NUR 741. optional continuous enrollment for Clinical Residency (1)
Prerequisite NUR 731. This course is Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in NUR 741 each subsequent semester until the completion of the clinical residency hours.  Faculty will periodically review individual student’s progress in meeting course goals and completing the residency. Upon completion of the residency, faculty will evaluate the clinical portfolio for final acceptance.

 

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