Level I (Basic Graduate Generic) - 35 credits
Level II (Advanced Graduate Generic) – 40 credits
Level III (Graduate Core Courses) – 20 credits
Level IV (Advanced Practice Core Courses) - 12 credits
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NURSING I
This course provides a foundation for integrating the art and science of nursing into a meaningful holistic practice. In lecture, emphasis is placed on the introduction of theoretical content and current issues that are basic to holistic practice and to the role of the nurse as a clinical leader. Laboratory time, mandatory practice sessions and clinical hours provide rigorous settings in which nursing skills wil be learned, practiced and refined. All students will participate in a service-learning experience in a community setting which serves to broaden perspectives, encourage skills practice and integrate course content.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART & SCIENCE OF NURSING II
The science of unitary human beings and selected nursing theories are examined further as the basis for holistic nursing practice. The roles of the nurse as health facilitator and provider of care are emphasized. Concepts of diversity, rhythmicity, motion, values, and health visioning are the focus of classroom and laboratory experiences related to health promotion and healing of individuals and families experiencing acute patterns of illness.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART & SCIENCE OF NURSING III
The science of unitary human beings and selected nursing theories are examined further as the basis for holistic nursing practice. The roles of the nurse as patient teacher and mental health counselor are emphasized. Principles of health promotion and disease prevention are the focus of classroom and laboratory experiences related to the care of individuals and families experiencing chronic patterns of illness. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 302.
ART AND SCIENCE OF NURSING IV: PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH
This course examines the etiology, symptomatology, and clinical management of selected mental illnesses across the lifespan. The art and science of nursing and selected nursing and non-nursing theories are examined further as the basis for critical thinking, compassionate communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in mental health nursing practice. The evidence base for psychiatric nursing will be examined and applied to practicum experiences. Various psychiatric nursing roles will be explored in the contexts of health promotion, disease management and rehabilitation. Course meets for 3 hours lecture and 8 hours clinical. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 303.
BASIC PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
The integration of principles from biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology provide the framework for an examination of life processes in the human macro and microenvironment as rhythmic, diverse, negentropic and continuous. The nursing role in facilitating safe, effective pharmacotherapy is emphasized.
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES
This course is designed to prepare the student to perform comprehensive physical assessments and mental status exams of the individual in the context of their family and community. (Laboratory fee required). PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of all CSH courses except for NSG 377 & 380 and ACT-PEP exams or equivalent.
HEALTH PROMOTION FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
Examines issues, frameworks, theories and techniques relevant to health promotion for individuals, families and communities. Health disparities and social & cultural factors impacting health and wellness are examined and methods for assessing and facilitating cultural competence of providers and institutions are studied. The nurse's role as advocate for health promotion in public policy is discusssed.
MATERNAL HEALTH NURSING
The art of childbearing nursing: a didactic and clinical course as presented and discussed in class and implemented in the clinical setting. Focus is on the role of the nurse in caring for healthy newborns, and childbearing women who may be experiencing actual or potential educational needs, illness manifestations, or injury patterns. A variety of clinical settings, both inpatient and outpatient for maternity care will be utilized. Course meets for 3 hours lecture and 8 hours clinical. PREREQUISTE(S): NSG 307; concurrent registration with NSG 441.
INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT NURSING
The art of pediatric nursing: a didactic and clinical course as presented and discussed in class and implemented in the clinical setting. Focus is on the role of the nurse in caring for children ranging from newborns through adolescents. Levels of prevention, health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents within the family as well as the alterations that occur during hospitalization. Major causes of morbidity and mortality will also be covered. The influence of health policy, cultural, economic, and ethical issues on the child and family are also addressed. Course meets for 3 hours lecture amd 8 hours clinical. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 307; concurrent registration with NSG 440.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
The emphasis of this course is to provide a theoretical basis for nursing and public health sciences in the field of population health. Emphasis is placed on application of the principles of primary health care, strategies of health promotion, disease prevention and management across the life-span in home and community settings, and nursing practice of community-based families and population. Current trends and professional, legal/ethical, economic, cultural, and environmental issues are examined as they apply to community health nursing. Course meets for 3 hours lecture and 8 hours clinical. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 440 and NSG 441.
CLINICAL IMMERSION AND INTERNSHIP
This is the capstone clinical course in which students, preceptors, and faculty collaborate in application and synthesis of the core concepts of caring, collaboration, communication, cultural sensitivity, community and environment as they relate to the nursing care of clients with complex health care problems throughout the life span. The students will also demonstrate competency in clinical skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and time management. The purpose of the synthesis course is to facilitate the integration of current and prior curricular content so that the student can become an active and productive member of the health care team. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 442 and NSG 472.
NURSING PROFESSIONALISM, ADVOCACY, AND LEADERSHIP
This course discusses the concepts essential to the development of the professional identity and role of the nurse as a leader. Unique leadership contributions of professional nursing to healthcare in multiple settings will be discussed. The nurse?s interactions with nursing colleagues and other health care providers will be addressed with an emphasis on leadership, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, negotiation and team building. The course draws on current knowledge and theory of leadership and the profession of nursing. The course will focus on the role of the professional nurse in relation to lawful, ethical practice and in relation to current health care system needs and expectations. Nursing roles and specialty practices will be discussed with regard to the leadership provided by these nurse experts. The course will also emphasize the development of the collaborative skills and understanding necessary to lead within the complex healthcare system, including the ability to present her/himself as a professional with evidence of leadership abilities. Meets for 4 hours lecture and discussion. CO-REQUISITE(S): NSG 442 and NSG 472.
CRITICAL CARE NURSING
The art of nursing is practiced within the clinical environment with a focus on the roles of health care provider and coordinator in medical-surgical nursing. Analysis and application of current research in the epidemiology of health and disease is used as the basis for decision-making in performing the nursing assessment, contributing to interdisciplinary treatment planning, and facilitating health promotion and illness prevention. The integrated role of the professional nurse in providing holistic care is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): NSG 303, NSG 460.
THEORETICAL COMPONENTS OF NURSING
In this seminar, participants examine the nature, function and development of selected concepts, models and theories for their relevance to advanced nursing practice and nursing research. The structure of theory is analyzed according to the relationship between its components and the type of theoretical statements used. A process for developing a conceptual framework for inquiry and data-based nursing practice is presented. PREREQUISITE(S): Graduate Standing.
NURSING RESEARCH I
A seminar course emphasizing the concepts of the research process though presentation, discussion, and analysis of various research approaches, methodologies, designs, and instrumentation. Critique of published nursing research will enable the students to use concepts presented to evaluate current studies. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 400 & 480 or equivalent.
BIOSTATISTICS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
The application of biostatistics/epidemiology to clinical practice and research is the intent of this seminar. Initial discussions will focus on understanding biostatistics and epidemiological statistics as applied to health and disease in diverse populations. From considering the relationship between measurement and biostatistics to understanding the importance of insuring data integrity throughout the research process, students will examine existing data sets (federal, voluntary agencies, professional/specialty organizations). Then the focus will be on understanding epidemiological statistics (rates, proportions, relative and absolute risk), descriptive statistics, measures of differences, measures of relationships/prediction, and multivariate statistical models as applied to health and disease. PREREQUISITE(S): Undergraduate Statistics.
CULTURE, ETHICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS
This seminar is designed to explore cultural and ethical perspectives and their relationships to health policy. Health disparities, based on social and cultural difference are clearly linked to major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and stroke and to access to, and outcomes of health services. Class discussions will focus on the past, current and future health policy needs of multicultural and multifaceted societies. The phenomena of cultural, ethnic, gender, class, and sexual variation in complex societies; notions of diversity and social justice; understandings of cultural conflicts and how cultural differences are managed in healthcare settings will be considered. Students will integrate concepts of all levels of prevention in health care, examine research in health ethics and health policy and discuss legislative processes for their potential to improve the health of the public. Meets for 4 hours lecture and discussion.
Students conduct supervised research terminating in a manuscript suitable for publication. The study must be approved by the selected faculty advisor and the Nursing Department Human Subjects Committee prior to registration for credit hours. Students are encouraged to generate research questions from their clinical area of study courses early in their program. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 400, NSG 401, NSG 402 and NSG 480 and permission of instructor
Students conduct supervised original research terminating in a completed and bound thesis. The study must be approved by the selected faculty advisor and the thesis committee approved by the department prior to registration for credit hours and must be completed during the term. Formerly NSG 405. PREREQUISITE(S):NSG 400, 401, 402,480 & permission of instructor
(Formerly NSG 525) A synthesis of organic & inorganic chemistry, molecular biology, and cellular physiology that serves as a foundation for advanced understanding of pathophysiology and pharmacology. PREREQUSITE(S): Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Continuation of NSG 322: Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 322.
ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Lecture focus on the sysnthesis of scientific knowledge in performing integrated, comprehensive assessments of individuals from infancy through maturity. Emphasis is placed on the child in the context of the family and community. Laboratory practice includes taking the health history and performing the physical examination to evaluate primary health care needs. PREREQUISITE(S): NSG 422 and 424 or concurrent. (Laboratory fee required)