Nursing Courses

Health Science

HSC 515: Legal and Ethical Implications for Caregivers of Indiciduals With Disabilities (1)

This course is an introductory course designed to expand knowledge and sensitivity about the legal and ethical issues surrounding care for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The purpose of this course is to improve health care provider students' understanding of the fundamentals related to the legal needs affecting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Accessing benefits, services and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers will be explored as a basis for further development in clinical and professional practice. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR 505/L or PAS517/L or equivalent. Offered Each Intersession. (GR)

HSC 530: Caring for Children With Developmental Disabilities (1)

This course is one in a series designed to educate health care provider students about caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of assessing, supporting and intervening with children and families affected by developmental disabilities. Application of knowledge will be explored in classroom and external learning portions of the class which will include clinic and home visit experiences with children and families affected by developmental disabilities. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Acceptance in the PHEPD Certificate program or permission from the instructor. Offered Each Semester. (GR)

HSC 532: Caring for Adults With Developmental Disabilities (1)

This course is one in a series designed to educate health care provider students about caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of assessing, supporting and intervening with adults with developmental disabilities. Application of knowledge will be explored in classroom and external learning portions of the class which will include clinic and home visit experiences. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Acceptance in the PHEPD Certificate program or permission from the instructor. Offered Each Semester. (GR)

HSC 560: Community Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (3)

This course is one in a series designed to educate health care provider students about caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this course is further explore the role of the health care provider as a leader in planning, implementing and evaluating patient and family-centered care for individual with developmental disabilities. Emphasis is placed on developing collaborative relationships in the community setting. The course includes a didactic component and structured external learning experiences. Prerequisite: HSC 515 and HSC 530 or HSC 532. Offered Each Summer. (GR)

Nursing

NUR 504: Strategies and Theories in Education (3)

This course focuses on the development and implementation of effective communication skills and strategies in the teaching/learning process to foster the development of the nurse educator as a leader within the nursing profession. The course explores contextual environments, advances in technology, diversity in learner backgrounds and experiences, and covers both traditional and innovative pedagogies in nursing education. Emphasis is placed on building collegial relationships, critical thinking, reflective thinking, and communication skills through evidenced based practice. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. This course requires a three-hour classroom lecture session. Prerequisite or Co-requisites: None. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 505: Advanced Health Assessment For the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (4)

This course is designed to provide the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health and physical assessment on clients from young adulthood through senescence. This course is designed to build on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice nursing role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. This course must be taken in the semester immediately preceding NUR561/L. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: NUR 509, completed no more than five years prior to registering for Advanced Health Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Offered Each Year (Fall). Students will be required to purchase special examination equipment by the onset of the semester in which this course is taken. Lecture 3 hours/week. (GR)

NUR 505L: Advanced Health Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (0)

This course is designed to provide the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health and physical assessment on clients from young adulthood through senescence. This course is designed to build on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice nursing role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. This course must be taken in the semester immediately preceding NUR561/L. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: NUR 509, completed no more than five years prior to registering for Advanced Health Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Offered Each Year (Fall). Students will be required to purchase special examination equipment by the onset of the semester in which this course is taken. Lecture 3 hours/week. (GR)

NUR 509: Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology for The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (3)

This course examines concepts and theories related to disorders of physiological processes, which result in health alterations and disease in the adult and geriatric patient in a primary care setting. Fundamental concepts from cellular to clinical manifestations of altered health and disease are presented. Critical thinking/reasoning, evidence based research and problem-based learning are implemented to support the application of theoretical knowledge about physiology and altered physiology (pathophysiology) to actual adult and geriatric patient situations in the primary care setting. Offered Each Year (Fall) and as needed. (GR)

NUR 511: Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)

This course explores topics essential to conceptualizing advanced nursing practice. Evolution, advancement and regulation of nursing practice are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing a high level of professionalism, including effective communication, leadership competencies, political advocacy and advanced use of knowledge, in nursing. The importance of understanding evidence based practice, the health care delivery system and factors affecting advanced nursing practice are addressed. This course is offered on campus in a web-enhanced format. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 513: Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)

This course is designed to familiarize students with contemporary issues pertaining to advanced nursing practice. Issues related to economics, ethics, culture and global perspectives of advanced nursing care, quality improvement, system change strategies, and models of care delivery and coordination will be explored. This course will prepare students to practice as leaders in an advanced nursing role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Daemen Nursing Department, Graduate Division. This course is offered on campus and in a web-enhanced format. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

NUR 515: Theoretical Perspectives in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)

This course explores theoretical frameworks as the foundation for advanced nursing practice. The origins and structure of nursing knowledge are identified and examined and selected theories/conceptual models of nursing and other disciplines are analyzed. The relationship among theory, research and practice is explored. Emphasis is placed on applying theoretical perspectives in advanced nursing practice. This course is offered on campus and in a web-enhanced format. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

NUR 517: Pharmacology for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (1)

This course provides a foundation for the understanding of pharmacological principles that will assist the adult gerontology nurse practitioner in prescribing medications. An introduction to general principles of pharmacology that are essential for an understanding of individual drug actions will be presented. Special considerations of physiological changes with the geriatric client will be addressed in respect to prescribing of medications. Select groups of medications will be explored focusing on drug actions, therapeutic usage, side effects, drug interactions, and monitoring in adult and geriatric clients. Ethical and legal principles related to safe prescription writing will be detailed. This course is a companion course to NUR 519, and together with NUR 519, fulfills the pharmacology requirement for the graduate adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program. This course includes 15 instructional hours, incorporating face-to-face and online learning. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 519: Selected Topics in Pharmacology for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (2)

This course focuses on selected categories of medications that are commonly used in primary care management of adult and geriatric clients. Information about select medications will be presented in a manner that is relevant to the needs of the adult health nurse practitioner who cares for patients in a variety of clinical settings. Discussion and class content regarding these medications will focus on drug actions, therapeutic usage, side effects, drug interactions, physiologic implications and monitoring in adult and geriatric clients. This course is a companion course to NUR 517, and together with NUR 517, fulfills the pharmacology requirement for the graduate adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program. This course includes 30 instructional hours, incorporating face-to-face and online learning. Lecture: 2 hours. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 520: Advanced Health Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competency Challenge (1)

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student who has successfully completed NUR505 and NUR505L at Daemen College within 2 academic years. Advanced Health Assessment Competency Challenge (NUR520) objectives and competencies are the same as NUR505/NUR505L. Re-demonstration of these objectives and competencies are met by success in all written examinations including a comprehensive final examination, and 2 laboratory re-demonstration components. This course is designed to provide the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health and physical assessment on clients from young adulthood through senescence. This course is designed to build on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice nursing role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program; successful completion of NUR505/L taken at Daemen College within 2 academic years; successful completion of NUR509 taken within 5 academic years of NUR505/L. NUR520 must be taken in the semester immediately preceding NUR561/L. Offered as Needed. (GR)

NUR 520L: Advanced Health Assessment for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competency Challenge Lab (0)

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student who has successfully completed NUR505 and NUR505L at Daemen College within 2 academic years. Advanced Health Assessment Competency Challenge (NUR520) objectives and competencies are the same as NUR505/NUR505L. Re-demonstration of these objectives and competencies are met by success in all written examinations including a comprehensive final examination, and 2 laboratory re-demonstration components. This course is designed to provide the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health and physical assessment on clients from young adulthood through senescence. This course is designed to build on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice nursing role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program; successful completion of NUR505/L taken at Daemen College within 2 academic years; successful completion of NUR509 taken within 5 academic years of NUR505/L. NUR520 must be taken in the semester immediately preceding NUR561/L. Offered as Needed. (GR)

NUR 528: Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)

This graduate level course focuses on methodologies to assess the learner's level of learning, evaluation of course and program objectives, as well as evaluation of clinical practicum settings. The course will also familiarize the graduate student with accreditation models and provide content related to the development of nursing program standards and policies regarding admission, progression, and graduation. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Prerequisite or Co-requisites: None. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 561: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practice I (6)

The first clinical practicum focuses on the role of the nurse practitioner in providing basic primary care for adult clients from young adulthood through senescence. Students apply concepts, theories, and skills from core and prerequisite courses along with a functional, life span orientation. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive assessment of the health status of adult clients, health promotion and disease prevention, and differential diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic illnesses. Supervised clinical experiences emphasize clinical decision-making and implementation of evidence-based practice, integrating clinical assessment, management skills, and client teaching. This course involves four hours of in-class course delivery and 20 hours of clinical practice weekly for a total of 250 clock hours for the semester. Additional clinical seminars/laboratories are scheduled during the semester to allow for skills review and discussion of clinical issues. Students are individually supervised in the clinical setting by either a physician or a nurse practitioner preceptor. Ongoing interaction between Daemen College faculty and clinical preceptors is maintained throughout the semester. Prerequisites:NUR 505 (in the semester immediately preceding NUR561),NUR 509 and NUR 517. Co-requisites: NUR-561L and NUR-519. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 561L: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practice Practice I Lab (0)

Laboratory techniques in Adult Primary Health Care. Co-requisite: NUR-561. 250 Clock hours of clinical practice. (GR)

NUR 562: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practice Practice II (6)

This second clinical practicum focuses on the role of the nurse practitioner in providing care for adult clients with complex health problems from young adulthood through senescence. Students apply concepts and theories from the core courses along with a functional life-span orientation toward research and nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive assessment of the health status of adult clients with multiple and complex problems, case management, health promotion, preventative health care, differential diagnosis, and application of appropriate management protocols. Supervised clinical experiences include an emphasis on decision-making and implementation of evidence-based practice, which integrates advanced assessment and management skills and client teaching. This practicum involves four hours of in-class course delivery and 20 hours of clinical practice weekly for a total of 250 clock hours for the semester. Clinical seminars are scheduled throughout the semester to discuss clinical issues. Ongoing interaction between Daemen College faculty and clinical preceptors is maintained throughout the semester. Prerequisite: NUR 561; co-requisite: NUR-562L. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 562L: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practice Practice II Lab (0)

Laboratory techniques in Adult Primary Health Care. Required prerequisite: NUR561 and NUR561L; Co-requisite: NUR-562. 250 clock hours of clinical practice. (GR)

NUR 600: Curriculum Design and Implementation (3)

This course focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula. Emphasis is placed on designing nursing curricula based on evidence based education and practice, program outcomes, institutional philosophy and mission, societal and healthcare trends and needs, and community and clinical partnerships. The course explores educational principles, change theories and strategies, and philosophical and theoretical frameworks in curricula development. Methods for analyzing curricula and formulation of evaluation strategies and curricular revisions will also be investigated. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. This course requires a three-hour classroom lecture session. Prerequisite: NUR 504: Strategies and Theories in Education, or permission from the course instructor. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 602: Qualitative Research (2)

This course addresses the process of the inductive mode of research. The history, methods, and outcomes of qualitative research are examined in detail. A number of qualitative research methodologies including phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and action research are differentiated. Criteria for maintaining rigor in qualitative research are analyzed. The application of informatics to qualitative research is explored. An emphasis is placed on synthesizing qualitative research as a basis for practice. Lecture: two hours per week. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 603: Quantitative Nursing Research (2)

This course addresses the deductive mode of research. Steps in the design, implementation and analysis of various quantitative methods will be explored. Criteria for establishing reliability and validity and quantitative research will be appraised. Quantitative methods as applied to informatics, trends in healthcare, and the relationship between quality and safety in practice will be discussed. Data management and statistical analysis will be reviewed Emphasis will be placed on synthesizing research as a basis for practice. Offered each year (Fall) and as needed. (GR)

NUR 604: Thesis (1 - 6)

The thesis option provides the student with an opportunity to consider a theoretical question in relation to advanced practice nursing and to attempt to answer this question through the research process. The thesis is geared towards the development of a research proposal and the implementation of a pilot study that addresses an issue related to the student's graduate nursing program. For the thesis option, the student is expected to identify a research question, choose a theoretical framework or a conceptual model, select an appropriate methodology, collect, analyze, and discuss data. Students registering for Thesis for the first time are required to successfully complete NUR604S Thesis Introductory Seminar (1 credit; web-enhanced format). Prior to enrollment in NUR604. At least two (2) members should be on each thesis committee, with the committee chairperson being a doctorate-prepared full-time faculty member from the Nursing Department. After a successful thesis defense, two hard-bound copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Nursing Department. Offered Each Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Note: The number of credits that must be completed for the thesis is dependent on the program in which the student is enrolled. Credit may be distributed over several terms. The final thesis credit should be taken in the semester that the student defends. A student who has registered for the 6th credit of thesis/project (including the 1 credit earned in NUR604S) and who does not complete the thesis/project in that semester will receive a grade of Incomplete. In such a case, the student will have one additional semester to complete the thesis/project and the grade of "Incomplete" will be changed to Pass Complete. In the event that the student does not complete the thesis/project in the additional semester, the grade of Incomplete will revert to a grade of F. The student will then need to register for one credit hour of 604 in order to complete the thesis requirement. (GR)

NUR 604S: Thesis Intro Seminar (1)

This introductory seminar is designed to introduce the graduate student to the thesis/project process. The course addresses the similarities and differences between the thesis and project options. Ethical issues in research, the human subjects research approval process, and the application of research to practice are explored. Throughout the course, students work to focus and develop a topic that is related to their program of study. By the end of the course, the student is encouraged to choose a particular topical area he/she wishes to focus on as he/she moves forward with the thesis or project. Students registering for a thesis or project credit for the first time are required to take the introductory seminar. After they have successfully completed the introductory seminar, students will continue their work on the thesis or project by working directly with their thesis chair and thesis committee The thesis option provides the student with an opportunity to consider a theoretical question that relates to their graduate program of study and to attempt to answer this question through the research process. For the thesis option, the student is expected to identify a research question, choose a theoretical framework or a conceptual model, select an appropriate methodology, collect, analyze, and discuss data. The project option is a demonstration of expertise in a field of interest related to the graduate student?s program of study, which serves to either contribute new knowledge to the field or to apply advanced knowledge in a creative manner. Students who are practice oriented, with the goal of developing advanced skills and knowledge, may choose to complete a project. The project method will vary depending on the subject matter chosen. Some examples of appropriate projects include: development of a health teaching module, use of media to promote health teaching, application of existing research to a particular clinical setting, and evaluation of existing health services. Offered Each Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). (GR)

NUR 605: Project (1 - 6)

The project option is a demonstration of expertise in a field of interest to advanced nursing practice, which serves either to contribute new knowledge to the field or to apply advanced knowledge in a creative manner. Students who are practice oriented, with the goal of developing advanced skills and knowledge, may choose to complete a project focusing on a clinical nursing practice issue. The purpose of the project is to allow the student a concentrated learning experience with graduate nursing faculty guidance. The project is designed to promote creative and unique approaches to advanced nursing care. The project method will vary depending on the subject matter chosen. Some examples of appropriate projects include: development of a health teaching module, use of media to promote health teaching, application of existing research to a particular clinical setting, and evaluation of existing health services. The way in which the project may contribute to the student's professional nursing expertise would be delineated in the proposal Students registering for Thesis for the first time are required to successfully complete NUR605S Project Introductory Seminar (1 credit) on campus. At least two (2) members should be on each project committee, with the committee chairperson being a doctorate-prepared full-time faculty member from the Nursing Department. When the project is completed, the student is expected to submit a detailed report of the findings or outcome. Further, upon completion of the project, two-hard bound copies of the project or if in a media format, one high quality media copy along with supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Nursing Department. Prerequisite: NUR605S. Prerequisite and/or Co-requisite: NUR 602 and 603. Offered Each Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Note: The number of credits needed for the project is dependent on the student's nursing program. Credit may be distributed over several terms. The final project credit should be taken in the semester that the student defends. A student who has registered for the 6th credit of project (including the 1 credit earned in NUR605S) and who does not complete the thesis/project in that semester will receive a grade of Incomplete. In such a case, the student will have one additional semester to complete the thesis/project and the grade of Incomplete will be changed to Pass Complete. In the event that the student does not complete the thesis/project in the additional semester, the grade of Incomplete will revert to a grade of F. The student will then need to register for one credit hour of 604/605 to complete the thesis requirement. (GR)

NUR 605S: Project Introductory Seminar (1)

This introductory seminar is designed to introduce the graduate student to the thesis/project process. The course addresses the similarities and differences between the thesis and project options. Ethical issues in research, the human subjects research approval process, and the application of research to practice are explored. Throughout the course, students work to focus and develop a topic that is related to their program of study. By the end of the course, the student is encouraged to choose a particular topical area he/she wishes to focus on as he/she moves forward with the thesis or project. Students registering for a thesis or project credit for the first time are required to take the introductory seminar. After they have successfully completed the introductory seminar, students will continue their work on the thesis or project by working directly with their thesis chair and thesis committee The thesis option provides the student with an opportunity to consider a theoretical question that relates to their graduate program of study and to attempt to answer this question through the research process. For the thesis option, the student is expected to identify a research question, choose a theoretical framework or a conceptual model, select an appropriate methodology, collect, analyze, and discuss data. The project option is a demonstration of expertise in a field of interest related to the graduate student?s program of study, which serves to either contribute new knowledge to the field or to apply advanced knowledge in a creative manner. Students who are practice oriented, with the goal of developing advanced skills and knowledge, may choose to complete a project. The project method will vary depending on the subject matter chosen. Some examples of appropriate projects include: development of a health teaching module, use of media to promote health teaching, application of existing research to a particular clinical setting, and evaluation of existing health services. Offered Each Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). (GR)

NUR 606: Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

This is the first of two courses designed to give the DNP student practical experience in applying statistical findings to the patient, family, populations, clinical unit, systems, and community levels. This course is intended to strengthen skills which are requisite to critically interpreting and analyzing quantitative nursing and health related research data. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of statistical concepts rather than computation. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 608: Practice Theories (2)

This course is designed to explore practice model theories appropriate to the DNP role, integrating knowledge from the arts and sciences. Content will include theory, premise and historical foundations, details of the theory models, and exemplars of how these theories apply for the DPN in interdisciplinary practice. Theory review will involve translation and integration of model elements as they apply to the demands of the national health care agenda. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered every other year (Summer) and as needed. (GR)

NUR 610: Organizational Theory and Health Care Management (2)

This course focuses on organizational theory, organizational behavior, and health care systems management. The course emphasizes organizational and systems principles, theories, and models that guide leadership in quality healthcare improvement and critical systems thinking. The course also emphasizes methods that promote health care systems management and effective interprofessional team leadership. Students will be asked to analyze a particular healthcare organization and related organizational theories. This course will include 2 hours of lecture weekly. Offered Every Other Year (Spring). (GR)

NUR 612: Environmental and Genetic Influences on Health (2)

This course focuses on environmental and genetic influences and determinants of health for individuals, populations, and communities. This course works within a paradigm that considers genomics to be the interaction of genetics, environment, and the influence of psychosocial, behavioral, and cultural factors. It thus assists the DNP student to holistically integrate genetic, genomics, environmental, epidemiological and scientific underpinnings and concepts in the interpretation of clinical findings and in planning and evaluation of clinical management. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. (GR)

NUR 614: Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)

This course examines the ethical and philosophical foundations that have shaped the development of the current health care system. Course discussions will include critical analyses of the legal, regulatory and ethical issues that impact DNP practice. Case studies and narratives will be used to examine how ethics can guide the DNP's decision making in clinical practice and research situations. Class discussions will also focus on ethical dilemmas that may be encountered in the current health care environment. This course is offered in a Web-enhanced format. Offered every other year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 616: Leadership Development (2)

This course is designed to explore leadership through an examination of research leading to the development of leadership study and decision-making models, in order to understand that leadership, in practice, is an on-going process requiring self, situational, motivation and follower analysis. Through this lens, students will learn to analyze leadership challenges and their application to the DNP role. Inter- and intra-professional collaboration models including team leadership will be discussed. By providing a background of leadership and change theories stressing self awareness and personal leadership, critical and reflective thinking, an understanding of the role of organizational culture in shaping leadership styles, and interpersonal skill to achieve relational leadership and systems competence, students will better understand leadership actions which foster positive institutional and organizational change. An emphasis on analysis and experiential learning via assignments and involvement in projects will link course content to real challenges in the system. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 618: Informatics and Related Technology For Advanced Practice (1)

Informatics for advanced practice focuses on developing proficiency in the utilization of information systems to implement initiatives for quality improvement that supports practice and administrative decision-making. Emphasis is also placed on presenting standards and principles for selecting and evaluating practice and consumer information systems. Related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues will be included. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Summer). (GR)

NUR 620: Nursing Education Practicum (3 - 5)

The course emphasizes development of the nurse educator as leader in the practice environment. Focus is placed on functioning in the role of nurse educator and applying the core competencies of nursing faculty which include: facilitation of learning, facilitation of learner development and socialization, use of assessment and evaluation strategies, functioning as a change agent and leader, pursuing continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role, and functioning within the educational environment. The course includes seminar discussions and nursing education practice: 150 clock hours. Prerequisites: NUR 504: Strategies and Theories in Education, NUR 528: Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education, or permission from the course instructor. Offered Each Year (Fall, Spring). Note: Post MS certificate students will register for 3 credits and complete 90 hours of nursing education practice. (GR)

NUR 621: Scholarly Writing in Health Care (2)

The course prepares the DNP student to synthesize knowledge through engagement in professional writing scholarship. Advanced instruction focuses on several forms of expository writing common in the health professions while emphasizing effective communication between the writer and different audiences. Emphasis is placed on cultivating critical thinking skills to prepare exemplars of scholarly writing. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered as needed. (GR)

NUR 623: Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

This is the second of two courses designed to give the DNP student practical experience in applying statistical findings to the patient, family, populations, clinical unit, systems, and community levels. It builds on those skills developed in NUR606 Applied Statistics, by integrating principles of evidence-based practice and policy. Integration and translation of research to risk assessment, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and health care outcomes is the central focus of this course. Further, consideration of qualitative and other evidence for clinical practice is appraised. Prerequisite: NUR606. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Fall). (GR)

NUR 625: Public Policy and Health Care Financing (3)

This course provides an overview of public policy decisions that impact the organization, financing and delivery of health care within the United States Health Care System. The impact of global health issues on public policy and health status will also be discussed. The course will include critical analyses of the social, cultural, financial and political issues that impact the delivery of health care by the DNP. The course will cover basic health care reimbursement mechanisms and will provide students with the skills necessary for navigating within the current health care financing system to promote optimal patient outcomes. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Summer). (GR)

NUR 627: Clinical Theories (2)

This course is designed to present the content and application of theories that have implications for the independent clinical practice of the DNP as part of the interdisciplinary venue of care. These theories have application to the clinical area, with implication for health behaviors and outcomes at the patient, family, population, clinical unit, systems and community levels. Methods to evaluate current established theories that guide DNP practice will be examined. Models for utilization of theories in DNP practice will be presented. Exemplars of how health-related theories apply to the clinical setting and various patient populations will be explored and critiqued. Technological applications will be incorporated to theory implementation. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Other Year (Summer). (GR)

NUR 702: Clinical Internship (1 - 8)

This course is designed to prepare DNP students to demonstrate practice expertise, specialized knowledge, and expanded responsibility and accountability in the holistic care and management of diverse individuals and families through immersion in clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on appraisal of the practice context to document practice trends, identify potential systematic changes, and formulate improvements in care for patient populations in the systems within their practice. Additionally, the DNP student will develop competence in practice at the aggregate/systems/organizational level. Clinical experiences will be designed to provide the student with the opportunity to work in depth with clinical experts in selected specialty areas. This course will include selected seminar activities and scheduled meetings with course intructor(s) and clinical preceptors. Students are required to complete 500 post-Master's supervised clinical hours by the completion of the program. Pre-/Co-requisites: NUR 606, NUR 608, NUR610, NUR621, NUR623, NUR627, or permission of the Graduate Program Director. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Semester. (GR)

NUR 704: Scholarly Project (1 - 4)

This course is designed to afford the DNP student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of an advanced specialty in nursing practice. Focus is on the development of a tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion. The product of the DNP project in the course links scholarly experiences and evidence based health care to the improvement of practice and/or patient outcomes. This course will include selected seminar activities and scheduled meetings with project advisor(s) throughout each semester in which the student is enrolled. Pre-/Co-requisites: NUR 606, NUR 608, NUR 610, NUR 621, NUR623, NUR627. This course is offered in a web-enhanced format. Offered Every Semester. (GR)