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14.7 COLLEGE OF NURSING: COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses are offered at UA. Full curriculum outlines are available through the Capstone College of Nursing administrative offices.

 

NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations. Three hours.

This course is intended to advance the role of theory in knowledge development and its relationship to nursing research, practice, and administration. Students will develop critical theoretical analytical skills using selected grand and middle range theories within the discipline of nursing and theoretical work from other disciplines. Specifically, the content will examine the development of nursing theory, including relevant nursing theories such as rural nursing theory, complexity theory, synergy theory, adult learning theories, among others. Theory is understood as essential to nursing science and based on culturally competencies and ethical principles.

 

NUR 502 Issues in Community Health Care for Rural Populations. Two hours. Theory.
In this required course, students will examine issues that affect global community healthcare of rural populations relevant to advanced nursing roles. Content will focus on health of rural dwellers, the provision of health care in rural settings, and what is required for effective interprofessional, evidence-based practice, and education. The advanced practice nurse case manager, clinical nurse leader, or nurse practitioner student will gain an understanding of the development of health promotion and healthcare policy and the sociocultural, economic, political, ethical, and technological forces influencing all levels of healthcare.

 

NUR 503 Informatics in Healthcare. Two hours.

This required course focuses on the ethical management of data, information, knowledge, and technology to communicate and deliver safe quality healthcare within and across various healthcare settings. This course incorporates the concepts of nursing science, computer science, and information science with information technology tools commonly found in practice. Students are introduced to the nursing informatics specialty and the use of technology to augment nursing care delivery and patient safety

 

NUR 504 Rural Interprofessional Practice. Two hours.

The focus of this course is to prepare clinicians to work in interprofessional practice teams to meet the complex and multidimensional needs of Veterans and rural populations, with a special emphasis on the effects of multiple chronic conditions. 

 

NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment. Three hours.
The course will assist the graduate nursing student to develop advanced physical exam and health assessment skills and utilize diagnostic reasoning to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses. Students are expected to perform, document, and interpret a comprehensive physical exam and health history, and recommend diagnostic tests to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses. 


NUR 517 Graduate Independent Study. One to Three hours.
The independent study option provides an opportunity for students to identify, structure, implement, and evaluate learning experiences consistent with personal learning needs and career plans that are in addition to the current curriculum. The independent study option provides a mechanism for expanding knowledge through self-directed exploration of literature, participation in special projects, clinical practice, or a combination of activities. The Prospectus serves as a contractual agreement between the student and faculty and is negotiated prior to registration for the study.

NUR 520 Evidence Based Practice: Roles and Processes. Four hours. Three hours Theory and One Clinical.  

This course includes the professional role of the nurse case manager or nurse practitioner. Emphasis is on the influence of nurse case managers or nurse practitioners on person(s) outcomes at the systems and other levels. Students will  analyze the processes and functions of nurse case managers or nurse practitioners with rural populations across the lifespan; and appraise strategies for evaluation of person(s) outcomes.

NUR 521 Advanced Pharmacology. Three hours.

This course focuses on identification of appropriate pharmacologic agents for patients with mental health and family practice-related diagnoses across the lifespan, application of pharmacotherapeutic concepts, safe prescribing, and management of clients using therapeutic agents, and providing appropriate patient education. Common medications will be compared and contrasted for indications, efficacy, therapeutic and adverse effects, monitoring parameters, dosing principles, and drug interactions. Legal and ethical implications of pharmacotherapeutics will be addressed, as well as elements of prescription writing.

 

NUR 522 Human Relations Management. Three hours. Two hours Theory, One hour Clinical.

This required course focuses on establishing relationships with person(s) and families, group dynamics, team building, leadership and management skills, negotiation, human diversity in health and illness, conflict management, and rural health issues relevant for advanced nursing roles of the nurse case manager (NCM), clinical nurse leader (CNL), and nurse practitioner (NP) student.

This course carries "W" designation ONLY for the RN/BSN/MSN. It is required for the RN/BSN/MSN students to meet the university’s core curriculum requirements for writing (W).

 

NUR 524 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare. Three hours.
This course we will explore ethical issues confronted by advanced practice nurses. Basic principles that guide ethical decision-making will be addressed. The course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of value issues and familiarize them with ethical and legal considerations while applying the information to work situations. A variety of topics will be examined including privacy and human rights, women’s health and reproductive rights, children and adolescent issues, whistle blowing policies, nurse anesthesia practice and end-of-life care. Case studies are used and to stimulate thought and class discussion.
 

NUR 525 Evidence Based Practice: Roles and Processes for the Clinical Nurse Leader. Four hours. Three hours Theory, One hour Clinical.

This course describes the professional role of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) with rural populations across the life span. Emphasis is on the influence of the CNL on person(s) outcomes at the microsystem level. Students will assess complex person(s) demands; plan coordinated, multidisciplinary, evidence-based collaborative approaches to person(s) care; and appraise strategies for evaluation of person(s) outcomes.

NUR 529/BSC 529 Advanced Pathophysiology. Three hours.

This course will explore the biologic basis of disease at the cellular, organ and system level with an emphasis on applications for health professionals. It is a required course in the MSN curriculum of the Capstone College of Nursing and may be taken as an elective by graduate biology majors with an interest in health professions based on space available.

 

NUR 530 Case Management Practicum. Six hours. Clinical.
This course focuses on the application of the nurse case manager’s functions of assessing, planning, intervening, monitoring, and evaluating health care in rural communities. Emphasis is placed on implementing a coordinated, evidence-based, interdisciplinary, collaborative, integrated, and cost effective approach to health care with rural populations. Web-based conferences will assist students in the exploration and application of case management issues in self-selected clinical experiences.

NUR 531 Nursing Faculty Roles and Responsibilities. Three hours.
This online course will provide an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of nursing faculty. This course will prepare students to participate in the processes of designing, implementing, and evaluating a nursing curriculum. This course will include roles and responsibilities of faculty in teaching, scholarship, service, and practice.
 
NUR 532 Instructional Media for Nursing Education. Three hours.
This course will provide students with an overview of instructional technology and media that can be used in undergraduate and graduate level instruction in nursing education programs. This course will provide students with skills to begin on site and online instruction. It will explore the use of computers, software, models, simulators, and other instructional media.

NUR 535 Clinical Immersion Experience. Six hours. Clinical.
This course focuses on the application of the clinical nurse leader's functions of assessing, planning, intervening, monitoring, and evaluating healthcare in rural communities. Emphasis is placed on implementing a coordinated, evidence-based, interdisciplinary, collaborative, integrated, and cost-effective approach to healthcare with rural populations. Review opportunities for the CNL Certification Exam will be provided.
 
NUR 540
Nurse Educator Practicum.
Six hours. Three didactic, Three clinical.

This online clinical course focuses on the application of the nurse educator's functions of assessing, planning, intervening, monitoring, and evaluating nursing education in the academic environment. Emphasis is placed on implementing a coordinated, interdisciplinary, collaborative, technologically appropriate, and integrated approach to nursing curriculum, design, implementation, and evaluation.
 
NUR 580 Fiscal Resource Management. Three hours.
This course addresses principles of fiscal resource management and their application to health care delivery. Concepts include cost analysis, budgeting, contract development, financial aspects of program development and evaluation, cost accounting and tracking for rural populations.

NUR 581/NHM 580 Research and Statistic for Health Professionals. Three hours.

This course prepares students to evaluate research methods, designs, instruments, and statistics used in health research. Research ethics, outcomes research, and evidence based practice are explored. Students will critique research literature and prepare a research overview relevant to their practice area.

 

NUR 582 Psychiatric Treatment Modalities. Two hours.

This course provides a theoretical basis to help the nurse practitioner student determine, select, implement, and evaluate different types of psychiatric treatment modalities for persons across the lifespan, who are experiencing a psychiatric illness.

 

NUR 585 Mental Health for Rural Families I. Four Hours. Two clinical, Two didactic.

In this course, the student will learn how to critically appraise theoretical approaches for psychotherapeutic interventions with both individual patients and families in rural areas.  This course provides a theoretical basis for advanced practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. This course will also provide the student with an understanding of the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of selected psychopathology, specifically focused on the adult patient. In addition, the role of the PMHNP in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adult patients with mental disorders will be explored. Students must complete 150 clinical rotation hours working with adults and families within the semester in which the course is taken.

 

NUR 586 Primary Care for Rural Families I. Four Hours. Two clinical, Two didactic.

This course provides a theoretical and evidenced based foundation for advanced practice in primary care. The focus is on identifying and managing common acute, episodic and multiple chronic conditions in the adult client. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies for the adult are emphasized. Nurse Practitioner role functions in primary care are explored through clinical experiences with diverse rural populations. Students must complete 150 clinical rotation hours working with adults and families within the semester in which the course is taken.   

 

NUR 587 Mental Health for Rural Families II. Four Hours. Two clinical, Two didactic.

Provides the student with an understanding of the treatment of psychopathology. The role of the advanced psychiatric mental health nurse in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients and families in rural settings will also be explored. This course will also examine treatment modalities for advanced practice psychiatric nursing, specifically with children and adolescents. In addition, this course will provide advanced knowledge of psychobiological information in conjunction with the use of psychopharmacological interventions with patients. Students must complete 150 clinical rotation hours working with children and families within the semester in which the course is taken.

 

NUR 588 Primary Care for Rural Families II. Four Hours. Two clinical, Two didactic.

This course provides a theoretical and evidenced based foundation for advanced practice in primary care for women and children. The focus is on identifying and managing common acute, episodic, and multiple chronic conditions experienced by women and children. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies for women and children are emphasized. Nurse Practitioner role functions in primary care are explored through clinical experiences with diverse rural populations. Students must complete 150 clinical rotation hours within the semester in which the course is taken; 102 hours in pediatrics and 48 hours in OB/GYN.

 

NUR 589 Mental Health for Rural Families Residency. Three hours. Clinical.                                                                                                                    Provide the nurse practitioner student with the opportunity to completely immerse in the role of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students will engage in the practice, management, and treatment of rural individuals and families experiencing mental health needs. Students must complete 225 clinical rotation hours in psychiatric mental health in this course.

 

NUR 590 Primary Care for Rural Families Residency. Three hours. Clinical.

Provide the student with the opportunity to completely immerse in the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner. Students will engage in the practice, management, and treatment of rural individuals and families experiencing primary care needs. Students must complete 225 clinical rotation hours in treating patients across the lifespan primary care.

 

NUR 599 Thesis Project. Three hours.

Focuses on the actual implementation of the research process, including the development of the proposal, institutional review board (IRB) approval, data collection, data analysis, and writing the research report.

NUR 620 (AEL 620) Curriculum Theory and Practice. Three hours.
This is primarily an online, web-based course. It critically examines historical and contemporary discourses necessary to understand curriculum as a synergetic field of study and an area of professional practice. Factors related to organizing curriculum will be considered based on analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of contextual data. Students will determine directions, outcomes, and goals for curriculum and course design. Methods for curriculum evaluation and a dashboard for successful implementation will be emphasized. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop and critique curriculum in the context of instruction through reflection, observation, documentation, and descriptive analysis and to relate ethical, moral, and social justice concerns to curriculum practice.

NUR 696 Doctoral Seminar. Three hours.

This seminar provides a synthesis experience in which students develop their preliminary prospectus relevant to a selected nursing education research focus. Methods of dissemination including presentations and scholarly report development will be implemented. This course facilitates the process of proposal development.

NUR 700 Clinical Data Management and Analysis.  Three hours.

 This required course provides students with the knowledge base to understand, collect, manage, and measure clinical data. Students will explore data collection and management processes, levels of measurement, basic statistics, and measurement for improvement in order to effectively use clinical data. Data entry exercises employed through analytical tools and statistical software packages will allow the students practice and apply the basic data management and analysis skills needed for the evaluation of clinical data and evidence-based practice.

 

NUR 701 Writing for Publications.  Three hours.  

This course focuses on the development of skills in writing, editing, and preparing manuscripts for publication from initial idea to submission of a publishable manuscript.  The course emphasizes a writing process that encourages productivity and collegial peer review. Legal and ethical aspects of authorship prepare students for responsible practices expected of scholars. Students should have mastered basic writing skills, e.g., grammar, syntax, and computer skills, prior to enrolling in this course.

 

NUR 717 DNP Independent Study – Special Topics. One to four hours.
The independent study option provides an opportunity for students to identify, structure, implement, and evaluate learning experiences consistent with personal learning needs and career plans that are in addition to the current curriculum. The independent study option provides a mechanism for expanding knowledge through self-directed exploration of literature, participation in special projects, faculty-directed clinical practice, or a combination of activities. The Prospectus serves as a contractual agreement between the student and faculty and is negotiated prior to registration for the study.

NUR 729 Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation.  Three hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with models for evidence-based practice (EBP) design and improvement translation. Students learn to formulate clinical questions in answerable format, and search for and identify best research evidence. The focus of the course is to evaluate and critically appraise evidence for rigor and applicability to the clinical problem and is designed to improve clinical outcomes. Students will translate the evidence into practice environments for safe, quality care. Students will gain access to information that will support optimal clinical decision-making. Improvement translation sciences will also be introduced.

 

NUR 731 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing. Three hours.

This required core course in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program provides an understanding of the use of theory and conceptual foundations to guide the complexity of specialty nursing practice at the doctoral level. The content is derived from the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of nursing, natural, and psycho-social sciences.

NUR 732 Design and Statistical Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice. Not offered after Fall 2014. Three hours. Theory.

This required course for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program provides the student with the basis to search, retrieve, and manipulate statistical data. The focus of this course is on quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research design, and data analysis. The content provides essential knowledge for the evaluation of research to guide evidence-based nursing practice at the highest level.

NUR 733 Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing. Three hours.
This required course focuses on the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information in nursing and health care. Students are introduced to the specialty of nursing informatics, the information system life-cycle, telemedicine, and the use of technology to enhance nursing care delivery and patient safety. Also, students learn how to design, use, and manipulate large and small patient databases for the analysis of patient outcomes.

 

NUR 734 Advanced Experiential Clinical Course. One to seven hours.

This course is designed to validate Master's level competencies in clinical and organizational leadership.  The course is required for post-master's DNP students who are graduates of programs in nursing with less than 500 clinical hours.

NUR 735 Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing. Three hours.
This required course prepares the student to implement specialty population-based disease prevention and health promotion activities to achieve national and international goals of improving worldwide health status. The course focuses on a spectrum of issues affecting health, which include emerging infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, disparities in health and healthcare services, and the impact of behavior and lifestyle choices on health.

NUR 736 Application of Best Practices.  Not offered after Fall 2014. Three hours.
This required course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares the student to evaluate interdisciplinary clinical and health systems for best practices and outcomes in a specialty area. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools to support, promote, and implement evidence-based specialty practice in nursing and health care delivery systems to improve health outcomes. Emphasis is on the synthesis, critique, and application of evidence to support quality clinical and organizational practices.

NUR 737 Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence. Three hours.

This required course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares students for organizational and systems leadership and knowledge and skills critical to role development in independent and inter and intra-disciplinary practice. Content includes communication, conflict resolution, collaboration and negotiation, leadership, and team functioning to maximize success in the establishment of safe, effective patient-centered care in complex environments

NUR 738 Scholarly Project Development. Three hours. One hour Theory, two hours Clinical.
This required course is designed to assist the student in selecting an area of interest within a practice specialization, and in demonstrating professional competencies related to an area of interest. The student will document previously acquired abilities and competencies in a professional portfolio. Students will participate in the seminar to obtain guidance, be involved in discussion, and receive peer suggestions about the portfolio and project plans.

NUR 739 Scholarly Practice Project. One to seven hours.
This required course is the capstone clinical course in all advanced practice tracks. The student presents evidence of achievements and competencies in a professional portfolio. The practice residency is completed in a specialty area of the student's choice. One credit hour of each semester of the residency is devoted to classroom seminar. The seminar focuses on the aspects of the final practice project and interventions that promote health, prevent illness and disability, and alleviate health disparities. Small group sessions are formed for students who are at similar stages of completion of the course requirements. The final project is selected and planned by the student and the advisor and is implemented during this course. The student completes the project, evaluates the outcomes, disseminates the findings, and makes a formal scholarly presentation to faculty and peers.

NUR 740 Health Policy and Politics: Implications in Health Care. Three hours.
Health Policy & Politics is a required course in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program focuses on the basic principles of health policy and the influence of the political process as a systematic approach to health care in the United States and internationally. The course prepares students to assume complex leadership roles in order to advance specialty practice and health. This internet-based course focuses on the unique challenges of engaging and influencing health care policy in the U.S. and internationally. It is designed to develop skills, techniques, and approaches to the critical analysis of health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and other stakeholders in policy and public forums. The health policy framework is analyzed from a governmental, institutional, and organizational perspective.

 

NUR 742 Program Evaluation Methods. Three hours.

The purpose of this course is to synthesize knowledge related to translational/implementation science models and strategies to improve health outcomes. The emphasis in the course is the use of program evaluation as a strategic planning tool to achieve positive changes in health status, to initiate quality improvement, to engage in risk anticipation, management and to facilitate organizational and system level changes.

 

NUR 743 Program Evaluation Methods. Three hours.
This course, which expands on foundational evidence-based practice concepts to refine a problem statement and derive a searchable and answerable clinical question. Content includes conducting a systematic review of the literature to guide the selection of methods, strategies, tools and metrics needed to complete a successful scholarly project. The course also addresses targeted strategies for disseminating evidence associated with scholarly projects.
 

 

 


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