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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.
Issues in Community Health Care for Rural Populations.
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.
Advanced Health Assessment.
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.
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.
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.
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
Six hours. Clinical.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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
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
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