Nursing 5402 – Epidemiology and Population-Based Nursing
Nursing 5402 – Epidemiology and Population-Based Nursing [Formerly NURS 228]
This course provides the student with an opportunity to explore population-based health care principles of prevention, health maintenance and health promotion within the context of Healthy People 2010. Notably, the course will focus on how these principles are used to increase healthy lifespan, decrease discrepancies in health status and health outcomes for different populations and assure access to preventive services for all.
It emphasizes epidemiologic principles and population-based holistic health promotion/disease prevention as an integral part of populations at risk for illness, disability, or premature death. Further, the course explores population-based care models and environments in which health care is delivered: community agencies, neighborhoods/communities, schools, the family, and the workplace. Legislation and policy implications for primary, secondary, and tertiary care will be discussed.  Fall
5403 – Health Care Systems and the Role of the Nurse as Facilitator of Learning [Formerly NURS 238]
This course addresses health care systems and the role of the nurse as teacher and facilitator of learning in health care. Course content focuses on leadership concepts, decision-making, team building, communication, managerial skills, and integrates the foundational concepts of teaching and counseling patients and families. The course also provides information on contemporary trends in the organization and delivery of health care to individuals, families and populations to include quality improvement and legal/regulatory issues.
In addition, course content will include the impact of managed care and financial pressures on health care providers along with outcomes management, financial management, conflict resolution and economic principles pertinent to the delivery of health care services. The course provides concepts related to change management and the teaching and learning processes. Corequisites: 5401, 5402, 5303.  Fall
5501 – Critical Thinking, Supporting Evidence and Communication, Part 2 [Formerly NURS 218B]
This course is the second of a two course sequence addressing critical thinking, research utilization, and communication. Students in this course will identify, evaluate, and engage the various steps of scholarly inquiry in order to address research problems related to professional nursing practice. Students also will explore the theoretical and research foundations for evidence-based practice in nursing. Prerequisite: 5401.  Spring
5502 – Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. Ethics in Nursing Practice [Formerly NURS 219]
This didactic and seminar course addresses basic ethical principles and special problems/issues as sources for ethical reflection. Ethical dilemmas in health care are discussed using professional and analytical methods of investigation. Students are expected to reflect on their personal values and beliefs, ethical principles, clinical experiences, and literature sources while engaging in all assignments. Prerequisite: 5401.  Spring
5505 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse [Formerly NURS 248]
This course is designed to provide the RN student the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of assessment in a classroom, laboratory setting, and then in a clinical area for a variety of client populations across the life span. The student’s specialty population will be considered in the choice of health care setting utilized for practice.
Prerequisite: 5303, 5402.
Corequisite: 5506.  Spring
5506 – Pharmacology for the Registered Nurse [Formerly NURS 259] This course extends and builds upon pharmacological knowledge from foundational pharmacology courses and pathophysiology courses. The focus of the course is the variations of drug therapy in complex situations. The course presents cases of complex drug regimens for analysis and evaluation by the student. Emphasis will be placed on pharmacological interventions to achieve safe and optimal patient outcomes in specific situations.  Spring
5515 – Providing Care at the Community Level [Formerly NURS 249] This course is an introduction to the scope and practice of family and community health nursing.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. It emphasizes, through didactic and community practice, the promotion and maintenance of the health of diverse populations across the lifespan. The epidemiological process and the nursing process serve as the organizing framework for didactic content and clinical interventions to support family and community health. Social, cultural, economic, environmental, and ethical issues related to specific populations will be explored. Limited to RN students. Prerequisite: 5402; or with permission of instructor.  Spring
5598 – Independent Study – Non Clinical [Formerly NURS 251] Ind Study – Non Clinical [1-6]
5999. [Clinical Continuation] [Formerly NURS 3000]
MSN, post-master’s certificate, or DNP students enroll in this course to resolve an incomplete grade in a prior semester’s clinical course. Enrollment in the course is considered to carry at least half-time status. Tuition is charged at a flat rate of $200. Students may enroll in this course no more than twice. Offered as needed.  Fall, Spring, Summer
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Specialty Nursing Courses and Electives
6010 – Advanced Pathophysiology [Formerly NURS 308]
This is a graduate level, advanced pathophysiology course designed to meet the educational needs of those pursuing certification as advanced practice nurses. The course builds on pre-acquired knowledge of normal human anatomy and physiology. Classic and current research findings form the basis for analysis of pathophysiologic processes and their effect on individual and multiple body systems. Students analyze the effect and progression of selected disease entities in diverse populations across the lifespan. The course provides a foundation for clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of clients experiencing alterations or risks of alterations in their health status. Pre/corequisite: Courses in normal human anatomy and physiology.  Fall, Spring
6011 – Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning [Formerly NURS 305A] This course is the foundational didactic course for advanced nursing practice. Students differentiate abnormal from normal findings using advanced assessment techniques, interpret diagnostic study results and use clinical reasoning to formulate diagnoses for culturally diverse individuals. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to specialty and graduate level standing.  Fall