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NURS 806 - Clinical Inquiry
Credits: 4.00
Theory course focuses on identifying problems and the role of the nurse in decision-making situations in nursing practice. Emphasizes using decision-making theories, patient education theories and practice, critical thinking, ethical concepts in decision-making, tools for organizing nursing information, and applying evidence based practice. In addition, learners are introduced to information management and nursing informatics as they apply to planning and delivery of nursing care. Special fee.
Co-requisites: NURS 807, NURS 813, NURS 825, NURS 900

NURS 807 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Credits: 4.00
Theory course focuses on concepts of human pathophysiology and pharmacology relevant to professional nursing practice. Physiologic response and manifestations of alterations in normal body functioning are analyzed. Pharmacological agents used for these alterations are examined. Application of concepts across the lifespan are incorporated through the discussion of pathophysiology and pharmacology. Provides the foundation foe the clinical decision-making and management of care. In addition, learners are introduced to the professional nurse's responsibility for educating clients about basic pathophysiology and pharmacology issues.
Co-requisites: NURS 806, NURS 813, NURS 825, NURS 900

NURS 810 - Families in Health and Illness
Credits: 3.00
Seminar focusing on the family environment as a context for the experience of health and illness. Current middle-range theories and research from nursing and other disciplines analyzed for their application to family health. Public policy initiatives related to family health will be explored.

NURS 813 - Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing
Credits: 5.00
Clinical course provides student with evidence-based knowledge related to acquiring the psychomotor and assessment skills required for the safe delivery of nursing care across the lifespan. Students develop foundational skills applicable to achieving program outcomes. Focuses on developing beginning health assessment and clinical nursing skills while implementing critical thinking and application of the nursing process to highlight fundamental nursing concepts as they pertain to providing and improving client care. Special fee.
Co-requisites: NURS 806, NURS 807, NURS 825, NURS 900

NURS 825 - Collaborative Care I: Care of Older Adult
Credits: 3.00
Theory course focuses on care outcomes for major functional and health transitions of older adults across health settings. Emphasizes nurse's advocacy in facilitating care collaboration based on informed practice utilizing current research and best practice models of care. Learners incorporate theories from nursing and other disciplines to achieve a broad perspective and understanding of the aging experience and cultural implications for nursing practice.
Co-requisites: NURS 806, NURS 807, NURS 813, NURS 900

NURS 826 - Caring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
Credits: 4.00
This theory and clinical course is designed to provide an understanding of the neurobiological and psyco-social concepts of mental health and illness, factors influencing human behavior and interaction, current somatotherapies, and the role of the psychiatric nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team. Previous course knowledge and communication skills provide a theoretical foundation in explaining, guiding, and predicting nursing action. During the clinical experience, students are responsible for collaborative and interdependent health care relationships with professional and paraprofessional mental health partners. A special focus is placed on the integration of personal knowledge, therapeutic use of self, and professional communication skills inherent in nurse-client relationships. Emphasis placed on the practice of mental health nursing as being supported by the Scope and Standards of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practice to frame care plan implementation. Through a variety of clinical experience, the student assumes a leadership role within the interdisciplinary practice team of a designated mental health care delivery system. Prereq: NURS 806, NURS 807, NURS 813, NURS 825, NURS 900.
Co-requisites: NURS 827, NURS 901

NURS 827 - Collaborative Care II: Managing Acute and Complex Care of Individuals
Credits: 6.00
In this combined theory and clinical course students develop the knowledge base to refine their clinical judgment and decision-making skills in care of individuals from diverse populations with acute, critical, and chronic illnesses. Focuses on illness management, health restoration, and risk reduction in prototypic health care problems. Focuses on nurses' ability to use leadership skills and concepts of care collaboration with clients, families, peers, and members of the health care team to maximize client outcomes. Care experiences primarily center on the acute care environment. Prereq: NURS 806, NURS 807, NURS 813, NURS 825, NURS 900.
Co-requisites: NURS 826, NURS 901

NURS 828 - Public Health Nursing
Credits: 5.00
This theory and clinical course prepares the student for community and population focused practice. Emphasis placed on the synthesis of concepts, theories, knowledge and practice from nursing, and public health sciences. The concepts of community assessment, health promotion, health protection, illness prevention, and vulnerability are examined from a public health nursing perspective. Prereq: NURS 826, NURS 827, NURS 901. Special fee.
Co-requisites: NURS 905, NURS 908

NURS 829A - Collaborative Care III: Childbearing Families
Credits: 2.00
This theory course focuses on providing competent nursing care for young families throughout the childbearing period. Healthy transitions and physical alterations occurring during the childbearing period are examined. The health needs of the young family are discussed in terms of major morbidity/mortality and contemporary issues. This experience integrates experience in the discipline that builds on theories of growth and development, pathophysiology and use of decision making models to provide opportunities for the development of the nurse generalist role. Prereq: NURS 826, NURS 827, NURS 901.
Co-requisites: NURS 828, NURS 829B, NURS 829C, NURS 905, NURS 908

NURS 829B - Collaborative Care III: Childrearing Families
Credits: 2.00
This theory focuses on providing competent nursing care for young families throughout the child-rearing periods. Healthy transitions and physical alterations occurring from infancy through adolescence are examined. The health needs of the young family are discussed in terms of major morbidity/mortality and contemporary issues. This experience integrates in the discipline through seminars that build on theories of growth and development, pathophysiology and use of decision making models to provide opportunities for the development of the nurse generalist role. Prereq: NURS 826, NURS 827, NURS 901.
Co-requisites: NURS 828, NURS 829A, NURS 829C, NURS 905, NURS 908

NURS 829C - Collaborative Care III: Clinical
Credits: 2.00
This clinical course focuses on providing competent nursing care for young families throughout pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing periods. Healthy transitions and physical alterations occurring from conception through adolescence are examined. The health needs of the young family are discussed in terms of major morbidity/mortality and contemporary issues. This experience integrates real-world experience in the discipline through clinical opportunities in a variety of acute and community clinical settings that build on theories of growth and development, pathophysiology and use of decision making models to provide opportunities for the development of the nurse generalist role. Prereq: NURS 826, NURS 827, NURS 901.
Co-requisites: NURS 828, NURS 829A, NURS 829B, NURS 905, NURS 908

NURS 894 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Formal course given on selected topics or special interest subjects. Several topics may be taught in one year or semester. Prereq: permission. May be repeated. Special fee on some sections.

NURS 899 - Master's Thesis
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
Prereq: permission. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits. Cr/F.

NURS 900 - Discipline of Nursing
Credits: 3.00
Nursing as a discipline with a focus on paradigms for nursing science, patterns of knowing, concept analysis, and nursing theory. Emphasis on concepts fundamental to nursing practice, including advocacy, caring, power, and collaboration; analysis of nursing theories in relation to practice and research. Prereq: permission.

NURS 901 - Nursing and Change in Health Services
Credits: 3.00
Emphasizes identification of emerging issues that have an impact on the health care system and determination of nursing in providing leadership to address these issues. Students analyze problems and process solutions from a nursing perspective with reasoned approach to their resolution. Prereq: permission.

NURS 905 - Research
Credits: 3.00
Provides overview of current state-of-the-art research in nursing. Emphasis on critique of research findings and application of research to clinical practice. Prepares student to work collaboratively with expert researchers in either academic or clinical settings. Discusses types of research designs and qualitative and quantitative methods. Critique process focuses on individual components of research study, including the theory, purpose, sample, data collection procedures, and analysis. Includes ethical issues of scientific fraud and misconduct and issues of human subjects. Prereq: permission.

NURS 907 - Advanced Pharmacology
Credits: 3.00
Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics relevant to primary care practice. Focuses on major classes of drugs with an emphasis on knowledge necessary for prescriptive authority. Prereq: permission.

NURS 908 - Advanced Clinical Application of Human Physiology
Credits: 3.00
Examines human physiologic function and interaction of selected body systems in maintaining health. Clinical correlation strategies used to examine implications of recent advances in selected areas of human physiology to better understand the human body and its functioning in health and illness. Stresses application of course materials to advanced nursing practice in a variety of settings. Prereq: permission.

NURS 909 - Health and Illness Appraisal
Credits: 3.00
Advanced health assessment including communication strategies, functional health pattern assessment, advanced physical assessment, screening diagnostic tests, developmental evaluation, and clinical decision making. Lab and clinical component. Pre- or Coreq: NURS 900; 905; 907; 908. Special fee.

NURS 920 - Administrative Theories in Nursing
Credits: 3.00
Application of administrative theories and organizational behavior concepts to the practice of nursing administration in current and emerging health care settings. Examines organizational structure, motivation, leadership/management, decision making, creativity, and change. Prereq: permission.

NURS 925 - Health Care Systems and Leadership
Credits: 3.00
This theory course emphasizes the use of systems thinking and systems theory as a guide for analyzing and improving health systems. Careful consideration is given to the complex challenges of achieving quality care delivery and quality health outcomes for aggregates within specific environments. Course contents include systems theory, health systems analysis, shaping care delivery, research utilization, ethics, and leadership. Course fosters student integration of knowledge in preparation for clinical nursing leadership responsibilities. Prereq: NURS 900, NURS 905, NURS 908.

NURS 935 - Primary Care Families I
Credits: 3.00
Lecture/discussion course covering the primary care management of healthy adults through the lifespan with a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention. Focuses on evaluation and management of common acute and chronic adult health care problems. Major causes of adult morbidity are covered. Prereq: NURS 908; 909. Pre- or Co-req: NURS 907; 936 Special fee.

NURS 936 - Practicum in the Primary Care Families I
Credits: 3.00
Supervised clinical experience in the primary care management of adults through the lifespan, including assessment and management of common acute and chronic clinical problems. Focuses on the clinical application of knowledge of health maintenance, disease prevention, and the evaluation and management of major causes of adult morbidity and mortality. Prereq: NURS 908; 909. Pre- or Coreq: NURS 907; 935.

NURS 937 - Primary Care of Children
Credits: 3.00
Lecture/discussion course covering the primary care management of children across the health-illness continuum, including assessment and management of common acute and chronic clinical problems. A developmental perspective is taken to examine child-health evaluation and maintenance from infancy through adolescence. Prereq: NURS 909.

NURS 938 - Practicum in the Primary Care of Children
Credits: 3.00
Supervised clinical experience in the primary care management of the child and adolescent, including assessment and management of common acute and chronic clinical problems. A family-centered developmental perspective is taken to provide child-health services from infancy through adolescence. Nursing care, family, and rehabilitation issues related to various health problems are investigated in practice. Prereq: NURS 908; 909. Pre- or Coreq: NURS 907; 937.

NURS 939 - Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families
Credits: 6.00
Final integrative clinical course that allows for intensive application of primary care knowledge and skills in practice. Seminar allows for in-depth analysis of various clinical problems and role issues. Students are actively involved in a primary care setting appropriate to their area of study. Extensive clinical experience under the guidance of a preceptor. Prereq: NURS 935; 936; 937; 938. Special fee.

NURS 941 - Population Focused Practicum
Credits: 3.00
In this practicum students acquire the specialty knowledge and skills that are required in the care of a particular population. Students propose clinical performance competencies, learning activities, settings, and resource persons for the supervised practicum and complete a minimum of 112 perceptible clinical hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. Prereq: NURS 935; 936.
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NURS 942 - Advanced Evidence in Complex Health Challenges
Credits: 3.00
This course critically appraises current best evidence to develop effective advanced practice nursing interventions for chronic and complex illness as experienced by individuals, families and populations. In-depth case care model used to explore common complex health challenges such as, but not limited to, diabetes, heart failure, respiratory disorders such as asthma and chronic lung obstructive, and pathogenic as well as normal aging related problems.

NURS 945 - Clinical Decision Making in Health Care
Credits: 3.00
Clinical decision making is analyzed and applied with a focus on integrating the humanistic, functional and medical frameworks of health care. An approach to identifying and analyzing ethical conflicts is developed, and culture-appropriate care is examined. Students consider the range management modalities that might benefit their populations of interest, and are assisted in expanding their repertoire of interventions. Prereq: NURS 905.

NURS 946 - Practicum in Adult Health Care
Credits: 6.00
Students design the precepted clinical experience to refine, expand, and/or re-focus existing clinical competencies with the objective of developing the ability to assess and manage complex client cases, and/or manage cases across clinical settings. Seminars involve presentation-discussions of case management situations, and discussion of role issues relevant to advanced practice roles. Pre- or Coreq: NURS 945. Special fee.

NURS 950 - Reading and Research in Advanced Nursing
Credits: 2.00 to 8.00
Through a process of selective review and critical evaluation, students examine the current literature and explore the issues and trends in their topic area. Students prepared by education and experience to do independent work under the guidance of a professor may register for one or more of these sections. Topics include: oncology, women's health, community nursing, case management, geriatric nursing, nursing care of children and families, nursing those with disabilities, quality improvement, special topics. Hours and credits to be arranged. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Pre- or Coreq: NURS 900, 901, 905.

NURS 951 - Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis
Credits: 3.00
This theory course provides an in-depth study and application of methods and tools used to guide clinical nursing leader's decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.

NURS 952 - Clinical Nursing Leadership I
Credits: 8.00 or 10.00
This clinical and seminar course focuses on the integration of systems thinking when engaging in clinical nursing leadership and the application of systems theory in analyzing dynamic health systems. Emphasizes the developing leadership role at the micro-system level and with an aggregate focus (e.g., long term care; community/public health agencies; ambulatory care clinics; health centers; schools; and acute care settings). Seminars focus student reflection on leadership experiences and emerging issues in health systems, professional development and collegiality. Prereq: NURS 900, NURS 905, NURS 908. Special fee.

NURS 953 - Promoting Quality Management
Credits: 2.00
In this seminar course, students work with agency preceptor and faculty mentor to develop a proposal for a quality improvement project. Concepts of clinical micro-systems are explored. Prereq: NURS 900, NURS 905, NURS 908.

NURS 954 - Clinical Nursing Leadership II
Credits: 3.00
In this clinical course students assume increasing independence in identifying problems requiring quality management techniques and skills. Students work with preceptor and/or members of a project team to define and/or implement strategies that will address/resolve identified problems that will improve nursing practice or enhance outcomes of a patient aggregate. Prereq: Must hold RN license in state of clinical and project. Prereq: NURS 952. Special fee. Cr/F.
Co-requisites: NURS 956

NURS 955 - Practicum in Advanced Nursing Practice
Credits: 3.00 to 12.00
Students acquire the specialty knowledge and skills required in the area of their master's study. Students work with their faculty mentor to propose performance competencies, learning activities, settings, and resource persons for this supervised practicum. Practicum must include a minimum of 112 hours of supervised practice. May be repeated. Must hold RN license in state of practicum.
Co-requisites: NURS 956

NURS 956 - Capstone Project Seminar
Credits: 3.00
This seminar course requires students to focus on nursing practice issues and to work as individuals or groups to develop solutions. As the capstone course for the clinical nurse leader and evidence-based nursing tracks, the students are required to complete this scholarship project under the direction of a faculty member. Must hold RN license in state of project. Prereq: NURS 905 Pre- or Coreq: NURS 901. Coreq; NURS 954 or 955.

NURS 996 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Opportunity for study and/or practice in an area of choice. Objectives are developed by students and must be approved by faculty. May be repeated. Prereq: permission.