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Nursing Courses (NURS) Connell School of Nursing


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
NURS 1010 Professional Development Seminar Fall 1
Course Description

This seminar will introduce freshmen nursing students to the college culture and to the profession of nursing. Small group sessions led by upper-class nursing students and faculty/staff volunteers will provide opportunities for networking and information sharing about relevant personal, professional, and social topics.


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Prerequisites: None

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NURS 1210 Public Health in a Global Society Fall 3
Course Description

This foundation course presents public health as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention at the population level. The course provides an overview of the history of public health, global burden of disease, sub-disciplines of public health, maternal/child health, and nutrition, and emphasizes the collaborative nature of the field through examples in research and practice. An inherent principle in public health is advancing social justice and this course, and the public health sequence more broadly, focuses on at-risk populations, reducing health disparities, and improving health equity at the population level.


Instructor(s): Melissa Sutherland

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 1215 Policy and Politics in U.S. Health Care Spring 3
Course Description

The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the U.S. health care system, including its organization, financing, regulation, and service delivery, from both private and public perspectives. Emerging workforce and care delivery trends and their philosophical, financial, and political underpinnings will be explored. This course is designed for individuals seeking a career in health care delivery or management and who will interface with clinical care and/or the managed care and health insurance industries or related industries in a professional capacity.


Instructor(s): Joyce Edmonds and Judith Vessey

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 2070 Introduction to Professional Nursing Spring 2
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to professional nursing, exploring nursing's history and the development of nursing knowledge grounded in theory and evidenced-based practice. The course places the study of socially just nursing practice within the tradition of liberal arts education. Engaging in critical self-reflection, students apply new value-based self-awareness to culturally congruent nursing care. Ethical reasoning processes are applied, utilizing clinical and population-based case studies. Therapeutic communication with individuals across the lifespan is introduced. Nursing education, practice, and professional careers as well as the influence of current health care environmental factors on health and evidenced-based nursing practice are discussed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 2080 Pathophysiology Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Pathophysiology offers an integrated approach to human disease. The course builds on the underlying concepts of normal function as they apply to the basic processes of pathogenesis. Biological variations of age, gender, and cultural differences are integrated into the course content where applicable. Common acute and chronic health problems are introduced to explore the interrelatedness of a variety of stressors that affect physiological function. Successful completion of Pathophysiology facilitates the student's transition into clinical nursing practice.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: BIOL1300, BIOL1310, BIOL1320, BIOL1330, CHEM1161, CHEM1163

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NURS 2090 Sophomore Formation Seminar Spring 1
Course Description

This course is required for sophomore undergraduate nursing students and will involve guided review and reflection to reinforce the inherent professional values of altruism, human dignity, integrity and social justice fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Activities in the weekend long retreat will be guided by the Ignatian formation principles and student’s values and beliefs as they relate to professional practice, development as individuals and as members of caregiving teams. The goal is to build a foundation for professional leadership as nursing students become aspiring members of the nursing profession and productive and committed citizens of society at large.


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Prerequisites: None

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Comments: The SCRUBS weekend retreat fulfills the NURS2090 requirement. Attendance at the full retreat is mandatory and an expectation of all sophomore students. Any absences should be discussed as soon as possible with the Teacher of Record (the Associate Dean), who will make decisions regarding activities that will be required to earn credit.

NURS 2120 Nursing Health Assessment Across the Life Span Fall/Spring 4
Course Description

This course introduces the concepts of health, health promotion, and growth and development across the life span. The interactions of underlying mechanisms such as environment, culture, ethnicity, family, genetics, and gender that are foundational to development and individual health will be explored. Theories and principles that address physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth and development will guide understanding of the complex healthy human, from birth to geriatrics and death. Principles and theories of health promotion will be analyzed and applied from a nursing perspective to support the individual's desire to increase personal and/or family health potential and well-being.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: BIOL1300, BIOL1310, BIOL1320, BIOL1330, or concurrently; CHEM1161, CHEM1163, BIOL2200, BIOL2210; NURS2080, NURS2121, or concurrently

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NURS 2121 Nursing Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides campus and community laboratory experiences in applying the theoretical concepts explored in NU 120. The focus is on systematic assessment of individual health status associated with maturational changes and influenced by culture and environment. The clinical reasoning framework and communication theory direct the development of nursing assessment skills. There will be four hours of Simulation Laboratory, one hour of seminar, and required media/BB Vista preparation each week.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: See NURS2120

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NURS 2204 Pharmacology and Nutrition Therapies Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the study of pharmacodynamic and nutritional principles and therapies used in professional nursing. Using case studies as well as lecture, an integrated approach to patient problems is emphasized. Nutriceuticals, over-the-counter, social, and folk drugs affecting the patient are also considered.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2120, NURS2121, NURS2080

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NURS 2230 Adult Health Nursing Theory I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the theoretical basis of the nursing care of adults across the lifespan with altered states of health. Emphasis is placed on beginning application of the clinical reasoning process with a focus on frequently occurring nursing diagnoses, interventions and outcomes for adults, in particular older adults. Evidence-based practice and standards of care are integrated throughout the course. The role and responsibilities of the nurse in the acute care setting including those related to quality, safety, ethics and legal issues are emphasized. Cultural awareness is incorporated throughout the course.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2070, NURS2120, NURS2121, NURS2080

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NURS 2231 Adult Health Nursing I Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The weekly hospital clinical focuses on fostering skill in the planning and implementation of care of adults, including older adult, with an altered heath status. Emphasis is placed on integrating the components of the nursing process, utilizing evidenced based nursing practice, standards of quality and safety, and principles of cultural awareness. The weekly college laboratory sessions focus on developing competency in basic nursing skills and related documentation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2070, NURS2120, NURS2121, NURS2080

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NURS 3016 Comparing Health Care Systems through a Global Lens Spring 3
Course Description

Introduction to the concepts of global health and the critical links between public health and social and economic development. Determinants of health and patterns of disease and health outcomes across the globe are critically examined. The course reviews the determinants of health status in terms of biology, demography, epidemiology, culture, sociology, economics, and politics. Key concerns regarding reproductive health, child survival, nutrition, communicable diseases, and chronic diseases are examined. Health care delivery in developed vs. undeveloped regions of the world is emphasized.


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Prerequisites: None

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NURS 3170 Principles of Evidence-Based Nursing Fall/Spring 2
Course Description

This course seeks to develop an applied understanding of evidence-based practice as it relates to the science of nursing. Through exploring components of the research process, an appreciation of the various types of evidence used by nurses and an understanding of the importance of evidenced- based research to improve clinical practice will be fostered. The ethical considerations related to evidence-based practice will be discussed. At the conclusion of the course, students are prepared to be to be critical consumers of research used in evidence-based practice.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2070

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NURS 3210 Contemporary Issues in Public Health Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the foundational skills of public health to contemporary public health issues. The course integrates data and research to begin a more in-depth examination of the major burdens of disease and several emerging areas of concern. With a consistent goal of reducing health disparities, the course identifies population-level risk factors as well as evidence-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention. Principles and concepts learned in ‘Public Health in a Global Society’ are reinforced through specific health conditions, behaviors, and topics.


Instructor(s): Joyce Edmonds and Summer Hawkins

Prerequisites: NURS1210

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NURS 3242 Adult Health Nursing Theory II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds on the concepts learned in previous courses including adult health and pharmacology and expands the knowledge base for planning and implementing care of adults with acute health problems and acute exacerbations of chronic health problems. Clinical case studies of acute care emergencies are used to discuss clinical judgment. Emphasis is placed on the selection of evidence-based interventions, evaluation of interventions, and use of evaluative data in refining a plan of care for the adult patient. Discussions focus on the role of the primary nurse in the acute care setting including collaboration, discharge planning and health teaching.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2230, NURS2231, NURS2204

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NURS 3243 Adult Health Nursing II Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides clinical experiences with adults who have acute health problems and acute exacerbations of chronic health problems. Students perform the role of the primary nurse with emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based interventions, documentation of patient outcomes, collaboration and communication. This course builds on knowledge from previous courses and expands the students' understanding of the professional role with a focus on nursing standards of care, safety, quality improvement and transitional care planning.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2230, NU2231, NURS2204

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NURS 3244 Childbearing Nursing Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The course focuses on concepts associated with the unique responses of families during the childbearing cycle, normal and high risk pregnancies, and normal and abnormal events in women's health. Current multidisciplinary research in women's health with a focus on the childbearing cycle, including genetics and cultural competence, is presented. Evidenced based nursing practice for the childbearing family is discussed. The nursing implications of attending to both the physiologic and the psychosocial needs of the childbearing family are reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on AWHONN and ACOG standards of care.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2230, NURS2231, NURS2204

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NURS 3245 Clinical Laboratory of Childbearing Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Application of childbearing theory to the diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes for the care of families in structured clinical settings. Focus is on prenatal, perinatal, and post-natal activities. Students work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team in applying evidenced-based practice derived from current multidisciplinary research to the childbearing family. Supervised by nursing faculty, the students are mentored to extend their skills in critical thinking and clinical judgment to meet the physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs of their clients and families. Emphasis will be placed on QSEN, AACN Essentials for baccalaureate education, AWHONN and ACOG standards of care.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2230, NURS2231, NURS2204

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NURS 4250 Child Health Nursing Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds on the published Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice to discuss the unique responses of children and their families to acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on the child's growth and development in relation to wellness and illness. A family-centered approach is used to address the health teaching, promotion, restoration, and maintenance needs of children and their families. Theoretical principles are presented, and creative, evidence-based nursing intervention strategies to meet the needs of children and their families across the health care continuum are discussed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS3242, NURS3243, NURS3244, NURS3245

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NURS 4251 Child Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Based on the published Scope and Standards of Practice, this course provides a variety of clinical settings plus simulation experiences for implementing the nursing role in the care of children and families. Emphasis on clinical reasoning and evidenced-based practice in planning interventions to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and families coping with acute and chronic health problems. Students will care for patients from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, interact collaboratively with family members and the interdisciplinary health team, and take a leadership role in advocating for patients.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS3242, NURS3243, NURS3244, NURS3245

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NURS 4252 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds upon the standards of practice from APNA-ISPN, AACN and QSEN to discuss the legal, ethical and therapeutic role of the psychiatric mental health nurse in caring for individuals with psychiatric disorders across the life span. Current interdisciplinary research on the genetic, neurobiological and psychosocial theories of depression, psychosis, substance abuse, bipolar illness, eating, anxiety, personality and cognitive disorders is analyzed. Evidence-based nursing practice, including psychopharmacology and psychosocial treatment modalities such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, group and milieu therapy is applied from a multicultural perspective. Nursing interventions for families and communities experiencing crisis, grief and trauma are identified.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS3242, NURS3243

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NURS 4253 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Therapeutic communication skills provide a foundation for implementing the nursing role based on the American Psychiatric Nurses Association standards of practice with psychiatric patients/clients in a variety of psychiatric treatment settings. In the clinical experience, students work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams in applying evidenced-based practice based on current interdisciplinary research to the nursing process. In weekly supervision with clinical faculty, students are mentored to extend their skills in clinical reasoning to meet the psychological, social, cultural, biological, and spiritual needs of persons from varied backgrounds (economic, racial, ethnic, age and gender) who are in treatment for mental illness.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS3242, NURS3243

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NURS 4260 Population Health Nursing Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces the conceptual and scientific frameworks of population health, emphasizing public health nursing roles. The course integrates health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention across the life span in a range of local and global settings, using case examples that nurses, as part of interdisciplinary teams, will encounter. Community assessment and epidemiological methods are introduced. Health disparities and vulnerability are examined through an ecological lens together with traditional and emerging public health issues. Students will learn about bridging population health and clinical care in order to meet the prevention health needs of individuals, families, and populations.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS4250, NURS4251, NURS4252, NURS4253

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NURS 4261 Population Health Practice in the Communty Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the application of population health, emphasizing public health nursing roles, that include the care of population members in community settings, such as a neighborhood, school, or non-profit organization, locally or globally. Students will gain experience in community engagement, community health assessment, screening, case management, health education, service and program evaluation, and advocacy. Emphasis is placed on the multiple determinants of health and on using interdisciplinary approaches in practice to implement evidence-based interventions aimed at health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS4250, NURS4251, NURS4252, NURS4253

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NURS 4263 Nursing Synthesis Clinical Laboratory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides senior nursing students with an opportunity to synthesize, expand, and refine nursing concepts and clinical reasoning competencies. Through an intensive clinical experience completed in institutional and/or community settings, students focus on the healthcare needs of specific client populations, study in depth the interventions used to restore and/or optimize health, and utilize evidence-based research in practice. Emphasis will be placed on current quality and safety guidelines and standards of care for the specialty area in which the student is practicing.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NU4250, NURS4251, NURS4252, NURS4253

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NURS 4270 Transition to Professional Nursing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This final didactic course in the program presents the organizational, legal, ethical, and health policy contexts of professional nursing practice for students about to begin their careers. Discussion and assignments will focus on short-term challenges and opportunities associated with transition to practice, such as attaining licensure and finding one’s first professional position. The role of the professional nurse in establishing and maintaining safety and health care quality within organizations will be analyzed. The course will strongly emphasize the leadership imperative for nurses across all roles in health care and social justice perspectives on the position of nursing in society.


Instructor(s): Viola Benavente and Susan DeSanto-Madeya

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed NURS2070 and Must have successfully completed NURS3170

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NURS 4911 Directed Independent Study Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to engage in learning activities that are of interest beyond the required nursing curriculum. Examples of learning activities are research, clinical practice, and study of a nursing theory.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Senior nursing student with GPA of 3.0 or above in nursing courses.

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Comments: Students planning to enroll in Directed Independent Study should obtain guidelines from the Office of the Undergraduate Associate Dean. Proposals must be submitted at least three weeks before the end of the semester prior to that in which the study will begin.

NURS 4961 Honors Project Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course applies the knowledge of the research process through conducting a research project under the guidance of a faculty member.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 4962 Adolescent Development and Health Care Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to provide a broad theoretical approach to the study of adolescent growth and development as a basis from which to examine major health concerns and implications for interventions. Selected current health issues to be included are: sexuality; teenage pregnancy and parenting; eating disorders; substance abuse; depression and suicide; self-destructive behaviors; and violence. Various support/intervention services available for treatment will be explored. The use of music, poetry, literature, and the cinema for metaphoric meaning will enhance understanding of the adolescent experience.


Instructor(s): Pamela Burke

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 5301 Culture and Health Care Fall 3
Course Description

The changing demographics in the United States necessitate a deeper understanding of the particular needs of multicultural populations. Through the lens of culture, this course develops students' knowledge of and sensitivity to a wide variety of health traditions. The interactions of culture and health and the impact of cultural norms around health will be explored from historical, comparative, and theoretical perspectives.l


Instructor(s): Susan Gennaro

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 5345 Ecuador: Global Health Perspectives Summer 3
Course Description

This course will involve the study of global health from the perspective of the various stakeholders: Populations, governments, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), health care providers and health educators. Social, political, economic, legal and ethical perspectives will be addressed. This course will be offered in Quito, Ecuador and will include field trips to health care facilities and discussions with local health professionals on current health issues and challenges for the future. Using a case-based approach, students will analyze and develop potential solutions and options for addressing global health care issues and create strategies for improving the health of specific populations.


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NURS 5350 Global Healthcare: Meeting Challenges & Making Connections Summer 3
Course Description

This course brings together students and faculty from around the world to discuss and synthesize perspectives on global health, specifically the challenges and common connections experienced across patient centered care, health education, healthcare systems and policy development. The participants will develop a deeper understanding of the particular needs of diverse and underserved populations. Emphasis will be placed on social justice and health of individuals, families, and populations. Through the lens of public health, this course explores assessment of healthcare needs, assurance of a quality healthcare infrastructure, and development of healthcare policy.


Instructor(s): M. Colleen Simonelli

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 6397 Foundations of Nursing Practice Summer 2
Course Description

This course introduces students to the profession of nursing, nursing roles and ethical and clinical dimension of nursing practice. Students learn the fundamental health assessment techniques, physical examination and basic clinical skills that are integral to the nursing process and the rationals for these techniques. Laboratory and clinical simulation experiences provide opportunities to practice health histories, and demonstrate the physical assessment techniques, basis psychomotor skills, principles of safety and documentation and communication skills necessary for the care of individual patients.


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Prerequisites: Enrolled in the Master's Entry Program; successful completion of all program pre-requisites

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NURS 6398 MSE Adult Health Theory Fall 6
Course Description

The theoretical basis of nursing care for adult patients with acute health problems or exacerbations of chronic health problems is addressed. Emphasis is placed on the selection of evidenced-based interventions, evaluation of interventions, and use of evaluative data in refining the plan of care for the adult patient. Discussions focus on the role of the primary nurse in the acute care setting including the importance of communication, collaboration, discharge planning, and health teaching. The nurse's role in patient safety and quality improvement is also discussed.


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Prerequisites: Enrolled in the MSE program; NURS6397

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NURS 6399 MSE Adult and Population Health Nursing Clinical Fall 4
Course Description

This course provides laboratory, acute care, and population health experiences to apply the theoretical concepts from NURS6398 and NURS6400. Students have the opportunity to learn additional health assessment and physical examination skills and rationales for these techniques. Skills laboratory provides students with opportunities to learn and practice more advanced psychomotor skills. Clinical experiences focus on performing in the roles of the population/community health nurse and the primary nurse in the acute care setting with emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based interventions, documentation of patient outcomes, collaboration and communication.


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Prerequisites: Enrolled in the MSE program; NURS6397

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NURS 6400 Nursing Practice and Public Health in Community Fall 2
Course Description

This course introduces students to the conceptual and scientific frameworks of population-centered nursing through didactic and clinical experiences focused on community focused care. The course will examine social and economic influences on health care delivery and vulnerability of individuals, families, and populations in community settings. Issues of emerging infectious diseases and disaster preparedness will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the variety of roles/functions nurses have in population-centered care including that of public health and primary care. Clinical experiences will focus on the role of the nurse with emphasis on current evidence, clinical expertise, health outcomes, and collaboration.


Instructor(s): Donna Cullinan and Melissa Sutherland

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 6402 Nursing Science I Fall 6
Course Description

Concepts of health- and age- specific methods for nursing assessment of health within the context of human growth and development, culture, and the environment are emphasized. The course focuses on evaluation and promotion of optimal function of individuals across the lifespan. Content for each developmental level includes communication, nutrition, and physical examination as tools for assessment and principles of teaching and learning for anticipatory guidance. This course will also focus on the theoretical basis of the nursing care of clients with altered states of health. Emphasis is placed on beginning application of the clinical reasoning process.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 6406 Nursing Science II Spring 6
Course Description

This course builds on the concepts learned in Nursing Science I and examines more complex health problems across the lifespan. Emphasis is on independent judgment and collaborative practice. The course will focus on nursing concepts associated with the unique responses of families during the childbearing/child rearing cycle and to the events associated with acute and chronic illness of children. Principles of psychiatric nursing involved in the care of clients experiencing the stresses of mental illness will also be included. The course will also focus on individuals, families, and groups in the community.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 6402, NURS 6403

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NURS 6407 Clinical Practice in Nursing II Spring 6
Course Description

This course uses a variety of clinical settings to focus on the application of the clinical reasoning process, nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions, and outcomes as they relate to the care of individuals and families across the life span. Settings will include in-patient and community agencies.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 6402, NURS 6403, NURS 2204, NURS 6408

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NURS 6408 Pathophysiology Fall 3
Course Description

This course offers an integrated approach to human disease. The content builds on underlying concepts of normal function as they apply to the basic processes of pathogenesis. Common health problems are introduced to explore the interrelatedness of a variety of stressors affecting physiological function.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 6411 Nursing Synthesis Practicum Summer 3
Course Description

This course provides nontraditional nursing students with an opportunity to synthesize, expand, and to refine nursing concepts and clinical reasoning competencies. Through an intensive clinical experience based in institutional and/or community settings, students will be able to focus on health care needs of specific client populations, study in-depth the interventions used to restore and/or optimize health, and utilize nursing research in practice.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 6406, NURS 6407

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NURS 6425 Global Health Challenges & Disparities Summer 3
Course Description

Marginalized groups and residents of resource deprived communities often suffer from excessive rates of poor health and mortality. Such health disparities exist within the U.S. and around the world. In order to achieve the goals of "increasing longevity and quality of life" and "eliminating health disparities" (US Public Health Service), health care professionals need to understand health disparities, their casual roots, and how to design and implement effective health-promoting programs and policies. This course provides an introduction to health disparities, measuring indices of health status, and implications for programming and policy. Contemporary global health challenges are addressed as exemplars.


Instructor(s): Dept

Prerequisites: None; Enrollment is open to graduate students in CSON or by permission of the TOR

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NURS 6460 MSE Childbearing Nursing Theory Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on concepts associated with the unique responses of families during the childbearing cycle; normal and high risk pregnancies and normal and abnormal events in women's health. Current multidisciplinary research in women's health with a focus on the childbearing cycle including genetics and cultural competence is presented. Evidenced based nursing practice for the childbearing family is discussed. The nursing implications of attending to both the physiologic and the psychosocial needs of the childbearing family are reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on AWHONN and ACOG standards of care.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403 AND NURS6408

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NURS 6461 MSE Childbearing Nursing Clinical Spring 2
Course Description

This experience focuses on the application of childbearing theory to the diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes for the care of families in structured clinical settings. Focus is on prenatal, perinatal, and post-natal activities. In the clinical laboratory, students work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team in applying evidenced-based practice derived from current multidisciplinary research to the childbearing family. Supervised by nursing faculty, the students are mentored to extend their skills in critical thinking and clinical judgment to meet the physical, psychosocial, cultural and spirtual needs of their clients and families. Emphasis will be palced on QSEN, AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate education, AWHONN and ACOG standards of care.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403; NURS 6408 and NURS6460

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NURS 6468 MSE Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds on the standards of practice from APNA-ISPN, AACN and QSEN to discuss the legal, ethical and therapeutic role of the psychiatric mental health nurse in caring for individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Current interdisciplinary evidenced based research on the genetic, neurobiological and psychosocial theories of DSM-5 diagnoses are explored and analyzed. Evidence based nursing practice, including psychopharmacology and psychosocial treatment modalities such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, group and milieu therapy is applied from a multicultural perspective. Nursing interventions for families and communities experiencing crisis, grief and trauma are identified.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403, NURS6408

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NURS 6469 MSE Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Spring 2
Course Description

Therapeutic communication skills provide a foundation for implementing the nursing role based on the American Psychiatric Nurses Association standards of practice with psychiatric patients/clients in a variety of psychiatric treatment settings. In the clinical experience, students work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams in applying evidence-based practice based on current interdisciplinary research to the nursing process. In weekly supervision with clinical faculty, students are mentored to extend their skills in clinical reasoning to meet the psychological, social, cultural, biological, and spirtual needs of persons from varied backgrounds (economic, racial, ethnic, age and gender) who are in treatment for a major mental illness.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403; NURS6408; NURS6468

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NURS 6470 MSE Child Health Nursing Theory Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds on the published Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice to discuss the unique responses of children and their families to acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on the child's growth and development in relation to wellness and illness. A family-centered approach is used to address the health teaching, promotion, restoration and maintenance needs of children and their families. Theoretical principles are presented and creative, evidence-based nursing intervention stragegies to meet the needs of children and their families across the health care continuum are discussed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403; NURS6408

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NURS 6471 MSE Child Health Nursing Clinical Spring 2
Course Description

Based on the published Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, this course provides a variety of clinical settings for students to expand and perfect their skills in implementing the nursing role in the care of children and families. Clinical faculty guide students' clinical reasoning process and use of nursing scholarship and evidence-based practice guidelines in the planning nursing interventions to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spirtual needs of children and their families who are coping with acute and chronic health problems. Students will care for patients from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds; interact collaboratively with family members and the interdisciplinary health team; and take a leadership role in advocating for their patient.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS2204; NURS6400; NURS6402; NURS6403; NURS6408 AND NURS6470

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NURS 7101 Independent Study in Nursing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Students with a special interest in nursing may pursue that interest under the direction of the faculty member. A written proposal for an independent study in nursing must be obtained, completed and returned to the Graducate Office. The student is required to submit written reports to the faculty member directing the study.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and the Graduate Office.

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NURS 7415 Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The focus of this course is the development of knowledge as the basis for advanced practice nursing. Philosophical, conceptual, and theoretical perspectives of leaders and scholars from nursing and related fields are surveyed and critiqued. Opportunities are provided to explore and evaluate key issues such as levels of theory development, the domain of clinical judgement, and language and information technology. Emphasis is on knowledge-based quality improvements within various systems and environments that affect health care. Theories and models related to organizational change and health policy are applied.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7416 Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The focus of this course is to explore the boundaries of Advanced Practice Nurses' (APNs) ethical responsibilities to individuals, groups, and society in an intra and interdisciplinary, collaborative health care environment. The philosophical and theoretical foundations of ethical practice are critically examined for their ability to enhance decision-making that best serves the interests of current and future patients and meets societal needs. An emphasis is placed on developing the skills needed to address challenges and obstacles to ethical practice in advanced practice roles and settings. Strategies to influence health policy related to various specialty populations are explored.


Instructor(s): Pamela Grace

Prerequisites: NURS7415

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NURS 7417 Role of Advanced Practice Nurses Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Dimensions of advanced practice nursing including its historical development; role theory and implementation; legal and regulatory factors, and role implementation across practice settings will be explored. A focus on organization behavior and systems leadership, excellence in care delivery, practice evidence and care outcomes, relationship-based practice, quality improvement models and patient safety initiatives will be stressed and linked to APN role. National initiatives including the IOM Report as well as financial, political, social, and economic factors that influence care will be studied along with strategies to influence health care delivery systems and innovative practice models.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7415 and NURS 7416

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NURS 7420 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span Spring 3
Course Description

This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of pharmacology and drug therapy as it relates to advanced practice (general and/or in a clinical specialty). The interrelationships of nursing and drug therapy will be explored through study of pharmacodynamics, dynamics of patient response to medical and nursing therapeutic regimens, and patient teaching as well as the psychosocial, economic, cultural, ethical, and legal factors affecting drug therapy, patient responses, and nursing practice. The role of the nurse practicing in an expanded role in decision-making related to drug therapy is also included.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

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NURS 7426 Advanced Psychopharmacology Across The Life Span Spring 3
Course Description

This course builds upon the standards of practice from APNA-ISPN, AACN, NONPF and APA. The legal, ethical and therapeutic role of the advanced practice nurse in prescribing psychotropic medications for individuals with psychiatric disorders is examined across the lifespan. The evidence based prescription of psychopharmacological agents according to practice guidelines will be a focus in each class. The course will review neurobiology, the action of central nervous system medications, and the implications for ethno-psychopharmacology. Standardized tools to evaluate treatment efficacy and diagnostic criteria will be identified. Collaborative practice models, indications for referral and monitoring to enhance treatment adherence are reviewed.


Instructor(s): Judith Shindul-Rothschild

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

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NURS 7430 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

Building on undergraduate course work and previous clinical experience, this course utilizes life span development and health risk appraisal frameworks as the basis for health assessment. Students master health assessment skills for individuals within family, environmental, and cultural contexts. The course provides advanced practice nursing students with planned classroom and clinical laboratory experiences to refine health assessment skills and interviewing techniques. Health promotion, health maintenance, and epidemiological principles are emphasized in relationship to various practice populations.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7672 or NURS6408 and NURS 7420

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Comments: This course is taken the semester prior to practicum entry.

NURS 7437 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Across the Life Span I Fall 6
Course Description

In this combined didactic and clinical course, students learn to conduct mental health evaluations, to formulate psychiatric and nursing diagnoses, and to plan and implement short-term/initial treatment, case management, referral plans, and client services for adults, children, and families. Clinical placements (20 hours/week) are individualized to match students' interests in a variety of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) settings including mental health outpatient services and forensic practice settings. Faculty and agency preceptors assist students to develop essential evaluation and diagnostic skills and to provide individualized, culturally sensitive nursing care and clinical services to diverse client populations.


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Prerequisites: NURS 7430; NURS 7420; NURS 7672

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NURS 7438 Advanced Practice Theories of Psychotherapy Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to explore major approaches to individual psychotherapy, such as Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Behavioral, Cognitive, Dialectical Behavorial, Brief, and Multicultural. Commonalities and differences among the processes and techniques are discussed. Selected theorists and their approaches to psychotherapy will be examined as examples of major schools of thought concerning the nature of the psychotherapeutic relationship. Applications across the life span and among diverse populations are critically examined.


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NURS 7447 Family Pmh Np Post Ms Clinic Theory&Practicum I Fall 3
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NURS 7449 Family Pmh Np Post Ms Clinical Theory&ParcticumII Fall 3
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NURS 7450 Women & Children's Health Advanced Practice Theory Fall 3
Course Description

This course focuses on theoretical knowledge for the indirect and direct roles of the advanced practice nurse in health care of women and children. Content will address use, analysis, and synthesis of theories and research with attention to the impact of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and family structures. Psychosocial influences on women's health, parenting, and child development are explored. Students will interpret the roles of the advanced practice nurse in MCH as these affect and are affected by health care and health care delivery systems at the national level.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7453 Women's Health Advanced Practice Nursing I Fall 6
Course Description

This course is the first of two courses in the Advanced Practice in Women's Health series. The role of the advanced practice nurse with women across the life span is explored with a focus on wellness promotion and management of common alterations in the sexuality-reproductive pattern, with special concern for cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Theories and research from nursing and other disciplines are synthesized and evaluated through seminars, clinical conferences, clinical experiences (20 hours/week), and course assignments.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7430, NURS 7420, NURS 7672 or NURS 6408

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NURS 7457 Pediatric Primary Care/Advanced Practice Nursing I Fall 6
Course Description

This clinical course is the first of two advanced practice specialty nursing courses for preparing pediatric nurse practitioners. This course focuses on health promotion and maintenance and prevention of illness and disability, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and management of common pediatric problems/illnesses. Anatomical, physiological, psychological, cognitive, socioeconomic, and cultural factors affecting a child's growth and development are analyzed. Parenting practices, family life styles, ethical issues, and environmental milieu are also explored. Students engage in precepted clinical practice (20 hours/week) where they apply their cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and are guided by critical thinking and clinical decision making.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7430, NURS 7672 or NURS6408 and NURS 7420

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NURS 7462 Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Theory I Fall 3
Course Description

First AG health course focusing on primary care of adult and older adults, exploring advanced practice in context of nursing knowledge and concepts from other disciplines. Includes integration of concepts in health promotion, prevention, identification of risk factors that potentially threaten health of adults. Variables include health status, age, development, gender, ethnicity, socio-economics and cultural characteristics associated with health behaviors across group settings are studied as they impact health and related behaviors. Emphasis on related concepts. Discussions integrate role of APN as leader in health care reform and articulation of nursing contributions to interdisciplinary adult and older health care outcomes.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7415; NURS 7417 (or concurrently)

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NURS 7463 Primary Care Adult & Older Adult/Advanced Practice Nursing I Fall 6
Course Description

This first course in the adult-gerontology health practicum series concentrates on the application of the clinical reasoning process used to assess, diagnose, and treat common primary care and chronic illness problems of the adult population throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the integration of epidemiologic, genetic, environmental, social-political, and cultural determinants that contribute to alterations in the health status of young, middle and older adults. Health promotion, evidence-based practice, and holistic health strategies are integrated to promote the optimal level of being and functioning of adults across the lifespan.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7430 and NURS 7420 and NURS 7672 or NURS 6408

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NURS 7470 Community and Family Health Advanced Theory I Fall 3
Course Description

This course is the first of a series in theories, relevant to advanced practice nurses in Family and Community Health specialties. It focuses on concepts, theories and research needed to thrive in the advanced practice role. Emphasis is on health promotion: helping individuals, families, and aggregates to attain optimum levels of wellness. Theories and related research from nursing and other disciplines are integrated, and innovative health promotion programs or practice models are showcased.


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NURS 7473 Primary Care of Families/Advanced Practice Nursing I Fall 6
Course Description

This combined didactic and practicum course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and management of selected primary health care problems in individuals and families using critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Incorporation of health promotion, health maintenance and delivery of care strategies as they relate to individuals and families are emphasized. Students practice 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings including health departments, health centers, homeless clinics, health maintenance organizations, private practices and occupational health clinics.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS7430, NURS7420, (NURS7672 or NURS6408)

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NURS 7490 Physiologic Variables for Nurse Anesthesia I—Respiratory Spring 3
Course Description

This course is an in-depth study of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory system and related anesthesia implications for the whole person. It complements physiologic principles learned in master's core courses. The concepts of ventilation and perfusion as well as oxygen transport will be examined. Assessment of baseline pulmonary function and alterations seen in common disease states will be reviewed. The effect of compromised pulmonary function and implications for the patient and the anesthesia plan will be discussed. The effect of surgery and anesthesia on the respiratory system will be emphasized.


Instructor(s): Denise Testa

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7491 Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia Practice Spring 3
Course Description

This course is an in-depth study of principles of chemistry and physics as they relate to nurse anesthesia practice. Aspects of organic and biochemistry, including the chemical structure of compounds and their significance in pharmacology, will be explored. The role of acid-base balance in maintaining the body's internal milieu and cellular integrity will be examined. Laws of physics as they pertain to the nurse anesthesia practice will be illustrated with specific examples. The emphasis will be placed on the assimilation and integration of scientific theory into practice.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7492 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Summer 3
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the clinical application of nurse anesthesia practice. An historical perspective of the nurse anesthetist role will be explored and current anesthesia practice and techniques will also be described. Students will be introduced to anesthesia delivery systems and to concepts of patient safety and advocacy. Specific local and national legal aspects of nurse anesthesia practice will be examined.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery and Denise Testa

Prerequisites: NURS 7490, NURS 7491

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NURS 7493 Pharmacology of Anesthetics & Accessory Drugs Summer 3
Course Description

This course is a study of the pharmacologic theories as they relate to nurse anesthesia practice. The application of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles as they relate to specific anesthetic and adjunct drugs used in anesthetic practice will be explored. Integration of theory into practice will be emphasized through the use of case studies. Ethical, legal and economic considerations of drug selection will also be discussed as the student learns to develop an anesthesia plan of care.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery

Prerequisites: NURS 7490, NURS 7491

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NURS 7494 Physiologic Variables for Nurse Anesthesia II—Card Summer 3
Course Description

This course builds on basic concepts of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system and provides in-depth information about the cardiovascular system and anesthesia. The impact of anesthesia on the structure and function of the heart as a pump as well as the characteristics of both systemic and pulmonary circulation will be explored. Measures to evaluate cardiovascular function, including electrocardiography, cardiac output, blood volume and arterial and venous pressures, will be described using clinical examples. Alterations in normal anatomy and physiology and implications for the anesthetic plan for both non-cardiac and cardiac surgery will be discussed.


Instructor(s): Judy Graham-Garcia

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7502 Case Studies in Forensics Spring 3
Course Description

This course uses a seminar format to make practical application of forensic cases, whether they are in the criminal, civil, juvenile or family court system. Content for the course will derive from legal cases and situations and include topics such as psychosis and the insanity defense, criminal profiling and ethics, standard of care and suicide, violence among school children, state of mind and killing, murder in the family, elder abuse, sexual abuse and outcome, DNA and the Innocence Project, wrongful conviction, depravity and evil, cyber-crimes, and bioterrorism.


Instructor(s): Ann Burgess

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7520 Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

The focus of this course is the formal process of acquiring and evaluating evidence that supports nursing practice. Quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry are examined. Quality considerations of various research designs are explored. Levels of evidence are identified in relation to existing research outcomes. Evaluation of existing research outcomes as evidence to support clinical practice, demonstrate quality improvement (QI) and advance nursing knowledge is a major emphasis of the course.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Open to upper-division R.N. and B.S. nursing students, and non-matriculated nursing students.

NURS 7524 Master's Research Practicum Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

This course applies knowledge of the research process through the development and implementation of a clinical research proposal, a quality assurance proposal, a research utilization proposal, or through participation with faculty in ongoing research.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7520; can be taken concurrently.

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NURS 7525 Integrative Review of Nursing Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The focus of the course is on the use of a systematic and analytic process in the critical analysis and synthesis of empirical nursing research on a topic related to the student's specialty area. Students work independently to develop a publishable integrative review manuscript under guidance of faculty.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7520; can be taken concurrently

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NURS 7537 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Across Life Span II Spring 6
Course Description

In this second Family PMHNP course, students build on the theoretical frameworks of NURS7437 to continue to examine major DSM-5 diagnoses that occur in childhood, adolescence and throughout adulthood. Students apply models of individual, family and group psychotherapy from NURS7438 (NU445) Advanced Practice Theories of Psychotherapy and NURS7538 (NU545) Advanced Theories of Family & Group Psychotherapies, and pharmacologic approaches from NURS7420 (NU420)Advanced Pharmacology and NURS7426 (NU426) Advanced Psychopharmacology. Crisis management, prevention/health promotion, continuous quality improvement and allocation of services including case management, collaboration, consultation and referral are analyzed. In the clinical practicum (minimum 250 hours) students synthesize their diagnostic and clinical reasoning abilities and advance their treatment skills as members of the multidisciplinary team.


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Prerequisites: NURS 7430, NURS 7420, NURS 7672, NURS 7437, NURS 7438

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NURS 7538 Advanced Theories of Family and Group Psychotherapy Spring 3
Course Description

This course is designed to explore the major psychotherapeutic approached for families and groups. Emphasis is on the application of theories and models of family and group psychotherapy across the lifespan, among diverse populations, and in traditional and non-traditional settings.


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NURS 7550 Current Issues in Sexual Health Care Spring 3
Course Description

Sexual health is a critical component of well-being across the lifespan. Current research reveals that gender and sexual health identity and orientation are key factors in understanding patterns of sexual health behaviors and risks, and experiences of health, wellness, and illness. This course examines current and emerging issues affecting sexual health and strategies to inform clinical practice, including: the nurse-patient relationship and its influence on sexual well-being; health disparities linked to societal stigmas, prejudices, and discrimination; and ways to improve access to quality health care for populations disproportionately at risk for or affected by STIs including HIV/AIDS.


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Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program in CSON or permission of the instructor.

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NURS 7553 Women's Health Advanced Practice Nursing II Spring 6
Course Description

This course builds on Women & Children's Health Advanced Practice Theory and Women's Health Advanced Practice Nursing I. It concentrates on the role of the nurse in advanced practice with women across the lifespan, focusing on the development and evaluation of management strategies to promote optimal functioning in women seeking obstetrical and gynecological care as well as the indirect role functions in advanced practice as Clinical Nurse Specialists/Nurse Practitioners. Theories and research from nursing and other disciplines are applied and integrated through seminars, clinical conferences, clinical experiences (20 hours/week), and course assignments.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7420, NURS 7430, (NURS 7672 or NURS 6408) and NURS 7450

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NURS 7557 Pediatric Primary Care/Advanced Practice Nursing II Spring 6
Course Description

This course builds on NURS 7457. The focus is on management of children with more complex or chronic health problems. Theories and research from nursing and other disciplines are synthesized, with special consideration of the influences of culture and SES on wellness and health care. Students continue in precepted clinical practice (20 hours/week) to develop advanced skills in differential diagnosis and gain increased comfort in managing psychosocial problems. In consultation with preceptors, students make referrals, develop treatment and teaching plans with clients, document accurately, and further develop confidence and competence in the role of pediatric nurse practitioner.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7420, NURS 7430, (NURS 7672 or NURS 6408) NURS 7450, NURS 7457

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NURS 7562 Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults Theory II Spring 3
Course Description

2nd course focused on primary care of adult/older adult. Analysis/synthesis of nursing and knowledge to guide evidenced-based interventions/outcomes. Intervention strategies: complementary healing modalities, actions responsive to changing health-care delivery systems are explored in relation to outcome indicators that distinguish the APN role addressing commonly occurring nursing problems. Innovative practice models designed to highlight APN leadership and practice. Evaluation of current knowledge to address nurse sensitive indicators is also explored. Interdisciplinary collaborations discussed, especially relating to development of APN led care models promoting health and life transitions of adults/older adults. Measures used to evaluate effectiveness of the APN outcomes are identified.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7462

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NURS 7563 Primary Care Adult & Older Adult/Advanced Practice Nursing II Spring 6
Course Description

This second course in the adult-gerontology health practicum series builds upon the knowledge gained in NURS7463. The course continues to apply the clinical reasoning process used to assess, diagnose, and treat common primary care problems and chronic illnesses of the adult-gerontology population considering lifespan, frailty, and socio-cultural influences. Through critically appraising current strategies used to promote the optimal level of being and functioning of adults and older adults, students will be encouraged to develop plans that address gaps in care.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7420, NURS 7430, (NURS 7672 or NURS6408), NURS 7463

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NURS 7564 Adv Prac/Adult Health Nursing II Fall 0
Course Description

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NURS 7565 Advanced Gerontologic Nursing Practice II Spring 6
Course Description

Concentrating on implementation, evaluation, and development of advanced nursing practice in gerontologic care based on theoretical knowledge and research. Clinical learning experiences focus on the integration of ethical, diagnostic, and therapeutic judgments in the health care of older adults across the continuum of care with particular emphasis on long-term care settings with the goal of promoting optimal levels of being and functioning. Analysis of selected health care delivery systems will emphasize the identification of variables that influence health. Theories and research from nursing and other disciplines are applied and integrated through seminars, clinical conferences, clinical practice, and course assignments.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NU420, NU430, NU672

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NURS 7570 Community And Family Health Advanced Theory II Spring 3
Course Description

This course is the second of a series in the theory and advanced practice of community and family health nursing. It focuses on theories, concepts, and research findings in the development and evaluation of nursing interventions and strategies that promote health in aggregates and communities. Health legislation and multiple socioeconomic and environmental factors are analyzed to determine their influence on planning for family health and community well being.


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Prerequisites: (Must have successfully completed NURS7430 and Must have successfully completed NURS7672 and Must have successfully completed NURS7420) or Permission of instructor required

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NURS 7573 Advanced Practice in Community and Family Health Nursing II Spring 6
Course Description

This combined didactic and practicum course continues to integrate the assessment, diagnosis, and management of selected primary health care problems for individuals and families. Building on NURS 7473 course content, this course emphasizes management of complex health problems. Students practice 20 hours per week to integrate theory, practice, and research as Family Nurse Practitioners.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7420, NURS 7430, (NURS 7672 or NURS 6408)

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NURS 7590 Physiologic Variables for Nurse Anesthesia III Fall 3
Course Description

This course builds upon the clinical physiology of the neurological, endocrine, and renal systems. The focus of discussion will be on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, including nerve action potential, neuromuscular transmission, the autonomic nervous system, neurotransmitters, and cerebral blood flow. Also, normal physiology of the endocrine and renal system will be studied, including the more commonly seen alterations in these systems. Emphasis will be placed on the anesthetic implications of caring for patients with high risk conditions.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery and Denise Testa

Prerequisites: NURS 7490, NURS 7494, NURS 7415

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NURS 7591 Nurse Anesthesia I Fall 5
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice within the clinical setting. The focus is on the development of diagnostic, therapeutic, and ethical judgments for the patient undergoing surgery and anesthesia. During the first semester of clinical anesthesia practice the emphasis is on the development and implementation of a patient specific plan of anesthesia care for healthy patients undergoing minimally invasive surgical procedures. Synthesis of theoretical knowledge with clinical practice is enhanced by weekly seminars, case presentations, care plan exemplars, and high fidelity simulation.


Instructor(s): Denise Testa and Susan Emery

Prerequisites: NURS 7490-NURS 7494, NURS 7415

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NURS 7592 Advanced Principles for Nurse Anesthesia Practice Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on selected problems associated with the provision of anesthesia for specialty and emergency surgeries. It explores anesthesia considerations related to the diverse needs of persons across the life span. Special attention is given to the anesthesia needs of the maternity, pediatric, and the aging patient. Content also addresses the specialty areas of acute and chronic pain management and outpatient surgery. Attention is given to patient comfort and safety issues implicit in surgical interventions and anesthesia delivery.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery and Denise Testa

Prerequisites: NURS 7492, NURS 7590, NURS 7591

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NURS 7593 Nurse Anesthesia II Spring 5
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to integrate theory into clinical practice for patients with significant comorbidities undergoing more complex procedures. Anesthetic requirements as dictated by patient assessment, including the surgical procedure are studied in greater depth. Seminar and simulation experiences are sequenced to complement the theoretical content presented in NURS7592, Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.


Instructor(s): Denise Testa and Susan Emery

Prerequisites: NURS 7590, NURS 7591

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NURS 7595 Nurse Anesthesia III Summer 5
Course Description

This course focuses on the delivery of anesthesia care within advanced nursing practice in a broad range of clinical situations for patients with multiple, complex health problems. Through the refinement of assessment and management skills, critical thinking is further developed. With supervision, students assume more overall responsibility for anesthetic management. Through seminar participation students explore the anesthetic management of diverse populations and specialty situtions. Likewise, simulation is focused on the management of complex and specialty situations. Concurrent with this semester, students begin a student-directed review of didactic content in advance preparation for the National Certification Exam.


Instructor(s): Denise Testa and Susan Emery

Prerequisites: NURS 7592, NURS 7593

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NURS 7642 Palliative Care II: Practicum Fall 3
Course Description

This course prepares students to provide comprehensive care to those patients and their families with advanced life threatening illness. Students will engage in holistic assessment of pain and quality of life of patients with advanced illness including AIDS, cancer, and serious illness in a variety of settings under the direction of a skilled clinician in palliative care. Seminars integrate concepts from the core and theory course.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7640, concurrent with NURS 7641, enrollment in the School of Nursing

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NURS 7644 Palliative Care III: Practicum Spring 6
Course Description

This course prepares students to integrate advanced knowledge of palliative care in assessing and managing the symptoms of those experiencing life-threatening illness within the palliative care focus. Complex psychological, ethical, social and spiritual issues and grief reactions will be the focus of the clinical practicum. Additionally, the student will explore and experience the role of the advanced practice nurse leader on the palliative care team, family meeting and patient support group. Students may provide care across diverse health care settings.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7640, NURS 7641, NURS 7642, enrollment in the School of Nursing

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NURS 7645 Pediatric Palliative Care II: Pain, Symptoms, & Suffering Fall 3
Course Description

This course will provide an intensive focus on comprehensive, age-appropriate pain and symptom assessment and management with the goal of improving quality of life for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Established standards will be utilized to evaluate outcomes. Management of pain and other symptoms common in children with life-threatening illness as well as barriers to effective symptom relief are discussed in-depth. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological care strategies to improve quality of life, relieve symptoms, and alleviate suffering are discussed within the context of child development and focuses on the role of the APN within the interdisciplinary team.


Instructor(s): Vanessa Battista

Prerequisites: NURS 7640

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NURS 7646 Pediatric Palliative Care II: Practicum Fall 3
Course Description

This course prepares students to provide comprehensive care to children with advanced life-threatening illness and their families. Students will engage in holistic, family-centered assessment of pain, symptoms, and quality of life of children with life-threatening illness across a variety of settings and under the direction of a skilled clinician in palliative care. Seminars integrate concepts from the core and theory courses.


Instructor(s): Vanessa Battista

Prerequisites: NURS 7640, enrollment in the School of Nursing

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NURS 7647 Pediatric Palliative Care III: Practicum Spring 3
Course Description

This course prepares students to integrate advanced knowledge of family-centered pediatric palliative care. Complex psychological, ethical, social, and spiritual issues and grief reactions will be the focus of the clinical practicum, and the APN will be identified as an advocate for ethical care of children with life-threatening illness. Additionally, the student will explore and experience the role of the APN leader as a member of the interdisciplinary team and during family meetings. Students may provide care to children across diverse health care settings.


Instructor(s): DEPT

Prerequisites: NURS 7640, permission of instructor, enrollment in the School of Nursing

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NURS 7660 Clinical Strategies for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Fall 6
Course Description

This course emphasizes direct care role of the advanced practice nurse as Clinical Nurse Specialist through clinical experience and seminar. The focus of the direct care role is the ability to provide competent care to patients, families, and populations as a clinical expert. This is accomplished through (1) scholarly inquiry and implementation of evidence-based interventions, (2) health promotion, illness prevention, and care management of individuals, families, and communities, and (3) expert teaching and coaching in patient groups. Course content includes development, analysis, synthesis, and utilization of theories and research outcomes relevant to health care of children, families, and communities.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7420, NURS 7672, NURS 7430, concurrent with cores and electives or with permission of instructor

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NURS 7662 Clinical Strategies for Clinical Nurse Specialist II Spring 6
Course Description

This course emphasizes the indirect role of the advanced practice nurse as a Clinical Nurse Specialist through clinical experience. The indirect role includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) unit level and interdisciplinary team leadership, (2) internal and external consultation for organizational change, (3) scholarly/scientific inquiry for evidence based policy development, (4) organization, systems level, and program management, and (5) quality assurance, outcomes, management, and program evaluation. Content will address need for CNS expertise with attention to interdisciplinary, culturally relevant, and policy generating work.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7660, NURS 7420, NURS 7430, NURS 7672, concurrent with cores/electives or with permission of instructor.

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NURS 7672 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the processes that underlie diseases and dysfunctions that affect individuals across the lifespan. The emphasis is on central concepts of pathophysiology, including alterations in cellular communication, genetic mechanisms, homeostasis, cell growth regulation, metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. These concepts are then applied in a systematic survey of diseases within body systems. Current research, clinical examples, and application to advanced nursing practice are incorporated throughout the course.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in nursing, enrollment in graduate program in School of Nursing or permission of the instructor.

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NURS 7680 Forensics: Fundamentals of Forensic Practice in Nursing & Health Care Fall 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the role(s) of forensic nurses in providing diagnosis, treatment, and advocacy services to patients. Students will learn how to understand, organize, and respond to and prevent violence and abuse. The course focuses forensic role behaviors in violence against women, elder abuse, and forensic psychiatric-mental health. Students will be prepared to advance forensic nursing science in healthcare system.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7681 Forensic Evaluation: Psychosocial and Legal Aspects of Forensic Assessment in Nursing and Health Care Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the behavior, emotional responses, and cognitive decision making of both victims and perpetrators of a crime. Students examine the ethical and legal responsibilities for health care providers and health care agencies from both a legal and ethical perspective, with special emphasis on sociocultural context of victimization and perpetration. This course provides an intensive examination of the practice issues associated with assessment within the sub-specialties of sexual assault nurse examiner, elder abuse specialist, battered woman specialist, psychiatric forensic examiner, and legal nurse consultant.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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NURS 7682 SANE and Forensic Nursing (Practicum) Fall 3
Course Description

This course prepares students to provide comprehensive care to victims, their families, and perpetrators in settings within the health care or criminal justice systems. Students will engage in beginning application of clinical sub-specialty and functional role concepts. Seminars integrate concepts from the core and theory courses.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 7680, NURS 7681 Permission of Instructor

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NURS 7683 Forensics Care III: (Theory) Vulnerable Populations Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the role(s) of forensic nurses in providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and advocacy services to patients. Students will learn how to understand, organize, and respond to and prevent violence and abuse. The course focuses on forensic role behaviors in violence against women, elder abuse, and forensic psychiatric-mental health. Students will be prepared to advance forensic nursing science in health care application. Therapeutic and preventive nursing interventions that address issues of loss and death, crisis intervention, mass disaster, stress, and conflict resolution are discussed. Culturally competent nursing interventions utilizing principles of forensic nursing are studied.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Concurrent with NURS7685.

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NURS 7684 Criminal Law & Sciene Proc: Evidence Collection Spring 3
Course Description

This course will provide a broad overview of the legal process and the roles of the lawyer, forensic nurse, and forensic specialist and the rules of conduct that guide them. Students are introduced to definitions and classifications of crime and their application to the criminal justice system. Students will examine basic principles, concepts, and purposes and the nurse's role regarding substantive criminal law. The course focuses on the nurse's role in the process of trial preparation and trial, emphasizing the role of witnesses in the preparation of fact, evidence, and expert testimony.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor or enrollment in the School of Nursing.

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NURS 7685 Forensic Nursing Care II: Practicum Spring 3
Course Description

This course prepares students to integrate advanced knowledge of forensic care in assessing and managing the symptoms of those experiencing violent crime as victims, family members, and perpetrators within the forensic care focus. Complex psychological, ethical, social, and spiritual issues and emotional reactions will be the focus of the clinical practicum. Additionally, the student will explore and experience the role of the advanced practice nurse leader on the forensic care team, family meeting, and patient support group. Students may provide care across diverse health care settings.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 7691 Nurse Anesthesia IV Fall 5
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to assume more responsibility for anesthetic management for routine anesthetics while also gaining appropriately supervised experience with complex and specialty cases. The student-directed review begun during the previous semester continues and students take responsibility for writing, implementing and debriefing scenarios during the simulation experience.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery Denise Testa

Prerequisites: NURS 7592, NURS 7593, NURS 7595

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NURS 7693 Nurse Anesthesia V Spring 5
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to complete the competencies required to sit for the National Certification Examination. Critical thinking in complex situations is emphasized as students take more responsibility for anesthetic management. Students continue with both group and independent study one day per week at the college.


Instructor(s): Susan Emery Denise Testa

Prerequisites: NURS 7691

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NURS 8401 Master's Thesis Spring 3
Course Description

The nursing thesis follows the research theory and research option. Students elaborate on learning experiences gained in the research courses by completing an individual clinical research project under the guidance of a faculty member and a reader.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Six credits of research, including NU 520 and one of the following: NU 523, NU 524, or NU 525. Specialty Theory and Practice I and II as well as NU 417 or concurrently

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NURS 8888 Interim Study Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Required for master's candidates who have completed all course requirements, but have not taken comprehensive examinations. Also, for master's students (only) who have taken up to six credits of Thesis Seminar, but have not yet finished writing their thesis.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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NURS 9701 Epistemology: Historical and Contemporary Influences on Knowledge Development in Nursing Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines the historical and contemporary influences on knowledge development in nursing. The focus is on multiple ways of knowing and developing knowledge. The role of theory, constructs, and concepts in guiding research questions and methods are emphasized. Experience is provided in concept analysis and theory derivation. Multi-disciplinary perspectives and the way in which they inform nursing research are explored.


Instructor(s): Sr. Callista Roy

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD program or permission of the Teacher of Record (TOR).

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NURS 9712 Integrative Review for Nursing Science Spring 3
Course Description

This course will engage students in the in-depth review, critique, evaluation and synthesis of a body of literature. Students will use standardized approaches to systematically search, locate, and evaluate evidence in a focused area. Students will generate an integrative review that synthesizes the findings and identifies directions for future research.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD Program OR Permission of the Teacher of Record (TOR); NURS9701; NURS9808; NURS9810

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NURS 9714 Healthcare Policy: Moral & Sociopolitical Influences Spring 3
Course Description

This course investigates the status of knowledge development in nursing and other disciplines related to research initiatives, health policy formulation, and sociopolitical activity for ethical health care environments. It critiques the usefulness of moral and political philosophy for capturing the scope of professional (nursing and other) responsibilities for furthering individual and social health. The course prepares scholars to understand the interrelationships among health policy, social, political and economic determinants of health, and to contribute, via philosophical inquiry and empirical research findings, to health policy. It provides the foundation for leadership in interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors to address health policy at the regional, national and global levels.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing (2nd year) or permission of instructor.

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NURS 9750 Qualitative Research Methods Spring 3
Course Description

Application of qualitative and combined qualitative-quantitative methodologies to research questions will be explored. The relationship of data production strategies to underlying assumptions, theories, and research goals will be considered.


Instructor(s): Sandra Mott

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or permission of instructor.

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NURS 9751 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Spring 3
Course Description

Various qualitative approaches to research typically used in nursing and health science will be examined. Topics will include research paradigms, postpositivism, critical, constructivism, participatory, qualitative rigor, ethics, problem identification, research purpose and specific aims, literature review, sampling strategy and techniques, sample, multiple data collection techniques, data management, multiple strategies for data analysis, differentiating data vs. findings, constructing findings that are congruent with the research aims and specific qualitative approaches, and conclusion-drawing. The course will provide students with experience in conducting data analysis from several qualitative approaches, as well as presentation and critique of in-class and homework data analysis activities.


Instructor(s): Danny Willis

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD Program OR permission of Teacher of Record (TOR); NURS9701; NURS9712; NURS9808; NURS9809; NURS9810 Permission of TOR is required for non nursing students

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NURS 9752 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Health Care Research Spring 3
Course Description

The course provides an overview of quantitative approaches relevant to nursing science and health care research. Application of quantitative methods to a variety of research problems is explored. Emphasis is placed on survey/descriptive design, randomized clinical trials (RCTs), intervention research, meta-analysis, secondary data analysis with large data sets, and mixed methods.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or permission of instructor.

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NURS 9799 Independent Study Fall 3
Course Description

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Prerequisites: Doctoral standing or permission of instructor.

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NURS 9808 Research Design and Methods I Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides an overview of scientific approaches relevant to nursing and health care research. Current epistemological and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches are discussed. The application of both classic and emerging quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research approaches for answering questions and generating knowledge relevant to the discipline and practice of nursing are explored. Strengths and limitations of research approaches are examined.


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Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD Program OR Permission of the Teacher of Record (TOR)

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NURS 9809 Research Design and Methods II Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines specific methods utilized in the conduct of research. Areas of focus include recruitment and retention, sampling, data collection, measurement, instrumentation, fidelity, and data coding, management, and analyses. Methods are discussed in terms of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research approaches. Topics also address components of building a research trajectory including research proposals for institutional approval, grand funding, and the dissemination of research findings.


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Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD Program OR Permission of Teacher of Record (TOR); NURS9701; NURS9808; NURS9810

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NURS 9811 Research Practicum II Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Second in the series of four research practica that offer the student individual and group sessions that contribute to the design of a preliminary study in the area of concentration and collaboration with faculty on projects, presentations, and publications.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 9810

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NURS 9812 Research Seminar: Developing the Research Purpose, Aims and Questions Fall 2
Course Description

This seminar offers the student further research and scholarly development in the area of research concentration through group seminar sessions.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nursing PhD program OR permission of the Teacher of Record (TOR); NURS9701; NURS9712; NURS9808; NURS9809; NURS9810

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NURS 9901 Doctoral Comprehensives Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This course is for students who have not yet passed the Doctoral Comprehensive but prefer not to assume the status of a non-matriculating student for the one or two semesters used for preparation for the comprehensive.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of Graduate Program Office.

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NURS 9902 Dissertation Advisement Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course develops and carries out dissertation research together with a plan for a specific contribution to clinical nursing knowledge development.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Doctoral Comprehensives; permission of instructor.

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NURS 9903 Dissertation Advisement Spring 3
Course Description

The student in this course develops and carries out dissertation research together with a plan for a specific contribution to clinical nursing knowledge development.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: NURS 9902; permission of instructor

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NURS 9911 Doctoral Continuation Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

All students who have been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and have not completed their dissertation, after taking six credits of Dissertation Advisement, are required to register for Doctoral Continuation each semester until the dissertation is completed. Doctoral Continuation requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week working on the dissertation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

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