Graduate Catalog • 2011-2012

Graduate Nursing Courses

NUR 510 Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations for Nursing - 3 credits

This course explores the epistemology of nursing science, including historical perspectives, current concepts pertinent to nursing, and the impact of grand and midrange nursing theories on the future of nursing practice.

NUR 512 Research for Evidence-based Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course is designed to develop the role of the professional graduate student as a competent research consumer. Students develop the skills needed to identify and critically appraise scientific evidence to evaluate the quality and applicability to clinical practice. The course content includes an overview of research concepts, ethical issues, literature searches and reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques. Students gain an understanding of the research process and the role of research in evidence-based practice.

NUR 514 Informatics and Technology in Nursing - 3 credits

This course explores the impact of informatics upon evidence-based practice, leadership, management, and education. Emphasis is placed on how informatics supports evidence-based decision-making, and on how informatics and technology impact the delivery of nursing and health care.

NUR 516 Issues and Trends Relevant to Nursing - 3 credits

This course focuses on the nonclinical yet critical content necessary to practice safely in a competent professional nursing role. Topics explored include current international, national, state, and local trends affecting nursing such as health care/ illness care financing, bioterrorism, professional credentialing, ethical decision making, bioethical dilemmas, federal and state laws, nursing’s professional organizations, and issues of interest based on nursing specialties.

NUR 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives - 3 credits

The elimination of health disparities has been identified as an area of research emphasis by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This course examines health determinants and health disparities within the United States as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts using a systematic, multidisciplinary approach.

NUR 522 Advances in Clinical Nursing Practice - 3 credits

Overarching strategic issues of significant importance to the nursing profession, as identified by the National Institute of Nursing Research, will be investigated and explored in this seminar-style offering. This course provides a platform for students from diverse clinical specialties and backgrounds to share personal exemplars with an audience of peer scholars. Integral topics such as, the holistic nursing paradigm, health promotion and disease management, care giving, quality of life and end-of-life care issues are relevant to all nursing specialty areas and are keystone elements that comprise the unique knowledge-base of the nursing discipline. These seminal concerns will be probed and elucidated within the context of universal nursing care.

NUR 525 Clinical Nursing Practicum - 4 credits

This course explores a variety of decision-making approaches that are frequently used by leaders of nursing practice. Multiple decision-making methods are explored including the effects of current evidence, history, tradition, and other ways of knowing on nurses and their ability to make decisions within the complex healthcare milieu. Legal, spiritual, cultural, and political factors that influence nurses’ consideration of the patient, family and community needs will be discussed as well as emotional intelligence and its impact on clinical decision-making. Students will complete 84 hours (2credits) of clinical experience in a specified clinical setting and 28 hours (2 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 531 Curricula in Nursing Education - 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to traditional and contemporary considerations for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. The primary focus is the process of curriculum development and program evaluation. Historical, social, and theoretical issues related to curricula planning will be examined.

NUR 533 Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator - 3 credits

This course presents the facilitation process necessary to motivate change in learners. Effective teaching strategies and materials to maximize learning in academic and clinical settings are emphasized. Measurement and evaluation techniques that are essential to effective teaching in academic and clinical practice settings are explored.

NUR 535 Nurse Educator Practicum - 5 credits

This course will provide students the opportunity to apply concepts and develop skills in curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching, and evaluation methods in an educator role within the student’s area of specialization. The student can choose from a variety of opportunities in clinical settings with patients or staff nurses or with nurse educators in clinical or academic settings. Students will gain experience interfacing with faculty, administrators, and support service personnel in the institution(s) of their choice. Students will complete 84 hours (2 credits) of clinical experience in an educator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 541 Nursing Care Delivery Systems - 3 credits

This course will introduce the student to leadership and management theory, the roles of the nurse administrator, the organizational structure of health care delivery systems, care delivery models, the planning process, program evaluation methods, and the effects of national and international health care policy on institutions.

NUR 543 Resources for the Delivery of Nursing - 3 credits

This course will introduce students to health care economics, budgeting and financial management, health care reimbursement, business plans and grants, and development and management of human resources.

NUR 545 Nurse Administrator Practicum - 5 credits

This course will introduce students to professional ethics, health care laws and regulations, collective bargaining, institutional and individual credentialing, professional and institutional liability, contract administration, and the role of politics and power in nursing and health care. Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts learned in NUR541 and 543 in a managerial role within the student’s area of clinical specialization. Students will complete 84 hours (2 credits) of clinical experience in an educator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 558 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Preparation - 3 credits

Students will build on the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MS in Nursing curriculum to develop an innovative evidence-based practice project to address an answerable clinical question. The purpose of this culminating project is to prepare nurse leaders for designing and implementing evidence-based practice initiatives for purposes of healthcare policy and practice in diverse healthcare settings across the continuum of care. Students will examine the interaction of theory, research, and clinical expertise in the development of evidence-based nursing practice. Students will develop the skills necessary to delineate their individual clinical question, integrate critically appraised extant knowledge, and design a document that transforms empirically developed information for use in nursing practice.

NUR 559 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Translation - 2 credits

In this course, students will extend their understanding of the process of moving from evidence to action through the translation of evidence synthesis. Under the direction of a nursing faculty mentor, students will focus on the use and dissemination of evidence by proposing a method to implement and evaluate an evidence-based practice project for use in a selected practice setting that is appropriate to the learner and learning goals. The student will complete the project by submitting an extensive portfolio of the project’s conception, development, and implementation and evaluation plan.