Nursing Theory and Clinical Courses

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING COURSE DESCRIPTION

GN 500: Theoretical Concepts and Trends in Advanced Practice Nursing (5 credit units)

The course is intended to explore nursing theory as a foundation for nursing practice for the nurse in more advanced practice. Theory development and utilization in all areas of nursing is examined as well as the importance of various theories in professional nursing practice.   Current trends in professional nursing will also be examined regarding various aspects of the nursing role.

GN 501: Advanced Pathophysiology (5 credit units): Direct Care Core Course

This course focuses on the application of critical thinking and clinical reasoning based on patient’s pathophysiology. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the pathophysiology of the disease being assessed and treated.  Topics to be covered include the pathophysiology of disease, including how lifestyle including diet, age and culture affect the disease process. Learners will develop understanding and ability to apply these concepts to patients with manifest different types of pathophysiology and analyze treatment for various conditions.

GN 502: Advanced Pharmacology (5 credit units) Direct Care Core Course

This course focuses on the application of critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the ordering and administration of medications based on patient’s pathophysiology. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the actions and side effects of medications that are both anticipated and unanticipated applied to the pathophysiology of the disease being treated.  Topics to be covered include the pathophysiology and actions of medications that affect various conditions and how lifestyle, age and culture affect medication use and the disease process. Students will develop an understanding and ability to apply these concepts to patients with various pathophysiology and the need for various medications for their conditions.

GN 503: Leadership, Ethics and Interprofessional Collaboration for Advanced Practice (5 credit units)

This course presents an overview of the financial, leadership and ethical issues that advance practice nurses and other health care providers may face during their practice in healthcare. It provides students with an understanding of professional standards and issues that may arise in healthcare including ethical dilemmas in care, financial considerations and leadership decisions that may influence the provision of healthcare across populations. The importance of interprofessional collaboration will be examined and discussed. The emphasis will be on the ability to analyze leadership, collaboration and ethical decisions through timely discussions and informative research along with application of relevant leadership and ethical decisions in practice situations.

GN 504: Advanced Physical Assessment (5 credit units) Direct Care Core Course

This course will examine systematic history taking, interviewing, and other core assessment skills, as well as correct performance of the physical examination while moving into a more advanced practice nursing role. A holistic approach will be used that includes the assessment of the physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions and includes health promotion and disease prevention. There will be a review of relevant anatomy and physiology along with examples of examination techniques and corresponding written documentation of the assessment. Students will be able to practice history and exam techniques with virtual patients and will show mastery of skills at the end of the course.

GN 505: Information Technology & Tools for Healthcare Improvement (5 credit units)

This course focuses on the evaluation and use of information systems and technology to support and improve patient and healthcare systems, provide leadership in academic or healthcare settings, explore telemedicine and telehealth, and influence quality improvement at the micro and macro system levels. Students will evaluate the use of information systems and technology resources to implement quality improvement initiatives, support practice and administrative decision-making, and apply budgetary and productivity tools to improve patient outcomes.  Discussion of legal, ethical and cultural issues will be interwoven with the examination of technologies throughout the course.

GN 506: Global Health, Culture and Health Policy for the Advanced Practice Nurse (5 credit units)

This course explores the sociocultural, environmental, spiritual and economic health needs of various populations, including assessment of epidemiology, worldview and health literacy.  Various aspects of health and health promotion are analyzed including the impact of infectious disease, nutrition, reproductive issues, communication, unintentional injury, disease and aging. A review of planning and managing health promotion programs and health systems that meet global population and cultural needs will be examined. Students will also examine health policy, including its effect on population and the formulation of policy that affects healthcare and healthcare decisions in advanced practice nursing.

GN 507: Research and Evidence Based Analytical Approaches in Advanced Practice Nursing (5 credit units)

This course will examine the research process and demonstrate how this systematic framework relates to evidence-based practice. Learners will develop skills in in studying and critically appraising published research as well as understand and develop quantitative or qualitative research including the research question, review of literature, methodology and evaluation of the applicability of research findings to clinical practice. Statistical methods, including rationales for use and procedures to analyze research findings will also be covered. Included in the course will be management of data, how to “clean” data, and how to work around missing data.

GN 520: Advanced Leadership & Interprofessional Collaboration (5 credit units)

collaborative and leadership behaviors for nurses to lead and improve outcomes and facilitate the design of high-performing clinical systems. Theories of leadership, organizational behavior, motivation and interpersonal behavior, conflict resolution, negotiation, patient safety and quality improvement are applied to health care settings. Emphasis is on collaboration with inter-professional teams to improve patient and systems outcomes.

GN 521: Organizational Behavior in Healthcare (5 credit units)

Complexity Science Approaches in Leading Healthcare Organizations. Focuses on the application of organizational behavior and theories of leadership to the management of interdisciplinary teams and decision-making in healthcare organizations. This course has practicum combining both virtual and real world experiences in the application of theories, working with interdisciplinary teams and decision-making processes.

GN 522: HealthCare Financial Management & Economics (5 credit units)

Focuses on examination and understanding of healthcare financing and reimbursement concepts preparing an advanced nurse leader to function in a variety of healthcare delivery systems. Course content focuses on concepts of budget and management, developing skills sets and competencies for managing with scarce resources and variables affecting reimbursement.

GN 523: Analysis and Application of Administrative Strategies in Leadership (5 credit units)

Explores the roles and functions of the nurse leader/manager and the application of evidence-based strategies within healthcare organizations. Further explores the application of evidence-based practice, quality and safety principles and administrative strategies to the nurse leader role in healthcare organizations.

GN 530: Foundations of Professional Roles and Responsibilities at Nurse Educators (5 credit units)

Focuses on the diverse roles and practice environments experienced by the nurse educator. The course will provide students with guidelines for practice in the classroom, clinical, staff development and various other educational settings. Academic, clinical and institutional policies, protocols and legal aspects of education will be presented.

GN 531: Curriculum Design & Evaluation in Nursing Education (5 credit units)

Focuses on the processes of curriculum development and evaluation that are critical responsibilities of nurse educators in schools of nursing, patient/health education or staff development. Course goals include curriculum models for course delivery and methods for evaluating program effectiveness Major theories and concepts that relate to curriculum development are discussed in relation to philosophy, mission and professional standards.

GN 532: Innovative Strategies in Nursing Education (5 credit units)

Focuses on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy, teaching –learning theories, testing and measurement and selected educational technologies. Provides students with the opportunity to use and evaluate various technologies and strategies in the academic or clinical environment.

GN 533: Evaluation Strategies and Methods for Nursing Education (5 credit units)

Designed to provide nurse educators with valid and reliable tools to assess students learning effectively and systematically in different educational settings, this course outlines and explores the following processes; (a) evaluation process including test construction, didactic strategies for student engagement, clinical performance assessment within the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains, considering diversity in student learning; (b) strategies and issues in the evaluation process; (c) development of evaluation strategies and methods instruments that are effective and systematic for learning and application in practice, and (d) program evaluation and accreditation processes.

GN 540: Primary Care of the Adult /Geriatric Patient in Advanced Practice (5 credit units)

Epidemiology, etiology, differential diagnoses, management and prevention of selected health problems of adult/geriatric in primary, secondary and tertiary settings and role of nurse practitioner in these settings in a changing healthcare environment. Management of patient illness includes ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up is covered in this course.

GN 540L: Primary Care of the Adult /Geriatric Patient in Advanced Practice Clinical (5 credit units)

This course allows the student to practice comprehensive primary care management of individuals with acute and chronic conditions of adults/geriatric patients within a diverse cultural and spiritual environment. Students integrate evidence-based research to develop comprehensive, cost-effective quality health care for patients and families that optimizes health.  Care will include health promotion counseling, screening, and patient education. Students further advance their critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to guide clinical decision making in the management of patient illness develop their competence in ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up care. 165 Clinical Hours are required in this course.

GN 541: Primary Care of the Pediatric Patient in Advanced Practice (2.5 credit units)

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology with a focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutic implications for major drug categories as well as natural products, including principles of medication administration. *Prerequisite:CHEMISTRY 151A & B

GN 541L: Primary Care of the Pediatric Patient in Advanced Practice Clinical (2.5 credit units)

This course allows the student to practice comprehensive primary care management of individuals with acute and chronic conditions of pediatric patients within a diverse cultural and spiritual environment. Students integrate evidence-based research to develop comprehensive, cost-effective quality health care for patients and families that optimizes health.  Care will include health promotion counseling, screening, and patient education. Students further advance their critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to guide clinical decision making in the management of patient illness develop their competence in ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up care. 165 Clinical Hours are required in this course.

GN 542 Primary Care in Women’s Health in Advanced Practice (5 units)

Epidemiology, etiology, differential diagnoses, management and prevention of selected health problems of patients requiring women’s health across the lifespan in primary, secondary and tertiary settings and role of nurse practitioner in these settings in a changing healthcare environment. Management of patient illness includes ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up is covered in this course.

GN 542L: Primary Care in Women’s Health in Advanced Practice Clinical (5 units)

This course allows the student to practice comprehensive primary care management of individuals with acute and chronic conditions if adults/geriatric patients within a diverse cultural and spiritual environment. Students integrate evidence-based research to develop comprehensive, cost-effective quality health care for patients and families that optimizes health.  Care will include health promotion counseling, screening, and patient education. Students further advance their critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to guide clinical decision making in the management of patient illness develop their competence in ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up care. 165 Clinical Hours are required in this course.

GN 543: Primary Care in Family Health in Advanced Practice (5 Units)

Epidemiology, etiology, differential diagnoses, management and prevention of selected health problems of patients across the lifespan in primary, secondary and tertiary settings and role of nurse practitioner in these settings in a changing healthcare environment. Management of patient illness includes ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow-up is covered in this course.

GN 543L: Primary Care in Family Health in Advanced Practice Clinical

This course allows the student to practice comprehensive primary care management of individuals with acute and chronic conditions across the life span within a diverse cultural and spiritual environment. Students integrate evidence-based research to develop comprehensive, cost-effective quality health care for patients and families that optimizes health.  Care will include health promotion counseling, screening, and patient education. Students further advance their critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to guide clinical decision making in the management of patient illness develop their competence in ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and nonpharmacological integrative healing therapies, collaborating with other health professionals and community agencies, and pursuing appropriate follow

GN 696: Capstone Clinical Project: Nurse Executive Leader (5 credit units)

Provides the student with his/her first precepted experience in the nurse executive role in the chosen clinical facilities’ settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to the practice environment.