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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Develops a systematic approach to the comprehensive functional assessment and care coordination of the frail elderly. A variety of standardized assessment instruments are used to determine clients' ability to function within their environment. These assessment data are then used to formulate and evaluate a service care plan utilizing appropriate intervention strategies. Ethical, legal and political issues are integrated. Knowledge and skills necessary for nursing case management are emphasized. Senior Year, Level II courses or graduate level. LEC
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Nursing process provides the framework to assess the clients system's response to pain and to plan effective pain management strategies. Pain as a subjective experience comprised of physiologic, cognitive, affective, cultural, and behavioral components and the impact of this experience on the clients' family system is discussed. Differences between acute, chronic acute, and chronic non-malignant pain across the health-illness continuum and the range of therapeutic interventions available for effective management are addressed. The importance of evaluating pain control and communicating the selected plan to all members of the collaborative team is stressed. Prerequisite: Senior status or graduate student. LEC
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This course is designed as an in-depth exploration of the seriousness and pervasiveness of interpersonal violence (IPV) in our society and the impact violence has on health care. Assessment techniques to identify victims of interpersonal violence and intervention strategies are described. The forensic principles and standards of clinical practice and the role of health care providers in the new field are integrated throughout the course via case studies and lectures. Prerequisite: Senior status, RN licensure, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The Krieger-Kunz Therapeutic Touch (TT) method is examined as a consciously directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus for facilitating healing in the client system. Students are given the opportunity to learn beginning levels of centering, assessment of the human energy field, rebalancing for symmetrical and rhythmical energy flow, and process evaluation. Supervised practice sessions are included to ensure that student performance is within professional practice guidelines established for health professionals. Prerequisite: Senior status, RN licensure. Graduate Level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Complex issues that influence care for clients and their family systems at the time of and surrounding death provide the focus for this course. Contemporary attitudes surrounding death and dying as well as ethical, legal, cultural, social, and financial issues are examined. The needs of individuals and families surrounding death such as pain and symptom management, psycho-spiritual care, and bereavement are discussed in relation to contemporary causes of death. Collaborative role development with other members of the health care team surrounding care of the dying are explored. Prerequisite: Level III courses. Corequisite: NURS 490 Professional Practicum. LEC
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A systematic approach to the study of sexuality in relation to assessment and nursing care throughout the life span is discussed. Students examine their own values and beliefs regarding varied lifestyles and diversities in sexuality of individuals, families, groups and society. The concept of sexuality as it relates to the wellness-illness continuum will be examined. The effect of current trends in society on professionals and client systems will also be explored. Prerequisite: Senior status, RN licensure, Graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed as an introduction to the Research Coordinator role and provides in-depth knowledge of Pre-Clinical Trials Study activities. Regulatory, administrative, and ethical issues will be presented as well as the daily operational requirements (study design, financial aspects, protocols, hiring of personnel, subject recruitment, etc. ) to begin a study. Prerequisites: Senior status, RN licensure, Graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed as an introduction to the research clinical trial coordinator role and provides in-depth knowledge of during-Clinical Trial Study activities. The process of conducting the 'day-to-day' operations of a research study; subject recruitment, data collecting forms and documenting subjects' responses to the interventions, audits, inspections, budget monitoring, ethical/liability situations that may occur during the study, etc. will be addressed. PREREQUISITE: NRSG 550 or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed as an introduction to the research coordinator role and provides in-depth knowledge of Post-Clinical Trial Study activities. The process of conducting the 'day-to-day' operations of a research study; preparing for final sponsor and FDA visits; preparing final reports to the sponsor and IRB; evaluating sponsor, site, and team members' performance; management of data and preparing summary reports; etc will be addressed. The course is also designed to provide the student with a Research Coordinator practicum experience in selected research settings. Opportunities are provided to utilize learned details related to the role of a Research Coordinator during key phases of a Clinical Trial Study: pre-study, during-study, and at the end-study activities. PREREQUISITE: NRSG 551 or consent of instructor. LEC
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The course emphasizes development of wellness programs built on recovery philosophy and health promotion models. Factors relevant to the adoption of healthy behaviors in individuals with psychiatric disabilities are explored. Students have the opportunity to partner with interdisciplinary groups including students with psychiatric disabilities in designing a health promotion session that meet the needs of the population. Course is cross listed with OCTH 756. Prerequisites: Level II, Level III, Graduate Level or consent of instructor. LEC
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Health care implications for client systems with problems related to alcohol and other commonly abused chemicals are examined. Both acute and chronic responses will be presented as effects upon the psychosocial, biological, cognitive/perceptual and spiritual/belief dimensions of the client systems. Ethical and legal considerations will be explored in conjunction with current research findings. Prerequisite: Senior status, RN licensure, Graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Clinical application of the nursing process for complex client systems with problems related to alcohol and other drug abuse is the primary purpose of the course. Assessing clients and planning interventions to restore system balance will be emphasized. Resources appropriate for these clients within the community will be investigated. This course is designed to complement the didactic course NRSG 564 Health Care of Persons with Patterns of Addiction by affording students opportunities for building experiential skills. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NRSG 564, Senior status, RN licensure, Graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This topics course is designed to develop the health professional's role as educator and to promote a skill set to enhance teaching and learning for diverse populations. Experiences are gained assessing the learning needs of a target population and developing educational topics. Participants apply current learning theories and effective teaching strategies to design, implement and evaluate educational experiences. Technological advances, as well as current and future issues in teaching and learning are considered. Content, specific to the topic, includes role development issues, assessment and planning strategies, teaching/learning concepts, technology implications, and evaluation concepts. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Senior Level Nursing/Allied Health, Admission to Graduate program or consent of instructor. LEC
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Course provides the opportunity for students to integrate information from the on-line health promotion course in a practice experience. Students will implement and evaluate an interdisciplinary health promotion module for persons with psychiatric disabilities in a community mental health setting. Course includes training in developing a collaborative approach with consumers and professionals from other disciplines. Prerequisite: NRSG 556 or consent of Instructor. Course is cross listed with 774 LEC
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This course is designed to develop the clinical nurse leader's role as a clinician. The extensive clinical practicum helps the student become a designer, coordinator and evaluator of nursing care to a diverse set of clients. The student examines health promotion and risk reduction services utilized to provide better health for the assigned client population. The student applies clinical decision making to provide safe, efficient and effective client care. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Completion of BSN portion of CNL track. LEC
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This course is designed to develop the clinical nurse leader's role as a nurse leader in the provision of nursing care to groups of patients. The clinical practicum helps students develop leadership skills in order to delegate, educate and guide staff nurses and other assisting nursing personnel on the clinical/care team. Students continue to develop knowledge and clinical expertise using an increased tool set for designing, coordinating and evaluating efficient and effective health care for a group of patients. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CNL Residency I. LEC
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This course is designed to develop the clinical nurse leader's role in devising solutions to system and/or aggregate client problems. Accent of this practicum enhances the student's ability to manage information and integrate it with clinical practice (collection and review of data). Using this data, the student creates an environment that results in improved individual and group clinical outcomes on an identified unit. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CNL II. LEC
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This course will provide an overview of hospital information systems, nursing information systems, artificial intelligence, and micro and mainframe computers. Interactive laboratory experiences will examine microcomputer uses for problem solving in nursing education, nursing research, nursing practice, or nursing administration. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The student is introduced to theories, research, and issues related to health behavior. Health behavior includes actions or activities undertaken for the purpose of promoting, preserving, or restoring wellness, and actions or activities that endanger wellness or cause illness. Internal and external influences are considered. The problems encountered by persons who are attempting to alter their own health behavior are addressed. The role of nurses in changing health behaviors in individuals, families, communities, and the larger society are examined. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Development of scholarly writing skills is emphasized to promote professional communication and to enhance professional image. Students enrolled in this interdisciplinary course analyze their own and others' writing to improve their written communications. Writing skills are practiced and developed by critiquing published articles, and by preparing written memorandums, letters, abstracts, and a manuscript. Legal and ethical issues related to the publication process are explored. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The knowledge and skills necessary to provide holistic care for the frail elderly client are emphasized in the advanced practice nursing course. Physical and multidimensional functional assessments are discussed as a basis for establishing functional approaches to care and planning effective therapeutic interventions in various long-term care settings. Strategies for coordination of services and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team for comprehensive health care are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program or consent of instructor (excludes students in the Adult/Geriatric Nursing track). LEC
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General principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics and pharmcodynamics, are discussed in preparation to prescribe. The principles for decision making about drug selection, use and monitoring are examined. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Admission to the graduate program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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An understanding of pathophysiological and psychosocial changes that occur within the internal environment of the child in the presence of malignant disease, and effects on the family unit, are provided as a rationale for therapeutic interventions. The course covers the most common pediatric cancer diagnoses, related treatments, side effects of treatment, supportive care, psychosocial issues, patient and family education, late effects, and care during end of life. The principles of advanced pediatric hematology/oncology nursing, standards of evidence-based practice, and research are discussed. Prerequisite(s): Advanced Pathophysiology, Graduate Research Course, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Theory development and analysis techniques provide the framework for the study of concepts and theories from nursing and related disciplines. These concepts and theories are used to guide therapeutic nursing interventions and research for individual, family, and community client systems. Systems theory and theories related to cultural environments are analyzed to assess and intervene for complex systems. Field study and participant observations provide the means for comparing findings from research and practice. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Methods for analyzing and conducting research and evaluating research findings for use in practice are explored. Research that focuses on health risks of client systems, practice guidelines, therapeutic management, and on cost and outcomes will be examined. Emphasis is placed on generating research questions from theory and practice. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Health Care Professionalism in nursing as influenced by social, cultural, political and economic forces interacting with complex client systems is examined. Issues that develop in the changing health care environment that impact health and solutions to problems associated with these issues are explored in relation to ethical and legal parameters. Innovative methods and skills essential for nursing are developed in a laboratory setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The naturalistic paradigm and various qualitative research approaches such as ethnography, phenomenology/hermeneutics, historiography, grounded theory and/or others are explored. Emphasis is placed on the appropriateness of each approach for description and explanation of phenomena encountered in clinical, organizational, and educational settings. Experience is provided in problem formulation and development of qualitative research proposal. Prerequisites: NRSG 754, or admission to the Doctoral Program. LEC
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This course will provide a comprehensive overview to clinical research. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop clinical research questions including protocol design and the factors that should be considered in initiating a clinical research study. This will include biostatistical considerations, the recruitment of study participants, regulatory issues, and data management, and defining measures and instruments. Students will gain knowledge of how to define clinical research among the various institutional entities involved with clinical research at the University of Kansas Medical Center such as the Research Institute (RI), General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and the Human Subjects Committee (HSC). Additionally, one component of the course will focus on how to apply for funding (grantsmanship), critical appraisal of research studies, and how to present research data. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Research relevant to therapeutic intervention comes from a variety of disciplines involving varied research designs and analysis strategies. Students in this course will examine selected research studies and gain skill in analyzing methods and results as well as in applying research findings to practical problems. Students also will design their own research project reflecting their area of interest. Prerequisite/Corequisite: Consent of instructor. Same as OTMS 835. RSC
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This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn how to effectively care for a person with a disability in a health care or public health setting. This will include learning to effectively communicate and partner with people with disabilities. This course will address disability civil rights and provide a basic understanding of a variety of disability conditions and options/resources available for independent living. Through effective partnerships, providers and health professionals can support people with disabilities to achieve independent, healthy lives. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to lead to an advanced comprehension of the physiology of organ systems in the human in both cellular and organ processes. Physiology subject matter relevant to clinical health sciences include membrane transport, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, water and electrolyte balance, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology as well as neurophysiology. Cellular mechanisms include the structure and function of ion channels and pumps, mechanisms of calcium regulation, excitation-coupling processes and mechanisms of oxidative cell damage and apoptosis. Prerequisites: Admission to the ARNP tracks, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to give the primary care nurse practitioner and other graduate nursing students a foundation in medical genetics. The basics of genetics, common genetic disorders and genetic testing are discussed. The application of this knowledge to counsel individuals at risk for genetic disorders is emphasized through the use of case studies. Ethical, legal and clinical practice issues and perspectives of primary care counseling in genetics are addressed. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Must be enrolled in Graduate Nursing Program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Using a local/single clinical issue students examine ways to abstract this issue into a social policy context. Local exemplars are used throughout the course to demonstrate the leadership and structural systems required to effect change in policy. Strategies to identify constituencies and build coalitions are studied. Prerequisite/Corequisites: NRSG 755, NRSG 880, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Current trends in health promotion and clinical preventive care across the lifespan are examined. Specific guidelines for assisting clients to maintain/improve health and/or prevent illness are reviewed. Attention is given to the roles of the health care provider and care recipient in screening, communication, and counseling. The use of complementary (non-pharmacological) therapeutics in assisting clients to achieve goals of health promotion is examined. The recommendation and use of non-pharmacological interventions will be evaluated based on research findings related to selection of therapeutics and measurement of expected outcomes following use of a particular intervention. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Building upon basic health assessment, knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice are discussed, described and demonstrated. The advanced clinical practice content is then applied in multiple clinical settings (120 hours of clinical practice is required). Content on special populations that cover the lifespan is presented (i.e. geriatrics, pediatrics, women's health) followed by directed laboratory and simulated experiences. The concept of clinical decision making for differential diagnosis is introduced and applied to patient-focused data. Prerequisite/Corequisite: Consent of Instructor. LEC
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An in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological states confronted in primary care is explored. This information provides a basis for the formulation of clinical decisions related to diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Age specific and developmental alterations are correlated with clinical diagnosis and management. Application is made through age appropriate examples. Prerequisites: NURA 806/NRSG 806, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The clinical application of specific categories of drugs, commonly encountered in primary care settings is discussed. The use of protocols, prescription writing, and the ethical/legal, and economic issues surrounding the advanced nurses' role in prescribing and monitoring pharmacologic therapies in the ambulatory setting are explained. Factors such as age-appropriate content related to pharmacokinetics, dosages, expected outcomes, and side effects of the drugs are discussed. First line versus second line drugs, alternate drugs, drug interactions, adjusting drug dosages, patient education, and compliance issues related to drug therapy are addressed. The nurse's role and responsibility related to data collection, problem identification, and consultation with the physician in explored. Application is made through age-appropriate case studies. Prerequisites: NRSG 812, NRSG 731, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Management of Common health problems seen in individuals and families throughout the life span are discussed in this first of two sequential courses. Applications of current research and theory-based interventions appropriate for protocol based management by advanced registered nurse practitioners are analyzed. Strategies to manage common health problems in urban and rural patients are explored. Interventions to restore individual and family level of pre-illness health, and positive lifestyle behaviors are emphasized. Prerequisites: NRSG 809, NRSG 810. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NRSG 812. Corequisite: NRSG 815. LEC
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Opportunities to develop beginning skills as advanced practice nurses in a primary care setting are provided. Emphasis is on assessment, clinical decision making, and management of clients/client systems of all ages/stages who are experiencing common health problems. Internal and external environmental factors as well as legal, ethical and economic concerns related to the presenting common health problems are explored. Current research outcomes and theory-based interventions appropriate for management by advanced practice nurses are stressed. Collaboration and consultation (including referrals) with appropriate health providers is emphasized. Corequisite: NRSG 814. LEC
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Complex health problems seen in individuals and families throughout the life span are discussed in this second sequential course. Applications of current research and theory-based interventions appropriate for management by advanced registered nurse practitioners are analyzed. Strategies and protocols to manage complex patient problems, in urban and rural patients, are explored. Interventions to restore individual and family levels of pre-illness health, including secondary and tertiary prevention, are emphasized. Prerequisites: NRSG 814, NRSG 815. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 813. Corequisites: NRSG 817 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Opportunities to develop intermediate skills as advanced practice nurses in a primary care setting are provided. Emphasis is on assessment, clinical decision making, and management of clients/client systems of all ages/stages who are experiencing complex health problems. Internal and external environmental factors as well as legal, ethical and economic concerns related to the presenting complex health problems are explored. Current research outcomes and theory based interventions appropriate for management by advanced practice nurse are stressed. Collaboration and consultation (including referrals) with appropriate health providers is emphasized. Corequisites: NRSG 816 or consent of instructor. LEC
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The theoretical, clinical, and role components of care as delivered by the nurse practitioner are implemented through an intensive supervised clinical practicum with seminar sessions. An opportunity is provided to apply advanced clinical decision making skills and research to the assessment, management, and evaluation of complex health care problems in the primary care setting. The client system for this experience include individuals and families throughout the life span within the context of community. Emphasis is on increased independence and decision making in a multi-disciplinary environment. Internal and external environmental factors, ethical, legal, and health policy issues related to the nurse practitioner role in the practice setting are analyzed. Prerequisites: NRSG 816, NRSG 817, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A systems approach to advanced physical assessment, pathophysiology, principles of hemodynamic monitoring, electrocardiography, pulmonary airway monitoring, and neuromuscular monitoring in the evaluation of the acute care and/or surgical patients is used. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological systems and their relation to the assessment and monitoring practices of the health care provider. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Same as NURA 834. LEC
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Strategies to promote program, project, and communication planning are presented and applied by the student. Communication strategies for informing, guiding, and persuading clients, health care providers, payers, and other stakeholders to advance program and project development are discussed. The use of evolving information technologies to improve program, project and communication planning is emphasized. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 880, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A complexity science framework is used to discuss current and innovative concepts and trends in the care of person with diabetes. The disease process of diabetes, preventive measures, complications, pharmacologic, technologic, lifestyle interventions and self-management techniques based on current evidence are presented and analyzed in relations to care of persons with diabetes across age groups and in different settings. Consideration is given the complexity of the co-morbidities that accompany diabetes as well as the special approaches to age appropriate treatment and cultural diversity factors that influence care. External barriers that contribute to decrease in quality outcomes are analyzed and innovative solutions are proposed. Prerequisites: NRSG 810, NRSG 813, or consent of instructor. SEM
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Investigation of special health issues or problems relevant to appropriate client systems in community health nursing. Prerequisites: One graduate clinical course in community health nursing, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed as an introduction to the research clinical trial manager role and provides in-depth knowledge of Pre-Clinical Trials Study activities. Regulatory, administrative, and ethical issues will be presented as well as the daily operational requirements (study design, financial aspects, protocols, hiring of personnel, subject recruitment, etc.) to begin a study. Included is the development of training skills for the Clinical Trial manager for critiquing sample protocols and for assessing adequate resources for implementation of protocol. Prerequisites: RN Licensure, graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed as an introduction to the research clinical trial manager role and provides in-depth knowledge of During-Clinical Trial Study activities. The process of conducting the 'day-to-day' operations of a research study; subject recruitment, data collection forms and documenting subjects' responses to the interventions, audits, inspections, budget monitoring, ethical/liability situations that may occur during the study, etc. will be addressed. Included is the development of training skills for the Clinical Trial Manager that is involved in conducting the 'day-to-day' operations of the research study. Prerequisites: NRSG 823, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course provides an introduction to the research manager role and provides in-depth knowledge of Post-Clinical Trial Study activities. The process of conducting the 'day-to-day' operations of a research study ; preparing for final sponsor and FDA visits; preparing final reports to the sponsor and IRB; evaluating sponsor, site and team members' performance; management of data and preparing summary reports, etc. will be addressed. The course provides the student with a Research Manager practicum experience in selected research setting. Opportunities are provided to utilize learned details related to the role of a Research Manager during key phases of a Clinical Trial Study; pre-study, during-study, and at the end-study activities. Prerequisites: NRSG 824, or consent of instructor. PRA
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Cultural receptivity is integrated into the collaboration, development, and implementation of health programs at the local, national, and international level. Frameworks that emphasize the meanings of health and healthcare; prevention and management; and related ethical, economic, and social justice concerns are introduced. Students partner with a community of interest to understand their health and illness beliefs, identify barriers to healthcare access, integrate the historical, social, political and economic forces that impact healthcare. Together they plan and implement appropriate strategies to influence positive community outcomes. Prerequisites: NRSG 880, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Public health is addressed in terms of common values and interests as well as particular client populations (vulnerable and at risk groups) across the lifespan. Health promotion and disease prevention for whole communities and selected vulnerable and at risk aggregates are emphasized. Ethical and social justice concerns as well as public policy and legislative issues in population-focused health care are discussed. Selected models, concepts, theories, and research in public health provide the framework for identifying, exploring, prioritizing and planning interventions for public health concerns. Ultimately, a grant proposal is developed to support the action plan. Prerequisites: NRSG 754, NRSG 808, PRVM 800, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NRSG 828. LEC
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Students are provided with an opportunity to explore advanced practice roles within the context of public health needs. Based on each student's goals and interests, health related needs of an identified population are assessed, analyzed, and synthesized; and a plan of action proposed. Corequisites: NRSG 827, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Students will complete an intensive practicum in a community/public health setting. Prerequisites: NRSG 827, or consent of instructor. Same as PRVM 891. LEC
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Care during the antepartal period in healthy pregnant women is presented and analyzed. Strategies focusing on risk reduction and early identification of deviation from normal in this client system are examined. Complementary practice models demonstrating various management theories are described. Bio-psychosocial and cultural aspects of pregnancy within the family structure environment are applied. Concepts of research, ethics, legal and political issues, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, health promotion, and selected high-risk deviation from normal are included. Prerequisites: NRSG 809, NRSG 810, NRSG 812, NRSG 813, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NRSG 831. LEC
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This clinical practicum centers on competencies for management of pregnant women and family client systems in various environments. Health promotion and risk reductions in pregnant women are emphasized. Management experiences in the advanced practice role include antepartal risk-assessment, collaboration, co-management, and referral when medically necessary. Corequisite: NRSG 830. LEC
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Synthesis of the nurse-midwifery philosophy for well neonates is conceptualized. Health maintenance models of care for infant client systems up to the first 28 days of life are included. Research, ethics, legal and political issues, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, health promotion, and selected high-risk deviation from normal are included. Clinical competencies for nurse-midwifery management of well neonates up to first 28 days of life are developed. Management experiences include the nurse-midwifery role in collaboration, co-management, and referral, as needed, during the early newborn period. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 830, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to help nurses develop in-depth knowledge of good clinical practices and federal regulations, as well as to develop a strong foundation for the management of clinical research program. Regulatory, administrative, and ethical issues will be presented as well as the daily operational requirements of managing a clinical research office. Completion of this course prepares one for clinical research professional national certification. Prerequisites: RN licensure, graduate level, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The nurse midwifery management process is applied. Development of beginning competencies for promotion and clinical nurse-midwifery management of well women client systems seeking gynecologic, contraceptive, health promotion, and maintenance services are included. Nurse-midwifery students experience delivery of care in independent practice environments as well as collaboration, co-management, and referral when medically necessary. Prerequisites: NRSG 830, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 835, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Psychological, sociological, and physiological issues of health and human functioning of the female client systems across the lifespan are explored. Theory and research-based therapeutic management of acute, episodic, and chronic conditions that occur in community based women and their families will be planned. Professional values including standards of practice, certification, cultural, legal and ethical issues, and professional roles will be addressed. The health care delivery system will be analyzed for cost effectiveness and sensitivity to women. Corequisites: NRSG 815, NRSG 817, NRSG 834, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Nurse-midwifery care of uncomplicated mother/infant client systems through the intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal period are presented and analyzed. Intrapartal and Postpartal complications and emergency events are addressed. Complementary practice models demonstrating various management modalities are described. Concepts of research, ethics, legal and political issues, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, health promotion, and selected high-risk deviation from normal are included. Prerequisites: NRSG 830, or consent of instructor. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NRSG 832. LEC
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Competencies for nurse-midwifery management according to national standards of practice for low risk healthy women during labor, birth and, postpartum are demonstrated. The development of a skill base for intrapartal emergencies is addressed. Nurse midwifery management practice provides experience in the role of care provider during normal labor and delivery postpartum and in collaboration, co-management, and referral when medically necessary. Corequisites: NRSG 836, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This practicum centers on clinical competencies for the advanced practice nurse providing primary care and gynecologic management of women throughout the lifespan. Health promotion, complimentary therapies, and evidence-based models of health care delivery are incorporated in the care of women. Clinical management experiences in the advanced practice role include but are not limited to: family planning, gynecologic health, and primary care for women from adolescence through menopause. Clinical experiences will include collaboration, co-management, and/or referral when medically necessary. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 835, or consent of instructor. PRA
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Students will have the opportunity to integrate concepts and theories of global health and diversity by direct program planning, delivery, and evaluation of care activities with a vulnerable population. Students will partner with a community of interest to provide directed advanced nursing care and or leadership activities via individual/population/organizational assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on building cultural competence with an understanding of the historical, social, political, and economic forces of health within a specific community setting or geographic area. The worldview of the individual/population/organization will be respected and integrated into all aspects of health care delivery. PREREQUISITE(S): NRSG 826 or consent of instructor. PRA
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The theoretical, clinical and role components of care as delivered by the advanced practice student are implemented through an intensive supervised clinical practicum. Advanced professional clinical skills and evidence-based practice in the assessment, management and care of women and newborns are applied. The client system for this experience includes well women, childbearing women and may include neonates in a variety of environments. Emphasis is on increased independence and decision making embracing the function and scope of advanced practice of nurse-midwifery. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Investigation of special issues or problems relevant to selected client systems in mental health nursing. Prerequisites: One graduate clinical course in mental health nursing, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Advanced psychiatric assessment of children, adults, and the elderly will be covered including conducting caring and competent interviews in simulated situations. Assessment for psychiatric diagnosis including suicide and homicide potential, substance use, mood and anxiety disturbances, psychosis, and dementia are emphasized. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 810, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Short-term mental health problems (e.g., crises and grief reactions) and psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems) are discussed. Intervention frameworks such as behavioral, cognitive and crisis theories, and supporting outcome research are analyzed as they apply to individual, group, and family client systems across the life span. Focus is placed on environmental factors that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, symptom management, and behavior change. Professional issues that commonly occur in implementing the advanced practice role in psychiatric and mental health care are emphasized. Prerequisite: NRSG 748. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 754, NRSG 809, NRSG 810, NRSG 812, NRSG 844, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The role of the psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse in developing short-term and episodic interventions with individuals, groups, and families is implemented. Students have opportunities to complete assessments, formulate diagnoses, and implement psychotherapy for culturally-diverse clients from different age groups. Theory and research-based nursing therapeutics and standards of practice are applied in an artful manner. Corequisite: NRSG 845. LEC
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Individual, family, and group client systems of varying ages with chronic and complex alterations in mental health, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and dementia are the focus. Biobehavioral, including psychopharmacological interventions, rehabilitation, and psychoeducation frameworks are used in examining factors that contribute to alterations in functioning in the client system's internal and external environment. Likewise, these frameworks and research outcomes related to rehabilitation goals are considered in implementing the advanced practice role. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 754, NRSG 810, NRSG 812, NRSG 813, NRSG 844, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Individual, family, and group client systems with chronic and complex alterations in psychological functioning are managed over time. Selected theoretical frameworks (such as biobehavioral, including psychopharmacological interventions, rehabilitation and psychoeducation) are used in examining factors in the client system's internal and external environment that contribute to alterations in psychological functioning. These frameworks as well as research outcomes and professional standards for psychiatric mental health clinical practice are used in implementing psychophysiological and psychoeducation interventions. Corequisites: NRSG 847, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The integration of the psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing role is implemented. Students have opportunities to use diagnostic reasoning, psychotherapy, physiological interventions, interdisciplinary treatment plans, psychoeducation, consultation, referral, and research findings in the management and evaluation of culturally-diverse clients from different age groups. The client system for this preceptorship includes individuals, groups, and families. Emphasis is on prevention of illness, stabilization of the client system, minimization of complications, and promotion of optimal level of health through interdisciplinary collaboration. Prerequisites: NRSG 845, NRSG 847, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This is an advanced course in child and adolescent development for those individuals who desire to gain greater knowledge and depth in the complex issues of mental health issues in children, adolescents and their families. Acute, short term mental health problems and ongoing psychiatric disorders whose onset are in childhood or adolescence are discussed. Developmental, biobehavioral, crisis theories, and psychoeducational frameworks and supporting outcome research are analyzed as they apply to children/adolescents/families who meet the criteria for specific psychiatric disorders or who are exhibiting high risk behaviors. Analysis of the impact of environmental factors that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, symptom management, and behavior change in this population will be examined. Professional values that include standards of practice, certification, cultural, legal and ethical issues regarding this population from the advanced practice role are emphasized. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, NRSG 810, NRSG 812, NRSG 844, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Understanding of the neuron, neurotransmitter and receptor functioning as the basis for psychopharmacotherapy is emphasized in developing the knowledge for prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications for clients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. The major classes of psychotherapeutic drugs, their mechanism of action, metabolism, interaction, adverse and side effects are discussed. Drug development is reviewed and ethical and legal issues involved in prescribing across the lifespan are covered. Knowledge is applied to case studies that include differentiating drugs, dosages and response to clients' internal environment, racial/ethnic background, and age. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 844 or equivalent; working knowledge of basic pharmacological principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. LEC
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Investigation of special problems of a selected client system (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, or adolescents) in pediatric nursing. Prerequisites: One graduate clinical course in pediatric nursing, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum. The information system development life cycle process is presented with emphasis on determination and analysis of information system requirements and system design that meet the identified health care information requirements. Object-oriented techniques will be introduced, including Unified Modeling Language and Unified Modeling Methodology, to facilitate process analysis and design proposal development. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum. Knowledge management is the creation, communication, and leveraging of a healthcare organization's knowledge assets. Defining knowledge, describing the knowledge creation cycle, and the identification of the knowledge worker and his/her impact on the organization are discussed. Information technology and communities of practice are presented in a balanced approach supporting a systematic viewpoint of the knowledge management process. Knowledge management theory is enhanced with the performance of a knowledge audit and the development of knowledge management tools. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. LEC
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Investigation of current futuristic issues and trends relevant to healthcare informatics. Prerequisites: One graduate course in information, or consent of instructor. LEC
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In collaboration with healthcare information faculty and preceptors, students design an experience to facilitate application of theories and research related to health care informatics. Emphasis is on the application of the information system development life cycle. Students analyze the leadership and technical behaviors of various informatics roles and negotiate an informatics project to be completed within the practicum. Prerequisites: All Common Core, Leadership Core, NRSG 853, NRSG 858. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 854, NRSG 855, NRSG 898, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum. The application of the information system development life cycle in the design, selection, and implementation of health information technology applications will be examined. Human computer interactions and emerging technologies will be explored for their impact on patient care and safety. The role of legal, regulatory, ethical and security issues will be discussed as they apply to clinical and consumer information technologies. PREREQUISITE(S): Consent of Instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1-2 credit hour practicum. Principles of database theory, modeling, design and manipulation will be introduced. Students will have experience using a relational database management system. Database manipulation will be explored using structured query language (SQL) to compose and execute query statements and critically evaluate the results. Prerequisites: None. LEC
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This course will provide an overview of health informatics focused on five themes: health informatics foundations; clinical decision support; human factors/organization factors; public health informatics and current issues in health informatics including best practices. Students enrolled for 3 credits will develop and demonstrate a practical, innovative small group information technology (IT) project from one of a set of faculty recommended projects or from a student-proposed idea. Prerequisites: none (previous or simultaneous enrollment in Health Data Theory and Practice is recommended). LEC
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Complex issues that influence care for clients and their family systems at the time of and surrounding death provide the focus for this course. Contemporary attitudes surrounding death and dying as well as ethical, legal, cultural, social, and financial issues are examined. The needs of individuals and families surrounding death such as pain and symptom management, psycho-spiritual care, and bereavement are discussed in relation to contemporary causes of death. Collaborative role development with other members of the health care team surrounding care of the dying are explored. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate nursing program. LEC
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Investigation of special issues or problems relevant to a selected client system in Adult Nursing. Prerequisites: One graduate clinical course in Adult Nursing, or consent of the instructor. LEC
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Knowledge and skills necessary to provide holistic care for the culturally-diverse adult in multiple care settings are emphasized. Clinical manifestations of patient response to selected problems of sensory, psychologic, neurologic, musculoskeletal, and dermatologic systems and infections are examined. Physical and multidimensional functional assessments are emphasized as a basis for establishing differential diagnoses and planning effective therapeutic interventions. Coordination of services and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team for comprehensive health care are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: NRSG 810. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 809, NRSG 812, NRSG 813, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 863 or NRSG 864. LEC
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Management of the primary, acute, and chronic health care needs of a culturally-diverse population of adults across the lifespan with specific system dysfunction are explored. Clinical practice will include multidisciplinary coordination of comprehensive, managed care. Consultative, patient education, quality improvement, and project development activities will be the major focuses. Corequisite: NRSG 862. LEC
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Assessment of adults across the lifespan and the management of common acute and chronic health problems are executed in consultation with the appropriate provider. Opportunities to manage pharmacological and medical therapeutics will be provided. Nursing therapeutics and case management based on theory and research are applied in a variety of community and institutional practice settings. Emphasis is on health promotion and health maintenance for culturally diverse adult individuals and groups. Corequisite: NRSG 862. LEC
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Knowledge and skills necessary to provide holistic care for the culturally-diverse adult in multiple care settings are emphasized. Clinical manifestations and patient responses to selected problems of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, gastrointestinal and immunological systems, infections, and oncological problems are examined. Physical and multidimensional functional assessments are emphasized as a basis for establishing differential diagnosis and planning effective therapeutic interventions. Coordination of services and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team for comprehensive health care are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 862, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 866 or NRSG 867. LEC
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Management of the primary, acute and chronic health care needs of a culturally-diverse population of adults across the lifespan with specific system dysfunction are explored. Clinical practice will include interdisciplinary coordination for comprehensive, managed care. Consultative, patient education, quality improvement, and project development activities will be major focuses. Corequisites: NRSG 865, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Assessment of adults across the life span and the management of common acute and chronic health problems are executed in consultation with the appropriate provider. Opportunities to manage pharmacological and medical therapeutics will be provided. Nursing therapeutics and care management based on theory and research are applied in a variety of community and institutional practice settings. Emphasis is on health promotion and health maintenance for culturally-diverse adult individuals and groups. Corequisites: NRSG 865, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The theoretical, clinical, and research role components of care as delivered by the adult/gerontological CNS are implemented. Opportunities are provided to utilize diagnostic reasoning, nursing therapeutics, pharmacological therapeutics, interdisciplinary treatment plans, project development, consultation, referral, and research findings in the management and evaluation of culturally diverse clients experiencing specific system dysfunction. The client system for this preceptorship includes adults (and their families) experiencing a selected system dysfunction. Emphasis is on stabilization of the client, minimization of complications, and promotion of optimal level of health through an interdisciplinary approach. Prerequisites: NRSG 862, NRSG 865, or consent of instructor. Prerequisites/Corequisite: NRSG 755. LEC
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The theoretical, clinical, and research role components of care as delivered by the Adult/Geriatric nurse practitioner are implemented. Opportunities are provided to individualize the student's clinical acumen in utilizing diagnostic reasoning, nursing therapeutics, pharmacological therapeutics, interdisciplinary treatment plans, consultation, referral, and research findings in the management and evaluation of culturally-diverse adult/geriatric clients with common ambulatory care problems. The client system for this preceptorship includes adults (and their families) across the life span. Emphasis is on preventing illness, promoting health and an optimal functional level. Stabilizing the ill client, and minimizing complications through an interdisciplinary approach. Prerequisites: NRSG 862, NRSG 865. Prerequisites/Corequisite: NRSG 755, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The roles of both the educator and student in designing a learning environment provide the framework for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, theories, ethical/legal issues, and research related to teaching strategies and education. The focus in on best practices and research-based strategies to promote various learning styles and create an active learning environment that increases student retention and learning success for diverse, multicultural student populations. Attention will be given to the relationship between the setting, methodologies of clinical teaching, and the assessment of competencies. Prerequisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 754, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Philosophies, methods, and processes of curriculum and instruction in nursing education provide the framework for discussing curricular and program planning theories/models, resources for decision making, research, and evaluation methods that create a learner-centered environment. Attention is given to frameworks for program evaluation, methods of data collection, and the ethics and standards of evaluation practice. The influence of societal trends, and current health professions issues relevant to curriculum planning are addressed. Emphasis is on strategies for anticipating future societal needs and developing educational curriculum to meet those needs. Matters of diversity, workforce development, ethics/legal issues in curriculum planning and education also are included. Prerequisites: NRSG 748, NRSG 754, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Investigation of special issues or problems relevant to appropriate client systems (client, family, and student or health care professional) in Nursing Education. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Theories and trends that support the use of merging and emerging technologies for the enhancement of teaching and learning are explored. The focus is on assisting educators to gain skills in choosing appropriate instructional technologies to enhance learning. Learning variables, the environment context, financial-political issues, and the influence of those variables on technologies are examined. The evaluation and impact of current technology on the delivery of education are examined along with strategies for considering/anticipating future technologies to meet educational needs. LEC
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The role components of the nurse educator are implemented with a preceptor in selected educational settings. Opportunities are provided to utilize teaching and learning strategies, research findings, and evaluation methods with diverse students. Professional issues, educational trends, changing role of the educator, and self-assessment are incorporated in accompanying modules. Prerequisites: NRSG 870, NRSG 871, NRSG 873. LEC
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The role of the advanced practice nurse is examined in relation to environmental and age-related factors that result in complex health problems in the young adult female and the childbearing family. Theoretical concepts and research are explored as a basis for advanced family assessment and nursing practice decisions. Factors that maintain system balance or result in system imbalance for pregnant and non-pregnant young adults and for childbearing families including the neonate are examined and interventions are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Methods for influencing health policy regarding resources for the management of complex health problems in the young adult female and the childbearing family are examined. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 754, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The role of the advanced practice nurse in the provision of health care to women and their families during the middle and aging years is implemented. The difference between the management of acute and chronic conditions such as infertility, common gynecological conditions, and osteoporosis are compared as a basis for nursing decisions. Interventions designed to maintain or restore system balance are implemented and evaluated in relation to research. Methods for influencing health policy regarding resources for the management of the health needs of the woman in the middle and aging years and her family are examined. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 754, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Foundations and applications of education and evaluation strategies for teaching and learning in academic, clinical, research, and organizational settings are explored. Scholarly evidence from a variety of sources is used to develop educational processes, products, and evaluation strategies. Students acquire knowledge to support professional development and employ research skills as educators in diverse teaching environments with diverse learners. Prerequisites: NRSG 870, admission to the Doctoral Program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A complexity science framework is used to present the basic and advanced technical aspects of radiological tests used in the care of adult and pediatric patients in the diagnostic work up of the etiology of the health problem. The science that forms the basis for all plain (cathode) films as well as computerized scanning and magnetic resonance imaging tests is covered in the course. The emphasis is on the appropriate choice of radiological tests in the work-up of the patient's health problem. Also, advanced practice nurses will learn a framework for evaluating the findings of the radiological test, and the clinical implications of the findings. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 818, or NRSG 868, or NRSG 869, or NRSG 849, or NRSG 840, or consent of instructor. SEM
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