Course Descriptions

NU 501 Theoretical and Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice

Focuses on the synthesis and integration of theoretical knowledge and principles from nursing and related disciplines to serve as guides for advanced nursing practice. Curriculum concepts are woven throughout course content. Special attention is given to relevant theories and ethical and legal aspects of practice. Includes analysis and evaluation of nursing theory and application of ethical decision-making frameworks. Relevant research findings will be used to promote development of skills in critical analysis of advanced-practice nursing and health care issues. (3)

NU 512 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Organizations

Provides an overview of contemporary U.S. nursing and health care systems and organizations, including historical, social, political, economic, organizational, and cultural forces impacting nursing and health care. Examines the roles of research and health care policy, regulation, and law in shaping organizational structure and health care systems. (3)

NU 550 Advanced Pathophysiology I

Presents advanced pathophysiology of the head and neck, muscular skeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematologic, and dermatologic systems. Emphasis is given to the interaction of these systems with other body systems. Students analyze data pertinent to clinical disease states and utilize the information in implementing the nursing process as a clinical nursing expert. (3)

NU 551 Advanced Pathophysiology II

Focuses on the endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, genitourinary, neurologic, and reproductive systems. The interaction of body systems is stressed. Analysis of data pertinent to clinical disease states is continued as a foundation for expert clinical nursing practice. (3)

NU 552 Advanced Pharmacology

An in depth study of clinical pharmacology and toxicology. Drugs affecting the organ systems are discussed with emphasis on mechanisms of drug action, types and mechanism of adverse drug action as well as drug interactions. The nursing implications of each drug classification are emphasized together with the implications surrounding the decision-making process used in prescribing drugs. Drug legislation and regulations affecting advanced-practice nurses are studied. Relevant research with implications for nursing practice is presented. (3)

NU 591 Health Care Research

Provides an in-depth study of the design and conduct of health care research with an emphasis on identifying researchable clinical, educational, and health care delivery problems, matching the research design to the research question, and utilizing new knowledge to analyze health care intervention outcomes. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 590. (3)

NU 592 Nursing Research Design II

A continuation of the research process in which students implement the research protocol developed in NU 591. Empirical data is collected and analyzed. A written report of the research process and findings is made. Prerequisite: NU 591. (3)

NU 599 Independent Study

Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and/or the dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. Independent Study enables students to pursue specialized interests and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in nursing. (1-6)

NU 700 Evidence-Based Practice*

Introduces students to the concept of evidence-based practice and its relationship to improved patient outcomes. It prepares students to critically examine current nursing practice standards and guidelines to determine if these are consistent with the best research available. Strategies to overcome barriers to the integration of new knowledge in the practice setting are identified. (3)

NU 701 Innovative Models of Care Delivery

Prepares students to demonstrate clinical, organizational, and systems-level leadership through study and design of innovative models of care delivery. It emphasizes the application of Continuous Quality Management (CQM) principles and Business Process Improvement (BPI) strategies in model development. Attendant course content focuses on developing skills in organizational and policy arenas, applying principles of practice management, balancing productivity with quality of care, and encouraging a culture emphasizing practice excellence. (3)

NU 702 Epidemiology

Provides students with the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive study of the concepts of epidemiology and the science of public health. Students evaluate distribution and determinants of health problems and diseases in select aggregates, with the goal of developing strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of identified health problems. Prerequisite: NU 705. (3)

NU 703 Research Methods and Applications

This course builds on prior knowledge of the research process. It provides students with the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of the philosophy of science, nature of scientific thinking, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Emphasis is placed on the identification of researchable practice problems. The relationship among theory, research, and practice is addressed. The course prepares students to be nurse leaders who are able to utilize nursing research to refine and improve nursing practice. Prerequisites: NU 702 and NU 705. (3)

NU 705 Multivariate Analysis

This course builds upon NU 590 Data Analysis for Health Care, and introduces students to selected multivariate techniques used in health care and epidemiological research including multiple regression analysis, logistic regression, factorial analysis of variance, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factorial analysis of variance, path analysis, structural equation modeling, and select parametric techniques. The use of appropriate hardware and software is integrated throughout the course. (3)

NU 706 Policy and Advocacy in Health Care

The focus of this course is current health policy issues as related to nursing, health care, and patient outcomes. Students will critically analyze and evaluate current health policy and the related political process. Influences in developing and implementing health policy will be discussed. (3)

NU 707 Leadership, Quality & Ethics in Health Care Systems

Students will analyze and demonstrate evidenced-based leadership skills as core competencies in nursing to improve quality in patient care and strengthen nursing as a profession. Emphasis is on the theories of professional leadership, personal leadership, skill building, quality improvement, ethical values, moral agency and change (3).

NU 800 Residency*

This course is an advanced nursing practicum that provides an opportunity for the student to integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in graduate coursework. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating increasing competency in the integration of principles of evidence-based practice and science-based theories when making patient-focused decisions. The curricular elements and competencies include evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, organizational systems, principles of business, health care policy, evaluation of clinical outcomes, information systems and technology, prevention strategies, and health promotion. These elements are operationalized as the student develops competence in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population-based, fiscal, and policy issues. (3-5)

NU 801 Doctoral Project

Provides an opportunity for the student to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in previous Nursing courses and clinical practicums to produce a product that makes a contribution to advanced nursing practice. The product may vary with the student’s interest and his or her assessment of gaps in nursing knowledge and practice strategies. It is anticipated that the student will work closely with an advisor and seek the assistance of experts outside the University community, if necessary. It is anticipated that the final project will be disseminated to the nursing and health care communities. (3)

NU 899 Doctoral Independent Study

This course will enable students to do an independent study while completing their doctoral degree. Students investigate topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and/or the Dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. (1-3)

NUE 504 Nursing Education II

Intensive study of learning, the learner, and the environment for learning. Special attention is given to the theoretical base of learning and relevant education research. The special needs and interests of the learner in nursing are analyzed, and unique features of the teaching environment in nursing are discussed. Techniques of measurement and evaluation are presented with opportunities for test construction, analysis, and evaluation. (3)

NUE 505 Nursing Education III

Focuses on role preparation for nursing educators. Curriculum/program planning and development receive major emphasis. The instructional process and teaching principles are studied with attention to application. Prerequisites: NUE 503 and NUE 504. (3)

NUE 590 Nursing Education Practicum

This practicum provides opportunities to apply educational theory to teaching practice. Current issues in nursing education are explored. Leadership and research roles of nursing education are analyzed and opportunities are provided for role development. Experiences are analyzed and evaluated to develop teaching competence. Prerequisites: NUE 503, NUE 504, NUE 505, NU 550, and NU 551. (4)

NUF 501 Professional Role Development of the Family Nurse Practitioner

Presents the theoretical principles that guide the primary care family nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating clear understanding of the professional nurse practitioner role and the beginning clinician role. The content of the course facilitates the student’s transition to advanced practice nursing. The curriculum emphasizes leadership; family theory; ethical and legal aspects; health care delivery systems; research; and quality, safe, evidence-based practice. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities to enhance student development of the NP role and refine advanced practice skills in the clinic setting. Prerequisites: NU 501-590. (3)

NUF 502 Advanced Assessment and Health Screening for the Family Nurse Practitioner

Provides the didactic and clinical skill foundation for the advanced practice nurse in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills and a methodical comprehensive approach needed to formulate differential diagnoses. This allows for developing and implementing an evidence-based client management plan. The focus is on thorough and organized written and electronic documentation. Role preparation for the nurse practitioner is extended with attention to the development of advanced health and health promotion competencies throughout the life span. Content incorporates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables of health. Laboratory and clinical experiences are incorporated to provide opportunities to develop advanced health assessment and clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills. Prerequisites: NU 591.

NUF 503 Primary Care of the Family I

Builds upon the knowledge and skill base from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, clinical role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals and families with common acute and chronic health problems. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Further role preparation for the primary care family nurse practitioner is emphasized with attention to the components of a comprehensive assessment, clinical management, therapeutic monitoring, and coordination of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-502. (7)

NUF 504 Primary Care of the Family II

Builds upon the knowledge and skill base attained from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals, pediatric clients, and women who are experiencing reproductive health concerns. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Role preparation of the primary care family nurse practitioner is expanded with attention to the components of comprehensive assessment, clinical management and therapeutic monitoring, the coordination and management of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core family nurse practitioner competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-503. (6)

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