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2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits1-4
Field EXP
NURSING-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: World Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits4
Lecture
Spring
Fall
NURSING-317

Health Assessment

Techniques of health history and physical examination to ascertain normal from variation of normal health conditions, in addition cultural and developmental variations are considered.

Prerequisites
P: major in Nursing and RN license.
    Credits4
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    NURSING-341

    Theoretical Foundations

    Concepts and theories pertinent to professional nursing practice are developed and historical, legal, cultural, economic, and social factors that influence nursing and health care are analyzed.

    Prerequisites
    P: major in Nursing and RN license.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      NURSING-434

      Nursing Research

      Prepares nurses to identify and critique research and to evaluate the readiness of research as a basis for nursing practice.

      Prerequisites
      P: major in Nursing and RN license; Math 260, Comm Sci 205 or Bus Adm 215 or conc enrl.
        Credits4
        Lecture
        Spring
        Fall
        NURSING-437

        Management and Leadership

        Examine nursing leadership and management using relevant theories and concepts. Analyze decision making in relation to delegation, supervision, and group process.

        Prerequisites
        P: major in Nursing and RN license.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          NURSING-444

          Community Health Nursing

          This course provides an overview of community nursing theory, roles, tools and skills needed to promote the health of individuals, families, and populations in communities.

          Prerequisites
          P: major in Nursing and RN license.
            Credits3
            Field EXP
            Spring
            Fall
            NURSING-486

            Community Health Nursing Practicum

            Community Health Nursing Practicum complements the theory, models, and concepts learned in Community Health Nursing. It is a practice component that brings community health nursing into reality. The focus is on disease prevention and health promotion for individuals, families, aggregates, and communities.

            Prerequisites
            P: major in Nursing and RN license; Nursing 484 or conc enr. Instr cons req.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              NURSING-487

              Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

              This course focuses on the evaluation and utilization of research and other sources of knowledge necessary to address patient needs and provide quality care. Course content covers methods, appraisal, and utilization of research findings with the goal of implementing best practices. Barriers to the use of evidence-based practice and facilitating innovations within the workplace are addressed.

              Prerequisites
              P: Math 260, Comm Sci 205 or Bus Adm 215 or conc enrl.
                Credits2-4
                Lecture
                NURSING-492

                Special Topics in Nursing

                Course topics vary. Typical topics include Nursing Care of Older Adults, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Women's Health Care, Informatics, School Health.

                Prerequisites
                P: major in Nursing.
                • Course is repeatable to 12 credits.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Fall
                NURSING-495

                Synthesis for Nursing Practice

                Course focus is synthesis of professional nursing roles introduced in previous courses. In addition, nursing theories are analyzed in light of their value to practice. Nursing's societal involvement is emphasized.

                Prerequisites
                P: Major in Nursing; Nursing 407, 441, 446, 447, 453, 484, 486, and 492 or conc enrl.
                  Credits1-4
                  IND Study
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  NURSING-498

                  Independent Study

                  Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits1-6
                  Field EXP
                  NURSING-499

                  Travel Course

                  • Pre-Requisites
                  • General Education
                  • Travel Course
                  • Repeatable

                  Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                  • Gen Ed: World Culture
                  • Travel Course
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Fall
                  Odd Only
                  NURSING-734

                  Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Systems

                  This course will focus on skills needed for nurses to evaluate outcomes in health systems. Topics include using statistics and information systems in evaluation and research, continuous quality improvement, evidence-based practice, safety and quality indicators, performance improvement methods, and team-based problem solving.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    Even Only
                    NURSING-737

                    Leadership in Health Systems

                    This course will forcus on the development of leadership for nurses in complex organizations. Students will explore the cncepts of organizational culture in micro, meso and macro systems. Topics will include transformation of complex organizations, conflict, crisis management, leading innovation, creating a culture of safety, and serving as a mentor and coach.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      Odd Only
                      NURSING-741

                      Theories of Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Systems

                      This course will address concepts and theories important to nursing leadership and management in health systems. Organizational behavior, leadership theories, and complexity science will be emphasized.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        Even Only
                        NURSING-745

                        Economics and Policy in Health Systems

                        This course will explore the health care delivery system in the United States including economic, political, financial, ethical, and social factors affecting health policy. Emphasis will be given to the financing of health care. Statistics will be used to analyze resource management and utilization. Legislative and regulatory processes affecting nursing and healthcare will be addressed.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          NURSING-750

                          Human Resource Management in Health Systems

                          This course is designed to introduce students to the field of human resource management from the perspective of a nurse manager and address effective human resource management practices and policies designed to create and maintain a healthy professional work environment. Communication strategies and technologies, and collaboration on interprofessional healthcare teams and with diverse groups will be addressed. Staffing models, hiring, retention and supervision practices, performance enhancement planning, strategic scheduling, and labor relations/law will be covered.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                            Credits2
                            Lecture
                            NURSING-755

                            Program Planning for Population Health

                            This course will focus on the role of the nurse leader in program planning for health promotion and disease prevention for populations. Topics will include determinants of health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and advancing equity in access, services, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Fall
                              Even Only
                              NURSING-760

                              Informatics in Health Systems

                              This course will enhance students' knowledge and skills related to nursing informatics in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will learn how to use project management principles and technologies to enhance patient-care delivery, management, and clinical decision support. Research from nursing and other disciplines regarding improving patient outcomes, cost effectiveness and patient safety will be emphasized.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Fall
                                Even Only
                                NURSING-770

                                Practicum I Evidence-based Clinical Care in Health Systems

                                Using an inter-professional perspective, specific evidence-based patient quality and safety practice related policy decisions will be explored. Trends, statistics and quality benchmarks will be used to understand decisions in clinical care. The course will provide a structured opportunity for using evidence-based health promotion and disease management principles in family/lifespan nursing care.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  Odd Only
                                  NURSING-772

                                  Practicum II Leadership and Management in Health Systems

                                  This course will provide a structured experience for exploration of nursing leadership and management roles in health care systems and development of an evidence-based capstone project. Emphasis will be placed on information systems, financial reimbursement models, disaster/crisis management plans and organizational culture.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    NURSING-774

                                    Practicum III Advanced Leadership and Management in Health Systems

                                    In this course a student will assume a nursing leadership role by implementing a capstone project at the practicum site. Reflective strategies will be used to enhance learning and process the practicum experience. The student will disseminate the project findings to an inter-professional team.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Nursing 770 & 772.
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Spring
                                      Odd Only
                                      NURSING-780

                                      Financial Management in Health Systems

                                      This course will develop knowledge and skills used by nurse leaders for effective financial management in health care systems. Topics will include reimbursement systems, coding and payment mechanisms, ethics and legalities of contracting, governmental regulations, budget development, marketing and inter-professional collaboration around budget and finance.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Must be admitted to MSN program
                                        Credits2
                                        Lecture
                                        Fall
                                        Even Only
                                        NURSING-785

                                        Environmental Sustainability in Health Systems

                                        This course will explore sustainability in health systems with emphasis on the environmental impact of health system practices. Implications of United States and global environmental health policy will be analyzed. Economic sustainability including cost-benefit analysis will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on decisions and strategies nurse leaders make that impact sustainability of health systems and the environment.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Must be admitted to MSN program