Nursing 6010 - Research in Nursing I - Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
The emphasis in this course is on developing the ability to conduct quantitative research. The elements of the research process, hypothesis generation, operationalization of concepts, sampling, data collection, data analysis and report writing are covered. Some hands-on experience in the use of computers for data analysis will be provided. An overview of the philosophical perspectives underlying the scientific methods is also included.
Prerequisite: Introductory course in research and a course in statistics.
Nursing 6100 - Research in Nursing II - Qualitative Methods (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on qualitative methodologies which fall under the umbrella of phenomenological philosophy. The student will be expected to grasp an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative methods, the methods themselves, and the problems confronted in attempting to utilize these methods in developing nursing knowledge. Phenomenology, hermeneutics, hermeneutic phenomenology, and interpretive ethnography are given particular emphasis. These methods will be contrasted with grounded theory, concept analysis, and naturalistic inquiry. This will set the stage for discussions on the use of qualitative versus quantitative methods in nursing research.
Nursing 6011 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course presents ideas associated with concept-formation, theory structure and development. Theories in nursing are explored, critically analyzed and evaluated. Each theory is examined for its practical application to improve nursing practice, nursing curricula, and nursing administration.
Nursing 6020 - Programme Development in Nursing (Course normally offered only by web delivery) (3 credit hours)
This graduate course presents concepts, principles, and methods of program development. Processes for needs assessment, design of implementation, and planning for program evaluation for programs for nursing care, education, and administration are explored; students are expected to produce a program design for an area of their interest.
Nursing 6221 - Population Based Nursing (3 credits)
This course involves an examination of theoretical and research knowledge related to the key domains of the population health framework: influencing personal health practices, creating supportive environments and building community capacity, reorienting health services, and healthy public policy. Core concepts explored include risk, generating and interpreting rates from population health data to identify priority problems, and determinants of health. Emphasis is placed on the critical appraisal of population-based interventions, including screening programs, for selected high-priority population health problems, assessing their strengths, limitations, applicability to different problems, and effectiveness. The roles of nurses, advanced nursing practice and nursing leadership in population health will be explored. Pre-requisite: N6250 Foundations for Nursing Practice
Nursing 6031 - Education in Nursing (Course normally offered only by web delivery)(3 credit hours)
The course focuses on examination of the philosophical basis and implementation strategies for Nursing education. Content includes: philosophy of higher education, current issues related to nursing curricular development, historical approaches to clinical teaching, teaching strategies for stimulating critical thinking, evaluation of learning and legal aspects related to nursing education. It provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their views towards nursing education and compare these with current nursing and educational research.
Nursing 6240 - Individuals and Families Through Life Transitions (3 credits)
This course involves an examination of theoretical and research knowledge needed by advanced practice nurses for the provision of care to individuals and families experiencing life transitions. The core concepts addressed are life transitions (developmental, situational, and illness-related) and stress, coping, and health outcomes. Evidence-based interventions that advanced practice nurses use to assist individuals and families who are experiencing life transitions are explored. Pre-requisites: N6250 Foundations for Nursing Practice and N6011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Nursing 6250 - Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
This course will help students develop professional and academic skills required for success in graduate studies and for evidence-informed decision making in advanced nursing practice. One area of emphasis will be on developing writing competencies for scholarly work. Topics will include mechanics of writing, building and defending arguments, locating information, critical reading, evaluating various forms of knowledge, writing integrative literature reviews, and presenting the results of these in different formats. The second area of emphasis will be on in-depth exploration of the different competencies associated with, and their application to, advanced nursing practice. Note: This course is pre-requisite to all other courses for practicum option students, although students may take this course as a co-requisite with others in the first term of the program.
Nursing 6660: MN Practicum I (3 hours)
In the first practicum course, students propose a practicum project that will provide them with the opportunity for integration and synthesis of philosophical perspectives, theories, research and skills that have been acquired in the previous course work. The project also provides students with the opportunity for application of skills and material learned in previous course work and for development of further knowledge in a selected area of interest, as well as for demonstration of advanced nursing practicum competencies. Practicum projects will vary from student to student and are negotiated with the course professor.
In the first practicum course, students develop a written proposal for the project and conduct a comprehensive review of the literature. Depending on their project, they may consult with colleagues or assess available resources if they are developing educational materials or policies. If their project involves implementation of existing educational materials or policies, they may develop an implementation or evaluation plan.
An interim practicum report is expected at the end of the first practicum course which includes an outline of activities for the second course and a reflection of progress to date in terms of advanced nursing practice competencies. Students are expected to revise all documents (e.g., proposal, literature review, reports) during the term based on feedback. Work that is unsatisfactory after a maximum of 3 drafts will constitute a failure and inability to progress to the next practicum. Activities cannot be carried out until plans are approved by the course professor. Prerequisites: all required courses.
Nursing 6661: MN Practicum II (3 credits)
In the second practicum course, students continue to implement their project, following the original proposal and the plans outlined in the interim report at the end of the first practicum course. For example, students will develop educational materials or policies based on their literature review and consultations with colleagues, or they will implement existing educational materials or policies based on their implementation and evaluation plan. They will share what they have done and accomplished in presentations to their colleagues, and they will write a final practicum report that includes all materials generated during the two courses, e.g., literature review, reports of consultations or evaluation, developed educational materials or policies. The final report includes a summary of advanced nursing practice competencies demonstrated by the student, illustrated with examples. Prerequisites: all required courses and N6660 MN Practicum I
6703 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Practicum I (4 credit hours)
This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in performing comprehensive health assessments on clients across the lifespan. Analyses and critique of various frameworks essential to advanced health assessment will be discussed. Emphasis will be on comprehensive health assessments including history taking, physical examination, synthesis, critical analysis and interpretation of health data. For their clinical component, students will be preceptored in a health care setting by either a nurse practitioner or physician.
A mandatory fall residency may be required for all NP students. This will occur during the first or second week of classes in September. In addition to providing an overview of the NP program, it orients students to the laboratory and skill sessions in advanced health assessment. Contact hours - 39 theory + 24 lab + 96 clinical
6704 Applied Pathophysiology and Clinical Practicum II (4 credit hours)
This course uses an evidence based conceptual approach to critically examine pathophysiological phenomena relevant to advanced nursing practice. The pathophysiology of common diseases and their impact on health in specific populations across the lifespan will be examined. Students will be preceptored in a health care setting by either a nurse practitioner or physician in completing focused health assessment.
A mandatory winter residency may be required for all NP students, occurs during the first or second week of classes in January and April. It orients students to laboratory and skill sessions in completing focused health assessments and clinical testing (OSCEs). Contact hours 39 theory + 12 lab + 96 clinical
6705 Pharmacotherapy and Therapeutics (3 credit hours)
This course will critically appraise and interpret concepts integral to pharmacotherapy across the lifespan. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of selected classes of medications will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of knowledge required to prescribe and monitor medication use within the scope of practice for nurse practitioners. Integration of knowledge from pharmacology will be used in teaching and counseling patients in appropriate use of nutrition and complementary therapies for common diseases conditions. Contact Hours: 39 theory
6706 Nurse Practitioner Roles and Practice Issues
The focus of this course is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the context of current and future health care realities. The examination and critique of various advanced nursing practice models, and their implementation will be discussed. Models and methods for program development and evaluation will be explored.
Nursing 6800 to Nursing 6809 Nursing Specialty Option Courses
N690X - Advanced Clinical Practicum IV (15 credit hours)
This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and analyze previously learned knowledge and skills in an intensive clinical experience. Students will choose their own client population and will work closely with a clinical preceptor negotiated by the student and professor. The advanced practice role will be developed as students gain expertise in health assessment, diagnostic testing and treatment planning while collaborating with clients, families and other health professionals.