Nursing 6010 - Research in Nursing I - Quantitative Methods (4 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 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 6040 - Nursing Informatics (Course normally offered only by web delivery)
(3 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on the theoretical and practical basis of nursing informatics. Content to be covered will include theoretical and technical aspects of system and data base design, legal and ethical issues, and strategies for access, retrieval and evaluation of health related information for professionals and patients. Local, national, and international nursing and health data bases and systems will be examined and critiqued. Practical application related to information systems and technology will be included in the course.
Nursing 6050 - Leadership in Nursing (Course normally offered only by web delivery) (3 credit hours)
This seminar course emphasizes theories and skills in leadership, management, and human resources that nurses may apply to improve the quality of patient care, the development of the nursing profession, and the quality of the work environment. The course will include the perspective of nurses in both clinical practice and administrative positions, and how they can influence decision-making, quality services, and change in their place of work.
Nursing 6060 - Policy and Politics in Advanced Nursing Practice (Course normally offered only by web delivery) (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to explore the role of nursing in health and social policy, the policy process, and strategies for policy development. These topics will be examined through the concepts of power, policymaking, political action, advocacy, lobbying, workplace politics and ethics. Policy and politics as applied to nursing practice, education, research, and administration will be considered. Local, provincial, national and international perspectives will be addressed.
Nursing 6200 - Nursing Individuals and Families Through Life Transactions (3 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on individuals and families experiencing developmental, situational, health-illness, and organizational transitions. The course addresses a range of philosophical perspectives, theories and research related to the individual and the family. The complex interactional nature of individual and family processes including the variables impacting on and shaping healthy transitions will be emphasized.
Nursing 6210 - Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)
This course involves the exploration and evaluation of innovative therapeutic strategies for individuals and families experiencing transitions. The course will prepare students to fulfill the roles of advanced practice nurse through consideration of the evidence base for current individual and family interventions, ethical and sociocultural issues, and the implications for research and practice. In addition, this course highlight advances in theory, research and skill development for advanced nursing interventions.
Nursing 6220 - Concepts for Population-Based Nursing (3 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on understanding concepts of population health that underpin new approaches to community and population-based nursing practice. Specific determinants of health and the concept of risk are analyzed in detail. Specific emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations and on the critical appraisal of indicators of population health and their application for advanced nursing practice.
Nursing 6230 - Interventions for Population-Based Nursing (3 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on applying concepts related to the determinants of population health and critical appraisal of population-based interventions. Examples of interventions include: diffusion of innovations, screening, social marketing, community development and community capacity building, and healthy public policy. Application for advanced nursing practice at the provincial, national, and international levels will be addressed.
Nursing 6610, 6611 - Practicum in Advanced Clinical Practice.
Nursing 6620, 6621 - Practicum in Nursing Administration. Nursing 6630, 6631 - Practicum in Nursing Research/Research Utilization.
Nursing 6640, 6641 - Practicum in Health Policy.
Nursing 6650, 6651 - Practicum in Nursing Education.
N6701 - Advanced Practice Issues and Role Development (2 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the context of current and future health care realities. Emphasis will be on the examination and critique of various practice models such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and combined model. Domains of direct clinical practice, teaching and coaching, consultation and collaboration, research, leadership and professional role and ethical decision making will be examined. Issues around implementation of these models in practice will be discussed. (24 hours of lecture)
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
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.