NU 500 THEORETICAL BASES FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSINGCampus:
The focus of this course is the study of a wide range of theories from nursing and related sciences that support and inform advanced practice nursing. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating and critiquing a variety of theories from nursing, as well as the natural, social, organizational and biological sciences. Students will be prepared to apply and utilize various theories in practice that support a holistic approach to patient care, a firm foundation for theory application in health care organizations and an emphasis on population-based care. Specific emphasis will be placed on direct application and evaluation of the Roy Adaptation Model in advanced practice nursing. 4 hours a week, 1 semester. 4 credits.
NU 510 TRANSITION TO ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSINGCampus:
The student engages in the study of various components of the advanced practice role in nursing from a historical and contemporary perspective. Theoretical and scientific foundations that support the advanced practice role are explored. Specific role competencies integral to successful advanced practice nursing are critically examined. Ethical, legal, financial and regulatory issues are examined as they relate to proactive advanced practice in an interdisciplinary and evolving health care system. 3 hours a week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 530 ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY IN THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMCampus:
This foundational course provides an overview of the structure, regulation and financing of the health care system in the Unites States with particular emphasis on the identification and analysis of related ethical issues. The development, implementation and evaluation of public policy are addressed with particular attention paid to the role of the advanced practice nurse in effecting change and promoting quality in the current system. Comparative analysis of other health care systems aids in the evaluation of contemporary issues and policy concerns in the United States. Historical, philosophical and political perspectives are incorporated into the discussion of contemporary issues and trends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 531 ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPANCampus:
This course deals with advanced physiology and pathophysiological concepts and principles and their relationship to causative factors of disease across the life span. Emphasis is placed on common pathophysiologic processes relevant to advanced practice nursing. Current research findings are integrated throughout the course and a problem-based approach is used to address implications for advanced practice nursing. Prerequisites: NU 500 and NU 510. Co-requisite: NU 550. Three hours a week, one semester. 3 credits.
NU 540 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGYCampus:
This course focuses on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in relation to the clinical applications of the major drug classifications. Emphasis is placed on the safe and competent use of drug therapy to manage common health problems across the life span. Issues related to clinical pharmacology with special populations are addressed. Legal issues related to prescription writing in advanced practice nursing are explored. A problem-based case study method will be utilized throughout the course. Ethical issues related to clinical decision making, access to therapy and drug research are addressed. Effective patient education will be stressed throughout the course. Prerequisites: NU 500, NU 510, NU 550 and NU 531. 3 hours a week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 550 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENTCampus:
This course provides both a theoretical and clinical foundation for advanced assessment of clients across the life span. Students will develop skill in interviewing, history taking and documentation of a holistic assessment of clients across the life span. The course will focus on health promotion, identification and analysis of common abnormal findings, an appreciation of developmental and functional deviations, the process of developing differential diagnosis and advanced clinical judgment. The Roy Adaptation Model will provide the primary theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. This course incorporates a laboratory component. Prerequisites: undergraduate health assessment course. Co-requisite: NU 531. 4 hours a week (2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab), 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 620 ADVANCED STATISTICS IN NURSING RESEARCHCampus:
This course introduces the graduate student to the application of statistical methods in research related to nursing and the health professions and serves as a foundation for NU 660. Students will be introduced to key concepts and principles in statistical analysis and inference. The purpose, assumptions, selection, calculation and interpretation of selected statistical procedures will be explored. Statistical methods in selected research studies will be critiqued. Evaluation of research findings for evidence-based practice or scholarly inquiry will be addressed. Students will utilize a statistical computer program for the preparation and analysis of data sets. Analysis of qualitative studies will also be incorporated. Prerequisites: undergraduate statistics course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 660 ADVANCED NURSING RESEARCHCampus:
The course focuses on the role of research in advanced practice nursing. Epistemological and philosophical issues related to the use of the scientific method in nursing are explored. The steps of the research process are examined in depth. Emphasis is placed on the ethics of nursing research and the exploration of clinical research to support advanced practice nursing. Qualitative and quantitative methods are analyzed and compared. Students are expected to identify a research interest that will lead to a research proposal. The use of computer technology is integrated throughout the course. Evidence-based research and its relevance to advanced practice nursing will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NU 500, NU 510 and NU 620. 3 hours a week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health Concentration Courses
NU 610 ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE I HEALTH ASSESSMENTCampus:
This course provides a holistic approach to the knowledge base and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice. Students need to demonstrate mastery of health assessment skills (physical examinations and health histories) for individuals within family, environment and sociocultural concepts. There will be planned didactic and clinical experiences to refine assessment skills and interviewing techniques as an advanced practice nurse. Health promotion, health risk appraisal, health maintenance and disease prevention are emphasized in relationship to age-specific clients, utilizing both advanced nursing theory and a systems approach. Prerequisites: NU 550 3 hours seminar per week, 50 hours of practicum, 1 semester, 1 credit
NU 650 ADVANCED CNS NURSING PRACTICE IICampus:
This course focuses on the nursing process elements of assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, intervention and evaluation. Using a holistic orientation, the student will work in partnership with the patient/client/family/community in designing a plan of care for health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and illness/injury management. The student will utilize the Roy Adaptation Model to identify and differentiate between disease-based and non-disease based etiologies. The student will be expected to achieve the competencies and outcomes of this influence as well as demonstrate the four essential characteristics of the CNS. Legal and ethical issues of advanced practice will also be explored. The student will develop competence in this sphere through preceptorship with a CNS as well as through weekly seminars. Prerequisites: NU 500, NU 510, NU 550, NU 531, NU 540 and NU 610. 3 hours seminar per week, 150 hours of practicum, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 665 ADVANCED CNS NURSING PRACTICE IIICampus:
The CNS as leader/mentor/consultant and change agent will be explored and analyzed in relation to the advancement of nursing practice. This course focuses on the identification of problems and opportunities for improvement: factors that contribute to resource management needs and outcomes; and the development and evaluation of innovative solutions that will promote quality, cost effective and efficient nursing care. The legal and ethical issues of advanced practice will be explored in their relationship to the CNS practice. The student will develop competence in this sphere through preceptorship with a CNS as well as through weekly seminars. Co- or prerequisite: NU 650. 3 hours seminar per week, 150 hours of practicum, one semester. 3 credits.
NU 670 ADVANCED CNS NURSING PRACTICE IVCampus:
This course focuses on the role of the CNS as it relates to organizational structure and processes, organizational culture, social context, human, material and financial resources and public policy. The student will be expected to incorporate all three spheres of influence to improve patient outcomes while maintaining cost-effective care. Patient/client care related to an individual, family and community within the student’s chosen specialty will be integrated. The student will utilize this course to explore management, research and educational opportunities for the CNS. Prerequisite: NU 665. 3 hours seminars per week, 175 hours of practicum, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 535 HOLISTIC NURSING PRACTICECampus:
This course is designed to provide an introduction to holistic nursing and an overview of selected healing modalities such as therapeutic touch, relaxation and guided imagery. Discussions, demonstrations and/or experiential sessions are utilized to facilitate an understanding of these modalities. Emphasis is placed on theory-based practice. The implications of holistic nursing in advanced practice nursing and research are examined. 3 hours seminar per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 536 ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE AND GENETICSCampus:
This course will explore the impact of the Human Genome Project and expanding genetic knowledge base on the clinical practice of nursing. Students will gain an understanding of the science of genetics as it relates to the genetic aspects of nursing and health care. Genetic concepts related to human heredity, genetic conditions and treatment approaches will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of genetic knowledge into advanced nursing practice. Ethical, legal, social and cultural aspects of the genetic advances in health care will be explored from a nursing perspective. 3 hours seminar per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 600 FAMILY THEORY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSINGCampus:
This course focuses on major theoretical frameworks that influence approaches to family study. Family-level assessment and intervention methods that derive from specific models are introduced. Emphasis is placed on the understandings and competencies needed to collaborate with families. Major cultural, economic, legal and ethical issues are discussed in relation to the changing nature of the family as a unit of care in today’s society. 3 hours seminar per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
Nursing Education Courses
NU 630 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATIONCampus:
This course will explore the historical issues and trends leading to the need for competency-based nursing education curricula. The advanced practice role of nurse educator in academia and in service-based organizations will be examined. Students will explore issues related to the adult learner, learning styles and the diversity of practice areas. Legal, regulatory and ethical issues in nursing education will be discussed. Prerequisites: NU 500, NU 510. 3 hours per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 635 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING EDUCATIONCampus:
This course focuses on the application of theoretical concepts as they relate to curriculum development in an academic or health care setting. Students will examine models applicable to curriculum design in nursing. Analysis of the curriculum development process and major societal, educational, legal, regulatory and professional forces affecting curriculum development in nursing are explored. Nursing theory as an educational framework is discussed. External evaluation and ethical considerations of curriculum development will be examined. Emphasis is on the design and evaluation of curriculum components in various types of nursing education programs. Prerequisite: NU 630. 3 hours per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 640 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATIONCampus:
The emphasis of this course is on teaching and learning theories and strategies. The student is exposed to a variety of modalities utilized in teaching both theory-based and clinical courses. Methods of educational measurement and evaluation are discussed. Content includes measurement and evaluation modalities, test construction, clinical evaluation and the relationship between measurement and educational decision making. Factors that influence instruction and evaluation are discussed. Legal and ethical issues are explored. Prerequisite: NU 635. 3 hours per week, 1 semester. 3 credits.
NU 645 PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATIONCampus:
This course provides students the opportunity for application and analysis of the theories and concepts of assessment, instruction and evaluation while engaging in the role of educator. Through guided practice in academic and service-based settings, students will interface with faculty and agency personnel. Practicums will be individualized for each student. Weekly seminars provide opportunities for sharing of experiences, exchange of ideas, clarification of concerns, analysis of instructional and evaluation strategies and use of group problem solving. 3 credits. Prerequisites: NU 630, NU 640. 3 hours per week, one semester, 100 hours of practicum.
St. Joseph's College's Department of Nursing reserves the prerogative to adjust admission and program requirements in response to changes in accreditation or credentialing/registration criteria.