M.S. with a major in Nursing Course Descriptions

NU 500 THEORETICAL BASES FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 NURSING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 SYSTEM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 SPAN

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 PHARMACOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 ASSESSMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 RESEARCH

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 RESEARCH

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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.

Concentration Courses

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Gerontology Concentration Courses

NU 611 FOUNDATIONS OF THE APN: ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This is the first concentration-specific course for students in the Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration.  The course explores the historical foundations of the CNS practice.  In accordance with the NACNS statement of practice and education; the CNS core competencies, the three spheres of influence and practice domains will be analyzed.  An emphasis will be placed on the seven essential characteristics of the CNS and how they are manifested in practice to impact quality and safety.  Practice standards that dictate requirements of care for the adult-gerontology population along the continuum of wellness through death will also be identified. The AACN Synergy Model will be one of the conceptual models that are explored as a framework for guiding the delivery of care by the CNS. Prerequisites: NU 500, NU 510, NU 530, NU 540 and NU 550. 3 hours seminar per week, 3 credits

NU 651 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY APN I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses on the role of the APN as identified in the APRN consensus model.  The emphasis is given to the services provided with respect to the care to adult-geriatric population across the health wellness-illness continuum.  Population-focused disease prevention, risk assessment and reduction, screening measures and alternative health practices will be examined. Students will develop health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and risk management strategies for the care of adult/geriatric population.  The student will be expected to achieve the current competencies for the Adult-Gerontology population as related to health promotion and wellness care. Legal and ethical issues of advanced practice will also be explored. Prerequisites: NU 611. 3 credits, weekly seminars.

NU 652 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CNS CLINICAL I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This 175 hour clinical course provides students the opportunity to apply CNS theory to practice and enables students to collaborate with preceptors in the care of the adult and geriatric patients with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and wellness care.  In partnership with the individual/family/community, the student will utilize diverse nursing theories and research- based tools to conduct assessments.  Based upon the findings, the student will develop age-specific patient centered plans of care and subsequently evaluate the attainment of patient outcomes.  The student will be expected to achieve the adult-gerontology competencies as well as the outcomes of the three spheres of influence in this clinical practicum. Co-requisite: NU 651 Prerequisite: NU 611. 1 credit, practicum of 175 hours.

NU 667 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY APN II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses on the biological and behavioral phenomena of concern in the acute care of adults and geriatric populations. The student will develop expertise in diagnostic reasoning and clinical inquiry. This course will emphasize the use of standards of care and clinical practice guidelines to assure safe, evidence based care. A culture of collaboration will be promoted to achieve patient outcomes for disease prevention and illness management in acute care. The student will be expected to achieve the current competencies for the Adult-Gerontology population as related to acute care. Legal and ethical issues of advanced practice will also be explored. Prerequisite: NU 651. 3 credits, weekly seminars.

NU 668 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CNS CLINICAL II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This 175 hour clinical course provides students the opportunity to apply CNS theory to practice and enables students to collaborate with preceptors in the acute care of adults and geriatric populations care.  This course focuses on the biological and behavioral phenomena of concern and the CNS student will address these phenomena in the three spheres of influence:  patients, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems.  The CNS student will develop expertise in diagnostic reasoning and clinical inquiry. This course will emphasize the use of standards or care and clinical practice guidelines to assure safe, evidence based care. A culture of collaboration will be promoted to achieve patient outcomes for disease prevention and illness management in acute care. The student will be expected to achieve the adult gerontology competencies as well as the outcomes of the three spheres of influence in their clinical practicum. Co-requisite: NU 667 Prerequisite: NU 651 and NU 652. 1 credit, practicum of 175 hours.

NU 671 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY APN III

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses on the APN role in the management of chronic health problems as well as the management/prevention of acute progression/exacerbations of chronic health problems. Emphasis in this course will be focused on the assessment, development, and evaluation of evidence-based plans of care for complex and multi-system disorders in the adult and geriatric populations. The student will be expected to achieve the current competencies for the Adult-Gerontology population as related to chronic care. Legal and ethical issues of advanced practice will also be explored. Prerequisite: NU 667. 3 credits, weekly seminars.

NU 672 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CNS CLINICAL III

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
This 175 hour clinical course provides students the opportunity to apply CNS theory to practice and enables students to collaborate with preceptors in the care of the adult and geriatric patients with a focus on management of chronic health problems as well as the management/ prevention of acute progression/exacerbations of chronic health problems.  The student will be expected to achieve the adult-gerontology competencies as well as the outcomes of the three spheres of influence in this clinical practicum. Co-requisite: NU 671 Prerequisite: NU 667 and NU 668. 1 credit, practicum of 175 hours.

NU 675 Capstone I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

In this course the student will be expected to design and implement a research project. Co-requisite: NU 667 and NU 668. 1 credit, Faculty Advisement.

NU 676 Capstone II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

In this course the student continues implementation of the research project. Co-requisite: NU 671 and NU 672 1 credit, Faculty Advisement.


Nursing Education Courses

NU 630 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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 EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

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.

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