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Prerequisites: Pre-Master's Nursing Courses

NU 306 - Nursing Research (Independent Study) 3 cr.
This writing designated course introduces the nursing student to the importance of research to the discipline of nursing. The course focuses on the research process in the discovery of knowledge and the relevance of evidence-based research outcomes to nursing practice. Nursing students enhance critical thinking skills while critiquing current nursing research. The capabilities of baccalaureate prepared nurses as participants on research teams and as consumers of research are examined.

NU 408 - Leadership and Management in Nursing (Independent Study) 3 cr.
Principles of leadership and management are applied to case studies that illustrate the skills needed to manage patient care and human or material resources in the health care field. Students explore strategies for exercising power to influence the politics of the work setting, professional organizations, and legislatures. Major factors in the escalation of health care costs are explored as well as the legal and ethical implications of current social policies.

NU 411 - Community Health Nursing (Independent Study) 4 cr.
This course focuses on fostering health in the community. Cultural, socioeconomic, and epidemiological factors are considered as community specific health problems are identified. Empowering individuals, families and groups to restore and maintain health as well as prevent illness and injury is an integral component of this course. Clinical learning experiences are provided in a variety of community health settings.

MS Program in Nursing Courses

NUR 502 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Health Care 3 cr.
This course provides an exploration of current professional issues in nursing. Specifically, students will develop advanced knowledge about the complex issues of nursing within multidisciplinary practice in a variety of surrounding environments. The course explores issues and trends of furthering the profession, current nursing shortage, workplace issues, policy, ethical principled behavior, transcultural concepts, culture and practice competencies, and legal issues in healthcare. Students will be asked to apply this knowledge and discuss the impact of a current professional issue focused on the advanced nurse's role. The students will explore the challenges or opportunities that arise around the issues. Students will assess the vision of the future of nursing and examine both the technical, educational and organizational issues that arise.

NUR 504 Managing Operations, Finance, and Risk 3 cr.
The course examines an integrated approach to operations management in linking all aspects of the organization, including its employees, processes, clients, and internal and external suppliers. The student examines operations in the context of the organization as a whole. The course studies the various elements of operations management, from technical to organizational, with special emphasis on the integrated financial requirements and implications and risk relative to the entire enterprise. Concepts explored include: quality, human resource management, organizational behavior, marketing and client relationships, supply chain management, and project management.

NUR 505 Curriculum Design, Course Development & Program Evaluation 3 cr.
This course provides an exploration of curriculum design and course development for schools of nursing and programs in organizational institutions. Specifically students will develop advanced knowledge about the role of the nurse educator in developing and evaluating a nursing curriculum. Students will explore theories of nursing and learning applicable to nursing education. Trends influencing nursing education and curriculum development will be explored as well as the process of accreditation of programs. Students will critique select nursing curriculums for essential components of a nursing curriculum. Students will develop a theoretical framework that will guide the development of a nursing course.

NUR 508 Role Development within Professional Organizations 3 cr.
Students will learn how to function effectively within an organization including the use of the ANA or NLN standards, ethical principles, professional values and beliefs as a framework for nursing practice. The purpose of this core course seminar is to engage students in the process of role development as an educator or upper level nurse administrator in any setting. It is important for nurses to first explore these roles and to identify their career goals. The student will engage in advanced exploration and analysis of nursing leadership, informatics, education, care management, cultural competence, ethical dilemmas and fiscal and human resource allocation in various organizational environments. Students will examine organizational environments to address quality initiatives within interdisciplinary settings. The course will also focus on the nurse as a change agent by developing a comprehensive plan to address a professional issue, implementing collegial interdisciplinary relationships within an organization, and identifying the role of the nurse to perform life-long learning by engaging in scholarship.

NUR 509 Internship in Educator Role 6 cr.
This internship in nursing education course is designed as a capstone course in the Masters in Nursing Education Concentration. In this course the student will complete a minimum of 144 hours with a preceptor in either the area of staff education in an organizational institution or in a school of nursing. Students in this course are expected to integrate knowledge in previous courses related to the role of the nurse educator, curriculum design, course development, teaching methods and principles and apply them to an educational setting. Students will develop and submit measurable objectives to be completed during the internship. Weekly seminar topics are included in this course to facilitate discussion surrounding nursing education roles, responsibilities and issues in teaching and learning.

NUR 510 Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership 3 cr.
This course will provide the student with both a comprehensive foundation and synthesis of practice and knowledge related to nursing leadership and administration. The content areas to be covered are: the professional role of the nurse leader/administrator; the inside operation of the health care organization and systems including the organization; culture and structure, mission statements, strategic planning, and how to influence change. In order to effectively care for patients, models of care delivery, case management, disease management, emergency planning and communication strategies will be presented. In addition, ethical and legal responsibilities, team building, working with collective bargaining units and dealing with work place violence will be discussed. Fiscal management principles will also be presented.

NUR 525 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.
Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical foundations of nursing and the application of theories from nursing and other disciplines to actual practice. This course provides the practicing nurse knowledge of different theories that can be used to improve the practice of nursing. This course will cover systems theory, nursing theories, health belief and promotion theories, and others. The study of theories is to enable the individual student of nursing to make optimum use of theories in their role. Theories and conceptual models provide a mechanism for studying and understanding human interactions, developing therapeutic relationships, and intervening in such a way that positive health outcomes can be achieved.

NUR 526 Nurse as the Administrator 3 cr.
The purpose of the course is to engage students in the process of role development as nurse administrators and leaders in any health care setting. It is important for nurse administration to identify personal and organizational goals, apply leadership skills and knowledge to implement change by working with an organization. Also, the nurse administrator must be able to function within a health care setting by applying ethical and legal principles related to regulatory policies at the state and federal levels, credentialing agencies, third party players, and to assure that quality of care is provided to patient, families, and the community. This course will focus on developing collegial relationships with other departments within the organization and the community that are pivotal in promoting a positive work environment and in meeting organizational outcomes.

NUR 532 Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes 3 cr.
Quality indicators and continuous quality improvement are the standards by which healthcare is measured in terms of outcomes. Third party payers, regulatory agencies, and consumers are addressing access to care, cost, preventing accidents and illnesses as part of the quality in receiving services. Nurse-led care can improve outcomes. This course is designed to inform and assist nurse administrators and leaders in understanding the role nurses play in meeting cost-effective health outcomes. Managers can then in turn influence staff nurses and others as to how important their role is in achieving quality care through improvement mechanisms. Course content will cover AHRQ’s indicators, patient safety issues, competencies in the care of the older adult, evidence related to nursing-sensitive patient outcomes that respond to nursing interventions, models to ensure quality improvement on a unit, and findings related to quality and health disparities in the United States. Included in this course will be information on the Institute of Medicine(IOM) and work related to patient safety

NUR 561 Nurse as the Educator 3 cr.
This course provides an exploration of the role of the nurse as an educator in schools of nursing and in staff development in organizational institutions. Specifically students will develop advanced knowledge about the multifaceted role of the nurse educator as well as current issues and trends in education impacting the role of the nurse educator. The impact of economic trends and policy on the profession of nursing and the subsequent impact on nursing education will be explored.

NUR 565 Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching 3 cr.
This course provides foundational principles of teaching and learning essential for the nurse educator. Topics in this course include: learning styles inventory, critical thinking, strategies for lecturing to a large group of students, approaches to laboratory learning, and principles of clinical instruction. Included in this course will be discussions on alternative teaching methods such as distance learning, computer assisted learning, innovation to stimulate learning, new technologies in teaching and strategies to overcoming obstacles to learning. Test construction, methods to evaluate learning and course grading will also be discussed.

NUR 574 Nursing Research I: Methods 3 cr.
Further expands the graduate student's previous knowledge of research. The goal of this course is to prepare graduates to conduct and apply evidence-based research to their practice. Students will compare and contrast action research methodology with other forms of research, identify factors that influence research design and control, development of empirical questions from theory, construction of survey instruments, statistical or qualitative analysis, and the interpretation of results. Emphasis will be to critique existing research and to plan future research. Students will learn to appraise the literature critically, determine the strength of evidence presented in the research literature and use multiple sources of information to identify a problem, methodological process, and strategies of measurement and scaling properties of research instrument. Students will select an appropriate research topic for a given type of research design and submit a written report of the research proposal on a specified topic.

NUR 575 Nursing Research II: Project 3 cr.
Students will be involved in an opportunity to pursue study in a subject area within the specialty of nursing education or administration regarding a need or interest under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. The student will focus on conducting a research project with emphasis on problem delineation, methodological process, data collection and analysis, and organization of study report findings. The course offers students an opportunity to examine a problem with the intersection of theory, research and practice in a scholarly evidence-based research project.

NUR 582 Internship in Administrator Role 6 cr.
The internship experience, facilitated by a nursing faculty member will be in a health care setting where the student will be working with a nurse leader or administrator who can assist the student in learning the administrator role. This goal is to facilitate the socialization of the student into the role as leader and to enable the student to demonstrate the ability to apply content that has been learned in various courses in the administrator concentration. The internship course will be an interactive process where the student will be working with a preceptor in a health care setting. During this experience each student will be responsible for meeting the course goals and assisting the agency with a project that will benefit the agency and enhance student learning.

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