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NURS-205: Special Topics in Nursing (___) (1-3 hour)

Study of nursing or a health related issue. Specific topic will be designated each time the course is offered. May be repeated if different course content. Will not apply to the nursing major. Prerequisites: None.



NURS-265: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2 hours)

Concepts essential for health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on levels of prevention, wellness, and teaching methods and planning. Open to all majors.



NURS-300: Foundations of Nursing Practice (5 hours)

Lecture 3 hours, clinical experiences 6 hours per week. Concepts, knowledge and skills essential for implementation of the nursing process in structured settings. Prerequisite: Certified Nurse's Assistant Certification. Corequisite: NURS 301 Professional Nursing Seminar, NURS 320 Health Assessment and NURS 390 Pathophysiologic Bases of Nursing. Open to students who have been accepted to upper division clinical nursing major.



NURS-301: Professional Nursing Seminar (1 hour)

Assists with transition into a professional nursing program. Specific techniques for success in the nursing major. Corequisite: NURS 300 Foundations of Nursing Practice. Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division Major. Offered on a pass-fail basis only. Open to students who have been accepted to upper division clinical nursing major.



NURS-302: Techniques for Nursing (2 hours)

Clinical laboratory 6 hours per week. Psychomotor skills necessary to perform therapeutic interventions are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced in a laboratory setting. Corequisite: NURS 300 Foundations of Nursing Practice. Open to students who have been accepted to upper division clinical nursing major.



NURS-303: Introduction to Public Health (3 hours)

An introduction to public health to introduce students from a variety of disciplines to the basic tenets of public health providing a history of public health, and introduction to the public health core functions and disciplines, (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health management and policy and social and behavior health), current events and issues in the field, and career opportunities.



NURS-304: Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing (3 hours)

Engages the learner intellectually in an ongoing professional dialogue and journey with peers, colleagues and instructors to broaden professional development and build on preexisting knowledge and experience. Content centers on involvement within the profession, utilization of evidence-based practice, expanding technologies and broadening the vision of professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN-BSN Program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse.



NURS-312: Neonatal Resuscitation (2 hours)

A self-study course focusing on the principles and procedures of hospital-based resuscitation of newborns. Physiology of the initiation of newborn respirations; the procedures of airway management, ventilation, chest compressions, and intubation; and the use of medications. Permission of instructor required.



NURS-314: Health Care Terminology and Drug Calculations (3 hours)

Health care terminology and math skills applied to solving problems of drug dosage calculations, interpretation of physician/health care provider's orders, and instructions on how to read drug labels. This course is for pre-nursing, nursing, and allied health professionals pursuing a possible career in the healthcare field. Course is self-paced design. Open to all majors.



NURS-318: Nursing Fundamentals (5 hours)

Focus on delivery of safe, high quality nursing care. Psychomotor skills necessary to safely perform therapeutic interventions are discussed, demonstrated, practiced in a laboratory setting and applied in structured acute care settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN program. Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of NURS 265 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NURS 320 Health Assessment, NURS 322 Professional Nursing and NURS 390 Pathophysiologic Bases of Nursing.



NURS-320: Health Assessment (3 hours)

Two hours theory and one credit hour is clinical which is equivalent to three clock hours of clinical per week for a total of 48 hours. Examine nurse's role in conducting evidence-based health and physical assessments across the life span. Emphasis is on development of physical assessment skills, differentiating normal and abnormal findings, and completing proper documentation of findings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN program. Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of NURS 265 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NURS 318 Nursing Fundamentals, NURS 322 Professional Nursing and NURS 390 Pathophysiologic Bases of Nursing.



NURS-321: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse (4 hours)

Examine nurse's role in conducting evidence-based health and physical assessments across the life span. Emphasis is on advancing the foundation of physical assessment skills, differentiating normal and abnormal findings, and completing proper documentation of findings. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-322: Professional Nursing (3 hours)

Lecture. Concepts, knowledge and skills essential for implementation of the practice of nursing. Assists with transition into a professional nursing program and provides specific techniques for success in the nursing major. Prerequisite: Admission to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN program. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 265 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NURS 318 Nursing Fundamentals, NURS 320 Health Assessment and NURS 390 Pathophysiologic Bases of Nursing.



NURS-340: Nurse's Role in Health Promotion (2 hours)

Concepts essential for health promotion and disease prevention for nurses. The course provides coverage of theory and research with an emphasis for clinical application of preventative and health promotion actions. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse.



NURS-370: Women's Health Issues (2 hours)

Overview of health care needs and common health concerns of women throughout the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed on preventative measures and use of available community resources.



NURS-390: Pathophysiologic Bases of Nursing (3 hours)

Study of disruptions of physiology in the human organism. Previously acquired knowledge of behavioral and physiologic sciences will be related to selected pathological conditions. Prerequisites: Admission to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN Program, BIOL 257/258 Anatomy and Physiology/Laboratory, BIOL 371/372 General Microbiology/Laboratory and CHEM 105/106 Introductory Chemistry/Laboratory or permission of instructor.



NURS-405: Gerontological Nursing (3 hours)

Three credit hours total. Two hours theory and one credit hour is clinical which is equivalent to three clock hours of clinical per week for a total of 48 hours. Promotes successful healthy aging while addressing the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of older adults utilizing a holistic framework.



NURS-407: Gerontology for the Registered Nurse (2 hours)

Promotes successful healthy aging while addressing the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of older adults utilizing a holistic framework. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-410: Nursing the Adult Medical-Surgical Client (7 hours)

Integrate theories and content from the sciences, arts, humanities, nursing and other disciplines to facilitate adaptive responses of clients to chronic and acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on adults in hospital and community settings.



NURS-440: Pharmacology in Nursing I (2 hours)

Introduction to the nurse's role in pharmacological therapy of individuals. The nursing process will be utilized to examine responses to drug therapy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level I courses or permission of instructor.



NURS-441: Pharmacology in Nursing II (1 hour)

The nurse's role in an acute/critical pharmacological therapy. The nursing process will be utilized to examine responses to drug therapy. Prerequisite: NURS 440 Pharmacology in Nursing I or permission of the instructor.



NURS-442: Pharmacology in Nursing (3 hours)

This course will focus on the nurse's role in pharmacological therapy of individuals across the lifespan.



NURS-445: Transcultural Health Care (1-3 hour)

Concepts and theories of transcultural care and issues related to health care practices for culturally diverse populations. Open to all majors.



NURS-446: Practicum in Transcultural Health Care (1 hour)

Clinical experience providing health care in a specific cultural setting. Corequisite: NURS 445 Transcultural Health Care. Permission of instructor required.



NURS-452: Nursing the Childbearing Family (4 hours)

This course includes concepts, theories, and psychomotor skills essential for implementation of nursing care of the childbearing family. Assessment and care during the preconceptual, prenatal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal phases of the childbearing cycle are included.



NURS-457: Nursing the Child and the Childbearing Family Practicum (3 hours)

Clinical experiences nine hours per week. This course introduces the learner to psychomotor skills essential for implementation of the nursing process with the childbearing family and with the child and family. This course provides the learner the opportunity to apply theory and content from NURS 452 Nursing the Childbearing Family and NURS 462 Nursing and Child and Family. Clinical experience takes place in selected hospitals, offices, and community settings. Graded on a pass-fail basis only. Corequisite: NURS 452 Nursing the Childbearing Family and NURS 462 Nursing the Child and Family or special permission.



NURS-462: Nursing the Child and Family (4 hours)

This course will focus on the nurse's role in caring for the child and family. Focus is on infancy through adolescence as related to normal growth and development and disease processes as they relate to the pediatric patient.



NURS-470: Nursing the Psychiatric/Mental Health Client (4 hours)

Three credit hours of theory and one credit hour of clinical. Clinical contact is figured on a 3:1 ratio. Therefore, an equivalent of 3 hours of clinical per week in a 16 week semester with a total of 48 hours is required. The study of promoting mental health throughout the lifespan. Synthesizes social and psychological evidence-based research in hospital and community settings.



NURS-482: Evidence-Based Practice and Research (2 hours)

Introduction to research methods and evidence-based practice as a basis for providing high quality nursing care. Basic steps of the research process and factors in critical evaluation of research studies will be included.



NURS-484: Evidence-based Research for the Registered Nurse (2 hours)

Focus is knowledge of the research process, quantitative versus qualitative research designs, ethical issues, basic knowledge of some of the most common empirical analyses, appraisal of evidence and integration of the evidence into nursing practice. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-499: Concepts of Leadership in an Evolving Healthcare System (4 hours)

Exploration of concepts of leadership and their application to current and future practice in the healthcare environment; informatics and healthcare policy. Developing decision making, time management, and delegation and prioritization skills for application in management of nursing care.



NURS-502: Community Health Nursing (5 hours)

Concepts of nursing and public health applied to promoting health of families and other population aggregates, and assessing health states and resources available to specific populations. Clinical experiences takes place in selected community settings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NURS 442 Pharmacology in Nursing, NURS 410 Nursing the Adult Medical-Surgical Client, NURS 470 Nursing the Psychiatric/Mental Health Client, NURS 462 Nursing the Child and Family, NURS 405 Gerontological Nursing, NURS 452 Nursing the Childbearing Family, NURS 482 Evidence-Based Practice and Research, NURS 499 Concepts of Leadership in an Evolving Healthcare System. Concurrent enrollment of NURS 525 Advanced Care of the Medical-Surgical Client, NURS 600 Transitions in Nursing Practice.



NURS-503: Population-based Health Care (4 hours)

Concepts of community/public health nursing with synthesis of nursing and public health practice with goals to promote and preserve the health of populations. Focus includes working with aggregates and communities in activities to create options for healthier environments and essential components of health through organized assessment, education and utilization of resources available for populations in the communities. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-505: Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse (4 hours)

Exploration of leadership roles and nursing management functions and their application to current practice in today's healthcare environment. Includes leadership and management concepts, ethical factors, care delivery models, and intra- and inter-professional collaboration in providing quality nursing care. Includes experiential assignments with nurse leaders at least one level above current practice level. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-521: Leadership and Management Function (3 hours)

Exploration of leadership roles and nursing management functions and their application to current practice in today's healthcare environment. Developing decision making skills for application in management of nursing care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level II courses.



NURS-525: Advanced Care of the Medical Surgical Client (6 hours)

Focuses on client-centered care to optimize human responses of adults with complex/multiple health problems in a variety of environments. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NURS 442 Pharmacology in Nursing, NURS 410 Nursing the Adult Medical-Surgical Client, NURS 470 Nursing the Psychiatric/Mental Health Client, NURS 462 Nursing the Child and Family, NURS 405 Gerontological Nursing, NURS 452 Nursing the Childbearing Family, NURS 482 Evidence-Based Practice and Research, NURS 499 Concepts of Leadership in an Evolving Healthcare System. Concurrent enrollment of NURS 502 Community Health Nursing, NURS 600 Transitions in Nursing Practice.



NURS-570: Special Topics in Nursing (____) (1-6 hour)

Nursing elective. Intensive study of nursing or health problem, trend, or issue. Specific topic will be designated each time course is offered. May be repeated if different course content. Prerequisite: Nursing major or approval of instructor.



NURS-580: Readings in Nursing (1-6 hour)

A nursing elective. Directed individual reading in selected topics in nursing. Offered by appointment to registered nurses desiring to update and increase knowledge in specified areas and for generic students wishing additional elective credit in nursing. May be repeated if subject matter differs.



NURS-600: Transitions in Nursing Practice (2 hours)

A capstone experience establishing readiness for professional nursing practice and competency for licensure. Graded on a Pass-Fail basis. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 442 Pharmacology in Nursing, NURS 410 Nursing the Adult Medical-Surgical Client, NURS 470 Nursing the Psychiatric/Mental Health Client, NURS 462 Nursing the Child and Family, NURS 405 Gerontological Nursing, NURS 452 Nursing the Childbearing Family, NURS 482 Evidence-Based Practice and Research, NURS 499 Concepts of Leadership in an Evolving Healthcare System. Concurrent enrollment of NURS 502 Community Health Nursing, NURS 525 Advanced Care of the Medical-Surgical Client.



NURS-601: Internship in Nursing Practice (1 hour)

A clinical experiences capstone course in primarily acute care settings, with emphasis on assuming the role of the professional nurse, managing care for a group of clients, and synthesizing nursing knowledge. Students practice clinical skills while working with clinical mentors under the direction of faculty. Pass-fail only.



NURS-603: Senior Honors Project 1 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 1 is the first course in the sequence and will focus on the fundamental development of the project and preliminary scope of work to be completed. Students will receive a grade of A, B, IP (in progress) or NC (no credit) for each enrollment of the Senior Honors Project. A grade of NC voids the process and the student must then complete their Departmental Academic Honors in the traditional way.



NURS-604: Senior Honors Project 2 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 2 is the culmination of the project started in Senior Honors Project 1 and will result in a public presentation of the work. Students must earn a grade of A or B to receive credit for this course. Failure to complete the course with a grade of A or B will void this option and students will have to satisfy their Departmental Academic Honors requirement in the traditional way. There will be no IP (in progress) or IN (incomplete) grades for this course. Projects must be done by the end of the spring term to count towards Departmental Academic Honors requirements. Prerequisite: Senior Honors Project 1.



NURS-605: Independent Study (____) (1-6 hour)

Development of a project under direct supervision of appropriate faculty member. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I nursing courses or permission of instructor. May be repeated if subject matter differs.



NURS-606: Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Athlete (2 hours)

This course will explore the introductory interprofessional care of athletes - injury prevention,orthopedic assessment, treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation. Students will review current literature on sports medicine topics and learn orthopedic assessment skills. Prerequisites: NURS 410 Nursing the Adult Medical Surgical Client and completed the Peri-Operative lecture/lab content. Students in the Exercise Science Major or other HHPR programs will need permission of their academic advisor and the course instructor.



NURS-665: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Registered Nurse (3 hours)

Builds on basic knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology to enhance nursing management of illness and disease. Pathology, manifestations, diagnostics, treatments, genomics, and nursing interventions for selected disorders are addressed. Major classifications of drugs, their use in selected disorders, and nursing implications are discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse. Concurrent enrollment or satisfactory completion of NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing.



NURS-668: Health Care Policy Today and in the Future for the Registered Nurse (2 hours)

Examination of the role that nurses individually and collectively play in influence of health care, health care systems, and health care policy. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing RN to BSN program and completion of an associate degree in nursing and licensed as a registered nurse.



NURS-670: Family Health Care Nursing (4 hours)

Exploration of family nursing with emphasis on assessment, health education and promotion, application of relevant family theories and family nursing in a rural environment. Population focused assessment of health needs and education are included. The practicum with clients and families across the lifespan allows for application of concepts of family nursing. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all general education course requirements and the following courses: NURS 304 Advancing Careers: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing, NURS 321 Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, NURS 340 Nurse's Role in Health Promotion, NURS 407 Gerontology for the Registered Nurse, NURS 484 Evidence-based Research for the Registered Nurse, NURS 503 Population-based Health Care, NURS 505 Principles of Leadership and Management, NURS 665 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Registered Nurse and NURS 668 Health Care Policy Today and in the Future for the Registered Nurse.



NURS-712: Issues and Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (2 hours)

Exploration of role development in advanced practice nursing. Advanced practice nursing as influenced by rural, social, cultural, political, ethical, and economic forces interacting with complex client/family systems is examined. Past, present, and future roles of advanced practice nurses are explored. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school and DNP program.



NURS-713: Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 hours)

Explores organizational and leadership theories related to advanced nursing practice and the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. Current and futuristic issues and trends and a systematic approach relevant to organizational leadership to foster quality improvement will be included. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-723: Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment and Promotion (2 hours)

Exploration of advanced family nursing through theories of human and family development, client and family assessment and health promotion across the lifespan. Family interviewing techniques, assessment tools, health education/promotion, case management, and a population focus in a rural health care environment are emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN track or MSN program or special permission. Corequisite: NURS 724 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion Practicum.



NURS-724: Client/Family Theory, Assessment, and Promotion Practicum (2 hours)

(6 practicum hours per week). Application of concepts of advanced family nursing through practicum with clients and their families across the lifespan. Opportunity for selection of families to enhance specialty focus. Emphasis on assessment, health education and promotion, application of relevant client/family theories and family nursing in a rural environment. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN track or MSN program or special permission. Corequisite: NURS 723 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion.



NURS-730: Advanced Health Promotion: Individual, Family and Community (3 hours)

Exploration of advanced family nursing through theories of human and family development, family assessment, and health promotion across the lifespan. Evaluation of health gaps, development and implementation of health promotion for risk reduction/illness prevention for various populations including the rural health care environment will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-745: Transcultural Health Care (1-3 hour)

Focuses on concepts and theories of transcultural care and issues related to health care practices for culturally diverse populations. General concepts and aspects of a specific cultural group will be studied. Open to all majors.



NURS-746: Practicum in Transcultural Health Care (1 hour)

Clinical experience providing health care in a specific cultural setting. Corequisite: NURS 745 Transcultural Health Care, Permission of instructor required.



NURS-760: Nursing and Health Care System Management (2 hours)

Leadership and administrative theory and management strategies for nursing advanced practice role and healthcare. Emphasis on management of organizational resources and legal/regulatory issues and processes within the rural health care delivery system. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program or special permission. Corequisite: NURS 761 Nursing and Health Care System Management: Practicum.



NURS-761: Nursing and Health Care System Management: Practicum (1 hour)

(3 hours practicum per week). Application of leadership and administrative theory and management strategies in nursing's advanced practice and for healthcare. Emphasizing practicum managing organizational resources and legal/regulatory issues and processes within rural healthcare delivery systems. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or special permission. Corequisite: NURS 760 Nursing and Health Care System Management.



NURS-800: Theories Related to Nursing (2 hours)

Explores the philosophical underpinnings of nursing and development of theory. Students will synthesize different nursing theories to provide the context for health care delivery, outcomes and advanced practice. An emphasis will be placed on the inter-relationships of theories, research and use of concepts to guide evidence-based practice. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate College and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-801: DNP Intensive Seminar (1 hour)

Strategies for promoting professional development while preparing for a degree designed specifically to prepare individuals for specialized nursing practice are examined. Students are introduced to a model of nursing education that prepares individuals for practice with interdisciplinary information systems, quality improvement, and patient safety expertise. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-803: Advanced Health Assessment (2 hours)

Course is designed to assist students to refine history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills. Content focuses on assessment of individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on detailed health history taking, differentiation, interpretation, and documentation of normal and abnormal findings. The course includes lecture, discussion, and demonstration of history taking and an integrated physical assessment. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN nursing program or special permission. Co-requisite: NURS 804 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum.



NURS-804: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 hours)

Reviews and builds upon the students previous skills in physical assessment. It offers more comprehensive and systematic advanced physical assessment content as the foundation for the advanced practice nursing role. Directed laboratory and simulated experiences afford the opportunity to apply the clinical decision making process to accurately and efficiently gather and analyze subjective and objective data for diverse patient populations. In addition, students will be provided the opportunity to develop health assessment knowledge and skills in clinical experiences to facilitate building partnerships with patients and other health care professionals. Students will relate assessment findings to the pathology or physiological change to establish differential diagnoses to determine the plan of care, use of diagnostic testing and provide patient education. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 730 Advanced Health Promotion: Individual, Family and Community, NURS 803 Advanced Health Assessment and NURS 809 Advanced Pathophysiology.



NURS-805: Special Investigations (1-6 hour)

Independent study in selected nursing topics relevant to student interests and needs. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.



NURS-806: Primary Care I: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span (3 hours)

This course focuses on the management of common health problems seen in individuals and families through the life span. Applications of current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by advanced registered nurse practitioners will be stressed. Strategies and protocols to manage common problems, in urban and rural patients, interventions to restore individual's and family's levels of pre-illness health, and positive behaviors will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 803 Advanced Health Assessment, NURS 804 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum, NURS 809 Advanced Pathophysiology, NURS 818 Applied Drug Therapy. Corequisites: NURS 807 Primary Care I Practicum: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span.



NURS-807: Primary Care I Practicum: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span (3 hours)

(9 practicum hours per week). Clinical application focuses on the management of common health problems seen in individuals/families through the life span, current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by beginning advanced registered nurse practitioners. Utilization of strategies and protocols to manage common health problems, interventions to include pharmacological therapies to restore urban/rural individual/family's level of pre-illness health, and positive lifestyle behaviors. Consideration is given to legal, ethical and economic concerns. Collaboration and consultation (including referrals) with appropriate health care providers is emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 803 Advanced Health Assessment, NURS 804 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum, NURS 809 Advanced Pathophysiology and NURS 818 Applied Drug Therapy. Corequisite: NURS 806 Primary Care I: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span.



NURS-808: Translation to Doctoral Leadership and Theory (3 hours)

Investigate organizational, leadership, and nursing theories related to health care delivery, advanced nursing practice and the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. Current and futuristic issues and trends and a systematic approach relevant to organizational leadership to foster quality improvement and evidence-based practice will be included. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-809: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 hours)

An in-depth scientific knowledge based on relevant selected pathophysiological states confronted in primary care is designed to provide advanced comprehension for the formulation of clinical decisions related to diagnostic tests and the initiation of the therapeutic regimens. Age specific and developmental alterations are correlated with clinical diagnosis and management. Application is made through age-appropriate examples. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-812: Primary Care II: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span (3 hours)

This course focuses on the management of complex health problems seen in individuals/families throughout the life span. Applications of current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by advanced registered nurse practitioners are analyzed. Strategies and protocols to manage complex problems, in urban/rural clients/families. Interventions to included pharmacological therapies to restore individual/family levels of pre-illness health, including secondary and tertiary prevention, are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 806 Primary Care I: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span and NURS 807 Primary Care I Practicum: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span. Corequisite: NURS 813 Primary Care II Practicum: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span.



NURS-813: Primary Care II Practicum: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span (3 hours)

(9 practicum hours per week). Clinical application focuses on the management of complex health problems seen in the individuals/families throughout the life span, current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by the intermediate advanced registered nurse practitioner student. Emphasis is on assessment, clinical decision making, pharmacological therapies, urban/rural environmental factors as well as legal, ethical and economic concerns related to the presenting complex health problems. Collaboration and consultation (including referrals) with appropriate health providers is emphasized. Corequisite: NURS 812 Primary Care II: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span.



NURS-817: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Practice Nursing (1 hour)

Basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed in preparation for the advanced practice nurse to prescribe. The foundation of decision-making about proper drug selection, prescription, and monitoring are examined. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-818: Applied Drug Therapy (3 hours)

Clinical application of specific categories of drugs, commonly encountered in primary care settings. Use of protocols, prescription writing, ethical/legal, and economic issues surrounding advanced nurses' role in prescribing and monitoring pharmacologic therapies in ambulatory settings. Age appropriate content related to pharmacokinetics, dosages, expected outcomes, and side effects. First versus second line drugs, alternate drugs, interactions, dosages, patient education, and compliance issues addressed. Nurse's role and responsibilities are explored. Application through case studies, quizzes and exams. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 817 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Practice Nursing.



NURS-828: Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I (3 hours)

Capstone clinical experiences averaging nine hours per week; total 144 hours. The FNP student will implement the role of the nurse practitioner. The course is designed for the FNP student to relate theory to practice, to include pharmacological therapies, protocols and strategies for legal/ethical/economic issues in the advance practice role, delivering primary care in family practice or equivalent settings to individuals/families. Prerequisites: NURS 806 Primary Care I: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span/NURS 807 Primary Care I Practicum: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span. Co-requisite: NURS 812 Primary Care II: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span/NURS 813 Primary Care II Practicum: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span.



NURS-829: Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II (3 hours)

Capstone clinical experiences averaging 9 hours per week; total 144 hours. The FNP student will continue to develop in the role of the nurse practitioner. The course is designed for the FNP student to synthesize theory into practice, to include pharmacological therapies, protocols and strategies for legal/ethical/economic issues in the advance practice role, delivering primary care in family practice or equivalent settings to individuals/families. Prerequisites: NURS 828 Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I.



NURS-830: Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness (____) (1 hour)

Theory and research supporting the practice of advanced family nursing with families experiencing acute health problems common to the rural Midwest. Prerequisites: NURS 712 Issues and Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice, NURS 723 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion/NURS 724 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion Practicum, NURS 800 Theories Related to Nursing Practice, NURS 803 Advanced Health Assessment/NURS 804 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum, NURS 818 Advanced Pharmacology and NURS 892 Research Methods in Nursing/NURS 893 Nursing Research Seminar or permission of instructor. Corequisites: NURS 831 Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness: Practicum and NURS 809 Advanced Pathophysiology.



NURS-831: Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness: Practicum (____) (3 hours)

(9 practicum hours per week). Practicum course includes application of theory, research, advanced practice role in rural family nursing for families experiencing acute health problems. Opportunity for selection of families to enhance clinical focus. Corequisite: NURS 830 Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness (____).



NURS-835: Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness (____) (1 hour)

Theory and research supporting the practice of advanced family nursing with families when a member has a significant chronic illness. The experiences of families with health problems common to the rural midwest. Prerequisite: NURS 712 Issues and Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice, NURS 723 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion/NURS 724 Client/Family Health: Theory, Assessment, and Promotion Practicum, NURS 800 Theories Related to Nursing Practice, NURS 803 Advanced Health Assessment/NURS 804 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum, NURS 818 Advanced Pharmacology, NURS 892 Research Methods in Nursing/NURS 893 Nursing Research Seminar or permission of instructor. Corequisites: NURS 836 Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness: Practicum.



NURS-836: Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness: Practicum (____) (3 hours)

(9 practicum hours per week). Practicum course includes application of theory, research, advanced practice role in rural family nursing for families dealing with chronic health problems. Opportunity for selection of families to enhance clinical focus. Corequisite: NURS 835 Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness (____).



NURS-840: Management of Clients/Families Within the Health Care System Practicum (___) (2 hours)

(6 practicum hours per week). Capstone experience for synthesis and application of theory, research, and clinical skills appropriate to advanced practice management of problems of groups of families, including advocacy. Opportunity for selection of families to enhance clinical focus. Prerequisites: NURS 830 Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness (___), NURS 831 Family Process/Management of Acute Emergent Illness: Practicum (___). May be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 835 Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness (____)/NURS 836 Family Process/Management of Chronic Illness: Practicum (____).



NURS-850: Curriculum Development (3 hours)

The nature of higher education faculty roles, curriculum design, instructional process, evaluation, and issues in nursing education. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Graduate School or permission of instructor.



NURS-853: Evaluation for Nurse Educators (1 hour)

Offers a broad perspective of evaluation for improvement. Models of evaluation and research evidence provide base for demonstration of accountability. Standards for accreditation and approval are examined. Links to allocation of resources and opportunity for innovation are explored. Effect of relationship between evaluation and improvement of nursing and health care delivery is analyzed. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate College and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-854: Teaching Strategies: Practicum (1 hour)

(3 hours practicum per week). Practicum for implementation of teaching plan, use of technology in the classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Graduate School or permission of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 855 Teaching Strategies.



NURS-855: Teaching Strategies (2 hours)

The development of teaching methods based on teaching/learning theory in nursing education. Emphasis is on teaching and learning pedagogy and development of innovative teaching strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to the PSU Graduate School or permission of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 854 Teaching Strategies: Practicum.



NURS-856: Education Practicum (____) (2 hours)

(6 practicum hours per week). Preparation for an education role in nursing. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-865: Strategic Development (3 hours)

Analyzes the overall plan for applying methods and techniques of strategic development in pursuit of an organizational goal.



NURS-866: Administration Practicum (____) (2 hours)

Clinical practicum 6 hours per week. Prepares the student for an administrative role in nursing and health care. Prerequisites: Completion of both common and advanced practice core courses (with exception of NURS 890 Research Thesis/NURS 891 Research Problem); clinical specialty courses, and either NURS 760 Nursing Management/NURS 761 Nurse Management: Practicum or NURS 865 Strategic Development or special permission. Corequisites: NURS 760 Nursing and Health Care System Management/NURS 761 Nurse and Health Care System Management: Practicum or NURS 865 Strategic Development.



NURS-885: Informatics for Healthcare (2 hours)

The evolution of informatics in healthcare will be discussed as well as the risks, benefits, legal and ethical considerations of common types of technologies in healthcare that monitor delivery of patient care. Evaluate the use of advanced communication and technology in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. National initiatives, current use of information systems, and projected future directions on the use of information systems in healthcare will also be emphasized. Consider the selection and implementation of healthcare systems and technologies for patient care. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-888: Health Policy (2 hours)

Critical analysis of interdependence of health policy and health care practice across disciplines. Evaluation of social, cultural, financial and globalization issues on development of policy. Examination of relationship among power, politics and policy. Contributes to development of policy through advocacy for policies promoting access, equity, quality and practice. Focus is nursing and health care system providers but open to all majors with an interest in health care policy. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-889: Impact of Health Determinants (3 hours)

Examination of healthcare system, individual, genetic, and physical environment determinants of chronic health in the primarily rural population. Evidence based research and interventions will be evaluated to develop knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate an integrative approach to chronic disease prevention and management. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-890: Research and Thesis (1-6 hour)

1-6 hours depending on the proposal and recommendation of the advisor. To be taken by students in Option I for Master of Science in Nursing. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: NURS 892 Research Methods in Nursing and NURS 893 Nursing Research Seminar.



NURS-891: Research Problem (1-6 hour)

To be taken by students in Option II for Master of Science in Nursing. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisites: NURS 892 Research Methods in Nursing and NURS 893 Nursing Research Seminar.



NURS-892: Health Care Research (4 hours)

Overview of the components and steps of the research process. Focus will be on interpreting, critiquing and synthesizing research findings from qualitative, quantitative and other methods of research. Knowledge will be applied by critical appraisal of research studies and evidence-based practice reviews at a graduate level. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 800 Theories Related to Nursing.



NURS-893: Nursing Research Seminar (1 hour)

The purpose of this course is to identify researchable problems and prepare a research proposal. Trends in society and nursing that influence the direction of nursing research are identified. Specific clinical practice problems are developed and are posed as hypotheses, research questions or objectives. Methods to address problems are developed. Prerequisite: Graduate Level Statistics course; admission to MSN program or special permission. Corequisite: NURS 892 Research Methods in Nursing.



NURS-894: Principles of Epidemiology (2 hours)

Introduction to epidemiology and to the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. Emphasis is placed on the concepts and methods of epidemiologic investigation and the many applications of epidemiology to public health, global health, disease surveillance and clinical practice. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-895: Interpreting Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (2 hours)

Analytical and systematic approach to evaluate evidence-based research used in clinical practice. The course will build on methods of evidence-based practice, theoretical foundations, ethical principles, cultural considerations, and statistical analysis. The course enables the student to develop an evidence-based approach to solving clinical questions. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor. BSN to DNP prerequisite: NURS 892 Health Care Research.



NURS-900: Quality, Safety and Practice Outcomes (3 hours)

Prepares students with the concepts of quality and safety improvements in an effort to evaluate health and practice outcomes. Students will be exposed to theoretical perspectives of quality and patient safety factors while exploring the strengths and weaknesses of selected methodology approaches. Evidence-based practice and change management will be integrated with the concepts of quality and safety improvements. NP review course required. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor.



NURS-910: DNP Clinical Residency (1-10 hour)

The advanced practice clinical residency is designed to provide experiences in a practice environment that allows the DNP student to expand clinical knowledge and skills in an area of practice. End-of-program practice experiences are designed to assist the student to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced specialty practice at a high level of complexity. Students will demonstrate competency in an area of specialized practice ranging from a specialized field to the full spectrum of primary care services. Using practice guidelines, students will utilize evidence-based decision making in making assessments, formulating differential diagnoses, prescribing therapeutic interventions and evaluating outcomes in the care of individuals/families/populations. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 828 Primary Care III Preceptorship or APRN licensure, or special permission of instructor.



NURS-911: Tools for Practice Scholarship (2-3 hours)

Development of proficiency in the use of the tools used in practice scholarship. Tools will include those used in planning and designing a practice focused research project, development of a research proposal, analytic techniques for practice focused research, and publishing and presenting research findings. Prerequisites: Admission to PSU Graduate School and admission to Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, NURS 895 Interpreting Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.



NURS-920: DNP Capstone Project (1-6 hour)

The capstone project is an amalgamation of the individual student's field of inquiry, requiring the identification of a practice-focused problem to be examined in depth with the aim of improvement of practice and/or patient outcomes (Essentials 1, 3 and 8: Program Outcomes 1 and 8). Throughout enrollment in the capstone hours the student will define a practice problem; conduct a comprehensive integrated review of the literature regarding the identified practice problem; design an appropriate project to further describe the problem or examine a suitable intervention; gather and analyze the data using the appropriate metrics(s); interpret and evaluate the results of the inquiry; and disseminate project findings to a targeted audience. Project details must be agreed upon and approved by the DNP Capstone Project Instructor and the student's primary capstone project faculty advisor. The capstone project is designed to be a series of steps. The student may complete one or more steps in a semester consistent with the number of credit hours enrolled in for that semester. Prerequisites: Admission to the PSU Graduate School and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Graduate Program or permission of instructor, graduate level statistics course. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in NURS 892 Health Care Research or an approved equivalent or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.


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