Course Index

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NRS 524 PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATION

Working with a preceptor during 126 contact hours, students have the opportunity to synthesize learning and experiences into strategies and designs for nursing education. Multiple teaching-learning theories, designs, and strategies are employed. Included in this practicum is direct contact with undergraduate students in the classroom and clinical environment for those students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those students with more than three years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical environment, practicum experiences expand competencies related to the nurse educator role.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work is prerequisite or by permission.

    Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594

NRS 546 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT/PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

This course provides the theoretical foundation to obtain a complete and accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes and clinical manifestations that occur as a result of disease, as well as drug therapy used to treat or affect health status are integrated to facilitate critical analysis of collected assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted clinical experience allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or by permission.

NRS 550 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & STRUCTURE

This course explores behavioral science literature and theories that are relevant to the study of individual and group behavior within healthcare organizations. This course will promote an understanding of how and why people and groups behave the way they do in the workplace. Theories and concepts related to motivation, change, chaos, complexity, crisis, communication, team building, healthy work environments, toxic organizations, conflict resolution, and organizational development, structure and culture will be explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS 552 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE I: LEADING AN ORGANIZATION

The major focus of this course will be the planning, organizing, and coordinating aspects of management. The role of the nurse executive from the perspective of transformational, quantum, and organizational leadership theories will be explored. The concepts of creating a vision, planning, power, risk-taking, decision-making, reflective practice, emotional intelligence and competence, forces of magnetism, AONE and IOM competencies, and personal and professional responsibility and accountability will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 550, or by permission.

NRS 554 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE II: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This course will focus on the directing and controlling or human resource management (HRM) aspects of the management process. Under the umbrella of quantum and transformational leadership, topics to be covered include delegation, motivation, staffing, empowerment, employee engagement, recruitment and retention strategies, employee selection, performance evaluation, compensation, staff development, coaching/mentoring, disciplinary action, cultural competence and diversity in the workplace, and legal issues associated with human resource management.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 550, or by permission.

NRS 558 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE III: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS

The history of health care reimbursement, economics and health care, accounting principles and information systems for data retrieval will serve as the introduction to budget principles, development, variances, and strategies. Strategic management, business plans, cost-benefit analysis, cost- effectiveness analysis, collective bargaining, productivity, marketing, staffing, and patient classification systems will be discussed from a financial perspective. Students will use Excel for solving financial problems and budgeting exercises.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work except 559 or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 592

NRS 559 PRACTICUM: MANAGEMENT, IMPROVEMENT, AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS

Each student will choose a health care setting (acute care, long term care, etc.) to work 126 contact hours with a nurse executive/administrator who will serve as a preceptor. Throughout this course, the student will synthesize management and leadership principles into the nurse executive role. The student must identify a project or topic for improvement, develop a strategy for improvement, use evidence and theory to support the proposed improvement strategy, implement and evaluate the improvement strategy and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594

NRS 592 CAPSTONE I

In this first course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content as well as experiences learned throughout the master's programs of study. Groups of students will collaboratively begin a group-selected evidence-based project. Emphasis is placed on the process of identifying a nursing problem (PICO [T]), searching and critically appraising the literature with development of a summary matrix table.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Pre- or Corequisites: NRS 523 & NRS 558 or by permission.

NRS 594 CAPSTONE II

In this second course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content and experiences learned throughout the master's program of study. Groups of students will collaboratively complete the group-selected evidence-based project begun in NRS 592. Emphasis will be on the process of completing an evidence-based manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a poster presentation suitable for delivery at a local, national or regional conference or a webinar presentation.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 592 Co requisites: NRS 524 & NRS 559 or by permission.

NRS 700 PROGRAM ORIENTATION

  • Credits: 0.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to DNP program.