Course Index

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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 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 (45 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

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

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 used. Included in this practicum is direct contact with students in the classroom and clinical environment for those graduate students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those graduate 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 except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 523 CURRICULUM/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION

This course concentrates on curriculum/program development for nursing education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 524, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 519 SYNTHESIS AND USE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Students will search for and synthesize evidence to answer a PICO question. Major sources of research and best practices guidelines are identified. Students use practice sites to examine theory and strategies to promote change and improve outcomes during the implementation of a recommendation. Elements of evaluation of a) the adoption of innovation and b) the improvement in outcomes are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 517, or by permission

NRS 518 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in nursing education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 516, or by permission

NRS 517 CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF KNOWLEDGE FOR PRACTICE

The purpose of this course is the understanding of research processes and interpretation of statistics to make accurate critical appraisals. Students apply the process of drawing conclusions, finding implications, and making recommendations based on an appraised study. Students learn to judge relative merits of studies in answering particular research questions. Questions of the fit of evidence or theory within an identified agency or institutional setting are explored.

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

NRS 516 TEACHING-LEARNING PRINCIPLES FOR NURSING EDUCATION

Teaching-learning principles and holistic adult education theories appropriate for college level students are examined.  Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included. Motivational and personality characteristics for the broader social system are discussed and evaluated as are specific considerations with regard to ethnic, cultural, and other diversity topics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 513 MEASUREMENT & STATISTICAL CONCEPTS FOR DATA INTERPRETATION

In this course, students apply nursing knowledge with theory and statistical methods to broaden understanding of nursing concepts and nursing outcomes. Measurement principles, descriptive statistics and relationships between variables are explored to better comprehend nursing and nursing phenomena. Using the framework of disparity and risk in a specific population, students apply content on variable association. Reports using statistics to compare groups and measure patient improvement over time are analyzed for implications for patient populations.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 509 ADVANCED NURSING ROLES & PHENOMENA

This course facilitates the transition of the nurse into the advanced nursing role. The contributions of five ways of knowing to nursing praxis are examined, and students reflect on the use of these ways in their own practice. To broaden understanding of the concerns of nursing, students explore concepts, conceptual meaning and concept analysis. Students begin to develop their professional portfolio based on program outcomes.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: To be taken first semester or by permission