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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NURSING THEORY AND RESEARCH I 

This course focuses on the development of a comprehensive framework of knowledge about how nursing theories are formulated and the relationship of the nursing care framework to nursing theory, nursing research and nursing practice in a various health care settings. Principles of theory development is discussed and various theories are analyzed and critiqued from nursing and related fields. Students develop an integrated literature review and research framework on a topic of interest based on a critical examination of research literature and theories from nursing and related fields.

NURSING THEORY AND RESEARCH II 

The focus of this course is on the application of nursing theory and research process in the design and implementation of a research-based project. Critical analysis of available literature and proposed research methods including quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to research, sampling procedures, data collection methods and data analysis plan are emphasized. Students are prepared to use evidence-based rationale in their specialized area of professional nursing and develop a proposal for a research-based project.

HEALTHCARE POLICY, DELIVERY, AND ORGANIZATION

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the important concepts in healthcare: policy; delivery; organization; and financial structure both in the USA and abroad. The major stakeholders that are involved in healthcare will be discussed. Focus will be placed on cultural; socioeconomic and other determinants of population-based healthcare outcomes. The nurse’s role as an advocate for equitable healthcare policy and educator on health promotion topics will be explored. Students will analyze and critique: the issues driving the health care reform agenda; a need for change in the methods of measuring and monitoring quality of care; and how to achieve better healthcare delivery through the use of community-based needs assessment. 

ADVANCED ROLE TRANSITION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NURSE SPECIALIST

The purpose of this course is professional role development related to leadership in advanced nursing practice. Major emphasis of the course will focus on effective communication as a member of an interprofessional team; strategies to promote change in the healthcare system; and leadership skills necessary to deliver high quality and culturally competent health care to positively affect patient outcomes.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPROVED HEALTHCARE/ PATIENT SAFETY

An overview of current healthcare system in the USA and abroad and alterview views of healthcare delivery will be discussed This course in intended to provide insight and understanding of current information and patient care technologies with the goal of providing continued quality and enhanced healthcare.. This course will emphasize addressing the following areas of information systems and technology: The use of patient care and other technologies by entities/organizations used to deliver and enhance care; Communication technologies in entities/organizations to integrate and coordinate care; Issues of data management to analyze and improve patient outcomes; Disparities in healthcare; and Health information management for evidence-based care and health education of patients.The course recognizes that information system technology is a dynamic entity in the healthcare system and an attitude of lifelong learning and adaptation is fostered. Emphasis will also be placed on the role of the clinical nurse in this new era of managed care in fostering an environment in which high quality patient care can be delivered.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Advanced theories and concepts of normal and abnormal pathophysiological responses of the body are presented in this course. Pathological alterations in health at the cellular and systems level across the lifespan and correlation to clinical diagnosis nd management is emphasized. Focus is placed on theories, principles and current research of pathophysiology applicable to advanced nursing clinical practice. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to integrate and synthesize knowledge through written assignments and engaged learning activities in classroom and online environments.

ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING

This course is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of pharmaco-therapeutics and prepare the student to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on the application of these agents. Skills to assess and diagnose patient’s common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner are emphasized. In addition the student will be prepared for medication prescriptive authority within their scope of practice.

ADVANCED HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT

This course is designed to apply advanced health and physical assessment concepts/techniques by performing culturally sensitive comprehensive history taking, physical and psychological assessment of client's signs and symptoms, patho-physiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of the client including the individual, family, and community. The purpose of this comprehensive assessment is for the student to develop a thorough understanding of the client's health status in order to determine appropriate and effective healthcare strategies that include health promotion and illness prevention across the life span. Taking into consideration client's diverse needs, a major focus is on symptom/health problem assessment, client teaching using a culturally appropriate approach and the selection and interpretation of screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate and effectively communicate differential diagnoses.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION

This course will examine health behaviors of diverse populations and critically analyze various nursing theories of health promotion and disease prevention as well as identify new areas of nursing research. Focus will be placed on the healthcare provider’s role in the promotion of health and prevention of illness across of the lifespan that impacts health status. The importance of providing appropriate, individualized health care that is sensitive to the ethnic, racial, gender, and age differences within and across diverse populations is stressed.  Current efforts on health promotion strategies/lifestyle changes employed in order to prevent diseases that are the leading cause of death and disability in the USA and abroad are reviewed and critically analyzed. Students are given the opportunity to apply concepts of health promotion in a clinical/practice setting by planning, organizing, and conducting lifestyle change/intervention plans for overall wellness improvement.

MEASURING EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES IN NURSING

In this course students will critique and analyze methods for measuring outcomes in nursing education. The students will also learn strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of tests, written assignments, and performance in clinical practice.

ENGAGED LEARNING

In this course students will explore and analyze teaching strategies employed to engage the learner. Among the topics to be discussed include simulation in nursing education and the use of technology in the classroom and in clinical practice. Special attention will focus on creating learner-centered environments in nursing education and in clinical practice.

NURSING EDUCATION CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

The course applies concepts basic to the educational process in Nursing Practice. Emphasis is on the science of teaching/learning that includes theories and characteristics of active learning, whole brain learning and engaged learning. The art of teaching includes theories of curriculum design and process, creation of functional objectives and effective instructional methods. The technology of education includes implementation of clinical teaching, evaluation of educational resources and the measurement of educational outcomes.

HEALTH CARE ISSUES AND TRENDS

The course assists to explore current issues and events impacting professional nursing impact. The impact of systems thinking, diversity, health literacy, health care reform, social factors, economic responsibilities, and ethical and legal issues influencing health care, will be examined.

EPIDEMIOLOGY

This course weaves the discipline of Epidemiology with the role of Clinical Nurse Educator. Topics include history of Epidemiology, disease transmission dynamics, public health surveillance, legal/ethical issues, culture, and prevention. The statistical measures of Epidemiology are applied to patient safety and quality of care through the role of the clinical nurse educator. Students will be provided with the opportunity to further explore an epidemiological topic of choice, including emerging infectious diseases, chronic diseases, genetics, environment, and pandemics.

EVIDENCE-BASED CLIENT CARE MANAGEMENT
The focus of the course is evidence-based care of the client with attention to restoration, maintenance, and health promotion. Clinical decision-making will be enhanced through the use of case studies. Client safety, client satisfaction, national initiatives, and models or measurement will be discussed.
ADVANCED ROLE PRACTICUM
The purpose of this course/practicum experience is to operationalize theoretical principles within the graduate’s specialty area of practice. The practicum focuses on the synthesis and integration of concepts learned throughout the educational experience. Content regarding professional role development, advanced practice roles and relationships, and regulatory requirements for advanced practice are included. Effective participation in multidisciplinary, partnership and team relationships is an expected outcome. Professional advocacy, assertiveness and leadership in the specialty role are necessary for successful completion.