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Nursing (NURS)

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Courses listed below are open only to students formally admitted into one of the nursing programs (BSN, MS, or DNP) as required of their specific program option or concentration. Exceptions include NURS 1101, 2240, and 3250, which are open to any student.

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

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JumpLink2240. Medical Terminology. 3. Introduces medical terminology. Includes word structure of medical-surgical terms, body parts and organs, body systems and commonly used medical abbreviations.

2340. Developmental Influences on Health. 3. Explores interaction between development and health. Discusses human development of physiological, psychological, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual systems across the lifespan. Identifies selected theories associated development over the lifespan and implications for health care. Provides foundation for more in-depth consideration of developmental factors related to health maintenance and human potential. Prerequisites: Progression or admission into clinical component of the program and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3435, 3490, and PHCY 3450 or PHCY 4450.

JumpLink3005. ReNEW Distance Foundations. 1. Prepares learners for ReNEW BSN Completion in a distance delivery format. The course includes concept-based delivery in the UW learning system, APA formatting, writing scholarly papers, and library resources and skills. Prerequisite: Enrolled in or graduate of ReNEW Nursing Program.

3015. Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing. 3. Introduces the role of a professional nurse with a baccalaureate degree. Conceptual foundations including nursing theories, healthcare systems, application or evidence-based practice, informatics and the components of safety, quality and leadership in nursing practice are presented. Students are prepared to move on to additional nursing coursework. Prerequisites: Current RN license or concurrent enrollment in WY ADN education program or graduate of WY ADN education program; NURS 3005 or concurrent enrollment.

3020. Cultural Diversity in Family Health Care. 3. [D<>{none}] Concepts of cultural heritage, history, diversity, health, illness, and family theories are applied to nursing assessment and care of the family as client. Contemporary issues of immigration and poverty, the effect of culture, social class, religion/spirituality, family form, family development stage and situational factors on family as client are studied. Prerequisites: admission into the nursing major component of the program; RN/BSN: NURS 3015 or concurrent enrollment. (Normally offered spring semester)

3045. Health Assessment in Nursing Practice. 3. Assessment of the physiological, psychosocial and sociocultural variables of the individual across the lifespan. History taking, advanced physical exam techniques and appropriate documentation of findings assist the student in identifying normal variations, potential problems of human health experiences and health promotion opportunities. Prerequisite: admission to nursing major component of the program; NURS 3015 or concurrent enrollment.

3125. Professional Nursing. 3. Introduction of core concepts, theory and processes essential to professional nursing. Roles and scope of practice of the professional nurse, principles of therapeutic communication, patient safety, nursing theory and process, and evidence based practice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing major component of the program.

3140. Health Assessment. 3. Students learn to assess the physiological, psychological, sociocultural and developmental variables of individual client systems across the lifespan. Normal variations and potential problems of human health experiences are identified. Documentation skills are developed. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing major component of the program.

3250. Health Psychology. 3. Provides overview of growing partnership between psychology and health care, including history of psychology in health care; theoretical foundations of health and illness; intervention and research techniques; stress and high risk behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, eating behaviors, AIDS); psychology's contribution to improving outcomes and quality of life in chronic and life-threatening behaviors. Cross listed with PSYC 3250. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 or consent of instructor.

3425. Bridging Nursing Paradigms. 3. This course prepares incoming ADN- or Diploma-educated Registered Nurses for completion of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) BSN degree. Nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities in selected content areas will be evaluated and augmented in preparation for BSN Completion coursework. Prerequisite: Current RN license.

3435. Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice. 1. This course introduces the concepts and skills of basic nursing care and nurse/patient safety. The course allows students to gain confidence and competency in the performance of basic clinical skills. Prerequisites: Progression or admission to the clinical component of the program and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 2340, NURS 3490, and PHCY 3450 or PHCY 4450.

3440. Adult Health I. 3. Develop clinical judgment skills by using a consistent process in identifying relevant client data, responding to that data appropriately, planning care and evaluating that care. This process will be accompanied by exploring a wide range of nursing concepts essential in caring for the adult client, through the use of case studies, interactive and/or group active learning. Prerequisites: admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3140, 3125, PHCY 4470 or concurrent enrollment.

3475. Nursing Practicum: Adult Health I. 4. Students provide basic nursing care using the nursing process in a clinical setting with adult clients experiencing alterations in health status. The focus is on the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and sociocultural dimensions of the client. The students will identify the roles of the professional nurse. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: NURS 3440 or concurrent enrollment.

3490. Health Promotion in Professional Nursing Practice. 5. Students will learn and apply concepts of health promotion across the lifespan. Emphasis is on cultural diversity, health risks, behavior change and healthy practices for individuals, families, and populations. Students will incorporate evidence in designing interventions to promote health and prevent illness for self and clients. Prerequisites: Progression or admission to the clinical component of the program and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 2340, NURS 3435, and PHCY 3450 or PHCY 4450.

3630. Health Promotion. 4. [P<>{none}] Learn health promotion concepts and theories, identify at risk behaviors, and design nursing interventions to promote health and prevent illness. The teaching role of the nurse is emphasized for individual and group clients across the lifespan. Students strive to effect positive changes to their own personal health and fitness. Prerequisites: admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3015, 3020, and 3045 or concurrent enrollment.

3635. Health Assessment and Clinical Judgement. 3. Students learn to assess the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental dimensions of individuals across the lifespan. Normal variations and potential alterations of health are identified. Clinical judgment and documentation skills are developed. Prerequisites: NURS 3490 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3665, 3690, 3695, and PHCY 4470.

3665. Foundations of Professional Nursing Roles. 3. This course introduces the student to professionalism, leadership, safety, and patient-centeredness. The concepts emphasized provide the foundation for professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: NURS 3490 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3635, 3690, 3695, and PHCY 4470.

3690. Professional Nursing Acute/Chronic Illness. 3. Students will examine concepts of nursing practice in the care of adults with acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is on utilizing the nursing process to develop clinical judgement. Prerequisites: NURS 3490 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3635, NURS 3665, NURS 3695, NURS 4470.

3695. Professional Nursing Acute/Chronic Illness Practicum. 4. Students provide nursing care using the nursing process in a clinical setting with adult clients experiencing acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is on demonstration of clinical judgement. Prerequisites: NURS 3490 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3635, NURS 3665, NURS 3690, PHCY 4470.

3710. Nursing Fundamentals and Laboratory. 2. Includes concepts of basic care/comfort, technical skills, medical equipment, asepsis, medication administration, nurse/client safety, and client rights. Increased confidence and competency in critical thinking, communication skills, and the performance of motor skills. Prerequisites: previous bachelor's degree; admission to the BRAND track; concurrent enrollment in NURS 3750 and NURS 3730.

3715. Foundational Laboratory. 2. Using system analysis, students assess all dimensions of individual clients across life span. Concepts and demonstration of basic care/comfort; technical skills; use of equipment; asepsis/infection control; medication administration; nurse/client safety; client rights and dignity. Allows the student to gain confidence and competency in performing motor skills; critical thinking; communication; self-development. Prerequisites: previous Bachelor's degree; admission to BRAND; concurrent enrollment in NURS 3710; NURS 3750.

3730. Introduction to Professional Nursing. 2. Introduces students to the core concepts of professional nursing practice. Nursing process, domains of nursing practice, health policy, evidence-based practice, legal and professional standards will be assimilated into nursing practice from discussion, role playing and case studies. Contemporary nursing issues and situational factors will be examined. Prerequisites: previous Bachelor's degree; admitted to the BRAND nursing track.

3750. Health Assessment and Promotion. 4. Using system analysis, students assess the physiological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, developmental variables of individual clients across the life span. Nursing process and evidence-based nursing practice are used to promote/protect health of clients through health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention of the client/client systems. Process skills and professional roles are integrated. Prerequisites: previous bachelor's degree; admitted to BRAND program; concurrent enrollment in NURS 3710.

3770. Nursing Care in Acute and Chronic Illness. 9. Discern critical elements of professional nursing medical-surgical concepts for adults experiencing acute/chronic health alterations progressing to complex health alterations. Focuses on patient safety principles; quality initiatives; evidence-based nursing; information technology; interprofessional collaboration, communication; health promotion strategies; and critical thinking in the planning of client centered nursing care for the adult. Prerequisites: NURS 3710, NURS 3750, NURS 3730, NURS 3780.

3780. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing. 4. Prepares nursing students to engage in evidence-based practice in nursing, specifically how to search the literature and databases, ask meaningful clinical questions, find relevant evidence, critically appraise evidence, integrate best evidence with clinical expertise and patient/community values. Prerequisites: admission to the BRAND program, concurrent enrollment in NURS 3770.

3771. Nursing Care in Acute and Chronic Illness Practicum. 7. Application of critical elements of professional nursing practice with adults experiencing acute and chronic health alterations. Focus is on incorporation of patient safety principles; quality initiatives; evidence-based nursing practice; information technology; interprofessional collaboration and communication; health promotion strategies; and critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the provision of nursing care. Prerequisites: NURS 3710, NURS 3750, NURS 3730, NURS 3780.

3840. Adult Health II. 3. Progress from novice to beginner in developing critical judgment skills by applying nursing concepts and evaluating concepts on the adult client with illness. Analyze and synthesize data, develop plans of care, implement care and re-evaluate that care when necessary, through the use of case studies, interactive and/or group active learning. Prerequisites: NURS 3440 and 3475; NURS 3020 or concurrent enrollment.

3842. Care of the Older Adult. 3. Explores the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of the older adult and addresses the 30 AACN/Hartford Foundations' Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care. Prerequisites: NURS 3440 and 3475; NURS 3020 or concurrent enrollment.

3844. Mental Health and Illness. 3. Explores psychiatric illnesses and mental health concepts consistent with the roles of the professional nurse. Emphasis is on the nursing process, DSM-IV criteria, therapeutic communication, treatment modalities, legal and ethical concerns, community resources, and inter-related client needs in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisites: NURS 3440 and 3475; NURS 3020 or concurrent enrollment.

3875. Nursing Practicum: Adult Health II. 4. Junior nursing students are placed in clinical settings to provide patient-centered nursing care using the nursing process. The focus is on adult clients experiencing acute, chronic and/or psychiatric alterations in health. The physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural client dimensions are studied and professional nursing roles are integrated into practice. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: NURS 3840, 3842, 3844 or concurrent enrollment.

3890. Professional Nursing Care in Complex Illness. 3. Students will examine concepts of nursing practice in the care of adults with complex illness. Emphasis is on utilizing the nursing process to develop clinical judgment. Prerequisites: NURS 3695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3891, 3892, 3895, 4125.

3891. Professional Nursing Care of Older Adults. 3. Students will examine concepts of nursing practice in the care of older adults. Emphasis is on utilizing the nursing process to develop clinical judgment. Prerequisites: NURS 3695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3890, 3892, 3895, 4125.

3892. Professional Nursing Care in Mental Health and Illness. 3. This course explores mental health and illness concepts. Emphasis is on the role of the professional nurse in caring for clients with alterations in mental health. Prerequisites: NURS 3695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3890, 3891, 3895, 4125.

3895. Professional Nursing Care in Complex Illness Practicum. 4. Students provide patient-centered care using the nursing process in clinical setting wth adult and older adult clients experiencing complex illness and alterations in mental health. Emphasis is on demonstration of clinical judgment. Prerequisites: NURS 3695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 3890, 3892, 3891, 3892, 4125.

3970. Nursing Externship. 3. Allows students to obtain college credit for nursing experience gained in an approved setting. Increases application of nursing theory, knowledge of a health care agency, interpersonal working relationships, technical skills and organization of time in providing nursing care. Offered S/U only. Prerequisites: NURS 3840, 3842, 3844, and 3875. (Offered once a year in summer)

JumpLink4055. Application of Evidence in Nursing Practice. 3. [L<>COM3] Prepares RN students to engage in evidence-based nursing, specifically how to ask meaningful clinical questions, find relevant evidence, critically appraise evidence, and integrate best evidence with clinical expertise and patient/community values. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; STAT 2050 or 2070 or equivalent; COM1 and COM2.

4125. Evidence-Based Nursing. 3. [L,WC<>COM3] Prepares students to engage in evidence-based nursing, specifically how to ask meaningful clinical questions, find relevant evidence, critically appraise evidence, and integrate best evidence with clinical expertise and patient/community values. Prerequisites: WA and WB or COM1 and COM2; STAT 2050 or 2070 or equivalent; admission into the nursing major component of the program.

4145. Public/Community Health Nursing. 3. Students are introduced to public health nursing, the core functions and essential services of public health, and community health nursing competencies. Includes population-focused nursing, epidemiology, community assessment, and the application of the nursing process to the community as client. Students assess their communities and research health problems. Prerequisites: admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3630 or concurrent enrollment.

4250. Leadership in Nursing. 3. The role of leader in nursing practice is developed through the integration of leadership, management, and organizational theories. Emphasis is placed on the nurse as health care provider and manager of care facilitating planned change in clients and/or environments. Prerequisites: NURS 4475; concurrent enrollment with NURS 4875.

4255. Nursing Leadership. 3. [WC<>{none}] Students study the concepts and theories of leadership, management, and organizations. Emphasis is placed on the nurse as health care provider and the development of leading, managing, decision-making, problem-solving, and writing in nursing skills. Course content includes controlling the profession, legal and ethical aspects, informatics, and professional development. Prerequisites: WA and WB or COM1 and COM2; admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3630 or concurrent enrollment.

4440. Public Health Nursing. 4. Introduces the student to population-focused nursing and applies the nursing process to the community as client. Addresses core functions and essential services of public health. Focuses on epidemiology, community assessment, community planning and implementation, analysis of the health care system, emergency preparedness, and legal aspects of public health. Prerequisites: NURS 3875; NURS 4125 or concurrent enrollment.

4442. Nursing Care of Children and Families. 4. Theory course which encompasses the care of children and childbearing families including the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions. The focus of this class is on obstetrical and pediatric nursing care. Integrates wellness and illness issues in all aspects of family care. Prerequisites: NURS 3875; NURS 4125 or concurrent enrollment.

4475. Nursing Practicum: Family and Public Health. 4. In this senior clinical practicum, students apply the nursing process to childbearing families, children and communities. The focus is on the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of individuals, families and populations. Students will incorporate professional nursing roles into population centered care. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: NURS 4440, 4442 or concurrent enrollment.

4630. Public/Community Health. 2. Students examin public/community health nursing roles and apply the nursing process to community as client. Focuses on improving community health, levels of prevention, and addresses multiple determinants of health. Core functions, essential services, community assessment and planning, emergency preparedness, and analysis of the public healthcare system will be studied. Prerequisites: ReNEW Progression or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4635. Community as Client. 2. Learners will understand relationships among health, disease, and the environment, with emphasis on the role of community health agencies and programs for communities in need of health care support, regionally, nationally, and globally. In this course, an assessment and planning framework guides students in assessing the health of a community. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4640. Health Disparities. 2. Learners will examin population-focused concepts to assess vulnerable and opressed populations. The magnitude of health disparities both in the United States and globally will be discussed. Focuses on a multi-level and multi-cultural view of population health challenges, alleviating health disparities, and a commitment to health equity. Prerequisites: ReNEW Progression or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4645. Population Health. 2. Focuses on analysis of local, regional, national, and international data that are indicators of population health. Disease outbreaks are analyzed. Learners study development of innovative, collaborative, multi-disciplinary interventions and policies to improve public health. This course provides opportunities for learners to improve population health through application of theory and evidence. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4660. Healthcare Informatics. 3. Students will develop knowledge and skills to utilize and evaluate information technologies to improve patient outcomes across diverse populations. Includes the use of Clinical Information Systems to plan and document the nursing process. Ethical and legal considerations of data management. Prerequisite: ReNEW Progression of Current RN license.

4665. Heathcare Informatics in Professional Nursing Practice. 3. Utilizing a conceptual framework, students will examine nursing informatics within healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on examining the role of clinical information systems in improving patient outcomes across practice, education, adminstrative, research, and interdisciplinary applications. Ethical and legal considerations of data management are examined. Prerequisites: NURS 3895 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4690, 4691, 4695.

4690. Professional Nursing Care of Populations. 4. Introduces the student to population-focused nursing and applies the nursing process to the community as client. Addresses core functions and essential services of public health. Focuses on vulnerable populations; epidemiology; community assessment, planning, and implementation; analysis of the healthcare system; emergency preparedness; and ethical/legal aspects of public health. Prerequisites: NURS 3895 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4665, 4691, 4695.

4691. Professional Nursing Care of Children and Families. 3. This course encompasses the care of women, children, and their families across physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental, and socio-cultural dimensions. The focus of this class is on women's health, obstetrical, and pediatric nursing care including health promotion and wellness specific to maternal and pediatric health. Prerequisites: NURS 3895 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4665, 4690, 4690.

4695. Professional Nursing Care of Populations Practicum. 4. Students will apply the nursing process to childbearing families, children, and communities. The focus is on physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental, and socio-cultural dimensions of individuals, families, and populations. Students will incorporate professional nursing roles into population-based care. Prerequisites: NURS 3895 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4665, 4690, 4691.

4710. Nursing Care of the Aging Family. 3. Utilizes nursing process to assess, promote, and protect health of aging families. Focus is on physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental, socio-cultural dimensions of the geriatric adult, including family dynamics. Evidence-based practice guides illness and disease management; disease prevention. Expected, unexpected responses to therapies; grief, loss, end of life concepts will be incorporated. Prerequisites: senior standing; consent of instructor.

4735. Vulnerable Populations and Mental Health. 3. This course introduces students to nursing principles and concepts of mental health psychopathology, physiology, psychology, and spirituality, along with developmental and socio-cultural considerations while incorporating treament modalities related to the nursing of the middle-aged and aging adult. Prerequisites: NURS 3770, NURS 3771, concurrent enrollment in NURS 4710 and NURS 4736.

4736. Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations Practicum. 3. Applies past learning and cultivates evidence-based nursing practice for vulnerable populations in acute/ community settings. Focuses on the vulnerability associated with mental health, psychiatric illnesses. Core public health functions of community assessment, essential health services, disaster preparedness, health policy development/global health care are also emphasized to implement population-based nursing interventions. Prerequisites: NURS 3770; concurrent enrollment in NURS 4735.

4740. Nursing Care of the Young Family. 6. Utilizes nursing process to assess, promote, and protect the health of young families as client. Focus is human sexuality and reproduction, family planning, pregnancy stages, neonatal, pediatrics. Growth and development, health promotion, disease prevention, family dynamics are included. Evidence-based nursing guides practice to promote a healthy family and family system. Prerequisites: NURS 3770; 3771, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 4741.

4741. Nursing Care of the Young Family Practicum. 3. Applies and synthesizes nursing process to assess, promote, and protect the health of young families as clients. Focus is human sexuality and reproduction, family planning, pregnancy stages, neonatal, pediatrics. Growth and development, health promotion, disease prevention, family dynamics are included. Evidence-based nursing guides practice to promote a health family/family system. Offered S/U only. Prerequisites: NURS 3770 and 3780; concurrent enrollment in NURS 4740.

4750. Independent Study in Nursing. 1‑4 (Max. 6). Provides students with opportunity to investigate a problem in nursing care not considered in required nursing courses or to explore in more depth an area considered in one of required nursing courses. Area of study and requirements for earning credit are determined in consultation with nursing faculty member. Prerequisite: senior standing in nursing or consent of instructor. Offered S/U only. (Normally offered fall, spring and summer)

4775. Nursing Senior Capstone. 10. Provides opportunities to utilize and synthesize core concepts of professional nursing. Intensive clinical experience allowing students to become socialized into health care delivery system; gain in autonomy/confidence in performing skills; practice critical thinking and clinical reasoning in making ethical clinical decisions; develop leadership in providing and coordinating evidence-based nursing care. Offered S/U only. Prerequisites: NURS 4710; NURS 4735; NURS 4736; and concurrent enrollment in NURS 4785.

4785. Nursing Integration. 2. Focuses on the continuing integration of previously learned concepts. The student further develops the role of consumer of research and incorporates leadership and management skills as a member of the profession. Prerequisites: NURS 4735; NURS 4736; NURS 4710; and concurrent enrollment in NURS 4775.

4790. Special Topics in Nursing. 1-3 (Max. 8). Provides offerings in selected nursing topics on concepts, theories or practices as related to specified areas in nursing. Prerequisites: junior standing in nursing and consent of instructor.

4792. Cultural and International Health Care Immersion. 3. An in-depth examination of cultural influences on health care systems, which will include both classroom and in-field immersion experiences. Prerequisites: senior or graduate standing in student's major and instructor permission.

4830. Leadership in Heathcare Today. 2. Focuses on the role of nurse leader and manager through integration of leadership, management, and organizational concepts, models, and theories. Emphasis in on leadership, followership, management, advocacy, professional development and activism, and managing resources. Prerequisites: ReNEW Progression or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4835. Leading Nursing Practice. 2. Focuses on nurser leaders making a difference using evidence-based nursing practice. Learners utilize and synthesize basic concepts of professional nursing practice. This course creates the opportunity for learners to lead nuring practice in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4840. Healthcare Systems and Policy. 2. Learners examine healthcare quality and the regulation of professional nursing practice in various settings. The focus is on ethical and legal issues and policy development for healthcare delivery. Prerequisites: ReNEW Progression or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4845. Innovation in Nursing Practice. 2. Focus in on use and synthesis of concepts in professional nursing practice. This course provides an opportunity to employ critical thinking, to apply ethical decision-making, to use evidence, and to demonstrate the ability to lead planned change. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4855. Contemporary Nursing Practice. 2. Focus in on practice as critically effective members and leaders of the healthcare team. Learners analyze a variety of societal, economic, political, and professional issues that influence contemporary nursing. This course provides an opportunity to be creative in examining trends in nursing and healthcare. Prerequisites: ReNEW ADN Benchmark or Formal RN-BSN Admission; NURS 3005 or NURS 3425.

4865. Professional Nursing Leadership. 3. The role of the nurse leader in nursing practice is developed through integration of leadership, management, and organizational theories. Emphasis in on interprofessional care management, planned change, advocacy, activism, and professional development. Prerequisites: NURS 4695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4895.

4875. Capstone Practicum. 12. A precepted capstone clinical course that assists students in synthesizing basic concepts of professional nursing. Learning experiences allow students to gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with the interprofessional team, apply ethical decision making skills and develop evidence-based practice. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: all required courses in the nursing major. (Normally offered spring semester)

4895. Professional Nursing Capstone Practicum. 12. Students utilize and synthesize basic concepts of professional nursing practice. The course socializes students into a healthcare system. Learning experiences allow students to gain confidence in managing patient care, practicing critical thinking, developing leadership and advocacy skills, and exploring ethical decision-making in clinical situations. Prerequisites: NURS 4695 and completion or concurrent enrollment with NURS 4865.

4985. RN/BSN Capstone Project. 3. Synthesizes program concepts through analysis of a documented public health issue. Students will use evidence based resources, address public health competencies and analyze how the identified issue and interventions impact the health of the affected population. Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing major component of the program; all required courses in the nursing major; NURS 4255 or concurrent enrollment, current RN license.

JumpLink5140. Pharmacotherapy for Primary Care Practitioners. 4. Prepares primary care practitioners in drug therapy management for a variety of client populations with an emphasis on rural practice. Cross listed with PHCY 5140. Prerequisite: admission into NP program; NURS 5165; or consent of NP program coordinator.

5165. Advanced Pathophysiology for Primary Care Practitioners I. 2. A system-based approach is used to explore selected pathophysiological states encountered across the lifespan in primary care.  The developmental physiology, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and physiological responses to illness and treatment regimens are examined, providing a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions. Prerequisite: Admission in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

5166. Advanced Pathophysiology for Primary Care Practitioners II. 3. A system-based approach is used to explore elected pathophysiological states encountered across the lifespan in primary care. The developmental physiology, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and physiological responses to illness and treatment regimens are examined, providing a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions. Prerequisites: Admission in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and successful progression in the DNP program of study.

5405. Theoretical Foundations in Nursing: Exploring Learning and Leadership. 3. Emphasizes the learning and leadership potential of constructivist and developmental approaches, including transformative learning and complementing theories as a foundations for education and leadership practice. Prerequisite: Admitted to UW’s MS Nursing Program; Co-requisite: NURS 5410.

5410. Becoming a Leader. 3. Emphasis on strategic use of self as a foundation for professional leadership development. Prerequisite: Admitted to UW’s MS Nursing Program; Co-requisite: NURS 5405.

5415. Evidence-Informed Decision-Making. 3. Emphasis on use of a guiding framework to conduct a methodical process for evidence-informed decision making. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5420. Leadership Within Health Care Systems. 3. Emphasis on strategic use of systems and outcomes as a foundation for professional leadership development. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5424. Rural and Global Population Health and Policy. 3. Emphasis on population health, epidemiology, and health policy related to rural and global health. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing MS program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5440. Science of Quality Improvement and Safety. 3. Emphasis on theoretical and scientific foundations for quality improvements and safety in health education. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5451. Advanced Leadership Strategies. 3. Emphasis on optimization of leadership. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410; NURS 5420.

5452. Curriculum Development. 3. Emphasis on the process of developing curricula in nursing educational or healthcare setting to include evaluation of program outcomes. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410; Co-requisite of NURS 5462.

5461. Business of Healthcare. 3. Emphasis on leading and managing entrepreneurial healthcare opportunities. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5462. Teaching Methodologies and Evaluation. 3. Emphasis on evidence-based teaching methodologies, development of course materials, and evaluation of students learning outcomes. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5472. Integrated Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment. 3. Emphasis on integration of advanced pathophysiology, and assessment in relation to chronic conditions. Prerequisites: Admission to UW's MS Nursing Program; NURS 5405; NURS 5410.

5750. Independent Advanced Study. 1-4 (Max. 8). Provides students the opportunity to analyze a problem in nursing; apply theory to clients in a clinical setting; or pursue an area of interest under the guidance of a faculty member. Requirements and evaluation are mutually established between the student and faculty member. Offered as satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

5790. Advanced Issues in Health. 1-3 (Max. 12). Designed to provide graduate students the opportunity of pursuing advanced issues in health. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5800.  Foundations of Integrative Advanced Practice Nursing. 3. An introduction to the core concepts and roles of advanced practice nursing, particularly the doctoral-prepared nurse practitioner.  Special emphasis is given to 1) the integration of nursing and other health-related theories and models in rural nurse practitioner-delivered care and 2) professional writing in advanced practice nursing. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.

5805. Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Practice Nursing I. 3. Overview of the evidence-based practice model, including the contributions of research, patient preferences, and clinician expertise, and the theoretical frameworks that inform this expertise.  Evaluating typical research designs for advanced practice nursing. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.

5810. Health Behavior Change I: Foundations. 3. This course will cover foundations of health behavior change including theories/models, techniques, as well as the application to advanced nursing practice. Topics include exmaination of individual, contextual, and cultural factors. Topics function as skill building for advanced Health Behavior Change (HBC) courses. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.

5815. Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Practice Nursing II. 3. Students learn to develop an evaluation of clinical practice based upon critical appraisal of the existing research evidence, clinician expertise, and patient preferences. Special emphasis is placed on methods that an advanced practice nurse might use to generate and disseminate evidence from clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5805.

5820. Health Behavior Change II: Primary Prevention and Wellness. 3. This course will cover the application of theories and techniques of health behavior change and principles of epidemiology to health issues from the individual to the community level. Topics include population health and health disparities in the context of health practice, including needs assessment, intervention development, and evaluation. Topics also include understanding lifestyle and behavior change interventions. Prerequisites: NURS 5805 and 5810.

5824. Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making for Nurse Practitioners. 2. Builds upon basic nursing assessment skills; includes a human cadaver lab experience to enhance learners’ understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, progressing to didactic, hands-on practice, and check-offs of student ability to perform client interviewing and advanced physical assessment techniques. Prepares learners for the clinical decision-making required of nurse practitioners. Prerequisite: Admission in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and successful progression in the DNP program of study.

5825. Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making for Family Nurse Practitioners. 4. Advanced health assessment and diagnostic decision-making for family nurse practitioners. Builds on previous assessment skills and covers specialty exams used in primary care. Emphasizes a systematic diagnostic reasoning approach that leads to accurate clinical decision-making. Additionally, course focuses on sociocultural influences, growth and development, and gender concepts. Prerequisite: Admission in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program and successful progression in the FNP program of study.

5830. Health Behavior Change III: Secondary and Tertiary Prevention. 3. This course will cover the application of health behavior change skills in advanced nursing practice with a focus on chronic illness. Topics include the development of skills for understanding adherence and self-management, supporting client/patient self-management goals, and creating education/treatment plans. Topics also include the use of general and specific health behavior change techniques for integration into advanced nursing practice. Students will participate in on-campus intensive practice of behavior change skills with standardized patient actors. Prerequisites: NURS 5805 and 5810.

5840. Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing. 3. Organizational and systems leadership for improvement of health. Focuses on interrelationship among systems, ethics, policy, and change. Identifies qualities and behaviors associated with exemplary nursing leadership. Special emphasis is given to rural health care systems. Prerequisite: passing DNP Program Preliminary Exam.

5845. Health Communication/Informatics. 3. Emphasizes understanding, managing and using of information systems/technology to provide healthcare in rural health settings. Discussion includes the evaluation and project management of the human/technology interface with specific attention to business, ethical and legal issues encountered in interdisciplinary, collaborative settings. Prerequisite: passing DNP Program Preliminary Exam.

5850. Innovative Practice Models. 4. Examination of innovative health care models and their incorporation into primary care. Emphasizes the evaluation models in care delivery, quality management, and business improvement strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5861. Practicum: Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan. 3. Clinical practicum focused on beginning level therapeutic competencies in the advanced practice role of the PMHNP. Prerequisites: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5862. Practicum: Diagnosis and Management of the Psychiatric Client for the PMHNP I. 5. Clinical practicum focused on beginning level diagnostic and clinical management competencies for the PMHNP. Prerequisite: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5863. Practicum: Diagnosis and Management of the Psychiatric Client for the PMHNP II. 5. Clinical practicum that allows students to continue to practice and refine competencies in the PMHNP role with multiple and complex psychiatric populations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5865. Doctor of Nursing Practice Seminar. 1 (Max. 6). Instructor and student-led discussions designed to facilitate role transition of the doctorally-prepared nurse practitioner. Seminars include topics related to integration and application of nursing and other health-related theories and models in rural nurse practitioner-delivered care. Topics will vary by year and semester as students' progress through the DNP program. Prerequisites: admission to the DNP program and progression through DNP plan of study.

5871. Wellness for Adults in Primary Care. 3. Provision of wellness primary care for adults across the lifespan, including primary and secondary prevention. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5872. Practicum for Wellness in Primary Care. 3. Clinical practicum for NURS 5871, Wellness for Adults in Primary Care. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5873. Primary Care for Children, Adolescents, and Families. 3. Provision of primary care for children, adolescents, and families across the lifespan, including primary and secondary prevention. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5874. Practicum for Primary Care for Children, Adolescents, and Families. 3. Clinical practicum for NURS 5873, Primary Care for Children, Adolescents, and Families. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5875. Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults. 3. Diagnosis and management of select acute and chronic illnesses experienced by adults across the lifespan. Primary focus is on those physical and behavioral illnesses with high prevalence in rural primary care. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5876. Practicum for Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults. 3. Clinical practicum for NURS 5875, Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults I. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5877. Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults II. 3. Continuation of NURS 5875. Diagnosis and management of select acute and chronic illnesses experienced by adults across the lifespan. Primary focus is on those physical and behavioral illnesses with high prevalence in rural primary care. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5878. Practicum for Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults II. 3. Clinical practicum for NURS 5877, Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults II. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5880. Neurobiology, Assessment, and Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing. 3. The advanced study of neurobiology, assessment, and psychopharmacology in the treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. In depth exploration of how the advanced practice psychiatric nurse can utilize pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics to inform the clinical decision making in the treatment complex mental illnesses and addiction. Prerequisites: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5881. Psychotherapy Models and Theories for Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing. 3. Utilization of psychotherapy frameworks in the care of individuals, families, and groups. Emphasizing the couseling role and skill development of the advanced practice mental health nurs in the assessment, intervention and evaluation of diverse populations across the lifespan. Issues of ethics, rural practice, and diversity are addressed throughout the course. Prerequisites: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5882. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Diagnosis and Management for the Adult, Older Adult, and Vulnerable Populations. 4. Advanced knowledge of evidence based assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, and health promotion of adults and aging adults with mental illness. Explore culturally sensitive care among vulnerable populations. Examine the professional, ethical, policy, and practice issues influencing the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse. Prerequisites: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5883. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Diagnosis and Management for the Child and Adolescent. 4. Evidenced based assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of mental health disorders in children and adolescence at the individual, family and community level. Theories of family development including behavioral patterns will be assessed using a culturally sensitive lens. Review of psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, psychoeducation, and health promotion as is developmentally appropriate. Prerequisites: Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration and successful progression in the PMHNP program of study.

5891. DNP Project I. 3. In collaboration with a facility, learners will examine clinically relevant data to target a practice and/or patient outcome for improvement. Learners will collect and critically appraise related evidence and develop an intervention, including an outcome evaluation plan. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5892. DNP Project II. 3. Continuation of NURS 5891, DNP Research Project I. In collaboration with a facility, learners will implement the proposed clinical intervention, evaluate the outcome, and professionally disseminate the results. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5895. Final DNP Practicum. 5-6 (Max. 6). This final clinical experience provides learners with the opportunity to integrate previous learning from the DNP program in the provision of evidence-based health care. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2. (Max 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrolled in a graduate degree program.


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