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Nursing (NURS)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

Courses listed below, with the exception of NURS 2110, 2135, 2240, 2340, 3250, 4155, 4175, 4350, 4960, and 4980 are open only to students formally admitted into the nursing major component of the BSN Program as required of their specific option. NURS 1000 is open to students who are majoring in nursing.

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (e.g. [M2<>QB]).

1000. Introduction to the Intellectual Community in Nursing. 1. [F1<>I, L] Introduces first-year students to the intellectual expectations of the university, promotes successful transition to higher education, and explores issues in professional nursing. Designed to introduce and reaffirm skills for academic success including critical thinking, information literacy, and the concept of "life-long learner" within the context of professional nursing. (Normally offered fall semester)

2110. Fundamentals of Aging and Human Development. 3. [C2<>(none)] Discusses aging as lifelong process, involving interrelationships of the individual and his or her environment. Includes future demographic trends, family health care, social policy and mass media. Cross listed with FCSC 2110. (Normally offered fall semester)

2135. Women and Aging. 3. [C2<>(none)] Focuses on women and the aging process with emphasis given to both the problems and promises of aging. Topics to be explored within a multicultural, sociological framework include the definition of self, relationships, community, health and health care, work and service, retirement, economic realities and new perspectives on aging. Cross listed with WMST 2135. Prerequisites: ENGL/SOC/WMST 1080 or SOC 1000 or FCSC/NURS 2110 or SOC 2120.

2240. 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. [C2<>(none)] 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.

3005. Scholarly Approaches to Online Learning. 1. Prepares the student with the foundations of learning in an on-line format. Includes APA format, writing scholarly papers, and library skills. Prerequisites: Current RN license or concurrent enrollment in WY ADN education program or graduate of WY ADN education 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. [(none)<>D] 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 for the RN. 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.

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. Prerequisites: NURS 3440 or concurrent enrollment.

3630. Health Promotion. 4. [(none)<>P] 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.

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. 6. 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 3750; NURS 3730; NURS 3710; PHCY 4470.

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. 6. 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: concurrent enrollment in NURS 3770.

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. Prerequisites: NURS 3840, 3842, 3844 or concurrent enrollment.

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)

4055. Evidence-Based Nursing Practice for the RN. 3. [(none)<>L] 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: QA; STAT 2050 or 2070 or equivalent; admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3630 or concurrent enrollment.

4125. Evidence-Based Nursing. 3. [(none)<>L, WC] 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; 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.

4155 [4920, 4950]. Women, War and Health. 3. [C2, G1<>CS, G] Focuses on the physical and psychological health of women and children as influenced by armed conflict. Examines the psychosocial, public health, and socioeconomic effects of living in contemporary war zones or conditions of threatened war. Key international documents that address effects upon women and children are discussed in order to evaluate feminist initiatives to prevent and mediate the consequences of war. Cross listed with INST/WMST 4155. (Offered every other year)

4175 [4940]. Gender, Women, and Health. 3. [G1, C2<>CS, G] Focuses on issues of gender, women and health, including the effects of gender bias in medical research and health care practices and policies. Health care issues of specific concern to women, both nationally and internationally will be examined. Dual listed with NURS 5175. Cross listed with  INST/WMST 4175. Prerequisite: upper-division standing, lower division social or psychological science course. (Offered every other year)

4250. Leadership in Nursing. 3. [W3<>(none)] 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. [(none)<>WC] 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; admission into the nursing major component of the program; NURS 3630 or concurrent enrollment.

4350. Health Management Issues in Early Education. 3. Provides the student the opportunity to examine the implications of a child's health status on his/her personal, educational, social and cognitive development. Provides personnel working closely with the young child with disabilities and his/her family an understanding of the issues related to health concerns and a framework for intervention planning. Special emphasis is placed on concerns specific to the child in a day care, preschool or other school setting. Cross listed with EDEC/FCSC 4350. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.

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. Prerequisites: NURS 4440, 4442 or concurrent enrollment.

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. Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations. 3. Synthesizes past learning and cultivates independent 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 plan population-based nursing interventions. Prerequisites: NURS 3770 and 3780; concurrent enrollment in 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.

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. Prerequisite: all required courses in the nursing major. (Normally offered spring semester)

4960. Women's Bodies, Women's Minds. 3. [C2<>CS] Explores women's physiologic and psychologic development and the influences of patriarchal society upon the interpretation of what constitutes normalcy across the female life cycle. Analyzes historical, cultural and contemporary attitudes of the health care system and women's perspectives on menstruation, childbearing, breast-feeding and menopause. Cross listed with WMST 4960. (Normally offered spring semester)

4980. Nursing Ethics. 3. Acquaints the undergraduate or graduate nursing student with basic bioethical theory and issues that arise throughout the human lifespan. Includes use of community and professional resources to facilitate decision making where bioethical issues are encountered in nursing practice. Prerequisites: senior nursing student or RN; e-mail access with beginning computer skills; library research skills.

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.

5005. Pediatric Assessment. 3. Online course builds upon basic nursing assessment skills. Includes advanced pediatric assessment techniques as well as family interviewing techniques that lead to clinical decision-making. Prerequisites: admission to Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Nursing Program; RN Licensure.

5010. Health and Health Care in Rural Cultures. 3. Examines the patterns and health care of people of rural cultures for the purpose of adapting knowledge and health care models to the rural life-style and needs. Special attention is focused on development of culturally congruent self-care and professional primary care methods and on appropriate nursing roles. Prerequisite: admitted to UW's graduate nursing program; or consent of instructor (required form on nursing web page).

5025. Application of Theory in Advanced Nursing Practice. 3. Emphasizes critical analysis of theory and the use of theory as a base for nursing practice. Theory analysis and evaluation are used to develop theory-based practice and the interrelationships among theory, research and practice in the development of nursing knowledge are examined. Prerequisite: admitted to UW's graduate nursing program or consent of instructor (required form on nursing web page).

5027. Evidence-based Nursing Practice. 3. Critically analyzes the literature supporting the knowledge and implementation  of evidence in health care and educational settings.  Examines and critiques both quantitative and qualitative methods and their applicability to clinical problems. Prerequisites: Admitted to UW’s graduate nursing program; NURS 5025; undergraduate statistics course.

5060. Epidemiology In Rural Health Care. 3. Presents the basic principles of epidemiology. Includes an overview of the purposes and methods of epidemiology including selected biostatics. Consideration is given to sources of epidemiological data and epidemiological strategies. Special consideration is given to the epidemiology of rural health. Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree.

5105. Child Care Health Consultation. 3. Topics include consultation skills, children's mental health, child care health and safety, child abuse and neglect, nutrition, injury prevention, oral health, caring for ill children in child care settings, working with children with special needs, issues of diversity, model child care health policies, and injury prevention. Cross listed with FCSC 5105. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5115. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Seminar. 3. Advanced professional course for students interested in current trends and issues in early childhood development. Interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from research in communication disorders, kinesiology and health, elementary and early childhood education and special education, child and family studies, nursing and psychology. Cross listed with EDEC, FCSC, PSYC, HLED, SPPA 5115. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5140. 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.

5155. Women, War & Health. 3. Focuses on the physical and psychological health of women and children as influenced by armed conflict.  Examines the psychosocial, public health, and socioeconomic effects of living in contemporary war zones or conditions of threatened war.  Key international documents that address effects upon women and children are discussed in order to evaluate feminist initiatives to prevent and mediate the consequences of war. Dual listed with NURS 4155; cross listed with WMST/INST 5155. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, lower division social or psychological science course and consent of instructor.

5160. Parent/Child Policy Development and Health Promotion. 3. Focuses on the advanced practice nursing role of the prevention specialist in parent child health promotion with implications for rural community health policy development. Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree.

5165. Advanced Pathophysiology for Primary Care Practitioners. 4. 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. Prerequisites: PHCY 4450 or equivalent.

5175. Gender, Women & Health. 3. Focuses on issues of gender, women and health, including the effects of gender bias in medical research and health care practices and policies. Health care issues of specific concern to women, both nationally and internationally are examined.  Dual listed with NURS 4175; cross listed with WMST/INST 5175. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, lower division social or psychological science course.

5265. Human Cadaver Seminar. 1. Instructor- and learner-led discussions with hands-on cadaver experience. Seminar will explore human anatomy in relation to physiology and pathophysiology Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5280. Introduction to Nursing Education. 3. Introduction to the nurse faculty role in higher education. Historical perspectives of nursing education, current challenges and legal and ethical implications are discussed. Introduction to assessment and evaluation in higher education. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in NURS 5025.

5285. Teaching Methodologies and Evaluation. 3. Evidence-based teaching methodologies appropriate in both clinical and didactic courses. Development of evaluation strategies to assess student learning. Prerequisite: NURS 5280.

5290. Curriculum in Nursing Education. 3. Emphasis is on the process of developing curricula in a nursing education setting or healthcare setting to include assessment and evaluation of program outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 5285.

5395. Practicum in Nursing Education. 3. Clinical practicum demonstrating application of the roles and responsibilities of a nurse educator in an appropriate setting with a preceptor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: NURS 5290.

5505. Rural Nursing Leadership. 3. Examines rural nursing leadership in effecting health care system improvements through the analysis and evaluation of policy and economic, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisites: Completion of all required nursing major courses except for NURS 5395.

5590. Preparation for Non-Thesis Clinical Scholarship Option. 1. Facilitates students in completing the preliminary work of topic identification that is necessary to move through the Non-Thesis clinical Scholarship Option (NURS 5600). It provides the opportunity to identify and select a professional nursing problem of interest and to develop a prospectus for a clinical scholarship paper. Prerequisites: NURS 5010, NURS 5025, NURS 5026, and at least two of the specialty courses within the MS program completed. Students are encouraged to take this course the semester immediately preceding enrollment in NURS 5600.

5600. Non-Thesis Portfolio Seminar. 1-4 (Max. 4). Designed to facilitate documentation of the outcomes of the masters program. In an interactive forum, students apply previously learned research, theory and practice skills to the rural advanced practice nursing role. Each student will develop a portfolio to document attainment of program outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 5010, 5025, and 5026; specialty courses within the MS program completed or concurrent enrollment.

5650. Non-Thesis Clinical Project. 1-4 (Max. 98). A non-thesis project involving independent student work focusing on developing, implementing and evaluating a clinical nursing project. The course content is adapted to meet the specific focus of the student. A report must be written under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty in the School of Nursing. A non-thesis committee is composed of the chair, as director, one faculty member from the School of Nursing, and a member of the graduate faculty from another discipline. Prerequisites: completion of NURS 5010, 5025 5026 and the majority of support courses or concurrent.

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. Foundations of health behavior as related to individual and community systems. Special emphasis will be given to the unique aspects of rural populations.  Principles of learning, theories of health behavior change, and their application to advanced nursing practice. Includes skill building for advanced Health Behavior Change 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. Application of theories and techniques of health behavior change and epidemiology to issues of primary prevention from the individual to the community. Development of programs for primary prevention in advanced practice nursing, including assessments, intervention development and evaluation. Examples of health issues include lifestyle interventions, stress management, substance abuse prevention. Prerequisites: NURS 5805 and 5810.

5825. Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making. 5. Builds upon basic nursing assessment skills; includes advanced assessment techniques and diagnostic reasoning that lead to clinical decision-making for nurse practitioners. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

5830. Health Behavior Change III: Secondary and Tertiary Prevntion. 3. Focuses on building NPs' skills for changing a patient's behavior, thoughts, and feelings with a focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. The goal is for students to become sufficiently skilled in general and specific health behavior change techniques so that they can incorporate these into a holistic health care practice. 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.

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.

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.

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 N5871, 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 N5873, 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 N5875, 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 N5875. 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 N5877, Primary Care for Acute & Chronically Ill Adults II. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.

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 Projct II. 3. Continuation of NURS 5891, DNP Clinical 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.

5985. Final DNP Practicum. 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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