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MSN 501 NURSING INFORMATICS (1).

Contribution of nursing informatics to advanced roles is examined, including relationships among critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy, and nursing informatics. Exercises in data/information management applied to nursing research, theory, and advanced role evaluated.

MSN 504 ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (2).

Prerequisite: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. This course will facilitate transition into advanced nursing roles. The requirements for and the regulation of advanced roles will be explored, including dealing with role ambiguity and changing role boundaries. Participation in the profession and exertion of leadership in the profession and the health care system will be examined.

MSN 510 THEORIES FOR ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. Focuses on the use of nursing theory in advanced nursing roles in response to health related human phenomena in diverse settings. The evolution of nursing models and theories is explored including history, philosophy of science, and utilization.

MSN 513 HEALTH CARE POLICY/ECONOMICS (3)

Prerequisite: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. Explores characteristics of the current healthcare environment with emphasis on advanced nursing practice, as it pertains to policy development, health planning, and economic management at the national, state and local levels. Multidisciplinary decisions regarding equitable distribution of existing resources, policy development, program evaluation, and client/population outcomes will be explored.

MSN 514 HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION (3)

Prerequisite: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. Examines traditional and alternative theoretical and conceptual bases of wellness from the perspective of nursing and health. The focus is on the assessment, diagnosis, intervention and outcome evaluation of wellness and disease prevention needs and issues encountered in advanced nursing roles.

MSN 521 NURSE EDUCATOR: THEORY (4).

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535 and 523 or 537 Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. Examines the role of nurse educator in community, academic and agency settings. Curriculum development is analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated. Emphasis on transforming a curricular framework into instructional design reflecting current learning theory, technology, and healthcare systems.

MSN 522 NURSE ADMINISTRATOR: THEORY (4).

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530 and 535. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. This course examines the evolution and contemporary status of the role of the nursing service administrator within complex systems. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the management of primary organizational, financial and human resources, utilization of information science and technology, and selected conceptual tools.

MSN 523 CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: PARENT CHILD I (3).*

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535, 526 & 527. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 553 & 591 are required. An academic, upper division undergraduate Health Assessment and Pathophysiology is required. Focuses on the child and family from childbearing and early childrearing through adolescence, emphasizing biopsychosocial and developmental aspects of child, family and parent growth and development.

MSN 524 CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: GERONTOLOGY (6).

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535, 526 & 527. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 554 and 591 are required. An academic, upper division undergraduate Health Assessment and Pathophysiology is required. Theoretical perspectives on aging and normative aging processes within the context of the family and society. Nursing assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation will be applied to common alterations in health as well as to high-risk human responses to health problems associated with aging. The advanced nursing role in promoting, maintaining and advocating health for senior adults is emphasized including fostering self-care in the senior population.

MSN 525 CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: PARENT CHILD II (3)

Prerequisite: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535, 523, 526, and 527. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 553 and 591 are required. Building on CNS Parent Child I, Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment, the advanced practice role of the nurse as clinician, researcher, educator, consultant in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of programs for special populations is emphasized.

MSN 526: PHARMACOLOGY (3)

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535 or permission of Chair. This course examines the theoretical basis for pharmacological treatment of common health problems seen by the Family Nurse Practitioner. Selected classifications of drugs will be discussed. Ethical and legal issues of drug administration and the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner will be explored.

MSN 527: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT (3)

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535 or permission of Chair. Examines theory and practice of advanced health assessment, and application to the advanced practice role. Emphasizes analysis and synthesis of subjective and objective date to identify health problems and develop management plans. Health promotion, risk factor identification, and recognition of common abnormalities in advanced practice are explore.

MSN 530 RESEARCH UTILIZATION IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. Requires an upper division statistics and research courses. Prepares the nurse to critique and apply research findings in nursing practice. Critical thinking is related to problem identification, assessment of data, and outcome evaluation. Research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, are examined and related to nursing informatics.

MSN 535 ETHICS IN ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment. Examines the theoretical/conceptual bases of ethics from a nursing perspective. Focus is on the analysis, synthesis, and resolution of ethical issues encountered in advanced nursing roles. Ethical relationships among nursing theory, research, and practice in healthcare delivery to a diverse population are explored.

MSN 536: CASE MANAGEMENT ACROSS THE HEALTH CARE CONTINUUM (3)–ELECTIVE

Prerequisites: MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment; 504 is recommended. Student examines clinical case management in depth. Models of nursing care delivery are compared/contrasted with clinical case management. Student articulates current economic influences on case management, and develops business plan strategy.

MSN 537: GERONTOLOGY FOR NURSES (3)•ELECTIVE

Prerequisites: MSN 501 & 504. This course focuses on the health care delivery system and public policies that affect older adults. Theory and current research associated with common clinical problems and therapeutic nursing interventions are examined. Nursing care of at risk groups is emphasized.

MSN 551 NURSE EDUCATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE I (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 521 and concurrent enrollment in 592 is required. Clinical focus provides the basis for implementing the nurse educator role in an educational institution or health care setting. The student will apply and evaluate didactic and clinical teaching/learning concepts and strategies. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 552 NURSE ADMINISTRATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE I (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 522 and concurrent enrollment in 592 is required.. An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting, focusing on a change project. The student will formulate, implement and evaluate a change plan based on a conceptual nursing model. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 553 CHILD BEARING AND REARING: ROLE PERFORMANCE: TODDLER: PARENT-CHILD

CNS (2).*

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535, 526 & 527. Concurrent enrollment in 523, 525 and 591 are required. An opportunity for the student to implement the clinical nurse specialist role in a selected health care setting which focuses on the childbearing family. The student will provide comprehensive advanced clinical nursing care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 554 GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: ROLE PERFORMANCE (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 501, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 535, 526 & 527. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 524 and 591 are required. An opportunity to implement the gerontological CNS role in a selected health care setting. Emphasis is on health screening and clinical decision making related to ethics, legal and regulatory influences on care of elderly persons. Instructor and clinical preceptor guide experiences. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 555 Quality Improvement in Health Care (3)–ELECTIVE

Prerequisite: MSN 501. This course explores the evolution of quality initiatives in health care. The major elements of a quality assessment and improvement program and their relationship to organizational performance are explored. Outcomes assessment and management in health care are explored as unique to the health care setting.

MSN 556: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY I (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 526 and 527 or permission of Chair. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. Examines theoretical basis for pharmacological treatment of common health problems. Emphasis will be placed on comprehensive assessment and management of common acute health problems seen in the care of clients across the life span.

MSN 557: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY I: ROLE PERFORMANCE (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 526 and 527 or permission of the Chair. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. This preceptored supervised clinical experience emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of common health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on the primary care of the individual and family within a culturally diverse environment. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 566: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY II (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 556, 557 or permission of Chair. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. Examines theoretical and conceptual basis for advanced practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Emphasis is on comprehensive assessment and management of common chronic health problems.

MSN 567: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY II: ROLE PERFORMANCE (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 556, 557 or permission of Chair. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required. This preceptored supervised clinical experience emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of common acute and chronic health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on the primary care of the individual and family within a culturally diverse environment. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 576: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY III (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 566, 567 or permission of Chair. Emphasis will be placed on comprehensive assessment and management of increasingly complex acute and chronic health problems seen in the care of clients across the life span. Specific emphasis will be placed on the primary care of the family unit within a culturally diverse environment.

MSN 577: PRIMARY CARE OF THE FAMILY III: ROLE PERFORMANCE (4)

Prerequisites: MSN 566, 567 or permission of Chair. This final preceptored supervised clinical experience emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of complex health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on the primary care of the individual and family within a culturally diverse environment. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 561 NURSE EDUCATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE II (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 551. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.. The student demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and competency with a selected population. Clinical knowledge and skill are applied to a teaching situation. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 562 NURSE ADMINISTRATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE II (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 552. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting. The student will apply valid and reliable measures of performance evaluation to nurse administrator performance and organizational performance. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 563 CHILD REARING ROLE PERFORMANCE: PRE-SCHOOL AGE: PARENT-CHILD CNS (2).*

Prerequisites: MSN 553. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity for the student to initiate the clinical nurse specialist role in a selected health care setting which focuses on the emerging family. The student provides advanced clinical nursing care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 564 THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CNS GERONTOLOGY ROLE PERFORMANCE (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 554. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. Focus is on application and evaluation of an advanced practice model under the guidance of a clinical preceptor and instructor. Therapeutic nursing interventions are investigated for theory and research foundations and implemented in providing care to elderly clients. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 571 NURSE EDUCATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE III (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 561. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.. Student synthesizes knowledge and skill from previous graduate theory and clinical coursework in the nurse educator role in a selected educational institution or health care setting. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 572 NURSE ADMINISTRATOR: ROLE PERFORMANCE III (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 562. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting focusing on professional and regulatory requirements. The student formulates a nursing service plan for integrating quality measures with cost control and case management practice. "CR/NC grading."

MSN 573 CHILD REARING ROLE PERFORMANCE: ADOLESCENT: PARENT-CHILD CNS (2).*

Prerequisites: MSN 563. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity for the student to initiate the clinical nurse specialist role in a selected health care setting which focuses on the early childrearing family. The student will provide comprehensive advanced clinical nursing care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 574 THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: ROLE PERFORMANCE GERONTOLOGY CNS (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 564. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity to develop the CNS role of teacher/leader. Emphasis is on staff development to enhance care provision to elderly clients and on program development and evaluation for at risk groups of elderly clients. Instructor and clinical preceptor guide experiences. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 583 CULMINATING ROLE PERFORMANCE: PARENT-CHILD CNS (2).*

Prerequisites: MSN 573. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. An opportunity for the student to select a field setting and operationalize a comprehensive CNS role in a focused clinical specialty. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 584 CULMINATING ROLE PERFORMANCE: GERONTOLOGY CNS (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 574. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. Continuation of CNS gerontology role development. Emphasis is on the researcher, case manager and consultant subroles. Opportunity is provided, under clinical preceptor and instructor guidance to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the CNS role in selected health care settings. "CR/NC grading"

MSN 591 APPLIED RESEARCH FOR NURSING PRACTICE I (1)

Prerequisite: MSN 530. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 524 and 554; or 525 and 553; or 521; or 522; or 556 and 557 are required depending on role option. Focuses on developing a research question/hypothesis and methodological issues pertaining to specific role emphasis populations. Particular attention is paid to design, sampling, instrumentation, and data collection methods.

MSN 592 APPLIED RESEARCH FOR NURSING PRACTICE II (2)

Prerequisite: MSN 591. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 551, 561 and 571; or 564, 574 and 584; or 563, 573 and 583; or 552, 562 and 572; or 566 and 567 are required depending on role option. Provides opportunity to utilize research findings through the conduct of a study focused on a special population related to the student's role option practice as Educator, Administrator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Parent-child Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

MSN 594 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3).

A course of study designed cooperatively by student and instructor, and approved by the department chair, to accomplish individualized learning objectives appropriate to the role of the professional nurse. (Students must contact their advisor prior to enrolling.)

MSN 595 SPECIAL TOPICS/COLLOQUIA (1-3).

This course offers student groups an opportunity to explore a topic of current interest to the nursing profession with colleagues, faculty and special guest speakers.

MSN 599 DIRECTED PROJECT OR THESIS (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 591 & 592. The goal of all students enrolled in this course is to complete a scholarly project or thesis under the guidance of an assigned instructor. It is the culminating learning experience of a performance-based curriculum. The project or thesis must demonstrate a rigorous scientific approach, use a clearly documented theoretical framework, and have practical application to the student’s selected role emphasis.

MSN 600 PROJECT CONTINUATION COURSE (0).

Students who have not completed their MSN 599 Directed Project or thesis module by the end of the term may enroll in the following term in the Project Continuation Course.