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N390 Transition and the Professional Nursing Role

Course Description: Transition to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice, emphasizing leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. The Nursing Profession—Nursing Education and Practice
  3. The Nursing Role—Leadership and Management
  4. Nursing’s Impact in and on Society
  5. Nursing in the Future

Number, Length, and Frequency of classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning experiences

Learning Experiences

  1. Role exploration
  2. Seminar discussions
  3. Research paper related to a nursing issue
  4. Theorist assignment
  5. Transitions journal
  6. Philosophy paper

Credit/Certificate: 3 credits


N457 Introduction to Computing and Nursing Informatics

Course Description: An introduction to computers and nursing informatics focusing on applications to the nursing profession.

Topical Outline

  1. Review of Computer Concepts
  2. Role of the Professional Nurse in Application of Computers in Nursing Practice
  3. Introduction to Computer Interaction for Nurses
  4. Information Science/Information Systems in Health Care
  5. Nursing Informatics
  6. Exploration of Nursing’s Technological Future

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning/clinical experiences

Learning/ Lab experiences

  1. Case study analyses
  2. Informatics trend investigation and presentation
  3. Informatics and computer term assignments
  4. Develop an access database
  5. Develop an excel spreadsheet
  6. Develop a power point presentation
  7. Evaluate health-related web pages

Credit/certificate: 3 credits (2 credits of lecture and 1 credit of clinical = 3 hours)


N351 Health Assessment

Course Description: Designed to broaden the student’s knowledge and skills in health assessment and physical examination across the lifespan.

Topical Outline

  1. Factors That Affect the Health Assessment
  2. Health Assessment
  3. Physical Examination

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning/ clinical experiences

Learning/ Clinical Experiences

  1. Health history and health promotion plan
  2. Health history (well client)
  3. Written and videotaped physical assessment
  4. Final Examination

Credit/Certificate: 3 credits (2 credits of lecture and 1 credit of clinical = 3 hours)


N465 Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs

Course Description: In-depth study of the theoretical principles and roles of adult clients and families with complex health care needs.

Topical Outline

  1. The Professional Nursing Role in Complex Adult Health Care
  2. Nurse as Case Manager, Change Agent, and Client/Family/Significant Other Advocate
  3. Legal and Ethical Consideration’s in Complex Adult Health Practice
  4. Utilization of the Nursing Process in the Delivery of Care to Adult Clients/Families/Significant other and Families with Complex Health Problems
  5. Assessment of Complex Health Situations
  6. Planning Comprehensive Care for the Complex Adult Client
  7. Nursing Intervention in Complex Adult Health Situations
  8. Evaluation of Nursing Practice in Complex Adult Health Situations
  9. Research Based Nursing Practice
  10. Research Studies Related to Clinical Nursing Practice
  11. Recognizing Opportunities for Clinical Nursing Practice Research

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning/ clinical experiences

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Case study analyses
  2. Evidenced based practice activities to learn the steps of the process/exam
  3. Activities to coordinating standardized nursing diagnoses, interventions and outcomes
  4. Multidisciplinary collaboration activities
  5. Exam
  6. Clinical practicum Experience with Preceptor; or Community-based project
  7. Group Evidence-based practice project

Credit/certificate: 3 credits (2 credits of lecture and 1 credit of clinical = 3 hours)


N417US;IL Family and Community Health Concepts

Course Description Study of the concepts of family and community based nursing care emphasizing multicultural influences on health practices.

Topical Outline

  1. Foundations of Community Health Nursing
  2. The Multicultural Family in the Community
  3. The Community as the Client
  4. Tools and Techniques for Diversity-Focused Community Health Practice and Health Promotion
  5. Contemporary Community Health Problems and Concerns for Populations at Risk
  6. Elected Areas for Community Health Practice
  7. Family and Community Health Issues Appropriate for Nursing Research

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning/ clinical experiences

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Multi-cultural family case study analyses
  2. Community/aggregate assessment
  3. Legal/ethical/political issues in community/public health investigation
  4. Clinical practicum with preceptor; or community-based project
  5. Windshield survey
  6. International multicultural family and community assessment analysis

Credit/certificate 4 credits (3 credits of lecture and 1 credit of clinical = 3 hours)


N418 Application of Family and Community Health Concepts

Course Description: Application of family and community health concepts in a specialized practice setting.

Topical Outline

  1. Issues Related to the Theoretical Basis of Community Nursing Practice
  2. Issues Related to the Professional Nursing Role in Community Health Care
  3. Issues Related to the Utilization of the Nursing Process in the Delivery of Care to Communities and Families with Complex Health Problems
  4. Issues Related to Research Based Nursing Practice in the Community

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning/ clinical experiences

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Seminars: Issues Related to the Theoretical Basis of Community Nursing Practice
  2. Professional Nursing Role in Community Health Care
  3. Utilization of the Nursing Process in the Delivery of Care to Communities and Families with complex health problems
  4. Research Based Nursing Practice in the Community
  5. Clinical practicum experience with preceptor

Credit/certificate: 3 credits (1 credit of lecture and 2 credits of clinical = 6 hours)


N200W Introduction to Nursing Research

Course Description: Introduction to methods and philosophy of empirical inquiry as applied to research in nursing.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction to Research Process
  2. The Scientific Research Process in Nursing
  3. Ethical Considerations in Nursing Research
  4. Preliminary Research Considerations
  5. Exploration of Basic Research Designs
  6. Measurement of Variables
  7. Data Analysis
  8. Critiquing Nursing Research
  9. Disseminating Research Findings

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: 7-8 sessions, 150 minutes each, once per week plus blended learning experiences

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Complete a literature review
  2. Perform a research study critique
  3. Oral class presentation

Credit/certificate: 3 credits


N430 Organization and Administration for the Nurse Manager

Course Description: Introduction to organizational theory and principles of practice in the administration of nursing services and patient care.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction of Trends in American Management and Health Care Systems
  2. Overview of Organizational Theory
  3. Leading and Managing (spacing)
  4. Management of Nursing and Patient Care Services
  5. Research and Managing Ethical Issues within Organizations and Health Care

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: Online delivery plus appointment

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Development and review of an organizational chart (LE)
  2. Classroom presentation on an assigned theory of leadership (LE)
  3. Role play and discussion on communication (LE)
  4. Classroom presentation on source of power in an organization (LE)
  5. Completion of paper on nursing leadership (LE)

Credit/certificate: 3 credits

Nursing Management Certificate at the completion of NURS 430,431,432 and 433


N431 Data Management for Nurse Managers

Course Description: Analysis of information systems to manage nursing service organizations. Includes financial management, the budgeting processes, and productivity measurement.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of Computer Technology
  3. Computer Systems in Health Care
  4. Financial Aspects of Nursing Management

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: Online delivery plus appointment

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Create a FTE budget
  2. Research paper
  3. Presentation
  4. Role Exploration

Credit/certificate: 3 credits (2 credits of lecture and 1 credit of clinical = 3 hours)

Nursing Management Certificate at the completion of NURS 430,431,432 and 433


N432 Nursing Management of Human Resources

Course Description: Human resource management and related factors in nursing service organizations.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Labor Standards and Laws
  3. Selection of Patient Care Staff
  4. Allocating Staff Resources
  5. Managing Staff performance
  6. Collective Bargaining and Labor Unions

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: Online delivery plus appointment

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Research paper
  2. Presentation
  3. Role play assignment
  4. Role exploration assignment

Credit/certificate: 3 credits

Nursing Management Certificate at the completion of NURS 430,431,432 and 433


N433 Seminar for Nurse Managers

Course Description: Course focuses on the application of management principles in the role of the nurse manager.

Topical Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Accountability of the Nurse Manager
  3. Skill Requirements of the Nurse Manager
  4. Managing Yourself and Career as a Manager
  5. Future Trends and Research

Number, Length, and Frequency of Classes: Online Delivery plus appointment

Learning/clinical experiences

  1. Research paper
  2. Role exploration assignment
  3. Role play assignment
  4. Presentation

Credit/certificate: 3 credits

Nursing Management certificate at the completion of NURS 430,431,432 and 433