University of Southern Indiana

Course Descriptions

N713 - Theory and Practice
This course will focus on nursing, education, organizational, leadership and management theories. The advanced analysis of the relationship between theory and evidenced based practice are explored with emphasis on the application of nursing and other theories at the highest level of nursing practice. Students will synthesize and apply theoretical knowledge to their phenomenon of interest.

N715 - Analytical Methods for Population-Based Care
This course will identify and analyze factors that affect the health of the population. The history and methods of epidemiology will be explored. Students will use Healthy People 2010 objectives and selected biostatistics to analyze current public health issues. Students use analytical methods and evidence based guidelines to critically appraise existing literature and epidemiological data. Students will determine and implement the best evidence for population-based health care as it applies to nursing practice, nursing education and nursing management and leadership.

N717 - Cultural Diversity
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively interact with and serve culturally diverse populations. Topics related to age, race, ethnicity, gender, class, and disabilities will be emphasized. Concepts related to workforce diversity, health care belief systems, patient rights and management of health care appropriate to the patient population will also be explored. Culturally based assessment tools will be critiqued. Healthy People 2010 objectives will be used a framework to explore health care needs of the culturally diverse population.

N721 - Systems Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration
Students engage in the exploration of leadership in nursing and health care organizations. Platforms for discussion include concepts of leadership, organizational theory, quality improvement methods, interprofessional collaboration, effective communication and change strategies. Students develop leadership knowledge and skills to initiate systems transformation.

N724 - Health Care Policy and Strategic Planning
This course prepares students to analyze and influence health policy environments. Students will analyze and collaborate in the revising health care organization strategic plans. Students will explore the impact of Healthy People 2010 objectives on health policy and strategic planning. Students learn to define policy problems; identify and critique potential solutions; and assess political and economic influences on health care policy. Students design interventions to influence policy making and implementation. Methods for evaluating policy and strategic plans will be explored.

N725 – Resource Utilization in Health Care
This course focuses on the complex variables that influence resource utilization in nursing and healthcare. The conceptual basis and methods of financial analysis and decision making as they pertain to the healthcare delivery systems are analyzed. Health care economics, marketing principles, human resource management, and the influence of Healthy People 2010 objectives that impact current healthcare environments are explored.

N727 - Healthcare Technology and Informatics
This course focuses on conceptual foundations for understanding health care informatics including the analysis of a variety of applications of information systems within the health care system. Elements addressed include: theoretical models of nursing informatics, healthcare computing, data management and information processing, data acquisition, nursing vocabularies and knowledge representation. Managing organizational change, information security, social and ethical issues in health care systems, and the effects of informatics on the practitioner and consumer are studied.

N854 - Critical Appraisal of Practice
This course focuses on the application of best evidence to promote nursing practice at the highest level. Students explore current research and propose methods to utilize newly acquired knowledge in current practice situations ensuring quality outcomes. Students synthesize concepts from biophysical, psychosocial, sociopolitical, cultural, economic and nursing science to impact and to understand the consequences of advanced practice decisions. Healthy People 2010 objectives will be used as the framework for exploring the potential impact of advanced practice decisions.

N855 – Synthesis of Nursing Practice
This course will focus on a project to ongoing improvements in nursing practice and health care delivery. Students will be asked to consider national health goals of populations (Healthy People 2020). Based on their selected topic, they will develop a proposal and project other than their current doctoral project. Role transition will be integrated into the course content.

N866 - DNP Project I: Planning
This course focuses on the initial development of projects including literature review, problem statement, objectives, project activities, project timeline, and resources. Method(s) to address Healthy People 2010 objectives will be integrated into the project. This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

N867 - DNP Project II: Project Proposal
This course focuses on implementation of the DNP project. Strategies to address challenges in the implementation of the project will be explored. This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

N868: DNP Project III: Implementation
This course focuses on implementation of the DNP project. Strategies to address challenges in the implementation of the project will be explored. This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

N871: DNP Project IV: Data Analysis
This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the outcomes of the

DNP Project
This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

N872 DNP Project IV: Project Report
This course focuses on the development of the final project report. Students will develop a comprehensive report describing their project, implementation, evaluation, and results. This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

N873: DNP Project VI: Dissemination
This course culminates the DNP project. Students will present their current project status, evaluation data, dissemination plans, and future recommendations. Dissemination of the project outcomes will be completed. This course is the final course of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students.

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