University of Southern Indiana

Course Descriptions

NURS 570 Special Topics in Nursing (1-3) Analysis and study of special topics in nursing and health care.

NURS 601 Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (1) This course is designed to give an overview of the history, scope, and role development of the Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator and the Nurse Leader. Focus will be placed on how the evolution of these roles has influenced the development, transition, and implementatio0n of today’s advanced nursing practice. Professional competencies, educational requirements, and regulatory controls will be discussed.  Grade B or higher.

NURS 602 Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing (4) This course focuses on the application of research and evidence-based practice principles to advanced nursing practice. Using these principles and working individually or in small groups, students critically appraise and synthesize existing literature and design an evidence-based project. Scholarly writing skills will be emphasized.  Grade B or higher.

NURS 603 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) This course will prepare participants to synthesize, integrate, and apply nursing theories and theories of related sciences for the promotion of intercultural awareness and interprofessional collaboration in advanced nursing practice to improve health outcomes.  Grade B or higher.

NURS 604 Population Based Care and Health Policy (3) This course prepares students in advanced nursing practice roles to synthesize global, ecological, and social determinants of health within the context of epidemiology to promote the development and implementation of local, state and federal health policies to improve healthcare outcomes. Prerequisite: N601  Grade B or higher.

NURS 605 Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) This course focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable the learner to utilize information gained from technology to improve healthcare outcomes.  Content includes the use of technology for delivering and enhancing patient care; the use of communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care; the use of data management to analyze and improve outcomes; the integration of health information management for evidence-based care and health education; and the facilitation of electronic health records to improve patient care, mitigate error, and support decision making.  Prerequisite: N601, N 602 Grade B or higher, or Co-Reqs N602, N603, N606. 

NURS 606 Nursing Leadership in Health Systems (4) This course examines leadership skills needed to assess organizations, identify system’s issues and facilitate organization wide change. Analysis of systems will emphasize ethical and critical decision making, business principles, and outcomes related to patient and organizational expectations.  Prerequisite:  N601, N602, grade B or higher, or Co-Reqs N602, N603, N604, or NURS 605. 

NURS 617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology (3) The physiological grand pathological base for the advanced practice nurse to provide care to children and adults with acute and/or chronic illness. Examines theories and concepts relevant to pathophysiologic processes.  Prerequisite:  N601, N602, N603, N604, N 605, N606, grade B or higher, or Co-Reqs N604.

NURS 618 Advanced Health Assessment (3) Didactic instruction and clinical practice in physical assessment, developmental screening, history taking, nursing, and medical diagnosis. Teaching methods include lecture, independent study, laboratory, and clinical practice.  (Prerequisite: N622, grade B or higher, or Co-Req N605 or N606).

NURS 622 Clinical Pharmacology (3) This course is designed to provide the advanced practice nursing student with knowledge of pharmacological agents and herbal therapies used in the treatment of adults, adolescents, and young children. Emphasis is placed on indications, mechanisms of actions, prescriptive drug protocols, adverse reactions, and appropriate dosages. Through the use of variety of instructional methods, this course prepares students to design, implement, monitor, and alter effective patient pharmacological therapy.  Prerequisite: N617 grade B or higher, or Co-Reqs NURS 605 or NURS 606.

NURS 624 Economic Policies in Nursing and Health Care (3) Application of economic theories and analytic techniques to resource allocation in nursing and health care is discussed. Skill development to analyze health care issues from an economic perspective will be emphasized including three fundamental observations of the world that 1) resources are scarce relative to wants; 2) resources have alternative uses making choice (rationing) necessary and inevitable; and 3) there are significant variations in the relative importance that people attach to wants, making unique solutions unlikely.  Prerequisite: N606  grade B or higher.

NURS 625 Marketing and Competitive Strategies in Nursing and Health Care (3) Concepts of marketing and competitive strategies are applied to nursing and health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on methodologies for developing nursing and organizational strategic marketing plans.  Prerequisite or Co-Req: N606  grade B or higher. 

NURS 631 Individual and Group Behavior in Nursing and Health Care Organizations (3) Organizational behavior theories are presented and effective management strategies are formulated to lead individuals and groups in health care organizations. Traditional and contemporary issues including power, conflict resolution, organizational development, decision-making and group dynamics will be discussed. Prerequisite:  NURS 601, N602, N603, N604, grade B or higher, or Co-req NURS 604

NURS 632 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Organizations (3) Administrative theories are examined and applied to complex human relationships existing in nursing and health care. The course focuses on the nature and make up of organizations, structuring and coordinating work, and the influence of complex systems, community behavior and internal leadership on the direction and decision-making capacity of health care organizations. Prerequisite: N606 , grade B or higher.

NURS 633 Human Resources Management in Nursing and Health Care (3) Concepts in human resources management as applied to nursing and health care organizations will be presented. Specific labor management issues related to nursing and health care organizations will also be incorporated.  Prerequisite: N631, grade B or higher.  

NURS 634 Financial Management in Nursing and Health Care Organizations (3) Principles of financial management and reimbursement are integrated and applied to nursing and health care. Strategic financial planning, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and financial decision making strategies are presented. Prereq: NURS 624, grade B or higher.  

NURS 635 Business of Nursing (3) Synthesis of nurse leader/manager in the organization through the completion of a major project is the focus of this course. Each student will assume the lead role in the development, implementation and evaluation of an administrative/ management project.  Prerequisite NURS 624, N632, N633 grade B or higher.

NURS 638 (3) Nursing Management and Leadership Culminating Practicum Integration, synthesis and application of the theoretical and practical knowledge derived from both core and specialty coursework within a major organizational project is the focus of this course.  Students will be required to implement the approved culminating project proposal developed in NURS 635.  Two hundred and sixty practice hours must be completed during this course.  Course content will address project implementation and evaluation, internal and external consultation, and preparation of interim and final project deliverables.  Prerequisite: NURS 635 grade B or higher.

NURS 645 Advanced Nursing Health Assessment and Intervention I Advanced practice management of clients with acute and/or chronic illness in a changing health care delivery system. Emphasis is on the synthesis of psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological theories in the therapeutic management of acute and/or chronic illness, including disease prevention and health promotion. Content is centered on the development of the role of the clinical nurse specialist in the dimensions of clinician, research, educator, consultant, collaborator, and manager. Clinical experiences utilize holistic, research-based nursing therapies to care for individuals, families, and aggregate populations within communities.  Prerequisite: N618, grade B or higher.

NURS646 Advanced Assessment and Intervention II (5 hours) This course further explores the advanced practice management of complex patients with acute and /or chronic illness in a changing health care delivery system. Emphasis is on the synthesis of psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological theories in the therapeutic management of clients with acute and/ or chronic illness, including disease prevention and health promotion.  Content is centered on developing skills to influence the spheres of nursing and the health care systems. Prerequisite: NURS 645 grade B or higher.

NURS647 Advanced Assessment and Intervention III (5 hours) The course facilitates the integration of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role across all spheres of influence. Through the use of specialized practice and application of theoretical knowledge the students provided expert, holistic care to individuals and families while managing nursing and health care systems influences within a specific patient population. Prerequisite: NURS 646 grade B or higher.

NURS 654 Primary Care Nursing of Families I
(5 hours) Focus on the clinical management of the health/illness status of children, adults, and elders within a family framework. Includes theoretical concepts related to individual development and family function. The clinical focus is on the role of the nurse practitioner in primary care management including health promotion, illness prevention, assessment, treatments for acute and chronic illnesses, and education. Emphasizes role development, including interdependent and independent practices. Prerequisite: NURS 618 grade B or higher. 

NURS 655 Primary Care Nursing of Families II (5) Continued expansion of clinical management of children, adults, and elders within a family framework. Includes theoretical concepts related to the management of families with acute or chronic health care crises. The clinical focus is on the role of the nurse practitioner in primary care management including health promotion, illness prevention, assessment, treatments for acute and chronic illnesses, and education. Emphasizes role development, including interdependent and independent practices. Prerequisite: NURS 654, grade B or higher.

NURS 656 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum (5) Intensive clinical experience in the family nurse practitioner role. Select preceptorships are designed to maximize individual student learning needs and provide a comprehensive experience to develop expertise in caring for individuals and families. Prerequisite: NURS 655 grade B or higher.

NURS 661 Psychopharmacology (2) The focus of this course is on integration of basic neuropharmacology, the effects of psychotropic medications prescribed in practice, and actions of these drugs in the treatment of mental health problems across the lifespan. Basic principles of neuropharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, dose-response relationships, and the roles of specific neurotransmitters will be included. Actions of various drugs and effects of those drugs on mood and behaviors will be included. Treatment resistance and noncompliance with psychopharmacologic agents will also be discussed. Prerequisite or Co requisite: NURS 618 grade B or higher.

NURS 662 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Families I (5) The focus of this course is on theoretical and clinical management of the psychiatric/mental health needs of individuals across the lifespan within the context of a family-based theoretical model. The role of the family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner as an independent and interdependent practitioner and performing comprehensive mental health assessments are primary clinical foci. Participation in mental health assessments, planning care for stabilization of mental health, strategies for mental health promotion, therapies, and mental health education are included in course content. Prerequisite: NURS 618 Prerequisite grade B or higher/Co-requisite: NURS 661

NURS 663 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Families II (5) The focus of this course is on expansion of the management of psychiatric/mental health status of individuals across the life span within the context of a family-based theoretical model. Further role development is emphasized, including interdependent and independent practice. Theoretical concepts are related to management of individuals and families with acute and chronic mental health problems. Expanded participation in mental health assessments, planning care for stabilization of mental health, strategies for mental health promotion, therapies, and mental health education are included in course content. Prerequisite: NURS 661, 662. Grade B or higher.

NURS 664 Psychiatric Mental Health Care Practicum (5) This course involves an intensive clinical experience in the family psychiatric & mental health nurse practitioner (FMHNP) role. Preceptors will guide and direct the FMHNP students as they achieve greater independence and develop expertise in caring for families and individuals across the lifespan.  Prerequisite: NURS 663, grade B or higher.

NURS 671 Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator (4) This course focuses on curriculum development and the role of the health professions educator. The roles of faculty and health care facility educator specialists are studied. Curriculum development designs and models are evaluated. Current issues influencing curriculum development in higher education and health professions are analyzed.  Prerequisite: NURS 618, grade B or higher. 

NURS 672 Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator
(4) This course focuses on the assessment of learning needs and the development and implementation of learning experiences in the classroom and clinical setting. The theoretical foundations of teaching and learning, selection of appropriate teaching strategies for classroom, simulated laboratory and clinical instruction, use of multimedia learning resources, and the concept of distributive learning are emphasized. Experience in developing and implementing learning experiences for the education of nursing professionals is provided.  Prerequisite: NURS 618 grade B or higher. 

NURS 673 Evaluation Strategies for the Nurse Educator (3) This course focuses on the process of evaluation in the education of nurses. Evaluation models and concepts related to the measurement of outcomes in classroom and clinical instruction are introduced, as well as those related to program evaluation. Legal and ethical issues related to student evaluation are discussed. Current issues related to the evaluation of outcomes in nursing education are emphasized.   Prerequisite: NURS 618 grade B or higher. 

NURS 674 Management of Acutely Ill Adults I
(5) This course focuses on the management of adult clients who are acutely/critically ill or experiencing an exacerbation of a chronic health problem. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team across settings to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health. Prerequisite: NURS  618 grade B or higher.

NURS 675 Management of Acutely Ill Adults II (5) This course continues the focus on the management of adult clients who are acutely/critically ill or experiencing an exacerbation of a chronic health problem. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team across settings to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health. Prerequisite: NURS 674 grade B or higher.

NURS 676 Management of Acutely Ill Adults III (5) This course continues the focus on the management of adult clients who are acutely/critically ill or experiencing an exacerbation of a chronic health problem. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team across settings to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health. Prerequisite: NURS 675, grade B or higher.  

NURS 677 Advanced Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients (4) This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and collaborative management of pediatric patients with acute illness or experiencing an exacerbation of a chronic health problem. The clinical focus is on the role of the advanced practice nurse to facilitate and accelerate the patient’s return to optimal health. Prereq: NURS 676, grade B or higher.  

NURS 678 NED Role Integration  (4) This course facilitates the integration of the NED role dimensions of clinician, researcher, educator, change agent, and leader.  Through the implementation of a clinical education project, the student will apply theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting. Examples: evaluation of student clinical learning; learning modules for staff or students involved on a designated education unit;  post-conference modules; implementation of QSEN in the clinical setting; program focused on staff development or program focusing on patient centered care.  Prerequisite: N671, 672, grade B or higher.  

NURS 684 Primary Care of Adults and Elders I (5) NURS 684 focuses on the primary care health care needs of adults and elders. The clinical component focuses on the role of nurse practitioners in primary care settings including health promotion, illness prevention, physical assessment, management plans for acute and chronic illnesses, and patient education. Role development is emphasized including content from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies.   Critical thinking and integration of previous MSN coursework is demonstrated through diagnosis and management of common chronic and acute illnesses seen in adults and elders. (Pre-req NURS 618, grade B or higher)

NURS 685 Primary Care of Adults and Elders II (5) NURS 685 focuses on the primary care health care needs of adults and elders. The clinical component continues to focus on the role of nurse practitioners in primary care settings and long term care settings including health promotion, illness prevention, physical assessment, management plans for acute and chronic illnesses, and patient education. Role development continues to be emphasized including content from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Critical thinking and integration of previous MSN coursework, including NURS 684, is demonstrated through diagnosis and management of common chronic and acute illnesses seen in adults and elders.  (Pre-req NURS 684, grade B or higher)

NURS 686 Primary Care of Adults and Elders III (5) NURS 686 focuses on the primary care health care needs of adults and elders.  This course offers intensive clinical experience in the AG nurse practitioner primary care role. The clinical component focuses on the role of nurse practitioners in primary care settings including health promotion, illness prevention, physical assessment, management plans for acute and chronic illnesses, and patient education. Role development is continued to be emphasized using content from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies.   Critical thinking and integration of previous MSN coursework, including NURS 684 and NURS 685 , is demonstrated through diagnosis and management of common chronic and acute illnesses seen in adults and elders (Pre-req NURS 685, grade B or higher).

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