Department of Nursing, Beaver College of Health Sciences
Graduate Courses in Nursing (NUR)
Kathleen Rayman, Department Chair
NUR 5040. Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice (3).F. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate theories from behavioral, social, applied, and nursing science to both individual patients for whom they directly care and to those individuals for whom they are indirectly responsible. Holistic concepts of human beings, health, nursing, and environment provide the foundation for comparing nursing theories. Exploration of theoretical frameworks relevant to nursing provides student knowledge to develop specific care concepts pertinent to cultural diversity, health promotion, and comprehensive practice. Special emphasis is on the integration and application of theory into advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5050. Educational Theories for Nursing Academic and Practice Settings (3).F. This course explores foundational knowledge required for the application of educational theories for the nursing profession. Major research based theories of adult learning, health communication, health literacy, simulation and technology, and knowledge development in nursing will be investigated. Students will assess the implications of these theories in academic and practice settings. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5070. Contemporary Issues in Nursing (3).F;SS. This course enables students to analyze contemporary issues in nursing; including concepts related to quality improvement, patient safety, global health, rural health, healthcare policy, organization, technology in nursing, and financing, the global healthcare environment and perspectives, informatics, health disparities, and interprofessional practice. An emphasis will be placed on a systematic approach to the economic, legal and political factors that influence health care. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.
NUR 5150. Advanced Health Assessment for Adults (3).S. This course prepares the student to perform advanced health assessment of adults building on the student's basic knowledge and skill acquired in undergraduate coursework. Emphasis is placed on the following: analysis of assessment findings to determine leading health needs for well individuals and those with health variances, health risk factor analysis, interprofessional collaboration, health promotion, health literacy, global health, rural health, and clinical decision making. Proficiency in performing a culturally sensitive, holistic, comprehensive health assessment and physical examination is expected upon course completion. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.
NUR 5200. Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing (3).S. This course builds upon the students' preparation of biological and physical sciences in the management of health promotion and wellness, disease prevention, and disease management of culturally diverse individuals. Emphasis is placed upon physiology and pathophysiological concepts in an effort to strengthen students' scientific background and facilitate understanding of nursing and the etiology of physiological disruptions. Upon successful completion of this course the student will integrate broad, organizational, patient-centered and culturally competent concepts to pathophysiological understanding in the safe delivery, management, and evaluation of evidenced-based nursing clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals and their families. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.
NUR 5250. Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3).F. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to bring evidence-based practice to both individual patients for whom they directly care and to those individuals for whom they are indirectly responsible. Those skills include knowledge acquisition and dissemination, working in groups, and the application and utilization of research related to global and rural health problems and advanced practice nursing. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5600. Research Project (1-4).F;S;SS. Implementation of an approved research proposal: collection and analysis of data, preparation of report and presentation of the project. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours. Graded on an S/U basis. Grade of IP will be assigned until project is complete and receives final approval, at which time grades will be changed to S. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN Program.
NUR 5715. Instructional Strategies for Nursing and Infomatics (3).S;SS. This course builds on the educational theories by developing classroom and clinical instructional strategies. Advanced technological knowledge and skills such as use of simulation are emphasized to enhance student learning in numerous settings. The course will include examination of a variety of instructional strategies for creating positive learning environments and evaluating pedagogical strategies. Emphasis is placed on the development and use of creative, interactive strategies and technology supported strategies that challenge and engage the learner. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program
NUR 5800. Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing (3).SS. This course presents advanced pharmacological concepts as a foundation for theory and practicum courses. Related concepts of critical thinking, evidence-based practice, health literacy, rural and global health, interdisciplinary communication, legal and ethical parameters of practice, and care integration are applied through case study analysis, class discussions, and written assignments. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5810. Educational Tests and Measurement in Nursing (3).S. This course is designed to provide nurse educators with the necessary knowledge and skills to measure and evaluate learning outcomes in a variety of settings. Audiences may include nursing students, patients, or other nursing personnel. The concepts of testing, measurement, and evaluation are studied from a nursing perspective. Social, ethical, and legal issues associated with testing and measurement are explored along with continuous quality improvement for program evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5820. Nursing Program Development and Evaluation (3).F. This course is designed to introduce the student to the ongoing process of development and evaluation of nursing curricula. The teaching, learning, and evaluation processes are examined from the standpoint of education and nursing research and the effect on various curriculum patterns with emphasis placed on the context-relevant curriculum. The course provides opportunities for examination of factors that influence curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as consideration of the integration of rural and global health concepts and use of technological strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program.
NUR 5900. Nursing Education Practicum (1-4).F;SS. This course provides nurse educators with 120 hours of practical experiences in a teaching role. Students, under the guidance of a mentor/preceptor, design educational offerings based on identified learning outcomes. Best practices regarding instruction and evaluation for culturally diverse audiences are examined. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program. Course is graded on an S/U basis.
NUR 5901 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3).SS. This course represents a clinical learning experience with a preceptor in which the learner will have the opportunity to synthesize and integrate didactic learning, promote innovative thinking, and test new potential solutions to clinical /practice or system issues. The learner will also have opportunity to master patient care delivery skills as well as system assessment and intervention skills which require an understanding of organizational dynamics. Students will focus on a population of interest and a specific role. The course has both an adult health component and a health promotion component. Clinical conferences will be conducted online using discussion forums.
NUR 5999. Thesis (1-4).F;S;SS. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time grades will be changed to S. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN Program.