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La Salle University Master of Science in Nursing
Adult Health and Illness, Clinical Nurse Specialist Track - (Track Course Descriptions)

   
 

ADVANCED CORE AND TRACK COURSES: 29 Credits

NUR 618
Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course integrates physiological principles, physical manifestations, and clinical practice implications with pathological interferences. Students focus on recognizing changes in client status, interpreting physiologic, pathologic, psychologic, and sociocultural data, and utilizing this information in formulating safe, culturally competent advanced practice nursing care. Advanced practice nursing implications of current diagnostic studies and prototype pharmacological interventions will also be addressed. (Prerequisite: Core)

   
  NUR 617
Pharmacology (3
credits)

This course examines the actions and effects of drugs on the human system. Students analyze the scope of legal and professional nursing responsibilities related to pharmacology in expanded nursing roles. They study principles of drug therapy, mechanisms of action, and evaluation of drug therapy in current practice, as well as the selection of pharmacologic agents in clinical practice. (Prerequisite: Core, NUR 618)
 
  NUR 616
Assessment of the Adult in Health and Illness (3
credits)

This course addresses the health assessment of clients using a framework of physiologic, psychologic, sociocultural, and physical examination data. Students explore history-taking methods, principles of physical assessment, and concepts of clinical diagnosis to determine clients’ potential and actual health problems. The purpose of the course is to enable students to develop skills necessary to evaluate the holistic health status of adults through assessment of normal and abnormal physical findings. Students combine principles of nursing and related sciences to analyze clinical problems and provide safe competent patient care. Students advance in theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, differential diagnosis, cultural competence, and decision-making skills. (Prerequisite: Core, NUR 617, NUR 618)
 
 

NUR 623 (formerly 620)
Biopsychosocial Processes I: Care of the Adults in Health and Illness (3 credits)

This course focuses on the identification and analysis of biopsychosocial and cultural processes in relation to health and healing in diverse human systems especially those from vulnerable and underserved populations. The student evaluates the complex influences of biological, social, cultural, and physical ecology in light of their effects on the health of adults. Significant adult diseases in the United States are emphasized. Nursing interventions for adults with these problems are evaluated from the clinical nurse specialist’s caring perspective and from the service orientations of culturally-competent health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration. The National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) practice and education standards are emphasized. (Prerequisites: NUR 616; Co-requisite: NUR 625)

 
  NUR 624 (formerly 621)
Biopsychosocial Processess II:
Care of the Adults in Health and Illness (3 credits)

This course explores biopsychosocial and cultural processes in relation to health and healing in diverse human systems especially those from vulnerable and underserved populations. Students evaluate significant health problems which represent the leading causes of mortality and morbidity for adults in the United States. Nursing interventions for adults with these problems are evaluated from the Clinical Nurse Specialist’s caring perspective and from the service orientations of culturally competent health promotion, disease preventions, health maintenance, and health restoration. The National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) practice and education standards are integrated. (Prerequisites: NUR 616, NUR 620; Co-requisite, NUR 626)
 
  NUR 625
Field Study in Adult Health and Illness I (4
credits)

This seminar and preceptored practicum course is designed to integrate theory, scientific knowledge, and research as the basis for clinical nurse specialists (CNS) practice. The nursing care needs of adults and their responses to health and illness are explored within the context of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration health care services. Clinical practica are structured according to the needs of the graduate student. The seminars provide a forum for discussion of the roles of the advanced practitioner in diverse clinical settings. The practica and seminars enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to culturally competent advanced nursing practice for diverse clients. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) practice and education standards are integrated. This course requires 256 hours of clinical. (Prerequisites: NUR 616; Co-requisite: NUR 620)
 
  NUR 626
Field Study in Adult Helath and Illness II (4
credits)

A continuation of NUR 625 in which graduate students explore the needs and responses of diverse healthy and ill adults during preceptored clinical practica and seminars. The course views theory and research as foundations of nursing practice. Advanced nursing practice is examined within the context of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration services. Students investigate the characteristics and functions of the clinical nurse specialist role in relation to clinical problems. Practica are structured according to the needs of graduate students. The seminars provide a forum for discussion of various roles and clinical issues of advanced nursing practice in clinical nurse specialist roles in diverse settings. The practica and seminars enable students to expand knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to culturally competent advance nursing practice for diverse clients. The National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) practice and education standards are integrated. This course requires 256 hours of clinical. (Prerequisites: NUR 625, Co-requisite: NUR 621)
   
  plus 2 Electives
   
 
Important Notice: Changes in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Track Curriculum (Adult Health and Illness)
Starting with students who enter the MSN program Fall 2005, the curriculum in this track has been revised. The track will no longer have two elective courses. In place of the electives, the students in the track will take NUR 512 and NUR 612 (see course descriptions below). The track will have 42 credits for graduation. Please refer to the 2005-2006 catalog that will be updated and available in August 2005 for the exact curriculum.
   
 


NUR 512
Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3
credits)
This course focuses on understanding the fundamentals of computer systems and how they might be applied to support nursing and health care administration. It emphasizes the use of computer applications software for Internet research as well as data analysis and reporting. Content incorporates theoretical and “hands-on” exposure to word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentations graphics, electronic mail, and web page authoring. Basic knowledge of computers and Windows environment is required for this course.

   
 
NUR 612
Field Study in Nursing Education (4
credits)
This seminar and preceptored practical course is designed to integrate educational theory and methods. Students will participate in a variety of experiences that focus on educating nursing students, other nurses, and nursing’s clients. The ethical and legal issues of education will be explored. (Prerequisite: NUR 610, NUR 611)
   
   

 
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