NUR 609: HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS
This course examines general economic themes and applies them to health and health care systems. The notion of health care as a public good is discussed. Students analyze the impact of consumer demand for services, the aging population, and chronic illness on health care economics. The United States health care system and the reimbursement of health care services are investigated and compared with systems in other countries.
NUR 619: CLINICAL ISSUES IN GENETICS AND GENOMICS
The framework for this course is the Essential Competencies in Genetics and Genomics for Nurses with Graduate Degrees. A practice-based approach will provide students with the opportunity to analyze the genetics/genomics of a disease/condition (related to their practice) applying professional practice competencies of 1) risk assessment, 2) genetic education, counseling, testing and results interpretation, 3) clinical management, and 4) ethical, legal, and social issues. The course will incorporate “need to know” basic genetic/genomic scientific concepts and evidence-based resources to maintain proficiency in this rapidly advancing field. Additionally, students will design a proposal for integration of genetics/genomics in their practice setting with an emphasis on either the professional responsibility and competency of leadership or research.
NUR 637: EPIDEMIOLOGY
This course focuses on the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations. A historical perspective of epidemiology provides a background for current practices. Basic concepts, study design, data sources, and statistical measures are examined and applied. Emphasis is placed on the practical applications of epidemiology in the work setting and the global environment. Infection, social, behavioral, psychological, genetic, and environmental components of disease are presented from a public health standpoint. Students analyze the efficacy, cost effectiveness, and ethical concerns of screening programs.
NUR 695: PUBLIC POLICY INITIATIVES: LOCAL TO GLOBAL
This course examines social policy, power, and political behaviors directed at changing health care and community systems to benefit populations. The contributions of researchers, policy-makers, analysts, health care providers, and federal, state, and local governments to local, regional, national and global policies are explored. Social, human development and environmental problems are examined in relation to local and broader public policies.
NUR 702: ADVANCED THERAPEUTICS
This course presents nursing interventions related to the management of high frequency, high cost, and high risk diseases/conditions. Integrative therapies, including alternative medicine and homeopathy, as well as traditional approaches to disease management are explored. Students create an electronic portfolio to serve as a data source to inform personalized needs assessment and ongoing self-evaluation specific to the skills and knowledge required of a doctoral-prepared nurse. Students explore technological options to manage data for professional, personal, and clinical decision making. Students develop a tentative plan for developing a clinical capstone project based on preliminary identification of outcomes-of-interest related to evidence-based practice, quality improvement, or research.
NUR 703: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
This course is designed to provide a foundation in ethics as it applies to the health professions. Moral development theories, ethical approaches, principles, and professional codes of ethics are critically examined with a focus on their application to practice and ethical decision-making processes used in health care. The course will draw on students’ clinical experiences and use a case study approach to promote moral reflection and personal values clarification. The demand for moral agency and ethical leadership, given a profession’s responsibilities to society, is studied. The course highlights the ethical competence needed by health care professionals, individually and collectively, to respond to contemporary and emerging ethical challenges in our pluralistic society.
NUR 704: STATISTICS AND BIOSTATISTICS
This course reviews correlation, prediction and regression, hypotheses testing, t-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA. Statistical support of decisions to treat are emphasized including point and interval estimators, risk evaluation, odds ratio, and analysis of dichotomous and continuous variables representing health outcomes. Concepts are applied to the critique of nursing and other disciplines’ research studies.
NUR 705: PATIENT SAFETY AND HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES (Spring)
60 clinical hours; 30 hours didactic
Students analyze patient safety strategies and programs associated with improved patient care outcomes in various community and health care agency settings. Students explore health care errors and the impact of errors on patient, family, and health care delivery systems. Techniques of process improvement are applied to outcomes management.
NUR 750: TRANSLATING EVIDENCE INTO PRACTICE (Spring)
60 clinical hours; 30 didactic hours
In this course, students build on their knowledge of nursing theory, research design, and approaches to data analysis. They evaluate nursing and other disciplines’ research based on a critical evaluation of the literature. Students identify an issue from a declared practice focus for a capstone project that is outcomes-focused. Meta-synthesis, meta-analysis, systematic and integrative reviews, and synopses are compared as sources of evidence for clinical decision making. Patient-centered care is emphasized from the perspectives of patient preference and best practices. Guidelines from federal, professional, and voluntary health organizations are investigated. Students increase their skills in database searching.
NUR 751: CLINICAL LEADERSHIP AND INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION (Fall)
60 clinical hours; 30 didactic hours
In this course, students analyze the interplay of organizational culture and structures in complex health-care systems from various theoretical perspectives. Management, organization, team-building, and conflict resolution topics are investigated; and leadership theories are compared. Case studies demonstrating effective and ineffective clinical leadership are scrutinized related to their impact on the care-delivery process. Historical and emerging relationships among health-care professionals are examined along with quality improvement strategies aimed at changing organizational cultures and processes.
NUR 880: CLINICAL CAPSTONE PROJECT
135 clinical hours; 15 didactic hours
Students develop a capstone project and explore practice issues that influence project success. They investigate associated literature and confer with clinical practice leaders to refine the outcomes-focused project. The capstone project proposal is shaped by needs assessment data, literature review, and program evaluation strategies. Students critique and disseminate their approved capstone project. The role of the DNP graduate as a clinical leader in health care and community systems is addressed as it relates to the evaluation and dissemination of the capstone project.
Clinical activity: Students design a clinical capstone project informed by the work completed in the previous courses. Students synthesize previous assignments and develop a capstone project proposal that is shaped by needs assessment data, literature review, and program evaluation strategies. Students consult with experts from the clinical field and work closely with a faculty adviser/project chair.
NUR 881: CAPSTONE PROJECT SEMINAR
(Pass/Fail) (Additional course) **
This course is a continuation course to NUR 880. It is designed to provide opportunities for students requiring additional supports necessary for completing the written clinical capstone project proposal. Students enroll in this seminar course on a continual basis until the conclusion of the written capstone project proposal and advisor affirmation of proposal completion. Students utilize available university supports including the Sheeky Writing Center and proposal committee members’ expertise. Students must be actively enrolled in order to avail themselves of university resources. The course is available during fall and spring semesters. Summer availability is contingent upon DNP Program Director approval. (**optional)
NUR 882: CLINICAL CAPSTONE RESIDENCY
185 clinical hours; 19 hours didactic/meeting hours
Students participate in an individually designed clinical practice immersion experience designed to build knowledge and skill for advanced specialty practice at a high level of complexity. The immersion experience provides the practice context in which the clinical capstone project is completed. Students complete required capstone coursework and obtain approval from their capstone committee. They implement an evidence-based capstone project in a health-care or community agency. The required capstone project end-product is a publishable manuscript.
NUR 883: CLINICAL CAPSTONE RESIDENCY SEMINAR
(Pass/Fail) (Additional course) **
This course is a continuation course to NUR 881. This seminar offers students the opportunity to complete the clinical capstone project and develop this project into a finalized form that is consistent with a journal manuscript and ready for defense. NUR 882 will be noted as “Incomplete” until the clinical capstone project is finished. The course is available during fall and spring semesters. Summer availability is contingent upon DNP Program Director approval. Students will utilize university resources including library and writing center supports. (**optional)
NUR 887: CLINICAL PRACTICUM
1–2 (Pass/Fail) credits
The Nursing Clinical Practicum provides an opportunity for students to gain additional clinical experience related to the required clinical hours in the DNP program of study. Clinical goals are developed in conjunction with faculty advisors and advanced nursing interventions are developed, implemented, and evaluated in accord with the AACN DNP Essentials. Students explore topical areas relative to the development of their Capstone Project.