MSN Core Courses
GPNG 501 Introduction to the Advanced Practice Nurse Role - 1 credit
Introduction to expectations for the role of the advanced practice nurse. Approaches which foster strong scholarly work will be reviewed. This course will include an on-campus week coupled with an on-line seminar.
GPNG 502 Theory in Nursing - 3 credits
Students are introduced to nursing theory through a comprehensive overview of the subject. An historical perspective of the development of nursing theory follows. Students examine the characteristics of theory and begin to get an appreciation for why nursing theory is said to be in its infancy. The differences between models and theories are discussed as well as types or categories of nursing theories. Strategies for the development of nursing theory are examined. Students are given guidance on how to analyze and evaluate nursing theories as the class analyzes and evaluates various nursing theories. The relationship of theory to nursing practice, research administration, and education is explored. The school’s organizing framework, the synergy model, will be examined in relation to the meta-paradigm concepts and how it facilitates caring behavior, clinical judgment, and clinical inquiry.
GPNG 503 Population-Based Health Promotion - 3 credits
This course examines the meaning, production, and promotion of health at individual and societal levels. Health management strategies, including individual case management, disease management, and population-based health management will be presented. Collaborative global health promotion initiatives will be discussed. Issues related to health promotion will be discussed including epidemiologic concepts, health disparity groups, access and resource availability.
GPNG 504 Nursing Education & Administrative Processes - 3 credits
Through the creative use of the synergy model student explores ways to enhance patient outcomes through, primarily, facilitating learning and exploring system wide issues to enhance patient outcomes. Students are presented with an overview of educational and administrative principles, theories, and processes so that they can begin to understand the role of the nurse educator and the role of the middle manager in the health care arena.
GPNG 505 Methods of Nursing Research - 3 credits
This course provides an emphasis on research designs and methods in health care. The student has an opportunity to focus on a nursing problem from the perspective of quantitative and qualitative research traditions. A variety of methods and designs will be examined and critiqued in order to provide “safe passage” of patients through the health care system and research process. The student will identify and/or refine the topic and content that will be developed for the scholarly project. The synergy model will be discussed in regard to how it can guide research, evidence based practice, and cultural competence.
GPNG 506 Practicum in Nursing Research (clinical) - 2 credits
This course provides the opportunity for the student to develop nursing research skills through participation in an ongoing research project. The research practicum is planned by the student, faculty, and/or nurse researcher and is based on the objectives developed in an individualized learning contract according to the student’s previous experiences and professional goals, and the available learning resources. A variety of topics related to the research process are discussed. (Throughout the course ways in which the synergy model can be used to guide research, engage in clinical inquiry, participate in evidence based practice, collaborate with others, and respond to diversity are emphasized.)
GPNG 507 Bioethical Decision-Making in Nursing and Health Care - 2 credits
This course focuses on the nurse’s practice as realized in the moral agency of individual nurses. The process involved in nurses helping patients/families make ethical decision involves a synergy between the nurse’s competencies and the patient’s characteristics. Rights and the importance/necessity of context are explored. Select ethical systems such as deontology, utilitarianism, cultural/social relativism, and emotivism are analyzed as to their usefulness in health care decision making and their compatibility with the synergy model. Case studies illustrate differences in intent, process, and consequences among and between ethical systems. Husteds’ bioethical decision making theory of symphonology (the study of agreements) is evaluated as a practice based contextual bioethical system. Those students enrolled for three credits will additionally explore autonomy as an adjunct to bioethical decision making; examine the bioethical standards as virtues of all humans; determine the philosophical underpinnings and strategies of symphonology theory development; and conduct personal inquiry of interest.
GPNG 508 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits
Etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of disease process will be presented within the framework of the Synergy Model. The interaction between patient vulnerability and patient resiliency in will be emphasized in explaining major pathophysiological conditions across the life span. The effects of complexity and predictability on patient outcome will be highlighted when appropriate. This approach will enhance nurse competencies to assess and evaluate physiological changes, presence or absence of complications, and the extent to which the desired outcome of care and or treatment are attained. Most importantly, this approach will facilitate ongoing learning.
GPNG 509 Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (clinical) - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Basic Physical Assessment course
The course focuses on components of the synergy model and theories of physical assessment cross the life span. The emphasis is on selected physical and behavioral science principles, and techniques used to develop a client data base. The clinical component of the course includes experiences in obtaining, evaluating, presenting, and recording a comprehensive client data base. Emphasis is on health promotion, preventive interventions including screening tests, counseling interventions, immunizations, and chemophylactic regimens and comprehensive planning of culturally appropriate primary health care across the life span. This is accomplished by identifying health related stressors in terms of the individual, the family and community and formulating a list of client health, counseling and teaching needs, risks, and problems.
The Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing is an online course that includes a 40 hour campus visit the week before Thanksgiving and a 20 hour clinical local practicum with a preceptor that begins after week 5 of the semester. A basic undergraduate physical assessment course is a prerequiste for this course. Students must complete clinical requirements as outlined on the Student Nurse Resource Blackboard site and must have preceptor and agency contracts in place prior to beginning the local clinical experience.
GPNG 510 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits
Principles of pharmacology are applied to advanced nursing practice with individuals and families. The effects of pharmacological agents on individuals throughout the life span are discussed. Utilizing clinical judgment, prescribing and monitoring of drug regimens in treatment of disease states and/or primary health care are presented. Potential drug interactions as a consequence of multiple drug regimens are included. Significant adverse reactions are reviewed, dangers inherent in self-medication, as well as overuse of commonly prescribed drugs all address the synergy model concept of complexity. Finally, the role and responsibilities associated with advanced nursing practice in prescribing pharmacological agents and monitoring and evaluating patient responses, including clinical judgment and inquiry,. are identified and discussed. Concepts of the synergy model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability, and stability will be incorporated throughout the course.