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MSN Nursing Education Specialty Courses


GNED 505 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Implications for Nursing Faculty - 3 credits

This course is designed for nursing educators, administrators and managers to build upon the student's basic knowledge of pathophysiology while incorporating pharmacological concepts related to specific diseases. In addition to building on the basic knowledge of drug classifications, the applied pharmacology will focus on the most current medications, common drug regimes, and unique information related to specific drug administration. Those medications with high incidence of errors will be discussed.

The course in organized into body systems. The pharmacological treatment of disease exemplars are presented for each body system within the body systems. Students will apply the concepts of each body system to a case study and discuss the current pharmacological treatment of that disease.

GNED 506 Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice: Implications for Nursing Faculty - 3 credits (2 theory/1clinical)

Prerequisite: Basic Physical Assessment and GPNG 505 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Implications for Nursing Faculty

This course focuses on preparing participants to perform the components of a comprehensive physical assessment and health history on clients across the lifespan with a variety of health concerns. This course builds upon prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and physical assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education. Participants must demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. Students will synthesize assessment findings to develop a plan for care. Students will demonstrate competency in teaching physical assessment skills, applying educational theories and a variety of instructional strategies.


GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice Disciplines - 3 credits

Prerequisite: MSN Core Courses

This course examines contemporary challenges and issues in teaching within a practice discipline and guides participants in an exploration of nursing education. The application of traditional educational theory to practice disciplines will be explored in conjunction with current philosophical and pedagogical perspectives. Innovative methods in applying emerging empirically informed education theory will support student formulation of an informed working personal philosophy of education as a foundation for practice as a nursing faculty member.

GNED 508 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation - 3 credits

The examination of curriculum models in nursing education will provide the framework for the analysis and evaluation of approaches to organizing learning experiences into a total program of study. Attention will be directed at the processes used to create an innovative curriculum which reflects professional priorities, societal trends, and institutional philosophies. The limited evidence base for curriculum will be explored, as well as approaches to program evaluation, including accreditation.

GNED 509 The Legal Environment for the Practice of Nursing Education - 3 credits

Prerequisite: MSN Core Courses

This course will use a case-based approach to examine the multitude of legal and ethical issues that confront the contemporary nursing faculty member in the classroom, in clinical, and in their professional role as a faculty member. The course will also address issues confronted by academic nursing administrators -directors, department chairs, associate deans and deans. The course will begin with an introduction to the legal process and how legal cases are retrieved and cited in the literature. The course will examine such concepts as ‘due process' and how it is operationalized in higher education. The role of a university-based attorney as a consultant in clinical education programs will also be addressed. Using a case-based method, various scenarios will be analyzed within a legal and ethical framework.

GNED 510 Advanced Clinical Nursing - 3 credits

Prerequisite: MSN Core Courses

This clinical course engages the student in the development of advanced clinical nursing knowledge in a defined area of practice that complements his/her current competencies as professional nurses. Ongoing development is sought in this defined area to cultivate higher levels of clinical judgment and inquiry, advocacy/moral agency, response to diversity, collaboration and systems thinking to strengthen his/her future practice as a nurse educator and facilitator of learning across settings and populations.

GNED 511 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing - 3 credits

Prerequisite: MSN Core Courses

This course is designed to engage the student in understanding the essentials for success as nurse educators in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative educational programming to enhance student success in the acquisition of knowledge, application in practice, and development in professional nursing roles. Students will acquire a knowledge base supported by theoretical principles in their learning of a variety of teaching strategies with practical application in the teaching of nursing. Learning experiences will be designed for classroom and clinical settings as well as for the virtual environments of college lab, simulation, and online learning. Special emphasis will be paid to engaging students in the use of innovations in the teaching of nursing.

GNED 512 Nursing Faculty Role Practicum - 3 credits

Prerequisite: GNED 510 Advanced Clinical Nursing and completion of all basic role practicum requirements

This course provides the opportunity for the student to cultivate selected nursing faculty competencies in an academic or clinical practice setting under the guidance of a faculty member and a nurse educator who serves as the preceptor. Students explore the mission and philosophy of their learning context and explore its applicability to the design of learning experiences for students, nurses, or patients in that setting.