Course Descriptions and Objectives

Nurs 770 Primary Care FNP role

Course Description: This course is foundational to the Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum. Within this course the student will utilize family and holistic theories needed to provide family-centered nursing care to families across the life span. These will be included to assist the student to assist the family to improve or maintain health for all family members in diverse populations. Other key principles to be examined are the impact of acute/chronic or common illnesses on the family and methodologies used to promote self-care within families particularly with family members with disabilities. Family transitions across the lifespan will also be applied in regards to the holistic care provided to these families. In addition the impact that professional organizations and key leadership and management principles will be examined in relation to the care provided within a complex global healthcare arena. Prerequisites or co-requisite: NURS 680, NURS 756, NURS 658

Objectives:

  1. Relate family theories and development to the role of the FNP in practitioner-patient relationships within the context of family centered care.
  2. Examine holistic theories of health protection, health promotion, and disease preventions/treatment strategies to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members in diverse populations.
  3. Examine impact of acute/chronic illness or common injuries on the family as the client.
  4. Discuss teaching-coaching methodologies used to assist and promote self-care in family centered care, especially patients with disabilities
  5. Apply the effect of family life transitions, such as parenthood and retirement, on the health of family members across diverse populations.
  6. Discuss and examine the importance of participating in professional organizations that influence the health of families and promote the role of FNPs.
  7. Apply management theories, financial issues, state and federal regulations and programs that affect the implementation of the FNP role and family health.
  8. Examine methods for effective financial management decision-making essential for obtaining and managing resources in a cost effective manner while maintain quality of care.
  9. Examines leadership and management functions involved in the functioning and analysis of complex health related organizations healthcare economics, management of resources and organizational behavior.

Nurs 772 Childbearing Family Care

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare the Family Nurse Practitioner student to provide holistic family-centered care to the family across the transition of the childbearing years in relation to the complexities of present and future healthcare and the wider global community. To assist the student in this endeavor key psychosocial influences will be examined related to the care provided to women and men in regards to their reproductive health. Other key areas of study will include care needed related to women?s health as well as the application of differential diagnosis in the prescription of medications in relation to the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics that can affect children, pregnant, and lactating women. The course will also assist the student to collaboratively work with other interprofessional healthcare providers to provide family-centered primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to childbearing families across the lifespan. In addition within this course students will explore the components of an artistic nursing practice to the family throughout their childbearing years while considering an Ignatian and holistic worldview. Prerequisites: NURS 680, NURS 756, NURS 658, NURS 770

Objectives:

  1. Assess influence of family or psychosocial factors on population illness and conditions related to women?s and men?s reproductive systems.
  2. Assesses, analyzes, and interprets history, including presenting symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate differential diagnoses for childbearing families.
  3. Provide care related to women?s health, including sexual health, pap smears, prenatal, and postpartum care.
  4. Discuss medications related to altered pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics with special populations such as infants and children, pregnant and lactating women,
  5. Apply differential diagnostics to prescribing medications to individuals related to altered pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to pregnant and lactating women.
  6. Apply effective developmentally appropriate communication techniques with childbearing families.
  7. Provide family-centered primary, secondary and tertiary preventive care to childbearing families across a variety of settings.
  8. Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare providers to provide integrated family-centered plans of care for childbearing families.
  9. Assess and provide holistic health care to childbearing families experiencing transitions.
  10. Formulates comprehensive differential diagnoses, considering epidemiology, environmental and community characteristics, and life stage development in childbearing families.

Nurs 774 Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare the Family Nurse Practitioner with a theoretical and practice foundation of acute and chronic health care problems common to pediatric and adolescent patients. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and interprofessional management and maintenance strategies. Students use evidence-based care and clinical guidelines to provide safe, holistic and cost effective care to pediatric and adolescent patients and their families in a variety of primary health care settings. Prerequisites: NURS 680, NURS 756, NURS 658, NURS 770

Objectives:

  1. Assess the influence of family and psychosocial factors on acute and chronic illnesses and other health conditions related to children and adolescents.
  2. Assesses, analyzes, and interprets history, including presenting symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate differential diagnoses for children and adolescents.
  3. Provide primary, secondary and tertiary preventive care to diverse pediatric and adolescent clients through a family-centered approach across a variety of settings.
  4. Apply differential diagnostics when prescribing medications related to altered pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to children and adolescents.
  5. Apply effective developmentally appropriate communication techniques with children and adolescents.
  6. Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare providers to develop and implement integrated family-centered plans of care for pediatric and adolescent populations.
  7. Provide and evaluate holistic, family-centered health care to diverse pediatric and adolescent clients experiencing emotional, psychological and physical problems in a variety of settings.
  8. Assesse the influence of family or psychosocial factors on children and adolescents related to problems of substance abuse and violence.
  9. Assess children and adolescents for common psychosocial and behavioral problems, plan individualized care and make appropriate referrals.
  10. Formulates comprehensive differential diagnoses, considering epidemiology, environmental and community characteristics, and life stage development for children and adolescents.
     

Nurs 776 Adult and Geriatric Family

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare the Family Nurse Practitioner with a theoretical and practice foundation of acute and chronic health care problems common to adult and geriatric patients. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and interprofessional management strategies. Students use evidence-based care and clinical guidelines to provide safe, holistic and cost effective care to the adult and geriatric patient in variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisites: NURS 680, NURS 756, NURS 658, NURS 770

Objectives:

  1. Assesses influence of family or psychosocial factors on population illness and conditions related to problems of substance abuse and violence.
  2. Assesses, analyzes, and interprets history, including presenting symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate differential diagnoses adult and geriatric clients.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in functional assessment of family members especially the elderly and disabled.
  4. Provide family centered care for individuals and families experiencing normal and abnormal changes that occur with aging.
  5. Provides primary, secondary and tertiary preventive care to adults and geriatric clients across a variety of settings with special consideration for care givers.
  6. Apply differential diagnostics to prescribing medications related to altered pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to adults including older adults.
  7. Apply effective developmentally appropriate communication techniques with adults and geriatric clients.
  8. Adapts care to meet the complex needs of older adults arising from age changes and multiple system changes as well as family life transitions.
  9. Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare providers to provide integrated family-centered plans of care for adult and geriatric populations.
  10. Formulates comprehensive differential diagnoses, considering epidemiology, environmental and community characteristics, and life stage development, including the presentation seen with increasing age, family, and behavioral risk factors.
     

Nurs 777 FNP in Practice

Course Descriptive: This course is the culminating immersion experience for the FNP preparation in which holistic family centered care is provided to individuals and families across the life span under the guidance of a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor with faculty supervision. In a variety of primary care settings, students integrate knowledge gained from previous academic and practicum experiences in the primary, secondary and tertiary care of families along with emphasis on the care for persons with acute and chronic issues throughout the lifespan. Students will meet with faculty to discuss the FNP role across settings, working in interprofessional teams, leadership and management issues associated with the FNP practice role, economic and financial issues, legislative applications and strategizing for futuristic advocacy for quality care delivery in the least expensive environment. Prerequisites: All core courses, NURS 770, NURS 772, NURS 774, NURS 776.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in family assessment in a variety of settings within the context of a community assessment.
  2. Identify and plan evidenced-based-research interventions to promote health with families at risk.
  3. Order, perform and interpret age-, gender-, and condition-specific diagnostic tests and screening procedures in different clinical settings.
  4. Perform primary care procedures, including suturing, minor lesion removal, splinting, and microscopy tests.
  5. Formulate comprehensive differential diagnoses, considering epidemiology, environmental and community characteristics, and life stage development, including presentation seen with increasing age, family, and behavioral risk factors.
  6. Provide holistic health promotion, and disease preventions/treatment strategies to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members.
  7. Apply effective developmentally appropriate communication techniques with individuals and families across the life span.
  8. Identify and treats acute exacerbations of chronic illness in all age groups and intervene appropriately.
  9. Identify potential interaction when prescribing medications for individuals with one or more co-morbidities.
  10. Assess and intervene with multigenerational families who have members with differing health concerns.
  11. Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare providers to provide holistic integrated family-centered plans of care for diverse populations within and transitioning across healthcare settings.
  12. Evaluate support systems and resources, and apply findings to assisting families develop safe, quality support and coping systems and lifestyle adaptations to intergenerational issues, chronic illnesses and end of life issues.
  13. Collect and analyze social and economic data associated with working effectively in complex organizations and environments for the delivery of health care.
     

Nurs 797 Scholarly Project

Course Descriptive: This course is the development of a scholarly project that addresses a phenomenon, issue, or problem related to the discipline of nursing. A variety of options are available to demonstrate the comprehensive and scholarly nature of the final product. The following options are possibilities, but the student is not limited to these, for the scholarly project: conducting a research study; developing a concept analysis paper; providing an innovation solution to a clinical, administrative or educational problem or opportunity; developing a health-related technological application; developing a creative potentially fundable, health-related proposal; or developing a business or educational proposal. This is a capstone course; demonstration of synthesis of previous course work is expected. All core courses, NURS 680, NURS 756, NURS 658, NURS 770, NURS 770, NURS 772, NURS 774, NURS 776.

Objectives: All objectives of established course with the following specifications:

  • Analyze and synthesizes collected data for selected populations.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of family-centered interventions
  • Engage in the scholarly dissemination of evidence-based practice findings
  • Possible scholarly projects:
    • Integrate and applies theory, knowledge, and scientific evidence to the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of advanced nursing practice.
    • Plan and evaluate quality improvement projects related to family-centered primary health care