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Course Descriptions

2012-2013

Radford University Doctor of Nursing Practice program course descriptions can be found online at Office of the Registrar and in the Graduate Handbook

Some of the course descriptions listed below are provided in collaboration with Shenandoah University.

  • NM denotes Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery courses
  • NP denotes Shenandoah University Nurse Practitioner courses
  • NURS denotes Radford University School of Nursing courses
  • HP denotes a Shenandoah University course
  • PMH denotes Shenandoah University Psychiatric Mental Health courses

NM 610 Primary Care of Women
This course is designed to assist the student in developing and applying knowledge, skills, values, and meanings related to the nurse-midwifery management process in the primary care of women from adolescent to post-menopause. Course content includes primary care, gynecology, contraception, well woman care.

NM 620 Comprehensive Antepartal Care
This course is designed to assist the student in developing and applying knowledge, skills, values, and meanings of the nurse-midwifery management process in the comprehensive antepartal care of women. Course content includes all social, economical, and practical components of prenatal care.

NM 630 Midwifery Practicum
This course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, and meanings of the nurse-midwifery management process in comprehensive perinatal care. Course content includes intrapartal, postpartal and neonatal care.

NM 640 Comprehensive Perinatal Care
This course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, and meanings of the nurse-midwifery management process in comprehensive perinatal care. Course content includes intrapartal, postpartal and neonatal care.

NM 650 Integrated Midwifery Practicum
This course is designed to assist the student to integrate and influence the knowledge, skills, values, and meanings related to nurse-midwifery management process in primary care, comprehensive antepartal care, and comprehensive perinatal care.

NM 660 Advanced Practice Role Development
This course is designed to assist the student in acquiring and applying the knowledge, skills, values, and meanings of the professional behaviors associated with the practice of advanced/specialized nursing. Curse content includes contract development and financial management of a nurse-midwifery service.

NP671/NPLB671 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The intent of this course is to assist the students in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences in prescribing pharmacological agents safely and appropriately for clients who experience commonly occurring illness or for those who need preventive therapy. Emphasis is on the safe and appropriate prescription of pharmacotherapy, client education and monitoring practices regarding the therapy and assessment of therapeutic outcomes.

NPLB681 Advanced Assessment Lab
This course is designed to enhance the nurse practitioner student’s development of knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with advanced health assessment and promotion across the life span, focusing on skills and experiences. The course includes the practice of health assessment and promotion within the family framework of infant, child, adolescent, adult, elderly, male and female. Special attention is given to promoting health and preventing and detecting disease in communities that are culturally diverse, medically underserved, rural and urban.

HP 676 Substance and Relationship Abuse
This course is designed as an interdisciplinary offering to assist health care profession students in recognition and beginning level interventions in populations at risk for substance dependence and/or abusive relationships. Emphasis is placed on providing interventions that are congruent with age, health status, culture, occupation and legal-ethical concerns.

PMH 645 Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing: Individual Therapy Theory
The course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with positively influencing the lived health experience of individuals with common psychiatric conditions. Select theories regarding health promotion strategies, assessment, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation through individual therapy modalities will provide a foundation for care. Emphasis is also on the application of Diagnostics & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria and therapy principles in the clinical practice.

PMH 650 Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing: Individual Therapy Practicum
This course allows the student to apply knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences to positively influence the lived experience of individuals with common psychiatric mental health conditions through the modality of individual therapy in community based and hospital settings. Select theoretical frameworks guide therapy to include The Diagnostics & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: 4th ed. (DSM-IV-TR) criteria.

PMH 665 Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing: Group, Family and Community Theory
The course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with positively influencing the lived health experience of families and groups with common psychiatric conditions and dysfunctional interpersonal skills. Select theories regarding community mental health promotion, assessment, intervention, and rehabilitation through family and group therapy individual therapy modalities will provide a foundation for psychotherapy interventions. Emphasis is also on the application of theoretical therapy principles to the clinical practice.

PMH 670 Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing: Group, Family and Community Practicum
This course provides opportunity for the student to apply knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences to positively influence the lived experience of individuals with common psychiatric mental health conditions and disordered interpersonal skills through the modality of family, group and community mental health principles. Select theoretical frameworks will guide therapy approaches.

PMH 685 Geriatric Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing Theory
The course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with positively influencing the lived health experience of a geriatric population experiencing concurrent mental illness and/or cognitive decline. Health promotion strategies, assessment measures, through individual, family and group therapy modalities with this population will be discussed.

PMH 686 Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing Theory
The course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with positively influencing the lived health experience of children and adolescents experiencing concurrent mental illness and/or cognitive decline. Health promotion strategies, assessment measures, through individual, family and group therapy modalities with this population will be discussed. The Diagnostics & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. (DSM-IV-TR) criteria will be incorporated.

PMH 695 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Practicum in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing
The didactic and clinical components of this course are designed to provide the psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences beyond the MSN prepared psychiatric mental-health clinical nurse specialist role in relation to differential diagnosis and psychotropic medication management (prescriptive authority). The PMHNP role includes assessment, health promotion, diagnosis, planning, medication management and ongoing evaluation of psychiatric mental-health clients across
the lifespan in a variety of settings to include primary care sites. Pharmacotherapy principles and psychosocial factors that influence patients’ compliance with, and response to, drug therapy are addressed.

PMHL 695 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Practicum in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing-Clinical
This clinical practicum applies differential diagnosis and medication management principles to acute and chronic psychiatric clients and fulfills the post-graduate psychiatric clinical nurse specialist clinical requirement for the American Nurses Credentialing Certification PMHNP exam.

NURS 700 Advanced Practice Nursing Roles and Leadership (3)

This course examines advanced nursing practice roles, both from a historical view and in current practice, and explores roles using philosophical, political, economic, and legal frameworks. Emphasis is on examination of current social, professional, legislative, and technological trends in health care, as they relate to advanced practice nursing. The focus will be on encouraging the student to develop the requisite skills needed for role assumption and leadership within the health care delivery system through engagement in activities designed to develop role competencies in advanced nursing practice. 

 

NURS 702 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)

This course examines development of nursing theory and its uses in nursing practice and research.  It includes the study and critique of nursing theories and theories from related disciplines.  Explores philosophical issues related to contemporary nursing theory.

NURS 704 Advanced Practice Nursing in Rural Communities (3)

This course will focus on the advanced practice nurse’s role in health promotion and illness prevention through understanding community dynamics, applying principles of epidemiology, community assessment, and program development for aggregates in rural communities.

NURS 710 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

This course is designed for the study of physiological alterations underlying disease entities and relating knowledge to interpret changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness. Students will examine current research in pathophysiology. The course provides the student with an essential theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. The objectives and content of this course are derived from the School of Nursing’s mission and philosophy, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major nursing pathophysiology textbooks. Current research and advancement in nursing theory and clinical practice also determine course content.

NURS 712 Advanced Health Assessment (2)

This course provides the advanced practice nurse with the advanced skills related to health assessment and clinical decision making.  The health assessment portion focuses on comprehensive health history, the physical examination, functional, nutritional, cultural, and mental health assessments, health promotion/prevention, assessment of various body systems and behavior: head and neck, eyes and ears, respiratory, cardiovascular, abdomen, musculoskeletal, neurological and mental health.  The clinical decision making portion of the course focuses on the diagnostic process, abnormal assessments and related pathology, developing differential diagnoses, and developing plans of care.

 

NURS 713 Advanced Health Assessment Laboratory (1) *

This course is the laboratory component of Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 712). Emphasis is on interviewing to acquire a comprehensive health history, including developmental, cultural, risk, nutrition, and functional assessments and refinement of physical examination skills of body systems.  Another focus is clinical decision making based upon data obtained from health assessments considered foundational to advanced nursing practice. 

* Students will need to be checked off on physical assessment and will make arrangements with professor.

NURS 716    Advanced Pharmacology (3)

This course focuses on the primary health care provider/advanced practice nurse’s role in managing health and illness by pharmaceutical therapeutics. Emphasis will be on the understanding of pharmacology in health promotion, protection, and restoration for which drugs are prescribed. Emphasis will also be placed on motivations of clients in seeking prescriptions and adhering to medication regimens.

NURS 720   Advanced Family Nursing: Acute Illness across the Lifespan (3) *

This course is designed to prepare the student to practice advanced nursing skills and clinical judgment with clients, families, and groups experiencing acute conditions in diverse settings and cultures. Emphasis is on analyzing, synthesizing, and applying current nursing, family, behavioral, and other health care theories and research related to individuals and families across the lifespan. The focus includes risk assessment, wellness promotion, health protection, health restoration, management of acute conditions, coordination of services, collaboration with other providers, and appropriate referral.

* A skills lab, on site is arranged. However, if a student cannot attend he/she can with the approval of faculty arrange a comparable experience off site.

NURS 721   Advanced Family Nursing: Acute Illness across the Lifespan-Clinical (2)

This course is the clinical practicum for NURS 720, Advanced Family Nursing: Acute Illness across the Lifespan (theory). This clinical course will provide a minimum of 90 hours of clinical practice experience with community preceptors including but not limited to NPs, MDs, DOs, and PAs practicing in the community with the focus of acute illness in primary care across the lifespan.

NURS 724   Advanced Family Nursing: Chronic Illness across the Lifespan (3)

This course is designed to prepare the student to practice advanced nursing skills and clinical decision making in diverse settings (including rural and urban) with patients, families, and groups experiencing chronic conditions.  Emphasis is on analyzing, synthesizing, and applying current family, nursing, and other health care theories, research, best practices related to individuals and families across the lifespan in the context of the chronic condition.  The focus includes wellness promotion, health protection, management and maintenance of chronic conditions, restoration and rehabilitation, coordination of services, collaborative care with other providers, and appropriate referral.

 

NURS 725   Advanced Family Nursing: Chronic Illness across the Lifespan-Clinical (2)

This course is the clinical practicum for NURS 724, Advanced Family Nursing: Chronic Illness Across the Lifespan.  This clinical course will provide a minimum of 90 hours of clinical practice experience with community preceptors, including but not limited to NPs, MDs, DOs, and PAs practicing in the community with the focus of chronic illness in primary care across the lifespan.

NURS 728   Advanced Family Nursing:  Women’s Health (3)*

This course is designed to prepare the student with the advanced knowledge and skills to practice in diverse settings in delivering primary health care to women. The student will develop clinical judgment in assessment and problem identification, management, monitoring, follow up, and referral of health problems of women across the life span. In addition, the course will focus on health promotion, prevention, protection, and restoration for women and families.  Nursing and related theories provide a framework for culturally sensitive, evidence based advanced practice. 

* Faculty may arrange optional assessment labs for this course

 

NURS 729   Advanced Family Nursing:  Women’s Health-Clinical (2) Two hours clinical

This course is the clinical practicum for NURS 728, Advanced Family Nursing: Women’s Health.   This clinical course will provide a minimum of 90 hours of clinical practice experience with community preceptors including but not limited to NPs, MDs, DOs, and PAs practicing in the community with the focus of women’s health.

NURS 732   Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health (3)

This course focuses on the development of clinical decision making and other skills needed to deliver primary health care to children and adolescents and their families in diverse settings. Emphasis is on health promotion and prevention and assessment, diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems for children and adolescents, families, groups, and populations. Theories and research in growth and development, genetics, health and behavioral sciences, and best practices are explored.

 

NURS 733   Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health-Clinical (2)

NURS 728   Advanced Family Nursing:  Women’s Health (3)*

This course is designed to prepare the student with the advanced knowledge and skills to practice in diverse settings in delivering primary health care to women. The student will develop clinical judgment in assessment and problem identification, management, monitoring, follow up, and referral of health problems of women across the life span. In addition, the course will focus on health promotion, prevention, protection, and restoration for women and families.  Nursing and related theories provide a framework for culturally sensitive, evidence based advanced practice. 

* Faculty may arrange optional assessment labs for this course.

 

NURS 729   Advanced Family Nursing:  Women’s Health-Clinical (2) Two hours clinical

This course is the clinical practicum for NURS 728, Advanced Family Nursing: Women’s Health.   This clinical course will provide a minimum of 90 hours of clinical practice experience with community preceptors including but not limited to NPs, MDs, DOs, and PAs practicing in the community with the focus of women’s health.

NURS 732   Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health (3)

This course focuses on the development of clinical decision making and other skills needed to deliver primary health care to children and adolescents and their families in diverse settings. Emphasis is on health promotion and prevention and assessment, diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems for children and adolescents, families, groups, and populations. Theories and research in growth and development, genetics, health and behavioral sciences, and best practices are explored.

 

NURS 733   Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health-Clinical (2)

This is the clinical course for NURS 732, Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health.  The focus is health promotion/prevention in children/adolescents and families and assessment, diagnosis and management of health status changes in this population.

This is the clinical course for NURS 732, Advanced Family Nursing:  Children’s Health.  The focus is health promotion/prevention in children/adolescents and families and assessment, diagnosis and management of health status changes in this population.

NURS 736   Advanced Family Nursing:  Preceptorship (4)

This course is the final clinical practicum course for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

 

NURS 800  Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

This course will be an in depth examination of the components of the research process and interrelationships among these components in the study of nursing problems.  Emphasis is placed on the use of theories, conceptual models and the state of the discipline as a basis for research.

 

NURS 802   Synthesis and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Data for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)

Building upon basic statistics and research methods, this course will apply data principles to evidence based practice situations for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs).  Emphasis is on the practical application of design techniques, data analysis, and interpretation to guide clinical practice.  The course includes integration of appropriate technologies to focus on outcomes of interest for APNs.  The content will include techniques for appraisal of literature and other data information sources, use of data sets, biostatistics, and epidemiological information to answer clinical research questions, and presentation strategies to disseminate findings from analysis of evidence-based data resources to improve healthcare outcomes.

                               

NURS 804  Clinical Scholarship and Population-Based Outcomes for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)

This course introduces a broad range of methods for scholarly inquiry to establish an evidence-based advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on research methods useful in program evaluation, quality improvement projects, evaluation of new practice models, and clinical research pilot projects. 

NURS 810    Health Care Systems, Information Systems, and Business Practices (3)

This course explores foundations and principles of business, finance and entrepreneurship and information systems of advanced practice nursing within the context of the larger health care system.  The content will include interrelationships among advanced practice nursing and organizational leadership, organizational systems and culture, culture of the profession of DNPs, intraprofessional dimensions of healthcare and healthcare organizations, intraprofessional communication, consultation skills, and principles of consultation, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies for improving clinical practice, informatics/information systems/technologic systems that support research, quality  improvement, management, education and practice, and financial principles and management.

 

NURS 812   Health Care Policy, Ethics, and Law (3)

This course provides analysis of principles of ethics, law, and policy impacting health care delivery systems and consumers at local, state, national, and international levels. It explores ethical and legal constraints influencing health care providers and systems.  The course also investigates methods for advanced practice nurses to impact structure and function of legislative/regulatory organizations and practices.

*Faculty recommends taking NURS 810 before NURS 812.

NURS 820   Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Project-1 (2)

According to AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education of Advanced Nursing Practice, 

            “Doctoral education, whether practice or research, is distinguished by the completion of a             specific project that demonstrates synthesis of the student’s work and lays the groundwork for future scholarship.  The final DNP project produces a tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion experience and is reviewed and evaluated by an academic committee.  The final DNP product documents outcomes the students educational experiences, provides a measurable medium for evaluation the immersion experience, and summarizes the student’s growth in knowledge  and expertise.”

Capstone provides the student an opportunity to investigate a health care issue/problem in a particular practice setting.  The intention of the project is for the student to explore an issue/problem that will influence outcomes for a specific population.  The issue/problem can be clinically focused and related to direct clinical care, administration, information systems, or policy.  The focus for the project should be on the completion of a scholarly effort that will facilitate the use of evidence in practice and result in an appreciable change in practice or an outcome analysis.  Examples of capstone projects include the development, implementation, project; an outcomes analysis; or development and implementation of a practice protocol or guidelines or a research project.  The student will work with a designated capstone chair and a committee can be designated, that may consist of faculty or individual recommendation.

 

NURS 821    Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Project-2 (1)

This DNP Capstone Project course is a continuation of student work initiated in NURS 820 which facilitates the identification of the student’s scholarly project, development of a project proposal, and the implementation and evaluation of the project. The focus of this course is completion of the Clinical Capstone Project.  Students will complete the Clinical Capstone Project and present the results in a publishable written paper and/or oral presentation.

 

NURS 824   Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Residency (12)

Prerequisite: Advanced nursing practice courses required in the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Midwifery (NM), or Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) concentration.

This is the course work required for the DNP Clinical Residency. The DNP Clinical Residency is a clinical leadership experience focusing on nursing education, policy, practice, or research within an area of student interest.   The residency is an immersion clinical experience that includes in depth work with experts from nursing and other disciplines.  Advanced nursing practice experiences assist students in development and assimilation of complex clinical knowledge and decision making.  The residency provides the framework for the Capstone project in which the student identifies, develops, and implements a project of clinical or research interest that culminates in a publishable paper or project.

* It is suggested that the student take three residency courses in their program (four credits each).  Each credit equals 45 clinical hours.  This is to be discussed individually with the professor.

* Mission trips will only account for 20 hours of Residency

 

NURS 825 DNP Nurse Executive Leadership Final Project 1

This is the initial course/capstone work required for the DNP In Executive Leadership. This course expands upon previous course work and administrative leadership experiences that may focus on nursing education, policy, practice, research or business within an area of student interest

       

NURS 826 DNP Nurse Executive Leadership Final Project 2

This is the final course/capstone work required for the DNP Executive Leadership concentration. This course expands upon previous course work in NURS 825 and continues to focus on a leadership experiences in nursing education, policy, practice, research and/or business within the area of student interest. It is a one credit course.

 

NURS 827 DNP Nurse Executive Residency

Prerequisite Advanced nursing courses required in Nurse Executive Leadership concentration: NURS 700, NURS 702, NURS 704, NURS 800, NURS, 802, NURS 804, NURS 810, NURS 812  

This is the course work required for the DNP Residency In Executive Leadership. This Residency is an extensive leadership experience focusing on executive leadership in education, policy, practice, research or business within an area of student interest.

NURS 897 Independent Practicum (3)

This course is designed primarily for students who wish to develop further clinical expertise in a selected area.  The content of the practicum will be defined by the student in consultation with the faculty member supervising the practicum.

 

NURS 898 Directed Study (3)

This course provides the opportunity for the student to pursue additional in depth study relevant to advanced nursing practice.  Development of a proposal approved by the Graduate College is required.  See Directed Study Guidelines in the Graduate Catalog.