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Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Course descriptions

 

NURS 7325 Advanced Pathophysiology

An advanced study of pathophysiologic problems of the major body systems. Examples of alterations in physiological function are related to commonly encountered clinical situations. Includes study of the major organ systems with particular emphasis on the physical, biological, and integrating mechanisms.

NURS 7323 Advanced Health Assessment

This course provides the student with knowledge and skills for comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Students will apply didactic information accessed in an online or lecture format to acquisition of skills through a clinical laboratory experience. Simulation and human models will be used for skill practice. The use of diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, and problem-formulation approach to patient examination is introduced.

NURS 7331 Neurobiology and Pathogenesis of Psychiatric Disorders

This course focuses on the neurobiological connections between the brain and psychiatric disorders, including neuroanatomical structures, neurochemical pathways, specific behaviors, symptomatology, and their respective diagnostic technologies.

NURS 7341 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing

Application of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, pharmacologic, and pharmacotherapeutic principles in drug therapy management as required of nurses in advanced practice.

NURS 7321 Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice

Introduction to nursing theorists. Analysis and comparison of selected theories from nursing and other disciplines, and evaluation of the theories for use in nursing education, administration, and practice. Theories discussed within the contexts of the research process, the development of nursing knowledge and the advancement of scientific practice. Focus is on theories that have specific application in health disparities.

NURS 7360 Health Policy Analysis

This course is designed to prepare the DNP student to: critically analyze health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and stakeholders in policy and public forums; demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy and knowledge of methods to influence and educate others regarding policy; advocate for social justice, equity, ethics, and the nursing profession within the policy that shapes health care financing, regulation, and delivery.

NURS 7333 Advanced Psychopharmacology for the Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This course introduces psychotropic medications, including their neurochemical basis, mode of action and clinical application; principles of pharmacological medication selection and use based on clinical indicators. It is designed to assist the Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to develop competence in prescribing and monitoring psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of common psychiatric mental health disorders across the lifespan. This course builds on the conceptual principles developed in NURS 7341-Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice.

NURS 7399 Statistics for Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

The purpose of this course is to prepare the graduate nursing student to utilize and analyze statistics in research and evidence based practice. This hybrid course includes both online and classroom instruction to enable the student to utilize descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and parametric and non-parametric tests in the process of scientific inquiry. The course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in statistics including test selection and application, computation, and interpretation and uses IBM® SPSS® Statistics for data analysis.

NURS 7335 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced principles and methods of epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases in populations, are presented and explored as useful approaches for doctoral nursing practice in terms of monitoring population health and evaluating delivery of care to promote optimal health care outcomes. Epidemiologic research methods are examined for their use in addressing clinical and population questions. Students will acquire skills in accessing data bases, applying epidemiological research methods assessing trends and outcomes and applying epidemiological approaches to selected population health and clinical prevention topics. Prerequisites: None

NURS 7437   Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy

This course provides the advanced practice psychiatric- mental health nurse prepared at the Doctor of Nursing Practice level with knowledge and clinical skills to use in conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy for clients across the lifespan who are experiencing dysfunctional interpersonal patterns. Students complete 128 hours clinical practicum hours.

NURS 7355 Research for Evidenced Based Practice

Overview of qualitative and quantitative research processes and designs. Prepares nurses to read, interpret, and synthesize current knowledge into a proposal for evidence-based nursing practice, to include outcomes evaluation. NURS 7399 Statistics for Nursing Research

NURS 7290 Informatics in Health Care

Introduction to the study of informatics focuses on the management of information in the modern healthcare system. Students will be introduced to the breadth of informatics, information management and the history and future of informatics in healthcare. Prerequisites: Demonstrated competency in basic computer skills including file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, web browsing, and use of presentation software.

NURS 7410 PMHNP I: Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

This course is the first of a three course series in learning and practicing advanced practice nursing diagnosis and pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.

NURS 7315 Resource Management for Nurse Leaders

The purpose of this course is to prepare the graduate nursing student to analyze approaches to managing change in complex systems, effectively apply principles of human resource management to improve client outcomes, manage group processes to meet care objectives, and apply principles of financial management in cost effective care delivery.

NURS 7414 PMHNP II: Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

This second course focuses on more complex mental health issues. It is designed to refine evaluation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacological and nonpharmacological management of individuals with increasingly complex chronic and acute co-morbid medical and behavioral diagnoses across the lifespan.

NURS 7345 Foundation of DNP Practice I: Scientific Underpinnings (DNP I)

This course synthesizes leadership and organizational theories within the context of complex adaptive systems theory as applied to the health care delivery system. Theoretical underpinnings of human resource management and organizational behavior, change management, strategic planning, program development and implementation will be explored within the context of systems thinking. New models for decision-making and use of data-driven decision-making skills and innovative problem solving strategies will be examined. Students will examine various methods of systems analysis; conduct a systems analysis using tools of assessment and data analysis as the basis for planning an effective redesign. Based on these theories and models, the student will derive the DNP's role in complex health care organizations. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours. Prerequisites: NURS 7340 Theoretical Issues with Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population Groups.           

NURS 7340 Theoretical Issues with Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population Groups

The goal of this course is to examine health and well-being as a population phenomenon through study of the role of environment, the concept of the gradient effect in health, and an examination of interdisciplinary science to support developmental health of populations. The variables influencing health outcomes (race/ethnicity discrimination; socioeconomic diversity; age; religion; gender; migration; medical bureaucracies) and models for changing health outcomes (social capital; learning societies) will be analyzed and synthesized.

NURS 7650 Evidence Based Methods and Practice I (EBP I)

This course is designed to enhance the clinical expertise of advanced practice nurses with specific reference to a vulnerable population as a member of a team under the guidance of a preceptor. Course content builds on previously developed EBP methods and skills to critically appraise and synthesize research findings and other evidence using a systematic methodology and interdisciplinary models to inform practice and policy for optimal patient outcomes. The assessed needs of the vulnerable population will serve as the foundation for a micro and macro system analysis and intervention. This course includes 128 supervised clinical hours. Prerequisites: NURS 7345 DNP I.

NURS 7418 PMHNP III: Advanced Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

This is the third course in a series of three practicum courses designed to refine evaluation, differential diagnoses, and pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of individuals with multiple chronic and acute, co-occurring medical and behavioral diagnoses across the lifespan. Primary prevention, care of diverse populations, and leadership will be emphasized.

NURS 7284 Interprofessional Management of Clients with Multiple Chronic Conditions I

This course addresses interprofessional practice within the context of interventions for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on gaining expertise within the domains of Interprofessional Education /Practice, use of systematic and patient-centered approaches with individuals with multiple chronic conditions, and advancement of evidence based practice related to multiple chronic conditions. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

NURS 7655 Evidence Based Methods and Practice II

This course serves as the clinical residency course, builds on previously developed EBP methods and skills and further develops the clinical leadership role as a member of an interdisciplinary team in a complex health care setting. The student will integrate systems theory and clinical evidence to develop a proposal for a practical clinically-focused quality improvement project. Prerequisites: NURS 7650: Evidence Based Methods and Practice I

NURS 7285 Interprofessional Management of Clients with Multiple Chronic Conditions II

This course focuses on the continued development of expertise in all IPE domains, systematic/patient-centered approaches for individuals/families with multiple chronic conditions, and refinement of evidence-based practice related to multiple chronic conditions. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

NUR 7387 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Residency

This residency prepares students for independent, entry level PMHNP practice with a focus on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and groups. Students will demonstrate integration and application of DNP program competencies. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and clinical management of clients with common acute and chronic illness and demonstration of progression of clinical knowledge with increasingly complex client situations. This course includes 192 supervised clinical hours.

NURS 7381 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Professional Roles

This course focuses on the role development of the advanced practice nurse prepared at the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree level. Key aspects of the role to be examined include historical, legal, ethical, social, and public policy. Areas addressed include core competencies, professional behaviors, economic implications with health systems, and interprofessional relationships. Prerequisites: NURS 7321 Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice.

NURS 7365 DNP II: The Capstone           

In this final course of the DNP program, the student will lead an inter-professional team in the implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within a health care organization. Findings will be disseminated through an oral presentation and a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication. An online weekly seminar will provide opportunities for group discussion, mentoring by faculty, and problem-solving of the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination process.