2013-14 Catalogs

Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

Courses with a CON prefix are listed at the end of nursing courses.

NUR 100 Introduction to Professional Nursing
This course orients students to the expectations of a baccalaureate education in nursing. Academic communication and critical thinking skills within the context of professional nursing are emphasized. Issues of ethical and professional accountability related to the role(s) of the nurse are explored. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature and scope of nursing practice are examined. Cr 3.

NUR 200 Introduction to Professional Nursing for Advanced Student
This course has been specifically designed for advanced students who are either transfer students with 60 or more credits or have a degree in another field. The course introduces career opportunities in health care as well as how prior learning and work experiences might build on and blend into a career in nursing. The historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature and scope of nursing will be investigated through utilization of online resources, advanced library skills, writing, and online discussion. Other topics will include skills of communication, critical thinking and the relationship between professional nursing and the broad base of theoretical and empirical knowledge derived from the behavioral and physical sciences and the humanities. Cr 3.

NUR 203 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is about paying attention without judgment to what is being presented to us in our lives. The core of this course will be the practices of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program developed at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Students will study the results of research which show benefits of practicing Mindfulness. After learning these practices, students will explore ways to integrate Mindfulness into work, family, health, and relationships, particularly into teaching, nursing, social work, and counseling health professions. Cr 3.
                                          

NUR 211/511 Nursing Role: Accelerated/Option
This seminar introduces accelerated and option program nursing students to content in nursing history, theory, and research. Students will consider the major constructs of nurse, health, and caring practice. It is a transitional course that seeks to prepare students for the accelerated programs of study at USM, provide a framework for understanding professional education, and to explore the transition into nursing. Cr 1.

NUR 300/509 Health Assessment
This course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural health assessment of well individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through effective communication and physical skills followed by data analysis and identification of nursing diagnoses. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, NUR 100 and a GPA of 2.75. NUR 509 is offered in the summer and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 301/508 Health Assessment Lab
This laboratory course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct an in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural, holistic health assessment of well individuals through the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through development of communication and physical examination skills. Data will be analyzed and nursing diagnoses developed. Concurrent with NUR 300/509. NUR 508 is offered in the summer and is open only to option students. Cr 2.

NUR 306/512 Nursing Arts and Science
This course introduces the student to concepts and skills basic to the art and science of nursing. The nursing process is introduced as a problem-solving tool and is used along with scientific principles in the teaching of foundational nursing therapeutics used in most practice settings. Prerequisites: 24 credits, a GPA of 2.75, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II (or concurrent). NUR 512 is offered in the summer semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 307/305/514 Fundamentals in Nursing Lab
This course focuses on the cognitive basis, scientific principles, and manipulative component of psychomotor skills used when implementing foundational nursing therapeutics, which promote, maintain, and restore the health of the client. Concurrent with NUR 306 or 512.. NUR 305/514, offered in summer semester, are open only to accelerated/option students. Cr 2.

NUR 308 Professional Communication and Technology Utilization in Nursing
This course emphasizes a critical examination of how technology and communication can enhance the understanding of the historical development of the profession of nursing. Students explore professional development in nursing theory, using written and oral communication skills and learn to present information effectively using a variety of sources and techniques. To achieve this objective, the course will introduce APA style of referencing; review basic tenets of good writing style; present information access and utilization skills through library computer searches; explore basic computer skills such as e-mail, listserv membership, Internet searching and critique; and support the development of public presentation skills through the use of presentation software. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

NUR 309 Health Assessment for RNs
This course provides the RN student with knowledge and skills essential to conduct in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural health assessments of well individuals. The course includes examination of the concepts of wellness and health promotion across the life span. Prerequisite: RN licensure. Cr 2.

NUR 310 Health Assessment Lab for RNs
This course provides the opportunities for the RN to apply knowledge and skills necessary to conduct total health assessments. Concurrent with NUR 309. Prerequisite: RN licensure. Cr 2.

NUR 314 RN Credit Option
RNs graduating from a diploma program or an associate degree program will be awarded basic nursing credits upon successful completion of NUR 308 Professional Communication and Technology Utilization in Nursing and the Health Sciences. Prerequisites: RN licensure, NUR 308. Cr maximum of 30.

NUR 317 Maternal Child Health in a Developing Country
Students will explore international health issues common to Latin American countries that directly impact women and children. Students will gain a more thorough understanding of environmental, socio-cultural, and political factors that affect maternal child health in a developing nation. Through this course and the clinical experience linked with it, students will explore aspects of partnership building with an international community-based organization to assess health risk factors and plan health promoting activities specific to identified children's health issues. Students will gain an understanding of risk assessment, which includes problem posing and formulation of solutions, as part of their coursework. This coursework is closely tied to the Dominican Republic International Service Learning program. Cr 1.

NUR 318 Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
This online course introduces the student to evidence-based practice in nursing. Using models of critical appraisal, students learn competencies in the synthesis, integration, and evaluation of current best evidence for decision-making in advancing evidence-based nursing practice. This course is open to transfer students, accelerated students and option students who have taken a research course in quantitative methodology. The student must submit the prior course syllabus for evaluation. Cr 1.

NUR 319 Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing
This online course introduces the student to qualitative health-related research methodology. Students learn the qualitative research process, different approaches to research design and the distinctive features of each qualitative design. Using models of critical appraisal of qualitative health-related research findings, students learn competencies in the synthesis, integration, and evaluation of qualitative inquiry for decision-making in advancing evidence-based nursing practice. This course is open to transfer students, accelerated students and option students who have taken a research course in quantitative methodology. The student must submit the prior course syllabus for evaluation. Cr. 1.

NUR 323/541 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing
During this course, students will explore evidence-based nursing therapeutics which support both the adult and the older adult client experiencing health problems. The course considers major health problems in the United States, focusing on nursing knowledge needed for care of adults and older adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of care settings. This course will encourage students to develop and practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of family-centered care in today's complex health care system. The roles of collaboration, advocacy, and teaching are introduced as the student nurse interacts with clients and their support systems across the continuum of care. Prerequisites: NUR 100, 200, or 211; NUR 300/301 or 509/508; NUR 306/307 or 305, or 512/514; BIO 345; CON 302 or 502 (within one year). NUR 541 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 325/542 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing Lab
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing health problems. Students will practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings. Concurrent with NUR 323 or 541. NUR 542 is offered in the fall semester and it open only to option students. Cr 4.

NUR 326 Dominican Republic Community Nursing Partnership I
Cr 1.

NUR 327 Dominican Republic Community Nursing Partnership II
Cr 3.

NUR 328 Dominican Republic Community Nursing Partnership III (optional)
Cr 1.

NUR 330/530 Mental Health Nursing
This course examines the theory and practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Assessment of clients and intervention strategies are explored. Interdisciplinary aspects of mental health care delivery and current issues in mental health nursing are discussed. Prerequisite: CON 302 or 502; Concurrent with NUR 323/325 or 541/542. NUR 530 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 331/531 Mental Health Nursing Lab
This course offers students an opportunity to focus nursing practice on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health. Clinical experience is provided in a mental health/psychiatric nursing setting. The emphasis is on application of concepts of mental health/psychiatric nursing. Concurrent with NUR 330 or 530. NUR 531 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 2.

NUR 332/532 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community
The focus of this course is the family-centered care of older individuals in the community. Emphasis is on nursing assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions with individuals and families coping with chronic illnesses. Health promotion/risk reduction strategies are applied. The roles of the nurse in interdisciplinary community settings are explored. Ethical issues unique to community settings are analyzed.  Prerequisite: NUR 323 or 541 or concurrent. NUR 532 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 339 Community Nursing Partnerships I
This course is the first one in a two-course series (NUR 339 and NUR 341). Over two semesters students will engage in a partnership with a specific community. This sequence of courses incorporates the concepts of partnership building, risk identification, and health promotion within a community-based context. Students will collaborate with community partners to develop an understanding of both short- and long-term needs of the community. Problem-posing and problem-solving will come from the community. Students will engage in ongoing community assessment, support communities in developing long term interventions/approaches, and engage in evaluation of community level practice. Students will identify individuals and families within their communities who would benefit from individual and family-based nursing assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Students will work with health care providers in these communities to assess the need for services and augment the services available. Students will engage in both formative and summative evaluation over the course of their interaction with the community. Students will consider issues of continuation and termination as they work with individuals, families, fellow students, and community partners. Prerequisite or concurrent: CON 356 and NUR 323/325. Cr 2.

NUR 341 Community Nursing Partnerships II
This course is the second one in a two-course series. See NUR 339 for description. Prerequisite: NUR 339. Cr 2.

NUR 370 Theory for Clinical Practice
This course focuses on the nursing profession and the process of knowledge development within the profession. The intent is to provide participants with opportunities to explore the processes of inquiry in nursing. Participants will have opportunities to explore various modes of nursing inquiry, including scientific, philosophical, and historical. Praxis, or the development of knowledge through the cycle of acquiring experience, reflecting on experience, and enhancing practice is central to understanding what influences nursing. Relationships between practice, theory, and research are explored. Four foundational concepts: personal meaning, ways of knowing, time/transitions, and context/culture serve to focus critical reflections in this course. In recognizing multiple ways of developing knowledge, participants have the opportunity to explore how practice may differ within varying perspectives. Prerequisite: Matriculation in USM SON, RN licensure or permission of instructor Cr 3.

NUR 386 Geary Clinical Cooperative
This course is a combination of a two-credit elective nursing course offered during the summer and a paid summer experience (10 weeks full time with a Registered Nurse preceptor at Maine Medical Center-MMC). Students are socialized into the professional role of the nurse through hands-on experience, mentoring, observational experiences, and seminar discussions focused on evidence-based nursing practice. There are seminar meetings with instructor and assignments to complete throughout the summer. Prerequisite: NUR 323/325, GPA 3.0, and an accepted application for employment at MMC. Cr 2.

NUR 413/513 Advanced Nursing Skills Lab
This course builds on the theory, scientific principles, and psychomotor skills introduced in NUR 306/307 or 305 or 512/514  to promote role development in the core competencies of nursing practice. Prerequisites: NUR 306/307or 305 or  512/514; concurrent with NUR 423/ 523, and 425/ 526. Cr 1. NUR 513 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students.

NUR 419 Community Nursing Partnerships for RNs
This course incorporates the concepts of partnership building, risk identification, risk reduction, and health promotion within a community based context. Students work with selected communities that are developing long-term solutions to previously identified health problems. Open to RN students only. Prerequisites: Matriculation in USM SON. NUR 309/310, NUR 308, CON 356,  RN licensure, SON health requirements and CPR certification. Cr 2.

NUR 421/543 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing
This course focuses on the theory and research in reproductive and sexual health care. While emphasis is placed on holistic nursing care of diverse healthy families from preconception through the childbearing process, high risk conditions, including end of life care for neonates, and the interventions necessary for successful adaptation are also discussed. Male and female reproductive health issues and nursing care across the lifespan will be presented. NUR 543 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Prerequisite: NUR 323/325 or 523/542. Cr 3.

NUR 422/544 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing Lab
This course offers students experience in providing holistic nursing care to individuals and families engaged in childbirth experiences. Emphasis is placed on health needs and alterations during the childbearing process, as well as promotion and maintenance of health before, during, and after childbirth. NUR 544 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students Concurrent with NUR 421/543. Cr 2.

NUR 423/523 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult
The course will examine evidence-based therapeutic nursing interventions which support adult and older adult clients experiencing complex health problems. This course will encourage students to practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of ethical care to individuals and families experiencing high acuity illnesses. The roles of leader, collaborator, and coordinator are discussed as the nurse interacts with clients who are viewed as holistic beings. Prerequisites: NUR 323/325 or 541/542. NUR 523 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 424/524 Clinically-Applied Genetics
This course explores the genetic basis of human health and disease. It examines the specific mechanisms by which genetic differences give rise to altered body function and influence disease risk, and how these differences are inherited. It emphasizes the advances in genetics that impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses and conditions. In so doing, it both addresses the basic science of genetics and explores related clinically-applied topics such as the ethical implications of genetics, genetic screening, genetic risk assessment, and gene therapy. NUR 524, the graduate-level class, will include an additional 1-hour per week seminar. Prerequisites: NUR 323 or 541 or consent of instructor. Cr 3.

NUR 425 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Lab
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing complex health problems. Students practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings. Concurrent with NUR 423. Cr 2.

NUR 427/545 Child Health Nursing
In this course, students examine family-centered nursing care in the health promotion and health care of children. Class discussions focus on theories, research, and literature related to health needs and common health problems of children. Family, heredity, environment, and socioeconomics are among the factors examined in discussions of nursing in child health. NUR 545 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Prerequisites: NUR 323/325 or 523/542. Cr 3.

NUR 428/516 Child Health Nursing Lab
Child health lab provides an opportunity for the student in various health care settings to apply the theoretical concepts of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration with children and their families who are at risk or may be experiencing alterations in health. NUR 516 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Concurrent with NUR 427 or 545. Cr 2.

NUR 436 Community Nursing Partnerships for Accelerated B.S. Students
In this course students work within a community partnership to care for individual clients/families and work with residents in developing community-based health programs. This experience provides students with an opportunity to care for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups. Leadership roles including ongoing community partnership development will be emphasized. Prerequisite or concurrent: CON 356 and NUR 323/325. Cr 2.

NUR 437 Community Nursing Partnerships for Accelerated B.S. Students
Building on NUR 436, this course continues to focus on the experiences of partnership building with a diverse population in a community setting. The concepts of risk reduction and health promotion are applied to the development of an intervention with a segment of the community. Evaluation of the intervention is considered part of continuous community assessment as well as partnership development. Prerequisite: NUR 436. Cr 2.

NUR 439 Community Nursing Partnerships III
This is an elective course. See NUR 339 for course description. Prerequisite: NUR 339, 341. Cr 2.

NUR 470 Leadership, Management, and Ethics
Students explore professional and ethical issues that affect delivery of health care as well as the complexity of the nurse case management role using theories related to complex systems, leadership, and change. This course also provides an overview of the management and leadership roles in nursing practice with a major focus on organizational analysis, leadership and change theories, and quality improvement. This course must be taken the last semester in the curriculum. Cr 3.

NUR 474 Professional Issues: Leadership, Management, and Organizations for RNs
This course provides the RN student with an overview of the theoretical frameworks of management and leadership roles in nursing practice with a major focus on organizational analysis. Focus is on leadership and change theories, conflict management, and quality improvement for the delivery of health care services. Prerequisite: Matriculation in the USM SON, NUR 308, NUR 309/310. Cr 3.

NUR 476 Theory Related to Clinical Specialty for RNs
This course allows the RN student to develop and enhance clinical theory, knowledge, and practice using self-designed study with a focus on a self-selected clinical specialty. An overview of current theoretical models of care, nursing therapeutics, and evidence-based practice is provided and then used to develop a broader understanding of practice and care issues unique to the clinical specialty. Prerequisites: Matriculation in the USM SON, NUR 308, NUR 309/310. Cr 3.

NUR 480 Practicum/Care Management
This practicum provides a culminating intensive clinical experience that provides students with an opportunity to refine their clinical practice. The course emphasizes the integration of the multiple roles of nursing and serves as a vehicle for enhancing critical thinking and communication. The primary purpose of the course is to develop competency in nursing care, including organizational, prioritization, and decision-making skills. End of life issues and professional ethics as applicable to a wide range of settings will be explored. To the degree possible, students select a practicum site consistent with their area of special interest with seminar sharing of the issues of diverse roles, clients, settings, and philosophies of practice. All students will present orally and demonstrate competency utilizing technical presentation applications. Prerequisite: All theory-linked clinical courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with NUR 480. Concurrent clinical courses cannot be in clinical area of practicum placement. NUR 480 is the final clinical course. Cr 3.

NUR 526 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Lab
Option students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing complex health problems. Students practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings. Concurrent with NUR 523. NUR 526 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Cr 4.

NUR 538 Community Nursing Partnership for Option Students
In this course students work within a community partnership to care for individual clients/families and work with residents in developing community-based health programs. This experience provides students with an opportunity to care for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups. Leadership roles including ongoing community partnership development will be emphasized. NUR 538 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Prerequisite: CON 356. Cr 2.

Nursing and Health Professions Interdisciplinary CON Courses

CON 216 Emergency Response
This course will cover the topics prescribed by the American Red Cross in their emergency response course, including respiratory and cardiac emergencies, wounds, poisoning, sudden illness, burns and other topics. Successful completion of the course requirements will lead to Emergency Response certification, including adult, child, and infant CPR, from the American Red Cross. Cr 3.

CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness
The primary emphasis of this course is to teach students how to take control of their personal health and lifestyle habits. Major areas will include nutrition/weight management, fitness training techniques, flexibility, coronary risk factor management, muscular strength/endurance, stress management, and other wellness-related topics. Class content will include readings, discussions, self-assessment activities, and development of personalized nutrition and physical activity plans. Cr 3.

CON 252 Human Nutrition
This course examines the basic concepts of human nutrition and their application to the needs of human beings throughout the life cycle. Discussion of factors affecting food practices and attitudes is included. Prerequisites: BIO 211 or SCI 172 or SCI 270. Cr 3.

CON 261 Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
This course offers a comparative study of conventional and Naturopathic medical models, as part of the Minor in Holistic and Integration Health. Naturopathic medicine integrates current medical science with traditional natural therapies, to promote health and to prevent disease. Students will gain an understanding of Naturopathic principles, philosophy and treatment modalities including nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, mind-body techniques and environmental medicine. Cr 3.

CON 270 Holistic Approaches to Reproductive Health
This course will enable the student to look critically at reproductive health options through the lifespan. Through readings, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and online discussions, we will weigh evidence related to alternative, complementary, and natural approaches to managing reproductive health issues. The course will follow a life span, growth and development approach. Course topics will include natural family planning methods, holistic contraception, infertility and pregnancy issues, holistic birth support skills, and holistic care of the newborn after birth. In addition, adult reproductive issues will be covered including menopause, erectile dysfunction, and sexuality in aging. The student will participate online via the discussion board, online quizzes, short essays, and complete an assignment to create a holistic teaching page related to a reproductive health topic. Offered as an online course. Cr 3.

CON 280 Holistic Health I
This course explores the realm of holistic health,  emphasizing the integration of body, mind and spirit. Specific techniques and therapies will be introduced including, but not limited to, nutrition, stress management, meditation, therapeutic movement and massage, music, and others. The primary goal is to bring greater self-confidence, increased knowledge, and self-responsibility about health into each student's life. Cr 3.

CON 281 Holistic Health II
This course explores the realm of holistic health in greater depth. A strong component will focus on approaches to healing, including such topics as nutrition, meditation, creative imagery, crystals, and herbal remedies. Spiritual and metaphysical dimensions will be integrated as they relate to the total well-being of the individual. The primary goal is to become conversant with holistic approaches that are widely used in promoting and supporting self-healing in both self and others. Often offered as an online course. Prerequisite: CON 280 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

CON 283 Healing and Spirituality
This course will explore the links between spiritual understandings and physical and mental health. Focusing on global spiritual and religious traditions, the course will examine the determinants of health and the healing techniques utilized in each faith. We will also examine the ways in which religious values and expectations become internalized and affect the ways in which we interpret our wellness and our discomforts. This course is designed to offer an opportunity to become familiar with the world's faith traditions, and to explore spirituality as it relates to healing, both personally and institutionally. Cr 3.

CON 284 Botanical Therapies
The use of medicinal plant remedies can offer a rich, effective, and safe addition to health care for a variety of common illnesses and conditions. With dramatic increase in use of herbal preparations, however, questions of effectiveness and safety arise for both health care consumers and their providers. This course will give the historical background on the use of medicinal plants in the U.S. and Europe, examine the current legal status of plant remedies and herbal practitioners, review the most commonly used botanical remedies available, and discuss the benefits and risks that attend the use of these and other medicinal plant preparations. Cr 3.

CON 285 Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Therapy
This course explores the role of pets and other animals in contemporary society with a special emphasis on understanding the role animals may play in the treatment/rehabilitation of persons with a variety of physical and psychological disabilities. Lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and a variety of A/V materials will be utilized to meet course objectives. Cr 3.

CON 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine
This class will provide the student with Reiki Level I and II certification. Reiki is an ancient form of healing from Tibet. Rei means universal life, Ki means energy. Reiki means life for energy and is based on the idea that we are energy. Reiki is a hands-on, light touch, healing energy. Many healthcare organizations are interested in alternative or complementary approaches to care and are offering services such as Reiki to help decrease pain, anxiety, depression, and aid in the comfort and well-being of their clients. To provide these services there are additional training and certifications required. The class will combine both lecture and hands-on experiences. In addition, the class will engage in service learning by providing Reiki treatments to the community. Cr 3.

CON 302/502 Pharmacology
This course provides an overview of the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The major drug categories are reviewed with emphasis placed on the therapeutic use, action, and adverse reactions of selected prototype drugs. Emphasis is placed on the benefits and risks of drug therapy, thereby preparing the health professional for safe, therapeutic pharmacologic interventions. There is no clinical component to this course. For nursing majors, CON 302/502 must be taken within one year of enrolling in NUR 323/325 or 541/542.  Prerequisites: BIO 211 or SCI 172 or SCI 270 and sophomore standing. Cr 3.

CON 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults
This course will explore the normal aging process in addition to a variety of chronic conditions experienced by older adults. The focus of the course will be on non-pharmacological intervention strategies for older adults residing in community and clinical agencies. Intervention examples include stress management, animal-assisted therapy, storytelling, autobiographical writing, bibliotherapy, adventure-based activities, air mat therapy, and "simple pleasures" activities. Other topics of study will include attitudes, stereotypes, and social issues that affect older adults today. Off-campus service learning experiences will be expected along with in-class discussions. Cr 3.

CON 314 Wellness Education and Counseling
This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of how to plan, implement, and evaluate wellness education programs. Teaching and learning styles will be addressed. Counseling skills will be practiced. Teaching techniques and tips will be highlighted. The course follows a learning-by-doing and reflection-in-action approach to education. Students will participate in experiential group and individual processes and be expected to apply personal insight when working with others.

CON 321/322 Health-Related Research
Introduction to health-related research with an emphasis on understanding the research process and becoming a consumer of research. Critique of health-related research findings to health professions and their application to professional practice is a major component of this course. CON 322 is a Writing Intensive course. For nursing majors, CON 321 must be completed before taking any 400-level nursing course. Prerequisite: PSY 105, LCC 150 or MAT 120. Cr 3.

CON 352 Nutrition for Physical Performance
The in-depth study of general nutritional practices applied to athletes and other individuals who are physically active. The course will emphasize basic cellular metabolism as it relates to energy production and expenditure during the course of preparation and training for athletics and physical activity. Weight control, use of ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements will also be discussed. Prerequisites: ALT, EXS, HEF major; CON 252; SPM 330 or concurrent. Cr 3.

CON 356 Concepts in Community Health
This course introduces the concepts and principles basic to the development and maintenance of the community's health. The epidemiological process guides the survey of current major health issues. The course focuses on the health issues of groups in the community at local, state, national, and global levels. Cr 3.

CON 435 Death and Dying: Contemporary Issues
This course focuses on dying, death, and bereavement in contemporary Western society within the context of theory, research, and practice. Issues around sudden death and dying from a chronic and/or terminal illness will be explored. Selected topics include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, palliative and hospice care, pain and symptom management, physician assisted suicide, family caregiving at the end of life, advance care planning, pregnancy loss, and the death of a child. Normal grief will be differentiated from pathological or traumatic grief. Finally, the continuum of services (e.g., support groups, psycho-educational groups, Internet chat groups) that are available for bereaved persons will be explored. Cr 3.

CON 440 International Health
This course is a multi-disciplinary elective course which presents multiple perspectives on improving the health of populations in the interconnected global environment. Cr 3.

CON 490 Therapeutic Touch
This course will introduce the theory and practice of the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch. Concentration will be on the practice of Therapeutic Touch as an intentionally directed process of energy exchange, using the hands to facilitate the movement of energy, and restoring balance to the energy system of the human body. The course will focus on the understanding of the basic principles of the human energy field; intuition; intentionality; benefits; theory; principles; process; and experiential learning of the Therapeutic Touch technique. Through readings, lecture, demonstrations, and practice, students will integrate the TT process with considerations of creating a healing environment, the ethics of practice, and integrating holistic health and self-care. Cr 3.

CON 497 Substance Use and Abuse: Issues and Policies
This course is an interdisciplinary examination and study of issues and policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs. Emphasis is placed on epidemiology; pharmacology; theoretical models; strategies for prevention, treatment, and relapse prevention; needs of special populations; and ethical, legal, and socio-political aspects surrounding addiction. Cr 3.

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Advanced Practice Concentrations - Courses

NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
This course builds upon undergraduate understanding of pharmacological principles and agents by preparing students to evaluate and prescribe medications for common preventative, acute, and chronic health problems across the lifespan. The regulatory aspects of drug administration and prescription from the perspective of advanced nursing practice are examined. The development of clinical decision-making skills essential to safe, effective, and ethical pharmacological interventions are the focal point of the course. Current concepts in pharmacogenomics and pharmacological therapies as part of the treatment of commonly encountered health problems are stressed. Cr 3.

NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
This course builds upon and extendsundergraduate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and health assessment of individuals across the life span. Physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills needed for advanced practice nurses are emphasized. Abnormal assessment findings are related to underlying pathophysiology. Cr 4.

NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
Contemporary issues in theory development and the social production of knowledge for nursing are explored in this course. The social and historical context of knowledge development in nursing are examined with an emphasis on the relationship between theory, research, and practice in nursing. Cr 3.

NUR 604 Nursing Research
This course prepares nurses in advanced practice to appraise and use research and other evidence to provide high quality health care, initiate change, improve nursing practice, and evaluate their own practice systematically. Emphasis is on developing relevant clinical questions, searching for studies and other evidence, systematic appraisal of evidence, and determining whether and how to apply the findings. Commonly used research designs are explained. Strategies for organizing evidence and implementing evidenced-based practice changes are explored. Cr 3.

NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
The complexity of the American Health Care System and current efforts to restructure the system are examined in this course. Past, current, and potential roles of advanced practice nurses related to access, and the goals of Healthy People 2020 are examined. Socio-political, economic, and ethical issues embedded in public policy decisions are explored. Attention is given to the role of advanced practice nurses in influencing, creating, and implementing policy in diverse populations across the lifespan. Cr 3.

NUR 608 Applied Theories of Advanced Interpersonal Skills
Theories of communication, group, family/developmental, stress, consultation, and crisis are examined as they relate to interpersonal relations. The emphasis is on the acquisition of advanced communication skills and strategies for analyzing effective and ineffective communication. Self-reflection is an underlying thread when applying a range of theories to practice. Cr 3.

NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
The emphasis in this course is on evidence-based assessments and interventions for adolescents. Anticipatory guidance and education for the parents of these adolescents and strategies for prioritizing adolescent and family health care and health education needs are emphasized. Cr 1.

NUR 651 Womens Health in Primary Care
This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide women's health care from adolescence to geriatrics in the primary care setting. The emphases are on prevention, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. Evidence-based approaches to assessment, intervention, and evaluation of women's health issues are addressed. Cr 1.

NUR 652 Primary Care of the Well Child
The emphasis in this course is on evidenced-based assessments and interventions for well infants and children. Anticipatory guidance and education for the parents of these children and strategies for prioritizing child and family healthcare and health education needs are emphasized. Cr 1.

NUR 653 Primary Care of the Child with Episodic Illness
The emphases are on assessment and interventions for children with acute illnesses and education for the parents and children. Development of physical and psychosocial assessment and intervention skills specific to the pediatric population in the primary care setting are addressed. Decision making related to prioritizing child and family health care and health education needs is emphasized. Cr 2.

NUR 654 Prenatal Care in Primary Care
This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary care to the well prenatal woman. Focus is on health promotion, assessing and minimizing risk, and preventing complications. Emphasis is on collaboration and ensuring continuity of care. Cr 1.

NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project
This course is designed to promote the effective application of research and other evidence to clinical practice. Examples may include evaluating and/or modifying current practice standards, disseminating research results, increasing clinical application of evidence-based interventions, or adapting and designing a research-based intervention. Cr 3.

NUR 664 Primary Health Care of the Adult I
This is the first or three sequential theory courses in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on the provision and primary care to individuals and families in the context of community. Assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and management strategies related to acute episodic care and health maintenance of adolescent, adult, and older adult populations are stressed. Particular focus is on the development of physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment and intervention skills specific to these populations in primary care settings. Cr 3.

NUR 665 Primary Health Care of the Adult II
This is the second of three sequential theory courses in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on the provision of health promotion and primary care to adolescents through older adult in the context of community. Within the context of chronicity, the emphases are on assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and management strategies related to long-term health problems and the accompanying social and cultural issues in adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. Particular focus is on the interdisciplinary and collaborative aspects of the advanced practice, direct care for selected groups, and principles of evidenced-based practice. Cr 3.

NUR 666 Primary Health Care of the Adult III
This is the final of three sequentail theory courses in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on the provision of health promotion and primary care to older adults. The focus is on gerontological concerns and complex health issues. Emphasis is on evidenced-based approaches to assessment and management of older adults within the context of family and community across settings. Cr 3.

NUR 667 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
This is the first of three sequential practicums/seminars in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on providing health promotion and primary care to individuals and families in the context of community. The application of assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and management strategies to selected populations who need acute care and health maintenance is stressed. Particular focus is on using physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment and intervention skill, and reflection on process issues related to clinical practice. Cr 3.

NUR 668 Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
This is the second of three sequential practicums/seminars in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on providing health promotion and primary care to individuals and families in the context of the community. The application of assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and management strategies to selected populations related to long-term health problems and the accompanying social and cultural issues is stressed. Particular focus is on the integration and application of didactic information into clinical practice, development and refinement of the clinical decision-making process, critical evaluation of evidenced-based decisions, and reflection on process issues related to clinical practice. Cr 3.

NUR 669 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
This is the final of three sequential practicums/seminars in the family nurse practitioner concentration. Emphasis is on providing health promotion and primary care to individuals and families in the context of community. The application of assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and management strategies in selected populations across the life span with emphasis on the older adult is stressed. Emphasis is also on the refinement of skills reflective of beginning-level competency as an advanced practice nurse. Cr 3.

NUR 671 Foundations of Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing
The focus of this course is the advanced parctice role of psychiatric mental health nurses. Specific emphasis is on advanced mental health assessment across the lifespan and the initial clinical interview from a theoretical and research perspective. The health care environment is discussed and implications for psychiatric mental health nursing practice and research are examined. Cr 3.

NUR 672 Biological and Behavioral Components of Mental Health and Illness
Mental health and illness across the life span are examined in this course. Various theories and their application to mental health are addressed. Foundations of mental health and typical clinical presentations of acute and chronic psychiatric illnesses are explored. Major psychiatric disorders and medical minics are discussed with an emphasis on use of the DSM criteria and the formulation of differential diagnoses. Cr 3.

NUR 673 Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
This is the second of three sequential parcticums/seminars in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. The application of theory in working with adults and older adults is the focus of this clinical course with emphasis on individual psychotherapy. Pharmacological interventions and effective medication management are integrated. Cr 3.

NUR 674 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Adults & Older Adults
This is the second of three seuqential theory courses in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. The focus of this course is to examine the theoretical and evidenced-based practice foundations of advanced psychiatric nursing with adults and older adults. Specific emphasis is on interventions iwith ndividuals who have Axis I and Axis II diagnoses based on the DSM criteria. Cr 3.

NUR 676 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Groups & Vulnerable Populations
This is the final of three seuqential theory courses in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. The focus of this course is to examine the theoretical foundations of complex systems, groups, and vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Cr 3.

NUR 679 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
This is the final of three sequential parcticums/seminars in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. The application of theory in working with groups and vulnerable populations across the life span is the focus of this clinical. Emphasis is on integrating knowledge, attaining  advanced practice competencies, and working collaboratively with members of the health care team in providing holistic care to clients. Pharmacological interventions and effective medication management are integrated. Cr 3.

NUR 680 Advanced Psychopharmacology
Clinical application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to psychiatric disorders across the life span are examined. Theory and principles of neurobiology are analyzed and applied. Drug pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, indications, contraindications, interactions, and side-effects are evaluated. Methods for evaluating efficacy of treatment and adjustment of pharmacotherapeutic regimens are emphasized. Cr 3.

NUR 685 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Children, Adolescents, and  Families
This is the first of three sequential theory courses in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. The mental needs of children and adolescents in the context of families are explored. Developmental frameworks are utilized to examine common psychiatric diagnoses including symptom clusters and comorbidities.  Emphases are on the approaches to assessment, diagnosis, and management of children and adolescents with a range of mental needs reflective of evidenced-based research. Cr 3.

NUR 686 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
This is the first of three seuqential practicums/seminars in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. clinical practicum in the psychiatric mental health concentration. The application of theory and evidenced-based practice in assessment, diagnosis, and management of children and adolescents in the context of families is the focus of this course. Pharmacological interventions and effective medication management are integrated. Cr 3.

NUR 690 Role Seminar
The major focus of the seminar is to prepare students to make a successful transition from graduate student to advanced practice nurse. Issues such as becoming credentialed, negotiating a contract, developing a portfolio, networking, resume writing, and utilization of resources will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for negotiating systems and creating work environments supportive of novice advanced practice nurses. Cr 1.

NUR 695 Directed Study
A student will select a faculty member to guide readings to a chosen topic. A research paper may be required. Credit allocation up to three credits is negotiated with faculty. Cr var.

Dual MS in Nursing/MBA Courses

NUR 697 Nursing Management Clinical Immersion I
This is the first in a sequence of two clinical courses in the M.S. portion of the M.S./M.B.A. Program. The focus is on synthesis and application of knowledge gained in the nursing and business core courses and role acquisition and socialization as a nurse administrator. Emphasis is on assessment and need identification in an organization, resulting in appropriate intervention strategies to impact the delivery of patient care in health care organizations. Economic, political, and other relevant factors affecting the organization and delivery of health care will be analyzed. Cr 3.

NUR 698 Nursing Management Clinical Immersion II
This is the final in a sequence of two clinical courses in the M.S. portion of the M.S./M.B.A. Program. The focus is on models of innovation and change in the health care system. Implementation and evaluation of intervention strategies for the delivery of quality patient care within an organizational setting are emphasized. Cr 3.

Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education, and Nursing Management Concentrations - Courses

NUR 610 Integrated Health Assessment & Pharmacology
Integrated concepts from health assessment and pharmacology are utilized to achieve high quality outcomes for education, management, and practice. Evidence-based nursing and interdisciplinary approaches to outcomes management are emphasized. Cr 3.

NUR 614 Theoretical Foundations of Leadership and Role
Explore multiple theories integral to implementation of a leadership role for the masters prepared nurse. The emphasis is on acquisition and application of leadership, organization, ethics, interpersonal, and information management concepts to improve clinical processes, safety, and patient/institutional outcomes. Cr 3.

NUR 615 Clinical Project I
This is the first course in a two to three credit course sequence designed to facilitate project planning and management, evidenced-based practice, and/or education praxis. Emphasis is on leadership and project design. The clinical project may vary based on the concentration in which the student is enrolled. Cr 1.

NUR 617 Clinical Project II
This is the second course in a two- to three-credit course sequence designed to facilitate project planning and management, evidenced-based practice, and/or education praxis. The student continues with the project proposed in semester one. Emphasis is on implementation, data collection, and analysis in semester two. Cr 1.

NUR 618 Clinical Project III
This is the third course in a two- to three-credit course sequence designed to facilitate evidenced-based practice. Emphasis in this third semester is on project completion, evaluation and dissemination. . Cr 1.

NUR 621 Clinical Seminar I
This is the first in series of two to three clinical seminars. Emphasis is on synthesis and application of knowledge and theoretical principles to achieve role acquisition and socialization within the student's concentration. Focus is on organizational and role assessment and assimilation. Self-reflection and critique of evolving role acquisition is emphasized. Practicum is required in a setting relevant to the student's concentration. Cr 3.

NUR 622 Clinical Seminar II
This is the second in a series of two to three clinical seminars. Students continue to assimilate role competencies with emphasis on implementation and evaluation in more complex situations. Self-reflection and critique of evolving role acquisition is emphasized. Clinical practicum is required in a clinical, organizational, or education setting relevant to the student's academic concentration. Cr 3.

NUR 623 CNL Immersion: Clinical Seminar III
This is the third in a sequence of clinical seminars, designed in partnership with clinical agencies, as a 300-hour capstone CNL clinical immersion practicum. Faculty, preceptors, and students periodically meet to discuss experience, issues, role development, and implementation. Self-reflection on the evolving CNL role is emphasized. Cr 3.

NUR 624 An Interprofessional Approach to Population-Based Health
An interprofessional approach to caring for populations across the lifespan is the focus of this course. Major components include concepts of health, levels of prevention, epidemiology of wellness, global health issues, and control of health problems. Community assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of complex and chronic health related issues are stressed. Cr 3.

NUR 625 Principles of Health Care Finance
An introduction to health care financial management principles, practices, tools, and models is the focus of this course. The relationships between financial management and quality outcomes will be explored. Information systems and technology will be used to plan, monitor, and evaluate fiscal resources for practice and program initiatives. Cr 3.

NUR 628 Health Systems, Policy, and Economics
A critical analysis of socioeconomic, political, legal, ethical, and global factors that affect health care delivery is emphasized. The relationships between policy, economics, and outcomes are explored. The focus is on the role of the nurse to influence health care policy, quality improvement, and financial decision making of health care delivery, equity in access, and patient safety. Cr 3.

MS Option Program Courses

CON 502 Pharmacology
This course provides an overview of the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The major drug categories are reviewed with emphasis placed on the therapeutic use, action, and adverse reactions of selected prototype drugs. Emphasis is placed on the benefits and risks of drug therapy, thereby preparing the nursing student for safe, therapeutic pharmacologic interventions. First semester of curriculum. Cr 3.

CON 521 Health-Related Research
Introduction to health-related research with an emphasis on understanding the research process and becoming a consumer of research. Critique of health-related research findings to health professions and their application to professional practice is a major component of this course. CON 521 is a Writing Intensive course. Option students must complete CON 521 before enrolling in NUR 541. Prerequisite or concurrent: PSY 105D or MAT 120D. Cr 3.

CON 556 Concepts in Community Health
This course introduces the concepts and principles basic to the development and maintenance of the community's health. The epidemiological process guides the survey of current major health issues. The course focuses on the health issues of groups in the community at local, state, national, and global levels. Cr 3.

NUR 508 Health Assessment Practicum
The course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct an in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural, holistic health assessment of well individuals through the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through development of communication and physical examination skills. Data will then be analyzed and nursing diagnoses developed. Concurrent with NUR 509. Cr 2.

NUR 509 Health Assessment
This course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural health assessment of well individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through effective communication and physical skills followed by data analysis and identification of nursing diagnostics. Cr 3.

NUR 511 Nursing Role for MS Option Students
This seminar introduces accelerated and option program nursing students to content in nursing history, theory, and research. Students will consider the major constructs of nurse, health, and caring practice. It is a transitional course that seeks to prepare students for the accelerated programs of study at USM, provide a framework for understanding professional education, and for exploring the transition into nursing. Cr 1.

NUR 512 Nursing Arts and Sciences for MS Option Students
This course introduces the student to concepts and skills basic to the art and science of nursing. The nursing process is introduced as the problem-solving tool, and is used along with scientific principles in the teaching of foundational nursing therapeutics used in most practice settings. First semester of curriculum. Cr 3.

NUR 513 Advanced Nursing Skills - Lab
This course builds on the theory, scientific principles, and psychomotor skills introduced in NUR 512/514 to promote role development in the core competencies of nursing practice. Prerequisites: NUR 512 and 514, concurrent with NUR 523, and 526. Cr 1.

NUR 514 Fundamentals of Nursing Labs for MS Option Students
Provides an historical and contemporary perspective on the nature and scope of nursing and focuses on theory, scientific principles, and psychomotor skills used to implement the foundational nursing therapeutics that promote, maintain, and restore the health of the client. Concurrent with NUR 512. Cr 3.

NUR 516 Child Health Nursing - Lab
Child health lab provides an opportunity for the student in various health care settings to apply the theoretical concepts of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration with children and their families who are at risk or may be experiencing alterations in health. Concurrent with NUR 545. Cr 2.

NUR 523 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult for MS Option Students
Students examine evidence-based therapeutic nursing intervention that supports adult and older adult clients experiencing complex health problems. Viewing clients as holistic beings, students study and analyze the skills necessary for delivery of care to high acuity adult and older adult clients. Concurrent with NUR 526. Cr 3.

NUR 424/524. Clinically-Applied Genetics
This course explores the genetic basis of human health and disease. It examines the specific mechanisms by which genetic differences give rise to altered body function and influence disease risk, and how these differences are inherited. It emphasizes the advances in genetics that impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses and conditions. In so doing, it both addresses the basic science of genetics and also explores related clinically-applied topics such as the ethical implications of genetics, genetic screening, genetic risk assessment, and gene therapy. NUR 524, the graduate-level class, will include an additional 1-hour per week seminar. Prerequisites: NUR 323 or consent of instructor. Cr 3.

NUR 526 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Clinical for MS Option Students
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing complex health problems. Students practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings. Open to second degree option students only. Concurrent with NUR 523. Cr 4.

NUR 530 Mental Health Nursing for MS Option Students
This course examines the theory and practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Assessment of clients and intervention strategies are explored. Interdisciplinary aspects of mental health care delivery and current issues in mental health nursing are discussed. Concurrent with NUR 531. Cr 3.

NUR 531 Mental Health Nursing - Lab
This course offers students an opportunity to focus nursing practice on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health. Clinical experience is provided in a mental health/psychiatric nursing setting. The emphasis is on application of concepts of mental health/psychiatric nursing. Concurrent with NUR 530. Cr 2.

NUR 532 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community
The focus of this course is the family-centered care of older individuals in the community. Emphasis is on nursing assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions with individuals and families coping with chronic illnesses. Health promotion/risk reduction strategies are applied. The roles of the nurse in interdisciplinary community settings are explored. Ethical issues unique to community settings are analyzed. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NUR 541 or concurrent. Cr 3.

NUR 538 Community Nursing Partnership for MS Option Students
In this course students work within a community partnership to care for individual clients/families and work with residents in developing community-based health programs. This experience provides students with an opportunity to care for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups. Leadership roles, including ongoing community partnership development, will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CON 356. Cr 2.

NUR 541 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing
During this course, students will explore evidence-based nursing therapeutics that support both the adult and the older adult client experiencing health problems. The course considers major health problems in the United States, focusing on nursing knowledge needed for care of adults and older adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of care settings. This course will encourage students to develop and practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of family-centered care in today's complex health care system. The roles of collaboration, advocacy, and teaching are introduced as the student nurse interacts with clients and their support systems across the continuum of care. Prerequisites: NUR 100, 200 or 211; NUR 209/210; NUR 212/213; BIO 345; CON 302 (within one year). NUR 541 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3.

NUR 542 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing - Lab
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing health problems. Students will practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings. Concurrent with NUR 541. Cr 4.

NUR 543 Reproductive and Sexual Health
This course focuses on the theory and research in reproductive and sexual health care. While emphasis is placed on holistic nursing care of diverse healthy families from preconception through the childbearing process, high risk conditions, including end of life care for neonates, and the interventions necessary for successful adaptation are also discussed. Male and female reproductive health issues and nursing care across the lifespan will be presented. Prerequisite or concurrent: NUR 541/542 and CON 502. Cr 3.

NUR 544 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing - Lab
This course offers students experience in providing holistic nursing care to individuals and families engaged in childbirth experiences. Emphasis is placed on health needs and alterations during the childbearing process, as well as promotion and maintenance of health before, during, and after childbirth. Concurrent with NUR 543. Cr 2.

NUR 545 Child Health Nursing
In this course, students examine family-centered nursing care in the health promotion and health care of children. Class discussions focus on theories, research, and literature related to health needs and common health problems of children. Family, heredity, environment, and socioeconomics are among the factors examined in discussions of nursing in child health. Prerequisites: CON 502; NUR 541/542. Concurrent with NUR 516. Cr 3.

Graduate Electives

NUR 519 Introduction to Forensic Nursing
This introductory course provides the student with knowledge and nursing strategy to better meet the needs of those affected by forensic-related health care situations and ultimately improve patient outcomes. The history and development of forensic nursing as a scientific subspecialty of nursing is explored. The forensic nursing process; application of the forensic nursing role (i.e. sexual assault management, death investigation, child death review, abuse/neglect, emergency department, etc.); violence and victimology; injury identification and interpretation; evidence recognition, collection, preservation, and documentation; and forensic nursing and the medical/legal interface are also explored. Cr 3.

NUR 524 Clinically-Applied Genetics
This course explores the genetic basis of human health and disease. It examines the specific mechanisms by which genetic differences give rise to altered body function and influence disease risk, and how these differences are inherited. It emphasizes the advances in genetics that impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses and conditions. In so doing, it both addresses the basic science of genetics and also explores related clinically-applied topics such as the ethical implications of genetics, genetic screening, genetic risk assessment, and gene therapy. NUR 524, the graduate-level class, will include an additional 1-hour per week seminar. Cr 3.

NUR 626 Natural Therapies for Clinical Conditions
Therapeutic diet, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and lifestyle modifications are examined in the context of evidenced-based therapies for certain clinical conditions. The underlying physiology behind the conditions, the clinical presentation and physical signs, and the analysis of basic laboratory findings are reviewed. How to individualize the application of natural therapies is discussed. An appreciation of problem-solving therapeutic issues in a clinical setting is achieved through case study review. Cr 3.

NUR 682 Orthopedic Evaluation and Treatment for the Primary Health Care Professional
Current clinical literature on the prevention, recognition, assessment, and treatment of sports-related orthopedic conditions that occur in the physically active is reviewed in this course. A lab component is included that provides practice in common orthopedic screening techniques as part of pre-participation screening as well as practice in evaluation of sports-related injuries and initial interventions. Cr 3.

Certificate of Graduate Study in Nursing Education - Courses (blended format)

NUR 636 Foundations of Nursing Education
This course is the first graduate nursing course in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. Historical and philosophical underpinnings of education are explored. Emphasis is given to reflection on personal experience, exploration of current issues in nursing education, nursing education theory, and critical analysis of theories of learning and teaching. Cr 3.

NUR 637 Methods of Education in Nursing
This course is the second graduate nursing course in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. Components of course and curriculum development including assessment of learners' needs, course objectives and outcome measures, content selection and development, and teaching strategies are examined. Emphasis is on developing expertise as an educator by increasing sensitivity, knowledge, and skill in creating effective teaching programs that reflect an understanding of the learner, context, and content. Cr 3.

NUR 638 Education Practicum and Seminar
This course is the third graduate nursing course in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. In this course the concept of "praxis" is fully realized. With guidance from the faculty, students will select an educational experience to develop, implement, and evaluate. Experiences may include, however are not limited to, in-service programs, classroom and clinical teaching, and community education programs. Cr 3.

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NUR 700 Genetics and Immunology: Scientific Foundations for Practice
This course provides an integrated discussion of the vital basic science concepts in the areas of genetics and immunology that underlie advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of basic science that are most directly applicable to the understanding of disease processes and advanced nursing practice. In the area of genetics this includes the analysis of genetic information for decision making around disease management and the communication of genetic information to others. In the area of immunology it includes understanding how the immune system contributes to disease and how it can be manipulated as part of disease therapy. Cr. 4.

NUR 701 Ethical Approaches to Practice Dilemmas
Examination of selected ethical frameworks and their application to practice are the focus of this course. Exemplars are used to illustrate how the principles of ethics can guide decision making when a clinical, organizational, interprofessional, or research dilemma occurs. Emphasis is on development of the leadership qualities necessary for the implementation of the DNP role. Cr. 3.

NUR 702 Informatics Technology
The contributions of health care information to quality assurance and improvement in patient care is the focus of this course. Factors that contribute to the adoption of health care information technologies and the challenges regarding their successful utilization are examined. Health care information technologies used in the assessment of patient outcomes, provider productivity, and health care programs are analyzed. Cr. 3.

NUR 703 Professional Communication
Examination of advanced communication skills within various clinical settings, organizations and communities is the focus of this course. Contemporary views of small group communication theory including functional theory, symbolic convergence theory, structuration theory and the naturalistic paradigm are discussed. Group development, group communication processes, and methods for analyzing group communication are also examined. Interprofessional communication, conflict negotiation, and the value of peer groups are explored. Cr. 3.

NUR 704 Models of Care: Transforming the Practice Environment
The goal of this course is to provide the DNP student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments. Concepts associated with evidenced-based nursing practice models are introduced and examined. Strategies for creating a culture of evidenced-based practice for individuals, aggregates, and systems are identified. The concepts of information management and translation science are examined and tools to apply evidence to practice are emphasized. Cr. 3.

NUR 705 Clinical Residency & Capstone I
This is the first of two seminar/clinical practicums in the DNP concentration designed to expand the student’s breadth and/or depth of clinical knowledge and skills in an area of practice. Emphasis is on developing and demonstrating leadership expectations within the framework of the DNP role. This is accomplished by application of clinical knowledge to deliver or create, implement or evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems, and/or clinical teaching. Each residency includes a capstone project. The focus of this project in the first residency is on assessment and either an implementation or intervention project at a group or organizational level. Cr. 6.

NUR 706 Clinical Residency & Capstone II
This is the second of two seminar/clinical practicums in the DNP concentration designed to expand the student’s breadth and/or depth of clinical knowledge and skills in an area of practice. Emphasis is on developing and demonstrating leadership expectations within the framework of the DNP role. This is accomplished by application of clinical knowledge to deliver or create, implement or evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems, and/or clinical teaching. This residency includes a continuation of the capstone project. The focus of this project in the second residency is on evaluation of the project implemented or intervention delivered in the previous semester and disseminating the knowledge learned. Cr. 6.

NUR 625 Principles of Health Care Finance
An introduction to health care financial management principles, practices, tools, and models is the focus of this course. The relationships between financial management and quality outcomes will be explored. Information systems and technology will be used to plan, monitor, and evaluate fiscal resources for practice and program initiatives, Cr. 3.

GRS 701 Doctoral Continuation Credits
This is a one-credit course that permits doctoral degree candidates registered for less than six credits to retain eligibility for financial aid, university-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, student health insurance, loan deferment, visa compliance, and access to University services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. Requirements include receiving certification of adequate academic progress from the program coordinator and dissertation/capstone chair, and obtaining approval from the Office of Graduate Studies. Cr. 1.

MPH 670 Quality Improvement
This course introduces students to the principles and practice of quality improvement in medical care and public health organizations. The course content focuses on describing, measuring, improving, and evaluating the quality of health care for patients and populations. Students develop competencies in identifying and conceptualizing opportunities for quality improvement; selecting and using quality improvement tools and methods; and presenting their work in professional meetings. The theories and concepts of quality measurement, quality improvement implementation, and evaluation are presented. Students become familiar with a range of commonly used quality improvement tools and methods and gain experience in applying them. Examples and case studies are drawn from medical care providers and public health programs. Cr 3.

MPH 525 American Health System
Introduces students to the organization, financing, and management of the American healthcare and public health systems and the dynamic changes that are affecting health organizations as a result of market-based and policy forces. Students develop an understanding of: (1) the key components of healthcare and public health, (2) how organizations and systems are financed, regulated, and managed in a dynamic market and policy environment, (3) the changing role of population health and public health systems, and (4) the efficiency, effectiveness and equity of health services. Cr 3.

AMS 535 Epidemiology
This course is intended to give students a basic foundation in principles for the conduct and interpretation of population-based studies of the distribution, etiology, and control of disease. Topics include randomized experiments, non-randomized cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional and ecological studies, screening of health populations, measures of effect, causal inference, sources of bias, and problems of measurement. Recent publications from the epidemiologic and general medical literature will be used to illustrate the application of the concepts to specific epidemiologic issues and to develop skills in interpreting quantitative information. Cr 3.