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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Course Descriptions

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Select course number to jump directly to that DNP-level course:

804, 808, 919, 920, 941, 948, 957, 958, 963, 964, 980

NRSG 804:  Interpreting Research for Applied Science (3)
Research relevant to therapeutic intervention comes from a variety of disciplines involving varied research designs and analysis strategies.  Students in this course will examine selected research studies and gain skill in analyzing methods and results as well as in applying research findings to practical problems.  Students will also design their own research project reflecting their area of interest.  PREREQUISITE(S) / CO-REQUISITE(S):  Consent of instructor.  Same as OTMS 835.

NRSG 808 The Social Context for Health Care Policy (2)
Using a local/single clinical issue students examine ways to abstract this issue into a social policy context. Local examples are used throughout the course to demonstrate the leadership and structural systems required to effect change in policy. Strategies to identify constituencies and build coalitions are studied. PREREQUISITE(S)/CO-REQUISITE(S): NRSG 755, NRSG 880, or consent of instructor.

NRSG 919 Theoretical Foundations For Leading & Communicating in Organizations (3)
Theoretical foundations in organizational decision making and communication will enhance students’ development of expertise in assessing organizations, identifying system issues, and facilitating organization-and-system-wide improvements in healthcare.  Traditional approaches to organizing and communicating are contrasted with emerging approaches that promote sensitivity to diverse organizational cultures and populations.  through examination of theoretical perspectives, the student will develop an ability to integrate the contributions of different points of view and ways of thinking crucial to accurately assess, design and lead high performing healthcare organizations in a dynamic world.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Admission to a doctoral program in Nursing, HP &M, or related field or, consent of instructor.

NRSG 920 Microsystems In Healthcare Operations (3)
Competencies necessary for studying clinical microsystems and examining their influence on patient safety, satisfaction, and other clinical outcomes are developed in this course. Microsystems will be determined, deconstructed, analyzed for best practice, and re-constituted for the purpose of improved organizational performance.  The roots of quality improvement are traced and quality improvement application within a microsystem environment is explored. Key topics include: assessment tools and models, continuous quality improvement theory, evidence-based practice, performance improvement methods (measurement, statistics, problem identification and analysis, control charts) and the development of team-based problem solving and resolution.  Students examine productivity and cost indicators, strategic and operational planning, healthcare finance, relationship-building, collaboration techniques, and leadership principles.  PREREQUISITE(S):  Completion of graduate program in organizational leadership or nursing administration, or consent of instructor

Skills in leading, managing, and following as the doctoral graduate assumes critical roles within academia, the healthcare system, or other business entities are developed and strengthened. Through developmental exercises, theoretical and practical explorations of organizational structures and settings, and career trajectory planning, the student is poised to optimize the doctoral experience to influence social change.

PREREQUISITE: NRSG 938 Informatics and Technology Applications, or consent of instructor.

The roles of nursing leaders in the design, measurement, and evaluation of the discipline within a variety of organizational settings are analyzed. The nuances of measurement and statistics are compared and related to the quality science paradigm, applying incremental measurement techniques to foster continuous improvement. Process design, standards development and adaptation, regulatory requirements, and consumer expectations for quality are integrated into a quality plan that aligns with the student's career trajectory.

PEREQUISITE: NRSG 944 Quantitative Research Application, NRSG 947 Qualitative Research Application, or consent of instructor.

NRSG 957 Health Informatics, Human Factors, and Ergonomics as Applied to Patient Safety (3) (2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum)
The use of information systems including medical devices is paramount in achieving patient safety.  Students will attain an inclusive understanding of how human factors and ergonomics principles can be used to improve patient safety in the design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems and medical devices.  Additionally, health care professionals will acquire skills to appropriately apply error reduction strategies developed in high reliability organizations.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NRSG 857, or Admission to a doctoral program or consent of instructor.

NRSG 958 Knowledge Representation And Interoperability (3)
The need to exchange clinical information consistently between health care providers, care settings, researchers and others requires syntactic and semantic interoperability.  Requirements and approaches to meet interoperability will be explored.  Standards for messaging, terminology, and knowledge representation will be investigated.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NRSG 857, Admission to a doctoral program in nursing, or consent of instructor.

NRSG 963 Advanced Leadership Residency (1-9)
The advanced leadership residency is designed to expand the DNP student’s breadth and depth of leadership knowledge and skills in an area of practice at the aggregate/systems/organization level.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance their existing advanced leadership skills in one or more of the following areas: organizational and systems leadership for enhancing healthcare outcomes; quality improvement strategies to support decision-making; prediction and evaluation of practice outcomes; patient safety initiatives; health care policy; creating and sustaining change at organizational and policy levels; ethics related to healthcare systems; information technology; knowledge management; or population health.  PREREQUISITE(S) / CO-REQUISITE(S):  Admission to a doctoral program in Nursing, or consent of instructor.

NRSG 964 Advanced Clinical Residency (1-9)
The advanced clinical residency is designed to expand the DNP student’s breadth and/or depth of clinical knowledge and skills in an area of practice.  The focus can be either on the delivery of sub-specialty care services or full spectrum primary care services. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their existing advanced practice skills in one or more of the following areas : 1) the diagnosis and management of ambulatory patients with complex diagnoses and comorbid conditions in the context of family, community and culture, 2) the diagnosis and management of patients with complex diagnoses and/or comorbid conditions who present with acute changes in health status requiring interventions available only in an acute care setting and 3) the diagnosis and management of patients who are unable to function independently due to age related alteration in mental and physical status, developmental, perceptual and physical disability and chronic, degenerative illness. Students will synthesize clinical knowledge and use evidence-based decision making to construct symptom-based assessments, advanced differential diagnoses, independent therapeutic interventions, and outcome evaluation of the care of clients. 

PREREQUISITE(S) / CO-REQUISITE(S): Post-BSN students NRSG:  818, or NRSG 868, or NRSG 869, or NRSG 849, or NRSG 840, or consent of instructor.

NRSG 980: Doctorate of Nursing Practice Capstone Project (1-6)
The capstone project is an amalgamation of the student’s field of inquiry in his/her doctoral course of study.  As such, the capstone requires that a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth.  For most students the capstone project will include application of an evidence-based intervention suitable to their area of focus (e.g. organizational leadership, clinical practice, education, etc.) that involves the appropriate metric (or sets of metrics) evaluation, and dissemination of the project findings to a targeted audience.  The capstone project must meet capstone guidelines for the DNP program.  PREREQUISITE(S):  NRSG 754, Graduate level statistics course or consent of instructor.  CO-REQUISITE(S):  OTMS 835/NRSG 804 Interpreting Research for Applied Sciences.

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