This course focuses on the health care of elders including the unique aspects of aging across the adult lifespan. Elders and their needs are framed from a physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual perspective and within a family and community environment. Emphasis in the course is on health maintenance, prevention, and promotion as well as maintaining function and preventing disability in the elderly. The student will offer a presentation addressing contemporary nursing and health care issues affecting elders in rural areas.
This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge base and develop skills for implementation of political activism for the nursing profession within the United States of America or U. S. health care system. The course focuses on the politics of health policy in terms of legislative and executive processes at the local, state, and federal level. The course also explores economic, social, ethical and political factors related to activism and health care delivery.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the history of nursing and nursing images as they relate to the American health care system and society. The course also includes an overview of historiography or historical research as well as fundamental principles for critiquing historical studies or narratives. The course also addresses issues of class, race, gender, and societal values as possible influences on the development of the nursing profession. Lastly, the course includes a review of selected past nursing leaders within his/her context and influence upon modern nursing.
This capstone course continues to expand and explore content to prepare the student for an autonomous role as a baccalaureate-prepared practitioner in health care. Course activities help the student identify a health care need in a rural setting in order to design and implement a project to address the selected concern. In addition, the course content allows the student to further develop a personal philosophy through the culminating socialization process to the expanded and autonomous role. Students will offer both written and oral capstone presentations.
This course will focus on informatics and technology applications in the healthcare setting. The course covers the use of information systems and technologies such as telehealth, electronic health record (EHR), distance and e-learning, digital personal record, and databases. In addition, the course will explore the use of portable and personal devices such as personal digital assistant (PDA), IPOD Touch portable media player, portable computer, and other mobile platforms in the healthcare setting.
This course focuses on the study of the role of the nurse addressing clients with special needs and vulnerable populations in the community. Evaluation of current public health issues, epidemiology, population-focused health care delivery, and available resources will be addressed. The course will also enable the student to participate with health prevention and promotion in a variety of settings. The course incorporates a guided preceptorship for a community health immersion experience. Students will research and present information on a service learning project.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine the role of the nurse in the generation and application of research in the healthcare domain. The course focuses on the study and analysis of research in nursing practice to optimize client outcomes. Course content includes problem formulation; identification of variables; research design and methodology; data collection and analysis; and interpretation of findings. In addition, the course will focus on how theory and research relate to evidence-based practice.
This course focuses on a wholistic approach to health assessment and promotion across the life span. The course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills to allow a student to complete a comprehensive health assessment. Technological aspects for health assessment and promotion are addressed with the use of simulation where appropriate. Socio-cultural influences, growth and development, and gender are concepts integrated in the course. Students will be required to produce and present a health promotion plan.
This nursing course focuses on the development of decision-making knowledge and skills for the nurse leader. The principles of management and leadership are addressed in the course. Course content includes role concepts, change theory, fiscal management, organizational structure, conflict resolution, impact of unionization, quality control, and performance appraisal. In addition, evidence-based leadership and decision-making for public policy are explored in the course.
This hybrid course focuses on issues and trends in nursing and healthcare delivery to achieve a broad professional perspective for the expanded role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Selected issues and concepts will also be analyzed with depth to determine the impact on rural healthcare delivery. The course also focuses on principles related to critical reasoning and decision-making processes to help the student to better understand the challenges and opportunities in the political, social, and healthcare environment.