Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice
The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of, and appraisal of, data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high quality health care.
Health Care Policy
This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical, and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.
Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning
This course is designed to assist the graduate student to develop knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence- based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.
Advanced Health Assessment
Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Illness Management in Critical Care
This course will focus on evidence-based practice concepts in Critical Care. Guided self-assessment and independent study aid the student to expand their knowledge base related to advanced practice within their specialty.
Illness Management in Adult Health/Gerontology
This course will focus on evidence-based practice concepts in Gerontology. Guided self-assessment and independent study aid the student to expand their knowledge base related to advanced practice within their specialty.
Role Integration of the AGCNS
This course focuses on the role development of clinical nurse specialist. Models and frameworks are explored to aid in the integration of the many sub-roles of the CNS. The role of the CNS in clinical judgment, clinical inquiry, facilitation of learning, program planning and project management, advocacy and moral agency, collaboration, caring practices, cultural diversity, and systems thinking are explored.
AGCNS Practicum I
In this practicum, students will engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty.
Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse
This course is the second sequential course that explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms, and pathophysiological changes of the client system across the lifespan. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skill through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings, and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of the major health problems in the United States. The client is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family, and community environments.
AGCNS Practicum II
In this practicum, students will continue to engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty.
Finance and Economics of Healthcare
This course explores health care finance and economics from the perspective of health care providers and non-financial managers of health services. Financial management principles, the health care reimbursement system, reimbursement processes, and factors influencing the financial environment are discussed with emphasis on strategies to promote and sustain the financial viability of the health care.
Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
This course focuses on the integration of core leadership concepts and principles into leadership roles at various levels throughout the health care organization. Students examine the theoretical basis for development and application of effective leader behaviors in health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on the experience of becoming and being a leader.
AGCNS Practicum III with Capstone – CNS with Nurse Educator
In this practicum, students will continue to engage in the beginning implementation of the role of the clinical nurse specialist including clinical expert, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. Clinical experiences will take place in various contexts consistent with the student’s clinical specialty. The Capstone will consist of a culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.
AGCNS Practicum IV – CNS Only
Optional Nurse Educator Courses:
Learning-Centered Teaching in Healthcare
This course focuses on the role of the healthcare faculty member in developing cognitive, affective, and psychomotor student learning outcomes. Facilitating learning in traditional, flexible, and virtual learning spaces, use of evidence-based teaching, and addressing the needs of diverse learners in classroom and clinical settings will be emphasized.
Curriculum Design and Student Assessment in Healthcare
This course focuses on curriculum design and evaluation to facilitate student learning across cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Strategies to assess student learning and program effectiveness will be explored.
Instructional Technology for Learning-Centered Teaching
This course focuses on the effective use of instructional technology to support learning-centered teaching. These may include maximizing the use of current learning management systems, presentation software and software to assist in the production of instructional videos and animations. We will explore the use of virtual reality platforms and simulations in academia. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogically sound applications of instructional technologies from the perspectives of theory, research, practice, and future trends.
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