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New Mexico State University
Graduate Catalog
2011-2012

NURSING

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W. Borges, Ph.D. (UT Houston Health Science Center) –chronic disease, self-management interventions, health disparities; M. Hoke, Ph.D. (New Mexico State)-health disparities, curriculum and instruction, community health nursing; K. Huttlinger, Ph.D. (Arizona)-nursing, anthropology, diabetes, Native American health disparities; B. Keele, Ph.D. (Kansas)-community, clinical practice research, health disparities; T. Keller, Ph.D. (St. Louis )- health care policy, health and nursing administration, professional issues; I. Mullins (Georgia State) - health promotion, health disparities; M. Pase, M.S.N. (Vanderbilt)- advanced medical-surgical nursing; A. Reinhardt (OHSU) - administration, leadership, organization, work environments; G. Schmotzer (UCSF) - health disparities, cancer prevention; P. Schultz, Ph.D. (Texas Woman’s)-mental health, cancer, health disparities.

DEGREE: Master of Science in Nursing
SPECIALIZATION: Nursing Administration

DEGREE: Doctor of Nursing Practice
SPECIALIZATION: Adult Health Nursing
SPECIALIZATION: Advanced Practice in Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing
SPECIALIZATION: Public/Community Health Nursing

DEGREE: Doctor of Philosophy
MAJOR: Nursing

The School of Nursing offers graduate course work for nurses leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Areas of MSN study include nursing administration, public/community health nursing, advanced clinical practice tracks in adult health nursing and psychiatric/mental health nursing. The MSN curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience to assume leadership roles in a variety of health care delivery systems. Students are prepared to secure middle- and top-level administrative positions in health care agencies; function as advanced-practice nurses in psychiatric/mental health and adult health settings; assume leadership positions in a variety of public and community health settings including schools, state and county health departments, maternal/child agencies, public and community health education, and rural community organization; meet the fundamental academic requirements necessary to teach in basic nursing education programs or manage continuing nursing education programs.

The MSN curriculum includes those courses required for graduates in advanced clinical practice specialty tracks to sit for national clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner specialty credentialing examinations and to apply for New Mexico clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner licensure. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation Commission.

The intent of the nursing doctoral program is to prepare individuals who can assume leadership roles in academia, including the scholarship of teaching, research, and professional service activities. The focus of the program is on nursing scholarship to facilitate development of new knowledge and nursing education directed at improving nursing care outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and systems. Holistic nursing scholarship as it relates to improving the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing or at risk for health disparities is the emphasis of the program. Holistic nursing scholarship acknowledges the interrelationship of mind, body, and spirit with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. An empowerment/social justice framework guides the distinctive emphasis on border and international context.

Admission to the MSN program is in accordance with the general regulations of the Graduate School. Additional requirements include a B.S.N. from an accredited college or university; successful completion of an inferential statistics course within the last 5 years; three professional letters of recommendation; a letter stating personal goals for graduate education and intended specialty area; resume identifying clinical practice experience; and proof of licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories. Application for admission should be sent to the Graduate School. Letters of reference, personal goals, resume, and proof of licensure should be sent directly to the School of Nursing. On an individual basis, applicants who are registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree in nursing, but with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may be considered for admission. To be considered, individuals must complete the full application process and if granted conditional admission by the School of Nursing Graduate Committee successfully complete required bridge courses prior to taking any graduate nursing courses.

Admission to the PhD program is in accordance with the general regulations of the Graduate School. Additional requirements include a MSN from an accredited college or university; successful completion of a graduate level statistics course; three professional letters of recommendation; a letter stating personal goals for graduate education, completions of writing requirement, interview with nursing faculty, resume identifying practice experience; and proof of licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories. All materials should be sent to the School of Nursing with Graduate School application materials placed in a separate envelope.

The MSN program of study requires all students to take core courses in nursing theory, professional roles, research, and issues influencing health policy and the environment of professional nursing practice. Advanced clinical practice students must also take courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced assessment, and advanced pharmacology in addition to specialty courses within their area of study. The focus of specific clinical experiences varies with student interest and in consultation with faculty advisers. Students may be part-time or full time. The non-thesis option requires 42 to 54 credit hours including 3 to 9 credits as electives/minor/focus (depending on specialty track) and a comprehensive exam. The thesis option requires a course of study that includes designing and conducting original research under the guidance of a faculty committee. All students must successfully complete a final oral and written examination.

The MSN course of study leading to the master’s degree in nursing follows:

All Students

NURS 505, Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3
NURS 506, Health Policy and the Environment of Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS 507, Research in Nursing 3
NURS 530, Promoting Health Behavior 3

All Advanced Clinical Practice

NURS 508, Professional Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 511, Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nursing 3
NURS 515, Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 (3+2P)

Advanced Clinical Practice

Adult Health Nursing

NURS 512, Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3
NURS 516, Diagnosis and Management 3
NURS 521, Concepts of Adult Health I 3 (2+4P)
NURS 522, Concepts of Adult Health II 3 (2+4P)
NURS 523, Concepts of Adult Health III-CNS Practicum 3 (2+4P)
NURS 591, Preceptorship: Prescription of Drugs, Medicines, and Other Therapeutics 8 (4+32P)
Nursing Elective 3

Public/Community Health Nursing

MPH 530, Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention 3
MPH 550, Environmental Public Health Issues 3
NURS 531 Advanced Community Health Nursing: Concepts and Practice 3 (2+4P)
NURS 532 Advanced Community Health Nursing: Program Planning and Evaluation 3 (2+4P)
NURS 533, Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing: Roles 3
NURS 595, Advanced Field Work in Nursing 1-6 (4+24P)
Nursing Electives 9

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

NURS 514, Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 540, Advanced Psychosocial Pathology for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
NURS 541, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I 3
NURS 542, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing II 3
NURS 543, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing III 2
NURS 544, Cross Cultural Approaches to Border/Rural Community Mental Health 3
NURS 545, Addictive Disorders 3
NURS 546, Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I 1 (4P)
NURS 547, Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II 2 (8P)
NURS 548, Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum III 1 (4P)
NURS 571, Pharmacology of Addiction for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 591, Preceptorship: Prescription of Drugs, Medicines, and Other Therapeutics 1-11 (4+44P)

Administration

NURS 562, Nursing in Health Care Organizations 3
NURS 563, Human Resource Management in Nursing 3
NURS 564, Nursing Fiscal Management 3
NURS 565, Professional Leadership in Nursing Administration 3
NURS 566, Seminar in Nursing Administration-Roles 2
NURS 567, Nursing Informatics 3
NURS 595, Advanced Field Work in Nursing 1-6 (4+24P)
Electives 3

Thesis Track

NURS 598, Thesis Seminar 1
NURS 599, Graduate Thesis minimum 4
A ST 505, Statistical Inference I 4

Non-thesis Track

Minor or focus area: 6-9

Specialty-Related Nursing Electives

NURS 513, Diagnostics and Applied Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 572, Pharmacology of Addiction 3
NURS 550, Curriculum and Teaching In Nursing 3
NURS 551, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NURS 552, Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators 3
NURS 537, Principles of School Nursing 3
NURS 538, Nursing Leadership in School Health Programs 3
NURS 539, Pediatric Health Assessment for School Nurses 3

DEGREE: Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2015. Practice-focused doctoral nursing programs prepare leaders for the highest level of practice and is the terminal practice degree. The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) to DNP and the Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP degree. Applications are accepted on an annual basis in early spring for fall cohorts in Psych/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health and Public Community Health. Psych/Mental Health is offered on odd numbered years and Adult Health and Public/Community Health on even numbered years. Enrollment is limited and there is no transfer between clinical specialties. Only full-time enrollment is accepted.

DEGREE: Doctor of Philosophy
MAJOR: Nursing

NURS 600, Philosophy of Science in Nursing 3
NURS 601, Theory I: Methods and Processes of Nursing Knowledge 3
NURS 602, Theory II: Contemporary Substantive Nursing Knowledge 3
NURS 606, Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research 3
NURS 610, Nursing Education: Pedagogy and Roles 3
NURS 620, Advanced Health Care Statistics I 3
NURS 621, Advanced Health Care Statistics II 3
NURS 623, Mixed Methods 3
NURS 624, Measurement in Culturally Diverse Border Populations 3
NURS 630, Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse & Border Populations 3
NURS 631, Population Based Approaches to Health Promotion 3
NURS 640, Chronic Diseases: A Health Promotion Approach in underserved Populations 3
NURS 650, Behavioral Approaches and Determinants of Nursing and Health 3
NURS 690, Ph.D. Nursing Seminar: Developing Research in Nursing 1-3
NURS 700, Doctoral Dissertation 1-9

NURSING

NURS 460. Strategies for Student Success 3 cr.
This course is designed to assist and support students as they identify learning needs and develop a plan for successfully mastering nursing knowledge. Course activities and assignments will be designed to address student’s self-identified learning goals to enhance their opportunity for success. Restricted to NURS, BSN, BSNP, BSNR majors.
NURS 465. Physical Assessment and Evaluation of Child Abuse 3 cr.
This course will acquaint the student with physical assessment of specific injuries found in children who have experienced physical abuse and neglect. Topics will include patient interviewing techniques, taking a medical history, evaluating developmental milestones, and elements of the physical examination. Consent of instructor required.
NURS 470. Nursing Organization and Management 3 cr.
Concepts of organization and delivery of care to groups of patients based on the nursing process. Emphasis on the roles of the nurse as manager, leader, and change agent within health-care organizations.
NURS 472. Community and Population Focused Nursing 6 cr. (3+6P)
Synthesis of nursing, social, and public health science to develop health promotion, disease prevention, and protection strategies for communities and populations. Clinical component included.
NURS 475. Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 3 cr.
Explores the challenges associated with issues and trends in health care and the legal and ethical implications of professional nursing practice.
NURS 476. Nursing Organization & Management for the R.N.: Clinical 3 cr. (6P)
Nursing process applied to organization, management, and delivery of health care. An integrating experience for the R.N. student designed to facilitate the transition to professional practice. Students work with mentors in a clinical setting to develop professional nursing roles related to leadership and management.
NURS 477. Nursing Organization and Management for the RN 3 cr.
Course covers nursing organization, leadership, and management principles, theories, and research for the practicing RN. Restricted to BSNC majors.
NURS 479. Nursing Care for Complex Patients 8 cr. (2+12P)
Principles and priorities of nursing care for patients across the life span experiencing complex care problems. Includes integrating experiences designed to facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. Includes clinical component.
NURS 490. Independent Study 1-3 cr.
Individual studies with prior approval of department head.
NURS 505. Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3 cr.
Nature of theory development in nursing and related disciplines. Analysis of selected theories/models and their application to clinical nursing practice, research, education and administration. Restricted to MSN majors.
NURS 506. Health Policy and the Environment of Professional Nursing Practice 3 cr.
Conceptual approach to understanding and analyzing the environment of professional nursing practice. Focus on the impact of health care economics, financing, law and regulation, ethics and health policy on individual and collaborative nursing practice. Restricted to majors.
NURS 507. Research in Nursing 3 cr.
Process and methods of research and their application to nursing and health care. Emphasis on research utilization.
NURS 508. Professional Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.
Role preparation for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis on core concepts and responsibilities for development of expertise in health promotion, disease prevention, and other advanced nursing practices. Restricted to majors.
NURS 511. Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nursing 3 cr.
In-depth study of the physiological and pathological bases of altered health states of patients across the life span. Case studies facilitate application of complex concepts to clinical nursing practice.
NURS 512. Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3 cr.
Principles of clinical pharmacology and the related human physiology and pathophysiology for advanced clinical practice.
NURS 514. Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice 3 cr.
Principles of clinical psychopharmacology with emphasis on clinical application of major drug classifications including decision making, prescribing, drug monitoring and patient education.
NURS 515. Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 cr. (2+2P)
Assessment theory and skills for advanced clinical practice. Emphasis on assessment of patients across the life span. Restricted to MSN majors.
NURS 516. Diagnosis and Management 3 cr.
This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of differential diagnosis based on physical assessment through both didactic and clinical methods. Students apply clinical problem-solving skills to determine differential diagnoses and use, interpret and apply laboratory and diagnostic techniques to determine the final diagnosis in adult patients. Prerequisite: NURS 515.
NURS 521. Concepts of Adult Health I 3 cr. (2+4P)
The course establishes the foundation for a framework of collaborative practice in an advanced nursing practice role and is designed to facilitate the development of a theoretical, practical and evidence-based foundation for management of complex health dysfunctions/alterations in the chronically ill adult. The focus of the didactic and clinical components of the course is on nursing and medical diagnosis and management, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, and an interdisciplinary approach to patients experiencing chronic diseases across the continuum care. Clinical experience include the implementation and evaluation of Medical-Surgical Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist roles in primary, secondary, and/or tertiary settings. Illness management, health promotion, and risk reduction are integrated into the assessment and management plans for adult patients. Prerequisite(s): NURS 511, NURS 512, and NURS 515. Restricted to MSN majors.
NURS 522. Concepts of Adult Health II 3 cr. (2+4P)
The course builds on Adult Health I with a focus on the management of complex health dysfunctions/alterations in the acutely and critically ill adult. Through didactic information and clinical experience, students develop the knowledge base and psychomotor skills central to planning, implementing and evaluating health care for patients with complex health problems commonly seen in acutely and critically ill adults across the continuum of acute care delivery systems. Illness management, health promotion, and risk reduction are integrated into the assessment and management plans for adult patients. Prerequisite(s): NURS 521. Restricted to MSN majors.
NURS 523. Concepts of Adult Health III - CNS Practicum 3 cr. (2+4P)
This course builds on Adult Health I and II and is designed to transition the graduate nursing students into the Clinical Nurse Specialist role. Emphasis is placed on enhancing competencies within the three spheres of influence of the CNS (patient, nursing, personnel, organization/network) and developing characteristics essential to CNS practice. A major focus is to identify strategies that promote appropriate clinical outcomes of care and cost-efficient utilization resources. Restricted to NURS majors. Prerequisite: NURS 522.
NURS 530. Promoting Health Behavior 3 cr.
Emphasis is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in facilitating health behavior change. The impact of health status on health behavior, ethical issues relate to health promotion, and the processes for promoting healthy behaviors are explored. Theoretical models of behavior change and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention concepts serve as a basis for developing nursing interventions that promote behavior change.
NURS 531. Advanced Community Health Nursing: Concepts and Practice 3 cr. (2+4P)
Covers conceptual basis for advanced community health nursing practice. Emphasis on health care delivery to groups, families, and communities. Prerequisites: MPH 530 and MPH 550.
NURS 532. Advanced Community Health Nursing: Program Planning and Evaluation 3 cr. (2+4P)
Analysis of the impact of cultural, ecological, environmental, and epidemiological influences on the health of the community and populations at risk. Emphasis on strategies for program planning and evaluation. Prerequisite: NURS 531.
NURS 533. Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing : Roles 3 cr.
Role preparation for advanced community/public health nursing practice. Emphasis on examining diversity in the role of community and public health nurses and description of the rapidly changing roles, functions and practice settings.
NURS 537. Principles of School Nursing 3 cr.
Principles, theoretical frameworks and trends in school nursing; documentation and analysis of models of school nursing practice; identification of issues and future directions; program planning, development, implementation and evaluation; and research applicable to school health. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
NURS 538. Nursing Leadership in School Health Programs 3 cr.
Principles, theoretical framework, and trends of school nursing leadership within the coordinated school health program. Focus on qualifications, roles, and competencies of school nurse administrators; documentation and analysis of school health models; identification of issues and future directions; program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation; and research into school health and leadership roles. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.
NURS 539. Pediatric Health Assessment for School Nurses 3 cr.
Assessment theory and skills for advanced clinical practice. Emphasis on assessment of the pediatric age group from birth through adolescence in the school setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.
NURS 540. Advanced Psychosocial Pathology for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3 cr.
In-depth study of psychosocial pathology, factors contributing to psychosocial dysfunction, and diagnostic reasoning basic to advanced-practice psychiatric mental health nursing; emphasis on etiology and differential diagnoses.
NURS 541. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I 3 cr.
The first in a three-course series assisting students in learning and practicing principles of adult psychotherapy using psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral theories within a holistic framework. The concepts of personality development are examined as students learn to work therapeutically with individuals from a diverse cultural and socioeconomic background to develop intervention strategies. Content focuses on management of clients with neurobiological disorders, stressing application of current psychotherapy outcomes research. Must obtain a “B” or better to pass the course.
NURS 542. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing II 3 cr.
The second in a three-course series in which students continue to develop skills in the practice of psychotherapy in a variety of settings with both individuals and families. This course focuses on family mental health and family functioning. Family dynamics and processes, theories and research are examined as the student continues to develop a conceptual framework to guide clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on increasing understanding of conceptual frameworks and strategies including the role of cultural influences within the family. Must obtain a “B” or better to pass the course. Prerequisites: NURS 541 and NURS 546. Corequisite: NURS 547.
NURS 543. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing III 2 cr.
The third in a three-course series that assists students in continuing to develop skills to function as a nurse psychotherapist with individuals, families, and groups. Focuses on an advanced study of dysfunctional processes of communication and interpersonal relationships and the therapeutic use of groups for adult clients with a diversity of psychiatric problems and psychosocial stressors. Emphasis is placed on critically analyzing models of group interventions, group dynamics, and processes, including their relevance to a culturally diverse clientele with a variety of lifestyles. Prerequisites: NURS 542 and NURS 547. Corequisite: NURS 548. Restricted to majors.
NURS 544. Cross-Cultural Approaches to Border/Rural Community Mental Health 3 cr. (2+7P)
Principles of epidemiology and a cultural lens to explore community mental health assessment, intervention and evaluation of culturally diverse rural/U.S.-Mexico border communities. Emphasis is on understanding the social/cultural context of community mental health practice, building collaborative relationships within culturally diverse communities and advancing the a APN s role as a culturally proficient empowerment agent.
NURS 545. Addictive Disorders 3 cr.
Focus on care of the individual with addictive disorders. The impact on the individual as well as the community will be examined. Advanced practice nursing interventions based on theoretical and research based knowledge of addictions will be addressed. Treatment of addictive disorders and their relevance to culturally diverse clientele with a variety of lifestyles will be evaluated. Consent of instructor required.
NURS 546. Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I 1 cr. (4P)
Practice component for the adult psychiatric-mental health clinical specialist/nurse practitioner students.
NURS 547. Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II 2 cr. (8P)
Practice component for the adult psychiatric-mental health clinical specialist/nurse practitioner students. Prerequisite: NURS 541 and NURS 546. Corequisite: NURS 542.
NURS 548. Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum III 1 cr. (4P)
Practice component for the adult psychiatric-mental health clinical specialist/nurse practitioner students. Prerequisite: NURS 542 and NURS 547. Corequisite: NURS 453.
NURS 550. Curriculum and Teaching in Nursing 3 cr.
Seminar and guided experiences in curriculum development and teaching of nursing, including planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating classroom and clinical instruction. Students work with a preceptor and submit a video tape or audio tape of teaching a unit of instruction.
NURS 551. Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 cr.
Integration of concepts of assessment and evaluation into a nursing education framework. Students analyze assessment, evaluation concepts, models, and frameworks for applicability for students, faculty, curricula, and programs.
NURS 552. Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators 3 cr.
Covers a variety of computer technologies including principles for distance learning, use of the Internet in teaching and learning and integrating computer technologies into the teaching-learning process. Emphasis is given to theoretical frameworks that guide the selection, use and integration of computer technologies in nursing education programs.
NURS 562. Nursing in Health Care Organizations 3 cr.
Complex dynamics of organizational process, structure, culture, and outcomes emphasizing the integration and analysis of organizational theories and the role of professional nursing in health care organizations.
NURS 563. Human Resource Management in Nursing 3 cr.
Contemporary approaches to the development and management of nursing resources that complement organizational vision, strategies and management goals. Management of a diverse, quality workforce that results in an improved organizational performance. Performance evaluation, motivation, professional development and legal and regulatory aspects will be explored.
NURS 564. Nursing Fiscal Management 3 cr.
Concepts of financial management for nursing executives emphasizing principles of health care financing, advanced budgeting principles and fiscal responsibility in managing financial resources. A focus on strategic planning for achieving quality outcomes through financial resource management will be integrated into the course. Prerequisite: NURS 562
NURS 565. Professional Leadership in Nursing Administration 3 cr.
Analysis of leadership theories as they pertain to the nurse executive in complex health care organizations. Emphasis will be placed on organizational change and conflict management in working with interdisciplinary health care teams. Prerequisite: NURS 562
NURS 566. Seminar in Nursing Administration- Roles 3 cr.
Role preparation for the nurse administrator as manager, leader, collaborator and change agent. Synthesis of concepts from management and nursing as a basis for role effectiveness in nursing administration. Corequisite: NURS 595.
NURS 567. Nursing Informatics 3 cr.
This course will cover the principles of health data management and health information systems for nurse executives. Emphasis is placed on the integration of health information systems that promote the advancement of nursing practice within health care organizations. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
NURS 571. Pharmacology of Addiction for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 cr.
Concepts and principles of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the addiction process; including decision making, prescribing, drug monitoring and patient education.
NURS 572. Pharmacology of Addictions 3 cr.
Concepts and principles of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the addiction process; including the pharmacological approach to treatment. Corequisite(s): NURS 572L.
NURS 572 L. Pharmacology of Addiction Laboratory 1 cr. (1+2P)
Analysis and applications of concepts and principles of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the addiction process, including pharmacological approach to treatment in selected simulated situations. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572.
NURS 573. Cardiovascular/Renal Nursing 3 cr.
This course emphasizes the comprehensive management of individuals with acute and chronic cardiovascular/renal diseases within the context of family and communities using a case-based approach. Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or permission of instructor.
NURS 574. Oncology Nursing 3 cr.
This course presents the clinical aspects of cancer diagnosis, the clinical management of major cancers, and their treatment modalities. The course will also focus on supportive therapies for the cancer patient and symptom management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or permission of instructor.
NURS 575. Professional Roles for Masters Entry to Practice 3 cr.
Role preparation for Masters entry into nursing. Emphasis on differentiating between the multiple roles of the nurse prepared at the graduate level. Exploration of the diversity of nursing roles in health care. Restricted to MSN majors.
NURS 590. Independent Study 1-10 cr.
Individual studies and directed research with prior approval of department head. May be repeated on a different topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 20 credits.
NURS 591. Preceptorship: Prescription Drugs, Medicines and Other Therapeutics 1-11 cr. (4+44P)
Faculty-coordinated preparation for prescribing drugs, medicines, and other therapeutics within the specialty area under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. Minimum of 8 credits (400 total hours) is required to meet the New Mexico requirement for prescriptive privileges. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. For PMH NP/CNS track, must be enrolled in NURS 543. Prerequisite: NURS 542 or NURS 530 or NURS 521. Graded S/U.
NURS 595. Advanced Field Work in Nursing 1-6 cr. (4+24P)
Faculty-supervised, independent work in student s advanced practice role. Field work normally taken after the core and designated specialty courses. Minimum of three field-work credits (12 contact hours) required in major area of study. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: NURS 532 and NURS 561. Restricted to majors. Graded S/U.
NURS 596. Writing for Publication from a Health and Nursing Perspective 3-6 cr.
Application of theories and concepts from previous health and nursing program experiences and related research in the development of a potentially publishable manuscript. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U.
NURS 597. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a different subject area. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
NURS 600. Philosophy of Science in Nursing 3 cr.
Offers a framework for asking both ontological and epistemological questions about knowledge, human science, and nursing science.
NURS 601. Theory I: Methods and Processes of Nursing Knowledge Development 3 cr.
Building on the Philosophy of Science course, the student will engage in analysis and critique of both developmental processes and composition of nursing disciplinary knowledge. Diverse approaches will be used to appraise and critique historical and contemporary milestones in the development and evaluation of nursing thought. Emphasis is also placed on implications of theory and knowledge development as related to multicultural and rural issues. Prerequisite(s): NURS 600.
NURS 602. Theory II: Contemporary Substantive Nursing Knowledge 3 cr.
Critically examine existing & evolving substantive knowledge drawn from nursing and other disciplines. Focus on the construction, analysis of current substantive nursing knowledge, including evaluation of relationships among theories, evidence and explanation will be pursued. Special attention to existing and evolving theories applicable to rural, multicultural and educational settings. Prerequisite: NURS 601
NURS 606. Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research 3 cr.
Focus on approaches to developing nursing knowledge by means of quantitative research methods as applied to clinical problems, theoretical modeling of human responses to health and illness, and health policy issues. Emphasizes detailed analysis and critique of non-experimental and experimental designs, issues pertaining to sampling and statistical power, the reliability and validity of measurers, and uses and abuses of descriptive and inferential statistics in nursing research literature. Students are expected to develop sufficient discernment to read, critique, evaluate, and discuss the quality, significance, and limitations of published quantitative nursing research. Prerequisite: NURS 621.
NURS 607. Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research 3 cr.
Major methodological traditions of qualitative research and their applications to knowledge development and clinical research in nursing are the emphasis. Overview of at least one computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software application. Students will engage in detailed critique and discussion of significant nursing investigation representing various qualitative approaches and traditions.
NURS 608. Field Methods in Qualitative Research 3 cr.
The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students to engage in, analyze and evaluate various procedures and techniques used to gather qualitative data. Major data collection approaches including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded and critical theory are discussed. Students have the opportunity to participate in mini-field work projects while gathering expertise in field techniques used in qualitative research. Issues such as role of literature in qualitative research, investigator as instrument, ethical dilemmas, field entry and departure, and reflexivity are analyzed as they relate to the process of gathering and interpreting qualitative data. Prerequisites: NURS 607 or consent of instructor.
NURS 610. Nursing Education: Pedagogy and Roles 3 cr.
Teaching-learning process in the clinical and classroom settings. Focuses on educational patterns and pathways in nursing and the roles of faculty in academia. Educational reform is analyzed in relationship to diversity in students, faculty, practice settings and technology-driven learning environments. Instructional designs, teaching strategies, and outcome evaluations are examined for their pedagogic use. The development of critical thinking outcomes, mentorships and partnerships to meet the needs of students are addressed. The course examines issues and challenges that impact the educational process such as student and faculty recruitment, the changing healthcare environment, differentiation of practice, advanced practice, reduced resources and links with theory and research.
NURS 620. Advanced Health Care Statistics I 3 cr.
This course provides knowledge, skills and practice in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. The following quantitative techniques will be examined and utilized using SPSS: principle of measurement, probability, principles of parametric and non parametric techniques, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, comparison of means, correlation analyses, use of psychometric techniques, binomial test, sign test, McNemar test, median test, Cochran Q test, Phi coefficient, Fisher’s Exact test, Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallis test, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks and Spearman Rho. A graduate level statistics course completed within three years prior to the date of expected admission is desirable. Restricted to majors
NURS 621. Advanced Health Care Statistics II 3 cr.
This course is the second of a two-semester quantitative statistical course designed to provide knowledge, skills and practice in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. The following quantities techniques will be examined and utilized using SPSS: analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance(ANCOVA), linear, multiple, and logistic regression, structural equation modeling (SEM), principle components analysis, and factor analysis. Restricted to majors. Prerequisite: NURS 620.
NURS 623. Mixed Methods 3 cr.
Presents a brief overview of research paradigms with emphasis on formulating research questions, aims and methods for a mixed method/model approach. Students may use proposals developed in earlier qualitative and quantitative research classes to devise mixed method proposal integrating readings on these methods and own research interests. Prerequisite: NURS 606 and NURS 607
NURS 624. Measurement in Culturally Diverse Border Populations 3 cr.
The focus of this course is the development of essential competencies required to locate, select, evaluate, and use instruments to operationalize nursing variables. Ethical considerations in nursing research and research issues in diverse populations will be discussed. Specific attention is given to the process of moving from concept to construct, measurement theory, validity/reliability issues, and measurement issues in diverse populations including literacy, social desirability bias, sensitive data, translations, and cultural equivalency. Prerequisite(s): Admission to PhD in Nursing program; NURS 606; NURS 623; or consent of Instructor. Restricted to PhD in Nursing majors.
NURS 630. Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Border Populations 3 cr.
Health of culturally diverse and border populations will analyze the unique characteristics and future trends of health care and professional nursing using the Southwestern U.S., and the U.S-Mexico border area as the case exemplar. Course content includes identifying and examining health care issues from multi-contextual local, regional, national, and international perspectives. Strategies to examine and affect health will incorporate rigorous critical reflection and dialogue, analysis and synthesis of ideas drawing on multi-disciplinary literature, and experiences with working with community based organizations and local advocacy groups to develop action plans for research and health care services.
NURS 631. Population Based Approaches to Health Promotion 3 cr.
Population based approaches to health promotion focuses on preparing nursing students to identify, critically analyze and evaluate health promotion initiatives in culturally diverse and border populations using the Southwestern U.S. and U.S./Mexico border as the case exemplar. It examines historical, socio-economic, legal and professional issues associated with health promotion and policy initiatives. It considers prospects for social change, political movements and alternative approaches to develop and hasten adaption of health promotion initiatives in partnership with communities, advocacy groups and health care agencies.
NURS 640. Chronic Diseases: A Health Promotion Approach in Underserved Populations 3 cr.
Focus on the interrelationships of various chronic diseases and conditions in the understanding of how co-morbidities influence the prevention and health promotion in the infant, school-age child, adolescent, young, middle, and older adult. Students will apply and synthesize an understanding of chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, COPD, asthma, osteoporosis, and sickle cell disease, among others, and how the various aspects of these conditions are interrelated, particularly in underserved populations resulting in health care disparities.
NURS 650. Behavioral Approaches and Determinants of Nursing and Health 3 cr.
Focuses on how behavioral/mental health concepts are applied in determining health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. Students will apply and synthesize theoretical constructs within practice and research focusing on behavioral/mental health concepts. Health outcomes are viewed in a traditionally holistic manner in that health outcomes are discussed as an integral part of the human experience of healing and health.
NURS 690. PhD Nursing Seminar: Developing Research in Nursing 1-3 cr.
Seminar to build nursing research skills broken into 3, 1 credit seminars that are taken throughout the PhD Program.
NURS 691. Independent Study 1-6 cr.
Individual studies and directed research with prior approval of department head. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
NURS 700. Doctoral Dissertation 1-9 cr.
Dissertation may be repeated to maximum of 30 credits. Minimum requirements are 21 credit hours. Comprehensive examine is included within these 21 credits.
NURS 999. Practical Nursing Requirements Completed 0-99 cr.
A phantom course created to indicate a student has met Practical Nursing requirements. Used to indicate this in academic history to replace an administrative message not converted from SOLAR to VISTAS. 01/97