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Course Descriptions for MSN Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP)

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HNEP 500 Pathophysiology (3 QH)

- In this course, pathophysiology and microbiology concepts, which underpin clinical reasoning, nursing diagnosis and clinical decision making, are introduced. A focus is placed on commonly occurring disease processes across the lifespan. Didactic only.

HNEP 501 Pharmacology (3 QH)

- Chemistry, physiology and physics principles that are foundational to pharmacology are introduced and applied in the management of pharmacological therapy. Emphasis includes the fundamental chemical principles of drug mechanism of action, application of specific drugs in the physiologic treatment of disease, and related nursing care. Didactic only.

HNEP 502 Nursing Socialization & Medication Calculation (2 QH)

- Students will begin to develop their critical thinking, therapeutic, and clinical reasoning skills. To ensure patient safety, attention is given to proper drug administration techniques and dosage calculations. Didactic content and skills lab time.

HNEP 503 Physical Assessment (4 QH)

- Using an organ systems approach, students will learn the fundamentals of a comprehensive patient history and head-to-toe physical assessment. Assessment skills are taught in the classroom and practiced in the skills lab. The course culminates in a head-to-toe physical exam with a standardized patient.

HNEP 504 Nursing I- Introduction to Nursing Skills and Role (8 QH)

- Nursing is both a science and an art. Students are introduced to the concepts essential to the role of the nurse in the practice of client/patient and family-centered nursing across the lifespan. In addition to class time, students will learn the nursing process and the necessary, technical skills to become a professional nurse, in our skills lab.

HNEP 505 Adult Health (8 QH)

- Students will learn to utilize critical thinking, compassionate communication, and therapeutic interventions to provide holistic patient-centered care to adult/geriatric populations. Didactic content will provide a foundation for increasingly complex medical/surgical issues. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching experiences focused on health promotion and healing of individuals and families experiencing acute and commonly occurring patterns of illness.

HNEP 506 Informatics for Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (2 QH)

- Students will apply the concepts of data collection and analysis to solve quality issues in health systems and protect patients from system and human errors. This is a hybrid course with both in-person and online learning.

HNEP 507 Epidemiology & Biostatistics (3 QH)

- Students will learn about the application and interpretation of statistical and epidemiological techniques, such as rates, proportions, relative and absolute risk, to population-based nursing care. This course prepares students to think quantitatively, assess data critically, and use evidence-based research to apply epidemiological methods to disease prevention and control. This is a hybrid course with both in-person and online learning.

HNEP 508 Advanced Physical Assessment (4 QH)

- Building on prior pathophysiology and physical assessment coursework, students will apply previous knowledge and skills and advance their identification and management of abnormal physical and mental health symptoms and laboratory values across the lifespan. Didactic only.

HNEP 509 Mental Health (6 QH)

- This course examines the etiology, symptomatology, and clinical management of selected mental illnesses across the lifespan and continuum of care. Students will analyze and demonstrate understanding of psychiatric nursing evidence-based research and treatments and apply this knowledge in promoting mental health and illness prevention, as well as the optimal functioning and rehabilitation of individuals, families, and communities with mental health problems. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching experiences.

HNEP 510 Intro to Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research (4 QH)

- Students will develop an understanding of the research process and learn how evidence-based research and nursing theories influence the practice of nursing and improve practice outcomes in culturally diverse populations. Students will create an appropriate research question and begin to identify the multiple methods and informatics available to obtain sound, scientific evidence to answer it through a review of literature synthesis paper.

HNEP 511/512 Foundations for Interprofessional Practice I (2 QH)

- This interactive course is intended to prepare the healthcare professional student to provide effective interprofessional patient-centered preventative health care through small/large group discussion and problem-solving activities. The curriculum of evidence-based lifestyle healthcare is focused on the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Through this content, students will learn the roles/responsibilities of other healthcare providers, how to work on teams and practice teamwork and to communicate interprofessionally to optimally care for themselves and their patients. Experiential learning will take place within the classroom.

HNEP 600 Maternal & Women’s Health (6 QH)

- This course presents gender-based nursing care to address the physiological, psychosocial, cultural, developmental, and ethical issues of women’s health across the lifespan, including pregnancy, birth, the postpartum, and throughout the aging process. Concepts of health promotion and disease prevention are stressed using evidence-based interventions. Interprofessional collaboration and teamwork for ensuring quality health outcomes is emphasized. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching experiences.

HNEP 601 Pediatrics (6 QH)

- Students will learn the role of the nurse in caring for children ranging from newborns through adolescents. Concepts of child development, disease prevention, health promotion, trauma informed care and social determinants of health and their effects on morbidity and mortality will be discussed. Focus is placed on the nursing care necessary to address the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents within the family both during hospitalization and at home. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching experiences.

HNEP 602 Ethics & Social Determinants of Health (3 QH)

- The course examines the social determinants of health and their impact on individuals and populations. Emphasis on ethical implications and nursing considerations for vulnerable communities who are disproportionately affected by the intersectionality of multiple determinants. This is a hybrid course with both in-person and online learning.

HNEP 603 Geriatrics (7 QH)

- Students will focus on the unique physical and psychosocial healthcare needs of the aging adult whose cognitive and physical health may be declining. Special attention will be placed on disease prevention, health promotion and the physics of rehabilitation. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching experiences.

HNEP 604 Community Health (6 QH)

- Students will identify and assess community needs around disease prevention and health behavior, especially as they are applied to promotion of health for communities and vulnerable populations. Emphasis is placed on principles of health care, strategies of health promotion, disease prevention and management across populations within community settings. Within the context of community health nursing, legal/ethical, economic, cultural, and environmental issues will be discussed. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching methodologies.

HNEP 605 Nursing Advocacy & Leadership (2 QH)

- Students will be introduced to the role of nurse leader and advocate in both patient care and policy development. Leadership and change theories will be discussed. This is a hybrid course with both in person and online learning.

HNEP 606 Advanced Pharmacology (3 QH)

- Students build upon previous pharmacotherapy knowledge by placing emphasis on assessing and evaluating patient responses that change in accord with health, age, lifestyle, gender and other factors. A focus is placed upon specific drugs used in higher acuity settings. Didactic only.

HNEP 607 Critical Care (8 QH)

- In this course, the focus is on the nursing roles and responsibilities in caring for medically complex adults who are experiencing high acuity illnesses. Emphasis will be placed on critical care concepts. Students will synthesize knowledge and apply advanced clinical and interprofessional teamwork skills to manage high acuity and critical care patients. Course incorporates classroom, clinical and simulation teaching methodologies.

HNEP 608 Clinical Synthesis (6 QH)

- This is the capstone clinical course in which the student works with a nurse preceptor to demonstrate competency in clinical nursing skills, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and time management. The purpose of the synthesis course is to facilitate the integration of nursing knowledge and skills so that the student can become an active and productive member of the interprofessional healthcare team. Increasing competence and independence in meeting the clinical objectives throughout the experience should take place especially focusing on time management skills, including organizing and implementing nursing care, medication administration and charting. Clinical time only.

HNEP 609 Research Synthesis (3 QH)

- Using critical appraisal of both qualitative and quantitative literature, nursing theories and clinical evidence, students will synthesize and apply this knowledge to create a systematic review of literature, answering their research question. This is a hybrid course with both in-person and online learning.

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